A common question we get asked as real estate agents is “what is the best time to put a house on the market?” The fact of the matter is, it depends. Below we break down the different variables to consider when choosing a time to put your house on the market.
The first thing to consider is location. What region are you selling your home in? A state like Florida that sees the sun almost all year round? Or a four-season-state like Michigan, that gets hit with really hot summers and extremely cold winters?
If you fall into the latter category and experience both the extremes of the summer and the winter, then your best bet is to sell your home during springtime, as people are not hibernating from the cold
4 False Truths About Realtors You Should Know Before Buying/Selling Your Home
People often go into buying or selling real estate with misconceptions about realtors and the role that the agent actually plays. What do realtors actually do? Do they take all the commission? Do I even need one?
Here are a few myths about working with real estate agents.
1. Agents get 6% commissions.
What a lot of people forget is that there are two sides to a transaction. In most cases, this means there are four mouths to feed (both agents, and both brokerages). Sure, it would be nice to get the full 6%, but it's just not the case. What you should know, is that the seller pays the commissions (in any normal case). If you are a buyer, you don't pay anything to
6 Signs It's Over: when to know it's time to buy a new home
So you bought a home and you're attached. You know where most things belong, you know how to get to and from your home effortlessly, your friends and family know where you live, you've gotten comfortable. 10 years in a home is a long time, but according to NAR that's about the time most people decide it's time to part ways.
Here's how to know if it's time for you to move:
1. You're ready to profit and the market is right.
When prices of homes are increasing in your area or there is low inventory, there are more buyers than sellers (homes are selling quickly), or you notice an uptick in activity from real estate companies in your area, the time to sell might be right. If you are
There's a few misconceptions out there revolving around paying realtors and we're here to educate and excite you about the savings they can actually bring! Many people (mistakingly) think that they shouldn't pay a realtor for something they can just do themselves. They gripe about the realtor's small commission thinking it's a waste of money, but the reality is, when you hire a qualified realtor, the savings you'll gain are far more than any commission you'll pay. The fact of the matter is, buying or selling your home is stressful, time consuming, and can get very expensive if you don't have the right help. Here's some enlightenment into how realtors save you money in the end:
Before putting your home up for sale, there are changes that can be made that are actually worth it when you go to sell your home. Here is a list of curb appeal changes that can actually end up making you more money than they cost you!
1. Update your mailbox
Mailboxes are likely the first thing that people see when pulling up to your house. You want to make sure it is in good condition so it can make a good first impression for your home. This is one of the cheapest items to replace, if needed, and sometimes will only take a coat of spray paint that can cost as low at $2-3 to bring it back to life. Looking for cheap ways to upgrade your home? This is an easy fit.
Thinking about buying or selling your home but you're not sure what the housing market is doing? Let's dive right into what's going on in the housing market for Summer 2018. More and more people are looking to buy homes as we see growth in the lower end of the market place. Couple things we are seeing; there aren't enough sellers to let those demands, mortgage rates are still on the rise, and higher end buyers have more inventory to choose from. All these things make it an interesting market for both the buyers and sellers.
Inventory has grown 3.3% yet that doesn't include start homes, according to Trulia. "Starter homes have dropped to their lowest levels since 2012. What's available is expensive."
It's Critical to Be On Your Best Behavior While Showing Homes Move Now Than Ever & Here's Why
Ever feel like you're being watched? What used to be just a suspicion may actually be realistic now a days, and we'll tell you why. As technology is getting better and coming in increasingly smaller packages, it's easy to miss the fact that you might be being watched while showing a home to your clients. Remember the good ole saying your mom used to tell you: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all"? Yeaaa, you'll want to hold that near and dear when doing a showing. While you might be physically alone with your clients in a home, the chances that you aren't actually 100% alone are skyrocketing.
After you accept an offer on your house, it may be only a few weeks before you have to pack up your belonging and move. And if you know exactly which packing supplies to pick, you should have no trouble getting ready to relocate to a new address. Ultimately, there are several must-have packing supplies to pick up before an upcoming move, and these include:
1. Boxes of Varying Sizes
Transporting items of different sizes can be difficult. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to find moving boxes of varying sizes. Typically, you can buy moving boxes at any home improvement or hardware store. Depending on how much you own, you may need to pick up tiny, small, medium, and large moving boxes in a
If you've ever moved, you likely know what a big cluster it can easily become. Here are some tips to save you time and make you think "wow, why didn't I ever think of that?".
1. Pack an overnight bag. Before you start packing anything, pack the things you know you are going to need. Include a change of clothes, phone and laptop chargers, any personal care items, and maybe a snack or two.
2. Categorize your clothes for easy finding and unpacking.
3. Use trash bags for packing clothes. Keep the clothes on the hangers and open the trash bag around the clothes, letting the hangers stick out at the top of the bag, while the clothes hang inside of it. Wrap the draw strings round the hangers to keep it all in