Staging Tips for Spring

Staging Tips for Spring    by  HGTV

Brighten up your home and bring in buyers with these easy ideas.
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Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.
Whip your yard into shape. When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or, invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don’t have to worry about watering.
Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
Bring spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.
Bring out the bright colors. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.Click below for more great tips for your home by HGTVhttp://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/staging-tips-for-spring

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on March 24,2017.

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This blog was posted on March 16, 2017 on www.agentrising.com 

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Winter Is Back

Buy This Winter

We saw many hints of spring lately and the warmer weather had us convinced it was right around the corner, but winter came back this week.  The cold weather and especially the snow is a reminder that winter still has a little punch left.  We will be changing the clocks this weekend, but we still have some more cold, snowy weather to deal with this month before it’s officially spring.

Spring will be here soon, and typically in the real estate market this means more homes and a busy season.  This is great for the buyers but if you are selling your home ,right  now is the time to list your home.  Inventory is low and buyers are out looking.  Many are frustrated with the lack of homes on the market.  Winter buyers tend to be more serious and ready to buy. Listing now means less competition and less days on the market.

Clean, declutter, paint if you feel that is necessary, but act quickly and get your home on the market before the spring market hits.  Buyers do not expect the yard to be pristine at this time of year, but make sure the driveway is plowed and the walks are shoveled.  Play up the warm, cozy aspects of the home.  Have a fire burning in the fireplace, and potpourri simmering on the stove.  Use this time of year to your advantage.  Changing the clocks means more daylight hours for showings.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on March 10, 2017.

Winter is Great Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate

winter market Study: Real Estate Cheapest in Fall, Winter

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS

According to Realtor Magazine

Your home buyers likely won’t want to shy away from the fall or winter months. They may score the best deals.

Home sales prices in the nation’s largest metros typically peak during the summer but drop in the fall and are lowest in the winter, according to a new study from NerdWallet, in which researchers analyzed sales and listings over the past two years in the 50 largest metros using realtor.com® data.

Home sale prices tend to peak in June and July, according to the analysis. Buyers will find the most inventory or home choices during those months but there is also more competition from other buyers that they will have to contend with.

The market tends to slow in the fall and sales prices start to dip. Sales prices drop nearly 3 percent, on average – a fall of $8,300 on the median home – from summer (June through August) to fall (September through November).

Home sale prices tend to be cheapest in the winter. In January or February, for example, homes could potentially cost 8.45 percent less on average than in June through August.

January had the lowest sales prices in 29 of the 50 metro areas analyzed; February had the cheapest in 19 areas.

“If your circumstances give you the freedom to be able to choose the best time to look to sign a contract on a new home, there’s no question that the market dynamics favor you the most to do that in the dead of winter, ideally in January or February, right before the activity starts to heat up,” says Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

Source: “House Shopping After Summer Ends? Buying Later in the Year Could Save You Thousands,” NerdWallet (Sept. 20, 2016)

Inventory is low, now is the time to list your home or buy a new home.  Time to make the move.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on February 16, 2017.

 

T.U.R.F., Inc.

Old Rochester Regional High School FootballWhat is T.U.R.F., Inc. all about?   Tri-Town Unified Recreational Facilities (T.U.R.F., Inc.) is a citizen-based non-profit organization, formed to fulfill the vision of a first-class facility at Old Rochester Regional High School.

The fields and facilities at Old Rochester Regional High School are the common ground of the Tri-Town area.  Every day brings a diverse group of students and community members together to run the track, hop on the tennis courts, or join their teams on the playing fields.  Each year thousands of friends, neighbors and teammates cross paths and strengthen connections.  The fields at the high school have not been upgraded since the school’s 2000 addition, and the facility is showing its age.

T.U.R.F., Inc. would like to transform ORRHS fields into a premiere facility for the tri-towns to use.  This would include:

  •  The installation of synthetic turf playing fields;
  •  The redevelopment of track & tennis facilities;
  • The rebuilding of grass baseball fields.

 

This complex will bring our athletic programs to the next level, creating more opportunities for our youth and recreational programs, and expand opportunities for adult athletic and civic programs.

Studies have shown that areas with modern recreational areas see a property value increase of 17% or more, and areas with poorly maintained rec areas see their property values decrease.

The Committee is looking for  your help, no matter how big or small.  They usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the ORR High School Media Center, but you can also check out their Facebook page and  website page “Come To Our Next Meeting.”

T.U.R.F., Inc.

Click on the links below to visit their website with lots of information on progress made and the days ahead.  Attend a meeting and see how you can help or make a donation.  It will make for a better community.

