Why You Should List Your Home this Winter
Spring is traditionally a hot time for the real estate market, however, each Winter I find myself with prospective buyers and great clients who need to list. The traditional home buying and selling seasons have evolved as a result of instant internet access to property listings. There are several advantages to listing in the Winter including stronger marketing, serious buyers, and of course quicker closing dates. Here are the top reasons you should call me to list your home in the Winter instead of waiting to sell.
1. Less Competition and Increased Web Traffic - Typically the Spring and Summer bring a rush of homes to the market, but when you list months prior, your home will stand out. You don't need to worry about a saturated market; your home is visible to buyers. Home searches increase during...
Tips to Save Money this Winter
Although this winter is expected to be milder, the temperatures are already proving to be chilly. Heating is expensive, and you don’t want to watch your hard earned money literally fly out of the windows and doors. I have a few tricks to help you save money and keep your home cozier this winter.
1. Caulk around your windows to prevent warm air from escaping. Caulk needs to be replaced periodically and you want to check for holes every year.
2. Replace weather striping around doors. A general rule: If you can see light around the edges of the door, you need a new weather strip. These handy strips can save you hundreds of dollars in electrical bills!
3. Close your fireplace. Close the flue when you’re not using your fireplace, or chose glass doors around...
Impress Your Guests without Breaking the Bank
Whether you are looking to refresh your home for Spring, or place your home on the market, this list of budget-friendly upgrades will wow your guests.
Start with your Entryway
You can paint the front door, touch up the exterior trim, or update the door hardware to spruce up your porch area. Your Front Porch makes the first impression so even updating seasonal decorations is an inexpensive way to impress your guests.
Focus on Flooring
Worn, dirty carpet can significantly date a home. Check under the carpet for original hardwood floors to refinish. Another option: durable and affordable laminate or engineered hardwood floors to replace high traffic areas. Tile, porcelain, and stone are other affordable materials that pop in Kitchens and Baths.
Add small architectural accents like crown molding, shiplap, or wainscoting....
Spring Real Estate Market
The Louisville Real estate market is still strong despite lower inventory than last year. Home values are increasing, sales are growing, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) are decreasing. Buyer demand continues to grow and is forecasted to spike in Spring.
Here are some thoughts and comments from the industry experts:
GLAR President Dave Parks noted that, "The local market is still strong despite the fact that the current inventory of homes for sale is roughly 30% compared to 10 years ago. There is very strong competition for starter and move-up homes, and more normal levels of inventory for higher end homes."
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors® commented that, "strong job growth assures at least three interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve in 2018." He continued by saying that in order for home prices...
Selling Your Home in the Fall
If you’re entering the market this fall, you should know this is a great time to sell. Though the market is not as hot as the spring months, the fall is the second best season and currently, inventory is low.
There are several things you can do to improve your chances of selling quickly:
Curb Appeal is important year round, but should be prioritized during autumn months. While the weather cooperates, keep up with mowing and edging; water your lawn so it remains green. Dry and dead patches suggest the homeowner does not take care of their yard, and therefore may not take care of the home. This is certainly not the impression you want to make. You can purchase quick-grow grass repair kits at any major home improvement store.
Trees are a nice feature, but you don't want to advertise the maintenance that comes with them. Rake dead leaves from the lawn and make sure the entry paths are clear.
Cut down summer vines and dead...
Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home
We all want to keep our families healthy. We try to eat healthy foods, we take our children to the doctor for check-ups, and we do our best to keep our children from harm. However, there are several hidden dangers in our home that can affect the overall health of everyone in your family. I recently stumbled across an article in This Old House that shared over 70 EASY ideas on how to make your home a haven. Click Here for the tips and info.
Louisville Real Estate Trends
Are you curious about the Louisville Housing market? This year, the Louisville Real-estate Market is trending to surpass last year’s sales and increase in average selling price. Currently, Louisville Area home sales are +2.4% (Year to Date), with median price +7.5%.
According to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, over 8,600 homes have sold in the first 6 months of the year. Houses are spending less time on the market, averaging only 48 days! The time frame is even shorter in the summer, as the houses in June sold in an average of 38 days. The average sales price has increased over $15,000 over last year alone. There has never been a better time to sell, and Team Louisville has the experience and expertise to get you top dollar in little time. There is currently a 15% reduction in inventory of homes within the Louisville area, which means your home will...
Tips for Moving with Toddlers
Congratulations! You’re on your way to a new home, which can be very exciting, and daunting, especially if you have toddlers in tow. I recently moved with 17 month old twins and while I stressed (read: panicked) prior to the process, it went pretty smooth and it really wasn’t bad. Read on if you’re looking for tips to make the move easier on the entire family.
LISTING YOUR HOME
Declutter BEFORE you list! If you have friends or family in town, ask to store boxes and/ or unnecessary toys and baby items for a month of two. If you don’t have family in town, you may want to consider using a storage unit. At the minimum, utilize storage space in your garage or basement, but keep your storage bins neat, clean, and uniform if possible.
Remove personalized items with your children’s names, school, or family information. Remove photos,...
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent...