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4 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Winter

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Most people don’t want to move in the winter and wait until spring, usually in April, to put their house on the market. Contrary to belief, it is better to list your home late in the year or early in January.

Instead of waiting until spring, there are four reasons you should consider selling your home this winter.

1.  Less competition. The old story of supply and demand applies here. With everyone else, especially those with children in school, waiting to list their home in the spring you’ll have less competition.

2. Less competition means that you can demand a higher selling price. There will be fewer homes to compare to yours and with a limited supply, you become a winner.

3. Interest rates are still low and the prediction is that they will rise at least 3 times in 2018. Low interest rates means people can afford more house and aren’t hesitant to purchase one.

4. You’ll have more serious Buyers and often receive a better price. People sometimes just have to move. They get transferred, take a new job, outgrow their apartment, or their lease expires. What ever the reason, winter time Buyers are more serious Buyers. I personally moved three times at the end of December. And it wasn’t really all that hard selling or moving. Plus, all my Buyers were anxious to make memories in their new home and show it off to family and friends over the holidays.

Contact me  and we can discuss a marketing plan to sell your  home.

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Delaying your Home Purchase Could Cost You More $$$

Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost you More $$$

The low inventory of homes is causing the prices to rapidly rise. While this is great for homeowners it can be detrimental to Buyers. Plus, the Feds propose raising interest rates at least one more time this year and possibly three times in 2018. As a Buyer this means you could buy more house for your money now than if you wait until the spring.  Plus, if you don’t have money for a down payment, there are programs that provide assistance depending on income levels and credit scores. Your credit score does not need to be stellar to qualify. Please read more about why you should buy a home now instead of waiting.

Don’t put off looking for a home until 2018. Let me help you today.

Susie Jennings
Welcome Home to the Fox Valley
Realtor®, Star Service Realty, Inc., We Provide Stellar Service
(920) 659-0556

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The Saga of the Happy New Homeowners

I received a Facebook message from a young woman looking for help. She, her husband and grandmother were looking for a side by side duplex or home to rent where they could also have 2 more family members and 3 dogs join them. Oh, and one more caveat, they couldn’t spend more that $800-$850 a month.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t help them find a rental to fit their needs and explained that very few landlords allow four adults, 3 dogs, and a child. But, I was able to refer them to a lender who assisted then in qualifying for a WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority) loan even though their credit score wasn’t stellar and they didn’t have a down payment. Then we set out to find a house.

I met with the Buyers to assess their needs and wants, go through the buying process, and the Offer to Purchase so they would be able to move quickly as the homes in their price range are still flying off the shelf. We signed a Buyers Agency so I could represent them instead of the Seller. We looked at 5 houses and chose one.

The Buyers had their feet planted firmly on the ground and knew they were lucky to be buying a home and it wasn’t going to be perfect. After the offer was accepted we had an inspection and asked the Seller to fix some of the more serious issues. The Buyers still had some nerve racking hurdles to jump over due to some past credit issues. The lender, Jesse Wien from PRMG Mortgage and I worked hard to calm fraying nerves, answering the multiple phone calls and text messages we received from both Buyers on a daily basis.

Our reward was handing the Buyers the keys and welcoming them  to their very own home, something they only dreamed about but didn’t think was possible.

If you are dreaming of becoming a homeowner, contact me at (920) 659-0556 or Susie@starservicerealty.com  and we will work hard to help you achieve your dreams.Welcome Home to the Fox Valley!                                                 Tiffany Philllips and Kaen Kinnard