Upgrading your home may be more feasible than you think

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So there is a change in your life. A new job, addition of a family member, or marriage. Any number of life changes sometimes will give you the feeling that your current home no longer lives up to your lifestyle. With your new needs can you really get a new home to match?

 

Yes! If you have lived in your home for a few years (typically more than 5) you now have equity. The money you have been paying every month has slowly but surely been adding up and now you may have thousands of dollars paid off from your current home that you can use to buy your upgrade! This isn’t even counting the raised market value of your current home from the time you purchased. What some people elect to do is to sell their current home, take the leftover money from the sale and use it for the new home down payment. A second option would be to rent out their current home to get passive income and purchase a new home if you have money saved for a down payment. If you are interested in changing your surroundings here are 5 steps to take to make sure you go in with a plan!

Step 1: Out with the old

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After a number of years living in any home you can often find the little imperfections that you become accustomed to. If you now find yourself wanting a pool, a single story home to avoid the steps every day, a bigger kitchen, or an additional room. Having an idea of the things you’d really like to change will help you to narrow down what you would love and the things you already enjoy about your current dwelling. Some things can just be added to your current home with a remodel but if it seems like too much work hiring contractors or researching companies to go with who are reputable, the next step may help you decide what route to take.

Step 2: Plan your finances for your future self

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One thing people automatically think about when considering another big purchase in life is how your bank account will be affected. With the current equity in your home a personalized home valuation can give you insight if it is feasible to change your surroundings now, or when it would be a good time to make the change. A good real estate agent can help compare homes around you and your tax records to give you a nice recommendation on what they would recommend to list your home for. Taking any excess money, you can then apply it to the purchase of a home and your mortgage payment may not change very much! With a professionals help it would be easy to calculate these figures to see what kind of financial future awaits.

Step 3: Preparing for a new lifestyle

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If you are thinking about selling your home you should first think about fixing all of the major things you may have neglected. As you may have found out when you purchased, the inspection period is a deal breaker and curb appeal makes the offers fly in. The best way to simplify it would be to think if you were someone interested in buying your home. What kind of things would make you skip to the house down the street, or what really draws you into your current house? Focusing on what makes your current home really shine will help potential buyers to fall in love and the offers will fall into your lap if your property is appealing enough. As the old quote goes “it takes money to make money” so you may think about painting your home or doing a few nice touches here or there. Doing small things can make a huge impact on how long it takes to sell. Don’t worry though, if you have received a home valuation you will be aware of how much money you are willing to invest in order to get the home you will love.

Step 4: So you sold, now what?

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There are a few ways of going about your new home venture. You can list your current home and search for a new home at the same time, or you can look for a new home after the sale of your current home. If you elect to look for a new home while selling your current home be sure that you reach out to a mortgage broker that you trust in order to make sure you get a good rate and good information before starting the home buying process again. They will be able to give you an idea of what you can afford while your equity is still tied up in your current household. In the scenario that you find a new home before you sell your current one, you can always rent it out briefly to cover the monthly costs with a property managers help or you can leave it vacant for potential buyers to use their imaginations when they tour. Looking at a vacant home is a really good way to picture yourself there. It is easier to imagine your dining room table in a room without furniture. If you elect to sell first and buy later it is actually quite easy. For the time in between homes you can even hold some of your furniture in storage pods that will deliver as soon as you close on your future home. As far as living space, you can choose to stay with friends or family for a few weeks while the search of your home takes off.

Step 5: Choosing the right professional to help in your new journey

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There are three people that I would recommend you find in order to make your transition as smooth as possible. First would be a real estate agent you trust to help you with the home valuation and advice when you have the inevitable questions during the process. Real estate transactions are some of the biggest decisions you can make so it really helps to have a knowledgeable person right behind you to help you with anything you need. The second person would be a mortgage broker. If you have a good mortgage broker you can not only get amazing rates but peace of mind knowing that they are going through every line of the process and matching up all of the numbers and figures needed to make your dreams happen. The good ones often eat, sleep, and breathe finances so having a trustworthy one on your team is  important. The third person you would need would be a licensed professional to perform your current homes repairs. There is nothing worse than trying to put your home up for sale only to cut corners and have your new upgrades look like you tried to save money any way possible. If you know the right people you can get great deals on home repairs and remodels. If for whatever reason you don’t have people in mind, a real estate agent or a mortgage broker often run into many people throughout their time doing business so they usually know people they personally trust to help their clients get the most of their money and to do a good solid job.

