Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / by Abbe Justus-Flynn
It doesn’t cost you anything to be represented.
Builders have a vested interest in charging you the same price as everyone else, regardless of your representation. Some will offer free upgrades if you don’t use a Realtor - the same upgrades they would offer someone who does have a Realtor who asks for them. Research shows homes sold by the builder's Realtor so not sell for a lower price, additional amenities, or any other measurable benefit for buyers.
Realtors help you negotiate.
There’s lots that can go sideways in construction, weather delays, contractor issues, builder misunderstandings. Having an experienced Realtor will help you stay on track for YOUR goals and negotiate the contract, negotiate the process, negotiate any inspection issues, etc. An Realtor will help you protect your investment from things that can lower the quality of home - like materials, layout, or finishes. Builders factor in the cost of a realtor whe ...
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 / by Abbe Justus-Flynn
We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 5.2% over the next 12 months.
What Does This Mean as a Buyer?
If home prices appreciate by 5.2% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a sim ...
Friday, May 4, 2018 / by John McLaughlin
Let's time travel for a moment, shall we? Welcome to 2013. This was my first year in Real Estate. Short sales and foreclosures were abound. Home buyers were few and far in between, and they had endless options to choose from. No one knew where the bottom of the market would settle at, and sellers would be lucky to have a qualified, willing, and able buyer show up at their door; much less present them a reasonable offer.
In 2013 you could lowball sellers with ridiculous offers, and sellers had to entertain them! Why? Because they had no idea when the next potential buyer would show up at their door. Sellers that once had huge amounts of equity were taking huge losses, or, they just let their homes go back to the bank so they could move on to the next phase of their lives. Supply was high, demand was low.
Repeat after me: we are not in 2013 anymore.
The market has changed. Today's home buyer, for the most part, has not changed with it. This can be a sobering though ...
Thursday, October 12, 2017 / by John McLaughlin
7722 Holsteiner Ln | Tallahassee, FL 32309
Spectacular French/European inspired, all brick, custom-built luxury estate w/ 4385 sq ft, 5 bedroom/3.5 bath main house, and 1748 sq ft detached guest house on just under 6 acres.
CLICK HERE to view the main house virtual tour, and CLICK HERE to view the guest house virtual tour.
Custom mahogany front door opens to soaring 15' ceilings in spacious living room w/ gas fireplace, solid oak wood floors, custom trim work, and winding custom rod iron railing.
Kitchen has been completely redone and highlighted by custom Italian glass backsplash, solid cherry wood cabinetry, granite counters, luxury Jenn-Air & GE appliances, double ovens, gas range, butler's pantry, new light fixtures, and pass-through access to living & family rooms.
Immaculate formal dining room w/ custom trim work just off kitchen perfect for large gatherings.
Expansive master suite overlooks property's acreage ...