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Friday, June 25, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

Don't Wait To Sell Your House

We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market right now. If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today’s housing market. High buyer demand paired with very few houses for sale makes this the optimal time to sell for those who are ready to do so. Whatever the move you want to make looks like, here’s an overview of what’s creating the prime opportunity to sell this summer.
High Buyer Demand

Demand is strong, and buyers are actively searching for homes to purchase. In the Realtors Confidence Index Survey published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer traffic is considered “very strong” in almost every state. Homebuyers aren’t just great in number right now – they’re also determined to find their dream home. NAR shows the average home for sale today receives five offers from hopeful buyers. These increasingly frequent bidding wars can drive up ...

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Friday, May 28, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

3 Things To Prioritize When Selling Your House

Today’s housing market is full of unprecedented opportunities. High buyer demand paired with record-low housing inventory is creating the ultimate sellers’ market, which means it’s a fantastic time to sell your house. However, that doesn’t mean sellers are guaranteed success no matter what. There are still some key things to know so you can avoid costly mistakes and win big when you make a move.
1. Price Your House Right
When inventory is low, like it is in the current market, it’s common to think buyers will pay whatever we ask when setting a listing price. Believe it or not, that’s not always true. Even in a sellers’ market, listing your house for the right price will maximize the number of buyers that see your house. This creates the best environment for bidding wars, which in turn are more likely to increase the final sale price. A real estate professional is the best person to help you set the best price ...

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Friday, May 14, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

STOP! Don’t Spend $$ updating your home until you know What a Buyer Wants!

Did you know that…
Homes that advertised higher-end kitchen and bathroom amenities sold for more than otherwise expected in 2020.
Self-admitted fixer-uppers sold for almost 13% less than expected.
Many higher-end, custom home features are associated with slower sales.

The first point might seem obvious, right? But (and that’s a big BUT), there’s catch that ties into the third point. When remodeling, if you don’t plan to sell for 10 years, then do whatever you like because once it’s time to sell, your home will be due for a remodel anyway; however, if you think you’ll be selling sooner, it is better to keep future buyers in mind so to appeal to as many of them as possible. Get what you like, just know that if you go too personal, your buyers may not see your new kitchen as desirable and that will hurt the sales price of your home. Also, keep in mind the price point of your neighborhood. I once showed a home with a drop dead, gorgeous Italian, c ...

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Friday, May 7, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

4 Big Incentives for Homeowners to Sell Now

The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in the residential housing market is for more listings to come on the market. However, many homeowners are concerned that selling their homes could be challenging for several reasons.

Recently, Homes.com released the findings of a survey that identified these concerns, as well as what it will take for homeowners to feel comfortable selling their houses. Here are the four major homeowner concerns and a quick explanation of what’s actually happening in the housing market today.

1. Homeowners don’t know if they’ll be able to secure their next home before selling.

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Monday, April 19, 2021   /   by Barbara Oleska

A Crash Of Foreclosures Coming???

4 Major Reasons Households in Forbearance Won’t Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure
There has been a lot of discussion as to what will happen once the 2.3 million households currently in forbearance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume there could potentially be millions of foreclosures ready to hit the market. However, there are four reasons that won’t happen.
1. Almost 50% Leave Forbearance Already Caught Up on Payments
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), data through March 28 show that 48.9% of homeowners who have already left the program were current on their mortgage payments when they exited.

26.6% made their monthly payments during their forbearance period

14.7% brought past due payments current

7.6% paid off their loan in full

This doesn’t mean that the over two million still in the plan will exit exactly the same way. It does, however, give us some insight into the possibilities.
2. The Banks Don’t W5 ...

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