Quick Improvements to Sell Your Home

Some people take their time to when wanting to sell their home. But if you are in a hurry because you need to move for a job or simply want to get on with the rest of your life after a divorce, consider quick improvements to sell. According to a piece by AOL Finance, sellers make sure their homes shine by with quick fixes that zero in on the most relevant aspects of their home. With the house selling season in full swing, work with seasoned real estate agents to market and list your home. Meanwhile, family and friends often pitch in to make sure your home stands out to potential buyers that come knocking. Continue reading

Updating Your Kitchen For Less Money

Kitchens are the center of any home.

They’re where chocolate chip cookies are baked and where children do homework after school.

Remodeling this space is popular as it can increase home value, though it doesn’t come without a cost. The average remodeling cost is $21,688, and the price is why many homeowners have to put updates on the back burner.

If you just moved into a Springfield, MO home that needs a kitchen makeover, here are some money-saving tips you will likely want to know: Continue reading

Buying a First Home in Springfield MO?

Many first-time homebuyers hear stories from their parents and grandparents about buying a home in Springfield, MO or other communities for the first time. Today’s real estate market and lending climate is vastly different. While interest rates are considerably lower than the 1980s, it’s a fast and competitive real estate market.

According to an article by wtkr.com, the housing market is not for the faint of heart. In fact, many homes sell for above asking price. A Redfin report showed homes across the country go from listing to closing in a rapid 37 days. Most millennials’ parents and grandparents did not have a difficult time finding an affordable home to buy. On the positive side, millennials still enjoy historically low-interest rates. Instead of asking parents and grandparents for outdated and obsolete home buying advice, talk to a Springfield real estate agent about avoiding common first-time home buying mistakes. Continue reading

Projected Architectural Real Estate Trends

When it comes to the architectural style of a home, some people think about resale value and others focus on their personal dream home. If visions of Colonial, Modern or Ranch homes dance in your head, it pays to go with the heart. However, a good Realtor will assist you in understanding the most popular architectural styles and projected real estate trends as it relates to resale value. According to research by trulia.com, favorite home styles depend on which part of the country an individual resides. For home buyers in our area, some of the common home styles include ranch, craftsman and contemporary. A lot of home buyers specifically seek mid-century modern homes to renovate. If you aren’t sure which style to choose, experts say the safest best is to opt for the humble ranch style home. In fact, ranch is the favorite architectural style in 34 states.

A ranch is a single story home, which appeals to aging home buyers including baby boomers who don’t want to travel up staircases. Ranch homes as well as contemporary homes have open floor plans. Built in Springfield in the 1980s and 1990’s ranch homes include attached garages with attractive brick. When it comes to projected real estate trends, experts say the ranch is making a comeback but other architectural styles making headlines include the modern home with geometric lines and a lot of windows. Continue reading

Selling Your Home to Gen X and Gen Y

When selling your Springfield, MO home, it’s important to gain a better understanding of today’s primary buyers. According to a recent piece by themortgagereports.com, the generation that currently owns the most homes is members of Generation X in the 35 to 54 age category. Now that the Great Recession is only a distant memory and chapter in history books, it’s time to move on. For many Gen X home buyers, moving on means finding a larger home that requires some sweat equity or work. In Springfield, MO, Gen Y or Millennials as well as Gen X create tremendous demand for larger starter homes that are “projects.” When selling your Springfield MO real estate, consider key ways to attract buyers. Continue reading