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Mortgage Qualifications are more demanding. Know where you stand before you begin the search for your new home. - 10/11/08 05:34 PM
Your ability to obtain a mortgage will be different than it was 2-3 months ago. If you have a pre-qualification letter from your lender you should check with them and get an update to make sure that it's still good. We have had several contracts that have fallen through due to tighter restrictions from lenders. Don't go through the heartbreak of finding your dream home, reaching an agreement with the seller only to find you no longer qualify for the mortgage. It's a SMART thing to do. (0 comments)
What's more important when selling your home? - 10/09/08 08:07 AM
Price, condition and location are all important when selling your home but how about "Days on Market"? Most motivated sellers have a need to sell their home and move. It could be job related or perhaps they need to upsize for their growing family or downsize because their children have moved on. Realtors can provide you with data on homes that have sold and homes on the market in your neighborhood and area. However, they sometimes disregard the most important element, Absorption Rate. It's true that if the price is right it will sell! However, condition and location have a major (0 comments)
Remodeling or Updating? Consult a Professional Realtor! - 10/09/08 08:04 AM
Every day we see homes that have been remodeled or updated. Many are done very well while others missed the mark. In a market where the average selling price is in the $140,000's it's easy to miss the mark. If you watch HGTV you'll see people tearing out walls, updating kitchens and bathrooms and spending $75,000 to update a home that has 1200 square feet. In some markets they will get a fair return on investment, but not here. Be careful what you do. Before starting your project consult a professional Realtor. Find out what is the "NORM" for the neighborhood (0 comments)
How long before we see an upward trend in Home Sales in the UpState? - 10/07/08 03:56 PM
Election years typically slow home sales in the last quarter of the year. Although showings of existing homes were stable for September, you should expect to see a continuation of slow showings in November and December. What will 2009 bring? Much will depend on the bail out of the financial markets. We all know that home sales are directly related to the availability of mortgages. For those who have good credit moving into a new home should not be an issue and rates should be very good. For those who are borderline, they should work very hard to get their credit (0 comments)
Are things really that bad?? - 10/04/08 09:40 PM
The negativity is everywhere; on TV, in the newspaper, people you talk to and other realtors. It's really hard not to get caught up in it. I read posts every morning about how other agents are dealing with the economy, gas prices and the housing market. But, with all of that going on we had a closing this week with an agent that has had her best month (September 2008) in her entire career. So that makes me wonder. If we focus on the negative, things will certainly not look very good. But if we focus on the positive; and you (1 comments)
It's a catch 22! - 10/04/08 09:39 PM
With all of the media coverage regarding the bailout and the general state of the economy consumers have gotten very nervous about spending; not just buyer houses, but every day spending! This in turn just continues to make matters worse. Not that we should go out and rack up credit card debt but we do need to boost the economy where we can and where we feel comfortable. (0 comments)
Moving with a Teenager - 10/04/08 09:37 PM
Most parents probably know how difficult it is for a teenager to relocate to a new area leaving behind their school and all of their friends. Getting them involved in the decision making process will make the transitions much easier. Allowing them to have a say in the school they will be going to is probably one of the most important decisions you can get them involved in; after all, for a teen this is where most of their time is spent and where they will be making new friends. Allowing them some say in the house will also make them (0 comments)
Don't Make These Mistakes When Pricing A Luxury Property - 10/04/08 09:30 PM
Most upscale or luxury properties are unique. Most upscale property buyers lead busy lives and want this process to be as hassle-free as possible. Many don't need to move so they will wait for the right property to come along. So if you're selling an upscale home it needs to be clean, organized, updated, freshly painted and staged to show like a model home. There are a number of pitfalls you want to avoid as a luxury home seller. Don't underestimate your competition - you should view other homes on the market in your price range. Even though each home is (0 comments)
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