Visit www.orrturf.com for more information and a link for donations.  Check out their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/orrturf/?fref=ts

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on February 8, 2017.

Bus Service Begins in Marion and Mattapoisett

New bus route begins Monday for Marion, Mattapoisett

By Georgia Sparling | Jan 31, 2017

Courtesy of: GATRA/SRTAThe new bus route follows Route 6.

A new bus service from Wareham to New Bedford will begin soon, including service for Marion and Mattapoisett.

The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) and Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) collaborated on the new route, which begins Feb. 6.

There will be two round trips in the morning and two in the afternoon, Mondays through Wednesdays.

“This is a very exciting chance to link social services, businesses and the people of our collective communities to new employment and educational opportunities,” SRTA Administrator Erik Rousseau wrote in SRTA Administrator Erik Rousseau wrote in an email.

As the program is grant-funded, there won’t be any cost to the communities through which the buses will travel.

“It’s been a need,” GATRA Administrator Frank Gay said in 2016. “It’s been something that’s been identified for a number of years and something that we’ve been trying to figure out how to fund.”

Half of the funding, about $42,000, came from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, with the transportation services matching the amount.

Awarded in July, the grant will last one year, but GATRA can apply for a second year.

Gay said the transportation authority usually like to assess a new program over two to three years.

The program will be a boost for Marion and Mattapoisett residents in need of public transportation.

Council on Aging departments in the three towns offer some public transportation, and SRTA provides limited on-demand service for Mattapoisett residents who qualify for assistance to get to medical appointments. Marion and Rochester, however, do not belong to GATRA or SRTA, and unfortunately, the Route 6 route won’t improve public transportation for Rochester unless residents can get to the route on Marion or Mattapoisett.

While there are not specific bus stops in Marion and Mattapoisett, the bus can be stopped along the route ad there are approximate times the bus will pass prominent corners in each town.

In Marion, the corner is Route 6 and Route 105. Eastbound times at that location are 8:06 a.m., 10:06 a.m., 2:36 p.m. and 4:36 p.m. The approximate time buses will reach that corner going westbound are 8:40 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

In Mattapoisett, the corner is at Route 6 and North Street. Eastbound stops are at 7:55 a.m., 9:55 a.m., 2:25 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Westbound stops are 9:01 a.m., 11:01 a.m., 3:31 p.m., and 5:31 p.m.

Riders should arrive at least five minutes early.

There are a total of seven stops on the route: The New Bedford Terminal, the Southcoast Health System in Fairhaven, Shaw’s/Greater New Bedford Health Center in Wareham, the Wareham Multi Service Center and Cranberry Plaza, also in Wareham.

The fare is $1.50 each way and 75¢ for senior citizens 60 years and older, children ages 6 to 11, those with a registered disability and Medicare recipients. Children under 6 travel for free.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on February 1, 2016.

 

Sippican Woods in Marion

Sippican Woods to offer affordable homes

By Tanner Harding and Georgia Sparling | Jan 18, 2017

Photo by: Tanner Harding

MARION — More affordable housing is coming to Marion.

Following the completion of the Marion Village Estates apartments, Baywatch Realty is proceeding with its adjacent 36-house development named Sippican Woods. Nine of those homes will go to lower income families in a lottery to be held in February.

The development is part of the plan for 60 apartments and 36 homes approved five years ago to add “40B” affordable housing for residents. The “40B” regulation allows the developer to bypass local zoning restrictions if a percentage of homes are sold or rented at below-market costs to people who meet the income requirements, and if a town has not met the state-required 10 percent minimum  of affordable housing in its boundaries.

The apartments, all of meet the state’s requirement for affordable housing, were completed in August 2015 and are full, said Ken Steen of Baywatch Realty. Affordable housing takes into account the median income in an area.

Preliminary work for the houses is underway, and Steen said the first affordable houses will likely be completed by the end of this summer.

“How many qualified applicants we have will determine the rate at which we construct the affordable houses,” he said.

Each affordable home is approximately 1,600 square feet, will have three bedrooms and one and a half baths, and will cost $213,300. Homeowners Association fees are $45 a month.

The affordable homes will only be sold to households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. The maximum allowable income starts at $46,000 for a single person and goes up to $76,250 for six people.

Everyone in the household must also qualify as a first-time homebuyer, and the household must be pre-approved for a mortgage.

The town also requires that preference be given to local residents for 70 percent of the homes, or six of the nine.

For this requirement, an applicant must be a current resident of Marion, have resided in Marion for at least five years, have a child who has lived in Marion the past five years, or be a full- or part-time town employee.

The remaining 27 homes are also generating a lot of interest. Though Steen said there isn’t a hard timeline for the project, some of the houses already have buyers.

He also said the project could take a year to finish or it could take three. It depends on demand.

“We started marketing them about four weeks ago,” he said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of interest.”

The deadline for the application to participate in the lottery is Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., and the lottery will be held Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taber Library.

“We’re excited to get into the for sale portion of the project,” Steen said. “We look forward to completing it. We think it’s a great product. We think it’s something the town is in need of.”

For more information, attend an information session on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Taber Library, or go to www.s-e-b.com/properties/for-sale-developments.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on January 20, 2016.

Winter Home Staging

Winter Home-Staging

Selling homes during the winter months can sometimes be difficult.  Winter weather has a lot to do with this. Although many sellers may be hesitant to put their home on the market in January and February,  proper staging can ensure a quick sale and a good price.  Although buyers can understand barren trees and snow piles in the yard, accessibility is key to a good showing.

Agents can provide alternate directions or postpone the date of a showing or open house  if heavy snow is forecast. Also,  a safe path should be cleared from the street to the front door and  pathways  cleared to allow buyers to see certain outdoor areas, such as guest houses or storage sheds. Also, use the cold, snowy season to show how cozy the house can be.  Make sure each room is  warm, with windows and holes sealed and furniture moved away from vents to ensure proper air circulation.  If the home has a woodstove or fireplace, a crackling fire can add to the ambience of the home.  This is the best time to show them off.

Fabrics, rugs, curtains, bed linens, and tablecloths can all contribute to  the goal of creating visual warmth. Throws, pillows, and richly textured materials can be used to create a cozy image.  Winter-blooming plants can be placed near the entry, on the dining room table, or side tables around the couch to suggest the warmer months ahead.  Fresh flowers can also add to the hint of spring to come.

Don’t forget the sense of smell.  Mild winter scented candles or simply potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the warm, winter feel and can also mask any unpleasant odors of day to day living.

Decluttering and cleaning up can go a long way toward putting the home in the best light for potential buyers.  Let the perks of the season enhance rather than hinder the sale and this can mean less days on the market.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on January 13, 2016.

Winter is Best Time to Sell

winterWinter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows

The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20, and real estate professionals should be ready for a season that often brings in more focused and active sellers and buyers.

Winter Sales

In an update to a two-year analysis it completed last year, Redfin researchers studied nationwide home listings, sales prices, and time-on-market data from 2010 through October 2014.

The study found that February is “historically the best month to list, with an average of 66 percent of homes listed then selling within 90 days,” according to Redfin’s research.

Even in cold weather cities – such as Boston and Chicago – researchers found that home sellers were better off listing their homes in the winter than during other seasons.

The winter tends to net sellers’ more than their asking price during the months of December, January, February, and March than listings from June through November. Listing during those four winter months has resulted in higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months, other than April and May.

Redfin researchers found that in 2012 December listings were producing the highest percentage of above-asking sales for the entire year at 17 percent.

Researchers say the winter market is less competitive for sellers since many people tend to wait until the spring to list. The smaller inventory of active listings help sellers get more attention from buyers on their properties. Also, many large corporations often transfer employees or hire new ones early in the year, creating opportunities for winter sellers from very motivated purchasers.

Homes that are “priced right and show well can sell any time” of the year, says Nela Richardson, chief economist for Redfin. Winter buyers tend to be “serious buyers… Most people are not window-shopping” in December and January, like they do in the spring months, Richardson adds.

Sellers shouldn’t worry about the holidays hampering their chances either. A 2011 study conducted by realtor.com® found that 60 percent of real estate professionals advise their sellers to list a home during the holidays because they believe it’s an opportune time to sell. Nearly 80 percent of the real estate professionals surveyed said that more serious buyers emerge during the holidays, and 61 percent say less competition from other properties makes it an ideal time to sell.

As for buyers, they may find winter a good time to make a move too. Sellers often are more flexible about negotiations over prices and terms than they would in the spring, real estate professionals say.

“People get more realistic at this time of year,” particularly if their homes hadn’t sold during the summer and fall, says Mary Bayat, a broker in Washington, D.C., and chairwoman-elect of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®.

Source: “Best Time to List a Home for Sale? Winter, Redfin Says,” Los Angeles Times (Dec. 14, 2014)

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on Jan. 6, 2017.

