Why you should list now versus waiting until spring as well as current market trends and updating your space


Color palette

Whenever I meet a new client to list their home, interior and exterior paint colors are always a hot topic so I thought I would address it here. You have one opportunity to catch a potential buyer and you can lose that opportunity if the pictures of your home online are not just right or if the drive-by first impression is lacking. Get your personal taste out of your mind and think about a model home. When you go look at a builder’s model home do you see electric blue shutters or orange walls? No and that’s because they research what appeals to buyers and tend to be conservative with color choices. Your exterior siding should be tan, gray, pale yellow, white or cream with accenting trim colors of black, navy, maroon, or dark green. Interior colors must be muted hues and popular choices are tan, pale gray, or cream. Stay away from white because buyers look at that as an expense as they will need to have it painted. If you want color pops stick to dining rooms, office space, and kitchens.

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Gray is taking the place of tan as the trendy interior color palette and grays should be muted and with a bright hue. Not the dreary gray of days past today’s gray is bright and light illuminating. If you have a brick home that looks dated and tired you can opt to paint the brick. Painted brick is a great way to give a dated house new life and appeal to buyers. Paint colors here should be tan, taupe or gray think traditional with trim accents.

If you have more questions about color hues feel free to contact me or if you want to update your home before selling I can come out and advise you which updates will result in a return on your investment.


Why I should list my house in the winter

Would you like to sell your home but want to wait until spring to list because you have been told that is best time to list. Well, I am going to give you a few reasons why you should list now and why waiting until spring is only going to cost you $$$.

For years Realtors have been telling clients to wait to list their homes in spring saying there are more buyers out looking and that it will be easier to sell when the weather is nice and flowers are blooming. This is simply not the case! While it is a fact more buyers are out house shopping in the spring it is also a fact that all your neighbors or that wonderful house two streets over have been told the same thing you have and they are listing their house in the spring as well. Can you see where this could be a problem? Now all these new buyers that are out looking for a new home suddenly have more houses in your area and price range to pick from and that causes prices to start dropping.

In real estate our prices are driven by inventory (simple supply and demand) and if there are a dozen homes in your area that just listed your home became less valuable to a potential buyer. Believe it or not many serious buyers are out looking to buy a new home over the holidays because they have time off work to dedicate to it and the children are home as well. Winter buyers are serious buyers and can’t you see how if you are one of two listings in your area that a buyer previews then your marketability just increased ten fold and your ability to negotiate an offer has increased as well.

So if you are on the fence about listing during the winter months get off that fence and list your home before your neighbor does and lists for 10k less than you wanted to.TIme is $$ and there is never a better time than today. November was an impressive month in our market and I don’t anticipate December or January to be any different.

Happy New Year – it is a great year to buy a new house

Now that the holidays have passed and get back to our regular routine its time to think about our financial goals and plans for 2013. With interest rates holding at all time lows and home prices down about 5% over the last year it is the perfect storm for a home purchase. If you have been on the fence about buying a home do the math and you will find out that in Huntsville you can own a home for much less than renting. Wouldn’t you like that money you spend every month on rent to actually build future income and net worth for you. I can help you through the entire process and it can be a painless and fun experience.

What are you waiting for? There may not be another time in the next forty years like today to buy a home as homeownership cost is at an over forty year low. Call or email me today so you can start 2013 building wealth not throwing your money away.