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Housing News

Housing News

Apr 9, 2016

By Juan Gonzales Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets. Minutes from last month’s Fed meeting showed the Fed is concerned about global economic weakness. This concern makes a policy rate increase in April unlikely. Recent economic reports show tepid economic growth, keeping inflation concerns at bay. Lack of inflation helps support conditions for low mortgage rates. Even with the tepid economy, the labor market continues to show strength. Last week’s unemployment claims fell more than expected, slipping to 270,000. Smart home technology can make outdated homes more desirable. Nearly 1/2 of Americans surveyed either have or plan to install smart home tech this year. The recent dip in mortgage rates has helped move some buyers off of the fence. Purchase applications were 11% higher than the same week last year. Annual owner-occupied purchases were up 15.9% in 2015. The 3.74 million purchases were the most seen since 2007’s 3.93 million. Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time. The Juan Gonzales Mortgage Team Neighborhood Mortgage, Inc Senior Loan Officer NMLS #1001339 (678) 990-8774 juan@nloans.net...

Free Advanced Search Tools For Home Buyers

Free Advanced Search Tools For Home Buyers

Aug 21, 2015

If you are currently in the market for a home, you will find my website an excellent resource. The site is continually updated with new and valuable information to aid in your decision making process. The search feature allows you to filter thousands of listings based on attributes that you select. You can simply search for houses in a certain area and price range, or you can look for houses that fit your specific style. If you know you want a brick house with gas heat and a garage, you can get the results you’re looking for. Most real estate websites don’t offer that degree of choice. By signing up with the Property Research Center, which is free, you have access to features that will help you find and organize the listings that best fit your needs: Saved Searches allow you to preserve your searches for reference at a later time. You can easily maintain lists of properties that match your criteria without having to re-enter any information, and there is no limit to the number of searches you can save. The Favorites Folder allows you to save the individual listings that you find appealing. You can save favorites from different searches into sub-folders, giving you the power to organize your favorite listings however you see fit. This is a great way to put in order those specific listings that interest you most. Again, you may save as many favorites as you wish. With the New Listing Notification service, you can be updated via e-mail as to new listings that match the criteria of any saved search. There is no need to check back for updates to your searches. All you have to do is decide whether you want daily, weekly, or bi-weekly notifications of the most recent listings. I always strive to make the home-buying process as smooth as possible. Don’t just take my word for it. Read Testimonials of my clients. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, I would love to be of assistance, and I look forward to hearing from you. Taty www.RealEstateOnHeels.com...

Easy Ways To Reorganize Your Kitchen

Easy Ways To Reorganize Your Kitchen

Aug 12, 2015

The kitchen, for most of us, is a home’s gathering place. It can bring to mind the smell of coffee brewing on a cold winter morning, the sensation of spice laden-steam rising from a boiling pot, or the sounds of the daily family hustle and bustle. For many homeowners, the kitchen can also be characterized by the horrors of clutter, crowded cabinets, and general disarray. If you’ve been trying to find ways to reorganize your kitchen without a costly remodel, here are a few quick ideas. Tip #1: Repack dry goods Most packaged food products can be more space efficient when removed from their original packaging and placed in stackable plastic containers. Tip #2: Free the spices Don’t waste cabinet or drawer space on your spice collection! Spices should be handy near the stove, so install a wall rack in a convenient location. Be careful to avoid spots that will get too much heat, as this can affect the flavor of some spices. Tip #3: Hang ‘em up Hanging pot racks can both free up your cabinet space and add a chef’s touch to your kitchen! If you decide against a full pot rack, consider ways to hang utensils out in the open. Preassembled racks can be attached to the cabinet undersides to accommodate your stemware as well. Tip #4: Tailor your cabinet shelves Measure your stacked dishes to find the exact height needs of your shelving, and use adjustable shelves to avoid wasting space. Tip #5: Add simple storage Most kitchens have room for small shelves between the counter space and cupboards that can store dry goods or cookbooks. Pull-out hanging rods for dishtowels can be installed in spaces between appliances and cabinetry, and wire racks can be fitted around sink pipes to hold cleaning supplies. I hope you find these ideas useful for your own kitchen. More homeowner tips like these can be found on my website. If you have any questions about your home, or any real estate needs whatsoever, please give me a call, e-mail or text. I’d be glad to help in any way possible. -Taty       770-367-9744 info@RealEstateOnHeels.com...

