3 Top Plan-Ahead Tips for a Winter Home Sale

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale this winter, I have tips for what you can do now to prepare for a successful listing over the next few months.

Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21 this year, but residents of Colorado know we’ll likely experience wintery weather before the season is official. If you are considering a winter listing, take external pictures of your home now to ensure you’ll have snow-free photos to post online. Part of my job as your Realtor is to plan ahead alongside you, and if you are planning to list in December or January, I’m happy to pop by to take great pictures of the outside of your home on a sunny afternoon before the snow flies.

Curb appeal matters all year long. Replace your welcome mat with a seasonally appropriate one. Clean up autumn detritus now to ensure your yard looks its best with or without snow cover. Clear leaves and other debris, cut flower beds back and clean gutters. If you are planning a spring listing, you’ll want to fertilize your lawn now to be in top shape for spring showings.

Take care of any delayed maintenance before the big chill. Squeaky doors, cracked window panes and flaking or peeling exterior paint will be easier to attend to now than in colder months. Now is also a great time to give your windows a wash on a warm day if you haven’t done so recently. Take a walk around your house at night to make sure all of your exterior lights have working bulbs. Daytime showings are preferable during cold winter months, but winter daylight is fleeting in Colorado; you’ll want to have all exterior lighting in good working order.

Whether you are ready to buy tomorrow, list next week or make your move next year, I’m here to help you plan for Real Estate success. Give me a call or drop a line – I’m happy to help.

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate

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Uncle Sam and the Housing Market

The government is temporarily closed for business, and unless you live under a rock {in which case Real Estate related discussion may not be your thing, anyway} you may be wondering how this will affect the current housing market. A housing market, by the way, that is not only well on its way to recovery but considered to be in a fairly robust state of health by many economists.

I’ve come across a couple of sensible responses to the government shutdown and how this might play out in the market, and I’d like to share them with you.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, recently referred to the government shutdown as, “an artificial obstacle to the [housing] recovery.” While Yun warns of the detrimental effect a long term shut down may have on the housing market, much of the power the shutdown has over the national Real Estate market is a head game. I believe the United States government will be back online soon, and it is up to American consumers to choose: will we be ostriches and bury our heads in the sand out of fear and frustration, or will we keep calm and carry on with the business of buying and selling  – as it pertains to Real Estate and other commodities?

Yes, but what about the nitty gritty details of Home Lending, you ask? Herein lies the rub: if our elected officials aren’t able to put on their big boy {and girl} pants before October 17th, the paperwork, and details of Fannie/Freddie involvement in lending may become a bit of a sticky wicket. “But I don’t see this grinding the housing market to a halt,” says Michael Larson, an analyst with Weiss Research. “It’s not a situation where you call J.P. Morgan or Wells Fargo and no one’s there to answer the phone.”

So what should you do if you are buying, selling or considering either of these two options? PANIC!! Only kidding! But In all seriousness, folks: CALL A REALTOR. You can be paralyzed by What-If-Syndrome, or you can talk to an expert who knows the state of the market and potential hang ups to your current or future transaction and can guide you sensibly through it.

Call me or drop a line. I’m ready to listen to your Real Estate needs and concerns, and I have no plans to bury my head in the sand anytime soon.

 

Jack Meyers
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate