Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to wonder if they should list their home “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO). After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard then watch a line form around the block?
There are a number of things most people expect when engaging with a top real estate agent. They should be friendly, understand the local real estate market, have a fair degree of experience, and advise you on the best practices related to buying or selling property. But is that all you should expect? Since realtors are generally only paid a commission at the conclusion of a successful transaction, why wouldn’t you want to find a top real estate agent to work with?
While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?
When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift while fearing a real estate crash. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market.
After considering a career in law or public policy, I received my real estate license in 2012. Finding purpose in my career began with working at a National plaintiff law firm in San Francisco. I wasn’t sure law school was the right path but I knew I wanted an engaging career that helped people.
One day the broker who sold me my house called and told me he thought real estate would be perfect for me. Contracts, sales, competition, helping people. I was reticent. Possibly downright opposed. My biggest hesitation?
We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.
The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their health, career, relationships, and financial goals. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.
While the U.S. economy is experiencing turmoil in many segments due to the global coronavirus pandemic, real estate has remained relatively unscathed. Historically low mortgage interest rates have led to increased demand for home purchases. Combined with relatively low home inventory in many markets, home prices are reaching record levels with no clear end in sight. One market expert predicts that demand for home purchases will remain strong throughout 2021 and beyond — especially given statements from the Federal Reserve indicating a regime of near-zero interest rates for the foreseeable future.
We hear a lot about encouraging our kids and the power of “Yes”. But I actually think it’s really important and relevant to say “No”.
If you grow up always hearing “Yes” or having the path cleared for you, it can be very difficult when you encounter hardships in life.
I’ve spent time these past couple of weeks and months thinking about constructive ways I can say “No” to my kids. I want to have them develop some inner resourcefulness that will help them later on with their careers and just make them better human beings to be around.
Shelter-in-Place orders have led to limitations on in-person home showings. These changes have forced agents to quickly adapt to an entirely new landscape. Unsurprisingly, some agents are more comfortable with virtual technologies than others. How do you ensure you are partnering with an agent who is a master of digital systems? A few things to ask:
This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly takes a village to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.