Yum! Huntsville’s growing food truck presence.

If you live in the Huntsville/Madison area you can’t help but notice the growing presence of food trucks in the area. We have food trucks dedicated to lobster, crepes, donuts and even bacon. No longer is a food truck a place you can grab a burger or a hot dog but rather specialized niche where you can find whatever your heart desires.

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Some are concerned that food trucks don’t have to follow the same health department guidelines as standard restaurants but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Food truck vendors are regulated by the Madison County Health Department just as restaurants are and must display their inspection results.

Late last year Huntsville passed a city ordinance that allows food trucks on the streets downtown everyday. This change along with the open container law changes are meant to encourage more downtown events and gathering. If you are interested but nervous about the food truck craze you can try them out during Huntsville’s Food Truck Festival that runs all summer long on Church St downtown. You can catch our local food trucks all over town and if you want something specific you can catch up with most of the trucks on Facebook. http://ourvalleyevents.com/huntsville-food-trucks-directory/

I highly recommend you give it a try. You won’t be disappointed and this girl for one hopes that Huntsville continues to encourage more food trucks to the area in the future.

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Is pricing the most important aspect of selling a home?

The answer is a very simple YES! Overpricing your house will not only cause it stay on the market much longer than your competitors but you could lose the ability to sell it at all after it has been on the market for month after month. I love the impact of this graphic and it really sums it up. The longer your home sits on the market the less a buyer is going to expect to pay for it because days on market equates to lost value.

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When you list your house for above market value you lose opportunity. So the buyer that is out with their agent looking in your neighborhood will pass over your house and buy the one across the street. I know that you may have upgraded your kitchen and that one across the street hasn’t but you can’t price above market value without a really good argument where the value is apparent for both the potential buyers and the appraiser. Here is the thing you ask whatever you want for your house but once you get an offer and come to an agreement on the terms the bank is going to send out an appraiser who will look at all the homes in the area that have sold and tell the buyer what the bank is willing to lend based on that data.

So bottom line is make sure you understand the market in your area when decided on the list price and put away your emotional ties to the house because at the point you decide to sell your house it is just an asset and no longer “your” house. The quicker is sells the more you will net off that sale…bottom line. Don’t lose the momentum you have with a new listing by overpricing if you truly want to sell your home. Call/email/text me if you want to learn more about what your house can sell for 256-513-7299 or visit my site at http://www.sellingrocketcity.com

It’s hot out there!

As we enter the summer buying season here in Northern Alabama buyers tend to look for outdoor living space and yard appeal. Modern, updated kitchens and baths will always attract buyers but without the curb appeal you may lose the opportunity to wow potential lookers with your interior updates. Make sure you trim your shrubs and keep your grass cut and yard free of weeds. Don’t neglect the backyard as buyers are looking for outdoor space that acts as an extension of the indoor. If you have a deck or patio make sure it is clean of clutter and invites potential buyers to relax and enjoy the space. Fences should be solid and all gates working properly.

Outdoor kitchens are a trend that continues to appeal to buyers as well. We love to grill and entertain in the south and what better way to enjoy our long outdoor season than to invite over friends and family for a cook-out. Other trending outdoor spaces include fireplaces, covered patios, screened porches and large decks which all act as entertaining space and extensions of your indoor living space.

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Is spring finally here?

It looked like spring was upon us and then snow flurries and freeze warnings reappear yesterday. Hopefully this weather is on its way out and pool season is here to stay. There are only a few weeks of school left and open house traffic tells me buyers are ready to make a move.
With interest rates still extremely low and some of the new no downpaymemt first home buyer programs more people are out shopping for their new home. I had over 20 buyers in my open house the past weekend which is one of the most successful opens I have ever held. We still have inventory but at this rate we will have less options for buyers so if you are looking to make a move this summer let’s start the process now. You can set up a free account on my website and get alerts when homes that meet your criteria list or have a price change. Visit http://www.sellingrocketcity.com to get started.

Offers above list price!!

I am not sure if this is going to be a trend we see as the spring market gets into full swing or if it is a coincidence…but I have been involved in several multiple offer situations with my clients and these homes are selling for above asking. I hope this means that the time has come in Huntsville for prices to increase which we haven’t really seen in the last few years. A little increase here and then a decrease the next month but nothing notable. I am very excited about this market right now in our great city. If you had your home on the market last year and didn’t get any offers now is the time to give it another try while interest rates are holding and buyers are hungry for more inventory. spring market

181 Newberry Ct

Great Madison home with chef’s kitchen

I have a great new listing located in Madison that offers open concept, one level living with a huge chef’s kitchen, mater suite with large walk-in closet and jetted tub, formal dining and living rooms, family room with wood burning fireplace and its located on 1/2 acre lot. If you are looking in the Madison area give 181 Newberry Ct a chance and you will be pleased you did. This home is located in the Endeavor Elementary, Monrovia Middle and Sparkman High school district. Contact me if you have specific questions about this home or any home you see on the market or for a showing.

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House Hunting Tips for Couples

  1. Before you start to seriously search for that perfect home visit as many open houses and builders model homes as you can and make notes on floor plans you prefer, exterior styles, amenities that are a must and neighborhoods you really like. Knowing what you agree on beforehand will not only help your agent find the perfect home but will cut down on your frustration when you go out seriously looking.
  2. Interview several REALTORS® to find one that meshes with both your personalities because throughout this process you will be spending a lot of time together.
  3. Be flexible – It is highly unlikely that you are going to find a home that has everything you both want. As long as you can agree on the location, price and floor plan other items can be easily changed.
  4. Have fun – Remember that the home buying experience should be fun and rewarding so don’t get hung up on the little things and keep the bigger picture in mind. Can you see yourself enjoying this house for years to come and will it meet you and your family’s ever changing needs?