homes for sale in henry county: 8 Henry County House Value Boosters that Make the Most Sense - 06/27/17 09:55 AM
From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of Henry County house value.
Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably thrown together in a hurry since the return on investment is admitted to be 66%. When an investment returns two-thirds of its cost, it’s hardly competitive. For Henry County homeowners preparing to sell, vanity cabinets don’t belong on the action list.
The best idea lists are the ones which show ROI: the … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Home Appraisals Best Left to Humans - 06/27/17 09:51 AM
In the Terminator movies, a robot from the future (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hunts down the human heroine in order to change the future by altering the past. Although that’s actually the present. It’s complicated.
Although generally considered science fiction, the same thing is happening right now in the realm of Henry County home appraisals! Now, before any Henry County readers panic, there’s no immediate danger to the community. The authorities have the situation well in hand; in fact, the robot in question has already been hauled into court. There’s certainly nothing that could affect any individual Henry County homeowner…that is, unless your own … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Mortgage Rates Point to Encouraging Future - 06/27/17 09:48 AM
Last week, following the Fed’s hike in the rates they charge banks, you might expect a matching rise in mortgage rates for Henry County home buyers and refi applicants. If the experts are right, that’s far from a done deal. The Washington Post headline said it all: “Mortgage rates move slightly higher but could be headed back down again.” Mortgage News Daily reported the same: a slight nudge upward, then back down: “By holding flat, rates remain very close to the best levels seen in more than 8 months.” The consensus was all but unanimous, with even Freddie Mac predicting that … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Affordable Housing: an Overlooked Next Step? - 05/16/17 09:02 AM
 I don’t know about you, but when I used to hear the term “affordable housing” I’d think of value-priced Henry County condominium listings, some of the nicer area mobile home parks, or maybe fixer-uppers likely to be snatched up by professional house flippers (ultimately to become slightly less affordable housing).
When I heard “affordable housing,” I did not think “packing crate.” Nor did I think, “steamer trunk” or “storage unit.” That turns out to be entirely appropriate; nobody is volunteering to live in those.
Where I missed the boat was that I did not think, “shipping container.”
But that was then—this, as they say, … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Housing Affordability Heats Current Market - 05/01/17 12:54 PM
Every now and again Forbes magazine assembles what it calls its “top financial brain power” to comment on a topic of interest. Late last week, the topic was real estate—more specifically, the answer to the question, “Is the Real Estate Market Still Healthy?” Speaking for our Henry County real estate market, I’d have to the answer “yes.”(It’s a cinch I’ll never be asked by Forbes to join the panel because a one-word answer doesn’t make for a very long article).
Their panelists did better at elaborating. They voiced a couple of blanket observations on homeownership in today’s market, then settled on some … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Selling Your Henry County Home: Beyond Marketing - 05/01/17 12:43 PM
Selling your Henry County home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the Henry County MLS lists for every property—is only the beginning. The number of bedrooms, square footage, lot size—even the architectural style—all help buyers eliminate offerings that won’t satisfy their housing requirements.
These are quantitative marketing specifics that qualify a residence. Most have numbers attached. They’re also the basis for the “comps” that the bank or other mortgage lender will use to estimate your property’s market value. But they are only the first step in selling your Henry County home. They can (hopefully, will) interest buyers—but they … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: In Henry County House Hunts, Some Common Familial Pitfalls - 05/01/17 10:39 AM
You’re excited to be searching for a home in Henry County. Your parents are probably excited about your house hunt, too. They want the best for you—what parent wouldn’t want to offer their best wisdom and counsel during the house hunt?
Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible for that very same best advice to cause a good home choice in Henry County to slip away. Being aware of some common familial pitfalls can keep that from happening:
         Parents want to see you land your Henry County home for the least amount of money—sometimes resulting in advice to start with a lowball offer. That … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Keywords Lead to Henry County Spring Cleaning Tips - 04/14/17 09:20 AM
Ah, springtime! As the daylight hours grow longer and buds and blossoms dot Henry County’s trees and gardens, even when a rainy day is in the forecast, the feeling of new life in the air can’t be denied!
Also undeniable is the all-too-apparent fact that Henry County’s bright April sunlight is now illuminating months’ worth of dirt on the windows. And now we can see more areas of the carpet that show the winter’s accumulation of … what is that?
For residents from one end of Georgia to the other, the balmy weather definitely triggers a popular urge to put households in shape. … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Successful Henry County Showings also Involve an Illusion - 04/14/17 09:18 AM
Showings—whether here in Henry County or anywhere else—can succeed or fail as a result of quite minor details. Appreciating that fact isn’t hard to do when you relate showings to their theatrical first cousins: stage presentations. In important ways, they are quite similar.
Think of what happens when you attend a live play. The audience finds their seats, settle in, and wait for the action to begin. The house lights dim, the stage lights brighten, and the action begins. If all goes without a hitch, the play captures your attention—and it has every chance of successfully casting the spell the author and … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Best Time to Sell a House in Henry County: Coming Right Up! - 04/14/17 09:16 AM
Henry County readers who frequently check in here may recall the inquiry into whether there really is a single best time to buy a house—and if so, when that might be. The answer was October 8. At least that was what the researchers at RealtyTrac deduced after reviewing millions of home and condo sales (from across the nation, not just Henry County). The definition of “best” they settled on was the date which recorded the greatest markdown between original listing and actual sale prices. On closer examination, though, 10/8 did seem to be an answer that was going to differ from … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Homebuyers Benefit from Key Characteristics - 04/13/17 12:25 PM
The Rorschach (or inkblot) test is the one where a psychologist shows you a series of pictures that seem to be random black-and-white splatters. The shrink asks you what you think they look like. What you “see” in the inkblots tells something about who you are—how you look at things.
