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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Real Estate News December 2017

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Real Estate News December 2017
3 Reasons Your Smaller House Can Sell
for More Than Ever Before

By Brooke Chaplan
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It can seem like having a small home is a liability. After all, there's a certain feeling that homebuyers are always looking for something bigger and better. But that trends has shifted over the last few years. Smaller homes are beginning to sell faster than many of their larger competitors. Here are three reasons why.
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Area Over Square Footage. Buyers have also become incredibly conscious about the areas in which they live. With some buyers now targeting hip new areas, they are willing to put aside some of their size concerns in order to get into the hottest neighborhoods. These trends are especially true among younger buyers who don't plan on having large families; they now know that they can get a good space near everything they loved without having to travel.

Bigger Means More Costs. Since the housing market crash in 2008, the way that people buy homes has changed and buyers are considering factors other than square footage in order to make a smart investment. Many buyers consider lower maintenance costs an important asset in a property. This, in turn, allows owners of smaller homes to be more competitive than their larger neighbors, especially when selling to investors.

Minimalism is In. Quite a bit of what's been discussed goes back to a single, overriding trend among younger buyers: minimalism. There are many who now see having a smaller, nicer home as a lifestyle statement. These are the same kinds of buyers who would have paid top dollar for a larger space years ago, but are now following current trends.
How to Make an Open Floor Plan Work for You
By Monica Thomas
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Open Concept Great RoomOnce a trend, open floor plans have become a staple of most modern homes. An open floor plan generally means the living room, kitchen, and dining room are combined into a large space or great room. Before taking a hammer to all interior walls, it's important to know the structure of your home, as well as the benefits and ways you can accomplish an open concept.

Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

Space
Small, cluttered homes can be transformed into airy, more breathable spaces by knocking down a few dividing walls. A demolition project may seem daunting, but the average cost is just over $3,000. Just be sure to have a professional take a look before wielding a sledgehammer. Hiring a structural engineer will cost you about $500, but you'll save yourself the headache of rebuilds, fines, or structural problems.

Natural Light 
Without walls blocking the windows, natural light is able to stream in your home, making the open space seem even larger and more airy. Along with knocking down walls, you can bring natural light into your home by connecting the outdoors to your home's interior with large patio doors. On average, you can install glass doors for about $1,600.

Inclusivity
It's right there in the title: an open floor plan means more openness and inclusivity in your home. When you're preparing dinner in the kitchen, for example, you won't be closed off from the rest of the house. This is great for both entertaining and every day. When you're entertaining, you can still be a part of the party, even while preparing food and drinks. And as an everyday solution, you're able to keep an eye on children, pets, or—let's be honest—the TV, while still going about your daily tasks.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Keep your home safe and secure this holiday season


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Three Tips for Holiday Home Security
"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go ..." Or maybe for your family, holidays signify a cruise to tropical destinations or a chance to hit the slopes at a ski resort.

Wherever you're heading this holiday season, keep your home safe in your absence with these three simple tips: 


1. Keep the lights on. 

Pick up a few inexpensive light timers. By programming different lamps or light fixtures to come on at different times, you can create the illusion that someone is home.

2. Lock it up. 

Double-check all window and door locks to confirm they're still operational and effective.

3. Be neighborly. 

Tell your neighbors about your travel plans, making sure to leave contact information so they can reach you if they spot any strange activity while you're gone. Offer to return the favor during their next vacation.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate, you need trusted local experts. Call us today to arrange a personalized consultation.
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Ryan Hardin REALTOR®/BROKER SRES

Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
BROKER
612.860.6177
763.441.2248
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ryanhardin@kw.com
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Copyright 2017 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Month in Real Estate December 2017


This Month in Real Estate
December 2017 Market Update
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Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales picked up in October, overcoming ongoing inventory shortages. Healthy job growth and wage increases are fueling continued strong demand in much of the country.
 
Interest Rates
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Monthly VideoAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 3.88 percent to 3.90 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
 
Home Sales
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Home Sales Graph
The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.5 million homes during the month of October. This was an increase of 2.0 percent from September and a decrease of 0.9 percent from October of last year.
 
Home Prices
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Home Price Graph
The median home price decreased to $247,000 in October, which was down 0.2 percent from September and up 5.5 percent from October of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $12,900 in the past year alone.
 
Inventory
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Inventory Graph
There was a 3.9-month supply of housing inventory in October, which was a 7.1 percent decrease from September. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 11.4 percent compared to October of last year.
 
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Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report.The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.
 
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What home equity is and why it matters


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How to Calculate Home Equity
You already know a home is an important investment, yet did you know the equity you have in your home can be used as a factor in determining the right time to sell? 

In the simplest terms, equity is the difference between the market value of your home and how much you owe on your mortgage. Your down payment actually marked your first stake of equity in your home. As you pay down your mortgage, your equity in your home continues to increase. Other factors that can increase your home equity include improvements on your house or your local market appreciating over time.

By familiarizing yourself with the equity you have in your home, along with the economic conditions of our local market, you will gain insight into when might be the right opportunity to make your next move.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate, you need trusted local experts. Call us today to arrange a personalized consultation.
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Ryan Hardin REALTOR®/BROKER SRES

Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
BROKER
763.441.2248
612.860.6177
Call or email Today for all your real estate needs! 
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ryanhardin@kw.com
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Copyright 2017 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Organize your home two minutes at a time

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Take two minutes to get organized.
Organizing your home can sometimes seem like a time-intensive endeavor. Breaking down projects into two-minute tasks every day could help to make clearing clutter more manageable and easily attainable. 

Two-minute task #1: Tackle desk and kitchen drawers one at time. Take two minutes each morning to sort through one. If you find something that doesn't belong there, put it in its proper place and throw out any unwanted items.
Two-minute task #2: Organize and clean fridge and pantry shelves one at a time. If you're already pulling out the milk for your morning bowl of cereal, take two minutes to pull everything else off the shelf, quickly wipe it down and put everything back in.
Two-minute task #3: Make your bed every morning. Making your bed starts your day off right, instantly makes your bedroom look orderly and will help perpetuate other good habits. There's also a few studies that have linked making your bed to increased happiness!

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.
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Ryan Hardin REALTOR®/BROKER SRES

Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
BROKER
763.441.2248
612.860.6177
Call or email Today for all your real estate needs! 
Click here to download my mobile app!
ryanhardin@kw.com
www.partnersrealestatemn.com
Copyright 2017 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated.