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7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season

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7 Reasons to List Your Home This Holiday Season Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays.
Here are seven great reasons not to wait:Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their employees in their new positions as soon as possible.Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:
The desire to own a home doesn’t stop when the holidays come. Buyers who were unable to find their dream home d…

Ranked Among the Top Real Estate Agents in Social Media Yet Again!

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Top Real Estate Social Media Accounts To Follow by Surge Realty Solutions
Want to know how the best real estate agents use social media?
Below, we have compiled a list of the best social media accounts in the real estate industry from around the web. Whether you’re looking for industry data, home-buying tips, or lead-generation strategies, these real estate accounts have got you covered. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, or have decades of experience - there’s something for everyone here. Be sure to check out each featured post to really get a feel for their writing style. Our list is always expanding, so check back frequently! Jack Otto | LinkedIn | Twitter | Google+
Jack Otto knows the value of utilizing social media for real estate firsthand.  As the most popular real estate agent in Washington ranked by social media activity (according to Mondinion), he makes extensive use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, and his own blog. Jack utilizes his social profiles to furthe…

4 Reasons to Sell This Fall [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Some Highlights:The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year.CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.0% over the next 12 months.If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to!

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750

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The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market.
One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because they don’t believe they can qualify for a mortgage.
A recent article about millennials by Realtor.com explained that:
About 72% of aspiring millennial buyers said they’re waiting because they can’t afford to buy…” The article also explained that 29% of millennials believe their credit scores are too low to buy.The problem here is the fact that they think they will be denied a mortgage is keeping them from evenattemptingto apply.
Ellie Mae’s Vice President Jonas Moe encouraged buyers to know their options before assuming that they won’t qualify for a mortgage:
“Many potential home buyers are ‘disqualifying’ the…

Study: FSBOs Don’t Save Real Estate Commission

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One of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their house on the market and selling it. A new study by Collateral Analytics, however, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.
In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The data showed that:
“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added)Why would FSBOs net less money than if they used an agent? The study makes several suggestions:
“There could be systematic bias on the buyer side as well. FSBO sales might attract more strategic buyers than MLS sales, particularly buyers who rationalize lower-priced bids on with the logic that the seller is…

20 Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]

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