Staging and White-Boxing
Staged real estate properties are fast becoming a thing of the past. Staging meant that if you were selling a property, you would furnish it, repaint, conduct repairs, etc. to make it marketable. Today, luxury sellers and buyers, both on the East Coast and the West Coast, are doing the opposite of staging, what they are calling “white-boxing.”
A few years ago, to buy or to sell a home, buyers and sellers normally would like to see a home in a lived-in condition which is why staging was always so popular. Staging seemed to perpetuate the idea that sellers would get more money from marketing their property in a fashionable manner.
Now there is an alternative. White-boxing is about the stark reality of showing bare walls, bare floors, and bare ceilings. What remains after...
Selling Without a Realtor and The Cost
The first thing many homeowners think of when the idea of selling their home comes up is which Realtor they should use. However, when you decide not to list your home with a real estate agent, this could mean more money in your pocket. Because the housing market is on the rise, this may sound appealing. However, is it the best decision? Ultimately, homeowners would like to see as much profit as possible when they sell a home. With such a large volume of houses going on the market regularly, raising prices isn't reasonable. It's at that point that the idea of paying a sales commission doesn't sound palatable.
A Look Back: Architecture And Design Single Family Living
Houses have changed immensely over the last hundred years. Due to variations in style, additions of indoor plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and construction materials, many different factors have played a role in the preparation of the homes we have sold and lived in. The structure of our homes affects our family size, our relationships, and ultimately, the way we all relate to each other as we step outside to begin our day. Let's take a look at how American homes over the last century have helped shape us historically as a country and as a society.
Adapting To The New World
The first North American homes were small one-room homes built to stand the harsh conditions of an unsettled territory....
Hot Trend: Bitcoin and Real Estate
Back in 2013, a seller in Long Island, NY listed his home with an interesting side note. He was willing to accept Bitcoins for the $800,000 property. He was hoping to appeal to international and younger buyers by giving them another option to purchase his property. This was a time when Bitcoin was more of a fascination for geeks and financial tycoons so the real estate industry was taken by surprise by the odd offer made by the seller. With the recent wide adoption of Bitcoin around the globe, the real estate industry is no longer a stranger to the cryptocurrency. Does the future of real estate center on this creative financing when it comes time to buy a home? This question is brewing in the industry circles and we are going to explore it for you right here.
What is Bitcoin?
The first line of business is to explain...
How YOU Can WIN Your “Bidding War”? And What it is
Real estate has long been one of the least friendly markets out there, and it's not getting any better. If you're trying to buy a home or condo in today's market, you're forced to deal with a rapidly dwindling supply, and a rapidly expanding number of people buying them up. This recent trend has started to choke the market and has lead to inflated prices and bidding wars. Bidding wars can be a massive problem for prospective buyers, and a lot of it stems from simple misinformation.
Outside of the Auction House
When you hear the term "bidding war," you might think...
How Virtual Reality Is Changing Real Estate
When it comes time to buy a home, it has always been left up to the imagination of the buyers to dream about how the house would look with their own furniture and decorations. Real estate agents can tell you, it can sometimes be a hard thing to do. Not all buyers can easily imagine a space as their own, and more often than not, the buyers will pass on a house if the property is not staged in a manner they find attractive or appealing. This is one reason a seller and their real estate agent will spend countless hours discussing how the property presents itself to buyers. Staging companies have been very successful in making homes sparkle for the non-imaginative buyer mind, but there is always a factor of chance....
Preparing a Home to Sell
Selling a house can be a windfall or a terrible loss. The price you get for your home when you sell it can vary wildly depending on the way you prepare your home before putting it on the market. Home staging and making important repairs prior to selling can add thousands of dollars to your selling price. Real estate has its ups and downs, but one thing any seller can bet on is that they will get a higher price for their home if they prepare it strategically to command top dollar. By thinking like a potential buyer, it is easier to imagine what a seller can do to get a better price. Try and see your home with fresh eyes as a buyer as you follow the advice...
What you need to know about condo documents before buying
You've been checking out Panama City Beach condos for sale, and you've found a condo you love.
Once you start the purchasing process, you're going to be faced with a lot of documents. Here are some of the mandatory and recommended...
Getting Ready for Your Home Appraisal
Getting your home ready to show off the best side is what homeowners want when you have yourself a ready and willing buyer, and the next step to getting to the closing table is the appraisal.
- Where do you focus your efforts?
- What is the best place to spend your money when fixing things?
- How do you prepare for an appraisal?
We have a few ideas and expert tips about ways that you can get your house in tip-top shape so that you can get the best property appraisal so that you can successfully get to the act of sale.
Why Purchasing Condos is a Great Investment Property
If you are thirty-something, chances are you are thinking about owning a home as a good investment option. Purchasing the right condo can be the best investment you can make at this time in your life.
