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Is it a Buyer’s Market or a Seller’s Market?

house surrounded by question marksAs I talk with clients around the area, I’m frequently asked if it’s a Buyer’s Market or a Seller’s Market. More questions quickly follow: Is it a good time to sell, or is it better if I wait until spring? What do you think my home is worth?

I’d like to take a moment to answer these questions, beginning with what defines a Seller’s Market vs. a Buyer’s Market.

Staging Your Home for Sale

beautiful home office photoMaximizing your profits, minimizing your expenses.

Staging your home for sale will set it apart from the competition. Key elements in staging a room include neutral colors (a fresh coat of paint is always helpful), and furnishing that are adequate but not over the top. If your room is cluttered with too much furniture, place some in storage. Keep pieces that are not overly fancy or loud, and which may distract the buyer from the home’s value.

Preparing Your Home to Sell

Nice kitchen settingMaking a first good impression is vital to your success.

There are five factors to selling your home. Location, financing, marketing, price and condition. You can't influence location or financing, marketing is your agent’s responsibility, and price is determined by the market. But condition is in your control.

Fast Fixes to Your Credit Score

Magnifying glass over the words credit scoreGetting the Best Rates Possible

In a previous post, I stated you needed a credit score between 640 and 680 to qualify for a mortgage. To get the best rates offered by a mortgage company, however, you should have a score in the 750 range. With this type of credit score you'll not only get the best mortgage rates, but also insurance rates. So, by improving your credit scores you improve your pocketbook.