Tip Tuesday: Spring has Sprung and So Have Home Sales!

Real Estate.Happy Spring everyone!  The Spring CT Real Estate Market is gearing up, but are you ready?!  According to the Connecticut Association of Realtors, the past 3 published months of sales (January, December and November) have all reported an increase from the previous year in median sales prices and amount of homes sold for both residential single-family homes and townhouses/condos.  This represents a fantastic trend and as soon as February is published in the next few days, we’ll report it to you.  But, the question remains….what does this mean for you?

As a seller, this means….

  1. Now is a great time to sell!  
  2. Your home may sell for more than it would have a year ago.
  3. You need to get your home ready to impress buyers as they begin to pick up their buying process.

So, what should you do?  

  1. Use a price setting tool to see what your neighborhood’s market value currently is.
  2. Begin getting your home ready to sell!
  3. Contact us for a professional market analysis and assistance with getting your home show ready!

As a buyer, these statistic mean…..

  1. That there a large amount of buyers right now who are placing competitive offers so you need to be ready to put forth a strong offer.  
  2. Your offer not only needs to be competitive in terms of number but also contingencies and financing.  

So, what should you do?

  1. Get your credit ready and your pre-approval ready.  
  2. Determine what you’re searching for.  What are your must-haves and what neighborhoods are you interested in?
  3. Discuss strategy with us.  Our goal is to find your family your dream home, at a great deal and in the right location.  We want to be sure you win your home with an offer that’s competitive but also comfortable and confident for you.  So we’ll help you with referral to a lender, give you tools on finding a neighborhood, show you what your price point can get you in that neighborhood and help you to craft an offer that is strong.

 

 

 

 

Tip Tuesday: Decorating Your Outdoors for Fall

Looking for new ideas to decorate the outside of your home this Fall?

cornstalkAre you looking to sell your home in this fall market?  Then decorating the outside to make a great first impression is essential! 

Here are some quick fall decorating ideas:

  • Add a cornstalk to your mailbox along with some mums to give your home instant notice and attention.

 

 

 

  • Purchase wood crates from you local craft store and place mums in it to give simple, fall mums a new look.mums-wood-crate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pumpkins don’t have to be just orange.  Consider painting them different colors to add pops of color to your doorstep!pumpkin-glitterHave fun and be creative!  But remember, if you’re trying to sell to keep the decorating simple and something that every “average” buyer can appeal to.

Tip Tuesday: How You Can Prepare Now to Buy Later

Casually browsing homes?  Waiting until the New Year or Spring to begin aggressively looking  for homes?  No problem!  Did you know that there are steps you can take now to help better prepare you for your home search process?  Start your home search process today with these 3 steps and then contact Harrison Realty Team to set up your home search on our brand new website!

1. Know your neighborhoods. Use our new website to learn more about schools, restaurants, public transportation, and walkability in neighborhoods where you’re searching.  When you’re ready to begin your search, knowing exactly what you’re searching for and what neighborhoods are an absolute no will help save you time and give you better search results.

2. Get your finances in order.  If your credit is not great, work at paying down your debt.  If you’d like to meet with a financial advisor to talk over your situation, we can recommend one to you!  A pre-approval is a great first step in your home buying process because it will let you know exactly what you qualify for so that you don’t fall in love with a home that’s far out of your price range and you won’t get an offer accepted until you have that pre-approval letter.  Getting a pre-approval is a relatively short process, but your pre-approval is likely to expire in 90 days so our recommendation is not to get it too early.

3. Stay organized. Make sure you have all the documentation you will need for the loan process. Use the Saved Homes feature on our website to keep all the homes you like in one spot.

We’re happy to talk with you and set up a personalized home search for you.  In addition to your search, we personally scan through every new home and price decrease that comes on the market and will alert you as to homes that match your criteria so that you never miss out an opportunity for your dream home!