The Latest Local Real Estate Numbers

Many people have been asking me about what's going on in the market lately. I think this is a great time to let you know how things are shaping up for buyers and sellers in the Fox Cities and Green Bay.




If you’re on the fence, now is the time to get off.



Overall, the market is doing great. Sales were up nearly 15% this year from where they were in 2015. Our average days on market is about 8% lower than last year as well. This is amazing news for sellers. As you know, the quicker your home can sell, the more you will get for it.


From 2015 to 2016, our list-to-sale price ratio went up about 1% to 98%. This means that sellers are getting 98% of what they ask for on average. This is all really great news for sellers.


If you’re thinking about selling right now, you need to get on the bandwagon. If you’re on the fence, now is the time to get off it. Prices are at their highest level since 2006, homes are selling quicker, and they are selling for more money.


Not only is the residential home market up, but the multi-family home and commercial markets are up too. There is business moving into the area, lots of job growth, and people can afford that new home.


If you have any questions for us or are looking to buy or sell in the Fox Cities or Green Bay, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How Home Inspections Help Both Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, home inspections are a critical part of the home sale process.


How do home inspections work? During the home inspection, the inspector walks through the home and examines its structural integrity and mechanical features. They’re not interested in the normal wear and tear of a home, like a stain on the carpet or some paint that has chipped off a wall. They’re more interested in whether the furnace and air conditioning unit are in good working order and how the roof looks.



Home inspections are beneficial to
both buyers and sellers.


If you’re a seller, a home inspection can be a great tool. As you prepare for the sale, having it done up front saves you both time and money because it notifies you of any repairs that you may need to negotiate over in the contract. It can also reveal things you might want to repair or upgrade before you even put the home on the market.


A home inspection can be very useful for a buyer, as well. When buying the house, it can notify you of any deferred costs you may need to deal with down the road. For example, if the inspection reveals that your new prospective home has a 20-year-old central AC unit, you can set aside a few thousand dollars for two or three years down the line when it needs to be replaced. If the inspection reveals something that’s already broken that was previously undisclosed to you, you can negotiate over that issue in your sales contract.


Remember, when you order a home inspection, you can either choose your own inspector or have a team like ours refer you to an excellent and reputable candidate. We have over 100 years of experience in the real estate industry, so we know several in our local community who do an outstanding job.


If you have any questions about home inspections, just give us a call or send us an email and we’d be glad to walk you through the entire process. We look forward to speaking with you!

Selling in Spring vs. Selling in Winter

There’s a myth in the real estate world that spring is absolutely the best time to sell your home. While spring is a great time to sell, winter might be even better. Why?

 

For one thing, you have to remember that there is far less inventory during the winter. This means that there is less competition now than what you would see during the spring. We have relocation buyers at all times of the year, not just in spring. Today, you might have to compete with 10 other homes to capture the attention of the buyer pool. In spring, that number could quadruple.



In spring, you’ll have to compete with more
homes on the market.


Another reason winter might be a better time to sell is the fact that you won’t have to deal with as many tire-kickers. This means you won’t have to waste time on showings for looky-loo buyers.

 

I understand that the spring might be a better time for you to sell, but make sure you heed these factors before weighing your options. If you’re looking to buy or sell your house or have any questions, feel free to call or email us anytime. We look forward to talking with you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Wonderful Clients



Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I just want to say thank you and share our complete gratitude for all of you.

 

Thank you for tuning into our blog or allowing us to assist you with your real estate needs this year. It was really great to see you and your family at our customer appreciation event a couple of weeks ago. Thank you for stopping by!

 

Keep in mind this holiday season that it is still a great time to buy or sell real estate. If your friends and family are talking about real estate, please keep us in mind. You can always reach out to us or send your family to www.tiffanyholtz.com to find their dream home.

 

Thank you again, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Home Staging Tips from Angie Herself

If you’re on a budget when selling your home and don’t want to make a bunch of expensive fixes and renovations, you’re in luck. We have got some great tips to share with you today, courtesy of Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks.


Here are some great ways to make your home look clean and simplified:


1. Make your front door look great. It’s the very first and very last thing buyers will see when they visit your house. You want it to look clean and free of distractions.


