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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Signs that the Real Estate Market is Improving


If there’s anything the real estate market crash of 2007 taught us, it’s the fact that the real estate market would not rise continually. There will be times when the market is up and there will also be times when you can expect the housing economy to take a dip. So, how do you know when the housing market is improving? Here are some signs that you may want to keep an eye on.

There are fewer “For Sale” signs in the neighborhood.

You’ll know that the housing market is in bad shape if there are too many “For Sale” signs in a neighborhood. This only means that people are not buying homes, and that the excess inventory is negatively affecting sale prices. When those signs start disappearing, you’ll know that the housing market is on the rebound.

Closed businesses begin to reopen.

Since the housing market largely reflects the current economy, the reopening of previously closed businesses can be a good indication that the housing market is also about to recover.

The job market improves.

Needless to say, more people will be able to purchase homes when the unemployment rate drops and wages improve.

There is an increased demand for starter homes.

In a bad economy, people would rather rent than buy their first home. However, they will start looking for their starter home once the economy improves. Studies indicate that an attractively priced starter home in a good neighborhood will typically sell within 30 to 60 days in a strong economy.

Move-up homes start selling faster.

Home sellers in a bad economy prefer to rent than buy another home so the housing market stagnates. This does not happen in a more balanced market. In better times, home sellers will buy a move-up (step-up) home that suits their needs better. 


Remember, no one sells a home like a Mom so contact me at 678-656-6627 if you have any questions about local market conditions, financing or anything that can help you with in your search for real estate. You can also visit my site at http://www.pamsantoro.bhhsgeorgia.com/ for more tips on selling or buying a home. 

Plus, be sure to Join Us at the Aging Parents Workshop. 
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Top 3 Emerging Real Estate Trends for 2016

How would the real estate market look this year? With the Federal Reserve’s anticipated increase in interest rates, experts predict that a lot of changes are going to take place, and that these changes would have a great impact on all types of real estate transactions. Here are some of the changes that may transpire in the real estate industry in 2016.

Real Estate Trends for 2016

Interest rates and housing prices will rise

According to Realtor.com, interest rates are expected to increase to 4.65% on the average while housing prices are predicted to rise by 3% this year. When this happens, people will find more difficulties affording a home. In addition, housing demand and growth will be limited since the unaffordable markets (the number of houses that are unaffordable to the average American wage earner) will increase from 3% to 25%. However, buying a house would be a much better option in markets where the median rent hits record high (e.g. in places such as San Francisco, New York, and Boston).

More millennials will be buying their first homes

According to Trulia.com, more millennials have expressed their interest of buying their first homes within the next two years. While 65% of millennials wanted to own a home in 2011, that number has jumped to 80% by the end of 2015. However, with the impending increase in interest rates, some of these first time home buyers may choose to delay their purchase for another year or so.


More people will relocate to second-tier cities

Second-tier or 18-hour cities such as Austin, Nashville, San Antonio, Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham will finally take center stage. These cities will be gaining immense popularity due to the lower costs of living and the presence of amenities that appeal to different generations.    


No one sells a home like a Mom so contact me at 678-656-6627 if you have any questions about local market conditions, financing or anything that can help you with in your search for real estate. You can also visit my site at http://www.pamsantoro.bhhsgeorgia.com/ for more tips on selling or buying a home. 

Plus, be sure to Join Us at the Aging Parents Workshop. Click on the Flyer below for more info!



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Aging Parents Workshop - March 24th, 2016


Our next Aging Parents Workshop
Empower Yourself and Your Parents 
Empower Yourself and
Parents
THURSDAY 03 • 24 • 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Milton Branch
855 Mayfield Road
Milton, GA 30009
Telephone: 404.613.4402

This event is hosted by the following:
Seating is limited so please r 
Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway
Home Services of Georgia
A member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates, LLC

Financial Advisor
Commonwealth of Atlanta LLC
Lisa McGrath is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative.  Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by ONESCO, Member FINRA/SIPC, 5909 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 990, Atlanta, GA 30328. 678-842-3100.

Moving Specialist
Best Deal Movers
BEST
MOVERS

Insurance Advisor
AAA, The Auto Club Group

Home Care Advisor
Griswold Home Care

Seating is limited so please register early.  Guarantee your reservation today by calling 678-842-3100
If you prefer, email
lisa@cwbfs.com.    


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What Makes a Great Real Estate Agent?

How do you enjoy a stress-free and profitable real estate transaction? Well, all you need is to find the right real estate agent. Sounds simple enough, right? While it may certainly look that way, it’s actually a little more difficult and more complicated than what you think.

So, how do you find one? First, you need to know what makes a great agent.

Qualities of a Good Real Estate Agent


You’ll know you have chosen a winner if your agent possesses the following characteristics:

·         Has the right credentials. Your agent has all the right degrees and certifications, and is licensed by your state’s regulatory board. To make sure that you have someone who is looking out for your best financial interest, choose an agent that belongs to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  

·         Extensive local knowledge. Aside from being in the business for more than five years, your agent has recent sales experience and success in the area, and understands the nuances of the local housing market. Don’t settle for one who is new in town unless you want to encounter troubles down the road.

·         Has the right connections. Your agent has a vast network of contacts (real estate agents, brokers, potential buyers and sellers, appraisers, home inspectors, and mortgage loan officers) within the area they serve. The larger your agent’s network is, the faster you can sell your home for a nice profit.

·         Excellent negotiation skills. A good agent is aggressive and is not afraid to speak up. He or she will do everything to meet the needs of his or her clients.  

·         Engaging personality. Trust your instincts when choosing an agent. Generally, a good real estate agent has a great, can-do personality and impeccable work ethics. He or she is also personable, polite, honest, and organized. 

Keep in mind that hiring the right real estate agent can be the key to a painless and stress-free real estate transaction so choose wisely!


No one sells a home like a Mom so contact me at 678-656-6627 if you have any questions about local market conditions, financing or anything that can help you within your search for real estate. You can also visit my site at http://www.pamsantoro.bhhsgeorgia.com/ for more tips on selling or buying a home. 

Plus, join us at the 


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