It’s a Seller’s world after all…

According to Pinnacle Real Estate Advisor and Housing News:

“Existing home sales were down in February. Although demand remains strong, sales were held back by a shortage of homes on the market.

The persistent lack of inventory has helped keep prices rising though. The median house price surged 7.7% from a year ago to $228,400 in February.

New home sales were also up, jumping to a 7-month high in February. Sales were up 12.8% compared to February 2016.”

It’s starting to become a seller’s market again! Get your home listed now before inventory reaches a peak come April! Give us a shout today to find out how we can help you sell your home for less!

Have a Sunshine Day!

-Your friends at Sunshine Realty
Ashley, Evelyn and Dana
 

Zillow vs. Reality

Good morning Sunshiners!!

Today, we want to discuss the lovely topic of Zillow. Although we love Zillow as a base for home research, we always warn our buyers that Zillow is not always 100% correct. ESPECIALLY when considering a home’s availability and/or worth. Make sure you consult with a professional before considering offer/purchase price of any home on the market, whether for sale by owner or listed on the MLS. They will be able to pull the correct comps to help you figure out the best price for your new home. Also, homes listed on Zillow are not always available. Recently, I had a buyer send me a list of 10 homes they found on Zillow vs. what they saw on my Realtor MLS set up automatic search. The 3 on my search were all actively available. The other 7 were either not even listed or already under contract. Long story short, always check with a professional and don’t believe everything you see on the internet :). Below is a fun meme we found entertaining :). Have a Sunshine day!

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#PrayforBogeyHillsCC

Late Thursday night St. Charles County lost a beloved gem. Bogey Hills Country Club was one of St. Charles County’s most historic and loved golf courses in the area. Late Thursday night to Friday morning, firefighters fought to put out a five alarm fire at the Bogey Hills Country Club which has been passed down through 3 generations of families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the owners, families, members and community affected by the destruction of this amazing building. Luckily, reports show no one was hurt and the family plans to rebuild. Read more here:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/fire-destroys-st-charles-area-country-club/article_596826bd-8082-55dd-bff0-2f69c9ef8ef9.html

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Photos: Lesson of the Week

Today we are going to have a quick talk about photos :). Too often lately have we seen photos taken by “realtors” WITH THEIR CELL PHONES in the picture. Here is the problem with that:

A. Any reputable Realtor will either have a professional camera and know how to work it.

B. A reputable Realtor will hire a professional photographer if they do not have a professional camera.

C. NO ONE should ever have to put up with a Realtor that they pay to be taking pictures with their cell phone!!!!

Here are a few more things that SHOULD NEVER happen in your home photos:

D. Toilet seat should be down for all photos.

E. Realtor and anyone else should NOT be in the photo. A photographer/Realtor should know how to shoot a room without finding themselves in the mirror of the photo.

F. There should NOT be a photo of just the floors or just a door. I’ve skipped out on seeing a home before because I couldn’t see the whole room or get a feel for the whole layout.

There are many more things that should be avoided when taking photos that we may help touch base on later. However, if you have any questions until then or would like us to show you what a difference professional photos can make, give us a call today!

Have a Sunshine Day!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn and Dana