Recently, I have been asked more and more about new home builders in our area. While so many of our buyers are tired of going the short-sale/foreclosure route and can’t find a traditional sale, they are turning to new homes. My clients can tell you how crucial it is to have an agent on your side to represent you and your interests.
In our area Richmond American Homes has opened a brand new model in Glenkirk Estates. This gorgeous neighborhood is located in Gainesville. My clients who have worked with Richmond American Homes, have had all positive reviews. I have to tell you they have incredible customer service.
If you have question about building a new home, let me know.
Statistics from the National Association of Homebuilders show that the square footage of homes has shrunk in recent years. This is a trend that is likely to continue given the current economy.This may be an opportune time for owners of smaller homes to sell, according to a recent article published in Realty Times, which provided these tips for giving a small home big appeal to buyers:
- Accentuate storage space. A buyer must sense that a smaller home has enough storage space to accommodate their everyday needs. Clear out the attic and/or basement if the home has them. In addition, built-in furniture or custom closets also provide convenient, hidden storage.
- Create an office niche. Home offices are very popular, but a smaller home might not have an extra room to use for this purpose. Using a decorative screen around a small desk or tucking one away beneath a staircase shows buyers how they can still have a home office in a small space.
- Make the most of space. In the kitchen, clear appliances from the counters and mount them under the cabinets for a clutter-free look. Avoid crowding a small living room with an oversized couch, and instead consider several comfortable chairs that may fit better and open up the room.
The media has been reporting another surge in foreclosures.
Here we go again…..Not so fast!
We have not seen this new surge in our market. The majority of homes that are on the market are short-sales and they are going fast. If you are lucky enough to find a foreclosure, you need to be ready for multiple offers. What about traditional sales? These are homes that are not underwater. There is a HUGE demand for these. I am seeing traditional sells go for 10 to 20K over short sales and foreclosures. Our market is changing! New homes in our area are increasing thier prices, not just a couple of thousand, but up to 20 thousand in some areas. If we continue to see this trend through the Fall and Winter, this will definatly give our sellers an advantage.