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What Young Couples Should Know when House Hunting

Buying a home is complicated. There are a lot of moving parts, lots of paperwork, and lots of important things to keep in mind. It can be a bit of an overload. If you keep everything you need, what you’re looking for in a home, and how many homes you’ve seen straight, you’ll be much more at ease when it comes time to make an offer. It’s hard to know how many homes to look at and what’s normal when you’re a first-time homebuyer, so we’re here with some tips.

Specifics

It’s important to know what you want in a home before you go out hunting. If you’re dazzled by additional features, the features you initially wanted might go out the window. It’s crucial to keep those features a high priority, because you might wind up with a home farther away from amenities or work than you had previously wished. Know what you’re willing to compromise on in a property and what’s negotiable for you.

Keep showings straight

While the typical number of houses people look at is 8-10, you have to look at the right amount for you. Talk to your Bend Oregon Real Estate Broker and help them find the perfect property. Maybe you’ll only need to look at one property, or maybe it’ll take more than 10, but it’s important to talk to your broker about what you want, so that you have better chances of finding your dream home.

Repeat Viewings

If you think a specific property might be perfect for you, ask to see it again. Shopping for a home ideally would give you the time you need to see a home over and over again, but with an aggressive market like Central Oregon, you’ll have to move quicker than that, so you don’t lose out on the perfect home.
In your search if you think you’ve found the top two properties, as your Bend Realtor to see them again. Don’t wait too long to go see them, and if you really do love them, don’t wait too long to put in an offer. Be assertive about the properties you love, or you risk losing them.

Your Realtor

There’s a lot to keep straight when you’re house hunting, but finding the perfect realtor can make a world of difference. When you have a realtor that understands exactly what you want in a home, they’re more likely to find the perfect property for you.

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September Real Estate Forecast shows a consistent Fall Market

We’re still experiencing an active market in Central Oregon. We saw listings and sales slow slightly at the beginning of September due to the back to school rush, but market has continued to be strong through the end of September and early October. With the number of pending sales and sold listings staying at a consistent high, the slight fall in inventory is hardly affecting the market.

Inventory         

The number of active listings grew throughout the summer from 442 in June, 570 in July, and to 638 in August. The month of September saw 606 active listings, falling slight from the summer high of 638, which is to be expected as we head into fall, and closer to winter months. At the beginning of October, the number of active listings was at 575.

Time doesn’t appear to be in buyers favor when it comes to looking for homes. Sellers need to keep their pricing competitive. With lots of properties still to choose from, buyers can shop around to find exactly what they want. If they like your property and another for similar reasons, buyers are more likely to choose the property that’s more affordable, and competitively priced. Be sure to talk with your Bend Realtor about price. While your realtor can’t tell you what to list your property at, they can advise you what the current market trends are and how to best price your home.

Colder months

Heading into fall, it’s a great time to look at prospective properties. With kids back in school, it’s easier to schedule showings. Fall in Central Oregon tends to still be a highly active time in the real estate market. With a high number of active listings to check out, buyers are finding exactly what they’re looking for. With plenty of price reductions, and current low interest rates it’s the time to go looking for your dream home.

Find the Perfect Home

If you’re interested in looking at available properties, our Bend Realtors today. At Duke Warner we’re available to help you find the perfect home, or get a home listed. Visit us today at dukewarner.com, check out our Facebook page, or call us at (541) 382-8262.

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What to fix and what to leave when you sell

When you’re selling your home, it can be hard to determine what little fixes will give you the most value. It’s hard to look at upgrades and figure out which will be worth the investment when you’re selling your home. We’re here to break it down for you.

Appliances

While a buyer may have specific tastes in appliances, there’s nothing worse than walking into a home with old appliances. It might be worth your time to invest in new appliances, or it might not. This really depends upon the buyer’s preferences. If your appliances are looking run down or old, it might be best to spruce them up with stainless steel or paint, just so that they don’t detract from an otherwise structurally sound kitchen.

Wood Floors

Buyers love original wood floors now. If you have carpeting over wood floors, you might find that it’s well worth your time and money to have the hardwood floors brought back to life and featured in your home. If your floors are scratched and old, it might be time to update them. Again, this is entirely up to you and your budget, but there’s nothing quite like the selling point of “new hardwood flooring.”

Old Windows

While some old windows may add character, some might be letting in more of a draft than you realize. If you’re looking ahead at possibly selling your home in the future, this might be a great project for now. But if you’re selling your house soon, this is best left for future buyers, who will actually reap the lower utility costs of replacing old windows with new.

Cracked Tiles

While it’s just one cracked tile, and you know how it happened; something heavy fell, etc. a cracked tile might look bad to a potential buyer. This can be an easy fix, especially if you have extra tile from the original project on hand. Replace the tile and give the floor a seamless look, that won’t catch the buyers attention.

Take Away

Anything in your home that you think could be seen as a serious issue when selling should be fixed. Some things will be written into contracts when it goes time to sell, some things may be contingent upon an inspection. If it’s something small, and something that would deter you from considering a property, it’s probably best to fix it and move on. If it’s a big undertaking like replacing windows or appliances, it’s best to leave that for the buyers. If it’s something serious you’re leaving, be prepared to negotiate on it when it comes time to close. Talk to your Bend Realtor about what’s best before getting your home listed.

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Fall Staging Tips for Selling your Home

If your home or property is on the market this fall, there are somethings you can do to improve the results of your showings. There are some things potential buyers love to see, and some things that can be hurting your chances of selling. We’re here to make sure that out of the other homes for sale in Bend, Oregon, your home stands out. Here are some things you might want to consider before your next showing.

Fall Decorations

While it can seem homey and welcoming to put up fall or Halloween-themed decorations, it might not be the best idea if you’re showing your home. Too many decorations can take the focus off of your home, and the space prospective buyers should be considering.

Rather than put up Halloween decorations, try for something a little more understated. Bowls of seasonal fruit or squash, or fall flowers or foliage are the perfect substitute for skeletons and spider webs. Fresh flowers and plants around the house always make a space feel more warm and inviting.

Pop of color

Try livening up your space with a fresh coat of paint. Suggestions for fall include warm earth tones, like red, brown or muted orange.

If you’re not ready to commit to a painting project, try simply adding smaller pops of color to your space. Find new red-focused art, pillows or lamps to add to your home.

Another great way to add some color, is by adding blankets or throws to your space. This not only brightens up your space with color, but adds an even cozier feel to it with the comfort of warm blankets.

Light

With the shorter and darker days of fall approaching, it’s important to focus on the light in your home. You want to make sure that you’re taking advantage of all the light you can. Open up your blinds, to let in as much natural lighting as possible, and be sure to have lit lamps placed throughout your home.

In trending with light, and keeping things cozy, if you have a fireplace, now is the time to show it off. Orient your furniture around the fireplace, to make prospective buyers picture themselves surrounding the fire, warm at night. Try drawing attention to the fireplace with artwork on the mantle.

Curb Appeal

Don’t forget that first impressions matter, and that a buyers first glimpse of your home is most likely the front yard. Be sure to stay on top of fall yard maintenance, like raking leaves, and cleaning up garden beds.

Talk to your Bend Realtor about helpful tips for preparing to show your home. Always keep your home tidy and clean, so you’re prepared to show it at a moment’s notice, and your Bend Oregon Realtor will help find the perfect buyer for your home.