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A Call From The Anonymous Buyer

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I had a call last weekend from someone that wanted to see two condos in a certain building and found me online. I was driving at the time and let her know I’d give her a call back in a couple hours. I could tell then that she wasn’t happy I couldn’t setup a time to show them during that phone call. In less than two hours I called her back and had the units pulled up, by this time she had three others she wanted to see in the building but, all of them were under contract.

We can meet you in the next couple of hours. Where should we meet you?

I explained that I’d need a little more info before we could start touring, I first asked if I could have her contact info; full name, email, and number that’s best to reach her on. She dodged that completely –

What time can you show these condos?

Then I asked what they were looking for in terms of a property – would this be investment or a new home? Size? Location? She grew increasingly annoyed and then when I asked if they had been pre-approved the downhill spiral began.

Who are you to ask me if I’ve been pre-approved and on a property that’s in such a low price range? I make six figures and I’m already selling a house way more expensive than this. I’ve been verbally pre-approved and that’s all you need to know.

Despite my effort to explain that I don’t ask for a pre-approval for different price ranges, I ask for them in any price range from all my buyers. She promptly told me that she’d find a better agent that would show her what she wants. I don’t doubt for a second that she found another agent to hop in their car and show her the properties but, that’s not how I operate. I follow a process with all my buyers and before I go out and spend time and money touring a pre-approval letter or proof of funds for a cash buyer comes first. I have never had a challenge or any push-back from someone that’s serious about buying. They know it’s needed and many times have already taken care of it before contacting me. Without one there’s too much time that is being risked and time is priceless to me and my business. It is to serious buyers too, they want to know what they can afford and then have me find it for them.

For a lead to become a client there is going to have to be information shared on both sides and part of that is me needing to know what you’re looking for, where you’d like to find it and if you qualify to buy it. I’m not doing my job if I just show up and open a door for anyone that asks. If you’re not pre-approved I can help connect you with a lender that we trust and have a lasting rapor with. In return I’ll be happy to provide you with houses that are currently available, in your price range that match what you’re looking for and be ready to tour when you find something that interests you.
Andy Kogan
Residential & Commercial Realtor
Office Sales Manager
Recipient of Ambassador’s & Executive Club Awards
Multi-Million Dollar Producer Since 2007
www.AndyKogan.com
West USA Realty, Sharon Sigman
913-530-5904
Andy@AndyKogan.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tamara Zyhylij, San Diego, California

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Terry’s Blog: Tips That Make A Difference In What You Pay: Real Estate Buying Decisions

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Tips That Make A Difference In What You Pay: Real Estate Buying Decisions

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


The market is currently flooded with properties, whether we’re talking about homes, land, condos or anything in between. This is why it’s so difficult to find the right type of real estate when you’re ready to buy. Give this article a thorough read before you decide to invest your money in any venture.

Investing in real estate in this market can still make you money. With prices well below the cost to replace the building it has shifted to a buy & hold strategy rather than the fast flipping of previous years. But there are some fantastic bargains available now from their peak prices of 2006.

If you are considering buying a house in a certain area, think about the area’s future prospects for growth. There may be a grassy meadow across the street from the house you are considering, but that might be a mini-shopping mall in five years. Try to choose a home where you can be sure of the surrounding area for years to come.

If you have a pool or other water feature on your property, you may be required to have a safety fence put in place. A safety fence will keep out any small children who might otherwise wander in to a dangerous situation, or fall into a body of water.

You will have to attend a closing meeting before the home purchase is final. This meeting will include you, the seller and the agents that are involved in the transaction. You will review the settlement sheet with the closing agent and he will answer any questions that you or the seller may have before it is final.

When looking at whether you are ready to buy a home, keep the hidden costs in mind. While you may be able to afford a mortgage, as a homeowner you will have additional costs. You will be your own landlord so the responsibility for repairs in the home will fall to you. Make sure that your budget can cover repairs because they will come up.

When planning out how much house you can afford to buy, don’t forget to calculate in the maintenance costs of the home. Maintenance is one of the most expensive factors in owning a home, but it’s something many first time homebuyers will forget about. Once you own the home, your landlord is no longer responsible if a pipe breaks, so save money for eventualities.

Buyers have several options to obtain a property below market value. One way is to buy pre-foreclosure real estate. When the owners default on their properties, they can sell it before the bank forecloses on them. In most cases they are willing to sell them much cheaper than the market value, which is a significant gain to the buyer.

Check with non-profit organizations and community sources for down payment assistance programs. These programs may be able to lend you the money, or give you a grant (free money) in order to purchased a home. They may also provide financing education. Doing a little bit of research and investigating may really pay off.

