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Buy or build?
Looking at the overall area (excluding condos) for January over January:All contracts were up 15%. Resale contracts were up 14%. New home contracts were up 18%. All attached contracts were up 7%. All detached contracts were up 18%.
A Nextdoor or Facebook page contingency
What top things should sellers know?
- First, call or email me.
- Don’t have smelly things. I’d rather my folks smell your dog than half a dozen smelly things.
- Price your house right from the beginning.
- Hire well. Interview agents. I saw a listing the other day that came on the market that said, “Photos coming soon.” You never get a second chance to make a first impression; today’s buyers are watching the market very closely. They all get notifications on their phones for homes that may be suitable. I make sure I proof everything and have my sellers do so too, before going live in the MLS.
- Your house is no longer your home; it’s a product on the market to become someone else’s home.
- If you are a buyer and you like a house, make an offer. But … there is always going to be another house.
- If you are a seller, you may be in a very good position to sell, depending on your micro-market. But if you’re going to move locally, where are you going to go? (See new construction conversation above.)
What I’m Reading
- Ring doorbell ‘gives Facebook and Google user data’
- Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers
- Mapping Where Climate Migrants Will Move in the U.S.
- Meet your future neighbors
- How to Change Your Off-Facebook Activity Settings | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Many Adults Are Helping Their Parents Financially Despite Strain
- As Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Rise, Insured Adults Are Seeking Less Primary Care
- Sea-Level Rise Could Reshape the United States, Trigger Migration Inland
- Doing this one thing can help you fall asleep faster, according to a sleep psychologist. Sleep matters.
Jim Duncan, Nest Realty, 126 Garrett Street Suite D, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Licensed real estate agent in Commonwealth of VA.
Take time to listen, and focus. You never know what you will learn; sometimes you’ll hear something that is meaningful that matters. And focus on the little things; every little thing matters, even the act of listening.