 

If you decide to take the next steps into looking for your upgraded home feel free to reach out with any questions you might have in mind. I would be glad to help you through the process or clarify any information you need. Congratulations on taking your first steps to a new lifestyle!

March Market Update

March Market Update courtesy of Craig and Stacey Akers at NextHome Valleywide.  Contact 480-621-6828 or info@nexthomevalleywide.com for a Seller Solution book that will give you selling tips, pricing, and comparable home sales in your area.

Median Sale Price up $20,000 over March 2017

17% of Sales are Closing Over Asking Price

2018-03 Infographic

For Buyers:

The percentage of seller concessions awarded to buyers has dropped down to 24% in the first quarter of 2018 after 2.5 years of consistently landing between 26%-28%, yet another indicator of dwindling buyer negotiating power in a prolonged supply shortage. The highest percentage of closings with seller concessions in the last 30 days were sale prices between $150K-$250K at 30-36%. Buyers were most likely to get closing costs in Youngtown at 54%, followed by Buckeye at 52%. Cities with the smallest percentage of closing costs were in affluent and retirement areas such as Paradise Valley, Sun City West and Sun Lakes at 2-3%.

For Sellers:

The percentage of successful sales over asking price is increasing. So far in March, 17% of sales closed over list price, last March it was 14%. Properties sold between $100K-$200K had the highest percentage at 24%, followed by the $200K-$300K range at 18%. The market between $300K-$1M is the most improved with 12% sold over list compared to only 7% last March. There were zero sales over list in the market over $1M. Areas with the highest percentage are El Mirage and Youngtown, both at 50%, followed by Tolleson with 45.5% of sales closing over asking price.

Contact the real estate experts at NextHome Valleywide in Chandler, AZ at 480-621-6828 for more information.  If you are currently looking at buying or selling a home in the Phoenix, Scottsdale or East Valley area and are not sure where to turn, search for homes at ChandlerAreaHomeSearch.comwhere you can find single family homes, golf and lakefront properties, 55+ communities, townhomes and much more. Visit our blog at NextHome Valleywide for a monthly Phoenix Market Update.

 Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2018 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road.

WHAT’S HOT NOW

While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white kitchens, this year we expect to see a move toward warmer, cozier elements throughout the home.

  1. Warm Colors

A cool color scheme has dominated home design in recent years, but this year warm neutrals like brown and tan are back, along with rich jewel tones. While the pastel craze of last year is still hanging on, expect to see alternative color palettes featuring deep, saturated shades of red, yellow, green and navy. Grey will remain popular, but in warmer tones, often referred to as “greige.”

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  1. Cozy Elements

Along with warmer colors, we can expect to see a shift from stark, modern design to cozier looks. Velvet upholstery, woven textures and natural elements, like wood and stone, will heat things up this year.

  1. Mixed Metals

It used to be considered gauche to mix finishes, however the look of mixed metals will be very big in 2018. Brass will continue to trend, along with matte black and classics like polished chrome and brushed nickel.

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  1. Bold Patterns

Expect to see a lot of bright, bold patterns in the form of geometric shapes and graphic floral prints. These will be featured on everything from furniture to throw pillows to tile.

  1. Natural Elements

Look for the use of natural elements throughout the home, including wood, stone, plants, flowers and grass. Botanical patterns will also be seen in prints, wallpaper and upholstery. Concrete accents will complement these additions in an effort to bring the essence of the outdoors inside the home.

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  1. Feature Walls

Also called an accent wall, a feature wall is one that exhibits a different color or design than the other walls in the room. Expect to see an increased use of feature walls showcasing rich paint colors, bold patterned wallpaper, and textures brought in through millwork and shiplap.

  1. Statement Lighting

Lighting will take center stage with distinctive fixtures, including local artisan and vintage pendants and chandeliers. And smart lighting technology will enable homeowners to customize their lighting experience based on time of day, activity and mood.

  1. Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors will continue to dominate the market. The trend is toward either very dark stains paired with light-colored walls or light stains with darker walls. Greyish tones will remain popular, as will matte finishes, which are easier to maintain than high gloss. Expect to see frequent use of wider and longer wood planks, as well as distressed and wire-brushed finishes, which add texture and dimension.

