Are you preparing for a move – either scaling up or downsizing? Whatever the reason, you probably have some unwanted clutter or items that you have accumulated over the years that now need to be cleared away. Some goods you will no doubt want to give to family members with a need or who could use items no longer useful to you (i.e. lawn-mower if you’re moving into a condo; dresser you no longer have the room for; or a patio set as your new home has no deck). If, though, the cash for such items is needed for the move, inform family or friends that you will be having a GARAGE/YARD sale so that your loved ones will have the opportunity to benefit from garage sale prices over buying new.
On January 15, 2014 Realtor.com gave 14 Tips for the Best Garage Sale Ever and I will share my condensed version of them with you below:
It’s a beautiful Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in
New Home Owner-What’s Next?
Well, are you now the proud owner of your own home? If so, you’ve stepped through all the hoops-preapproval, kept your credit scores clean by NOT doing any impulse buying or making any major purchases, or heaven forbid. making any late payments or co-signed another’s loan; and, above all, you didn’t lose or change your job status (lenders like to see a good, stable income environment). So, WHAT’S NEXT? “You mean to say there is more?” Yes, whether this is your first home or a repeat home, there are still steps to take.
At closing, you received settlement papers. These are extremely important – so be sure keep them! For one thing, they can help establish tax deductions for the year in which you purchased your home; and, down the road, they are needed for tax purposes when the property is sold or for calculating estate taxes.
When your sale closed, all utilities should have been paid by the previous owner. You will want these services transferred to your name for billing and usually this can be done without turning off utilities. In advance of your closing, a REALTOR® should have given you contact numbers and addresses for utilities (…water, sewage, gas, electricity or oil) to help make this transition as smooth as possible.
Obviously, your next step is to move in; but for the most part, it is probably not as you would want it in the way of CLEAN, as in, SPOTLESS. You’ll no doubt want to paint, shampoo carpets, and do your own form of spring cleaning.
Also, as a home owner, this may be your single most important asset. Protect it with insurance ( fire, theft, liability ) and follow any recommendations made by your insurance professional/agent (possibly taking photos or videos of possessions and securing them).
In approximately two weeks, check online or contact your local property records office to confirm that your deed has been officially recorded. *
Enjoy your home! Give it your personality - plant your gardens, flowers and trees to suit your tastes and likes. Get to know your neighbors. Do whatever it takes to make this house your home!
* www.realtors.com has provided the basis for this blog and has much more useful and helpful information.
It’s a beautiful, sunny, crisp and clear Thursday, February 13, 2014 in
A Time for New Beginnings!
Spring is near and with it the desire for change and new beginnings! This is often seen in the real estate world around this time of year. The sun comes out and people are ready to move forward, even enthusiastic about it. They tour neighborhoods and communities looking for just the right home to suit their needs and the changes/adjustments in their lifestyle. Perhaps they find themselves as empty nesters; or another child has been added to the family making present quarters cramped; or they are now caregivers for elderly parents and require an in-law suite. Whatever the circumstance, NOW is the time to make the change!
Why buy now? Well, members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS)* reported 75,517 closed sales during 2013 surpassing the 2012 sales by 11,000 transactions. That’s a 17% increase in sales. How do we measure that in dollars? The completed sales of 65,122 single-family homes and 10,395 condominiums were valued at nearly $25.5 billion, up by $5.5 billion from last year.
And, further evidence of the housing recovery – prices for single family homes (excluding condominiums) rose 10.2 percent from 2012, increasing from $255,000 to $281,000. Condo prices jumped 15.3 percent, rising from the 2012 figure of $175,200 to the 2013 median price of $202,000.
So, if you are thinking of selling your home, inventory is down and prices are on the rise making this a good time to list. In fact, there are a lot of buyers but not enough inventory to satisfy buyers’ wants and needs. Buyers are now motivated to take advantage of the interest rates while still low and prices still realistic and affordable.
*(NWMLS service area includes 21,000 real estate brokers in 21 counties)
It’s cold, very cold on this Tuesday, February 04, 2014 in
CAN YOU AFFORD TO IT?
And yet again we bring up the subject of renting versus buying! Can you afford it? Did you know that if you are paying $900/mo in rent, in just 1 year you have paid $10,800 and after 15 years, $162,000; 30 years $324,000? Now, let’s up the monthly rental amount to $1,250- a more realistic view! In 1 year, you will have paid $15,000 and in 15 years $225,000; 30 years, $450,000!
With the above in mind, let’s add to the scenario the fact that per MPF Research, apartment rental rates rose 5.5 percent during 2013 in
What about 2014? Dallas-based MPF Research foresees a 3.8 percent rent hike in the
*Material gleaned from The Bellingham Herald, Apartment rental rates rose a healthy 5.5 percent during 2013, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
The clouds are lifting and the sun is presently shining in
WANT TO REBOOT YOUR LIFE? HEAR WHAT SOME EXPERTS ARE SAYING!
Sunset Magazine, after querying urban experts about what makes a great place to live and then interviewing local community residents from the places deemed the best, came up with a list of the 24 best places to live and work in 2014. Sunset readers were then asked to vote on their favorites from the list of semifinalists. With 19,000 responses, six top winners and 18 runners-up were selected. Our community in
Median Home Price
This waterfront city is home to
With a recommendation like this, does
*Material from February 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine, page 57.