Inspecting the property you are buying is very important. Most people only order the structural inspection of the house. In older houses it is also advisable to look for the signs of rodent infestation. This is not only an aesthetic issue. It can also cause long term health problems and clearly shows poor maintenance.

Make sure to assess whether the house you are interested in buying is located on a quiet street or a road that is much more busy. If the house is located on a road that has a lot of noise then that could potentially affect the property value of the house.

If you are trying to purchase a home but aren’t sure you can afford it, consider purchasing a remodel project with potential. If you can find a piece of property in a good neighborhood, but the home needs work, you could be in for the investment of a lifetime. Once the work is done, the value of the home will greatly increase.

The best way to find a real estate agent to help you buy a house is to ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations. You want an agent who has happy clients. If your friends are pleased with the services of an agent, it is a good indication that he will provide good services to you as well.

If you are a driver, make sure that you always pay close attention to the parking situation when you are looking for a new place. Make sure to ask questions about whether a parking permit would be required to have if your plan is to park on the street.

As we mentioned in the opening, you will find a lot of properties out there when you’re a real estate buyer. It can be quite confusing and even quite daunting. The tips we provided above are designed to specifically help property-buyers make the best possible decision about their investment. Do not neglect to use them.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Learn About All The Things That Can Make Your Real Estate Sale A Big Success

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Learn About All The Things That Can Make Your Real Estate Sale A Big Success

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Selling a home or other property is one of the most significant transactions you can undertake, and many people feel overwhelmed when they try to do so. There are a few simple ideas, though, that can help make the whole process go more smoothly, and this article will teach them to you.

Paint your front door a bright color to increase curb appeal and draw attention to your property. The front door is seen as the entryway into your home and it plays an important role. By painting it that bright color you will encourage buyers to want to come in and take a look around.

You should challenge your real estate tax bill because most municipalities wind up changing the value once they see your evidence. Because the appraiser is trying to value everything based on one set of standards for the entire area, his data is not as specific as what you can show for recent sales near your property.

When you are selling your home and working on the outside to add nice curb appeal take a look at your front door. A nice front door can go a long way in making the outside of your house look nice. Choose a bright or contrasting color so that it doesn’t match your house. Red looks good with green hues and blue goes well with orange hues.

When you are trying to sell your home, pay attention to the reality of the market. If your home has been on the market for a long time with little interest, chances are your asking price is too high. Remember, what research says your home is worth is meaningless if no buyer will pay that price.

In a buyers market, have your home pre-inspected before starting to sell. Many buyers will completely disregard a house that hasn’t been inspected recently. Investing time and energy into a house, only to find problems before closing, is a big turn off to buyers and most prefer to avoid that headache entirely.

Marketing your home is done best by a professional real estate agent. They will have better knowledge about the market and will be able to price your home to compete with other homes for sale in the area. They will also be able to help you make your home more noticeable and appealing to potential buyers.

If you have textured walls or popcorn ceilings in your home then it might be a good idea to change that before trying to sell your home. Many home buyers are turned off by these two things, so changing them will get many more people interested in your property.

Do you want to unload your home fast? A good way to generate interest is to price the home below the cheapest comparable property in your area. Set it around 10% below that. When buyers see the low price, they’ll be enthused, and will want to look at the property immediately.

To make a good first impression on buyers, arrange to have the lights turned on at the home you are selling. If a buyer comes by in the evening and your home is dark, the buyer will not be able to see the property as well. This has an impact on their initial impression of the residence and can affect a sale.

Repainting an exterior of a house you are trying to sell on the market, can give it the fresh look that makes all the difference in the real estate world. The fresh paint will make your property stand out to possible buyers. Real estate property can have a much better appearance with just some fresh paint.

Although, it is good to have an enticing description regarding your home, it is important that it is not overly exaggerated. You do want to attract a potential buyer, but you also do not want them leaving your home completely disappointed because they thought the description was significantly better than your actual home.

It’s understandable that the thought of entering the real estate market as a seller can be intimidating, but by now you should have learned that some basic concepts can give you a much better handle on the process. Just apply these ideas as you enter the market, and you’ll have sold your property in no time!fbcoverTerryBornitz

Thinking of Buying a Vacation or Retirement Home? Why Wait?

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Thinking of Buying a Vacation or Retirement Home? Why Wait?

The sales of vacation home skyrocketed last year. A recent study also revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea pf finally purchasing that vacation home (that they eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers.

