Associate Broker, GRI, ABR
Spring has finally arrived! Believe it or not, many housing markets in the area are a Seller's market right now. That means there are fewer homes for sale than there are buyers for these homes. Therefore, prices are on the rise. Some properties have been so popular that there have been competing offers made on listed properties, often over asking price.
If you're a seller, you'd be wise to work with a Realtor, especially a RE/MAX agent. We bring a lot of experience to help you meet your goals, over 150 combined years of real estate sales. We can get the best price for your property within your time frame.
Buyers, don't go it alone. A Realtor from our office can represent you as a Buyer's agent, no matter the property. You need someone to advise you. If the property is listed, the seller will pay the buyer's agent commission. It's a win/win. Beware of FSBO (For Sale By Owner). Hire a Buyer's agent to help you through every step of the process. You will have spent your money wisely.
Buyer beware: Many of our homes in the Keweenaw were built in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Many still have some of the original "Knob and tube" wiring and it's active. Did you know you will not be able to obtain an home owner's insurance policy until the wiring is replaced? The insurance company may give you 30 days grace to get this done. Make it a priority to be sure the house has modern wiring. Another deal-killer is the presence of a main fuse panel, typically 60 amps. The panel must be at least a 100 amp circuit breaker panel. Insurance carriers will also be critical of the roof.
Thinking of Flipping? Follow the link to find out if it's for you:
Our area doesn't give you much profit room unless you can do a lot of the work yourself with the roof & mechanicals being in good condition.
Spring has sprung! The leaves have finally begun coming out, the birds are chirping after the light spring rain received last evening. It's a perfect time to sell and a great time to buy a home in the Keweenaw. If you're looking to sell, we have many buyers keeping us busy; we have a good inventory, but perhaps they are looking to buy your home! Call one of our great REALTORS to take that next step to selling or buying. We're busy, but we can make room for you.
Thinking of selling this year? Moving up or out, downsizing? Although there are feet of snow on the ground, spring will be here before you know it. It's not too early to get the wheels in motion. Get started by calling me or one of our other professional REALTORS. We'll get familiar with you and your property and advise you of what you can do to get ready to put your home on the market and all the steps that will follow. We have the knowledge and the experience. Put it to work for you!
Buyers, in the past, when purchasing a home with a mortgage, you have had to shop for home owner's insurance somewhere in the process, usually closer to closing. I'm here to say that you should look for insurance very early in the process. Insurance companies are becoming very particular about the properties they will insure. An insurance company can run a "Clue Report" on the property to see any recent claims made on the home owners insurance. They will also ask all the right questions and perhaps visit the property to determine if you will be able to obtain home owner's insurance and how much the policy will cost. It's better to find out early in the process than near the end.
Thinking of buying this year? There are plenty of properties to view on our website. We can show any property listed by any REALTOR in the area. We can work for you, as a buyer's agent. Contact me or one of our very professional Realtors when it comes time to search for your new property in the Keweenaw.
FINALLY! Winter turned into SUMMER! We didn't seem to have spring. Warm weather is here, listings are coming in, fast and furious. If you're in the market to buy a property in the Keweenaw, and you need to finance, I'd suggest connecting with a local lender. Then get started. I'll help you develop a strategy for finding your dream property, from setting up a search so you'll be the first to receive notice of new listings, to helping with the negotiations, all the way through the steps to closing. Put my experience to work for you to get where you want to be. Dream with your eyes wide open and let me be your guide.
It's the perfect time of year to thank all my customers and clients that have worked with me through the years. I appreciate each and every one of you. You're the reason I enjoy my job and love what I do (most days). I wish you the best in 2014!
Attention Buyers! Looking for your piece of the Keweenaw? Now's an excellent time to get into the market. With interest rates still low, and selection abundant, you'll surely find something to suite your wants and needs. To get started, if you plan to obtain a mortgage, visit a lender to get pre-qualified. Finding out how much you can afford will give you a place to start. Then start your search. I can help. I can set you up to receive notices of new listings coming onto the market within your parameters. That's the start. From there, I'll set up showings of the properties you choose to see. When you find something that fits you, I'll help you, as a buyer's Realtor, with the offering price and options. Once you have an accepted offer, the wheels are set in motion to a closing date. There will probably be contingencies to be met along the way. I'll be there for each step, working through each, right to the day you close and receive the keys!
Happy New Year Everyone! The real estate market continues to be busy here. If this is your last winter in the Keweenaw and you're thinking of selling, now's the time to get started. Don't wait until summer. The market is only going to heat up through spring.
Steps to take to get your home on the market:
Start by getting your paperwork in order:
1. If you have a mortgage/home equity, obtain your balance
2. Gather up your legal description. If you've had an appraisal, that's the most helpful document to getting the property listed. It has your legal description and, usually, accurate square footage measurements.
