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Terry’s Blog: Advice And Tips On The Real Estate Sales Market

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Advice And Tips On The Real Estate Sales Market
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When selling real estate there is always a lot going on. There are so many balls to keep in the air that it can be overwhelming, or at least it can seem overwhelming. Here are some great tips that you can use for your next sale to ease the process.

Real estate experts agree that a great tip for anyone wishing to sell their home, is to neutralize personal decor, as much as possible. It is important for prospective buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the house and a large volume of items specific and personal to the seller, can make that difficult. Therefore, try to make the home’s style, appeal to as wide an audience as you can.

Real estate agents across the country are reporting the rise in requests for homes with garden ponds. Consider adding this to the front lawn area, or tucked away in the back garden. They are a peaceful retreat as well as a draw for local wildlife. The avid outdoor person will love the idea of deer in their front or back yard.

Be prepared to negotiate and make counteroffers when selling a home in the fall. Many buyers that are in the market during these months are likely looking for a great bargain. Do not get offended by their offer, instead counteroffer with a price that you are willing to let the home go for.

Have your real estate agent do a rough estimate of everything that would have to be paid for by you at the time of closing. This is important, because it will show you how low you can drop your price without having to bring your own money to the table. Sometimes, there are costs that a first time seller is not aware of.

If you dread the sale of your home because of all the work and stress related to it, then hopefully this article has put your mind at ease a bit. The information here has shown you that if you have the right advice, you can sell your home or property without so much stress and hassle.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Prices Up, Sales Down in San Francisco

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San FranciscoLast month, the number of Bay Area home sales slowed to a crawl and hit its lowest level since the recession in 2008, according to the latest report from DataQuick. A slowdown is normal for January, but even compared with January 2014, sales are down, dropping 5.5 percent to a seven-year low of 4,439 houses and condos for the whole Bay Area. Meanwhile, the median price paid is still climbing; it rose 9 percent year over year to reach $572,000, compared with $525,000 last January. In fact, last month was our 34th month straight of a year-over-year price gains. Small consolation: Price growth has slowed since January 2014, when median prices had increased a whopping 26.5 percent over January 2013. At least we’ve dropped to single-digit price hikes! Woohoo.

In San Francisco proper, at least, this January’s prices are pretty flat compared with last year’s. The median sale price is up just $1,000 from January 2014, standing at $885,500. Sonoma, Napa, and Marin saw the highest year-over-year price increases, of 11 percent, 9.5 percent, and 9 percent, respectively.

Absentee buyers (mostly investors) accounted for 21 percent of Bay Area homes in January, down from 24.5 percent in January 2014.

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Authored By Lamar Anderson – See the Full Story at Curbed

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Featured Real Estate Agent: Scott Werner, Realtor Portland, Oregon

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Scott Werner, Gay Portland RealtorPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Real estate agent in Portland, Oregon – Scott is an experienced full time real estate broker working with buyers, sellers, and investors.

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Florida Housing Market Continues to Stabilize

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Florida Real EstateFlorida’s housing market reported higher median prices, more new listings and the continued stabilization of inventory in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors(R). Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 16,087 last month, up 10 percent over January 2014.

“Home price gains in areas across Florida mean that home equity continues to improve and that, coupled with historically low interest rates, generates a great opportunity for sellers,” said 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton. “Many homeowners who have been on the sidelines are now ready to list their properties for sale: Statewide, new listings for single-family homes in January rose 7.9 percent year-over-year, while new townhouse-condo listings rose 1 percent.”

Barbar noted that January marked the 38th month in a row that statewide median sales prices for both single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties rose year-over-year.

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Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Felipe Crook, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Felipe Crook, Gay Las Vegas RealtorPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Gay real estate agent in Las Vegas, Nevada – I am a experienced, enjoyable real estate agent in touch with the gay community.

