property executives: Hudson Property Values Benefit from Spring Ritual - 03/20/13 04:08 AM
The first day of spring falls on the 20th—making Wednesday the day many homeowners start planning their ritual seasonal maintenance. Spring is also the traditional launch of the busy season in real estate, when safeguarding Hudson area property values can become a less abstract matter. 
Because water damage is Public Enemy #1, homeowner checklists should always highlight three points:
First: the Roof As soon as March’s lion turns a bit more lamb-like, it’s time to get out the ladder to survey roof damage. Leaves, twigs or other storm debris that have clogged gutters during the weather months can allow moisture … (0 comments)

property executives: Why Hudson Listings Can Be An Audit Trigger - 03/20/13 04:02 AM
…an energy audit, that is. That’s a lot more than a piece of tax-time humor – it’s a growing trend that rising energy costs have made ever more practical.
A survey by Fannie Mae found that the cost of heating, cooling, and hot water is now the highest single cost of homeownership, second only to the cost of the loan on the property. When buyers are prowling through the Hudson listings this season, the more savvy among them are beginning to look for a HERS number: its Home Energy Rating System audit score.
HERS was developed by the Residential Energy Services … (0 comments)

property executives: Financing Ideas for Hudson Investment Properties - 03/18/13 03:13 AM
Never mind what those TV get-rich-quick infomercials would have us believe: building long-term wealth requires focus and patience. Patience, because a steady growth is a more reliable strategy than flashier single investment ‘wins’ — and focus, because opportunities slip past when daily demands soak up all our attention.
For financially secure individuals, current real estate trends deserve some attention. Right now we have an environment that may be unique in our lifetimes — one that calls for seriously considering the long-term potential investment properties offer. If you agree that investment properties in the Hudson area are worth investigating further, you will … (0 comments)

property executives: Final Four Things No One Tells Hudson First Time Homebuyers - 03/18/13 03:09 AM
Of all the things first time homebuyers in the Hudson are told, some that turn out to be pretty important are too often overlooked. Here are four items first time homebuyers will find useful to know:
 
4.         Remodeling costs more than you think
 
You’ve found a fixer: your energy is to be applauded. But before you write that offer, if you are one of our Hudson first-time homebuyers, be certain to have penciled out the bottom line cost of bringing the home up to the standard you require to be move-in ready. You may well be able … (0 comments)

property executives: Hudson Mortgage Snoozers Could Be Losers! - 03/15/13 03:48 AM
 
Your mortgage: you only think about it once a month (if you’re on autopay, maybe not even that often). Why worry about it? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Wrong!
Like all aspects of your big-picture financial planning, keeping an eye on that mortgage can be an extra wealth-building move. I can point to three reasons why re-evaluating your Hudson mortgage could pay dividends:
Down, Down, Down… Ok, with interest rates continually making headlines, this one might be a no-brainer. But some folks don’t realize just how attainable significant savings may be: a drop of just a single … (0 comments)

property executives: 7 Things No One Tells Hudson First Time Homebuyers - 03/15/13 03:43 AM
First time homebuyers in Hudson are told a lot of things —
“Save your money,” their parents advise.
“Location, location, location!” their friend’s friend cautions.
Reasonable advice, for certain. But there some important elements of the home buying process which a typical Hudson first time homebuyer doesn’t usually hear. I’ve listed some of the most important ones, in no particular order:
1.                  Mortgage rates you see advertised aren’t usually what you get
The banner ads are everywhere online: “3.2% rates!” “No money down!” But the truth is, mortgage rates vary greatly. The only way you’ll know what rates you … (0 comments)

property executives: The Most Important Part of Curb Appeal - 03/15/13 03:36 AM
 
“Curb appeal” is an instantly understandable byword: one every home seller hears. You can see for yourself how Hudson property listings that feature sparkling exterior shots with superior ‘curb appeal’ instantly draw your attention — and often, higher offers.
Hearing the phrase makes you picture potential buyers standing at the curb, viewing your property. Yet the most important part of ‘curb appeal’ is the second word, not the first. “Appeal” should be an active concept: one that’s about reaching out, roping potential buyers in. Successful sellers create appeal by making every part of a home’s presentation — from its debut … (0 comments)

