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New Year, New Home

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As 2021 is wrapping up with a record housing year, 2022 is shaping up to be another one. Although the Fed has signaled, they are open to raising interest rates to offset inflation, the housing market is expected to continue to remain strong. While many may think this could slow the housing market (and it could), this will help lower the cost of materials and supplies such as lumber and plumbing supplies. As the old saying goes, “It will all come out in the wash,” is relatively accurate when considering the correlation between the two. Are you thinking about selling your home in the new year and curious if the time is right for you? Here are a few things to consider:

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Is this the right time for you?

Of course, factors like seasonality and local market trends play a role in your decision-making process, the most important considerations are personal. The first step is to consider your finances. Yes, you may be able to get top dollar for your home, but you could also pay top dollar for another one.  

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How much can you afford to spend?

Now that you’ve considered your finances and what comfortably fits your budget, it is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage if you will be financing your new home. Today’s market is very competitive and buyers that can show sellers they are serious are more likely to have their offer accepted.

home needs list

What are your must-haves?

If you have decided that now is the time to make the move, make a list of your must-haves that you can’t live without. Do you want to stay in a specific school district? Do you need a home office? Do you want a bigger lot?

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Start shopping!

Now the fun begins, and you can confidently start your search knowing that when you find your dream home, you will be ready to make an offer. Hiring a professional real estate agent is one of the best ways to buy and sell a home. They will help you search for homes, schedule showings, help you make an offer, and work with you throughout the entire process.

Contact Stutesman’s Action Realty today to find your new home in the new year.

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Should You Sell Your Home During the Holidays?

holiday table setting

The holidays aren’t always considered to be the best time to sell your home, but that isn’t necessarily true, especially in the current real estate climate where demand is high, and supply is low. People typically associate the time of year when the grass is turning green as the optimal time to sell, but don’t limit yourself to the warmer temperatures if you are considering selling. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Inventory is lower, limiting competition.
  • Buyers that are actively looking during this time of year tend to be more serious and ready to make a decision when they find what they want.
  • Holiday decorations can make your home more inviting and create an emotional connection to potential buyers.
gingerbread house

If you decide to list your home during the holidays, here are a few tips:

  • Make your home festive, but don’t go overboard. If your home is too crowded it will give the impression that it isn’t large enough and/or keep potential buyers from moving freely to get a good look.
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  • To solidify the holiday experience, fill your home with the smell of the holidays. Try this stovetop simmering potpourri recipe from A Modern Homestead.
  • Make sure decorations don’t block beautiful views or unique architectural features.
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  • Keep stairs and walkways free of snow, ice, and leaves to maintain everyone’s safety and curb appeal.
  • Create a great video tour to entice online shoppers to want to take an in-person tour.

Are you ready to list your home this holiday season? Give Stutesman’s Action Realty a call, 833.268.8400. A real estate professional will give you tips on making your home holiday perfect to entice any buyer.

Photo credit source:  https://stayhomestyle.blog/2020/12/07/a-simple-guide-to-decorating-a-small-porch-for-christmas-on-a-budget/

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

Winter isn’t usually thought of as “the season” to sell a home, but home sales have gradually increased across all seasons. While it may be true that people tend to stay indoors when the weather is cold and wet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your home. In fact, one positive that came from the COVID-19 pandemic is that it really pushed virtual showings forward. Like all other businesses, real estate professionals were forced to rethink how they conducted business to adhere to social distancing and/or lockdowns. Real estate professionals are used to adapting and overcoming whether it be the colder months or a pandemic.

Check out these helpful tips for selling your home during the winter:

  • It is true that the cold weather keeps some people home and now we have the pandemic making it more important than ever to have a great online listing. Clients respond especially well to 3D home tours.
  • It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if a home isn’t priced according to market demand it won’t sell. A home priced in accordance to what buyers are actually paying in you market will sell much faster. The best way to determine a market price is to use recent sales comparables from your market.
  • Hire the right agent. You want to find someone that you are comfortable working with and a professional at his or her job. The right agent will also give you a great online listing presence and help determine an appropriate market value for your home.

Don’t let the season determine if you are selling your home. Now is the time. Interest rates are low and there is a shortage of inventory. If you are looking to sell or purchase a home this winter, give Stutesman Action Realty a call. There are three locations to better serve you: Nevada, Missouri, 417.667.8400; Ft. Scott, Kansas, 833.286.8400; and Lamar, Missouri, 833.286.8400.