It’s no secret that home buyers look for ways to save money regardless of whether they are buying their first home or their second home. And while there are certainly ways to cut corners and save a buck here and there, a good number of people choose to forego hiring a real estate agent to represent them in the home buying process... which could ultimately end up costing them more in the long run.
Moving is probably one of the most dreaded life events that you are faced with. Whether your moving down the street or across the country, there are always things you need to be aware of and plan for, and the more prepared you are, the smoother the move will be.
The inside of your home might be newly renovated with new appliances, fresh pain and newly finished hardwood floors, but if your home is lacking curb appeal, you may never get potential buyers inside your front door. Your home’s exterior, along with your lawn, gardens, garage and walkways need to turn heads and grab the attention of buyers and passersby.
You’ve made the decision to move, and you cannot wait to live in your new house. But now you are faced with the decision of what kind of house you want to buy, and this goes beyond deciding if you want to live in a Cape, Ranch or Colonial. What you need to decide is if you want a “new to you” house, a house that is new construction, or a move-in ready house. It is important to know the difference and what each has to offer.
Anyone that has been in the market for a new home, or just has an interest in the real estate industry, knows that it has been nothing other than a seller’s market. Over the last few years, buyer frustration has been at an all-time high, while sellers have enjoyed the high-priced trend. Across the country, home values have continued to increase at an above-average rate, while the available inventory has been lacking, at best. This demand for homes has successfully allowed sellers to raise their asking prices, and the competition has pushed buyers to make offers that are considerably over the listing price, often finding themselves in a bidding war with other prospective buyers. But what do we have in store for the upcoming spring?