Home price gains are slowing, credit is thawing and more first-time buyers may be hitting the real estate market in 2015.
Better balance in the housing sector is “in” next year, as far as trends go. That’s likely to put buyers and sellers on a more even footing.
Some prospective sellers sound especially bullish on housing. In a recent Trulia survey, the biggest chunk of consumers – 36% – said they expect next year to be much or a little better than 2014 for selling a home.
To be sure, like politics, all real estate is local. Some sellers have stayed on the sidelines in recent years, investing in improvements amid a dearth of buyers. For others, low inventory and rising home prices meant a bidding-war bonanza. Curious what your Home is Worth?- Request a FREE Evaluation
The landscape next year’s sellers are likely to encounter depends a lot on where they live. But here are a few broad trends to bear in mind. (more…)
10. Front Yard Makeover
Matt: Whether it’s a nice paver walkway or simply adding some color to your planters, keeping your front yard looking fresh is not only inexpensive, but also adds nice curb appeal. In the case of home improvement, a book is always judged by its cover.
Nicole: I agree. This is always the first thing I do for three main reasons:
1. It tells your neighbors that you take pride in your home and neighborhood.
2. It makes your home stand out.
3. It’s so easy! I always look online in spring when people are splitting their perennials: I have yet to have to purchase anything, since people actually give stuff away. Also, invest in an edger — clean lines are a favorite on my list — as they can dramatically transform a yard. (more…)
Homeowners looking to sell usually face the tough task of not only getting their homes ready to go on the market, but also keeping them in “showing” condition once they’re listed. It is a delicate balance to have your home showing in its best possible light while also living there comfortably. If your home is priced right and shows well, the amount of time you need to live in your “for sale” home should be minimized.
Here are some tips to make living in your home bearable while it is on the market.
Start packing, organizing and discarding now
If you have lived in your home for many years, chances are you’ve acquired a lot of stuff. To make moving easier, go through the garage, attic, boxes and old cabinets early in the process, and clear out the things you don’t need. If you’re serious about selling, you’ll have to get rid of items and get organized at some point. Doing so before you list will help create more space and will also making moving more manageable. (more…)
- St. Petersburg’s Snowfest and Santa Parade with 65 tons of snow coating North Straub Park ($5 wristband).
- The Rough Riders Holiday Parade and Santa Fest in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which has an ice skating rink (free, $5 to skate).
- Dunedin’s Holiday Boat Parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a tree lighting in Edgewater Park (free).