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4 Ways To Buy a Home Despite Tighter Home Sales Supply - 06/26/12 01:53 PM
Saw a LinkedIn article that caught my attention about existing home sales being constrained by the tighter supply of homes in May and how prices are continuing to gain (good for home owners due to values and a warning sign to home buyers to get moving faster to find “that home” and buy it up now). Got me to thinking about the 4 ways to buy a home that all should be considered when looking for “that home”:
Newly Built Home – There are still newly built homes on the market. In the Sunday section of the paper these are (0 comments)
What do you look for in a home? Is it the deck that you fell in love with? Maybe the master bathroom has a jetted tub and you just can’t say no. Or maybe the yard is perfect for the garden and barbeque. To be honest, there are always a multitude of reasons to purchase a specific home. Aside from the features of the home and how much you may or may not like them, what else is significant when thinking of buying a home? Here is a list of ten things that (2 comments)
Saving money is hard! No mystery or hidden message there. If you want to buy a home money is a necessity and many people are finding it difficult to save. Now is the time to buy, but without the proper funding for closing costs and down payment and unforeseen purchases, buying a home can feel impossible. So what can we do to help? How about give some tips on what money saving tactics can implemented in your life. Trulia has offered this First time home buyer’s guide to (0 comments)
3014 Claremont Drive is the newest "flip" about to be put onto MLS - get it now before anyone else finds out it's just about ready for sale!Here is a classic Montgomery Village house, a block from Montgomery Village itself with hardwood floors, 2 sets of French doors, granite counters in kitchen, 3 big bedrooms, 1 stylishly tiled bathroom, big and freshly landscaped front yard, a nice big wood deck in a large back yard that's freshly landscaped. House size is 1,406 sq ft on a lot of 8,712 sq ft with asking price of $339,000.
Charts on Sonoma County - 06/15/12 11:28 AM
Sonoma County stats: Here’s the raw data. In April 715 houses went into contract to purchase, up from March’s 647 homes in contract to purchase. This number has been increasing steadily over the past several months and will hopefully continue to rise! Check out this graph to see the info for yourself: Chart - http://winecountryandhorses.com/files/2012/05/Screen-Shot-2012-05-01-at-5.40.04-PM.png If you haven’t thought about it, now may be the perfect time for you to invest in or purchase real estate. Now is the time while it’s still considered to be a buyer’s market. Prices are low, interest rates are rock bottom and value is starting (1 comments)
When thinking of purchasing a home what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Generally speaking the answer to this question is usually, if not always, “Money”. While the housing market is on the rise and value of homes are increasing, now is the perfect time to buy! However, many people see the question of money not as a bump in the road, but as a huge roadblock. Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that hard if you take it one step at a time. I’m talking about getting pre approved (0 comments)
These are some good market updates from professionals in the respective industries: “If activity is sustained near present levels, existing-home sales will see their best performance in five years. Based on all the factors in the current market, that’s what we’re expecting with sales rising seven to ten percent in 2012” ~ Lawrence Yun (NAR Chief Economist)
“Stabilizing in the U.S. housing fundamentals is creating an attractive investment opportunity. Many of the ingredients are in place for continued improvement in housing” ~ Goldman Sachs Group
“Hard Money loans are increasing in popularity due to their being reasonable (1 comments)
Here are some Scenarios that depict the most recent and popular uses for Hard Money:
Scenario 1: You have loanable equity in your property, whether it’s residential, commercial or land, and want to borrow against it. Loanable equity means the amount you can borrow that exceeds what you already owe not to exceed 70% of the value of the property. You usually cannot borrow 100% of the value. You’ve tried your favorite bank, your favorite savings and loan, your favorite credit union, your favorite mortgage broker and gone on line and applied on several (0 comments)
Social Media Madness - 06/08/12 03:05 PM
Sorting Through the Social Media Can O' Worms Some Great Useful New Stuff!
Anyone else out there totally bombarded with social media? I always make sure I’m as up-to-date as reasonably possible on the latest and greatest in social media, social networking and marketing. I found this interesting list of media I hadn’t heard of yet and thought I’d share. Many of you are already building and revolutionizing your identity online, gaining followers and fans, building referral lists and databases and all from a computer. However, here is the next layer of social media ‘stuff’ you should be in (8 comments)
All of you out there in Sonoma County who are still doubtful that the market is in fact ‘in recovery’, take a look at these statistics! I refer to Trulia quite frequently to give me accurate updates on the market trends through statistics. Numbers and data is what I’m looking for and Trulia delivers a great report. Take a look at what the stats say about the market local to Northern California:
“The median sales price for homes in Santa Rosa, CA for Mar 12 to May 12 (0 comments)
To truly market yourself to investors, you must first think like an investor. For instance, no investor will want to get involved with something that sounds as if it may fall through or sounds like it’s something they can’t rely upon. There was once a time when coupon clipping for bonds was the way to dip your toes in, so to speak, to test the water. However, nowadays there are a hundred ways to invest and see returns quickly. Many have invested in Real Estate, others in social media (2 comments)
I don’t know about you, but I use social media every virtually every day. Whether I’m updating a listing on Trulia or Zillow and then alerting Facebook, or I’m blogging on ActiveRain or LinkedIn, I’m constantly in contact with social media and free advertising websites. After a while of doing this, however, I start to feel like sometimes I’m just putting information out there “to the universe of cyber world”. It’s always good to touch bases with reality and see how many people actually are viewing these websites. So (8 comments)
Social Media technology is the tough nut that everyone is trying to crack. There are so many new technologies rising to today’s media surface that it’s difficult to keep track! More so than this, many companies are struggling with how they’re approaching marketing their business and what will work for them. Trial and error is usually the best way to learn anything in the industry, but social networking and marketing is a whole different beast because it’s difficult to know where to begin. I was reading (2 comments)
DIY Summer Projects! Magazine Flowers and Rolled Paper Collage - 06/01/12 11:13 AM
DIY Projects! Magazine Flowers and Rolled Paper Collage It’s time for Summer projects. Here are two great DIY videos I found for some home decorating fun with the kids, friends or just on your own. These are great ways to spruce up your home, add color and texture and do it all on a budget. The first video on the list is how to create magazine flowers for your home. These are a fantastic accent either in a hanging vase on the wall or a small vase on the table, mantle or window sill. The second video I’ve picked out is (2 comments)
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