Archive for March, 2016

Your Home: Are today’s home values sustainable?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Low inventory and high demand continue to drive prices higher and higher. After several years of recession, most homeowners are excited to finally see appreciation in their home’s value. But at what cost? Appreciation is one thing. High demand and bidding wars are another. Don’t get me wrong. As a listing agent I am thrilled […]

Your Home: The state of your sewer line

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Photo Source: Flickr/Shane Adams Although not the most glamorous of topics, your sewer line condition is extremely important. And it is becoming more important every day as our homes age. Because failed sewer lines can cost you thousands in repair or replacement costs, inspecting your sewer line should become part of your home’s annual maintenance […]

Your Home: Why hire a buyer agent?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Photo Source: Flickr/Mark Moz Honestly, the title of this column could be, “Why not hire a buyer agent?” That’s because the benefits of hiring a buyer agent are tremendous. The gift of buyer agency has only existed since the early 1990s. Until that point, all buyers worked through the listing agent when purchasing a home. […]

Your Home: Selling FSBO can cost you thousands

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Photo Source: Flickr/Mark Moz “For Sale By Owner.” The name says it all. The homeowners intend to sell their home themselves, and hopefully find buyer who is not working with a Realtor as well, with the intention of saving thousands in listing and buyer agent commissions. Sounds like a good plan, right? The short answer […]

Your Home: Mortgage rates drop while home prices go up

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Photo Source: Flickr/Andreas Poike If anyone should be thankful for the recent stock market volatility, it’s home buyers out there. Even after the Fed voted to raise the Federal Funds rate in December, a move that makes it more expensive for banks to borrow money, interest rates have been dropping. This is counter to what […]