If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide to lease the property until you’re ready to occupy it full time, the rental market in most areas is very strong. And you can still get a great mortgage interest rate.

BUT CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES WON’T LAST FOREVER…

According to FreddieMac, the interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at the beginning of April was 4.4%. However, FreddieMac predicts that mortgage rates will steadily climb over the next six quarters.

Let’s assume you want to purchase a home for $500,000 with a 20% down payment ($100,000). That would leave you with a $400,000 mortgage. What happens if you wait to buy this dream house?

Prices are projected to increase over the next year and a half. However, for this example, let’s assume prices remain the same. Your mortgage payment will still increase as mortgage rates climb to more historically normal levels.

This table shows how a principal and interest payment is impacted by a rise in interest rates:

Cost of Waiting $400K

If you are a real estate professional and want a deeper understanding of how market conditions will impact buyers this spring, please join us Thursday at 2PM ET for a free webinar entitled: Spring Ahead in 2014: KCM’s Action Plan for Dominating the Spring Buyers’ Season.

Home Sweet Homo – A Puzzle with a Few Missing Pieces

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The last year has brought about a sea change of civil rights for the LGBT community. But it’s a patchwork of rights nationwide, and as we know – somewhat of a mess.  As of this writing, same sex couples cannot get married in Oregon. But effective January 1st, 2014, “all state agencies must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples validly performed in other jurisdictions to the same extent that they recognize other marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions.” So, we can cross a bridge to the north, tie the knot, and get recognized in Oregon. But actually, it’s a temporary order set to expire on June 30th. In March, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has said the state will not defend the constitutional ban on gay marriage if a judge rules the ban unconstitutional. A judge will hear arguments set to begin April 23rd; fingers crossed!  Back in February on the federal level, the United States Attorney General Eric Holder expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage in bankruptcy and survivor benefits. So, couples who feel like venturing outside their home state can get legal protection at home. And now they get some federal protections. Confused yet?

What does this all have to do with real estate?  A lot. It’s generally understood that our homes are our single largest asset (except maybe running shoes as in our household). And a rite of passage for many upon getting married is to buy a home together. For years, LGBT couples have been prohibited by taking title in the form of “Tenants By the Entirety” – a right that had been given to married couples only, as husband and wife.  While a number of states allow Joint Tenancy, Oregon allowed Tenants in Common with Right of Survivorship instead. And then there is the complication when a legally married LGBT couple in Oregon (but remember, only legally married because they went to another state) buys vacation property in a state that has a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, and their state still wants to defend that amendment. What is the process for property disposition in the case of death or divorce, in a state the doesn’t recognize your relationship? Ok, confused now?

Also percolating are the “Religious Freedom Bills” being proposed or threatened in no fewer than ten states. Oregon is not immune;  a group called the Friends of Religious Freedom is working to make it legal to refuse service to same-sex couples. Many agree that these bills, if passed, will get defeated in the courts – but it’s a huge waste of time. Within the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there has been tremendous leadership on the Issue of LGBT rights. Our Code of Ethics states that we “shall not deny professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identify.” But that puts the world’s largest trade association in a unique position. In many states, Code of Ethics offers more inclusive protection than actual laws. What happens when a less tolerant state passes religious freedom bills? And where does NAR fall on the issue same-sex marriage? Members can agree that they want to provide equal services to LGBT consumers, but can they agree to disagree on the issue of gay marriage – and not violate their Code?  After all, the Code doesn’t refer to marriage. Fortunately, as a profession, Realtors are forming the opinion that marriage equality and housing cannot exist in separate silos. Minnesota serves as an excellent example. Each state and local area has their own association; when the issue of gay marriage was on the state ballot, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors took the position, “A culture of openness and acceptance is vital to a healthy real estate industry, and overall economy, in the Twin Cities.” So here is a local association of about 7,000 members – out of about 1,000,000 Realtor members nationwide, who took a stand to say yes, marriage equality and real estate are inextricably linked. For an industry that limits its political advocacy to housing and housing alone, this was a courageous step to delve into what detractors called social policy.

I wrote this article to raise more questions than provide answers, as it mirrors how we’re all feeling right now. We’re excited about the positive steps forward, but annoyed by the curve balls being thrown from the far right. I never thought when my partner and I bought our first home in our mid-twenties (yikes, seven homes ago), we’d even have the possibility of getting married. And now I know it’s just a matter of months, weeks, or possibly even days away!

