In this powerful seller’s market with unbelievably low inventory, it’s getting harder for home and condo buyers to get their offers accepted. Here are 3 things a buyer needs to know to win in this market! And sellers, this is one of the best times in history to list your home for sale. If you’d like to know the particulars of what’s going on in your neighborhood of interest, please contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amid high inflation, increasing mortgage rates, and limited housing inventory, the headlines make it seem like there’s no good news in the real estate market. But when you listen closely to expert economists and look at your local market, you’ll learn that there’s plenty of opportunity. Let’s take a closer look to understand the complete picture of what’s really going on in the housing market.
With all the headlines and talk in the media about the shift in the housing market, you might be thinking this is a housing bubble. It’s only natural for those thoughts to creep in that make you think it could be a repeat of what took place in 2008. But the good news is, there’s concrete data to show why today’s housing market is nothing like it was then.
There’s Still a Shortage of Homes on the Market Today, Not a Surplus
Understanding the ebbs and flows of the market is crucial to success
A real estate agent is on your side and knows your local market best
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What to Do When the Market Changes
Buying or selling a home is one of the most exciting moments in people’s lives, and it’s also affected by broader economic trends. The challenging process is filled with details and detours. Today’s housing market is continually pivoting amid persistent global pandemic-related influences and a subsequent housing supply crisis.
If you’re looking to buy, sell, or both, employing the services of a trusted real estate professional is a critical decision that can make or break your deal. The local knowledge and experience they bring to the table will help you navigate the real estate investing process wisely, especially in today’s rapidly shifting housing market.
There’s a lot to be excited about with this summer’s housing market.
Homes are for sale with the features you want, like swimming pools.
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Despite news about a looming recession, high mortgage interest rates, and low inventory negatively impacting real estate, many good things are still happening and worth getting excited about in the 2022 summer housing market.
Some promising news in today’s historic housing market is that home demand remains strong, with well-vetted, qualified buyers making cash offers, creating a more balanced seller’s and buyer’s market. Additionally, home values continue to defy the odds and climb higher with no end in sight, helping your equity gains grow, which creates opportunities to put your equity gains to use that have never been better. Continue reading →
The days are getting longer, temperatures are starting to climb, and the trees are finally starting to turn green again. As spring approaches, it’s a great time to freshen up your decor and add a splash of color to your space. Looking for some quick, easy, and affordable design tips? Here are a few ways to welcome spring into your home…especially if you’re thinking about selling in the next few months!
Our Top Spring Decor Tips
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Before you make any decor updates, it’s crucial to get every inch of your home looking pristine. Spring cleaning involves more than just a little scrubbing—you should take some time to reorganize, too!
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, just start by working room by room and removing any clutter. It may also be beneficial to make “keep,” “donate,” and “throw away” piles to ensure that everything stays in order. After you’ve freed up some space, break out the cleaning supplies and banish any dust, cobwebs, and grime. Can’t do it all yourself? Get the whole family involved!
Incorporate a Little Greenery
Want to breathe new life into your home? Take some inspiration from nature! Adding freshly-cut or potted flowers and greenery can turn your house into a home—and if you’re selling, your buyers might appreciate the extra pop of color.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider a ready-made bouquet or some low-maintenance houseplants for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom. Placing them in trendy planters and decorative vases can create an added level of style. For a final splash of spring, try hanging a wreath of seasonal blossoms or greenery on your front door to welcome guests inside.
Add New Accessories
Take some time to get rid of your winter accessories and usher in a brand-new season. Light and bright colors, linens, textured pottery, and raw wood accents are all on-trend this spring, and adding these small details can really elevate your home’s style.
Start by incorporating some new accent pillows and paring down your current accessories in favor of a more curated collection. This is particularly important if you’re getting ready to sell; you’ll want to depersonalize your space, but it should still feel like a home. Hanging some different art on your walls can also help you transition to spring—we recommend floral prints or paintings.
Freshen Up with Inviting Scents
Is your home smelling a little musty after a long winter? Throw open the windows and freshen up with some invigorating scents.
