Monday, January 31, 2022 / by Michael Evans
I'm sitting here in my office, watching through the window as the sunshine melts the remaining snow from my car and it dawns on me...tomorrow is February. In just a couple days, Punxsutawney Phil will let us know if we're going to have an early spring, or 6 more weeks of winter. I'm personally hoping that he sees his shadow, but that's just me. Either way, as we march toward spring, the housing market will be heating up. Whether you're a buyer looking to for the perfect home, or a seller longing for a warmer climate, waiting until daffodils bloom, might negatively affect your buying power, and the seller's bottomline.
Take a look at the graphic above. It is straight from The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, commonly know as Freddie Mac. It shows interest rates through the years and how they affect your mortgage payment. For the sake of this conversation, it only takes into account principal and interest. Figure another $300/month for taxes. Another $100/month for insurae ...
Thursday, April 30, 2020 / by Peter Hewitt Team Lehigh Valley New Inquiries
If you are a first-time homebuyer and were in the process of shopping for a house before the coronavirus, the pandemic likely put a wrench in your plans. But should it? When you’ve never bought a house before, you don’t know what you don’t know about the process, and buying a house for the first time during a pandemic isn’t an experience you can ask your friends and family about — these are uncharted waters.
The truth is, many first-time buyers are still buying homes during this crisis, but things are different now than they were before the pandemic. Here is what you need to know as a first-time buyer during the coronavirus.
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First: Know the rules are different everywhere
Before you begin shopping for a home, know that the rules about the industries deemed “essential” during the pandemic vary state-to-state and even city-to-city. If you’re buying a home in the same m ...
Thursday, April 23, 2020 / by Kelly Houston
What does that mean? It means we are taking active measures to stay safe, yet still help our clients buy and sell. "Move Safe Certified agents are committed to helping you buy and sell safely during COVID-19. They’re best equipped to serve you during these uniquely challenging times."
Meets with clients virtually to discuss your goals and needs, and review our Marketing Systems, along with the Selling and Buying Process, using video platforms such as Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangouts
Strengthens the digital presence of listed homes through photography, video tours, 3D tours, and aerial photography (when/where allowed)
We also provide floorplans, and virtual staging
We set up video tours with Sellers for live stream walk-through tours of homes
We have implemented safety measures for showings including cleaning thoroughly between appointments, arriving before the client to open all doors and windows, adhering to social distancing protocol, and limiting showings to vettedm ...
Monday, March 4, 2019 / by Peter Hewitt Team Lehigh Valley New Inquiries
While home sellers have become more market savvy than ever thanks to the wealth of information at their fingertips, knowing how to choose a real estate agent can still pose a challenge.
Between recommendations from friends, a family member with a dusty license on the shelf offering to help, and a dizzying array of review websites, it’s difficult to know who to trust with one of the most complex financial decisions of your life.
Smart consumers interview potential real estate agents before they decide which agent they want to hire. Just as you're sizing up the potential for a good fit, the real estate agent will likely be interviewing you, too. Be wary of agents who don't ask you questions and probe for your motivation. You wouldn't work with just any agent off the street, and good agents are selective about their clients, too.
It is crucial to know which questions to ask so your real estate agent can meet your expectations in terms of pricing, timing, and overall experienc ...
Monday, December 10, 2018 / by Peter Hewitt Team Lehigh Valley New Inquiries
You’ve heard it from real estate agents before. “The Winter season is slow.” Or, “No one is really buying or selling.” And even, “I’ll get started in the New Year, it’s a new start right?”
...Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to be ahead than behind. The winter months are the perfect opportunity for you to find the motivated buyers, with less competition of homes on the market and better opportunity to sell for more!
11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring when there are traditionally more houses on the market which could ultimately drive prices down. This could mean you sell high and buy low.
10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.
9. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings on Holidays and when needed.
8. January is traditio ...