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  1. Smart Homes

Everything is getting “smarter” in homes, from locks and lights to thermostats and appliances. And with devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, you can control many of these with voice activation from a central hub. We will see continued integration of and advancements in smart-home technology in 2018.

 

KITCHEN TRENDS

While white kitchens will remain popular in 2018, expect to see more color this year in everything from cabinets to tile to appliances.

  1. Two-toned Cabinets

Two-toned cabinets are quickly overtaking the white-on-white look that has dominated kitchen design for the past few years. While white remains a classic, grey and bleached-wood cabinet variations are surging in popularity, along with darker neutrals like navy and green.

 

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  1. Quartz Countertops

Granite reigned as the top countertop choice for many years, but quartz is now king. It’s highly durable, low-maintenance and comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. It’s also heat resistant, scratch resistant and non-porous (unlike granite and marble) so it doesn’t need to be sealed.

  1. Bold Backsplashes

After years of dominating backsplash design, the white subway tile is officially on its way out. Expect to see it replaced with more elaborate shapes, patterns, colors and textures. Tile that mimics the appearance of wood, concrete and wallpaper is also gaining in popularity.

 

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  1. Statement Sinks

While stainless steel and white porcelain are always safe bets, the trend is moving toward sinks that make more of a statement. Look for unexpected pops of color and materials like natural stone and copper. Touch-free faucets are expected to gain favor with homeowners this year, too.

  1. Brass is (Still) Back

Brass fixtures came back in a big way over the past couple of years and will continue to be a popular choice in 2018 along with matte black, black nickel, polished chrome and brushed nickel. Missing from the list? Rose gold, which is decidedly “out” this year.

 

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  1. Multi-purpose Islands

Kitchen islands have evolved from simple prep-stations into the “workhorse” of the kitchen. Many feature sinks, built-in appliances and under-counter storage while also serving as a casual dining area. They have become the focal point of the kitchen, and we expect to see more of them in 2018 and beyond.

  1. Black Stainless Steel

Black stainless steel is the hot new finish option for appliances, and it’s hitting the market in a big way. It offers a cutting-edge look and is easier to keep clean than traditional stainless steel. However, it’s harder to match finishes amongst different brands, so it’s probably only feasible as part of a complete appliance package.

  1. Appliance Garages

Appliance garages are counter-level compartments designed to house small appliances like blenders, toasters and stand mixers. They make it convenient to have these items readily accessible, without the look of a cluttered counter.

 

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BATH TRENDS

Expect to see many of the same kitchen design preferences carry over into bathrooms this year, including two-tone cabinets, quartz countertops and brass fixtures.

  1. Neutral Tones

Neutral shades will continue to dominate in the master bathroom as homeowners seek a soothing and relaxing retreat atmosphere. But expect to see more options than just white. Shades of brown, grey, blue, green and tan will help to warm things up.

 

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  1. Natural Elements

Natural materials are particularly hot right now in bathroom design. This includes the use of wood and stone on walls, cabinets, counters and backsplashes, as well as the incorporation of botanical design elements.

  1. Large Tiles

We expect to see a lot more large and slab-sized tiles in bathrooms, which have less grout so they are easier to clean and maintain. Wood-look porcelain tiles are also a favorite in wet areas, as they offer the warmth and rustic appeal of wood with the durability of tile.

 

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  1. Stone Sinks

Sinks will continue to be an area where homeowners like to exhibit creativity, and hand-carved stone sinks are especially fashionable right now. These may be more suited to powder rooms, where functionality isn’t as crucial.

  1. Freestanding Tubs

There’s been a tub resurgence in bathroom design after years of preference for stand-alone showers. Modern tastes are gravitating toward freestanding tubs that serve as a showpiece for the bathroom.

 

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  1. Smart Features

Smart technology has entered the bathroom with the addition of features like wireless shower speakers and high-tech toilets, as well as digital shower controls that automatically adjust to your preferences in temperature and spray intensity.

 

OUR ADVICE

Style trends come and go, so don’t invest in the latest look unless you love it. That said, highly-personalized or outdated style choices can limit the appeal of your property for resale.

