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Commonly, a home’s price will be run up in a multiple-bid situation. The seller is delighted at first but will run into problems when the appraiser comes into the house and assesses it at a lower price. We recently had a home that was appraised at $30,000 below the agreed-upon purchase price. How do we handle this kind of situation?The very first t…
 
Here are the three options you have if the appraisal comes in low.It’s difficult to believe we’re already this far into 2021, but all signs point to another seller’s market this year. With sellers continuing to benefit from low inventory, many buyers are paying way over asking price just to secure the home. However, what happens when the appraiser …
 
There are five hidden costs associated with buying and owning a home.There are more costs to buying and owning a home than just a monthly mortgage payment. Here are the five hidden costs of homeownership:1. Closing costs. When considering their home buying journey, people think about the down payment but forget about the transactional costs. The go…
 
You can stop meeting with every client and still maximize customer satisfaction.How can you stop meeting with every client but still maximize customer satisfaction? I get it—we can be control freaks, we have to do everything ourselves, and no one can do it better than us. I felt the same way for many years. Then a very wise consultant told me, “Dav…
 
Here’s why Stonoview is an exceptional place to buy new construction homes. Many people have been asking me lately about new construction and what my favorite neighborhoods are. There are plenty of excellent neighborhoods, but one that stands out where many of our clients have landed is Stonoview. Debbie Jones joins me today because she’s the exper…
 
Here’s what to know about the past and future of our market. What happened in our Portland area real estate market in 2020? What have we seen so far in 2021?I don’t have a crystal ball and I certainly couldn’t have predicted everything that happened last year. When COVID hit back in March, we thought the sky was falling. There were a record number …
 
Here’s how you can vote for us for “Simply the Best 2021.” If you're a prospective buyer, click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report right here. We need your help once again to win Central Pennsylvania Real Estate Journal’s “Simply the Best 2021.” It’s a two-step process…
 
If your 2021 goals relate to your home in any way, we’re ready to help. Looking for a San Diego home? Click here for a full home search Selling Your San Diego home? Get a free home price evaluation As we enter a new year, a lot of people are making plans and setting goals. Whether your goals involve owning an investment property, refinancing, buyin…
 
Here’s how we’re protecting our clients in this wild market of ours.With this market being so hot and houses selling so quickly, and for so much with so few protections, it brings a lot of fear for both the sellers and the buyers. We’ve done a lot of things over the last few months to try to cool that down for all of our clients—there’s a lot of wo…
 
If you’re selling, here are some financially efficient renovation tips. Want to buy a home? Search All Homes Want to sell your home? Receive a Home Value Report Unfortunately, home renovations don’t always bring a great return on investment; in most cases, you’ll actually lose money. For instance, if you do a major kitchen remodel, you can expect t…
 
Here’s why right now might be the hottest our market is for sellers all year. Today we’ve got a jam-packed market update on all the latest goings on in Pierce County, Washington. In the month of December, the median sale price rose to $440,000. That’s a 5% increase year over year. This is great news for homeowners everywhere. As for our days on mar…
 
I expect more of the same from our 2021 Triangle market.What can we expect from the Triangle area real estate market in 2021?2020 was an interesting year, to say the least. Lots of industries were decimated, but real estate wasn’t one of them. We saw some extraordinary things happen. Listing inventory, for example, dropped by 50% compared to 2019, …
 
Here are the top three things today’s homebuyers are looking for. Due to the fact that people have spent more time in their homes than ever with COVID-19 restricting social capabilities, homebuyers are thinking differently now. Demand remains sky-high in our market, but sellers would do well to note how today’s home-buying trends are a departure fr…
 
January and February are great months to put your home on the market.If you need to sell your home in January or February, we have good news: Now is a great time to put your home on the market, and there are several reasons why. For one thing, inventory is low. It’s been low for a couple of years, but it’s really low at the moment. Interest rates a…
 
Here’s what you need to know about Calgary real estate as we begin 2021.We had a pretty slow start in real estate last year, but we finished 2020 strong with December sales the highest they have been since 2007.There were a lot of economic challenges including oil prices and unemployment rates. Then COVID and the lockdowns hit, slowing things down …
 
Here are three mistakes not to make if you’re in the home-buying process.Today Chuck Simmons from Motto Mortgage Midwest joins us to discuss the three main things you shouldn’t do if you’re in the process of buying a home. Some of these things may seem obvious, but many people don’t know the ins and outs of how the process works. Don’t get caught m…
 
Today we’re looking at what 2021 may bring to our market.What can we expect from our 2021 market? Like most real estate professionals in the market, we wish we had a solid answer to that question. However, we can say with some certainty that interest rates won’t be going up in the first quarter of the year. Ultimately, we don’t expect a ton of chan…
 
How much of a difference can listing videos make? A lot.Can videos really help sell your home? The short answer is yes, and we have the statistics to back that up. In fact, 85% of clients want an agent who uses video tools as part of their marketing package. What’s more, homes presented with a video tend to receive 403% more attention.But making a …
 
Daniel was having issues selling his condo—until he reached out to us for help. Daniel Branham, one of our recent home sellers, had quite a few issues with his condo sale. Most of them revolved around the HOA—he had a hard time getting them to do their part regarding the maintenance issues, and over time, his headache only got worse. The water leak…
 
Click Here to Register! Here’s the first step to getting top dollar for your home. If you're a prospective buyer, click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report right here. The recent surge in the real estate market means that it’s a great time for anybody thinking of sellin…
 
Here are some important points to know about a reverse mortgage.Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls and emails from clients who have questions regarding reverse mortgages: Are they safe? Should I get one? Do I even qualify? Due to all the intricacies of this topic, I’ve asked our team’s reverse mortgage specialist, Tim Baudis, to help …
 
Here’s how we’re helping our clients compete in this tough market.Are you looking to buy a home but frustrated by the intense competition in today’s market? Last year was a whirlwind, and the biggest thing on every buyer’s mind is how tough it was to compete. Everyone’s looking for that competitive edge to help them secure the home they want. Here …
 
When purchasing a home, there’s more than just the sales price of the house to consider—there are actually quite a few hidden costs that most buyers need to know about before they submit an offer on a home: appraisal fees, moving fees, tax service fees, title insurance, and more.On average, the typical closing cost on a home can equal almost 4% of …
 
Here’s why we’re immensely grateful for your support this past year. As we look back on 2020 and gaze ahead into 2021 with excitement, we recognize the unique challenges that this past year brought all of us. For some, 2020 was a great year, or perhaps a mediocre one; for others, it just felt like one wave after another kept crashing down on them. …
 
Here’s what you need to do if you intend to value inherited property.Now that everyone has put their New Year’s resolutions together, today I thought I’d add a little postscript from a recent client. After we closed, they asked us for help in valuing property that had been inherited back in 1970. Certainly we can go back a little in our database to…
 
Here are the main things you should focus on when starting your career.What can you expect in your first two years in real estate? Here are my four main recommendations for what you should focus on:1. Focus on your sphere of influence. This is the principal way you should look to grow your business, and you should spend two to three hours every mor…
 
Here's how you can avoid a dreaded trifecta of home selling mistakes.Here are the three top things that keep your home from selling when it’s on the market, which are also three things you as a homeowner have control over and can adjust if needed:1. Bad marketing. The quality and quantity of the marketing make a huge difference. This is one of the …
 
It's been an amazing year for our team thanks to your continued support. We just wanted to take a minute to wish you a happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2020 has come to a close. Although it has been a wild and chaotic year for many of us, it has also been an amazing year for our team thanks to your continued support. The things we’ve accom…
 
At the moment, it’s better to sell your current home before buying. Want to buy a home? Search All Homes Want to sell your home? Receive a Home Value Report The real estate market is still very competitive during the holidays, and one thing that’s been helping our buyers get their next home under contract is selling their current house first. "It’s…
 
A word on buying an ‘as is’ property.This question has been coming up quite a lot this week because buyers in our seller’s market are so anxious to have their offers on a property accepted. The term ‘as is’ is an important part of your negotiations and even after the fact when you’re in contract. A home that is sold ‘as is’ means the seller intends…
 
Happy holidays to you!The holiday season has officially arrived. We hope you enjoy this wonderful time of year and make some fantastic memories.We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. We love helping people make their real estate dreams come true, so thank you for working with us and supporting our business.This may be a…
 
Here’s my advice about winning against multiple offers in today’s market.We’re seeing multiple-offer situations more often than not in today’s real estate market. Due to historically low inventory and interest rates, demand is sky-high. There are just about 3,300 homes for sale right now, when we historically have between 7,000 and 10,000 this time…
 
You’ve made all this positive change possible It’s been an amazing year for Jeff Cook Cares. 2020 was full of unexpected challenges, and there was no shortage of needs to fill in the community. We’re proud to announce that, with your help, we were able to raise a total of $70,000 to build seven homes in Peru and Nicaragua for families in need! Our …
 
Here’s your Pierce County real estate update through the end of November. The median sales price in Pierce County is $442,000, and we’ve seen a 15% increase in home values since this same time last year. Homes are spending an average of six days on the market, meaning that sellers typically accept an offer on their homes within six days after listi…
 
Should you refinance now or wait for lower rates? Here’s my advice.With interest rates as low as they are, a lot of our clients have been reaching out to ask if they should refinance. These are the lowest rates that we’ve ever seen, with some of our clients locking in rates below 2%. We know that the Federal Reserve has gone on record saying they w…
 
Here’s what the latest numbers say about our market.Today I have another market update to share as we close out 2020. I’ve compiled all the latest data from Flathead Lake and Flathead County residential market (single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums). At 1:10 in the video above, you can see a chart outlining the number of active and sold …
 
As 2020 finally draws to a close, we wish you a happy holiday season.We wanted to take a moment today to extend a happy holiday greeting. As 2020 winds down (which we’re willing to bet a lot of people are excited about), we hope your year has gone well. We’ve seen first hand how the pandemic has affected people’s lives, especially as it relates to …
 
How can a showing agent help you get your nights and weekends back? I’ve been working in real estate for 20 years, and I learned early on that when I’m working with buyers and trying to serve them at the highest level, it takes a lot of time—I can’t do it all myself. So, for years, we’ve had a showing agent on our team to help assist our buyer agen…
 
If you know of a crucial charity, request a donation from us on your behalf. If you're a prospective buyer, click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report right here. Wow, this has been a one-of-a-kind year. I love writer Agnes Pharo’s famous quote: “What is Christmas? It is…
 
Here’s our short holiday message of thanks and good tidings to all of you. Selling your Massachusetts home? Get a home value report Buying a Massachusetts home? Click here for full MLS access Today we want to say thank you for your support this year as we usher in the holiday season. This has obviously been a strange year with the COVID-19 pandemic…
 
Happy holidays to you!The holiday season has officially arrived. We hope you enjoy this wonderful time of year and make some fantastic memories.We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. We love helping people make their real estate dreams come true, so thank you for working with us and supporting our business.This may be a…
 
Here’s a handy checklist for home maintenance to ensure its health. Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately? As a homeowner, it can sometimes be a struggle to keep up with home maintenance tasks. Today we’re sharing a simple guide to consider a resource when giving your home a maintenance check-up.“We suggest hiring professional cleaners at …
 
Happy holidays to you all; your support this year helped us help others.Merry Christmas, and thank you for your support; we appreciate the trust you place in us to help with your real estate needs. We’ve had an excellent year here at Homestead and Co. because we’ve been able to help a record number of families. Without all of you, we couldn’t have …
 
Here are the five steps to selling a home on your own.How do you sell a home successfully on your own in today’s market? There are five steps to keep in mind. First, consider seeking guidance for all the documentation involved in the home selling process. There are a lot of documents to keep track of to ensure your home sale is compliant. You’ll ha…
 
I have five tips for those looking to sell this holiday season.It’s the holiday season once again, and that means I’m hearing a familiar question from both buyers and sellers: Do properties move during this time of year? The answer is yes, plenty of properties sell over the holiday stretch. In fact, it can be a particularly great time to buy or sel…
 
A real estate financial checkup can prevent issues in your future.With your physical health, you want to do preventative care to ensure you don’t have an emergency later. It’s the same for your real estate financial health. In both instances, you should get ahead of any issues and take care of things. You need to know where you stand with your fina…
 
These are the latest stats from our November Myrtle Beach market. Today I have a brand-new real estate market update for you with last month’s numbers, and they’re wild! The market is still super hot. We’re seeing massive gains in single-family resales, and a colossal number of people are coming in from out of town and out of state. Last month, sin…
 
I have two messages to express as we barrel toward the new year. Looking for a San Diego home? Click here for a full home search Selling Your San Diego home? Get a free home price evaluation At this time of year, there are two messages I’d like to convey to you. First, thank you! We’re grateful for your continued support. 2021 will be our business’…
 
This is why the winter months are a smart time to sell a home. Want to buy a home? Search All Homes Want to sell your home? Receive a Home Value Report As the fall season begins to wind down and the holiday season ramps up, the number of available homes on the market can begin to dwindle. This comes from the common misconception that your home is w…
 
This is how you can tap into the equity of your investment property.If you have an investment property whose equity you want to tap into, there are several ways to do so. The first is by using traditional financing, where you show your taxes, look at your Schedule E form, and see how much money the property is generating versus how much you’re maki…
 
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