There is no doubt that the “Spring Market” is a great time to be selling and buying real estate, however, the fall and winter seasons may be the best fit for you for many reasons.
Here are several reasons why choosing to sell your home now may be a better decision than waiting until the spring.
One way that you can tell the spring real estate market has arrived is by driving down a street in your local community. In all likelihood there will be For Sale signs up all over the neighborhood! One great reason to sell your home now and not wait until the spring market is there is sure to be less competition. The fewer number of comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability that a buyer will look at your home. Simply put, it’s the supply and demand theory. If there are less homes for sale, there are less homes that a potential buyer can choose from, therefore increasing the demand for your home. Not only will less competition increase the probability for showings, but it will also increase the probability that an offer will be received and you will get the maximum amount of money for your home.
Serious Buyers Are Out There
Homes are sold and bought 365 days a year, period! Many homeowners believe that buyers aren’t out there during the fall and winter months. This simply is not the case. Serious buyers are always out there! Some buyers may stop their home search because it is the fall or winter, but serious buyers will continue to look at homes, no matter what time of year it is.
The fall and winter months are also a great time for a potential buyer to see what a specific neighborhood is like. Do your neighbors have pumpkins on their front step? Are there lots of Trick-or-Treaters wandering the neighborhood for Halloween? Do any of your neighbors have any light displays for the Holidays? There are buyers out there who will look at these types of things when determining whether your home is in the right neighborhood for them or not.
The Best Agents Are Always Up To The Challenge
Any real estate agent who tells you that the fall or winter months are a bad time to sell is not someone you want selling your home! A great real estate agent will know how to adapt to the current season and market their listings to reflect that. A great real estate agent can make suggestions and give some of their tips on how to sell a home during the fall or winter seasons. If a real estate agent doesn’t have any suggestions on making your home more desirable for the current season, you should be concerned about the creativity they are going to use when marketing your home.
Staging For The Holiday Season
Many sellers believe staging a home is the main reasons a home sells. While staging certainly helps sell homes, some buyers have a difficult time envisioning themselves in a home no matter what you do. However, there are some buyers who can easily be “Sold” on a home because it is staged. Simple “Seasonal” staging such as adjusting the color of the décor or having an aroma in the air that is relative to the time of year can go a long way with some potential buyers and possibly be the difference between a home selling or not.
Right now, there are fewer real estate transactions than there will be in the spring. The fewer number of transactions means the mortgage lenders have less loans to process, attorneys have less closings to do, and home inspectors have fewer inspections to do. All of these factors should lead to a quicker transaction and closing for all the parties involved. One of the most frustrating things for a seller to deal with while selling their home is not getting answers in a reasonable amount of time. A quicker transaction is going to be less stress for you. By considering all of the reasons above, you will be able to determine whether now is a good time to sell or if you should wait until the spring.
As we ring in the New Year, we are hopeful to see more successes in the 2018 market as we did in 2017. We start the year out with a 'bang' as we take a look at these incredible year ending numbers in December 2017. Take a look ....
your search now as the market will only become more competitive this spring. If you are not the 'competitive' type of buyer and prefer to work on a more relaxed and negotiable time frame, begin your search early.You might not have that luxury as inventory tightens this spring.
Statistics and graphic courtesy of GMAR (Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors)
November continues to show positive improvement in the Southeastern Wisconsin real estate market place. Comparatively from 2016, November home sales are up 5.3%. Property inventory continues to remain exceptionally 'Tight'. Due to the lower inventory home sellers are seeing relatively higher sales prices. Wisconsin proves to be a 'seasonally' based real estate market where home sales 'dip' in the colder months as opposed to the spring and summer markets. However, with increasingly low inventory we're continuing to see consistent home sales in what would be a 'slow' market. In summary, don't let the winter Wisconsin market detour you from listing your home right now. Home sales continue to rise.
rapid incline of home sales, the evidence clearly indicates a set up for a great sellers market this spring of 2016.
home sellers with a competitive advantage which trickles down into increased home values. Milwaukee has seen a 22% increase in property values as compared to 2015, while Waukesha comes in at a close second with a 15.5% increase. With interest rates still at an all time low and continued first time home buyer financing options buyers are hitting the pavement to find their next home. As a home seller this is a great time to consider putting your home on the market. Feel free to contact Buyers Vantage and speak to one of our full service agents to discuss how YOUR home could benefit from this great market. Interested in viewing the full January WRA housing report, click here.
