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Monday, December 20, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

Win When You Sell

If you've been thinking about making the move, don't miss the boat. We're still in a low inventory market giving you the seller's advantage. Yes, it can be tricky to find a new home, however, we have strategies to help with that. If you have been thinking about downsizing or moving out of the area take advantage of the leverage of your increased equity. 
If you're considering selling your home or curious about the current market value for your home give me a call and we can discuss your options.
 
Win When You Sell (And When You Move)















Win When You Sell
Right now, conditions are very favorable for current homeowners looking for a change. If you sell now, here’s what you can expect:
Your House Will Stand Out – While recent data shows there are more sellers getting ready to list their homes this winter, there are still more buyers in the market than there are homes for sale. If you sell your house now before ...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

Client Appreciation Pie Day!

Thank you to everyone who joined Andrea and me at Living Flamingo's 2nd Annual Pie Day! We loved seeing you! An extra special thank you to Jason of Cake Stand for baking such amazing pies! We loved seeing you!
Below are pictures from the day and we apologize that we missed some of you. Andrea and I got so pie happy we forgot to take pictures in the beginning - if we missed you, please send a pic so we can add it to the collage.
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.


Like most industries, residential real estate experiences seasonality. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S. during the second quarter (April, May, and June) than in any other quarter.

Real estate is very similar. The number of homes sold in the spring is almost always higher than any other time of the year, hence what's known as the "spring buying season". Historically, the number of buyers and listings for sale significantly increase in the spring and remains strong throughout the summer. Once fall sets in, the number of buyers and sellers typically drops off.

Although last year was different, as one could expect, and that seasonality didn’t happen. The outbreak of the Coronavirus and subsequent slowing of the economy limited sales during the spring market and so we sa ...

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Friday, September 10, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

4 Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall

Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall

If you're trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers' market we're in today won't last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later.
1. Your House Will Likely Sell Quickly
According to the Realtors Confidence Index released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes continue to sell quickly – on average, they're selling in just 17 days. As a seller, that's great news for you.
Average days on market is a strong indicator of buyer demand. And if homes are selling quickly, buyers have to be more decisive and act fast to submit their offer before other buyers swoop in.
2. Buyers Are Willing To Compete for Your House
In addition to selling quickly, homes are receiving multiple offers. That same survey shows  ...

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Friday, September 3, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market is Anything But Normal

      Everyone asks me, "how's the market?" Real estate is fascinating and we have never experienced a more unusual market! In this email I will share national information and local market information where applicable. Please call me if you have any questions or love graphs and I'll send them!
There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from 2015-2019. But that’s not happening. The market is still extremely vibrant as demand is still strong even while housing supply is slowly returning.
Here’s the definition of normal from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
“conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern: characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.”
Using this definition, here are five housing industry metrics that prove we’re nowhere near normal.
1. Mortgag ...

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