Don't Wait For Spring - Start You Home Search Now

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Yes I know it is cold here in the northeast and definitely does not seem like spring is just around the corner but the real estate market is picking up earlier this year due to the current expiration date of the federally sponsored $7500 interest free tax credit loan being offered to qualifying first time home buyers, the lower interest rates that are available to many buyers right now whether they are first time buyers or not, and the high inventory of homes on the market.  You may be thinking you have plenty of time to start your search but you may be wrong.

There are quite a few buyers out looking at the available inventory and many of the homes which are now priced for sale in this market are moving.  I have been hearing a lot of "Sorry, that one has an accepted offer" when I call to schedule house buying tours.  These properties still show as active on the MLS until they are actually in contract so you will still be seeing them on realesolutions.com , Realtor.com , and all the other internet based sites that provide the public with easy access to property listings.  You may be thinking you have time to go see the house you have been longing for all winter but someone else may have gotten there already and beat you to it.

One of the easiest ways to get started with an active search for a new home is to find a good buyer's agent.  They will provide you with the most up to date information on the listings you are interested in.  They can eamil you the listings as soon as they are published and can update you when prices change.  Some web sites take up to several days to update and during that time people working with buyer's agents will have an advantage over those trying to surf the listings by themselves.

Your buyer's agent will be able to schedule tours of four or five homes that interest you during one time period allowing you to see what you want to see without the hassle of many phone calls and working with more than one listing agents schedule.  Just tell me the time you want to go and what you have chosen to see and we will be off.  

A buyer's agent will be able to help you compare the properties you are looking at with other similar properties.  You will have the advantage of someone experienced in real estate along with you to help you make an informed decision. The agent will provide you with comparative pricing on other properties that have sold recently to help you make your offer on the home you want.

The buyer's agent will get you the answers to the questions you have about the property , will help to negotiate the best terms and price for your chosen property, and will be there throughout the transaction to insure you can finally move into that place.

If you are looking to purchase a new home in the Great Hudson Valley of New York's Orange, Ulster, or Sullivan Counties I would love to be your Buyer's Agent.  If you are looking anywhere else I can find you an agent who will treat you with the same respect and care that I give to my buying clients.  Please give me a call or send me an email to get started now before this perfect storm passes you by.

I'm Paddy Pizappi - Work with Me and You'll be Happy!  
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Paddy - exactly the advice that I am giving my clients/customers right now. Conversely, I am giving my seller prospects the advice to start getting their homes ready to sell right now.

Jan 25, 2009 12:20 AM #1
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

You are so right about that Mike.  It is time for everyone to get a jump on things

Jan 25, 2009 12:35 AM #2
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Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Paddy,

Good information and advise. We are "IN SEASON" at the moment and looking forward to a very busy time of it. The incentives and lower interest rates should give buyers the nudge they need to make it happen!

Jan 25, 2009 12:40 AM #3
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Trey Affolter
Keller Williams Realty - Tacoma, WA
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Tax Credit incentive plus - interest rates sure makes it more appealing for home buyers & owners considering refinancing and should motivate them. In the article Time to Get Off the Fence and Into a Home, the same message comes in an article from NYTimes.com offered by Your Money. Another source with this message was from Smart Money, Time to refinance -- or buy a home? Good information to pass on to our buyers.

Best wishes for 2009!

Trey Affolter

http://www.treysellshouses.com

Jan 25, 2009 04:06 AM #4
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Paddy it is important for a buyer to have full representation and that is why your advice to use a Buyer's Agent is sound.  I would be happy to refer a buyer to you.

Jan 25, 2009 10:37 AM #5
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Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
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I hope your "season" brings you lots of work Hal.

Thanks for the additional resources Trey.  Best wishes to you too.

Why thank you Jennifer.  That is the highest complement.  If I had someone wishing to list on your side of the "Valley" I would be happy to give them your name too!

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Danny Thornton
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Paddy, it has always baffled me as to why people do wait around.

Jan 27, 2009 03:40 AM #7
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I guess they are afraid that something better will come along Danny.

Jan 27, 2009 05:51 AM #8
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