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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 4/18/2018

If you plan to pursue your dream house, it generally helps to evaluate housing market data. In fact, there are many reasons why homebuyers should assess real estate market data, and these include:

1. You can learn about mortgage interest rates.

Mortgage interest rates rise and fall frequently. As a homebuyer, you'll want to do everything you can to identify the lowest-available mortgage interest rates. And if you study the housing market, you may be better equipped than ever before to do just that.

In addition, it often helps to meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can help you track mortgage interest rates and provide you with mortgage insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Plus, banks and credit unions can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage and ensure that you have finances in hand when you pursue your dream residence.

2. You can reduce the risk of spending too much to acquire your ideal house.

Let's face it – you want to buy your dream house, but you don't want to break the bank to do so. Fortunately, if you understand housing market data, you may be able to avoid the temptation to overspend on a house.

Examine the prices of available houses and recently sold homes in areas where you want to live. By doing so, you can establish a price range for your dream residence and find out whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

3. You can quickly and effortlessly navigate the homebuying journey.

The homebuying journey may prove to be long and complicated, especially for those who fail to prepare for it. Luckily, housing market data can give you a better idea about what to expect as soon as you kick off your search for your ideal house. Then, you can use this information to identify and address potential homebuying hurdles faster than ever before.

For those who are unsure about how to collect and analyze housing market data, there is no need to stress. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can get the help the you need to discover your dream house.

A real estate agent can provide you with the right housing market data, at the right time, every time. He or she also will allocate the necessary time and resources to explain the importance of assorted housing market data and paint a picture of the current state of the real estate sector. That way, you can take a data-driven approach to buying a house.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is available to take the guesswork out of the homebuying journey. This housing market professional will keep you up to date about new houses as they become available and ensure that you can find a terrific house that matches your budget.

Ready to make your homeownership dream come true? Use real estate market data, and you can become an expert homebuyer in no time at all.




Categories: Buying a Home   Real estate  


Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 4/11/2018

If your house is on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, you probably feel like you have 101 things to do!

Fortunately, the list is much smaller than that and you can enlist the help of a real estate agent to handle many of the details.

To increase your chances for a fast sale, your agent will offer you suggestions on ways to enhance the eye appeal and curb appeal of your home. Although many of the things they point out may seem minor and superficial, the cumulative effect they'll have on the marketability of your home could be significant.

Minor flaws will be noticed by potential buyers and could easily give them the impression that your home hasn't been updated, properly maintained, and well taken care of. While that may not be true, remember that presentation is everything. And, if I may slip in one more old, but true cliché: "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression!" That is as true in real estate sales as it is in making sure you're breath is fresh!

With that in mind, here's a list of some of the relatively inexpensive improvements you can make that will help you favorably impress prospective home buyers.

  • There are a lot of cheap or relatively inexpensive repairs you can make, such as repairing and painting over damaged walls, oiling squeaky hinges, and replacing cracked windows and bathroom tiles. Toilets that run and faucets that leak are other examples of minor problems that can make a bad impression on potential buyers.
  • Lighting, both natural and artificial, sets the mood in a room and can have an impact on how people perceive your home. It's usually advisable to let in as much natural light as possible and increase the wattage of lightbulbs in dark rooms and hallways. On the other hand, harsh lightening can also make an unfavorable impression, so it's necessary to find the perfect balance between glaring and dreary lighting. Most real estate agents are attuned to minor (or major) changes that need to be made to elements like lighting, décor, and furniture arrangement.
  • Avoid the appearance of clutter, disorganization, and chaos in any part of your home! This would apply to everything from closets and cabinets to counter-tops, desks, and bedroom dressers. If your basement or attic is a "disaster area," that could reflect negatively on you and the attractiveness of your home. A good, general rule-of-thumb for controlling clutter is "less is more."
  • Be prepared to do at least a little painting and a lot of cleaning to prepare your house for successful showings. A certain amount of landscaping and lawn care is also necessary, with tasks such as mowing, pruning, and weeding at the top of the list.
Although there are a lot of things to keep in mind when staging and preparing your home for a fast sale, the best way to start out is with a list of priorities and the advice of a seasoned real estate agent.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 4/4/2018

Home Insurance is a requirement, but it’s also a welcome protection for your most prized purchase. When getting insurance, you probably want a good deal on it. Your aim might be to try and save some money. There’s much more to insurance than cost, however. You need to know that whatever policy you choose will cover what you need and provide the right amounts of protection for those items. 


There’s so many different parts to an insurance policy that indicate the coverage you can have for your home, it can be dizzying. At its most basic form, home insurance protects your home from risk. This includes fire and robbery. Keep in mind that a less expensive policy will provide less coverage for you. Different types of coverage that you should be aware of are:



  • Dwelling Coverage
  • Other Structures Coverage
  • Personal Property Coverage
  • Liability Coverage


These different pieces of a home insurance policy allow for a wide variety of damages things including: Rebuilding your home, coverage that will allow you to rebuild fences, sheds and screen houses, protection if someone is injured on your property, and the insurance of your personal property contained within the home. Some policies will even cover you to live in an alternative place should your home become uninhabitable. 


Check Your Deductibles And Policy Limits


A deductible is how much you’ll need to pay before the insurance company picks up the rest of the bill. Policies with higher deductibles are less expensive to purchase. Yet, if your home does face damage, you’ll have to come up with a lot more upfront to have your home repaired. When you’re comparing home insurance policies, you’ll need to make sure that you have the same deductible amount selected for each separate policy that you’re getting a quote on. The deductible amount that you choose should be one that you’d feel comfortable paying when and if something happens to your home.  


True Comparisons


While shopping by price is a good place to start, you need to compare much more than that. You want to be sure that when you purchase a home insurance policy that you’re actually getting your money’s worth. You need to be mindful of the type of coverage that you get and the amount of deductible that you’ll need to spend in order to get that coverage. It would be tragic for something to happen to your home, only for you to find out that it’s not covered. You pay home insurance for protections, so it’s a great idea to know exactly what you’re paying for and where the safety net is surrounding your home and belongings.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 3/28/2018

In today’s world, many people are concerned about the harm that chemicals may do. Especially in homes with pets and children, families may want to do everything to protect their loved ones from harm. Having chemicals in your home may not only be hazardous, but they could also aggravate certain health conditions like asthma and allergies. There are many things that you can use that are right inside of your own kitchen cabinets to do the same job of cleaning that industrial strength cleaners do. The best part s that you won’t need to worry about your kids or pets getting into dangerous materials. You may also be surprised at what a great job all of these natural cleaners do in cleaning up your home. If you’re trying to save money, you might also   


Stock Up On Supplies


The first thing you’ll need to do if you want to have all natural cleaning supplies is to stock up on the essentials. Specific items do a great job of cleaning that a part of any cleaning recipe. You’ll be surprised at how much you can scrub in your home with just a few simple items.  


Baking Soda


Baking soda is such a versatile cleaner. It does everything from deodorizing to act as an abrasive. You can use it in many places in your home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the plumbing.  


Vinegar


Vinegar works to dissolve scale, gets rid of mold, and cuts down on soap scum. It’s also a fantastic stain remover. It’s a great base to use in many cleaners from the kitchen counters to your shower.  


Hydrogen Peroxide


Peroxide is an eco-friendly cleaner that helps to whiten surfaces. You can even find this substance in your toothpaste!


Borax


This substance helps to cut grease, oil, and dirt. It’s great to clean stainless steel with and is a great stain remover.   


Essential Oils


Essential oils are great to add scent to any homemade cleaners that you have. Get anything from tea tree oil to lemongrass to lavender to eucalyptus scents and use them as a part of your natural cleaning recipes.

Homemade cleaning supplies can save you money, time and even space in your closets! It’s easy to see why stocking up on a few essentials can not only keep your home clean but your home and family safe from harmful compounds as well. Try cleaning with something natural and notice the difference in your home!       






Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 3/21/2018

For home sellers, it is important to take a close look at every room in your house, including your living room.

Although your living room has served as a great place to relax and hang out with family members and friends, you'll want to invest time and resources to ensure this space offers a warm, inviting vibe. By doing so, you may be able to enhance your living room's appearance and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

What does it take to revamp a living room? Here are three tips to help home sellers transform an ordinary living room into a comfortable space:

1. Establish a Color Scheme.

Your living room colors ultimately could make or break a homebuyer's impression of your home.

For example, if your living room includes calm, relaxing hues, it may help homebuyers feel at ease the moment they enter. Or, if your living room features bold, vibrant colors, it may add energy to the setting's décor.

Determine a color scheme that offers the ideal mix of style and sophistication. This color scheme should make your living room pop; at the same time, try not to use colors that are overly dramatic or take away from the setting's ambiance.

When in doubt, use warm or cool hues to bolster your living room's appearance. These hues likely will complement any home's décor and will improve your chances of making an unforgettable first impression on homebuyers.

2. Select Stylish Flooring.

Flooring may make a world of difference in how homebuyers view your living room, and for good reason. With the right flooring in place, you'll be able to make your living room a comfortable and enjoyable space, one that will generate plenty of interest from homebuyers.

A solid wood floor may prove to be a great choice in your living room and could give the space a natural look and feel. Comparatively, carpets are soft and durable and come in a wide range of patterns to help you take your living room décor to new heights.

3. Rearrange Your Furniture.

What good is a living room if visitors cannot easily converse with one another? Show homebuyers the true potential of your living room by arranging furniture in a way that promotes conversation.

Pull your living room couch, loveseat and other furniture away from the walls and have them face one another. This will help give your living room an intimate appearance, one that may enable your living space to leave homebuyers with a distinct impression of your residence.

Discovering the best ways to enhance your living room could prove to be time-consuming. Fortunately, hiring a real estate agent may help you streamline the process of transforming your living room's appearance from drab to fab.

A real estate agent will conduct an in-depth home assessment so you can better understand your residence's strengths and weaknesses. Plus, this professional will offer tips to help you improve your living room's appearance in no time at all.

Dedicate the time and resources to bolster your living room's appearance, and you may be able to reap the benefits of a quick home sale.