3. Property Survey
4. Utility bills for the past 12 months
5. Collect any restrictions or covenants on the property or special assessment documents
6. Have a spare set of all keys made.
7. List of home improvements/dates completed (within last 10 years)
Next, start on your property:
1. You may choose to have a pre-sale home inspection: Be proactive by arranging a for a pre-sale home inspection. The inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to portntial buyers, and you'll be able to make repairs before putting the home up for sale.
2. Organize and Clean: Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neately arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixturs, and baseboards to make the house shine.
3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or wil need to be replaced soon, such as your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don't plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.
4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer & dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.
5. Spruce up your curb appeal. Pretend you're a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments (especially snow!)?
If you're property is located in our 4-county area, please contact a professional REALTOR in our office. They can provide you with a comparable market analysis showing you how your property compares to those that have sold in the past 6-12 months and how it will fare against the competition, afterall, it does continue to be a Buyers' Market. We'll price the property competitively to sell in your time frame. Remember the Fair Market Value of a property is what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller, neither being under duress. We'll get the necessary paperwork produced and collect all the documentation to help with the sale.
Once listed, we'll get our marketing machine working on your property, taking photos, publishing them in the MLS and producing a Visual Tour of the property to be placed with many different websites. Our sign will be placed on the property. We'll put the listing in our advertising rotation, arrange for showings, negotiate offers and help you with everything from listing to closing.
Don't delay, get started today!
Buyers: Here is an excellent resource:
9 Steps to Buying a Home
Sellers: Thinking of selling soon? There are a number of things you can do to make your home more desirable to buyers. Most markets in our area are in a buyers' market, meaning there are more homes available than there are buyers! You will want to have your property stand out above the crowd.
The best way to sell your property quickly is to create an atmosphere that will charm buyers and make them want to own your house.
You won’t get the chance to make a second impression on a potential buyer if they are put off by the appearance of your property the first time it’s seen.
Follow these simple guidelines to increase your potential for a quick sale...you’ll probably find the right buyer in a very short time.
FRONT YARD, ENTRY AREA & BACK YARD
Landscape: Keep lawn cut and edged. Trim bushes, hedges & trees. Remove any dead foliage and other debris. Accent corners and entry area with colorful flowers. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
Exterior Doors: Repair doors that close improperly or squeak. If doors are faded or dull, paint or stain for instant eye appeal.
Fences, Walls: Repair any damage and paint or stain for maximum attractiveness.
Driveways, Walkways: Clean all stains and mildew. Repair cracks, apply a fresh coat of driveway sealant.
Exterior Structure: If paint appears dull or faded, it’s best to spend the extra dollars for new paint; at the least, wash entire exterior with a high pressure hose.
Rain Gutters: Attach loose spots. Clean and touch up with paint if necessary.
Roof: Check all shingles and flashing; repair if necessary.
Windows, Screens: Replace all broken screens. Repair windows that stick or squeak. Thoroughly wash inside and out for sparkle and maximum light inside.
Entry Light: Clean thoroughly and replace bulb(s) if necessary, making sure all lights work.
Pet Areas: Be sure that hair and droppings are removed. Tidy up all toys.
Patio Furniture: Clean and arrange attractively.
Kitchen, Baths: Make them sparkle: Clean all appliances. Repair leaky plumbing and remove water stains from fixtures, basins and tubs. Clean and repair all tile grout and caulking. Clean off counters for spaciousness. Clean inside cabinets; remove clutter for roomy appearance. Display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.
Windows, Mirrors: Make them shine! Windows and mirrors reflect light and help to make rooms look bigger.
Carpets, Window Coverings: Clean or replace: if you replace carpets and window coverings, choose light colors.
Paint: Wash walls that appear dull or dirty if the paint is in good condition. If not, paint rooms a lighter color so that they appear expansive. Tack down any loose moldings and glue down wallpaper that has lifted. Insert trim, if missing.
Furniture: Too much furniture makes rooms appear small. Rearrange or remove some furniture to create wide open traffic flow areas.
Lighting: Bright lighting attracts and creates an airy feeling. Place high intensity bulbs throughout the house. Turn on the lights for showings.
Ventilate: Air out all rooms to eliminate odors, especially kitchens, baths, bedrooms and rooms that are not used frequently. Clean the curtains, drapes and blinds, wash the bedspreads. Avoid strong air fresheners to mask odors.
Tighten loose drawer pulls, cabinet handles, towel racks, doorknobs, switch plates and outlet covers.
Clean entire house carefully being sure to sweep the corners and dust away the cobwebs.
Fumigate if necessary, especially if you have pets.
Create Dream Bedrooms. Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
Garage and All Closets. Now is the time for spring cleaning! Clean shelves and overhead storage. It’s important to make your storage areas appear expansive so remove all clutter. Reduce volume by getting rid of those items that have collected dust for years. Clean & organize tools and work areas, too.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST. Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
Lighten up at Night: Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights, in & out, when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Watch Your Pets Dogs & cats are great companions, but not when you’re home is shown. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. Keep Kitty and Spot in a kennel, outside or out of the way. Tuck away those pet food bowls and litter boxes.
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