- Your Voice
Real estate deals that implode- chances are, either you have experienced one or know someone who did. Here is a “best of” or more appropriately, “worst of” list of deal killers in the Northwest Tucson and how to avoid them.
Free things first – pack it up. Go into each room and start removing excess items. There should not be stacks of paper, clothes, books or toys littering the floors.
As this issue is the “Best of the Northwest”, it seems appropriate for a toplist of real estate tips.
As you are driving around this week, enjoying the warmest winter on record for Tucson, I am betting you see several out of state license plates, maybe even a few from as far north as Alberta, Canada. The snowbirds are here in full force, and after the pounding the rest of the country has taken this winter, I am betting next year’s batch will be even greater in numbers.
The crash of the housing market forced many would-be sellers to stay put until their homes appreciated back to at least a “break even” status. That day has finally come for many local homeowners, but we are finding that a good portion of them want to wait and find their dream house before selling, and in many cases – before even listing. This puts them at a distinct disadvantage as chances are their dream home is also someone else’s dream home- and will be already under contract by the time they are ready to act.
Part of life is the unexpected. Perhaps the unexpected arrived to you in the form of a new baby (or two), a “returning to the nest” adult child, a new job that requires a good deal of working from home and telecommuting, an elderly relative coming to stay indefinitely, or a beautiful new marriage which comes complete with three “pre-packaged” kids.
Finding the right REALTOR® is crucial to a smooth transaction. Our mission is simple – to provide the highest quality, old-fashioned customer service while pairing it with cutting-edge technology and resources to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.
At some point in our lives, many of us will need (or want) to move to a smaller space. It could be a change of lifestyle, finances, age or simply feeling a need to simplify. Downsizing can be difficult, but having a clear plan can certainly make it a much smoother process.
The chaos of the holiday season is quickly becoming a memory. Ah, the beginning of a new year- a time to hit the restart button and get focused on what you want to accomplish in 2014. For some, that list includes a move to a new home, and possibly selling an existing property.
When you begin the vetting process to select a real estate agent to represent you, don’t be afraid to inundate them with questions. Buying or selling is a huge financial and emotional event, and you deserve to know that you will be receiving the very best.
Today’s building trends are leaps away from what they were even just a decade ago. As technology has evolved, homeowner’s lifestyles have progressed in interesting ways. One notable change is more people telecommuting from home. However, with the advent of tablet devices equipped with wireless internet many are carving out spaces in the kitchen or living spaces rather than utilizing traditional home offices. The hub of the house for today’s homeowner consists of larger kitchens outfitted with casual dining spaces and hybrid office/ workspaces. For new construction, a “smart wired” house is a must, and slim, sleek smart TVs that stream movies, allow web surfing and Skyping with long distance relatives are becoming a luxurious commonplace. Lighting, temperature, whole house audio, security and even pool equipment can now be controlled conveniently and even while away with an iPad or similar device.
An important question to ask yourself is, “When do I plan on moving?” If the answer is in the next 3-5 years, pay extra special attention to the choices you make. If you over personalize, or make radical changes to suit your specific lifestyle, you may discover it will be a disadvantage to you come listing time. Don’t worry, though – there are ways you can incorporate your preferences in a fashion that can be easily remedied when you are ready to sell.
There was a little feeling of fall in the air as I opened my front door very early this week – something intangible and impossible to describe but promising! It is the way I have also been feeling about real estate lately – as if something we have all been waiting for is just on the precipice of occurring. Dare I say it – a more balanced market on the horizon? Prices are continuing their slow but steady ascent and as we look at the “Heat Map” in the Long Realty Market Report we can see that things are beginning to even out inventory wise – slowly but surely.
I have seen it a hundred times. The prospective buyer, curious neighbors or home sellers from two blocks over come through the front door and their guard is up. Some bust into the house as if they are raiding it, look around for 30 seconds and give a gruff mutter upon their exit. Others will barely make eye contact and furtively look around as though already planning an escape route. I can almost hear the National Geographic narrator in their mind, “And now, the visitors know they are cornered. The wily and speedy Realtor has locked her sight on them, and will most certainly pressure them into giving their email addresses, income information and first born children before she will allow them to leave.”
The real estate market landscape has so drastically changed from what it looked like a few years ago – but now we have new issues. Could anyone envision that when we had an 11-month supply of properties on the market in some areas that just a few short years later buyers would be scrambling to beat out multiple offers on homes? There are several zip codes in the city that are carrying a meager two month supply, and some even less. By all conventional markers, this would be considered an extreme sellers market. However, prices have not skyrocketed to ’05 and ’06 numbers yet, and that has left many still unable or unwilling to list.
When people learn that we are Realtors, the question “are you buyer’s agents or listing agents?” has arisen many times. It seems to be a popular idea that you should be one or the other – and specialize exclusively. If you subscribe to this way of thinking, ask yourself a few questions.
You scoured the area until you found your dream neighborhood to put down roots. After time (and money) spent you finally have a peaceful place to seek refuge after work, create happy memories and just enjoy the Great American Dream. Until you realize your new neighbor likes to party until 3 a.m. several nights a week, turns their garage into a working mechanics shop 18 hours a day, or decides that your sidewalk is the perfect place for their Great Dane to poop every morning, turning your dream into a full–fledged nightmare.
I received an alarming photo via email this week from my mother with the ominous subject line: “BEES.” I immediately called and she sounded rather dejected. It appeared that while my father was out of town she decided to get some overdue organizing done, and had discovered an enormous beehive in their attic crawlspace.
“Nothing lasts forever” claims the old adage, but until a couple of weeks ago buyers simply weren’t, well, buying it. The swift and strong rate hike caught many by surprise, scrambling to find a home so they could lock their rates in now.
Imagine, just for a moment, that the Explorer only employed reporters from other states and countries to write local stories. Journalists might have to rely on what they could garner from the internet to tell a story, with no actual local experience. Another scenario – envision a crime scene in New York, but detectives investigating the case are all based in Los Angeles. They never examine the evidence with their own eyes, and are unable to interview witnesses face to face. Seems insane, right? There are a plethora of real estate sites on the web that are using this sort of mentality to put a price on your home.
If you are a fan of HGTV, chances are you have seen one of the many home staging shows. Staging is certainly crucial, but there are tips that the shows never mention.
MYTH: Length in business equals experience.
Today’s real estate consumers are savvier than ever, and they now have access to information with just a few mouse clicks or swipes. Massive sites like Trulia and Zillow pull public data and wrap it up it a pretty package, but it’s dangerous to rely on this data as your only source of information. These well-advertised monster sites are often days, and sometimes weeks behind, and much of the information can be incorrect or skewed because the tax records they pull their data from are not always accurate. Since they are not members of the MLS, they are unable to access the information the MLS provides.