Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Is Singing!

2015 is a bold new frontier for Triangle Real Estate. Inventory (i.e. available, on-market properties) is incredibly low and buyers are competing for homes. Both Dad and I have been busier than cats in a mouse house since the market began rebounding.  We love summer!  The warm weather brings out the warmth in people and apparently in the real estate market, as well!  As the market has changed, we've learned a few things we wanted to pass along.

1) The Good Listings are going to go fast. Like multiple-offers-in-24-hours kind of fast. So if you're in the market, make sure you are ready to move quickly when you find something you like.  You'll need a pre-qualification with a trusted, local lender in your hands before you make an offer, so get that out of the way as soon as you can!

2) The Well-Priced Listings will probably go over list price. Be prepared.  The days when you might look at a home that is prices at $275,000, even though you can't or won't pay more than $265,000 are over.  Unless the home is distressed, neglected, or bank-owned; those low-ball offers are a thing of the past.

3) With the number of available homes at it's lowest point in recent history, it's good to have an open mind when looking for that perfect home.  Even better, develop a short--list of 2 or 3 homes that would suit, so that in case you are outbid or can't get there in time, you have a back-up or two.  

We hope you're enjoying your summer as much as we're enjoying ours!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's Official!...Housing Market Is Rebounding.

While the last few years have been tough for real estate, 2012 ended with subtle, but solid gains.  Not to be outdone, 2013 has kicked off the year with bumper-to-bumper showing traffic, multiple offers, and still more increases to home values across the board!

After buyer's enjoyed several years of deals & steals, we are now seeing the shift to a slight, but definite seller's market.  The inventory of available homes for sale is at it's lowest point in years and the number of buyers in the market is increasing. 

Here's what we're seeing in the news....

Short supply and bidding wars mean happy sellers! If you were thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's That Time Again...!

It's February. That means for those of us flying the real estate flag at Go Realty, it's time for Go90X.  Go90X is a 30-day challenge for agents to become the leanest, meanest, real estate ninjas on the planet. If you survive, you win a very cool prize.  That's how I got my iPad last year. Blood, sweat and tears.  This challenge is not for the faint hearted, but it's a great way to become a better agent!

So, my dad and I would ask you to bear with us through the rest of the month.  If we ask you to like things on Facebook or if you see us jumping on one foot, while we make phone calls, just smile and wave. We're on our way to fabulous!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Boombox Project - Go Art!

Go Realty believes in supporting our community and with The Boombox Project we're putting the spotlight on local artists. If you're wondering what the heck a boombox has to do with a party to celebrate the opening of our new offices, you're not alone.

The Boombox Project is a celebration of artists.  It is an opportunity to fill our new spaces with the people that inspire us the most.  The artists in our life.  An artist being anyone who is so passionate and committed to what they do that it can be considered an artform. 

Artists are rare. 

They are the people you encounter that make you want to do whatever you do a little better.  They are infectious.  They're game changers.  They make you wanna bring your A game.  And they're worth celebrating. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Time To Go On A Walkabout!

At ease people, I'm not talking about the Australian version that refers to a rite of passage or even Crocodile Dundee's spontaneous journey through the wilderness.  I'm talking about taking a walk around your house to check on any obvious maintenance issues.  You should probably do this at least twice a year, but probably better to do it quarterly.

Things to look for: 
- Changes in your siding or exterior trim. Has anything worked itself loose and need to be secured? Are their any cracks or peeling in paint that need to be caulked and sealed?  It's much easier to do this to a few cracks than it is to wait until water has worked its way in and caused some serious damage!
- Look at your exterior doors. Are they forming a good seal? Has the weatherstripping dried out or come loose? 
- Check windows for cracks in the panes or trim.
- Make sure there are no limbs or shrubs making contact with the home that could cause damage to the roof, siding or windows.
- Look at the roof, as well as you can. Any shingles that are missing, torn or turned up should be repaired or replaced to prevent water penetration or damage.  Consult a roofing expert if you don't feel up to this one on your own.
- Check the ground around the home for mulch that has gotten against the base of the house and rake it away. Mulch is a termite's favorite access point to your home. If you see any tunnels - call a pest expert ASAP! You may want to get your home inspected for termites every year or two. An inspection will cost you $75 and is well worth the money here in the termite-ridden Carolinas
- Check fences and other exterior structures for peeling paint, rot and disrepair and schedule some Honey-Do time to take care of them.

Preventive maintenance is never fun, but it's a good habit to get into.  My dad and I frequently speak to homeowners that are blindsided by all the little things that need to be addressed when they want to sell their homes, but those little things would be much fewer and more minor if they hadn't been left undone over the years.