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Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Real Estate Market, Selling a Home | 0 comments

Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that Baby Boomers (43%) and the Silent Generation (12%) made up 56% of sellers in 2018! This means the majority of sellers last year were over the age of 54. This also shows these generations ARE moving! The report also shared the reasons why they chose to move. According to the research, the top reason was a desire to be closer to friends and family. Below is a full breakdown: As we can see, they have plenty of reasons to sell their current home! But what type of homes are they trading in? Once again, the...

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A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Buying a Home, Real Estate Market, Selling a Home | 0 comments

Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and premium home markets which is causing prices to cool. Demand continues to rise with lower-than-normal inventory levels in the starter and trade-up home markets, causing prices to rise on a year-over-year basis for 85 consecutive...

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Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by condition, financing, and price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home. Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description: Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the...

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Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families. Here is a list of just some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to For Sale by Owner (FSBO): The buyer, who wants the best deal possible The buyer’s agent, who solely represents the best interests of the buyer The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country) The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always...

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Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Home and Garden, Open House, Selling a Home | 0 comments

Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can...

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Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Real Estate Market, Selling a Home | 0 comments

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that the first week of April is actually the best time to list your house for sale! The report used “trends in median listing prices, views per property on realtor.com, home price drops, median days on market, and the number of listings on the market over the last three years,” to determine a ranking for every week of the year. Listing your home in the first week of April contributes 14x more property views, 5% less competition from other home sellers, and results in the home being sold 6 days faster! Below is a graph indicating the average score...

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