Newsletter: July 2014

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Buy With Confidence

The lack of housing inventory and the resulting anxiety that comes with wondering if they will ever find the right home is making some homebuyers jump onto ay available property on impulse, without considering some of the basic home-buying guidelines.  Take a moment to remind yourself of these buying parameters.

Finishing Touches

Furniture is a practical necessity, but it’s through our accessories that we really express our style and personality, make our living spaces utterly unique and “complete” our environments. Here are five home décor accessories that are essential for turning any house – or condo – into a home.

Best Ignored

No property is perfect – each one you come across will have its flaws, but while some are justifiable grounds for crossing a home off your list, others aren’t. Here are four things that shouldn’t be dealbreakers.

Stay For A While!

The less time buyers spend in your home, the less likely they’ll be to purchase it.  Create a welcoming atmosphere — one that encourages buyers to linger long enough for a good look around your home — with these tips.

The Green Advantage

Making eco-friendly improvements to your house is obviously good for the environment, but what’s in it for you?

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Newsletter: June 2014

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Looking Forward to a “Booming Future”
There are many areas of the country where the obstacle in the real estate market isn’t a lack of buyers, but rather a lack of inventory, specifically in the single-family home category. As discouraging as this may be to young families hoping to score a home similar to the one they may have grown up in, it’s certainly no cause for despair, only a recommendation for those potential buyers to pack a little patience for the time being.

Socket Science
Replacing your burnt-out lightbulbs has become a more confusing task of late, not just because of recent legislation that means some products will no longer be available, but because of the dizzying array of new products on store shelves. Below is a guide to help you find the right bulb for the job.

Balancing Act
Buy before selling or sell before buying? That’s the dilemma every homeowner must eventually face. The former choice is often the more problematic one for the following reasons.

Safe Summer Fun
Whether you’re outside spending quality time with the kids or entertaining friends, make summer fun at your house safer for your family and your guests with these tips.

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Newsletter: May 2014

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Market Maintains Positive Trend
There is a lot of positive movement in the U.S. housing market as it continues to recover and strengthen.

On the Straight and Narrow
While rooms themselves are paid plenty of attention when it comes to decorating a home’s interior, the spaces that connect them often go overlooked. But with the following tips, your hallways can look just as well appointed as the rest of your home, and be more functional, too.

Escape Clause
Contingencies may allow you to cancel your purchase contract in the event certain conditions aren’t met. Let’s look at some of the contingencies included in some purchase offers.

Private Matter
Now more than ever, privacy is a top-of-mind concern for many – protect yours when selling your property by following these tips before opening your door for showings and open houses.

Garden Variety
Just as your home’s interior can have a style that reflects your tastes and personality, so can your landscaping. Which style suits you best?

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Newsletter: April 2014

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First Impressions

While we’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover, it’s hard to avoid not initially judging a house by its exterior. That’s why, especially in this busy open house real estate season, it’s more important than ever to take the time to step back and assess your home from the viewpoint of passersby.

Lasting Beauty

Hardwood floors are a perennially popular upgrade with homeowners and homebuyers alike, adding value to any home in which they are installed.  With proper maintenance and a little preventative care, your hardwood flooring can retain its beauty and functionality indefinitely.

Dear Seller

Including a personal letter to the seller with your offer can e a great way to distinguish yourself from the competition when bidding on a home.  But before you start writing, read these dos and don’ts.

Picture Perfect

Follow these tips for preparing your home to be photographed and your listing photos will be more effective in enticing buyers.

Low Maintenance Lawn Care

Whether your yard is especially big, or you just don’t have enough time to devote to even a modest one, these tips will make yard maintenance easier and less time-consuming.

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Newsletter: March 2014

Will the New Mortgage Rules Affect You?

As we enter spring – traditionally the busiest real estate season –it’s important to make sure buyers and sellers work with a qualified real estate representative who will help clarify the new legal and regulatory changes in the mortgage market.

Counter Care

Both while you’re living in it and when it’s for sale, your kitchen and bathrooms are arguably the most important rooms in your home. Your counters are their centerpiece, so keep them looking good with these care and maintenance tips.

Come Out on Top

Spring is fast approaching, and with it the busiest home-buying time of the year. With more competition pounding the pavement in search of a new home, how can you up the odds of yours being the winning offer?

Secrets of Success

Sometimes it’s not the home that stands in the way of a sale, but the seller. Here are four characteristics of successful sellers worth emulating throughout the spring market.

Newsletter: March 2014

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Will the New Mortgage Rules Affect You?

As we enter spring – traditionally the busiest real estate season –it’s important to make sure buyers and sellers work with a qualified real estate representative who will help clarify the new legal and regulatory changes in the mortgage market.

Counter Care

Both while you’re living in it and when it’s for sale, your kitchen and bathrooms are arguably the most important rooms in your home. Your counters are their centerpiece, so keep them looking good with these care and maintenance tips.

Come Out on Top

Spring is fast approaching, and with it the busiest home-buying time of the year. With more competition pounding the pavement in search of a new home, how can you up the odds of yours being the winning offer?

Secrets of Success

Sometimes it’s not the home that stands in the way of a sale, but the seller. Here are four characteristics of successful sellers worth emulating throughout the spring market.

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Positive Housing Data Continues in National Survey

By Tim McLaughlin, Sr. Vice President, Weichert Financial

The number of Americans who believe it would be easy for them to get a mortgage increased by 2% to reach 52% in January, according to Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey.

It was the first time in the survey’s 3 ½ year history that the number of people who think it would be easy to get a mortgage crossed the 50% threshold, Fannie Mae reports.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans who think it would be difficult to get a mortgage dropped 3% to 45%.

Consumer attitudes toward the economy also improved, despite the mixed job reports for December and January. The share of consumers who believe the economy is on the right track climbed 8%. Additionally, the share of respondents who expect their personal financial situation to improve in the next year increased to 44%, continuing an upward trend since November.

In addition, the share of people who say home prices will stay the same in the next 12 months increased 7% to 45%, while the share who says home prices will go up in the next 12 months fell by 6% to 43%.

American consumers are also feeling more positive about interest rates: The number of consumers who say mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months decreased by 2% to 55%.

Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, says the “gradual upward trend” in the number of people who think it is easier to get a mortgage during the last few months “bodes well for the housing recovery and may be contributing to this month’s increase in consumers’ intention to buy rather than rent their next home.”

“The dip in overall home price expectations, though notable, is consistent with our view of moderating home price gains this year from a robust pace last year, while positive trends in perceptions about the economy and personal finances over the next year support our view of stronger growth in the broader economy,” he adds.

Another statistic -> the number of consumers who say it is a good time to buy a house stands at 65%. And those who say it is a good time to sell a house increased 5% from last month to 38%.

Newsletter: February 2014

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Love it or Leave it?

Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to cherish the people you hold near and dear, but what about the thing that truly keeps you warm at night….your own home?

Decor Must Haves

You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to take any room in your home from a blank canvas to a work of art.  But you do have to incorporate the following five features to pull together a room that not only looks good but functions well too.

Deal or Dealbreaker?

Cosmetic issues like dirt and decor are easily remedied and shouldn’t spoil you on an otherwise good home.  However, there are some things that should be potential dealbreakers for buyers.

Home Inspection Advantage

Home inspections aren’t just for buyers — they can be a helpful tool for sellers, too.  Here are a few ways in which pre-listing inspection reports can be used by homeowners.

Sound the Alarm

No matter the neighborhood, alarm systems provide peace of mind for homeowners.  Here’s a primer on different kinds of alarms to help you decide which is best suited for you.

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