10 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2017

real estateBy Beth Braverman

November22, 2016

Nearly a decade after the real estate crisis set off wild swings in the housing market, most markets finally stabilized last year. The election of Donald Trump has brought uncertainty into the industry, however. While the President-elect built his empire on real estate, he has said relatively little about what policy changes he might make regarding housing.  That’s not too unusual, since when the housing market is doing well it is generally not a campaign issue.

Here’s what the experts we spoke with expect to see in 2017:

1. Rising prices will keep pushing up homeowners’ net worth.
After a 6.3 percent increase over the past year, home prices are poised to rise another 5.2 percent through September 2017, according to a recent report from CoreLogic. Rising prices have doubled the amount of home equity held by Americans with the average homeowner gaining more than $11,000 in home-equity wealth last year alone. If home prices continue to increase as projected, Americans would add $1 trillion in home equity to their collective balance sheets next year.

2. But mortgage rates are going up.
Rates for conventional loans shot up nearly a quarter of a percentage point in the days following the election, the fastest increase since the ‘taper tantrum’ of 2013. That could be just the beginning; the Fed is expected to continue raising rates on a strong economy, and even before Trump’s election, the Mortgage Bankers Association was predicting that rates would reach 4.8 percent (an increase of nearly two percentage points) by the end of 2017. 

That means that borrowers who are looking to re-fi should do so earlier in the year, and buyers should consider locking in their rates during the closing process. While some worry that rising rates could dampen the housing market, job security and wage growth are larger factors on home activity than interest rates.

3. It’s getting easier to get a mortgage.
It’s easier to get a mortgage now than at any time in the past eight years, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index. That reflects an increased availability of both jumbo loans and low down-payment loans. Banks may also be more willing to work with borrowers over the next few years as they look to make up for a decline in refinancing business when interest rates go up. “The pendulum has been swinging toward a loosening of the credit box a bit,” says Daren Blomquist, a senior vice president with Attom Data Solutions. “I don’t think we’ll see a reversal of that with the new administration. We’ll likely see an acceleration.”

4. Rents will continue to level off.
While rents in most large metro areas will continue to increase next year, they’ll grow at just 1.7 percent next year, following a similar growth this year, according to Zillow’s rent forecast. The modest gains follow years of double-digit growths in many places and reflect inventory finally catching up with demand as builders create new apartment buildings to accommodate the nearly 40 percent of Americans who are choosing to rent rather than buy housing.

5. The share of cash buyers will move closer to normal.
All-cash buyers fell below 30 percent of home sales this year for the first time since 2007, and they’re projected to decline for the next two years until they get back to their historical average of about 25 percent, according to CoreLogic. That’s good news for some homebuyers who have struggled in recent years to compete with all-cash buyers in bidding wars.

6. New homes are getting smaller.
The median square footage for new homes this year fell for the first time since the recession. Smaller homes are the product of several trends driving the real estate market, including higher demand for homes close to city centers where space is tight, and continued growth in the “tiny home” movement.

The shift also reflects a renewed focus by builders on the neglected market of entry-level buyers. “They’re building smaller homes because people can’t afford to buy the larger homes anymore,” Chief Economist at Texas A & M’s Real Estate Center.

7. Inventory will remain tight.
While builders have increased production, they’re still only putting homes up at about 60 percent of the normal pace. Total housing inventory at the end of September increased 1.5 percent to 2.04 million existing homes for sale, but that’s still 7 percent lower than last year. Unsold inventory in September was at a 4.5 percent-month supply, down from 4.6 percent the previous month. (A six-month supply is considered a healthy market.)

That continued lack of inventory is one of the main factors behind rising prices. “It’s driven by supply and demand,” says Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic. “The lack of affordable supply is really driving up home prices.”

8. Foreign buyers will play a smaller role.
Foreign buyers, who have helped fuel the luxury real estate market in recent years, backed off a bit this year amid rising prices and an appreciated dollar and increased scrutiny from the Treasury Department. That trend may accelerate as foreign investors weigh the impact of a Trump presidency on their purchase.

9. It’s getting easier for first-time buyers. After years of shutting them out, the market has become slightly more welcoming to first-time buyers. “On the supply side, builders are finding business models to provide the level of product, such as townhouses, that first-time buyers are looking for,” says Robert Dietz, chief economist with the National Association of Home Builders. “And on the demand side, wage gains and the demographics of today’s millennials who are marrying and having kids later, will help.” 

Millennials are more secure in their jobs, so they’re better qualified for mortgages, particularly the low down payment options.  While inventory is still tight, many institutional investors have left the market, which makes it easier for first-time home buyers to compete for entry-level properties.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on December 28, 2016.

 

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