Quick —— Buy a Home by the End of the Year!

OK, this particular blog entry isn’t for everyone. Even if you’re not looking to buy a home right now, the message is worth keeping in mind for your next home search:

There are lots of great reasons to buy a home before the end of the year.

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Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here are some of them:

  • Mortgage rates are still relatively low.

They’re not as low as they were a few months ago, but mortgage rates are still more attractive today than they have been in recent years. If you can lock in a good rate now, that can be a lasting benefit that helps you for many years.

  • It might be easier to get a mortgage right now.

Lenders may be willing to work with new customers like you — because recently, less people have been applying for loans. So you could possibly get a better rate and more friendly terms than you might think.

  • Home prices are still within reach.

Although inventory is shrinking, many available homes are still reasonably priced — especially homes that have been on the market for a while. Those sellers in particular might be willing to lower their price to get a deal done before the year ends.

  • And one of the best reasons to buy a home by the end of the year…the tax benefits!

There are few deductions bigger than a home purchase. By completing the transaction in 2013, you could stand to get a lot of help on your income tax return!

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Maybe you were planning to buy a home next year, or you’re just tired of paying rent. Whatever your situation is, a home purchase before the end of this year can be beneficial — and I can help you see if it’s possible!

Find out if buying a home in Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Plano, Richardson, Dallas, or anywhere in north Texas is the right move for you! Call me at 267.566.3448 or email me at shannon.rubin1@gmail.com today!

©2013 by Shannon Rubin.

5 Reasons You Should Use a REALTOR®

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, I’d like to share one of the most important pieces of advice I can give you:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE work with a REALTOR®!  

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Hopefully at least one of these reasons will convince you to choose a REALTOR to work with — even if it’s not me.

  1. A REALTOR has complete access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. If you’re a home buyer, we can send you listings that you can’t find via online search. If you’re selling your home, we can help you write and place a listing that will attract the interest of potential buyers. 

  1. A REALTOR can help you negotiate the best possible deal. We know the market, we know the laws, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help you.

  1. A REALTOR knows contracts. For many people, they can be complicated and confusing. But we know which forms to fill out and can walk you through them all.

  1. A REALTOR is bound by our code of ethics. Real estate agents have your best interests at heart, and we’re committed to serving your needs with honesty and integrity.

  1. A REALTOR can save you money. Not everyone knows the ins and outs of real estate transactions, how to get prices of comparable homes, and understand how the market affects home prices. But we do, and we put that knowledge to work for your bottom line.


I truly mean it — even if it’s not me, I wholeheartedly recommend working with a licensed REALTOR.

And if you’d like to work with me, please call 267.566.3448 or email me at shannon.rubin1@gmail.com today!

© 2013 by Shannon Rubin.

How To Sell A Home in a Seller’s Market

Sounds pretty easy, right? And it should be — because heck, this kind of market is named after you!

But like all things, real estate can get complicated quickly. So let’s keep things simple and make sure you sell your home.

A few quick things to remember:

You’re in demand.
Your home, that is. With a limited “inventory” of homes available, it’s likely that you’ll have plenty of interest from home buyers. Don’t just take the first offer (unless it’s incredible!), and be patient. Let the bidding begin!

The price is right?
Because your home is in demand, you should be able to set — and get — a very good price for it. A year ago, home buyers were in the driver’s seat and getting great value on their purchases. Today, your home could be 10% more valuable than it was a year ago. (Or 20%. Or 30%. Your results may vary!)

Where are you going?
It’s great that you’ll probably be able to sell your house quickly and for a great price. But have you already purchased your next home? Rented an apartment or house? Because once you sign those papers, you and all your stuff need to be out of your old home. Make sure you and your REALTOR® have your next place all lined up!

So sit back and relax. As a seller in a seller’s market, you’re in a great position. Just keep your cool and be smart, and you’re bound to get a great deal.

Ready to sell your home and take advantage of the market?
Trust your future to the right REALTOR® — someone honest who will work tirelessly for you — like me!

You can reach me at 267.566.3448 or email me at shannon.rubin1@gmail.com today.

 

© 2013 by Shannon Rubin.