Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reflections on 2016

Reflecting today on the happenings of 2016, I want to thank all of my amazing clients I worked with this year!  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all, and I look forward to seeing you in this new year!  After 29 years in this industry, I truly love what I do, and am grateful for my past clients, business partners, family & friends, and for all the referrals you continue to provide year in and year out! There is much more to real estate than simply buying or selling a home, so please continue to reach out to both Kelly and I as you continue to navigate your new surroundings, neighborhoods and communities. We are here to help! Cheers to all the adventures that await in 2017!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Why Selling Your Home in Winter is a Winning Strategy

Every new year homeowners often decide to wait until spring to put their homes on the market. If you are serious about listing your house this year, here are five reasons not to wait:

1.  Rates remain low...for now. Rates may possibly go up in 2017 so take advantage of the low mortgage rates while you still can!

2.  Inventory is low in winter so there is less competition for you as seller right now. You are likely to have more interest in winter than in the spring when the market is saturated. With fewer options, home shoppers are less picky and more serious about each home they tour.

3.  Homes tend to sell faster in the winter months. There are fewer buyers during the winter months, however, local buyers tend to be more motivated to close the deal as they have a strong need to move quickly.  Also, fewer showings means fewer people stomping through your home, tracking dirt all over your carpets.

4.  January is one of the biggest corporate transfer months. Those moving to the Portland area to begin jobs at businesses such as Nike or Intel can’t wait until spring to find a place to live.

5.  It’s easier to highlight rooms and features that are assets when stuck inside for the cold winter months. Turn on the fireplace, light candles, serve some warm cinnamon cider, and create a cozy atmosphere for the buyer. You might even leave out a few holiday decorations that keep your home sparkling.