November 2015

Found 6 blog entries for November 2015.

Market conditions matter when considering what price to list your home at.  While a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) tells you what buyers recently paid for homes similar to yours, it does not tell you everything you need to know in order to price your home correctly.

Knowing the market conditions in your community is helpful in predicting what buyers will do.  You want to price your home to sell quickly, for the highest possible price.  Pricing right initially will bring in the most buyers.  If your home is priced too high, buyers will assume you are difficult to negotiate with and have high expectations.  They won’t be interested in pursuing your home.        

Market conditions are a combination of buyer attitudes, jobs, incomes, mortgage interest

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Are you considering selling your home by yourself?  Do you think you will make more money because you won't have to pay commission to an agent?  Do you have the time to properly market your home? Are you familiar with local trends on the area market?  Are you familiar with regulations for closing the sale?  

These questions should be contemplated carefully when considering selling your home without the help of a real estate agent.  The National Association of Realtors recently published an article with some surprising statistics about For Sale by Owner (FSBO).  FSBO actually make less money on their home sales than buyers who work with a real estate agent.  The median sales price of FSBO is nearly $40,000 less than agent-assisted sales.

If you are

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Mill Creek Hawks in playoff opener vs. Northview, November 13th at Markham Field. On paper, things couldn’t be better for Mill Creek’s football program right now.

The No. 5 state-ranked Hawks (10-0) are fresh off last Friday’s 20-17 overtime win over No. 9 Peachtree Ridge before an electric crowd, which not only secured the program’s first Region 7-AAAAAA championship and first undefeated regular season.

But the success also comes as a warning to head coach Shannon Jarvis as his team welcomes Northview (6-4) to Markham Field for a first-round game in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs tonight at 7:30.

Though Mill Creek has been to the state playoffs in four previous season, Jarvis admits the current set of circumstances gives this appearance a

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So you’ve decided to sell your house during the holidays.  Should you decorate or not? 

Decorations are expected this time of the year and can actually help in selling your home.  You’ll want to create an ambiance that a prospective buyer can envision celebrating in, perhaps with lights or a simple tree.

The key to decorating your home to sell is the old saying, “less is more.”  Keep it simple and classic to give a festive feel, without cluttering or overwhelming the living space.

Your home should be kept tidy and neat.  So maybe you don’t put out your 100 piece village and opt for just the simple decorated tree in the corner.  If you normally put out inflatables in the yard, you’ll want to rethink that, as that distracts from view of your

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When it comes to appliance finishes, the demise of stainless steel is predicted every time materials such as Jenn-Air’s Oiled Bronze, GE’s Slate, or Whirlpool’s White Ice hit the scene. Some of these newcomers have fared better than others, but none has come remotely close to supplanting traditional stainless steel.

So will the new black stainless steel—recently unveiled by KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung—be any different? As the Magic 8 Ball might say, “Outlook not so good.” But black stainless steel is an interesting alternative if the rugged industrial look of conventional stainless steel doesn’t appeal, or if you’re worried about smudges and fingerprints.    


KitchenAid calls the new material “a softer, warmer alternative to

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11 Reasons to List During the Holidays


1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers! 

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you! 

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you! 

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! 

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price! 

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week! 

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons! 

8. January is

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