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Selling Your Home In a Buyers Market? These Tips Can Help

How to Sell Your Home In A Buyer's MarketA buyer's market is what happens when there are many attractive homes on the market and not enough buyers to purchase them. This type of market creates conditions where home prices are low and buyers have their pick of many desirable houses. Selling a home under these conditions can be a challenge, because sellers have to take additional steps to ensure their home stands out to buyers. Homeowners who wish to sell their property in a buyer's market must do what they can to make their property stand out. These tips will help you attract buyers and make your Greenbrae home more competitive.

Boost Curb Appeal

First impressions are lasting impressions. Sellers who boost curb appeal before they sell can often increase their home's sale price by as much as $10,000 or $15,000. There are many ways to improve curb appeal and make your home more desirable. A few tips include:

  • Plant colorful annuals
  • Clean up yard debris
  • Clean or paint your home's siding
  • Trim your grass regularly

Many home sellers choose to hire a professional gardener during the home selling process. Hiring a gardener can help ensure that the yard will be in good condition even if the seller becomes too busy to maintain the yard personally.

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The Ultimate Mover's Checklist

How to Handle Your Moving DeadlinesThere's really no way to completely avoid the stress of moving, but it is possible for people who have just purchased a home to lessen the chaos when they have the right plan in place. Making a checklist and sticking to it can be a lifesaver when buyers are in the thick of the chaos of moving to a new home. Buyers can use these tips to bring everything together so they (and their belongings) can get through it all in one piece.

At the Beginning of the Moving Process:

  • Sort through possessions
  • Research mover's quotes
  • Track correspondence
  • Order boxes/tape/bubble wrap

Ideally, these are the things buyers should do as soon as they know they're moving. Waiting to sort through and throw things away can be an overwhelming task when buyers also have to deal with the stress of finalizing real estate transactions, packing, and meeting with agents, lenders, and real estate attorneys. Make sure to keep all moving information (receipts, schedules, etc.) in either a physical or electronic location. When it comes to estimates from moving companies, make sure to get on-site written estimates rather than over-the-phone quotes to ensure that the quote will be honored.

In the Middle of the Moving Process:

  • Double- and triple-check dimensions for easy furniture transport
  • Pack rarely used items away...

Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart

Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart | MyKCM

There has been tremendous volatility in certain markets over the last few weeks (for example, the stock and currency markets). When this happens, some tend to lump all of their investments together and create an almost ‘Armageddon’ scenario where everything loses value quickly and dramatically. Real estate is an investment that can get caught up in this hysteria. Does the concern about the current housing market have merit?

Financial advisors have been warning us for months that the stock market was ripe for a “correction.”

Experts have been questioning the value of alternative currencies for over a year.

In contrast, here are the opinions of three major players in the residential housing market:

Ralph DeFranco, Chief Economist, Arch Capital Services Inc.

“It’s premature to worry about a housing bubble. The typical warning signs – excessive debt levels, poor quality loans, exponentially increasing home prices, rising vacancy rates and/or poor affordability compared to the past, and a high number of internet searches on house flipping – are not present.”

Liu-Down, Genworth Chief Economist

“My thoughts on many recent discussions of ‘housing bubble’ – the bar for a housing...

What You Need to Know About Home-Buying Contingencies

How Home Buying Contingencies Can Affect YouThere are multiple steps in any real estate transaction that have to be completed before the sale can complete. There are showings, inspections, financing requirements, and so much more, all of which is often written into the purchase contract as a home-buying contingency to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that there's recourse should one party fall through on an agreement. Home-buying contingencies are clauses in the home buying contract that allow the buyer to cancel the purchase or renegotiate the contract under certain circumstances. In a typical contract, there are three standard contingencies that are likely to appear. Familiarizing yourself with these contingencies can help guide you through the home buying process.

Inspection Contingency

The inspection contingency allows a home owner to renegotiate the price of the home or cancel the purchase of the home depending on the findings from the home inspection.

One of the first things a home buyer does after entering into the escrow period is schedule a home inspection for the Fairfax home. The inspector goes through the house thoroughly and uncovers the problems that exist with major systems like the roof, plumbing, electrical system and so on. The inspector writes a report to be reviewed by the home buyer, who then must...

Millionaire to Millennials: Don't Rent a Home... Buy!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.

Bach went on to explain:

“Homeowners are worth 40 times more than renters. Now, that first home doesn’t need to be a dream home, it can be a very small home. You might literally have to buy a small studio apartment, but that’s how you get started.”

Then he explains the secret in order to buy that home!

Don’t do a 30-year mortgage. You want to take that 30-year mortgage and instead...

Make the Most of Your Patio: 5 Ways to Create an Outdoor Living Space

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Living SpaceThe most valuable and desirable homes on the market offer buyers more than just beautiful gourmet kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances and bathrooms that are more akin to the spas that are found on resorts. While these indoor amenities are wonderful, many buyers today are looking for luxury properties that also have amazing outdoor living spaces.

Whether a homeowner lives in a quaint, intimate house or a sprawling estate, there are a few easy ways to transform a standard backyard into an exquisite outdoor living area.

Use Canopies to Create Both Shade and Privacy

Whether permanently installed or detachable after the season is over, canopies can transform a standard patio or deck into a private oasis for outdoor living. Canopies increase the comfort of an outdoor area by providing a naturally cool spot to relax in a Dillon Beach home, and they also create an atmosphere that is better for intimate gatherings of family members and friends. It allows people to spend time outside in their backyards, without feeling like they are on display for all of their neighbors at the same time. Canopies also add a stylish design element to any outdoor living space and can offer further opportunities for decorating with lights and other outdoor features.

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Gone are the days when people placed...