Wednesday, April 17, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
If you’re getting ready to move, whether you are trying to sell your home or you’ve already purchased a new one, one of the first things that tends to cause stress in the process is the fear of packing all of your stuff. Whether you’ve been in your current space for a few months or several years, you’ve probably accumulated plenty of things you use and love, and even more items you haven’t touched since you brought them home. Now is the perfect time to purge those items and start fresh in your new home with intentional decor and less clutter. Here are some of the things you’ll save when you let go:
Instead of waiting until you’re ready to move, start sorting through your items now. Sell, donate, or trash the items that you’ve decided don’t have a place in your future home. When you’re ready to pack up for your move, you’ll save so much time because you’ll have less to pack (and unpack).
Friday, March 15, 2019 / by Ellen Sanford
When you think of real estate negotiations, what comes to mind? For most buyers and sellers, price tops the list. While this is certainly an important part of any real estate deal, did you know there are at least six others areas of potential negotiation?
Closing costs: In addition to the price of the home, buyers must pay closing costs that cover lender fees and other charges. Buyers may ask sellers to help pay for these costs with a flat dollar amount or a percentage of the fees.
Closing date: Do you need to close on a home quickly? Perhaps you need a little more time to search for your next home. There are also different advantages to closing at the beginning and end of the month.
Personal property: What will be included with the four walls and roof? Negotiations will be worked out on whether the seller includes the washer and dryer, kitchen appliances, and even items such as living room furniture or that pool table in the basement.
Contingencies: Many re ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
Picture yourself out for a drive one weekend. You see a sign that says:
New Construction Homes!
Models Starting At $XXX,XXX
Maybe you’re actively looking for a house, or maybe it’s just a spur of the moment urge, but you follow the signs to the model home.
You walk into the model home.
The builder’s sales rep asks you to please sign in.
You sign in.
Ouch. You may have just made a costly mistake…
"It’s Not Like I’m Buying One…"
Most people don’t think twice about signing in when they visit a model home. They figure, what’s the harm? It isn’t like I’m signing something to actually buy one. I just want to take a look, and it’s not like they’re asking me to sign my life away.
But sometimes you do end up buying one.
You get the bug. You fall in love. You picture yourself in this lifestyle. Next thing you know, you’re making an offer on the spot.
Or, maybe you leave ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Curtis Sienkiewicz
You might say that moving involves a lot of … moving parts. It can be difficult to coordinate all the aspects of pulling up stakes and putting down roots in a new place. Considering these challenges, it’s no surprise mistakes are made. From minor inconveniences to major disasters, moving blunders make the entire process even harder. Here are some of the most common missteps to avoid during your next move.
Making it a DIY project: Many moves can be handled by the homeowner, but not all. Be honest with yourself (and your friends). Do you really have the strength, time, and skill to pack, load, unload, and unpack all of your belongings? Consider any fragile or valuable items. Keep in mind any oversized belongings. Movers come with a cost, but so does trying to handle a project beyond your capabilities. Personal injury and property damage often end up costing more than movers would have.
Allotting the wrong amount of time: How long will it take you to pack? M ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Today’s market is a strong seller’s market. What does this mean? We have far more people looking to purchase homes than we have homes available for sale. A balanced market is 5.5 months of inventory. Today we have just over a month of inventory. This means that if there is a 1.2 month inventory that if no new homes come on the market we would literally run out of homes to sell in 1.2 months.
What does this mean for sellers? If you are considering selling your home, there is not a better time than now. Most homes that are coming on the market if priced at market value are selling as fast as in one day. However, you should keep your home on the market at least 3-5 days before reviewing offers. Why would I say this? We want your home to be viewed by as many potential home buyers as possible before you accept an offer. If given enough time, multiple offers will come in. This gives me as the agent a chance to ask for the highest and best offer by a certain date and time. Th ...