2. Get your yard green and weed-free. It’s not hard to do with a little fertilizer.


3. Don’t forget to caulk and trim any driveway or sidewalk cracks.


4. Make sure the street number is visible from the curb.


5. Appeal to the neighbors. If the neighbors like the home, the new owners will too.



Appealing to the neighbors is important.



These are five simple things you can do to help your home stand out in this market. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you.

Our Unique Seller Services

 

Today, I’m here to discuss our unique seller services.


When you see my car driving around town, it’s because Linda, my courier, is making sure our clients are well taken care of. She’s putting up signs, adjusting signs, dropping off packages, and making sure our listings are totally in order when other real estate agents are showing our properties.



We also offer a pre-certified sale program to make sure your home is 100% ready for the market. Our “Coming Soon” program draws tons of attention to your house before it hits the market. On day one, you will have buyers lined up to see your home. Sometimes, they even wind up fighting over your home and offering over asking price!


To learn about our entire marketing program, go to TiffanyHoltz.com and click on the seller referral form. We will get back to you right away. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Catch-22 of Real Estate


Should you buy or sell first? That’s a common dilemma many homeowners face and the “Catch-22” of real estate. We have a way to solve that problem.


One of the most common questions I get asked is about our guaranteed sale program and how it works. Here’s what happens: If I list your home and I don’t sell it in 120 days, I will step in and buy it with cash.


You don’t want to miss out on your dream home, but you don’t want to be stuck with two mortgages either. Our guaranteed sale program ensures you can purchase your new home and sell your old one without any worries.



To apply for the program, all you’ve got to do is fill out the free home valuation link above. You can also give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help you make buying and selling easy.

4 Key Factors for the Loan Application Process

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Today I’d like to talk about four factors that impact your buying power:


  1. Your credit score. This is a simple way for your lender to look at your credit-worthiness.

  2. Your down payment. Determine what amount you will be able to put down. This helps the lender decide how much home you can afford.

  3. Your debt-to-income ratio. Again, this helps the lender determine what you can afford. The debt-to-income ratio basically compares how much money you make versus how much debt you have.

  4. Your assets. Your assets help the lender look at the entire picture of your financial landscape so they can determine if you can make the payments and stay above board.



These are all key ingredients in the loan application process. If you’re ready to take this step, we can set you up with one of our great local lenders. Give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Fox Cities & Green Bay Home Selling Tips


Several people in the Fox Cities and Green Bay areas have asked me what they can do to get their home ready for the market. Here are a few tips that should help:


  • Curb appeal. Make sure your home looks perfect from the street. If this means painting the front door, replacing the shutters, or perhaps changing out some landscape, you need to do it in order to make your home look pleasing to potential buyers who drive by.

  • Fix the problems. If you know there are existing problems with your home, be sure to fix them before they show up in a home inspection.

  • Market like you mean it. With the spring comes an influx of inventory on the market. You want to make sure you beat out other hot new listings!


If you're thinking about selling, don't hesitate to reach out to us to request a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



Tips for Holiday Decorating on a Budget

 

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The holidays are approaching. Today, we thought we'd do something a little different and share this festive video on holiday decorating tips fromHGTV. Designer Angelo Surmelis shares several great ideas to spread holiday cheer throughout the home. Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Pay attention to the mantle. If you don't have some already, buy some kind of garland to drape over the mantle. Next, use leftover ornaments and candles to add light and texture. When choosing ornaments and candles, ensure they are in the same color-palette. This helps make your mantle a great focal point!
  2. Use smaller Christmas trees. Every house has their main Christmas tree. In addition, you can also purchase smaller, inexpensive, eco-friendly trees to place throughout the home. Decorate these trees with strips of fabric from a T-shirt in holiday colors to save money for the main tree.
  3. Use what you have. Be resourceful. Adding a plate charge and place mat to your everyday dining set adds some jazz to your table. Fresh-cut flowers and candles will help finish the look. You don't need grand, expensive candles -- a little candlelight goes a long way!
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As you can see, it doesn't take much to make your home feel more festive. If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!