real estate: 7 Tips To Plan A Spring Yard ‘Tune-Up’ Before Listing A Home For Sale - 04/11/18 07:24 AM

 
The oft-repeated maxim that there is never a second chance to make a great first impression is especially true when it comes to real estate. Street appeal may focus on a dramatic approach to the front door, but prospective buyers will be especially “wowed” by an appealing back yard.
Early spring is the perfect time to add some new plants, set out pots of blooming flowers and focus on one memorable feature. A little work now will pay big dividends later, in terms of buyer interest, increased showings, quick offers, and even a higher price.
Here are 7 ideas that are cost-effective weekend projects:
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real estate: 5 Tips For Prospective Buyers To Submit A Winning Offer - 04/11/18 07:14 AM

 
In a hot real estate market, agents often tell buyers they must expect to make multiple offers before one is accepted. Disappointment may be the new normal rather than an exception. The stress of repeated rejections isn’t easy, so be prepared.
Significant numbers of first-time buyers find the process difficult, and recent research indicates that about 60 percent of Millennials choose to rent rather than own, delaying other important life decisions, including marriage and family. 
There are, however, at least 5 ways to strengthen your buyer profile and give yourself an advantage: 
Check Your Credit
Take advantage of the free credit checks offered by the three credit reporting agencies, … (1 comments)

real estate: Your Guide To Aging In Place Home Modifications - 04/11/18 07:10 AM

 
If you’ve had to watch your parents transition into assisted living, you may have no desire to call such a place home. You are not alone. According to the Aging in Place Housing Survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), more than 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their home.
Many survey respondents said that they would rather use nursing home funds towards purchasing a home that is suited for aging in place or making accessible home modifications.  
You’ve probably heard the buzzwords — aging in place, non-assisted living, universal design — these phrases mean the same … (0 comments)

real estate: Five Reasons Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Sell - 04/11/18 07:07 AM

Spring is many people’s favorite season of the year. Obviously, there are many valid reasons why this is so;  but, one of the best things about spring is that it is an ideal time to sell your home.
If you have considered putting your home on the market any time in the next year or so, check out these five reasons which make spring the ideal time.
Buyers are searching – A huge majority of home buyers want to move during summer. Many families have school or work vacations that make the moving process a little easier during this time. If you put … (0 comments)

real estate: 7 Excellent Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Home - 04/11/18 07:02 AM

 
In recent years, building an environmentally friendly home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn’t always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lower your water and electricity bills.
These green home improvements will save you money in the long run, while also saving the planet. The following are some of the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint when building or updating a home. 
Build or Purchase a Smaller Home
Smaller homes naturally have a lower impact on the environment. There is less square footage to cool and heat, … (0 comments)

real estate: 6 Money Making Tips For The First Time Home Seller - 04/11/18 06:59 AM

 
Today’s homebuyers can have specific ideas and personal preferences that influence their decision on what attracts them to a particular property. While some prefer a fixer-upper, many desire a home that’s as close to turn-key as possible.
First time home sellers may help expedite the process with these six home selling tips. 
Determine Right Listing Price
A home priced competitively in its market typically sells faster. Professional REALTORS® know the area and look at comparative listings to help determine the right listing price.
First time home sellers often think their home should list higher, and this can turn away buyers. Trust a real estate agent … (0 comments)

real estate: Green Technology To Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint - 04/11/18 06:38 AM

 
 
When you are a homeowner looking to reduce your carbon footprint, there are a number of steps you can take to make your home earth-friendly. From passive solar heating to solar panels, you can make a difference in the impact your home has on the environment.
Even when you aren’t building a new home, changes can be made to an existing property to increase efficiency and reduce reliance on utility systems.
Invest In Solar Power
Solar panels are one of the most popular ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and with good reason. Solar panels often produce enough electricity so that you have energy … (0 comments)

real estate: Tips For Home Buying In The Digital Age - 04/11/18 06:30 AM

 
The digital age has changed the way buyers browse for and purchase goods and services, including real estate. While home buyers still can check out property listings via a print newspaper or by driving through desired neighborhoods in hopes of finding a “for sale” sign, digital sources offer more options and can make the home buying process easier. 
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) states in their 2017 Report: Real Estate in a Digital Age, that 44-percent of home buyers look online when beginning their search.
Social Media As Sources For Home Buyers
According to the Pew Research Center, 68-percent or two-thirds of U.S. … (1 comments)

real estate: The Younger Real Estate Market - 04/06/18 05:45 AM
Move Over Millennials, Gen Z Is Moving Into Home Ownership 
Although the majority of the Generation Z population make $25,000 or less per year, they really have embraced the American Dream of home ownership. According to a recent survey by Zillow, 97 percent of Gen Z renters asked were confident they will be homeowners in the future, whereas only 55 percent of Millennials were
82 percent of Gen Zers who were renting identified home ownership as the most important component of the American Dream — more than Millennials, even though that group is presently the largest segment of homebuyers, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.
So … (1 comments)

 
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