Posts Tagged ‘real estate’

Is it Better to Rent or Buy?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

There are many factors to consider when evaluating if renting or buying is better at any given time. Every person’s situation is different. Contact us for a no obligation consultation to find out about your options.

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We Have Results!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The results of 2010 are in, and Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® continues to be the most trusted name in real estate.

Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® accounted for:

42.1% of the total residential listing volume

39.3% of the total residential sales volume

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5 Reasons You Should Use a Real Estate Professional

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Sometimes potential sellers want to know why they should work with a Realtor®. A friend of ours in the industry wrote a short article mentioning several things sellers should consider when they want to sell their home, so we decided to make him guest blogger for the day!

5 Reasons You Should Use a Real Estate Professional

Chicken Little is Missing the Hen-House Sale

Friday, October 1st, 2010

2 years ago, the world was captivated by the doom and gloom of the financial meltdown unfolding in front of them daily on their television sets. Stock market dives, bank failings, bailouts, and regular doses of experts sounding like Chicken Little, all convincingly stated that the sky was falling; The financial meltdown would soon take out the global economy.

Many sources are now stating that the recession is over. But there are always some who, like Chicken Little, allow fears to carry on in their mind longer than the situation warrants. Lingering fears often cause people to act irrationally. Take those individuals who never trusted banks again after the Great Depression. Even though their deposits were since secured by the FDIC, they chose to keep their money buried in coffee cans in the backyard instead.

Right now analyists from numerous segments of the economy are saying, “This is a great time to buy.” Their reasons are numerous, and backed by strong data indicating homes are as affordable as they may ever be, with sellers pricing aggressively & interest rates at all time lows. They also cite the great selection of homes to choose from and the many lifestyle & financial rewards of owning a home that have always made it paramount to the American Dream. 

However, many potential buyers still remain on the fence, cautiously watching the sky for signs it may fall. There is action in the market though, from another group of buyers. They are busy securing an affordable home before prices and interest rates rise and increase monthly payments (& likely their current rent rate). Instead of listening to Chicken Little, these buyers are acting more like the Little Red Hen, who grew wheat and baked bread while the other animals merely stood by and watched to see what would happen.

In the end, the Little Red Hen was the only character who benefited from the events in her fable, by wisely acting during a season of opportunity. The farm animals who mearly stood by and watched, missed out by choosing not to participate. And, Chicken Little suffered the only appropriate fate deemed appropriate for fables created by previous generations to scare their children: he was swallowed up by a villainous fox.

In today’s housing market, the Little Red Hen would be busy buying a hen-house. She would use it to provide shelter for her family, lock into low housing costs for the future, and to build a nest egg she could always sell later on to one of the farm animals who decided to watch the sky and sit out the best deal on real estate in decades.

Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Illustration Credits: The Little Red Hen by Usborne Publishing
 
Clip art by Microsoft Office.

It pays to tell all…

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

When you are marketing your home, experts recommend featuring the best aspects of your home while minimizing the negatives that potential buyers might notice. Generally this strategy will reward you with a higher sales price and by reducing the time your home is on the market.

However, there is a big difference between highlighting features and hiding flaws. It is crucial to disclose ALL problems with your home on the Seller’s Disclosure provided by your REALTOR®, whether the flaws are past or present, even if the problem has been corrected.

If the buyer of your home later finds out something was not disclosed, there is a risk that a lawsuit may follow, which could cost you a substantial sum of money. Buyers find out about undisclosed details more often than you might expect: Whether it be from conversing with a well-meaning neighbor, their insurance agent who can search for previous claims, or a contractor who finds evidence that repair work had been done previously.

To avoid this situation, take the Seller’s Disclosure seriously- no fix or problem is too small to report. Read each question carefully, and be sure you understand it. Write clearly and specifically, with dates and accurate details when possible. Note if additions or repairs were completed with or without a permit. Explaining what repairs were completed and noting there have been no problems since is fine as long as it is accurate.

Understandably, buyers want to know everything that has been wrong with a property before purchasing it. Although some seller’s worry that mentioning all the problems they have had could hurt their selling position, it is far better to tell all than to put themselves at risk legally.

Post by Lyndsey Van Soelen, Communications Intern

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

811 – Do You Dig It?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The photos at the link below show a powerful gas line explosion. Although the cause turned out to be from corrosion and not someone hitting the line with an auger (according to Snopes), it is still a good visual reminder of why you need to have the utilities marked in your yard before you dig.

So the next time you are planning to plant a tree or install a fence, remember to call 811 a few days before hand. It’s much cheaper than having to pay to replace a cable or phone line; in fact it’s free!

bit.ly/avowOY Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director