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Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams? According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home! They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using [...]

By |2019-01-22T05:00:52+00:00January 22nd, 2019|For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers, New Construction|Comments Off on Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion. Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and the dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home. Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side [...]

By |2019-01-21T05:00:27+00:00January 21st, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

If you’ve ever watched “The Price is Right,” you know that the only way to win is to be the one to correctly guess the price of the item you want without going over! That means your guess must be just slightly under the retail price. In today’s shifting real estate market, where more inventory is coming to market and home values are projected to appreciate at lower rates, homeowners will not be able to price their homes as aggressively as they were able to [...]

By |2019-01-16T05:00:13+00:00January 16th, 2019|For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still a severe shortage of listing inventory in many regions of the country. In a recent interview discussing the housing market, First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming put it simply: “The biggest challenge is really the availability [...]

By |2019-01-10T05:00:59+00:00January 10th, 2019|For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on The Best Time to List Your House? TODAY!

Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter’s return late in the month and early February.” Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if [...]

By |2019-01-08T05:00:36+00:00January 8th, 2019|Baby Boomers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers, Senior Market|Comments Off on Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens [...]

By |2019-01-07T05:00:38+00:00January 7th, 2019|For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing|Comments Off on Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th best renovations for returns on investment.

By |2019-01-04T05:00:42+00:00January 4th, 2019|For Sellers, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed that: “The majority of households continue to view housing as a good financial investment.” And that percentage has increased over the last three years. Bottom Line [...]

By |2019-01-03T05:00:14+00:00January 3rd, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you are thinking of finally ditching your landlord and buying your first home or selling your starter house to move into your forever home, there are two pieces of the real estate puzzle you need to watch carefully: interest rates & inventory. Interest Rates Mortgage interest rates had been on the rise for much of 2018, but they made a welcome reversal at the end [...]

By |2019-01-02T05:00:34+00:00January 2nd, 2019|First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, as home prices rise and a lack of inventory continues, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for most sellers. Here are the top five reasons: 1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers According to NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 95% of buyers searched online for a home last year. That is in comparison to only [...]

By |2018-12-31T05:00:13+00:00December 31st, 2018|For Sellers, FSBOs, Move-Up Buyers|Comments Off on Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner