Very few homeowners are enthusiastic about spending money to fix up a home that they will soon turn over to a new owner. Oh sure, the door from the garage out to the side of the house has some rot at the bottom, but that’s the garage and no one actually sees or uses that door anyway.
Like more than half of the current home sellers in Pinellas County, you may have decided to just sell your … [Read More...]
"Will I make more from the sale of my house if I do some renovations first?"
That's a question we hear a lot.
You've done your homework and found that many homes for sale have glamorous granite counters, new hardwood floors, spa-style baths, French doors, and other exciting features. Should you spend the money to make those improvements in order to make your home more marketable?
It is … [Read More...]
Home Selling Tip #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave just enough off the price to be lower-priced than the other homes for sale on your block. You’ll get lots of showings, and you might even be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids, who will bid up the price. It’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Home Selling Tip #9: Half-empty … [Read More...]
It's been said many times that real estate is a local business. This week's real estate and business news really brought that home.
In spite of gloomy stories about European debt, Tampa area home sales and prices are well up from last year, as reported just this week in the Tampa Bay Times, Home sales and prices rise in Florida and Tampa Bay area.
Median sales prices for single family homes … [Read More...]
I recently learned that some people (that I personally know) were not aware that they could owe income tax on their unpaid mortgage debt after foreclosure or short sale.
They thought — understandably — that once the house was gone, the whole unhappy mess would be over and done with.
Is this you, too?
The IRS considers cancelled or forgiven debt to be "income." I know, way to go, IRS. Kick … [Read More...]
Good news, homeowners!
Have you been holding off putting your house on the market, because you think it either 1) will take forever to sell, or 2) you don't want to sell when the market is so low?
Well, according to a recent report in the Tampa Bay Times, home sales "...skyrocketed in March to levels not seen in nearly five years."
You can read the full report here: Tampa Bay homes sales … [Read More...]
Every industry has its jargon, and real estate is no exception. Realtors and lenders often throw around terms like “FHA” and “PMI” without considering that their clients may be getting thoroughly confused by the unfamiliar acronyms.
FHA is the Federal Housing Authority, which is a United States government agency which insures loans made by banks and other private lenders for the purchase and … [Read More...]
1. Get pre-approved for a loan.
Most sellers require a pre-approval letter along with your written offer. You should have it ready to go so that when you find the right home there is no delay getting your offer submitted. There’s a lot of confusion about pre-approved vs. pre-qualified…even Realtors® sometimes use the terms interchangeably! But the pre-approval is the real deal. With a … [Read More...]
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or have been around the block before (pun intended), deciding how much to offer for a house can be stressful.
It goes without saying that you want to get your dream house at a rock-bottom price. And of course the seller wants to get top dollar.
Somewhere between those two prices is what you will end up paying for your house. Let’s start by assuming the … [Read More...]
Almost daily I am asked by potential buyers if I think the real estate market has bottomed-out yet.
Those buyers — like everyone in the country — know the real estate market tanked during the recession. But unless you’ve had a reason to follow the market closely, you might not have been aware that over the past six months in many parts of the country, including the Tampa Bay area, real estate … [Read More...]
I don’t mind repeating myself when I’ve got good news to share!
According to a report out today from CNNMoney (Home values rise for first time in 5 years), "Home prices hit a bottom and are finally bouncing back."
Earlier this year, Zillow (a website tracking real estate values) reported that the housing recovery wouldn't be fully under way until the end of this year. However, in today's … [Read More...]
Well, let's call a spade a spade. If it's your house being foreclosed on, that's not so great.
But there are two important facts to consider. First, the current local real estate inventory is actually tight right now, with just a five-month supply of homes on the market.
In contrast, at the peak of the recession the housing inventory stood at 18 months in Pinellas county. (Housing inventory … [Read More...]
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Are you tired of driving around neighborhoods, or searching on public real estate sites, only to find out the houses you like are already under contract or sold? If yes, this is the service for you!
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