For major renovation projects, it’s always a good idea to stick to neutral colors and classic styles. It will give your remodel longevity and appeal to the greatest number of buyers when it comes time to sell. It will also give you flexibility to update your look in a few years without a total overhaul. Use non-permanent fixtures – like paint, furniture and accent pieces – to personalize the space and incorporate trendier choices.

If you’d like advice on a specific remodelling or design project, give us a call! We’re happy to offer our insights and suggestions on how to maximize your return on investment and recommend local shops and service providers who may be able to assist you.

 

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February Market Update 2018

February Market Update courtesy of Craig and Stacey Akers at NextHome Valleywide.  Contact 480-621-6828 or info@nexthomevalleywide.com for a Seller Solution book that will give you selling tips, pricing, and comparable home sales in your area.

 MLS Sales Over $1M up 36%

Inventory Under $150K Down 62%

2018-02 Infographic

For Buyers:

Buyers continue to have a tough time finding inventory on the low end of the market. New listings overall are down 9% year-to-date thus far, which doesn’t help matters. Compared to February last year, inventory under $150K is down 62% and down 43% between $150K and $200K. Mid-priced inventory between $200K and $500K is down 11% and down 7% between $500K and $1M. Only inventory over $1M is up nearly 2% over last year. Seller concessions are also down so far this year. After hovering around 27% for the past 2.5 years, closings with seller concessions dropped down to 23% as the seller market has strengthened in the new year. Homes sold between $150K and $200K had the highest percentage of seller concessions at 34%.

For Sellers:

Buyer season is ramping up as expected during this time of year. So far listings under contract are nearly dead even with 2017 levels at this time and are expected to continue rising through May. 2018 year-to-date sales are within 2% of the first 6 weeks of last year. Not surprisingly, MLS sales under $200K are down 21% due to low inventory. However, sales between $200K and $300K are up 14%, $300K and $500K are up 21%, $500K and $1M are up 20% and sales over $1M are up 36%.

Contact the real estate experts at NextHome Valleywide in Chandler, AZ at 480-621-6828 for more information.  If you are currently looking at buying or selling a home in the Phoenix, Scottsdale or East Valley area and are not sure where to turn, search for homes at ChandlerAreaHomeSearch.comwhere you can find single family homes, golf and lakefront properties, 55+ communities, townhomes and much more. Visit our blog at NextHome Valleywide for a monthly Phoenix Market Update.

 Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2018 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC

January Market Update 2018

January Market Update courtesy of Craig and Stacey Akers at NextHome Valleywide.  Contact 480-621-6828 or info@nexthomevalleywide.com for a Seller Solution book that will give you selling tips, pricing, and comparable home sales in your area.

2017 MLS Sales up 6% over 2016
Over 50% of 2017 Sales Were in this Price Range….

January Market Update

For Buyers:

2018 is not going to be any less competitive for buyers in general. The market is starting out with 14% fewer listings compared to 2017, however there are 35% fewer listings under $200K, a price range that commands 34% market share of all MLS resales in Greater Phoenix. 51% of MLS sales were between $200K-$400K in 2017, and supply in this range is down just 7%. 14% of sales were between $400-$1M and supply is down nearly 9%. Only the market over $1M is starting 2018 with 4% more for sale, 2017 sales over $1M were less than 2% of the market.

For Sellers:

Over 51% of newly constructed condominiums, townhomes and single family residences sold in 2017 were between $275K-$500K as of November and approved single family permits are up nearly 12% going into 2018. Added inventory from new construction continues to keep mid-range property appreciation at sustainable levels at the current level of demand. The last wave of boomerang buyers are expected to rejoin the masses in homeownership this year after waitng 7 long years to qualify for conventional financing after foreclosure. These buyers span all price ranges and their return combined with positive inbound relocation and employment keep Greater Phoenix a positve environment for sellers.

Contact the real estate experts at NextHome Valleywide in Chandler, AZ at 480-621-6828 for more information.  If you are currently looking at buying or selling a home in the Phoenix, Scottsdale or East Valley area and are not sure where to turn, search for homes at ChandlerAreaHomeSearch.comwhere you can find single family homes, golf and lakefront properties, 55+ communities, townhomes and much more. Visit our blog at NextHome Valleywide for a monthly Phoenix Market Update.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2018 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC