July 15, 2019
Should I Sell My House?
6 Signs It's Time to Move On
Ten years. That’s the average amount of time a homeowner stays in a house before a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Think that sounds shockingly short? Or way too long? The fact is, people's reasons for selling their homes are different, as are their time frames.
Still, there are some common reasons—financial and emotional—that lead us to sell our current home and move on to the next one. And you don't always see the reasons coming.
July 8, 2019
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June 24, 2019
Wising all of you a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!
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June 17, 2019
As of 2019, the entire baby boomer generation is now officially at least 55 years old. What do these 75 million consumers in a strong 55+ housing market want in their homes for their ‘golden years’? According to NAHB’s What Home Buyers Really Want, baby boomers are keenly interested in energy efficiency, but the vast majority (81%) want to invest in durable materials that need to be replaced less frequently as well. Using durable materials in construction can also be a green building strategy, resulting in a lower environmental footprint with less waste and resources needed for upkeep. Their use may qualify for points toward green home certification under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).
June 10, 2019
Closing On Your Home
Settlement (or closing) is the process that passes ownership of a property from seller to purchaser. Going to settlement on a new home can be bewildering. Home buyers are usually required to sign a seemingly endless pile of documents, most of which are written in terminology not used outside of the housing industry and that can be complicated to understand.
May 22, 2019
Wishing all of you a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend!
ousing industry and that can be complicated to understand.
May 13, 2019
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May 7, 2019
When it comes to the top technology features that consumers want in their homes, the “eyes” have it.
Nearly half of prospective home buyers – 46% – want a security camera in their home, making this the top technology item on the list. Closely behind at the No. 2 slot, 45% of those surveyed desire a video doorbell.
This data comes from NAHB’s recently released report, What Home Buyers Really Want. The report is based on a survey of recent and prospective home buyers (people who bought homes in the previous three years or are planning to do so in the next three years) about the features they want in a home or community. Read more......
April 30, 2019
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GREATER CEDAR RAPIDS
2019 PARADE OF HOMES
April 23, 2019
PLEASE JOIN US THIS WEEKEND FOR THE
2019 Cedar Rapids
Spring Parade of Homes
Dates and Times: Saturday April 27 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. New Homes Only
Sunday April 28 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. New Homes Only
Thursday May 2 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. New Homes Only
Saturday May 4 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. New & Remodeled Homes
Sunday May 5 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. New & Remodeled Homes
April 19, 2019
Happy Easter ! Mottinger Real Estate Group & Legacy GreenBuilders & Developers.
April 17, 2019
From our Friends at Residential Mortgage Network:
Working with a Realtor vs FSBO
In the DIY world we live in, more and more people are opting for FSBO (For Sale By Owner). Many people believe that they can save money by not using a Realtor, however that may not be the case! Discover the benefits of working with a Realtor vs FSBO when selling and buying a home.Working with a Realtor vs FSBO When Selling
Realtors are experts at assisting you with your home sale. Because your Realtor is not emotionally attached to your home, they can easily pull comparison sales and help list your house for top dollar. They know the housing market inside and out, and have access to the tools and resources needed to find the most accurate data for you.
Most importantly, your Realtor will market your house at their own expense. This includes holding open houses and ensuring your home is listed on all major selling sites. Realtors also have great suggestions for staging and making your house show as well as possible, especially if you are still living in the home. Last, but definitely not least, they will know if a new house goes on the market, so you can stay in the know about competition in the area.Working with a Realtor vs FSBO When Buying
When you buy a home, the seller pays the Real Estate commission, so deciding not to work with a Realtor will not save you any money in the end. In fact, it could end up costing you more! The seller is going to be looking out for their own best interest. As you enter into one of the largest financial transactions of your life, having a professional looking out for you can make all the difference.
Haven’t found the perfect home yet? Realtors are always up to date on the inventory in their market and will alert you immediately to new homes that are listed. If you aren’t working with a Realtor, you run the risk of your dream home selling before you ever find out about it!Other Benefits of Working with a Realtor vs FSBO
When buying or selling a home, you are entering into contract negotiation. Realtors are licensed to represent you for these negotiations. If you don’t work with a Realtor, then you will need to hire a lawyer. The majority of sellers who work with lawyers find they are not as invested in the transaction as a Realtor would be. In comparison, your Realtor will keep things moving more efficiently and ensure dates are met. Realtors are also generally more available and prepared to discuss your questions and concerns.
Most people will buy and sell a few houses over the course of their lifetime. Realtors help their clients buy and sell all the time. Their base of knowledge and experience is much broader and deeper than the average homebuyer or seller. Having an experienced professional in your corner during this process is key to resolving issues. Your Realtor will help keep your transaction running smoothly and on schedule, no matter what problems may arise along the way!
Like finding the right Realtor, working with the right lender can take the stress out of the home buying experience. Contact Residential Mortgage Network to work with Iowa’s experts in mortgage lending and the only independent mortgage bank in the corridor. As the best first stop in the home buying process, we can also help you find the perfect Realtor for your needs!
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