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U.S. Home Resale Prices Hit a 10 Year High In Q1!

Home resale numbers and prices across the country jumped in the first three months of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes jumped 1.4 percent from the previous quarter to hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, the highest rate since the first quarter of 2007.

The national median home price hit $232,100, a 7 percent jump from the same period last year and the biggest increase in two years. Out of the 178 markets covered in the National Association of Realtors survey, 85 percent saw increases in single-family homes. Thirty markets saw double-digit annual price gains in the first quarter.

With the market continuing to rise and hitting these types of highs it might be a good time to invest in a home and watch the price go up! South Florida is an especially good market at the moment with affordable prices and great listings. Contact Great Florida Homes for all the help you need!

 

Curb appeal of a home has always been important – it’s a potential buyer’s first impression of the house. The home’s exterior is a sneak peek of what’s to come in the rest of the house. Here are some tips to help your house get the attention it deserves.

 

Photos

While curb appeal for a drive by is still crucial, almost 90% of buyers will check your listing out online now before checking it out. This means your online photos of your listing can determine whether someone will even give it a chance to look at in person. Find the best time of day for lighting and take a lot of photos so you can choose the best one to post.

 

Clean the Lawn

The lawn should be mowed, leaves should be raked, and dead plants replaced. A lawn reflects the care that a homeowner has taken with the rest of their house, a potential buyer will think a messy lawn reflects a home that has been maintained.

 

Powerwashing

A power wash can do wonders to your house siding and driveway. Most home improvement stores will rent power washers and it can make your home look fresh and clean.

 

Paint

Painting an entire home can be expensive and time consuming, but some touch ups on the trim and shutters can make a big difference. If the paint is peeling from the corners give it a touch up. A new mailbox or numbers on your home can be a nice finishing touch.

 

Prospective buyers form opinions about a home in seconds. Giving them a reason to have a positive attitude from the start will help make your home go from “for sale” to “sold”. Always ask your realtor for tips as well to make your curb appeal go up!

Curb Appeal

As a homeowner when you decide to sell you want to get the best value possible for your home. Before you decide to sell your home there are a lot of things you want to have in order to make sure your home is in the best selling condition. One item many homeowners will not be aware of until they put their home on the market or apply for homeowners insurance is the condition of their electrical panel. Homeowners can not only be delayed from obtaining insurance for a faulty or old panel, but they can be denied altogether. It is a common reason for holding up sales as well.

What can you do to prevent this? Electrical panels can be potentially costly to replace and should be done by a professional. This can be intimidating to homeowners, but should not prevent you from seeking assistance! Faulty or outdated panels can not only cause issues selling your home but are also a serious fire hazard. Many electrical companies will give you a free inspection and estimate to determine if your electrical panel qualifies and is safe to use. It is better to take care of this sooner rather than later so you can correct any issues on your own schedule and not be burdened by an insurance company’s deadline.

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