home selling: Selling Your Home in a Rising Rate Market - 07/11/13 02:49 AM
This past year has brought with it significant improvements to the wounded market we all lived through last year. With this healing process, the world of a seller became an ease as the constraints of limited inventory, low prices, and low mortgage rates all converged. Slowly listing prices began to rise and now, mortgage rates are following suit. “There’s no one in the business right now who doesn’t think the market hasn’t taken a step back. The evidence is all around us,” said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of real-estate brokerage Redfin. (SOURCE) A good rule to follow is that 1% increase in … (13 comments)

home selling: Want to be Happier & Healthier—Buy a Home - 06/26/13 01:30 AM
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. has done a recent study on Habitat for Humanity families evaluating the amount a family’s life changes when they move into a home. The results ultimately found that families who own a home are healthier, happier and more financially secure.
89% said their lives improved since they moved into their homes. 86% said they’re happier since owning a home. Children’s school performance improved, they saw signs of increased confidence, improved behavior and enjoyment for studying and social activities. 75% said their health had improved since becoming home owners. "There is evidence from numerous studies that … (0 comments)

home selling: Buyer Turn Offs - 04/20/12 01:49 AM

Dirt: "The No. 1 biggest mistake is not getting the home in the best possible condition. That's huge," says Goldwasser. "I won't even represent sellers at this point unless they are fully aware of how important it is to get their home in the absolute best condition that they've ever had it in." Steam cleaning, carpet cleaning or even replacement, and attention to detail will change the first impression. (BOZEMAN AREA CLEANING)
Old Fixtures: Updates on fixtures are not too pricey but newer lighting will bring a world of difference to your rooms.

Odors: The old trick is to bake … (3 comments)

home selling: BUY REAL ESTATE NOW - 03/28/12 03:07 AM
Despite the doom and gloom of the past few years, there is a silver lining in the housing market! The good news is that today’s market offers unprecedented opportunities for homebuyers—if you understand today’s market and the new rules. After the explosion of bad decisions, overspending, and badly structured mortgage programs, the smoke has cleared to reveal a new market of real estate standards and practices that provides a safer, more secure and healthier climate for homebuyers and homeowners.So why should you consider buying now? Let's go over my list of five great reasons:


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March 6th, 13th & 20th 6 pm – 9 pm First Interstate Bank, Main & Grand, Bozeman
April 10th, 17th & 24th 6 pm – 9 pm Stockman Bank, Kagy & 19th Branch
Saturday, May 19th 9 am – 6 pm Bozeman Public Library, Main Street, Bozeman
June 12th, 19th & 26th 6 pm – 9 pm First Interstate Bank, Main & Grand, Bozeman
Almost 80% of all home searches today begin on the Internet. When you are considering buying your first home, surfing gets you far enough to feel like you are ready to take … (0 comments)

home selling: Listing Prices Are on the Rise - 02/21/12 04:58 AM

Total inventory of for-sake homes on the market have decreased 23% compared to this same time last year. From December ’11 to January ’12 alone, the inventory dropped by 6%. What does this mean? Basic supply and demand models reveal that as housing inventories decline, the listing prices go up! Nationally, the average listing price has risen 3% annually.
“Over the past year, an increasing number of markets have registered year-over-year increases in median list prices while fewer markets have experienced year-over-year list price declines,” a statement by Realtor.com notes. 
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home selling: Listing Advice: Compare/Contrast Your Listing with Others! - 01/31/12 07:39 AM
Selling your home can begin with a shot in the dark as to find just where in the market your listing fits. It does not need to be that way. Sellers can educate themselves prior to finding an agent so that they can enter the market at a price point that is the ideal balance between competitive and reasonable!

Location, location, location. Location matters and places your listing in an extremely unique bracket. Find other listings that have been in your area in order to see what they are selling or were sold at.
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