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How to Easily Make Your Home Show Ready

How to Easily Make Your Home Show Ready

If you’ve listed your home, you know how irritating it can be when mid-week you get the call that someone wants to look at your house. You’re thrilled at the interest in your home from a potential buyer, but you’re on the way out the door to soccer practice with the kids and you don’t have time to clean. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and show ready while you’re still living there.

Do a deep clean

If you’ve done a deep clean of your home at the start, it should be easier to keep things organized and clean. Ask for help from all of the members of your household, to keep in mind where they leave things and the messes that they make. Try to keep horizontal surfaces as clean as possible, like kitchen counters, coffee tables and dining room tables. This can tend to be the first place that people set things down and leave them. But keeping your clean house clean takes an effort from all members of the household.

Tips

Three points of light in a room is more likely to make the potential buyer feel at home. So if a room has a light fixture, try adding two other lamps around the room to make it feel more cozy.

One of the most important things that people always notice are the floors. Keep them shiny. This doesn’t have to be hard, use a quick spray jet or duster mop to keep things looking shiny and clean.

Make sure the bathrooms are kept clean. This can be a major turn off to any potential buyers. Clean bathrooms are a must. Try to keep counter spaces clean, and personal belongings in drawers, hidden from view.

Always do your dishes. Don’t let them stack up in the sink. When your house is on the market, you could get a call at a moments’ notice and need to leave. So do your dishes when you dirty them, to keep your kitchen looking clean at all times.

If you cook a lot, try using natural air freshening tricks to keep your kitchen and home smelling clean and fresh. Try boiling lemons or lighting neutral candles to neutralize odors.

If you have pets and you can’t take them with you, try finding a pet daycare that they can visit on the days of the week when you have showings.

Talk to your realtor. If showing your house is a huge headache to you and your family, try encouraging the realtor to show your house in big blocks of time, rather than randomly throughout the week.

The only way to make showing your house easy is to stay on top of cleaning. Don’t let clutter accumulate. Keep your kitchen clean and bathrooms spotless. If you stay on top of this, a last minute call and showing shouldn’t throw you. It should be a simple as whipping out the swifter for 5 minutes before you leave, or putting a small pile of mail away from the dining room table.

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Important Things to Tell Your Realtor

Finding a realtor that understands exactly what you’re looking for in a property can be hard. Make sure you schedule a meeting and sit down with your broker, so that you do understand each other. It’s important to make a list of the features of a home that you can’t live without, that you would prefer, and things that you don’t want in your ideal home. Take the time to sit down and go over what they should know and what your top priorities are. If your broker understands your needs, wants and dislikes, they’re much more likely to find the perfect property for you, and not waste time showing listings that you’re not interested in.

Location

It can be easy to forget when house hunting, but where you buy a house in most areas determines where your kids go to school. If you have a preference over the schools in the area that you’re looking to buy in, it’s important to tell your broker that. Even if you don’t currently have kids, it’s still something important to consider.

If having easy access to amenities, like grocery stores, theaters, shopping, restaurants, etc. is important to you, your broker needs to know that. It’s important for your broker to understand whether you want to be within walking or driving distance from cultural centers like this. If this is a like, but not a requirement it could influence the listings your broker wants to show.

Heating System

Something that can easily be forgotten when house hunting is how a home is heated. If the way a home is heated is something that truly matters, let your broker know. This may make a difference if you’re looking for properties in a colder or warmer climate. If you have a preferred method of heating, especially if it’s a deal breaker, tell your broker.  Be sure to check the heating system in place before you make an offer, or you could wind up with an expensive home to heat.

Layout

If the way the house is laid out, is important to you, again tell your broker. They need to know if you want to look at split level homes, or if you only want to see single level homes. If you want an open floor plan, a formal dining room, etc. your broker can show you properties that pertain to your wants and needs, if they know what they are.

If you only want to look at rural or urban properties, if a pool is a must or not, these are things that you need to sit down and outline in your lists with your agent. Consider the lifestyle that you live, and what aspects of a home you need to keep your comfort.

Take Away

When discussing your price range with your agent, let them know which things you’re willing to pay more for. If your budget won’t budge, they need to know that. If they find you a home with everything that you want, but it’s out of your price range, your broker needs to know where you draw the line. Find the Bend realtor you trust most, and discuss what you want in a dream property or home.

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How Rising and Falling Rates Impact Home Search

With an ever-changing real estate market, it can be hard to understand how certain trends can either help you or hurt you. While mortgage rates and house prices may rise and fall, they can affect buyers and sellers differently. We’re here to break it down.

