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May 2016

Found 5 blog entries for May 2016.

                  

For the majority of baby boomers, homes are paid off and their kids have left the nest. These soon-to-be-retirees might not have been in the real estate market for the past 25 years. During their multi-generational hiatus, technology has changed the way that homes are bought and sold, which has made the real estate market challenging and confusing. Fortunately, with the help of a little education, you and your fellow baby boomers can take a leap of faith and dive into the deep end of the real estate market. Consider the following tips: 

  1. Education should start long before you decide to sell your home. With increasingly publicized home records, valuations and even neighborhood statistical reports, the average buyer will come to
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Ah, to be a first-time home buyer again: How easy it was to buy a home when you weren’t carrying another mortgage on your back!

If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home in order to buy anew—adding a whole separate layer of anxiety to what you already know is a stressful home-buying process.

 In an ideal world, you’d buy a new home, move, and then, and when all the dust settles, deal with the turmoil of selling. But for most people, that’s totally unrealistic. Not only does it cost significantly more, since you’ll be paying two mortgages, but sellers might be quick to judge if

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Sellers think once their home or condominium is listed online — perhaps with its own website — there's little left to do but wait for offers to pour in. Wrong!

Curb appeal is king. The work of drawing prospective buyers out of their cars and through the front door has just begun. Most buyers want to get inside a property before they'll make an offer, but if they don't like the home's exterior, they won't easily be enticed inside.

Properties that look great online — descriptions, dimensions, and video — still

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Home for sale © karamysh/Shutterstock.com 

Sales of single-family homes will rise modestly again 2016 and median sales prices should be up 3% to 5%, trade groups and researchers say. While rising mortgage rates and a shortage of first-time buyers may temper that outlook some, the coming year should be another seller's market for real estate. Despite an upsurge in construction, home inventories remain low and multiple offers are still common.

While a 6-month home supply is considered a balanced housing market, most markets are well below that, some significantly. Moreover, supporting fundamentals are far more solid than about a decade ago in the pre-bust years of 2006-2007. With that as a backdrop, here are 10 tips for buying and selling real estate in an up-market in 2016.

1. Buyers:

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Holding an open house for your soon-to-be-listed or newly on the market home is a lot like being on a game show where edging out the other contestants in a short period of time is key. In TV game shows, such as "Jeopardy," the contestants don’t automatically know answers to so many trivia questions; they study and they plan and they make it appear to viewers like they walk around with that body of knowledge every day. Open houses need to be thought of similarly. Once your home is on the market, an open house is your opportunity to plan and strategize how you are going to win over buyers in very short time.

Even in a strong real estate market where houses sell quickly, it’s still important to ask your agent to hold as many open houses as…
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