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Thursday, February 14, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

Do You Prefer the Charm of an Existing Home?

When homebuyers begin their research, they want to see all their available options! In many cases, they will include both new construction and existing homes in their search; but is a new construction home really the house of their dreams?


According to a recent survey by Zillow, of the 38% of total buyers that added new construction to their list, only 11% ultimately purchased a newly constructed home!


They added that 71% of these buyers are repeat buyers who are financially secure, with 45% using the money from the sale of their previous homes to make a purchase.


Below are some reasons why buyers are interested in purchasing a new build:





Everything in the house is new/never used (49%)






To be close to family (41%)






The home is the best value for their money (37%)






Appealing home features (34%)






Desirable location (34%)





So, then why did most of the buyers surveyed choose no ...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

5 Reasons to Love Hiring A Real Estate Pro

Highlights:

Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the process of buying a home or selling your house can be one of the best decisions you make!
They are there for you to help with contracts, explaining the process, negotiations, and pricing (both when making an offer or setting the right price for your home).
One of the top reasons to hire a real estate professional is their understanding of your local market and how the conditions in your neighborhood will impact your experience.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

3 Things You Need in a Shifting Real Estate Market

Whether you are thinking of selling your house or buying a home, today’s real estate headlines can be confusing – perhaps even concerning. What is actually happening with mortgage rates? Are home values dropping or are they just rising at a slower pace? What impact will the economy have on the housing market?


If you are either a buyer or seller (or both), you need to know what it will mean to your family if you go ahead with the move. You need to understand three things:


1. What is happening in the housing market right now?


Consumers must get past those fear-mongering headlines and gain a deep understanding of what is truly happening. How strong is buyer demand right now? How much competition do listings have today compared to what they will have in the spring? People want to make an educated decision on what is probably their family’s greatest financial asset.


2. Why is it happening?


Understanding the individual pieces that impact the sale or ...

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Thursday, February 07, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again!

Some Highlights:

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.
According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last year did so to avoid paying a commission or fee. But, homes sold with an agent net 6% more than those sold as a FSBO according to Collateral Analytics!
Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, let’s get together to discuss the advantages of having an agent on your side.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019   /   by Brandon Gonzales

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.


The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2018:





Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.


Bottom Line


Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are in a great position to negotiate.

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