When’s the Best Time To Enter the Market?

Here’s my advice for those trying to “time” the market.

I’m back again with some timely, relevant, and local real estate information. Lately, people have been asking me when the best time to get in the market is. Today I have some tips to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

“Buyer demand remains high for the moment.”

First, every market is different. There could be different seasons where more houses come on the market than others. That’s this time of year in Augusta, right after The Masters. Timing is something that you always want to consider.
The second important thing to talk about is the cost of money. Interest rates play a large role. They’ve already climbed, and they will probably climb more. Buyer demand remains high at the moment, but it may taper off if rates keep rising.
Finally, you have to consider your motivation for moving. A lot of my peers are downsizing or right-sizing. Others are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Having been in this business for 36 years, I know that moving is a process. If you have questions about the processes of buying, selling, downsizing, investing, or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Latest Color Trend

Will this latest paint color trend be the one that takes over?

Every year, we wonder what trends will fade away and what new trends will be picked up. Today I’ll talk about the paint color trends in 2022.

I’ve just received a staging designation as a real estate professional  through Staging Studio. We talked about the significance of paint colors as a selling point.

Each year in the design world a Pantone color is selected for the color of the year!!

This year the color is Veri Peri, a shade of periwinkle blue.

You’ll love this!! The color is described as 

“A New Pantone Color Whose Courageous Presence Encourages Personal Inventiveness And Creativity”

Grey and cool colors are headed out!  
We are seeing a use of a lot more color move into design.  
Of course, Augusta is still Classic!
Your safest bet in staging in Augusta is just to warm up those neutrals 
We will watch to see how this trend evolves throughout the rest of the country, so be on the lookout!!  

If you have staging questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Decluttering-Still one of the cheapest ways to get top dollar!

Here’s my advice on how you can declutter your home quickly.

Even though houses are just flying off the shelves in this market, it’s still important to prepare your home if you want to get top dollar. That’s why I wanted to share a couple of tips that can help you declutter your home.

Decluttering is as easy as grabbing three boxes.

Some of us are better at decluttering than others, but we all hate the topic. I’ve always felt that we’re more prepared in Augusta than anywhere else. How many people clean their house for a whole month before the Masters? My mantra is: throw away, give away, put away.

It’s as easy as grabbing three boxes. The first is for everything that needs to be thrown away. The second box is for everything that can go to social services or Goodwill, so be generous with this one. The third box is for anything you can pack up right now. Go room by room with those three boxes, and be sure to deal with all the items on your counters.

When you fill that third box, label it with what room it should go in and store it someplace where you have a lot of space. You won’t have to think about it until it’s time to move.

If you have any questions about decluttering or real estate in general, feel free to call or email me. I would love to hear from you.

Why You Should Sell During the Holidays

Here are three reasons why you should sell your home during the holidays.

Why would it be advantageous to have your home on the market during the holidays? It might seem counterintuitive, but the holiday season is a great time to sell. There are three solid reasons why:

1. Buyers are serious this time of year. There may be fewer buyers, but they don’t want to waste their time looking.

The holiday season is a great time to sell.

2. People are transferred at this time. Employees are often relocated during the holiday season, so they need to buy.

3. You can take advantage of lower inventory. Everyone else is taking their homes off the market, so there’ll be lower inventory, which means higher prices.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling, I would encourage you to call me, and I can answer any questions you have. Happy holidays!

Advice for Listing Your Summerville Home

Here’s a quick tip for pricing and preparing your Summerville home to sell.

Today I want to talk to you about pricing and selling homes in the older areas of Augusta, specifically in Summerville. The market is moving very quickly overall, and we’re seeing jumps in the average sale price. In Summerville, we’ve also seen a 20% decline in inventory. There is only about a one-month supply of homes out there.

Your home has to be ready for buyers when you list it for sale.

Even with such a low supply, there are still certain tips you’ll need to follow to successfully sell your Summerville home for top dollar. Remember that it’s a price war and a beauty contest, even in a market with low inventory. 

It’s so important to have your home ready when it comes on the market. Things are moving so swiftly that I’m seeing buyers ask what’s wrong with homes simply because they have been on the market for 30 days. There are a lot of things that could cause a home to sit without selling, but most of the time the property simply isn’t prepared and/or priced properly. When this occurs, people are going to think something is wrong with a home when there really isn’t. Summerville is a fantastic area to live in and this situation should rarely happen. 

If you have any questions or need more advice on how to position your home to sell for top dollar, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.