Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions

Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions
When talking about real estate, you have likely heard the widely used phrase “location, location, location.” What realtors mean by this is that identical homes may have very different prices depending upon location. What this often means to home buyers is that they may have to pay more to live close to work or to be in the best school district. The right location may also mean the most potential for capital appreciation, an important consideration when the...

Don’t Wait: Buying Will Cost More in Just One Year

Don’t Wait: Buying Will Cost More in Just One Year
Are you on the fence about owning a home? It may be better to buy now than wait. The nation’s median home value is expected to grow by $6,275 to $208,975 just one year from today, according to Zillow, adding on to the already considerable funds homebuyers need now to own a home. The average homebuyer, in fact, has to add $105 more each month to their down payment savings (assuming a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced home) over the next year, or...

Sell Your Home During The Holidays

Sell Your Home During The Holidays
It's snowing outside, temperatures are dipping low, the neighborhood is feeling festive — and you need to sell your house quickly. This time of year is spent visiting family, feasting on turkey and giving gifts. Unfortunately, selling a home usually isn’t at the top of the holiday list. Many buyers don't want to move their furniture and belongings in the winter, and the fact that the holiday season is coming up (creating both time and financial pressure

How to Style Your Home for an Open House

How to Style Your Home for an Open House
Our room-by-room overview explains how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers If you are selling your home, you will want it to look its best when you hold an open house. If you can afford to hire a professional stager, do it! Their skills can do wonders for your home’s apparent value. But if that’s not within your budget, don’t worry — just follow these room-by-room tips to help your listing stand out. Erase Your Person...

Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter

Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter
So you've decided to list your home this winter. Perhaps you've had a job change, need to relocate out of the area, or have financial or family reasons for moving. No matter what is driving the move, you may be concerned about selling at this time of year. But just because you missed the boat on the spring selling season doesn't mean you can't get your home sold quickly, and for a profit. A few tips can help get it moving. Take photos early... or late

6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall
Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we're here to tell you why buying and selling in the fall can work for you. Less competition Yes, there may be fewer homes on the market, but there are also fewer buyers out there competing for the same

October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home

October Is the Best Month to Buy a Home
Move over location—there’s a new real estate mantra in town. It turns out when you buy your home can be as important for your budget as where.  After reviewing more than 32 million real estate sales since 2000, RealtyTrac analysts have discovered October is the best month to close on a home purchase. “On average, October buyers get a 2.6% discount below estimated market value,” says Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president. “It’s that middle month b

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter
The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice everything has taken over the world. With fall color and produce so prominent at this time of year, you may be tempted to load up your home with an abundance of both. But if you're trying to sell your home now, a little discretion may go a long way. And that's just one of the tips for selling your house in the fall and winter. Pay close attention to your curb appeal We've admitte

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget

8 Ways to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget
A FEW STRATEGIC, AFFORDABLE UPGRADES CAN ADD BIG VALUE TO YOUR HOME. Increasing the value of your home when selling can be a difficult task, but a few home improvement ideas can help you stage for success while keeping within your budget. 1. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating your home accounts for more than 40% of its total energy usage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Programmable thermostats allow you to custo...

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall

7 Best Things About Buying A House In The Fall
From the desk of Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: The biggest and best reason to put your home on the market right now is..... #6 - You're the center of attention - both the REALTOR's attention and the potential buyers attention... Let me give you some attention, call or text me at 707-334-0699. The summertime real estate season is as hot as the weather, but you might want to postpone your purchase until fall. For the first time in recent history,