Keeping up with the local market is key to selling real estate. We are constantly inundated with statistics regarding the growth or recession of the markets. The news we are getting from the experts is upward growth in sales volume and, more recently, sales prices in our area. The news from sharing at our office meetings at the grassroots level is that the buyers are out in numbers and the inventory is low. Now is the time to get your home in shape and on the market if you are considering selling. Don’t wait for the flowers to bloom to put it on. If you do, the inventory will be up and the competition will lower your possibility of a sale. Also, a driving force is that the interest rates are moving upward slightly. This can affect your buyers’ affordability. NOW is the time to make your move.
October 3, 2012 Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized, homeowners | No Comments »
This world turns faster every year! Think of how everything has changed in the past decade. We are now at a point that everyday items we have counted on for decades are unnecessary, even obsolete, today. The list is long; I will name some that strike me.
Newspapers–When is the last time that you bought one?
Books–What will happen to all of those book shelves?
Letters and bills–My mail man has much less to carry.
Bank tellers–Gotta love the ATM!
Quarters and pennies–No need to save them for parking or vending machines and I don’t understand why pennies are still around!
Patience–May be that the loss of this is nothing new.
Yard sales–With Craig’s list, why waste the day?
Desk-top computers–Isn’t everything portable now?
Dial-up service–never was a good idea–thank got for wireless!
Maps and phone books–doesn’t Google do that?
Refrigerator magnets–all that stainless steel ruined that.
Directory Assistance–they always seemed aggravated and the mechanized services were worse!
Pay phones–need I say more? Most audio/visual equipment–console TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, turntables, cassette players, TV cabinets–all gone the way of the 8-track.
Straight skis–they make great benches–have you tried shaped skis?
Floppy discs, cd’s and thumb drives–it’s all in the cloud now, which is probably a good place to be!
The Golden Rule of Real Estate
Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. We all want to get the most money for our homes and we all want to buy for the least amount possible–but we have to be cognizant that we are one society and everything we do has a direct effect on everyone around us. Are you upset that your neighbor has had to leave his home through a short sale? Is it lowering you home’s value. Could it happen to you? It is the time to evaluate what we have and how we can try to hold on to what is important. It is always most evident when someone is selling their home to buy another–especially when it is contingent. It has to be precise to get both accomplished. You can’t be insulted by a low offer on your home when you are making low ball offers on your targeted property. It all comes back around–and no where is this more evident than when the bar is set in real estate by an accepted offer. Keep the golden rule in the back of your mind when you are negotiating and ask yourself “what would I want someone to offer me?”.