Blog Written by: Nicole Fazio Denk Licensed REALTOR
statistics provided by WRA
Millennials make up the second-largest generation in U.S. history, representing 20 million American households. While millennials have been dubbed the renting generation bysome, they are starting to make strides in the housing market. In the summer of 2014, 30% of home buyers were millennials, according to an analysis from realtor.com®.
Even though more millennials plan to buy a home in 2015, your first home purchase can still be a scary proposition. After all, how do you know if you’re too young for homeownership? Here’s how to tell if you’re ready.
Where will you be in the next five to 10 years?Buying a home is a time commitment. If you sell too soon, you won’t build up any equityand you might take a loss on the deal.
With that as a guide, don’t consider buying a house unless you’re ready to live in an area for at least the next five years. If you think your job might relocate you sometime soon, or you’d like to try life in another city, buying may not be a smart idea right now.
Are you ready to live alone?If you’re buying a home on your own, odds are you’ll end up living alone some of the time. Many young people buy a home expecting to have a roommate, but plans change and roommates move out.
While there’s nothing wrong with renting a spare bedroom, make sure you’re emotionally prepared to live alone at least some of the time.
Do you have time to DIY?Owning a home means routine maintenance, repairs, and home improvement jobs over the weekend. You’ll have to mow the lawn, unclog drains, fix leaking pipes, and address other home repair jobs.
Before you commit to homeownership, make sure you have the time (and the desire) to spend some nights and weekends working on improving or maintaining your biggest investment.
Can you afford it?Buying is often cheaper than renting in the long run, but the upfront costs are much higher. When you rent, you have to pay only the first month’s rent and the security deposit. When you buy, you’ll have to make a down payment and cover closing costs.
While you can find loan programs that will work with smaller down payments, you’ll still spend much more upfront to buy. You’ll need the down payment plus enough cash reserves to get approved for a loan. If you don’t have much saved in the bank, it may be better to wait.
Do you know why you want to buy?Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make, and it isn’t something you want to rush. Don’t listen to negative thoughts or give in to peer pressure about how you “should have a house by now.”
If you can think of several reasons why you personally want to be a homeowner, you’re likely emotionally ready to consider buying. Otherwise, it might be better to rent until you’re sure you want to make the transition.
Article & Photo Courtesy of: REALTOR.com
Original Post can be found here: http://www.realtor.com/advice/think-youre-ready-young-homeowner/
In today's real estate market, you're going to need to do more than just post a For Sale By Owner sign in your lawn. For decades, the most effective way o maximize your exposure was to list with a realtor and pay 5-7%. The realtor would put your home in the Multiple listing service (MLS) and share your listing only with other licensed real estate brokers. Now, all MLS listings are shared on the internet, making the internet the largest consumer real estate marketplace. Although the internet has changed the real estate industry MLS is still a private offer of cooperation and compensation between listing broker and selling broker member. The listing agent shares 2.4% - 3% (depending upon location) of their commission to the agent that brings a buyer and writes an offer. Therefore, if you're selling your home By Owner and looking to get MLS exposure, its going to come with a price. If you are considering Flat Fee MLS, you will want to offer an MLS commission that's customary in your locality. This is usually 2.4 to 3%. If you are willing to pay a commission, then Flat Fee MLS is the way to go. The positive side to this is you will be receiving enormous internet exposure, therefore it is likely a buyer will see your home on one of the hundreds of websites your home will be on and come directly to you. Therefore, you pay no commission. Flat fee MLS is the best of both worlds.
Selling your home and paying 6% in real estate commission in today’s market is very difficult.
Often sellers are put in a position to increase their selling price OR take a large hit in their equity profit.
The days of agents having to do newspaper advertisement, run open houses and do other print advertisements is over.
The internet has become the real estate marketplace for buyers to find homes, reducing marketing cost to Realtor's. So why are many still charging 6 to 7% in commissions?
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Today Realtors use the MLS to market their home listings. MLS is a cooperative broker to broker network. For example, if you signed a listing contract with a broker to pay 6% in commission. Your listing agent will share 2.4% of the 6% you agreed to pay to an MLS brokers if they bring them the buyer. Buyers Vantage offers the same competitive commission of 2.4% to other MLS agents. Your savings in commission comes from our listing side of the commission. This ensures your home is competing well in the marketplace next to other neighboring homes for sale. Additionally, in tough markets, our home sellers can offer additional selling bonuses to MLS agents, making their home have a more competitive advantage in tough markets while still saving money in commission!
Your Buyers Vantage Realtor will help you set your price and strategize the best marketing plan for you.
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