Author: jeffanderson

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]   Home Search Tips for Buyers In today’s real estate market, with low inventory dominating the conversation in many areas of the country, it can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Listed below are some rather basic home search tips for home buyers can take use to help aid their search and keep their excitement on buying their home going. 1. Seek A Pre-Approval From Your Lender Before the Search One way to show you are serious about buying the seller’s listed home is to come pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Similar if you are in a market that is not nearly as competitive, knowing your limits will help you gain the confidence of knowing whether or not the place where you envision growing old is realistically within your grasp. This step will also help...

Are you considering buying a luxury home? Are you in a home that non longer fits your needs? If you are ready to upgrade to a luxury home, now is a great time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report. This report shows that in today’s premium home market, buyers are have an advantage. This is also the case in the Twin Cities area. Luxury home inventory The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these properties in Minnesota and the Twin Cities market. This means that homes are often staying on the market longer or can be purchased at a discount. If you currently have a starter or trade-up home to sell you will find a large buyer pool of competing buyers, and often we find ourselves in a multiple offer situation and receive...

FINDING THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR After you make an offer on your new home the next step is home inspection. Your purchase agreement will more thank likely be contingent on a home inspection. This gives you a chance to have repairs covered by seller, renegotiate price, or possibly walk away if there were some major concerns after the home inspection. Your agent will be of help when deciding any of these factors and who to use for your home inspection. Finding a good home inspector is a key factor in purchasing your home. It's a big investment and you want to make sure you are covered. Some of things a good home inspector will have are. Sample Reports Ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.  References Do your homework – ask for phone...

[caption id="attachment_17977" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Why hire a professional[/caption]   WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL? Some people would like to try and sell their home without an agent. Why hire a professional to help you sell is beneficial. Selling by owner, you might be asking for a lower sale price on your home. Unfortunately, without knowing the market and pricing it at the best price in the current market. You could potentially lose the chance of selling your home all together. A few reasons to hire a professional.  Will help with all paperwork throughout the process and cover you so you don't miss anything in this heavily regulated environment. Are well educated in and experienced with the entire sales process. Act as a buffer in negotiations with all parties throughout the entire transactions. Help understand today's real estate values when setting the price on a listing or on an offer to purchase. Simply and effectively explain...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="17909" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1525963373418{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds. As a result, real estate was on of the top options for best long-term investment. For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment! The study makes it a point to draw attention to the contrast in the sentiment over the last five years. In this case compared to that of 2011-2012. When gold took the top slot with 34% of the votes. Real estate and stocks took second and third place, respectively, while still in recovery from the Great Recession. Bottom Line As the real estate market has recovered, so has the belief of...