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Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9. Sellers: House going on sale in the spring?

Do some prep work now. First, grab your camera or smart phone and do an exterior photo with the leaves changing colors. It's a much better way to showcase your home than to wait until late winter when everything is still dead and brown and mucky. Also take some landscape shots after the first snow, ideally on a sunny day, to show how cozy your place looks in winter. Take a preliminary inventory, too. Look through your attic, closets, basement and garage to see what stored items you'll want to ... Full Article...

posted in English at Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:50:35 +0000

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 8. Sellers and buyers: Know the state of your market

† A balanced housing market is defined as one with an average inventory of 6.5 months, according to Texas A&M University Real Estate Center research. When inventory remains below equilibrium, sellers enjoy more control over prices and terms, and the area becomes a seller's market. When inventory lingers well above stasis, you have a buyer's market where sellers must get more serious about price reductions, credits and throw-ins. Of course, these averages don't necessarily reflect demand in ...

posted in English at Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:01:39 +0000

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7. Sellers: The grass is always greener ...

† ? in yards with a "sold" sign. Major presale upgrades typically aren't needed, but a little greening outdoors is a must. Surveys show that strong†curb appeal†can increase prices by 10 percent or more. Greener grass, whether derived from new sod or fertilizer and water, is a must. New shrubs, plantings and flowers also project a welcoming feel. Sellers typically enjoy a 100 percent return on the money they put into curb appeal. Another form of green, sustainable landscaping has become a ...

posted in English at Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:46:04 +0000

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6. If you're a buyer, don't believe the house is yours

Don't bank on a done deal or other verbal promises from listing agents until you sign a contract. In heated markets across the country, sales agents are giving buyers false hope and using their offers to bid up the price for preferred buyers who they think can pay more and close faster. Have other homes in mind. Strategies such as preapproval (versus prequalification), proof of funding, closing flexibility and the always-risky practice of waiving inspection and repair conditions can help sway ... Full Article...

posted in English at Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:59:40 +0000

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5. Renters: It might be time to buy

† † In some cases, rents wil rise faster than home values, yet mortgage rates remain low. That, and the fact that renters now account for 37 percent of households (the highest level in 50 years), seem to indicate an imminent coming-out party for renters-turned-buyers, especially if they plan to stay put for five to 10 years after buying. Looking to stay in your house and not sell?†Find the best refi rates now. Write to us at

posted in English at Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:47:01 +0000

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4. Sellers: It may be a seller's market but ‚?¶

Top 10 real estate tips for 2017†10 tips to adapt to the latest market conditions4. Sellers: It may be a seller's market but ? Home sellers can do several simple things to enhance appearance, increase buyer interest and boost their home's profile: Renew selectively:†Instead of wholesale renovations from which sellers recoup maybe 60 percent on investment, do light makeovers everywhere, with an eye on the kitchen and bathrooms. They're far more cost-effective.Clean, clean and clean some ...

posted in English at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:17:32 +0000

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 3. Buyers: There's more loan money out there

Real estate tips for 2017†10 tips to adapt to the latest market conditions Those who couldn't get mortgages during the downturn because they didn't have 20 percent to put down can find affordable financing again. Borrowers with† scores as low as 650 are now getting conforming mortgage loans (those under $417,000). The best rates go to those with 800-plus credit scores, though 750-plussers are getting virtually the same terms. Unfortunately, those seductive interest-only loans are also on the ... Full Article...

posted in English at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:27:36 +0000

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 2. Sellers: Hire the right agent

Real estate tips for 2017†10 tips to adapt to the latest market conditions 2. Sellers: Hire the right agent Oftentimes, the best investment a seller can make is time spent†researching agents. A bad hire can cost sellers tens of thousands of dollars and months of worried waiting. Is there good photography or video? Does it "pop"? Are descriptions accurate and complimentary without seeming exaggerated? Then, look at profiles of the agents on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media; and be sure ... Full Article...

posted in English at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:37:57 +0000

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1. First-time homebuyers: Get that starter home now

Real estate tips for 2017†10 tips to adapt to the latest market conditions1. First-time homebuyers: Get that starter home now Well, you'd best gyrate into action. And we mean now! More than half of the home sales (52 percent) in 2017 are expected to be to first-time buyers, and mostly to the millennial set (19 to 34 years old), many moving from urban rentals, research by the National Association of Realtors shows. That means competition -- and bidding wars -- could become fierce for such ...

posted in English at Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:41:35 +0000

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Top 10 real estate tips for 2017

High demand and low interest rates drove housing sales in 2016, and 2017 is shaping up to be another good year, albeit with a few minor caveats. While home prices for starter-to-midrange homes are pushing upward toward pre-recession peaks, especially in secondary markets, they're stabilizing in higher-priced areas. If mortgage rates rise modestly as expected in 2017, sales elsewhere may normalize with smaller price appreciation, especially as housing starts rise to fill the inventory ...

posted in English at Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:32:37 +0000

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