If someone were to create a pack of inkblots to test for who would be best suited for the tasks facing Henry County homebuyers, they’d be designed to pinpoint character traits that come in handy during a typical homebuyer’s quest. I don’t know how Dr. Rorschach came up with the shapes he … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Home Pricing in the Mirror - 03/30/17 12:47 PM
 When it comes to the reality of pricing a home in Henry County, it’s natural that buyer’s and seller’s points of view reflect their different roles and objective. In a way, they are mirror images of each another.
From the seller’s point of view, pricing their Henry County home starts out from the reality check of the “comps”—the prices registered in recent comparable neighborhood sales. From there, the pricing decision revolves around the tradeoff between maximum asking price versus the desire for a speedy sale. Even if there is no time pressure at all, serious sellers will still set the asking price … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: 9 Unnerving Henry County Home Improvement Ideas - 03/20/17 12:33 PM
 When it’s one of those weekend days when the Henry County weather has refused to cooperate with outdoor plans, one way to fill the idle time is to go online in search of home improvement ideas. You may not follow through with any for your own Henry County home—but it’s amusing to review the almost unlimited number of clever and inventive notions people have put online.
When it comes to the kitchen, for instance, there are bounteous home improvement ideas. There’s the herb garden wall (in addition to a green thumb, a powerful sunlamp in the ceiling is required) or the pool … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Daylight Savings & St. Pat’s Nearly Collide - 03/13/17 07:49 AM
 This Sunday marked the annual “spring forward” sleep-robbing occasion: the switch to this year’s Daylight Savings Time. “Springing forward” may sound like a spirited, energetic exercise, but for Henry County residents like me who do our best to keep regular hours, this week it will inevitably produce, at minimum, an extra yawn or two.
If it sounds as if I’m a bit grouchy about the whole thing, it’s only partially true. I hardly missed the hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday, save for how it made the night’s sleep an hour shorter. Intellectually, I know that the hour is … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Home Prices in 2017: a Nobel Prize Connection - 03/13/17 07:43 AM
The timing for when to sell a Henry County home can be a decision that pretty much makes itself. Sometimes family demands call for a move to larger or smaller quarters; sometimes a change in career demands or a schooling decision dictates a residential switch. But there are other times when an eventual move is in the cards—but timing is flexible.
That’s a situation where the decision can hinge on expectations for where future Henry County home prices seem to be headed. Nobody likes to be taken by surprise—especially if the surprises were foreseeable. As we enter the start of the peak … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: 20% Down Payment Fiction vs. Henry County Reality - 03/13/17 07:40 AM
It turns out that the run of admirable national and Henry County home sales advances have been pulled off despite a couple of strong countercurrents. At least that’s the theme that emerges from last month’s Aspiring Home Buyers Profile report, which supplied one obvious and one not-so-obvious widespread beliefs among would-be future homeowners.
Henry County home buyers are always a mix of current homeowners (who will usually also be selling) and first-timers. Among the latter group, a major drag on their willingness and ability to invest in their own Henry County home is the student debt phenomenon. Enough has been written about … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Mortgage Rates Yo-yo Again - 03/13/17 07:38 AM
 Keeping an eye on Henry County mortgage rates is a useful pastime for anyone who tracks local home sales because of the immediate effect they have on affordability. It can’t get much more immediate than the “projected monthly payment” numbers that calculators come up with alongside an online listing. Those instant calculations include tax and insurance estimates, but those change rarely. The mortgage rates, are always on the move.
Last Thursday, the Washington Post’s headline ran above a photo of Freddie Mac’s massive DC headquarters:
“Mortgage rates fall amid fears of rising inflation.”
That kind of news is always good for Henry County home … (1 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: 5+ Tips to Reduce Henry County Relocation Stress - 03/13/17 07:32 AM
If you go looking for new ideas to make a relocation to or from Henry County easier, it’s amazing how often the words “stress” and “relocation” appear in the same paragraph. The most universally agreed-upon method is to separate the two by hiring relocation professionals—not surprising since many of the most-read articles are authored by people involved in the industry. But the runners-up when it comes to relocation are either work-related (for those who are making the move to change jobs) or moving-related (the nuts and bolts of a household move).
Since I’m involved in moving-day drama reduction on behalf of my … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: A “Kitchen Mirage” Could Speed Henry County Home Sales - 02/17/17 11:56 AM
 When I see a feature with a title like X Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger, I’m someone who’s unlikely to pass it up. Making any Henry County kitchen feel bigger would be a definite plus for any Henry County home sale. On the scale of honorable pursuits, it would be right there next to cleanliness.
Increasingly, today’s Henry County homebuyers think of the kitchen as a (and possibly the) center of family entertaining—the center of gravity where everyone hangs out more than anywhere else. It’s true that if another room features a giant TV entertainment center, that might be serious … (0 comments)

homes for sale in henry county: Henry County Weather Makes Showings Impossible: Not! - 02/17/17 11:53 AM
 When even severely draught-ridden California neighborhoods are having trouble coming up for air, you know that 2017 is turning out to be one of those winters. Punxsutawney Phil only confirmed what we already knew: until the bulbs start pushing their way upward, we’re likely to have more wind-blown stormy days than usual. When it comes to Henry County showings, some strategic thinking can be in order.
Henry County showings are always at their best when the wind is gentle, the clouds are white, puffy, off in the distance instead of blocking the sun—and the ground is agreeably soil-like rather than squishy. February … (1 comments)

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