Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / by Sherif Nathoo
Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy a home.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.
This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.
Historically, the average number o ...
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / by Sherif Nathoo
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.
Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the ‘man cave’ of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?
The first step in your home buying process should be getting pre-approved for your mortgage. This allows you to know your budget before you fall in love with a home that is way outside of it.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 / by Sherif Nathoo
Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make:
Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs
Sell your house and purchase the perfect home
Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on number one. But, is that the best long-term solution?
If you currently live in a 3-4-bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families living in the neighborhood (example: you wanted a block with other kids your children could play with and a backyard large enough to accommodate that).
Remodeling your home to meet your current needs might mean combining two bedrooms to make one ...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / by Sherif Nathoo
By Daniel Bortz | Aug 30, 2017
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, finding the right real estate agent to partner with can be a daunting task. A lot’s at stake, and there’s certainly no shortage of characters in this business.
Trust me, I speak from experience: As a real estate agent in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., for the past four years, I’ve encountered a range of personalities. Each has particular strengths and weaknesses—not only in dealing with clients, but depending on the market they're in.
Finding the best real estate agent largely boils down to pinpointing that special someone who not only makes you feel comfortable, but is primed to excel in your housing climate. To help steer you toward a professional with the right stuff, here's a rundown of some of the most common characters you'll meet, as well as their pros and cons.
1. The veteran ...
Friday, August 25, 2017 / by Sherif Nathoo
For both buyers and sellers, the help of a knowledgeable broker is valuable, but who pays for the services of the real estate agent? If you're about to start your home-buying journey, you're likely thinking about hiring a real estate agent. Buyers and sellers are responsible for paying for different fees, so it's important to know best practices for a typical home sale.
Here's what you need to know about real estate agent commission and how much cash you can expect to contribute.
Who pays the real estate agent?
Standard practice is that the seller pays the real estate commission of both the listing agent and the buyer's agent, according to Ruth Johnson, a Realtor® in Austin, TX. But she also points out that "while sellers pay the fees, they usually wrap them into the price of the home." In that sense, you could say the buyer pays the fees.
"It totally depends on how you look at the situation," she says. Fair point!
How much are r ...