pexels-photo-886465.jpegAs we go into the time of year when the weather changes and thoughts turn to other things other than the cold and snow, we face new opportunities and endeavors. For the last three or four years, the nation has been enjoying the joys of low-interest rates and a relatively healthy real estate market. The market allowed for home buyers and owners the ability to buy and sell with great mortgage rates and excellent home prices.

From the start of 2017, the market began to take a path that those in the know didn’t really see coming. Suddenly the selling of resale homes started to decline.  What caused the turnaround and why did it progress especially since the buying population of clients did not seem to dissipate.

Suddenly many of the buyer clients finally had the money and the ability to take on a mortgage, but then there were less and fewer homes being placed on the market. This market trend has continued and even deepened in the first quarter of 2018!

When trying to locate properties for clients most Realtors are coming to the same outcome over and over.  The problem of low inventory of listed homes presents a problem for some home buyers and especially first time home buyers that interest rates are also creeping up.

Being in the real estate business for some time, I know that the market has its swings up and down and back and forth.  This time there is no clear reason for the changes and ebbs and tides.  What we do know is that some of those first-time buyers and even some of those that have bought long before could have problems with the rise of home prices and increase in interest rates. What can a client do? Contact your real estate professional and make a buying plan.  Knowing what you can purchase is the first step. Those thinking of selling need to speed up their program to market homes. Don’t sit on the sidelines now if you are seriously thinking of making a move.

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Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Posted: June 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Wishing everyone a fun filled July 4th 2015

What Company are you with?

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are one of the 90% that will use the services of a Realtor or real estate agent, one of the first notable communications will be how these professionals work for you.  In my daily life I when I am asked what I do for a living, will tell folks that I am a “Real Estate Agent/Realtor”; this in most cases promote a response of “who do you work for?”

The answer comes in the form of one of the many real estate brokerages located in the area or in some cases a national company.  Realtors and real estate agents are actually an entity and business working under the umbrella of the broker.  With few exceptions the agents and Realtors are all independent business owners and contractors.  This means we handle all aspects of the business from the paperwork to the paying of taxes.

Running a real estate business consists of using your good name and integrity to develop relationships with buyers and sellers and earning the trust of each client that continues to mold the confidence of your clients to help you with referrals and their contacts to grow our business.

Hard work and constant communication is what makes a Realtor grow their business to a level that is what’s expected from the buying and selling public.  The next time you ask what real estate company do I work for? I will probably tell you that I work for myself!

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Posted: January 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
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As a customer of today’s real estate scene, you are probably under the impression that selling your home is a venture that you would like to take on yourself to save some money, when in fact the opposite is probably true.

The decision to sell your home is not to be taken lightly especially in the ever changing market trend.  What are the points to consider in making your choices?

First up, you need to weigh the time vs. energy that will be needed to get your house out in front of all the current buyers and lookers.  This means getting the house ready to show and make any repairs.

Next would be determining the price to value market price you want to advertise your home.  This is the tricky part of the current changing market.

Then is the actual home listing and waiting game.  Some of the obstacles would be making yourself available to physically be at your house in order to show it to prospective buyers.

For sale by owner has been done by home sellers since the beginning of time.  Some do a very good job and others probably should have left it up to the professionals.

Being a stealth agent may not be the best for you.  Make sure you have the time and resources to make the right moves.  In most cases it would probably be in the best interest of sellers as well as the buyers to sell and list through your friendly Realtor.  They know the new market and are doing all the moves on a regular basis.  Knowledge and experience is always a smart decision.

When considering selling your home, the point of attraction and many discussions will always be the price point or the listing ValueMyHomeprice.  There are many ways to come up with the price you choose to market and advertise your house.  There are automated web sites, there are Realtor websites, and there are appraisal services.

How do you know what your beautiful home is really worth when you have so many options to filter out?  The answer is probably real simple.  Using the services of a Realtor will never lead you down a path of property that is prices wrong for today’s market.  What does a Real estate agent do that is different than other options?  Here are some examples:

  • Experience of Sales – Your Realtor has a full time job of home price determination.
  • Using the automated information together with knowledge based history.
  • Have the tools to make a reasonable marketable sales price.

