Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seasonal Maintenance

It's getting to be that time of year again where we need to be concerned about Winter maintenance. It's always a good idea, whether you own a new home, or a well seasoned home that you familiarize yourself with some seasonal maintenance basics.

  • Remember to disconnect all exterior hoses to prevent pipe bursts due to frozen water.
  • Now is a great time to change your furnace filter.
  • Check the batteries in all smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your downspouts to make sure that they are clear of debris and will be able to properly direct water away from your foundation.
  • Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other appliance valves.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections.
As always, if you have any questions regarding general maintenance, please feel free to give us a call.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Attention Sellers!

Have you been thinking of listing your home, but aren't sure what you'd walk away with from the sale? Not sure if it would be worth it to sell?

You may be surprised. With the extended first time home buyer credit, sales are picking up in our market.

We have a tool that can tell you what your net proceeds would be if you decided to sell your home. Give us a call, or send us an email to find out what your home is worth today!

Monday, November 9, 2009

November - This Month In Real Estate

So, the tax credit has been extended, but what does this mean for our national market?

Well, we can tell you that existing home sales bouned back in September. The increase can be attributed to a rush of first-time buyers trying to claim the tax credit before November 30th. In all, sales jumped 9.4% to 5.57 million units over August sales of 5.09 million units. We're about 9.2% ahead of where we were last year, and sales activity is at its highest level since July of 2007.

According to Freddie Mac, fixed-rate loans are still hovering at about 5% APR. With excellent rates like these, and an extended first-time homebuyer incentive, we can look forward to watching home sales increase in the coming months.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

TAX CREDIT(s)

The tax credit has been a major driving force in our market over the last several months.  We are happy to see it extended!  Now, there is $8,000 credit available to 1st time homebuyers through April 30, 2010. 

We are also looking forward to the additional buyers that will be generated through the $6,500 credit to sellers.  If you have been thinking about selling your home, NOW is the time!  Check out my home page at http://www.bjarmstrong.com/ to receive a free market value of your home.  Fill out the MLS Market Snapshot form for details.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Search the MLS from your phone!

We decided to make it easier for you to search the MLS on your own, wherever you may be.

This application is totally free, and works on any phone.

Text BJA to 87778

To get a handle on the application, watch this instructional video!



Where are buyers coming from?

These statistics from the National Association of Realtors show that the majority of home buyers find your home on the internet. At a close second, they’re using an agent that they trust to find the right home for them.


This shows us that while we may still think that print advertising is the way to get the word out about your home, the truth is that people drive by and research homes on the internet almost 50% of the time, and find your home in the newspaper about 3% of the time. These numbers are powerful in that they show us where we need to be making our best efforts to market your home.

This Month in Real Estate - October

This video illustrates what the real estate market is doing nationally. Coming soon...local trends!