Real estate market observers expect spring activity upticks, and mild price rises were expected due to economy optimism & listing shortages. But instead of mild increases, “Home prices just took the biggest jump in 4 years” was the headline, backed by data: The U.S. median home price had risen 8.9% since last year.
National news feeds have been beating around the bush when it comes to reporting on current real estate markets, but that changed last month. Cherokee & Cobb County homeowners deciding whether to list and sell their homes finally got encouragement as the "sellers market" label has showed up more and more in the news.
Can existing home sales slide at the same time they advance? Cherokee and Cobb County real estate watchers who have heard similar conflicting accounts on successive news reports could be forgiven for deciding somebody is confused. They might be right about that, but in fact, both reports are technically correct.
With today's tight housing inventories, even owners of income-producing rental properties are considering the timely financial decision of selling. If selling a tenant-occupied house is on your list, here's a few guidelines that may solve tenant-occupied rental home sale issues before they become problematic.
If a National Association of Realtors® expert is to be taken literally, there is one unlikely factor that could lessen the stress level associated with selling your Cherokee and Cobb County house: Just have some kids around. That may not sound logical—but here's why it actually makes sense...
You may think your house's location and features will easily draw multiple offers from a flock of eager prospects, guaranteeing a quick, successful sale. Your house has it all; it literally sells itself! So all you have to do is plant a sign in the yard and wait for the sale to be finalized, right?
There's been a remarkable rebound in home values, and earlier this month, the real estate recovery was the topic of CNBC commentary: "Homeowners are sitting on trillions in equity". Understanding the scale in terms that are more meaningful to Cherokee and Cobb County readers calls for some imagination...
If you're planning to sell your Cherokee or Cobb County home, you've already thought about getting it in shape for photos and showings. Cleaning and de-cluttering are obvious tasks ahead of you, but you may also be considering more serious home projects or remodeling. Here's some tips to help with those decisions!
Game theory is a complex logic field studied by mathematicians, yet its application in Cherokee & Cobb county real estate negotiations is simple & useful.
Home inspections are seen as one of the final items that could derail your transaction, so 'inspection jitters' are perfectly normal. Here's some tips!
Heard of pet-friendly homes? With 84+ million US families with pets, it's likely many home buyers will view your home with Fido or Fluffball in mind.
Most consider landscaping in Spring, but Cherokee & Cobb County gardening pros know NOW is the optimal planting time for many spring-blossoming foliage.
Showing a home in snow or frigid temperatures might seem like a bad idea, but sometimes bad weather house hunting can be advantageous!
Why is now, at the start of November, the right time to sell your Cherokee or Cobb County home? The best reason can be found in any Economics 101 textbook!
Details of past sales sometimes lack, which makes pricing your home for sale an art AND a science! Getting the "science" part right is very important.
Guessing prospective buyers’ seriousness is hard; knowing the different types of house hunters may help! Here's the 6 most common types of house hunters.
Selling a home is rarely on a whim. Many Cobb or Cherokee County home selling tactics vary daily due to fluctuating factors, but strategy can start anytime!
Choosing a Cobb or Cherokee County Realtor® isn't easy! If you can find an agent who has these five qualities, you’ve found the best agent for you.
From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase Cobb and Cherokee County house values. Some make more sense than others, however. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably thrown together in a [...]
When the Cobb and Cherokee County weather turns sizzling, you might think that house showings might go better by holding off for milder weather. After all, as the mercury rises, energy levels tend to wilt, so prospective buyers willing to take on a big initiative—like lining up a new house—might seem to be in short [...]
While much attention is directed at the phalanx of youthful first-time homebuyers, the Millennials and GenXers aren’t the only groups who are having a substantial influence on the direction of Cherokee and Cobb County’s real estate market. Whether they are tagged “mature,” “aging,” or downright “elderly,” the over 55-crowd comprise an increasingly influential part of [...]
You’ve probably heard the wry old saying: “Nothing clears the mind like the prospect of being hanged at dawn.” For some homeowners, you could add an equally wry modern Cherokee and Cobb County real estate version: “Nothing clears the mind like having a real estate appraiser drop by for a look-see.” I’d like to counter [...]
When it comes to the reality of pricing a home in Cherokee and Cobb County, it’s natural that buyer’s and seller’s points of view reflect their different roles and objective. In a way, they are mirror images of each another. From the seller’s point of view, pricing their Cherokee or Cobb County home starts out from [...]
It usually takes at least some digging to come up with relevant news for Cherokee and Cobb County real estate watchers. A few weeks ago provided an exception. The boldest headlines, cable TV info crawls, and email announcements dealt with the unexpected move in mortgage interest rates. The welcome news for Cherokee and Cobb County home [...]
It’s that time of year again when those of us who write about Cherokee and Cobb County homes for sale and related matters have a hard choice to make: do I run the risk of boring everyone to death by writing the same ol’ spring cleaning blog, or can we (please!) just skip it this [...]