Mortgage Rates Rising

When mortgage rates rise, it tends to inspire people to stay put. If homeowners are thinking of downgrading or upgrading their properties, they have time to wait until the market benefits them. Specifically, if homeowners are downgrading later in life, they’ll want to benefit from lower mortgage rates, and they can afford to wait in most cases.

When mortgage rates climb, it tends to inspire people to stay in their current homes, spending time and money on fixing them up, rather than looking for new properties. For buyers looking for starter homes, now may be a hard time. Owners that have smaller homes may not be too eager to sell them as they’ll face higher mortgage rates on new purchases, and smaller starter properties may be scarcer.

One benefit to higher mortgage rates means that less people are taking out loans, which makes lenders hungry. This drives lenders to become more competitive, which may benefit those getting mortgages. When there are less mortgages being applied for lenders may loosen their standards, increasing debt-to-income and loan-to-value ratios. Borrowers may also be cut some clack on credit scores.

Mortgage Rates Fall

When mortgage rates fall, there tends to be an influx of loan applications. When the rates are nice and low, everyone wants to get in on the deal. Lower mortgage rates also inspire homeowners to refinance, so in addition to higher loan application volume, refinance applications also go up.

With lower interest rates on mortgages, the housing market booms. It makes it more affordable for buyers to buy homes, and find higher value homes at lower prices. When mortgage rates go down, homeowners that previously may not have been considering selling property, might choose to upgrade property and get in with lower mortgage rates. This causes more housing to become available in a the real estate market, which could potentially drive home prices down slightly. If there are more properties available, pricing competitively is a sure way to make sure your home is found and that offers are made.

What this means

There are great times to buy a house and there are times that aren’t as beneficial to your wallet. Most of these rates can’t be controlled or predicted. When rates are high it can be harder to find a property, but you might get a lender who is more willing to work with you. When rates are low, you’re more likely to get a good deal on a mortgage, but everyone else will be applying for loans as well. Not everyone can afford to wait to house hunt, as timing is key, so if it’s time to look and apply, we say go for it.

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Duke Warner April 2019 Trend Report

The steady market in both Redmond and Bend continues to give buyers a plethora of options for purchasing a home. The active listings continue to climb as we settle into the beautiful Spring we are having in Central Oregon. Our trend report offers some insight into last month’s activity, which is a great resource for upcoming trends we might see in May, June and July.

May 1st Inventory and April Activity

With 398 active listings as of May 1st, the Bend market is buzzing with options and opportunity. Our brokers are excited with the market activity and ready to represent you, whether you are buying or selling a home. Both Bend and Redmond’s current listings offer a variety of homes to choose from if you are looking to buy a home. Redmond’s active listings as of May 1st showed 181 homes overall, which is great for this time of year. The numbers have remained steady for many months and this Spring is proving just the same, with the collective active listings at 579 for Bend and Redmond combined.

April was a busy month for the Redmond market, showing 82 homes sold, 122 new homes on the market and 110 homes pending. The bulk of active homes on the market in Redmond were in the $325,100 -$425,000 price range, showing 59. The $225,000 – $325,000 had 54 active listings and the $525,000 & up price range showed 30 active listings.

For Bend, the numbers in April showed us that there are plenty of homes to choose from this Spring. There were 12 active listings in the $225,000-$325,000 range, 73 in the $325,100-$425,000 range, 60 in the $425,100-$525,000 range and 53 in the $525,100-$625,000 price range. As you can see from our Market Trend Report, there were quite a few homes available in the higher price ranges as well, showing 68 active homes in the $925,100 & up price range.

With the steady market, buyers look for competitive pricing as they compare properties. If you are a seller and you are considering pricing for your property, we encourage you to consult with your Duke Warner Broker for great advice. They will share their expertise and let you know how to price according to the market trends and current housing competition. Our realtors can help you plan, sort out the details and get you started on your home buying or selling journey.

Sold and Pending Listings

Bend had 206 pending homes in March, and 275 pending homes in April. The continued climb reaffirms what we’ve been seeing for several months now, people are getting into action and buying homes! For sold listings, there were 149 in March, and 177 in April. In Redmond, we saw 65 in March, and 82 in April. As predicted, we continue to see great numbers in the market!

Looking Ahead          

Central Oregon is a wonderful place to live. Both Bend and Redmond markets are active and full of options for buyers in all price ranges. As you consider your options and look ahead, whether you want to buy or sell a home, keep us in mind for your real estate ventures. Our professional brokers can offer great insights as you navigate your next home experience. Give us a call today and let us help you get started! We can be reached at 541.382.8262 or send us an email at info@dukewarner.com.