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Posts Categorized: Selling Your Home
The Fall Market is Heating up, Don't get Left Behind!
Thinking of buying? Buyers are lining up right now with super low interest rates! Thinking of buying? With the low interest rates you have more buying power than ever before, this is your chance! But none of this is possible unless you take action RIGHT NOW!
Unique, Lakefront Townhouse for Sale in Kent!
Not only is my listing in Kent at The Lakes turn-key, remodeled, and is lakefront... but it is surrounded by nature, recreation, and transportation hubs! Here are some videos highlighting all this area of Kent and this townhouse has to offer!
Check out all the upgrades and smart features!
Ready to see it in person? Contact Rosie for a private showing today!
How to Buy Home and When is the Best Time? The time is NOW!
The Summer slowdown is now upon us! Every year buyers tend to cool off during the Summer months and the market slows a bit. Homes are for sale longer and buyers tend to have a little bit more of the upper hand. Don’t get me wrong, homes are selling but the crazy bidding wars from the Spring market have calmed down. With a decrease in buyer activity you have less competition, now really is the perfect time to buy!
Historically September (after Labor Day) until the first part of November tends to be one of the busiest buying seasons. Prices spike, bidding wars come back, and good luck negotiating any sort of deal or concession. Now is the time to buy if you are able!
But what is interesting about this time of year is watching the spikes in website and social traffic on our listings. It’s almost like people are on vacation checking out homes poolside and researching for their next move. If this is you and you are waiting until after the Summer to “get serious” about buying your first home, selling and upsizing to a new home, or maybe downsizing to a smaller home, please remember that the Summer slowdown is an opportunity to get into something before the Fall frenzy!
I know Summer is a busy time, especially if you have kids, but if you are serious about saving some money and having a less stressful experience, you should really consider moving up your buying timeline. Our expert buyer’s agents are ready to help you navigate the process and help you get started. The first step is a casual conversation about your goals and where to begin.
Learn more about Colleen, Melissa, and Karen, the dedicated team of buyer’s agents on the Rosie Rourke Team here: www.rosierourke.com/buying
Out growing your current home? This blog is for you!
Your house is busting at the seams, the kids have their stuff everywhere, and all your energy is just surviving day to day, right? WE FEEL YOU! We’ve all been there, trust us! And remember when you bought your first house, it seemed HUGE! Now you would do anything to get into a home that fits you and the kids, but the thought of having to purge and keep the house clean with kids is daunting. And you need the equity in your current home to buy your next home too… what if you end up being displaced for a few months or worse… in your in-laws’ basement?
Sounds like a lot of doom and gloom, doesn’t it? Let us be your hero and your advocate during the process… we have real world solutions! We work with the top lenders in the industry, there are ways to structure you home loan so you don’t have to sell and buy at the same time. We also have access to a pool of qualified buyers actively looking, so there is an opportunity to sell your home before it lists to the public. And so on and so on! We guarantee that the process can be fun, liberating, and the best decision you will make for you and your family!
Let our team leader Rosie Rourke buy you a Starbucks (our treat) and let’s talk about your solution! She has been where you are and wants to help you change your life!
Finally… home inventory is up! I just read a report that more homes went for sale in September then they did last year at this time. In fact, this is the most home inventory for sale during the Fall in 3 years! This is GREAT news for buyers… so where are they?
I think the crazy market during the beginning of 2018 has scared a lot of them away. Their loss is YOUR GAIN! Homes are not selling as fast and there is room for negotiation now. And my preferred lenders have told me that there is a possible mortgage rate increase looming in 2019. If rates go up 1 point that could mean 10-15% less in buying power for you! You can’t afford to wait, check out my quick video about today’s buyers market, 3 reasons why you NEED to by now, and check out my team of expert buyers agents who are eager to help you buy a home before the holidays…. CLICK HERE!
Here is a quick word from Rosie about our new Market Insights Tool!
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Fall is a great time for buyers and sellers… are you ready to get in the game? Don’t fall behind and miss your window of opportunity before the holidays! Here is a quick video explaining the Summer slow down and the how that affects home sales in the Fall!
Welcome to another edition of Rosie’s Real Estate Reveal! These are blogs where Rosie Rourke helps you understand real estate terms and what they mean to you, the buyer or seller! Today’s reveal is all about contingent offers! Believe it or not, a lot of newer agents don’t even understand what a contingent offer is. Honestly it’s been a while since listing agents have been accepting them. But now with the market slow down, massive amounts of homes for sale, and buyers that have cooled off, agents are entertaining the contingent offers again.
What is a contingent offer?
It simple terms, it’s when a home buyer makes an offer on a new home before selling their current home. The sale of the new home is contingent or dependent on the sale of the current home. The “official” definition is as such: It means an offer on a home has been made and the seller has accepted it, but the finalized sale is contingent upon certain criteria that have to be met. Usually the successful sale of the buyer’s current home.
What does this mean for you?
When a home is “Contingent” it doesn’t mean the house has SOLD and is off the market! Did you know that you can still tour and MAKE AN OFFER on a contingent home? Not a backup offer, but you can BUMP the contingent offer and the home is YOURS!
So if you are in the market, see a home you love, and the status says Contingent… you still have a chance! I actually have 2 homes listed right now that are contingent, both of these sellers are looking for new buyers to BUMP the current contingent offers!