10 New Real Estate Trends

Current  trends  in real  estate  include  a  mix  of  positive  and negative  developments. The market  has  been  heavily  affected  by  the Covid-19  pandemic  that  has  created a  new housing  environment  which is  expected to  alter  the  way  we  approach real estate  for  the  next  few years, and maybe  beyond.   Here are  the 10  key  emerging …

Homebuyers – Would You Buy That Home in a Buyer’s Market?

There’s  one  phrase  which strikes  fear  into  the  heart  of  a  potential  homebuyer  – “seller’s  market.”  A  seller’s  market  is  created  when  there are more homebuyers than inventory  from  which to  choose.  The  anxiety  this  causes  many  potential buyers  causes  them  to  write  offers  on anything  and everything, just  to  hedge  their bets  on having …

Buyers and Sellers – Stay Focused on Your Goal

Buying or selling a home can be stressful, even in normal times. Right now, when the housing market is moving at a frenetic pace, both buyers and sellers are making quick decisions and are feeling extreme pressure. As the tension rises, it can be easy to overlook the end goal; right-sized home, relocation, dream home,…

Are You Being Represented by a “Yes-Agent”?

We all know the type. The person who just says “yes” to anything, never challenging or questioning an opinion or strategy. These people-pleasers agree with anything suggested; while they may be nice friends, in real estate a yes-man or yes-woman can actually cost you money. Often a lot of money. No one likes to leave…

Fresh & Eclectic Design Trends for 2021

Recent interior design trends have focused on one primary era or design scheme. Mid-century modern furniture and accents have dominated the magazine covers and home shows as decorators have worked with their clients to bring this trend into their spaces. Yet, what to do about the beautiful antique chest from your grandma or the dining…

Understanding the Back-Up Offer

 “When can I consider my home sold?” This is one of the most common questions real estate agents are asked. While the laws vary in different states, generally the contract is binding once both parties sign the offer. At that time the closing process begins. This is also the time when sellers must stop considering…

Things to Consider before Buying a Home Together

It used to be that couples first got married, and then bought a home together. No more! Modern couples no longer consider marriage a prerequisite for buying a home together. Buying a property together can complicate either a breakup or a divorce if not considered upfront. No one likes to think about the end of…

Your “Starter Home” Might Last Longer than You Think

New homebuyers often tell their agents that they are looking for their “starter home.” Several factors go into this approach. These are typically younger buyers, often without children. They may be looking for a maintenance-free home, like a condo, or they might assume that starter homes are more budget-friendly. There are plenty of good reasons…

How Do You Know If You Can Afford To Buy a House?

Do you feel that you’re ready to buy your first home? Tired of paying your landlord’s mortgage? Do you want to put down roots and start building equity for yourself? There are many reasons why people decide it could be time to buy a home. The costs associated with buying and owning a home can…

10 Home Inspection Issues Red Flags

Most homebuyers realize that they can’t expect a perfect home inspection report when buying a resale home. Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs are easily managed and shouldn’t be dealbreakers. That said, there are some issues that are more serious and should give the buyer pause if not addressed adequately. 10 Home Inspection Red Flags Leaky…

Getting Outbid? Strategies to Make Your Offer Stand Out and Get Accepted

With lower interest rates, many homebuyers are finding the competitive environment challenging. With multiple buyers competing for properties, even terrific offers are often being outbid. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your offer more attractive to the sellers and increase the chances of getting the property. Have Full Pre-Approval – A…

Home Issues That Shouldn’t Be Deal-Breakers – and a Few That Are!

Finding the right home can sometimes feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack. Unless you’re buying brand-new construction, every home has some drawbacks, whether it’s style or real maintenance issues. If you’re looking for your next home, understanding the difference between minor issues and true deal-breakers can help you evaluate your options and…