As you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs, finding a house that better suits your lifestyle may be a top priority for you. But with today’s cooling housing market, is it really a good time to sell your house, or should you wait?
If you’re ready to make your decision, here are three reasons you may want to consider selling before the holidays.
1. Get One Step Ahead of Other Sellers
Typically, in the residential real estate market, homeowners are less likely to list their houses toward the end of the year. That’s because people get busy around the holidays and deprioritize selling their house until the start of the new year when their schedules and social calendars calm down.
Selling now, while other homeowners may hold off until after the holidays, can help your house stand out. Start the process with a real estate professional today so you can get your house on the market and get ahead of your competition.
2. Get in Front of Serious Buyers This Season
Even though housing supply has increased this year as buyer demand has moderated, it’s still low overall. That means there aren’t enough homes on the market today, especially as the millennial generation reaches their peak homebuying years. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, says:
“While not the frenzy of 2021, the largest living generation, the Millennials, will continue to age into their prime home-buying years, creating a demographic tailwind for the housing market.”
Serious buyers will still be looking this winter and your house may be exactly what they’re searching for. If you work with an agent to list your house now, you’ll be able to get in front of the eager buyers who are hoping to make a move before the year ends.
3. Seize a Great Chance To Move Up
Don’t forget, today’s homeowners have record amounts of equity. According to CoreLogic, the average amount of equity per mortgage holder has climbed to almost $300,000. That’s an all-time high. That means the equity you have in your house right now could cover some, if not all, of a down payment on the home of your dreams.
And as you weigh the reasons to sell before winter, don’t lose sight of why you’re thinking about moving in the first place. Maybe it’s time to buy a house that’s in a better location for you, has the space you and your loved ones have been craving, or simply gives you that sense of home. A trusted real estate advisor can help you determine how much home equity you have and how you can use it to achieve your goal of making a move.
If you’re thinking about selling your house so you can find a home that better suits your needs, don’t delay your plans. Let’s connect so you can accomplish your goals before winter. You can call/text at 407-474-0600 or pick a time on my calendar to chat! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CALENDAR
Should you price your home in line with the market or bump it up a little “𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝑒𝓃𝓈?” It’s a question I get all the time. Here’s my no-nonsense answer: Overpricing your home (even by a few thousand) is the #1 way to sabotage your chances of getting top dollar for your home. Buyer agents know what your home is worth and if a home is overpriced they’re going to say so. A home priced correctly will ALWAYS generate more interest and sell faster. When pricing your home, an experienced agent who knows our area is your biggest ally. He or she can gather data and help you analyze comps, location, size, age, condition, updates, and other factors that point to a price that will strike the right balance between current market conditions and the features that make your home attractive for buyers. Alright, savvy sellers! Shoot me a message if I can help you or someone you know with any other real estate questions. I’m here to serve you! You can also submit you information HERE to get a FREE Home Home Evaluation!
Feeling shaky about your interior design mojo but want to give it a go? I’ve got just the tool to get you started — a 𝓂𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒷𝑜𝒶𝓇𝒹.
A 𝓂𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝒷𝑜𝒶𝓇𝒹s a visual depiction of ideas for your design project. Consider it a collage of images that show the color scheme, materials, vibe, or theme you’re after. As you get started, you’ll want to include these elements in your board: -Overall theme, style, or feel (mid-century modern, shabby chic, industrial, etc.) -Flooring -Tiles -Cabinets -Hardware -Light Fixtures -Paint -Faucets -Sinks -Rugs -Furniture -Accessories
Pinterest is my go-to for creating mood boards. Just start pinning rooms, color schemes, furniture, and accessories that you like. Once you notice a trend in what you’re pinning, zero in and start shopping!
I’m currently working on a timeless gray and white color scheme for an upcoming listing. Tied together with time-proven elements merged with the best of current design. These neutral colorings will serve as the perfect backdrop for any décor and personality therefore making it more appealing to buyers. Need a little more interior design hand-holding? Message me – I’d love to refer you to a few of my favorite local designers & contractors!
Rose Reid & Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc. specialize in helping first-time home buyers like you find their dream property in Longwood.
Before you start searching for homes online, it’s important to take the first step to house shopping: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage.
Your pre-approval will tell you what you can afford and what your monthly payment will be, so it’s important to determine this before you start searching for your new home.
Pre-approval is good for about 30-90 days, so once you’re ready, take these first 3 steps to get it done.
Contact me, and I’ll send over a list of lenders I know and trust.
Look over the list, check out online reviews, and ask friends and family for referrals.
Email 2-3 lenders you like or let me introduce you over email.
Once you’ve got your pre-approval letter in hand, it’s time to start the search!
Before we hop into the home search, I like to advise my clients to create a “Needs” list and a “Wants” list. This will help us to really focus on the things that are most important in your future home.
Needs are the non-negotiable features; the features you simply must have in your next home. Wants are the ones you’d like to have, but you can add or change down the road. Remember, you can’t change the lot or the location so make sure you love both.
Once you’ve established what you’re looking for, I will set you up on a search so you can receive an email the second a home that fits your criteria goes live. If you have any questions about a property, send me the information and I will find out for you. Send me listings you like and I can get more information and set up showings on your behalf.
After touring houses and choosing the one you love, it’s time to make an offer. To do this, you’ll need your pre-approval letter or proof of funds. You’ll also need to make an escrow deposit of at least 1-2% of the purchase price. This will go towards your closing costs at closing.
Have more questions about buying a home or what happens after making an offer? Reach out to me today!
“Zillow’s forecast calls for 11% home value growth in 2022. That’s down from a projected 19.5% in 2021, a record year-end pace of home value appreciation, but would rank among the strongest years Zillow has tracked. Existing home sales are predicted to total 6.35 million, compared to an estimated 6.12 million this year. That would be the highest number of home sales in any year since 2006.” Zillow (https://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-2022-housing-predictions-30394/)
Mortgage rates may rise, but inventory may rise as well
“The market is likely to cool compared to 2021, but it will still be active… It may still be a seller’s market in many areas, but there’s likely to be more opportunities and wiggle room for homebuyers. A ‘priced out’ buyer should be able to find many more options. Experts also reinforce that 2022’s housing market is not at all likely to crash — the conditions we’re seeing are nothing like those that led up to the crisis of 2008.” Andrina Valdes (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/where-home-prices-headed-2022-200001201.html)
**Rents are expected to outpace home price growth over the next year **
**”**Nationwide, rent growth went from minimal to double-digit pace in 2021 as the U.S. made substantial progress against the pandemic. With the rental vacancy rate continuing near its historic lows during the pandemic, in which just 5.7% to 6.8% of rental housing units are vacant at any point in time compared to 7% or more, historically, renters are also contending with limited supply and excess demand that leads to upward pressure on rents. In 2022, we expect this trend will continue and fuel rent growth. At a national level, we forecast rent growth of 7.1% in the next 12 months, somewhat ahead of home price growth as rents continue to rebound from slower growth earlier in the pandemic.” Realtor.com (https://www.realtor.com/research/2022-national-housing-forecast/)
Curious what your home would sell for in the current market? Give me a call or an email for a free home value estimate.
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Simply wiping down surface areas can cross contaminate your space. Cross contamination can also occur if the area is not treated at the same time or certain areas are missed. Fogging gets in the crevices and touches each surface in your home or business at the same time to prevent cross contamination and keep your home or workplace safe.
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