7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

Feb 13, 2015

Courtesy of RE/MAX Housing Blog. If you’re thinking about selling your home in 2015, here are some resolutions that could help boost your chances of a quick sale. Repeat to yourself: “I pledge to…” 1. “Avoid drastic design changes” – Unless you plan to turn your bold color palette into a more neutral one, then it’s best not to try and anticipate what buyers want in design and décor. The best approach to freshening up your home for sale is to simplify and depersonalize the look and feel so that potential buyers can picture building their own lives there. If you think repainting a bright purple wall, replacing an old toilet or buffing and restaining kitchen cabinets would help the home sell, by all means make these types of updates. Just be sure to keep your personal preferences in check. Your real estate agent can help you prioritize and remain objective. 2. “Stop neglecting the drippy faucet” – This applies to any repairs you might view as minor but actually could be a symptom of a larger system problem. Addressing things like plumbing leaks, poor ventilation and cracks in walls helps everyone avoid surprises from the inspection report and avoid the delay or even cancellation of a sale. When you have the information, you can either make the fixes or work with your agent to adjust pricing during negotiations with the buyer. 3. “Price my home reasonably” – It’s understandable to think your home is the best on the block and worth more than all the others – especially if you’ve invested in key upgrades and remodels. And, frankly, you might be right. But the only way to truly know is to consider recent sales of comparable homes in your area. Your real estate agent can provide you with the latest information and help you list at a competitive price that’s appropriate for your area and the local real estate climate. 4. “Make my home inviting” – This starts with creating curb appeal. The condition of your home’s exterior is a big part of getting buyers in the door. Maintaining the yard, sweeping the porch and driveway, replacing the tattered welcome mat, replacing missing house...

A Letter to a 1st Time Home Buyer

A Letter to a 1st Time Home Buyer

Dec 29, 2014

Dear First Time Buyer, If you are currently in the market for your first home, you may be curious as to how a Real Estate Agent can help you. You are about to be making an important decision for your future, a great investment of both money and time. I have a wealth of experience helping first time buyers like you make sound, informed decisions.   Ways that you will benefit from the help of a real estate professional: • I will help you establish a plan for a home that fits your needs. Style, size, amenities, and other preferences will help determine what kind of home is best suited for you. • I will help you to determine realistic spending limits. They can often explain alternative financing options or introduce you to a mortgage counselor. Agents can arrange to have you “pre-approved”, which can help improve your positioning in negotiations. • My access to all home listings within the multi-listing system enables them to evaluate based on your affordability and the qualities you desire. • I have access to information on taxes, real estate values, utility costs, and municipal services, all of which can aid you in your decision to buy. • I provide direct service by working for you as a buyer’s agent, helping to negotiate the best terms and price for you. • I can make you comfortable with the closing process and they will obtain closing figures in advance for your review. • I can recommend home inspectors, pest inspectors, and surveyors, and can help arrange inspections. These are just a few ways that a quality real estate agent like me can help you in your journey towards buying your very first home. More information can be found on my website or by calling me directly. I’m confident that I can provide the kind of exceptional service that will make this process an exciting one. Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me with any questions you may have. I KEEP MY STANDARDS AND MY HEELS HIGH! Tatyana Ladd-Thomas 770-367-9744 info@RealEstateOnHeels.com RealEstateOnHeels.com Courtesy of RE/MAX,...

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Oct 7, 2014

What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles? If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put the property on the market, you’ll be on your way to a successful sale. We will help you to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter the home in order for it to show larger and brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers. These steps will provide you with an advantage over the competition. Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for moving. This is important and should be considered as merely giving you a head start on the move to your new home. The list of things below will help your home show larger and brighter and give a more spacious feeling to potential buyers, giving you an advantage over the competition. General Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker. If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned—or if they really need it—now is the time to do it. Bare floors should be waxed or polished, as well. Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood maintenance product such as “Old English” or “Liquid Gold.” Replace or clean A/C filters. Clean all A/C vents and intake grids. Keep A/C set no warmer than 75 degrees and heat no cooler than 70 degrees. Interior Upgrade the wattage in all light fixtures to the highest level safety will allow. Dust/Wash all light fixtures and fans. Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges. Remove any cobwebs inside and outside. Clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors. Take screens off before washing and leave off front of house. Keep all blinds/shades pulled up/open and draperies removed to allow maximum light. Carpet Steam clean if not replacing. Bathrooms Clean all tubs, toilets, and sinks. Then polish the sinks with lemon or vegetable oil. Polish all hardware to a shine. Store unused...