Monday, October 17, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
In the current age of our world, digital communication is at its peak in technological advances. Employees can work from home using online chat rooms, team setups, and video conferencing. Students can attend classes virtually using online live classrooms and discussion boards to complete required class time and assignments. Even in Real Estate, online communication has become a much-needed key to success. Agents can walk through homes virtually with their clients using their smartphones, and some even go so far as to upload home tour walkthrough videos to their listings for future buyers to see for themselves.
So how far is our digital literacy going to take us? What about agents that did not grow up with the more recent technologies? Will they adapt as things change, or will they hold onto the “old ways” of conducting their business? I can tell you from experience that while most agents are embracing the recent advances in technology, there are several that have a diffic ...
Monday, October 3, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
One of the last things you do before a home is officially yours is the final walkthrough. This is the point in the sale process when you get to have one last look at the property you're about to purchase. It's a pivotal time in the home purchasing process, because once you sign the paperwork, you generally can't go back to the seller with additional questions or repair requests.
We advise buyers to conduct a final walkthrough as close to their close date as possible, but before their scheduled signing date. That way if there are any issues that come up during the walkthrough it can be addressed before signing the closing documents.
Some things we recommend bringing include: notebook, pen, copy of contract, list of items being repaired in inspection contingency, receipts received for the repairs, cell phone, camera, flashlight, and of course their real estate agent. This will allow buyers to check everything remaining with the home as agreed upon, as well as requesting the ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
As the season begins to change, it's time to prep your home for falling leaves, cooler weather, and, eventually, winter storms. Tackling a few fall home maintenance tasks now can help ward off issues later in the season, so you can enjoy everything you love about autumn worry-free. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average homeowner's ability. But even if you'd rather hire a professional to handle them, it can be well worth the expense. You'll save money in the long run by preventing costly (and potentially dangerous) damage to your home.
1) Inspect Your Roof: Start by inspecting your roof from top to bottom, using binoculars if necessary. Check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage. Look for damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents and chimneys. Scan the entire roof for missing, curled, or damaged shingles. Look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating, which can portend larger ...
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
Buyers May Face Less Competition as Bidding Wars Ease
One of the top stories in recent real estate headlines in the past couple years has been the intensity and frequency of bidding wars. With so many buyers looking to purchase a home and so few of them available for sale, fiercely competitive bidding wars became the norm during the pandemic – and it drove home prices up. If you tried to buy a house over the past two years, you probably experienced this firsthand and may have been outbid on several homes along the way.
Fear not! Things are beginning to shift as seen in the graph below. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average number of offers on recently sold homes has declined considerably over the past few months:
The graph shows homes were seeing a high of around five offers earlier this year. But the latest data shows that average was down to just shy of three offers per recently sold home. This shift is happening largely because rising ...
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 / by Sydney Stahr
Ah.... It's the tail end of summer.
Still pretty hot out with the promise of cooler days ahead. Even Starbucks has their famed PSLs on the menu again! (Pumpkin Spice Lattes, for those that don't like acronyms). It's also time to do less outdoors and more indoors! If you find yourself getting into the "end of sun" funk, here's some renovation ideas that will provide the best return on investment.
The time between summer and fall is the best for attacking those evil weeds and getting your lawn ready for the rain it desperately needs. Cleaning up those flowerbeds, cutting back the dead branches, and even installing pavers garden edging are relatively inexpensive options and can increase curb appeal immediately.
2. Update Kitchen Appliances
Got a dishwasher so loud you can't think when it's running? How about a refrigerator that looks like it belongs in the 1990s? One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers are dated and dingy appliances. Replacing these older applian! ...