Browser Beware: Browsing Online vs. In Person

Are you up to date on all of your online browsing rules? Houselogic.com wrote a GREAT article about the better sites to use, how to spot incorrect/outdated information, etc. We are ALWAYS telling our buyers to send us addresses first if the home they see online didn’t come directly from us. We’ve seen homes listed on Zillow that sold a year ago before! We also warn our buyers that agents nowadays use photographers and filters for photos so when they walk into that shiny new home, it may not be as shiny and new as it looked online. We love this tidbit below! Be sure to follow the link to the full article and information.

“First things first: You wouldn’t read last month’s Vanity Fair for the latest cafe society gossip, right? So you shouldn’t browse property sites that show old listings.

Get the latest listings from realtor.com®, which pulls its information every 15 minutes from the Be First Through the DoorAsk your agent to send you automated emails from their MLS with new properties that meet your specs.Multiple Listing Service (MLS), regional databases where real estate agents post listings for sale. That means that realtor.com®’s listings are more accurate than some others, like Zillow and Trulia, which may update less often. You wouldn’t want to get your heart a flutter for a house that’s already off the market.” Credit: houselogic.com

https://www.houselogic.com/buy/how-to-buy-step-by-step/house-shopping-sites/

Need help searching for that perfect home?! Call us today at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley! Have a Sunshine rest of your Monday everyone!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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Inspections=Negotiation Process #2!

Good morning Sunshine and Happy Monday!

It’s a Friday for us, so we just wanted to wrap up something we’ve come across lately with our sellers/buyers. INSPECTIONS! Anytime I put a buyer under contract on their new dream home, I always, ALWAYS warn them not to get TOO excited until inspection is performed and the inspection notice is signed, sealed & delivered!

So many people don’t understand how crucial the inspection process is. Luckily, one of our favorite inspectors, Zac Lavoi (owner of Greystone Inspection Services), is phenomenal at performing the process & drafting a comprehensible report easy for buyers and sellers to read! Many things can fall apart at inspections that can kill a deal. For example, hidden moisture in walls, foundation issues, roof issues where insurance was claimed but the roof was never replaced, AND SO MUCH MORE!

We recommend doing your research on any inspection company before you hire them. They will be the people that help find ANY and ALL issues with the home you are about to move into. Lord knows you don’t want any surprises AFTER the fact! So this fun meme is for that time Realtors have waiting for that report to come in! LOL! Have a Sunshine week everyone! We hope this helps make it a little brighter!

The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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St. Louis among the 6 best cities for college grads in 2018!

Have a bachelor degree and trying to figure out your next step? St. Louis has been ranked among the top 6 best cities for being a bachelor degree friendly city for finding a job!

“Cities around the country are competing to attract the best talent, so ZipRecruiter analyzed data and created an index to determine the best job markets for recent college graduates.”

St. Louis is up there ranking along with popular cities like Nashville, Pitsburgh & San Antonio! Go us! Read more here…
https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/05/01/st-louis-among-top-cities-for-new-college-grads.html

Have a Sunshine Day!
Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

It’s DEFINITELY still a Seller’s Market!

Good morning Sunshine!

Lately, during our consults, we’ve been getting asked the question, “Is the market still hot?” Our answer…”ABSOLUTELY!” Summer months are always prime time. That usually doesn’t dull down until school is back in session. Just to give you an idea of how amazing the market is for seller’s who price their home correctly that are in first time home buyer price range and basically move in ready, we’ve attached our current Newstime ad to show you how many properties SOLD FAST which means they went under contract in two weeks or less. Out of all of the homes we’ve sold in the past year, the average days on market is 35 days! I’ve also attached this for your viewing pleasure. For a local and family owned company, we are so thrilled we can help so many families save money, sell quickly AND find their next journey/dream home. Have a Sunshine day!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

 

Sell your home FAST!

We get this question all the time: What more can I do to help sell my home quicker? Luckily for sellers, right now we are in a seller’s market and homes are going QUICK.

HOWEVER, if you want people to appreciate your home and sell for top dollar with the least amount of days on market as possible…here are some tips for before and during showings!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone!

-Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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Housing Market has PICKED UP!

Confidence in housing is at a new peak, with enthusiasm among sellers soaring, according to the April Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 91.7, the Index plowed through its previous record, climbing 3.4 percentage points month-over-month and five points year-over-year.

“The latest HPSI reading edged up to a new survey high, showing that consumer attitudes remain resilient going into the spring/summer home-buying season,” says Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president at Fannie Mae.

What is driving the lift? Americans are optimistic about their prospects for selling, with 45 percent believing now is ideal to list—a high point since the start of the survey. By the same token, almost half (49 percent) of Americans believe home prices will rise—conditions that, for sellers, translate to an upper hand.”

Thanks to RISMedia for a great article to share! For the full article, follow this link:

https://rismedia.com/2018/05/08/confidence-housing-new-peak/

What to Expect…From a Home Inspection

Good morning everyone!

Today, I thought we’d discuss home inspections. First, because the New York Times just wrote a pretty awesome article that I wanted to share with all of you. Second, because I have a buyer’s inspection today in the beautiful Lake Saint Louis, MO and am hoping for stellar results! Before I share this link with you, I wanted to point out something that I read in it. I saw that the article says that most first time home buyers don’t know that they are responsible for the home inspection and to make sure to make it contingent upon these inspections. While this is TRUE, the standard contract DOES include an inspection contingency. Also, it is the responsibility of your agent to let you know all of these things that you are responsible. Another point I wanted to make is that there are two types of inspections in Missouri that most people are responsible for. The home inspection which is 95% of the time taken care of by the buyer and then the city/occupancy inspection which is taken care of by the seller to make sure everything is up to code and not dangerous! Most of St. Charles County does not require a city inspection (aside from LSL) but most of St. Louis County DOES! Hope this helps you get by a little easier during your home buying process. And remember, Sunshine Realty is ALWAYS here to assist if you need an agent!

Here is the NY Times link that shows you just what to expect during most inspections: