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Three Real Estate Trends for 2016



1. Early Spring is a Great Time to Sell

Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13th. Longer daylight hours and nicer weather are motivators for buyers. It's a great time to list your home, buyers are out looking, spring is coming (great time to upgrade your curb appeal - plants some flowers, trim the shrubs, paint your front door to give it a new, bright, clean look).


2. First Time Home Buyers

The Millennial Generation represented 1/3 of home buyers in 2015 and the trend is expected to continue. Interest rates are still low and first time homebuyers are getting great deals with low interest rates. First time home buyers are looking for the chance to build equity in a home vs. renting.


3. Rents are going up

According to rent.com the rental rates are going up and will continue to rise in 2016. It is more affordable to buy than rent in many cases. Renters can prepare to buy by ensuring they have stable income, good credit and some cash on hand. It's a great time to talk to your realtor or mortgage broker to find out if you qualify for a mortgage today. If not, ask for some guidance on getting on track so that you can buy a home in the future.

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Location-Location-Location

It's all about location - whether you are a first-time home buyer, investor or looking to upgrade or downsize location plays a big role in the value of your investment. Choose your location wisely and consider that a small home on the a great street will bring greater value to your overall investment than biggest house on a less preferred street.
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Selecting A Real Estate Agent


Congratulations on beginning your search for a new home.

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make. Before you decide on your must haves and nice to haves consider who will represent you throughout the home buying process.

Knowing what questions to ask when selecting your agent is the first step. Here are a few suggestions:

Are you a full time realtor?
Do you have access to the resources I will need to purchase a home? including a mortgage broker, home inspector, insurance agent, closing company ...
What strategies should I use when competing with other buyers for the same house?
Should I be pre-approved by a lender – can you help me with that?
Who selects the homes that I will see?

These are just a few questions you should ask when selecting your agent.
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