Steve is a broker in Portland, Oregon and represents all types of buyers and sellers in the metro region. He serves as a local and state director for the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, a PAC trustee, and is Chair of the Global Business Council at the Oregon Association of Realtors. At the National Association Realtors, Steve serves as CIPS Advisory Board Chair and is a member of the Diversity Committee. When he is not working, he’s probably getting muddy on one of the bazillion running and hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest. He may be reached at steve@sagepacificliving.com or 503-490-4116.

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Terry’s Blog: Tips For Buying A Home Without Loosing Your Shirt

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Tips For Buying A Home Without Loosing Your Shirt

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


You might have been hearing about how the current economy is making real estate a buyer’s market, but do you know how to use this to your advantage? This article has advice on how to approach buying real estate in a logical manner that will make sure you get what you want at a price you can afford.

Before buying a house always have a professional come and look it over. They will be able to check for any problems that you might not notice, such as foundation issues, siding or wall cracks, basement leaks, or hazardous materials like asbestos. This will save you a lot of money in the long run.

When it comes time to choose a realtor for your real estate purchase look to friends and family for help in your selection. Many of the people you know may have a realtor in their contact list. Make sure the experience for them was positive and then research the agent. Realtors are more responsive to referrals since their reputation is the factor that put their name forward.

Know the laws in respect to real estate inspections. You do not need to be an expert on the subject, however, a working knowledge of the basics can give you some helpful insight in what to expect from your inspector as well as preventing them from costing you money on surprise repairs.

Make sure you have more money in savings than is required for the down payment and closing costs when you decide to buy a house. You should have several thousand in savings, in addition to your down payment before talking to a realtor. Unexpected repairs can be very costly, and if you are not prepared it can cause many troubles down the road.

Before buying a home, take a tour of the neighborhood. Find out about crime rates. You may even want to ask your agent about registered sex offenders in the area. If you buy your dream home but you’re afraid to use that beautiful porch because of the neighborhood, you really haven’t gotten the best house you could.

If you are under time constraints to buy a home, consider going to a real estate auction. The process is simple; you look at a home, put in a bid and close within 30 days if your bid is the winner. There are websites that can help you find these events in your local area. It is important to remember that you can’t back out once you have put in a bid, so you need to be absolutely certain that you want the property.

When looking for a home to purchase, there are important questions you need to ask yourself to ensure that you buy one which satisfies your specific needs. One thing which you need to determine is if the house will meet your lifestyle. If you like to prepare gourmet meals, then you will most likely want to find a home with a large and well-designed kitchen.

Ask yourself this question when you are looking at a home. Does this house have enough storage for all my things? Storage is relative; some people need a little while other people need a lot. If you need a lot, it can be hard to create more in a house where there are few cabinets, so take this into account.

Using an agent or a broker may seem like a wasted effort, but these are the people who really know what they are doing. They are able to find you the best deals and will be able to find out the real value of a property. These are the people that you should have answer any your questions.

Before buying a house or even before house-hunting, you should seriously consider hiring a realtor. There are many steps and legal pitfalls when you purchase a home. Considering that it is likely, the largest purchase you will ever make, there’s no shame in getting help. A realtor can provide advice when selecting a home and in navigating the purchase process.

This article will help you take advantage of the current buyer’s market in real estate. Make sure you follow the tips to get the best out of your real estate buying experience. You can get what you want, at the price you want, with the benefits that buyers can get with the state of the economy.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Be Flexible About The Asking Price For Your Home

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Be Flexible About The Asking Price For Your Home

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


The real estate market has been depressed in most areas of the country for the last few years. Listing your home for sale in today’s market requires you to review how much comparable homes in your area are selling for and make adjustments based on amenities or condition. Some tips are provided below to help you with selling your home.

If you are having difficulty selling your home, think about lowering the price. Try listing it on more websites or have different real estate agencies help you. When people visit your home, make sure it looks clean and safe and that you are presenting the advantages of the house first.

Before listing your home for sale with a Realtor, you want to make sure all pet stains and odors are eradicated. Pet odor is a huge impediment when selling a home. Use a spray bottle with one part hydrogen peroxide (from a drugstore) and three parts water. Spray the affected areas and clean. This gets rid of pet odors and many stains.

Trying to sell real estate? Staging is an important tool that can help you sell your property quickly. Buyers are more likely to be impressed by a home that they can see themselves living in. Try to make things look as simple as possible by removing unnecessary items and taking down personal collections or pictures.

When pricing a home to sell, remember that it is up to you to name the asking price, not your real estate agent. You need to own your price in order to feel comfortable with it. Your agent is there simply to offer suggestions and advice of what changes to make if the home doesn’t sell.

