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How to Get the Edge on Your Competition


What’s the trick to buying a home in a frenzied spring market? Here’s how we’ll help you find success.
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To increase your chances of buying the home you want in our competitive spring market, you need to have a strategy that gives you an edge. Here are a few key tips to ensure your success: 

1. Be prepared. If you’re new to the town or area you’re buying in, it’s a good idea to spend a few weekends there before the home-buying season starts so you can get to know the area.

2. Scope out the neighborhood. Drive around the neighborhoods you like best at different times of the day so you know what to expect in terms of traffic for your morning and evening commutes.

3. Hire an agent who knows the area. Our team is familiar with many towns in our area, and our collective knowledge will be a valuable resource for you.

4. Make an offer. Focus more on how much the home is worth and less on what the seller is asking for, even if that means paying the list price (or more). Ask your agent to show you a comparative market analysis of sales to determine the actual value; we’ll look online to see what other similar homes have sold for. This will help you to make the best possible decision.

5. Trust your intuition. Every first-time homebuyer has a little bit of fear about buying a home, no matter the season, but the most important thing to consider is whether it feels right to move forward. If it doesn’t, another home will come along soon.

As your real estate agent, we will always be of service to you. Feel free to reach out to us anytime for your real estate needs. Hope to hear from you soon!
 

How Expectation Differs From Reality When Buying a Home


These are the three home design trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for in 2020.

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When’s the right time to purchase your first home?


The answer varies across age groups. One out of every five parents expect their child to own a home by age 25, but this doesn’t quite align with reality. Younger adults tend to feel the most pressure owning a home, but they’re still waiting on their own terms. Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 have been slow to catch up to the rates of homeownership that Gen Xers and baby boomers did when they were in that age range. 


Millennials are marrying at later ages and have high student debt to blame for delaying their homeownership debut, and they now represent the largest home-buying force in the housing industry.

One out of every five parents expect their child to own a home by age 25, but this doesn’t quite align with reality.

Overall, millennials tend to feel the most judgment from their parents in relation to their life goals, whether that pertains to buying a home, getting married, or gaining financial independence. 


Purchasing a home is one of the most complex and expensive decisions most of us will make, so it’s easy to see how not choosing the right style, location, or size can invoke criticism from relatives. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced Realtor when making this milestone decision.

As always, if you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’d love to help you.

3 Trends That Will Take Home Design by Storm in 2020


These are the three home design trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for in 2020.

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From shiny kitchen cabinets to wooden ceiling beams, several home design trends aim to liven up neutral interiors with the arrival of the new year. Today I want to discuss three trends in particular that you’ll want to keep an eye out for:

1. High-gloss sealed kitchen cabinetry. Flat-panel cabinets with a high-gloss finish are becoming increasingly popular in the market. The glossy finish helps to bounce light around the room, and a flat-panel design makes cabinets appear slimmer and more uniform. Combined, these features give your kitchen a modern look.

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Wooden beams. Nowadays, more attention is being paid to dressing up your home’s ‘fifth wall’—your ceiling. Wood ceiling beams are one way to do that. Contrasting wooden beams can add some warmth and design to an otherwise all-white space. It can also help make the room appear larger by drawing the eye upward.
Combined, these features give your kitchen a modern look.
3. Brass accents. Kitchen designs are incorporating more contrasts, and brass certainly creates those effects. Darker kitchens paired with brass accents create a tasteful contrast that isn’t overbearing in the space.

These are just three of the major design trends heading our way in 2020. If you have any questions about other trends to look out for or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.