You have reached the point in your life when you want to start investing your money. Real estate is considered one of the best investments possible. Today, many people find that condos make excellent investments and provide easy lifestyles. However, purchasing the right real estate property is key. What do you need to look for when purchasing a condo for investment?...
Condo Buying Tips You Need To Know
Tips for Buying a Condo
Purchasing a Condominium is a great way to create long term wealth as well as get your piece of the American Dream. Unfortunately, even experienced home buyers can run into costly issues that could otherwise be avoided.
We have outlined the steps to buying a condo to insure that your home purchase goes smoothly. Buying a Condo can be exciting and intimidating at the same time.. If you are a first time home buyer, you will need details on what it takes to buy a Condo, how to get qualified for your mortgage, get the proper...
The Panama City Beach FL region has some of the most beautiful houses in all the country. A stones throw to the beaches and plenty of things to do for any age group, people from all over the world are flocking to this part of Florida to call it home. Regardless what time of year, the housing market is always booming, good if you are selling your home but bad for the potential buyers.
Without the help of skilled local Panama City Beach FL real estate agents, your dream house could be gobbled up before you make an offer. Here are a few reasons to be working with an agent when buying a home in this area.
Narrowing Down the Search Much Faster
Selling Your Condo
Life is full of changes and now one of them has made you decide that it’s time to sell your condo. Now, the next big question is how to find the best real estate agent to handle the sale. Some sellers might consider trying to sell their condo themselves, known as an FSBO. But in many cases they will end up hiring an agent in the end when they find that selling a condo in today’s competitive market isn’t as simple as putting a sign in the yard and signing a contract.
An experienced local real estate agent is worth their weight in gold, literally. They will be able to lay out a sales and marketing plan and will have the skills needed to close the deal when the time come and above all else they will have the professional...
5 Tips For Buying a Vacation Condo in Panama City Beach
With the strength of the real estate market in Panama City Beach, there has not been a better time to buy a vacation condo or investment property. A vacation condo doesn't need to stay vacant until until you are ready for a vacation.
For many PCB homeowners, your beachfront condo can make you some extra cash to help offset some of your investment. There is no reason your vacation property should not be generating cash-flow while your long term investment matures.
Real Estate has proven to be a very solid investment move. There are more millionaires made every year in real estate than even the technology boom.
Over the long term, it has been proven time...
Eight Important Considerations To Make When Selling Your Home
Selling your first home in Panama City Beach can be a real challenge especially if you are not familiar with the ins and outs of real estate. Indeed, you can find a real estate agent to help you sort it out, but it does not mean that your shouldn't have some basic knowledge yourself. You must have information about what is going on in the Panama City Beach real estate market and carefully analyse the situation before making that decision. Otherwise, you can end up having regrets about selling your home.
Find the Right Selling...
What You Should Know About Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach is a city in Florida and has a population of 36,877 people. The current median home price in this city is $185,000, while the median household income is $45,620. The rate of unemployment in Panama City is 5.5 percent, while the one-year appreciation rate stands at 14.2%. On the other hand, the one-year job growth rate is at 2.4%. Panama City Beach is know for the massive influx of people that come to visit the sandy beaches and beachfront condos during Spring Break. Because PCB is a vacation destination, many people buy condos for sale in Panama City Beach for investment purchases. It is not uncommon...
Tips For Waterfront Buyers
Buyers are flocking to seaside condominiums these days. With the current tax incentives, mortgage options and surplus of property along the coast, Panama City Beach Condo's are attracting buyers from all over.
If you are one of those interested in living the "Jimmy Buffett lifestyle", here are a few things you should know in advance to wash away the waterfront buying woes. We also have some tips for buying a condo for you.
Are you thinking of living in a waterfront home or condo, away from civilization, in a serene location, waking up to the sounds of nature? Well, if this is your plan then congratulations; not many people can afford this celebrity-like lifestyle. But, buyer beware, buying a waterfront home is a different ball game altogether and can be way more complicated than purchasing a home located on a street in the suburbs.
However, not to worry, you have come to the right place because here are some great tips...
Time to Sell Your Home?
It is time to sell your home, and you made the right choice to list with a professional in the real estate industry. As you begin interviewing prospective sales agents in your market, be sure to ask them if they are a Licensed REALTOR® or a Licensed Real Estate Agent.
Will this make a difference to you in the selling of your home? Let's compare it to the choice between using a Medical Doctor, MD versus a Nurse Practitioner, NP, for your healthcare.
They both may be able to order tests and write prescriptions for you, which depending on your illness, both would suffice. The difference would be in the training, experience and the extent of care they are able to provide.
The same goes for using a REALTOR® versus a Real Estate Agent to represent you in...