Wednesday, November 20, 2019 / by Sarah Graham
With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Amazon to Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. With every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry.
We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources can lead to a snowball effect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all0 ...
Friday, November 15, 2019 / by Sarah Graham
I love working with first-time home buyers. Helping you find your first home, learn the home buying process, and guiding you from house-hunting to move-in day gives me the warm fuzzies. Here are three things you should know before you start looking.
Work with one real estate agent. It’s best to have one agent who is helping you with your search. Your agent will be dedicated to finding you the right property, and then negotiating on all the terms of your transaction on your behalf. You want that person to get to know you and your family’s needs and preferences, rather than starting over with someone new each time you go look at a house. Keep in mind that the agent who shows you a home is, ethically, the one who should continue the transaction. Also, when you call an agent from a yard sign or advertisement, you are dealing with the seller’s agent. While most real estate professionals are adept at handling both sides of a transaction professionally, it makes more sens ...
Monday, October 28, 2019 / by Sarah Graham
Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase…and are in the market right now. More often than not, in many areas of the country, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal market. This means that in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.
Historically, a homeowner would stay an average of six years in his or her home. Since 2011, that number has hovered between nine and ten years. There is a pent-up desire for. ...
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 / by Sarah Graham
Moving into your new home is liberating, a landmark in your life and passage into adulthood. As you sell your college room futon, rid yourself of your rummage sale version of fine art, it is time to draw up some plans to turn your empty shell of a house into an inviting home. Decorating your home from scratch can seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think. First, figure out your decorating style. Collect this idea and transform it room over room, always starting with the largest piece of furniture in each room.
To help you get started, below are some of the current trends you may want to consider when choosing your decorating style. Pick an option that can easily be updated or converted through the years but more importantly, a style that is conducive and pleasing to your lifestyle.
Black and White Décor
The use of black and white can create a stunning and dramatic décor. There is a rule in décor that sa ...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 / by Sarah Graham
When gearing up to sell your home, there are a number of reasons you may be tempted to take on a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) sale. Maybe you want to avoid losing profit of the commission fee that the real estate agent charges. Or you may mistrust the motives of a real estate agent.
Perhaps you think you know the local market and your own house better than anyone else. You may doubt what a real estate agent can bring to the table that you have not already thought of, especially knowing all the information you need is one click away on the internet.
Roughly 70% of people will start out selling their home as FSBO but in 2018, only 7 out of every 100 homes sold as FSBO. Most FSBO sellers say the decision to sell without an agent because they sold their property to a friend, a neighbor or a relative and according to National Associations of Real Estate report, FSBO homes sold for 25% LESS than the houses using a real estate agent.
Let’s take a look at both si. ...