Many elements are considered when figuring out the value of a property. Things like the location, the school district, size, condition and properties that are comparable to yours that are on the market or have recently sold. It is much easier to hire an appraiser to do the math for this step of home sales.

Try to time your sale so that you close the deal before moving to your new house. If you’re stuck juggling multiple mortgage payments as you wait for your old home to sell, you may encounter significant financial problems. You’ll need enough time to show the house and find a buyer.

If you are interested in selling your home, you may want to consider reducing some of the clutter before you put it on the market. You should make sure there is plenty of room in all closets, remove any excess items, and be certain all countertops are clear. It is important for potential buyers to be able to visualize their personal items in the house, and it is much easier to do when the house is not cluttered. Your house will sell much quicker if it is tidy and clutter free, you will be glad made the effort up front.

If you encounter issues during the inspection when trying to sell your home, think carefully about how you want to approach the buyer’s reaction to it. The first thought may be to reject their request because you had given in so much on the final price. Look at how much the fix would cost, and think if it could be worth loosing the whole sale over what the cost might be.

Do your homework. Read up on real estate investments, financial availabilities, marketing and acquisition techniques. Being knowledgeable about the very topic of real estate will put you ahead of other prospective buyers and will also help you have realistic expectations as you move towards buying your home. Even a new buyer can feel confident about home purchases when they are well informed.

If you are going to have showings at your home, than you need to make sure that your home is clean. Having a home that is cluttered or otherwise dirty and unorganized will turn off potential buyers and have them look for another place to buy instead of considering yours.

When you want to stain a deck, you can check with your local hardware store to see if they rent a power washer to help you clean the deck. This will save you a lot of time. However, keep in mine that you have to transport the power washer vertically so you will need an SUV, minivan, or truck.

Make sure your home is clean before selling it. When a potential buyer comes into your home and it is dirty or messy, they may automatically assume that there are hidden problems in the home due to your lack of cleanliness. This includes cleaning your bathroom and kitchen, two important rooms for a buyer.

Once you have reviewed the tips above, you should be ready to consult a realtor and look at market prices in your area. Keep in mind the homes that appear to be the best deal are generally the ones that get the most walk thrus and even offers, so make sure your home appears to be a great value.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Vacation Home Property Sales Surges

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The American desire to own a second home as a vacation home is alive and well!

The National Association of Realtors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows there are approximately 8 million vacation homes in the U.S. Their 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows vacation home sales improved substantially in 2013.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said favorable conditions are driving second-home sales:

“Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” he said. “However, vacation-home sales are still about one-third below the peak activity seen in 2006.”

Here are the key findings from the report:

Raw Numbers

  • Vacation Home sales rose 29.7 percent to 717,000 from 553,000 in 2012
  • Sales accounted for 13% of all transactions last year, up from 11% in 2012
  • The median price was $168,700, compared with $150,000 in 2012, reflecting agreater number of more expensive recreational property sales in 2013
  • 42% of vacation homes purchased in 2013 were distressed homes (in foreclosure or short sale)

Buyer Profile

  • The typical vacation-home buyer was 43 years old
  • The median household income was $85,600
  • Buyers plan to own their recreational property for a median of 6 years
  • 33% said they were likely to purchase another vacation home within two years
  • 82% of all second-home buyers said it was a good time to buy (compared with 67% of primary residence buyers)

Reasons for Purchasing

Lifestyle factors remain the primary motivation for vacation-home buyers:

  • 87% want to use the property for vacations or as a family retreat
  • 31% plan to use it as a primary residence in the future
  • 28% wanted to diversify their investments or saw a good investment opportunity
  • 23% plan to rent to others

Location

  • 41% of vacation homes purchased last year were in the South
  • 28% in the West
  • 18% in the Northeast
  • 14% in the Midwest
  • The vacation homebuyer purchased a property that was a median distance of 180 miles from their primary residence (down from 435 in 2012
  • 46% were within 100 miles
  • 34% were more than 500 miles

Financing

  • 38% of vacation-home buyers paid cash in 2013
  • The median down payment was 30%, up from 27% in 2012

Boston-Area Home Sales Picking Up Steam

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As the spring market kicks in, homes and condos across Greater Boston are selling faster than last year, new stats show.

The time on market for homes and condos in the Boston area stood at just under two months, or 55 days, Realtor.com reports.

That’s 8 percent faster than last year, when it was up around 60. In fact, few metro markets are seeing sales happen at that pace right now in what nationally is turning out to be somewhat of a sluggish start to the spring market.

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