Archive for August, 2010

Many people are advising folks that this is the best time to buy a home or to dive into real estate, but is it really the “best” time. For sure the mortgage rates are low right now and there are a lot of homes on the market for sale. Many of these homes are foreclosures and that could mean considerable savings for the home buyer. With rates low, a huge inventory to choose from and foreclosures offering the home buyer incredible deals, one might believe all those folks that this is a great time to buy.

I agree that for the most part this is a great time to buy, and if you’re interested in Westfield NJ properties you can visit, but you must look at the other side of the coin before diving into a large long term purchase. The job market right now is not stable and unemployment rates are at the highest levels in a very long time. When jobs are unstable, income is unstable and when income is unstable, it’s not a good time to strap yourself with large long term debt. Many people thought that their jobs were stable until they got laid off. Do we really have security right now in the job market. If you do and you feel secure with your employment, than you may be in the right spot for purchasing a home and it may be the “best” time for you. But for those folks that don’t know what tomorrow will bring, it might not be the best time.

We all have the belief that we will recover from this downturn, after all we always have. What we are not used to is how to navigate the downturns, and this is where many can get into trouble and end up in foreclosure losing their homes to the banks.

I think that the market is good right now for buyers and I believe that you can take advantage of some really good deals, I just think that if we all were a little more smarter a few years back we would not be in the situation we are in right now. Make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing a home and choose a good realtor who can help you navigate the process. For more information on homes in Scotch Plains New Jersey please visit You can also view featured properties and look at local information.

Choosing a real estate agent is not always an easy choice. Most try to use friends, family, or referrals from friends and family. This may certainly keep your friendships and family relationships in tack; it may not always sell your house. For more real estate tips please visit our website at Augusta Listing Expert, where you will find buying and selling tips and a whole lot more.

In choosing a real estate agent you need to look at a couple of different things. One thing you need to know is that not all agents utilize the same marketing techniques. Since exposure for your house is the number one way that you house is going to get noticed, it is important for you to choose an agent that has a marketing plan that will gain you maximum exposure to potential buyers. You will need to ask the agent what they do to get exposure for your house. Be careful that they don’t just put your house on the MLS and hope someone calls them on it. That is not enough to sell your house. Find out if the agent uses magazines, email campaigns, internet marketing, etc.. to gain exposure to your house. Make sure they have their own website and that it ranks well in the search engines. There is no sense having your home listed on a website that is never visited or can’t be found on Google.

Also, a good idea is to ask how many houses the agent has sold recently or within the last year. If an agent is selling homes, they must be doing something right. All agents are not the same. Some sell and some don’t. You want to make sure you with an agent that sells. In the market we are in right now, with things being slow, the good agents will thrive and the bad agents will flounder, or go part time. You don’t want a part time agent trying to sell you home. Just remember not all agents are the same and you need to ask a lot of questions about their marketing plan. Once satisfied, go for it, if not look for another agent. You can find more at, and you can browse featured properties while you’re there.

So we are in a down economy and real estate prices have tanked into double digits in the last few years. If you are trying to sell your house what are you going to do? There are a lot of houses on the market right now and that includes a boat load of foreclosures. If the competition is so stiff for selling a home and your having trouble finding a buyer, you might want to try and do something that makes you stand out. There are a lot of different ways to make your home stand out above the rest and the most overlooked and easiest to remedy is curb appeal. You can learn more at If the buyer can’t get passed the first impression than you will lose them immediately. Tidy up the outside, mow your lawn, trim your bushes, run the edger to make clean lines, add some fresh flowering plants to make the outside look warm and friendly. If you don’t have landscaping, then I would suggest you get some. You should be able to cover the cost of the landscaping in the sale of your house. If you have leaves on the ground, rake them up or sweep them away. I have even seen a service that will paint your lawn green to give it that clean fresh look of a healthy lawn. If you need to do some touch up paint then make that happen.

These are little things that can make a world of difference in selling your home and making it stand out above the rest. You have to make sure they remember your house when there are so many to choose from. So think to yourself what you can do to make your house memorable. You will be glad you did when that contract that you have been waiting for finally arrives. If you would like to know more about preparing your house to sell please visit the Augusta Listing Expert for more information and check out our sellers resources page.

It’s no question that the recovery of our economy is taking it’s time. Every sector seems to be slow to jump back up and act like normal. Everyone is so cautious about spending and that transcends over into real estate. Real estate is a big purchase and people are afraid to purchase big ticket items when the future seems uncertain. If you would like to know more about real estate in Chapel Hill please visit It will probably be a long time before we see the recovery that everyone is hoping for. There are some high points though in some real estate markets. Houses and condo pending sales in the greater Miami-South Dade area increased by close to 41 percent in the last year. Washington DC and much of Texas also saw an increase in pending sales, with the entire southern area showing an increase of around 3.7 percent.

So there is not all bad news to report. These numbers at least show us that there are changes taking place and for some that is all they need for them to be secure enough to go out and purchase again. If fact the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that application for new loans increased by 2 percent and FHA loan applications are up by 3 percent.

These are modest gains, but gains none the less. With the unemployment rate declining hope is being restored slowly. There is still a lot of skepticism out there about the future of our country, economy, and our lives. When people don’t feel secure there is not much freedom to spend and share. Insecurity makes people think inward and manifest in them holding on to things. The recovery is slow, but there are positive signs that are helping most to believe that we have suffered the worst. If this is true than you will see people feeling a little more free to get out of their shell and spend. Hopefully the recovery will be faster than expected. For information about Chapel Hill Real Estate and homes for sale visit Chapel Hill Realty.