property executives: Prices Rise on Homes for Sale Greatest since 2006 - 03/15/13 03:29 AM
When real estate occupies most of your day (as it certainly does mine), you find yourself receiving no end of information. Some summarize points of view that are available elsewhere; some provide original information that isn’t particularly relevant to our local market.
One piece that gets more than the usual quick-scan-then-into-the-recycle-bin treatment is the HPI Data Report. It comes in once each month from the demographers at CoreLogic ®. This group knows what they are talking about: among other things, they collect the most comprehensive property database in the U.S.
March was relatively quiet on the news front, so when they … (0 comments)

property executives: Going the Extra Mile for Your Hudson Open House - 03/04/13 03:57 AM
 

 
When you are getting near to zero hour for your first open house in Hudson, you should know some of the simple moves homeowners can make to help ensure success. Here are three of them -- three ways you can approach your Hudson open house to make sure it’s a well-attended and effective marketing event:
1. Buy some flowers
It might seem extravagant, but when you consider the your Hudson home’s asking price, it may prove well worth it.  The amount you spend on flowers will create an extra lift: the inviting aroma that greets your visitors, together … (0 comments)

property executives: Hudson Home Values and the ‘Surprise Remodel’ - 03/04/13 03:52 AM
 
Sometimes home values can undergo abrupt changes. One way that can happen is through the ‘Surprise Remodel’ phenomenon. That’s when you wake up one morning to find that your Hudson house grew larger…overnight!
If you are one of the many Hudson residents whose children have left for school, the Surprise Remodel is what happened the moment you realized that that you were, in fact, suddenly in possession of an extra room.
Sometimes it takes a few months, but as soon as you conclude that the sentimental value of leaving the high school memorabilia in place is outweighed by … (0 comments)

property executives: Action Plan Following a Hudson Short Sale - 03/04/13 03:48 AM
 
Strengthening Credit After a Short Sale in Hudson
 
A Hudson short sale represents real value for the homebuyer, of course. But to some extent, it is also a boon to the seller. Being able to unload a property that’s underwater helps avoid the most dire credit consequences of a Hudson foreclosure.
But lingering credit damage can still result from any short sale -- if the short seller allows it to happen. Should you find yourself in the short sale situation, be proactive in protecting your credit score. You will put yourself in a position to re-enter the market … (0 comments)

property executives: Hudson WI Home Sales Prospects: Anything But “Calm” - 03/04/13 03:42 AM
 
 
In February, Hudson area home sellers saw more than the usual number of reasons to look forward to this spring’s Hudson home sales selling season. It looked like the opposite of the lengthy real estate “Perfect Storm” that caused freefall across the national landscape.
Signs pointed to the possibility that we may be headed into the opposite market conditions. Webster’s Dictionary says the opposite of ‘storm’ is ‘calm’ – but I don’t think you would call Hudson’s home sales outlook a “Perfect Calm.”  Far from it! 
Some of the signs:
-                     Falling Inventory. Per the NAR’s Existing … (0 comments)

property executives: ‘For Sale by Owner’ Deals Need Hudson Agent Knowledge - 02/28/13 02:11 AM

 Suppose you are driving past one of those ‘For Sale by Owner’ yard signs…and the house looks good!
 Do you screech to a halt, jump out and rush up to the front door to – quick! – sign a deal? More likely, you jot down the phone number (hopefully one is visible, though with For Sale By Owner signs, it’s not always the case) so you can call up your agent to get the details.
Veteran buyers considering a Hudson For Sale by Owner (FSBO) property know why it’s highly beneficial to use their agent from the start.  Even … (0 comments)

property executives: The Calling Card That Can Sell a Home. Yard Dos and Dont's to Selling - 02/28/13 02:04 AM
Your yard is your Hudson home's calling card. A dated or overgrown yard can be a huge turnoff to potential buyers – just as an appealing one can trump other objections. 
Landscape designer Cynthia Bee knows this well. "Landscaping often makes the difference,” she says, “between a prospective buyer getting out of the car for a closer look or simply driving on by."
The same goes for Internet prospects as they scan through listings in search of a Hudson home to buy. An unappealing yard can detract from your all-important curbside glamour photo -- and cause them ‘to drive on … (0 comments)

