Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

June 25, 2020

Stage for the Generation Buying Your Home

Why is staging your home to sell a critical step to take? Much like cleaning up a home’s curb appeal to appeal to buyers, staging can position your house to sell faster and for a higher price than it might otherwise. By staging, you will present your home in the best light. 

 

There are a couple of vital keys to remember when staging.  

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Posted in Sell Your Home
June 11, 2020

What is a “Lipstick Flip”?

It is hard to miss all of the Flip/House Make-Over shows on television. Some of the transformations are incredible, but

some of the changes seem ‘too good to be true.’ Okay, maybe they are ‘true,’ but are the make-overs good enough to last long-term?

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Posted in Buy a Home
May 26, 2020

How to Dispute an Error on Your Credit History

Clearing Credit Problems To Buy a Home

Discovering an error on your credit history can be a rude surprise when you’re attempting to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Though most people don’t think about the details of their credit report until the need to secure a loan, it’s a good idea to check your report for inaccuracies periodically.  It is easy to do, each of the nationwide credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, are required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

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Posted in Buy a Home
May 14, 2020

10 Home Repairs To Sell Your Home Fast

When preparing your home for sale, it is important to remove 'issues' that can make a buyer think twice about your asking price.  Below is are some valuable repairs that can be done to your home that will help you sell your home faster and for more money.  

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April 30, 2020

Why Overpricing Hurts Sellers in the End

Pricing your home to sell

 

I would consider this a factual statement:  All sellers would love their home to sell for the highest possible price.  Understandable.  Unfortunately, this strong desire and motivation is the reason why it’s so easy for agents to “buy” listings. If you’re not familiar with the concept, “buying” a listing is when an agent tells a client their home is worth far more than the market value in order to win the listing.  This tactic is unscrupulous, but sadly it isn’t illegal.

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Posted in Home Selling Tips
April 16, 2020

Home Warranty Pros & Cons

Home Warranty

The idea of a home warranty can sound great.  According to the National Association of Realtors, a home warranty is defined as, “a service contract, normally for one year, which helps protect home owners against the cost of unexpected covered repairs or replacement on their major systems and appliances that break down due to normal wear and tear. Coverage is for systems and appliances in good working order at the start of the contract.”

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Posted in Buy a Home
April 3, 2020

Ask Your Agent the Right Questions

Buying a home

Odds are the day will come when you need to speak to a real estate agent to help you sell your home. When that day comes, you want to be absolutely sure you have the knowledge you need to choose someone who has the background and skills to represent your interests, meet your needs, and someone who will make the process a positive experience.

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Posted in Buy a Home
March 19, 2020

Understanding Home Owners Associations

Home Owners Associations

If you’re a first-time buyer and are confused about the role of a Home Owners Association, you should definitely ask the right questions before you consider buying. Basically, an HOA is an organization which is designed to protect the quality of life and property values for owners within a neighborhood or shared building. How they make this happen, though, can vary widely. Typically when you purchase a residence subject to an HOA, you’ll be required to pay monthly dues which often contribute to major repairs or maintenance or the upkeep of common/shared resources.

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Posted in Buy a Home
March 6, 2020

Understanding the impact local economic factors have on home values

 

How do you predict the value of homes in the Prescott area neighborhoods? While no one can say for sure how home values in a neighborhood will rise or decline over time, there are big-picture economic factors that you can look for to help get handle on where they may be going.

 

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Posted in Buy a Home
Feb. 28, 2020

Should I Negotiate Repairs Before Closing?

Repairs on home before closing

Even though I am a realtor with extensive experience in real estate, the word ‘inspection’ tends to make me, as well as many of my clients, uncomfortable.  This is truly understandable.  If you are the seller, you don’t want to lose the sale.  If you are the buyer, you don’t want to lose buying the house of your dreams.  Plus, add into the scenario, no-one wants to spend more time and money than necessary.  All of that combined can make an uncomfortable situation. 

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Posted in Buy a Home