Before you integrate spring fragrances, however, be sure to eliminate any unpleasant odors first. Once you’ve deodorized, swap out those holiday candles in favor of some fresher aromas. Lavender, fresh cotton, and lemongrass are all great choices, and they won’t be too overpowering.
Don’t Neglect Your Outdoor Space!
As you prep for the warmer months ahead, the outside of your home matters just as much as the inside. Your outdoor space can really make or break a sale during the spring, as buyers are probably ready to spend some time outside. Even if you aren’t selling soon, your yard, porch, deck, or patio could probably use a little extra attention.
Brush off the winter blues by sweeping away any debris, addressing brown spots on your lawn, and getting rid of any dead or wilting plants. You might also want to incorporate some new outdoor furniture on your deck or patio to show off its potential.
Ready Sell Your Home This Spring?
If you’re looking for spring decorating tips because you’re planning on selling your home soon, we’d love to help you navigate every step of the process. Feel free to reach out to us for more staging strategies and seller tips—we can even help you list your home with just a few clicks! email@example.com or 734-761-3060
“Fake news” has become one of the trendiest terms of the decade—even when it comes to real estate. Homeowners are often bombarded with selling advice that promises to get their home sold quickly and for top dollar…but more often than not, these “tips” are nothing more than misleading—and can throw you off-track.
As we end the year, we want to set the record straight. Here’s our list of the top four home selling myths, debunked.
Myth #1: It’s Just like Reality TV
If HGTV is your guilty pleasure, you’ve probably watched hundreds of buyers and sellers navigate the real estate process on camera. Although the shows do get some things right, they’re often scripted and don’t provide an accurate idea of what it takes to sell your property.
One of the biggest misconceptions created by these programs is the length of the selling process. Don’t fall for the TV magic—it actually takes a lot more than a showing and a phone call to close a deal. In reality, homes can sit on the market for 60 to 100 days or more, and the closing process might last for up to 45 days. Instead of expecting instant gratification, it’s best to talk with your agent to create a realistic timeline before listing. Continue reading →
The year is winding down fast, and with the rush of the holidays, it’ll be 2020 before you know it. With a new year comes new trends, and you can expect a number of home design shake-ups both big and small.
Here are the top home features that are sure to be priorities for buyers in 2020!
Separate Laundry Rooms
It might be a little unexpected, but laundry rooms were one of the most highly sought-after home features of the year, with a whopping 91% of buyers saying they’re essential. Many people also prefer the laundry room to be on the ground floor and sectioned off from the rest of the home.
In 2020, you can expect to see buyers continue to gravitate toward homes with designated laundry rooms—try brainstorming ways to bring more focus to yours! Continue reading →
In the month of October, 110 Ann Arbor homes were listed for sale and this is a 15.8% increase compared to the 95 homes sold last year. The average listing price declined slightly from $483,085 to $458,760, a 5% drop. A total of 83 homes were sold in the past month, and this is a minimal decline compared to October 2018. The average sale price for Ann Arbor homes increased by 14.9% from $416,435 to $478,428. Unfortunately for sellers, the average days on the market for homes has raised a significant 47% from 38 to 54 days presently.
Looking at the year-to-date statistics, we can see that both listing and selling prices have only somewhat increased. The ALP so far is $506,066 and this is 3.6% higher than before which was $488,423. There has been only a slight decline in the amount of listings entered, from 1381 to 1387 homes. Similarly, there has been little difference in the amount of sold homes as 934 have been sold thus far compared 940 previously. The ASP cumulatively sits at $461,552, which is 5% increase compared to $439,512 at this last year.
Imagine, after weeks of searching, that you’ve finally found your dream home. It’s in the perfect location with the right features and exactly the amount of space you need. But after requesting more information, your agent informs you that there are already several offers made on the house. How do you stand out in a busy market and snag your dream home?
When buyers are looking to make a lasting impression on sellers, they often opt to submit a letter to the seller. In fact, a recent study found that buyers who submitted letters were 9% more likely to have their offer accepted.
A Buyer’s Letter can work both with you and against you, so it’s important to understand what they are and when you should use one. Continue reading →