property executives: Why the Newest listings for Hudson Sometimes…Aren’t! - 02/28/13 01:53 AM
Newest listings in Hudson Are There (Just Further Down!)
You are doing some serious house-hunting.
You’ve been Googling ‘newest Hudson listings’, but when you click on the most popular sites, somehow the ‘newest Hudson listings’ are the same ones you’ve seen before. Worse, some of them turn out to have been sold! Or the price was wrong! Or the agent isn’t even the agent anymore!
What is going on? Doesn’t Google (or Bing, or Yahoo!) promise to show you sites with the newest listings in Hudson? How can the most popular sites (at the top of their results page: Zillow, … (0 comments)

property executives: Foreclosure Starts Up for First Time Since 2009: RealtyTrac - 07/18/12 05:36 AM

In the first half of this year, over 1 million U.S. properties received a foreclosure filing, according to a midyear foreclosure report released by RealtyTrac. The exact figure, 1,045,801, marks a 2 percent increase from the previous 6-month period and an 11 percent decrease from the first half of 2011. Foreclosure filings include default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions. Second quarter foreclosure starts totaled 311,010 -- a 9 percent increase from the previous quarter and a 6 percent increase from a year ago. The increase is the first yearly rise in quarterly foreclosure starts since the fourth quarter … (0 comments)

property executives: Americans expect 1.4% increase in home prices: Fannie Mae - - 06/28/12 01:27 AM

 
Fannie Mae interviewed approximately 1,000 survey respondents for its May National Housing Survey. Most Americans interviewed by Fannie Mae believe home prices will increase at least 1.4 percent over the next 12 months, the government-sponsored enterprise said.
 
Of those who responded, 34 percent — the highest level since March 2011 — said home prices will rise over the course of the next 12 months. In addition, 41 percent of respondents believe home mortgage rates will likely go up over the course of the next year, an increase from the previous month.
 
To read more visit:  http://www.housingwire.com/content/average-americans-expect-14-increase-home-prices
 
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property executives: Americans expect 1.4% increase in home prices: Fannie Mae-River Falls - 06/28/12 01:26 AM

 
Fannie Mae interviewed approximately 1,000 survey respondents for its May National Housing Survey. Most Americans interviewed by Fannie Mae believe home prices will increase at least 1.4 percent over the next 12 months, the government-sponsored enterprise said.
 
Of those who responded, 34 percent — the highest level since March 2011 — said home prices will rise over the course of the next 12 months. In addition, 41 percent of respondents believe home mortgage rates will likely go up over the course of the next year, an increase from the previous month.
 
To read more visit:  http://www.housingwire.com/content/average-americans-expect-14-increase-home-prices
 
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property executives: Americans expect 1.4% increase in home prices: Fannie Mae - Hudson WI - 06/28/12 01:24 AM

 
Fannie Mae interviewed approximately 1,000 survey respondents for its May National Housing Survey. Most Americans interviewed by Fannie Mae believe home prices will increase at least 1.4 percent over the next 12 months, the government-sponsored enterprise said.
 
Of those who responded, 34 percent — the highest level since March 2011 — said home prices will rise over the course of the next 12 months. In addition, 41 percent of respondents believe home mortgage rates will likely go up over the course of the next year, an increase from the previous month.
 
To read more visit:  http://www.housingwire.com/content/average-americans-expect-14-increase-home-prices
 
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property executives: Mortgage Rates End Streak of Record-Setting Lows - Troy Burne - 06/21/12 04:12 AM

 
Mortgage Rates End Streak of Record-Setting Lows Average fixed-rate mortgages ended their recent streak of record-setting lows, according to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage survey. Still, mortgage rates remain near historic lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high and providing an incentive to refinance. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.71 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending June 14, up from the week prior when it averaged 3.67 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.5 percent.
 
 
 
To read more visit:
 
http://www.housingwire.com/content/mortgage-rates-end-streak-record-setting-lows
 
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