Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Time To Prepare Your Home To Sell

1. Declutter-clean closets,clean out garage,pack away small personal items.

2. Clean windows and mirrors.

3. Clean carpeting,floors and furniture.Make sure there are no odors.

4. Get pre-sale home inspection-make necessary repairs.

5. Groom lawn/landscaping.

6. Paint-fresh neutral paint does wonders and very economical.

7. Locate all necessary paperwork regarding home-warranties,mortgage,taxes,etc.

Staging is very important in preparing a home to sell. Remove most personal items(pictures,etc.) so sellers can picture themselves in the home. Always have the home clean and brightly lit.

Good Luck!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

10 Things to Take the Trauma Out of Homebuying

1. Find a real estate agent that’s simpatico. Homebuying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the agent you chose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.

2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, any more than there’s a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.

3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision.

4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. Focus in on the things that are most important to you and let the minor ones go.

5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love.

6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself—room size, kitchen—that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, etc., that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.

7. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance availability, and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.

8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits.

10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an average of 5.4 percent annually over from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


If you've been thinking about buying a new home, winter is the time to start getting serious.

Here are a few reasons to brave the cold and go on a house hunt:
The winter season has fewer units on the market, and sellers tend to need to move from their property. You can use that to your advantage to get a favorable deal.

Winter has fewer buyers in the market. Looking for a home in the winter can be inconvenient, and people are less likely to move. Families also tend to be on a September to June cycle because they are unwilling to move their children to a new town in the middle of the school year. Fewer buyers means less competition.

Lenders also usually have fewer loans to process and less paperwork to deal with (though this can change quickly if rates fluctuate). With lenders less hassled, you can expect a smoother process to get approved for a mortgage. But, as reported in, there are exceptions to this rule, most notably in warmer parts of the country (especially Florida), ski towns, and in parts of the country where demand is so strong that it will not slacken during the winter months.

Finally, as all savvy shoppers know, after the holiday season comes the season of bargain opportunities. This includes houses, as well.

This article is reprinted by permission from

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A little humor for today

Ask For Raise

"I have to have a raise in my commission," the agent said to his manager. "There are three other companies after me.""Is that so?" asked the manager. "What other companies are after you?""The electric company, the telephone company, and the gas company."

Monday, November 20, 2006

"It's a Great Time to Buy a Home

Low rates and extraordinary inventory have created perfect conditions for home buyers
Take a moment to consider these facts:
You've never had more homes to choose from
There are currently 3.75 million homes for sale. Inventories in recent months have been at record levels, offering consumers the greatest choice in decades.
However, inventory levels are falling, and the selection of homes will become limited once again.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan recently said that housing prospects are looking up. “Most of the negatives in housing are probably behind us. The fourth quarter should be reasonably good, certainly better than the third quarter.” According to industry estimates, 2006 will be the third-best year on record for home sales. Interest rates haven't been this low for nearly 40 years
At 6.4 percent, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate remains near 40-year lows. This is more than an entire percentage point below 2000 levels. For a $250,000 loan, a drop from 7.5 percent to 6.5 percent means an annual savings of $2,000.

Real estate is a great investment
The average home value increased by 88 percent over the last ten years. In the decade to come, the number of US households is expected to increase by 15 percent, which means housing will stay in high demand.
While conditions for buyers are perfect now, that is likely to change next year as sales pick up, prices gain traction, and conditions improve for sellers. In today's real estate market, the best time to buy is now. " -- taken from