It’s the age old chicken or the egg question - do you find your new house to buy first, then hurry and throw your old house on the market and cross your fingers it sells quickly? Or, do you put your house on the market now, wait until you get a contract, and then hurry up and buy your new house?
So you've decided to put your home on the market...
Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' realtor on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.
In our most recent video Avenue agent Michael Golde explains our leasing and property management process and takes us on a tour a beautiful rental in Chesterfield.
With recent changes to the tax code, it seems like homeownership in some parts of the country has become less affordable overnight. Here are a few changes you should be aware of.
‘Tis the season to celebrate with all things shiny and sparkly! This year it’s projected homeowners will spend a whopping $6 billion on holiday decorations, including LED lights, inflatables, etc. This marks the highest amount ever recorded by Consumer Reporting!
When you're searching for a new home would you spend much time looking at a listing with poor quality photos? No? We wouldn't either because these days everyone has higher expectations when it comes to images in marketing. Its vitally important to make sure you use the best pictures available when marketing your home, but if using quality photos is the new standard what can you do to really set your listing apart? Video!
So, when is the best time of the year to buy a house? Spring and summer, when inventory is at its peak? Fall, when the market starts slowing down and sellers are getting desperate? Or winter, when inventory is at its lowest?
When is the best time to sell a house? Most real estate agents will say the best time to sell a home is in the spring and summer. Many real estate agents will go on vacation over the November and December months because the inventory of available homes drops to a seasonal low in December and January. This leads many people to not buy or sell homes in the winter months.
Is a mortgage pre-approval letter necessary to make an offer on a house? The short answer is no. However, if you want your offer to be taken seriously and to stand out from any competing bids, this little piece of paperwork can really give you the edge.
If you’ve recently started your new home search, you may have been asked several times already if you’ve been pre-approved. It’s something that I usually ask all my clients, typically before we even start looking at homes. I’m not asking because I’m rude or nosy, I’m asking because it’s important for my clients that they are pre-approved for a mortgage before they start viewing homes. Let me tell you why.
If you’re planning on applying for a conventional mortgage, you’re going to need a decent credit score before applying. Generally speaking, anything over 620 is needed to get approved for a conventional mortgage, though a lower score is fine for other types of government-backed home loans.
Fall is approaching with cooler temps, Friday night lights, and pumpkin spice everything! This is also the perfect time of year to tackle a few home maintenance issues.
St. Louis often gets a bad wrap, and while the media tends to love the struggles of our city, ask any St. Louisian and they’ll paint a much brighter picture. The housing market also shows a much brighter future than is often portrayed for our slice of the Midwest.
Justin Hansen and Greg Abel take us on a tour of a beautiful home in Town and Country, MO at 359 Pebble Acres. For more info give us a call at (314) 665-2010 or check us out online at AvenueSTL.com.
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending an event at Throwbacks Bar and Grill in St. Peters Missouri.
We’ve all heard how crazy the real estate market is these days, and who even wants to try to deal with that chaos? Should you just wait until things slow down later this year?