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San Francisco Penthouse Listed at $49 Million

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SF Lumina Duplex

A 15,000-square-foot duplex condominium that overlooks the Bay Bridge is the new most expensive listing in San Francisco, with a price tag of $49 million.

SF Lumina PenthouseThe penthouse on the 41st and 42nd floors of one of two Lumina towers being developed by Tishman Speyer is still under construction. However, marketing began this week thanks to renderings that show how the penthouse’s curved glass walls and 20-foot ceilings will look 15 months from now, when the building is completed.

If the duplex penthouse were to fetch its asking price, it would smash the current condo sales record: $28 million for the penthouse at the St. Regis in 2011. The second-priciest listing after the duplex is a home on the Gold Coast, currently listed at $39 million.

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Authored By Erin Carlyle – See the Full Story at Forbes

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Featured Lesbian Real Estate Agent: Lyssa Cross, Asheville, North Carolina

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Lyssa Cross, RealtorPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Lesbian Real Estate Agent in Asheville, North Carolina – Realtor for 18 years in Asheville, with extensive experience and knowledge to close the sale!

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Terry’s Blog: How Clutter Can Sink Your Chances Of A Home Sale

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How Clutter Can Sink Your Chances Of A Home Sale
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Selling a home is not always the easy process you might expect. Even if your home is large, in a great neighborhood or has other terrific features, there are things that some prospective buyers will likely be unable to overlook. Clutter is among the most problematic aspects of a home for anyone hoping to make a sale. Keep reading to learn how to prevent a messy home from being your undoing.

If you tend to accumulate lots of personal items and your home’s current condition reveals that trait, you are sure to find it hard to secure an interested buyer. The key to selling someone on your home is to help them envision themselves living in the space and making it their own. This is extremely difficult to do if around every corner is a pile of your own, highly personalized memorabilia.

If at all possible, try to start eliminating excessive furniture from the home as soon as you decide to list it. It probably will not be possible to remove things such as beds and sofas if you plan to continue occupying the home until it is sold, but do your best to get rid of unnecessary pieces. This makes your rooms appear larger and gives the home a feeling of spaciousness that buyers will love.

If you are a collector of shoes, books, knick-knacks or anything else that takes up a great deal of visible space in your home, try to relocate those items for the time being. Ask friends and family if they would be willing to store some of your treasures for you while showings are occurring at your house. If that is an impossibility, you may want to look into the option of renting a storage unit for a few months.

Kitchen clutter is another huge hurdle for anyone looking to sell their home. Because kitchens and bathrooms are such major selling points when it comes to residential properties, it is important to show yours in the best possible light. It may be that you are an avid cook and love to keep your appliances and tools on display, but this can be quite detrimental to your prospects. For the near-term, you will have much greater success by packing away some of your bulkier items that make counter space seem nonexistent.

There is no doubt that your own personal possessions carry great value and meaning to you and your entire family. However, that is not the same thing as adding value to your home in the eyes of prospective buyers. It is absolutely vital to stage your home in such a way as to highlight the potential and available square footage in the property. If each and every room is strewn with clutter and tchotchkes, home shoppers are likely to run in the other direction. Make your home a neutral, blank slate on which buyers can project their own style and taste, and you will find yourself at a closing table sooner than you ever thought possible.fbcoverTerryBornitz

LGBT Anxiety About Retirement is High

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old womanAn aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in the U.S. faces anxieties about retirement that are significantly greater than other Americans who are nearing retirement.

That is according to a survey by the Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) that polled 1,857 LGBT Americans and 519 non-LGBT Americans and compared the responses between the two populations.

The study identified four major areas in which older LGBT adults were more concerned about retirement than their non-LGBT counterparts: Financial security, personal support networks, health care and housing concerns.

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Authored By Matthew Stern – See the Full Story at SDGLN

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Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Philip A. Ross III, Real Estate Agent, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Philip Ross III, Realtor, Santa FePeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Gay real estate agent in Santa Fe, New Mexico – Philip will represent your best interests to the fullest of his ability.

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