Selling a home that was built years before may not have the correct tax information including the square footage that many use to compute a home value.  Did you know that you can have your home appraised just to get the correct size?  Most of these appraisals will also provide a very professional drawing of your floor plan.  For a few extra dollars in the beginning you could add value to your home.

You can never go wrong using a Realtor to provide the marketing and knowledge to properly valuate your home for sale.

Moving to Boise Idaho in 2015

Posted: December 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yes this is my proclaimed year of packing up and moving to the best place on earth which is Boise Idaho! There are many things that have been documented over the past year why you want to move to Boise. We are on the top lists for best places to raise a family and best places to retire. BoiseRelocation2

Among those best attributes are the many more reasons to relocate and move to Idaho and specifically Boise.  I have just introduced my latest version of those reasons in the 2015 Boise Idaho relocation guide and Real Estate options.

If you are planning a move to the Boise area download this new wealth of information that points out the great reason to relocate to Boise Idaho!

Someone out there wants to buy your house! This is a statement that I frequently make when talking to my clients and potential clients. In fact there is a purchaser that wants to live in your home.  So how do you compete with the brand new shinny homes that are newly on the market?

In this post I am going to revert back to some of my past experiences as an agent that has had more than a few purchasers that have been in the search for both.

To begin, you have to remember one thing when you prepare your clients for showing homes. As Phil Dunphy from Modern Family says: you need to get in their head! Most buyers will come to you with a list of the most important features that they would like.  As an agent it is my job to match those to the available homes on the market.  Some will tell you they want nothing but new homes on the list, others will not have an opinion either way starting out.

Number one on the list is probably going to be the location. Second would be the type of house, this is where new and used come in.

New home construction offers everything you would expect in home builds. Today’s homes can be anywhere from entry level gigantic to regular size.  They have that new house smell and the sometimes open atmosphere.  They will usually have the characteristics that all previous buyers have shown an interest, such as 3 car garages and the rooms within rooms.  Don’t get me wrong you can still find the smaller conventional houses with smaller square feet.  What do new homes have that previously owned do not have?  Probably the choice of different styles and placement of great rooms to envision your life style.  Some have large yards with room for gardens, pools and trampolines.

New homes May or may not come with complete yards and landscaping. This is one of the move in costs that you must factor in when you are planning your finances.  Many of the builders and contractors will place grass and sprinklers in the front yard and charge extra for the back yard.

When considering pre-owned or previously lived in homes, most buyers are looking for a certain area that they have dreamed of living such as childhood memories. The homes are generally conventional built homes and if updated are exceptional in presentation.  These homes have everything to offer that new construction has in different forms.

Whichever you choose to live, there are some like features. Both need to have the same discriminating attention to detail when you are in the purchase mode and inspections are a must.  On more than one occasion have inspections found just as many needed fixes as the established homes.  Get a home warranty and you are good to go.  Happy house hunting!

As we move quickly toward the holidays I am reminded of more than one time that my when out showing homes no matter what time of year, the potential home buyers have thoughts on their mind of living in the homes.

Not only are they trying to determine if the rooms any layout will work for them, but you can also hear the discussion of where the Christmas tree will go. You can always tell when folks start talking about the family gathering extras to make the house a home.

Is it possible to sell during the holiday months? Absolutely, there are a few steps you will want to take to make the showings less personal yet homey at the same time. There are those sellers that decide not to decorate while their house is being sold, they point out that it may distract from the visualization especially during an open house.

On the other hand, this is a time that can be used to show buyers what living in the home is all about. Taking your seasonal times and making it work for your particular property.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Don’t over decorate; use moderation so you don’t take the focus off of the goal at hand which is to view the home.
  • Place decorations in a way not to impede walking without knocking something over, especially in the entrances.
  • Don’t make the atmosphere a candy cane smell, use subtle scents if you are using air fresheners.nighthomes3
  • Stabilize any wreaths on doors so they don’t bang when the door is opened.
  • Place a few strands of lights on the outside without creating a Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation moment.  Take care of any wiring make it look clean.
  • Keep ice and snow off the walkways

Make the Holiday Season a special one, if you choose to market your home during the special time of year, just remember to keep it simple, keep it clean and if you don’t want showings during a certain time just tell your Realtor. Keep in mind that the fun of this time of year is driving around looking at the lights (now that the gas prices are down,) and this gets you noticed.