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    Sunday, April 3, 2022   /   by Anita Barham

    Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

    Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

    We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market.
     
    Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of an insightful real estate professional on your side can help you boost your home’s appeal to buyers. What’s more, beginning the preparation process early allows you to tackle repairs and upgrades that can increase your property’s value.
     
    Use the checklist below to figure out what other tasks you should complete in the months leading up to listing your home. While everyone’s situation is unique, these guidelines will help you make sure you’re ready to sell when the time is right. Of course, you can always call us if you’re not sure 8 ...

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    Tuesday, August 17, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

    It’s the old supply-and-demand predicament: Home sales in the U.S. continue at a torrid pace, but the availability of listings remains limited. Buoyed by historically low mortgage rates, buyers keep shopping for homes, reducing the available inventory and sparking a rise in home prices across the country.
     
    News website The Atlantic summarized the sizzling home market this way:
     
    “Pick a housing statistic at random, and it’s probably setting an all-time record. Home prices: record high. Inventory: record low. Percentage of homes selling above asking price: record high. Average time on market: record low.”¹
     
    Meanwhile, homebuilders are contending with an increase in material costs and a shortage of labor. These issues come amid an ongoing shortage of housing. A study commissioned by the National Association of Realtors found the U.S. is coping with a deficit of about 2 million single-family homes and about 3.5 million other housing un ...

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    Monday, May 10, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

    Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life
    Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right?
    For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical.1 A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical to heat and clean. It’s no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home purchase.
    While your home-buying journey may not look like your neighbor’s or friend’s, broad trends can help you understand what to keep in mind as you house hunt. No one wants to regret their home purchase, and taking the time now to think about exactly what you need can save a lot of heartache later.
    The Newly Married or Partnered Couple
    The financial and legal commitment of marriage has provided a springboard to homeownership for centur; ...

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

    Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?
     
     
    While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?
    When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking days on market (13 fewer than in 2019).1
     
    Now, as the spring market approaches, you may be wondering whether the good times can continue to roll on. If you’re a homeowner, should you take advantage of this opportunity? If you’re a buyer, should you jump in and risk paying too much? Below we answer some o/ ...

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021   /   by Anita Barham

    5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021

    5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021
     
     
    We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.
     
    Even if you don’t have immediate plans to buy or sell your home, we advise our clients to be mindful of modern design preferences when planning a remodel or even redecorating. Over-personalized or unpopular renovations could lower your property’s value. And selecting out-of-style fixtures and finishes could cause your home to feel dated quickly.
     
    To help inspire your design projects this year, we’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends.  Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or re1 ...

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