All across the country, schools are starting back up to welcome a new class of students. While this certainly affects parents of school-age children, you might be surprised to learn that all homeowners are significantly impacted by the schools around them. Let me explain.
The average homebuyer considers a number of factors when selecting a home. They often care about the home’s appearance, size, layout, age, and proximity to amenities. But did you know that potential buyers pay special attention to the local school district of a home?
While we've always known that good schools attract families with school-age children, recent statistics are now backing up this belief with concrete numbers and surprising trends.
Housing costs tend to be higher in areas where high-scoring schools are located. Recent studies found that homes near high-performing schools were sold for an average of $205,000 more than homes near low-performing schools.* That's a big difference in your pocket!
From my vast experience with clients, I’ve learned that potential buyers start researching school district spending and performance two years in advance. Because this is a top ten motivating factor for buyers, I can provide insight to help you make the best investment possible no matter where you are in the buying process.
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Fun fact: there are some surprising benefits to the annual ritual of spring cleaning (besides a clean house)!
If you’re like most people…. you dread this chore! However, there are benefits that might just motivate you to take on spring cleaning earlier rather than procrastinating. I’ve listed a few below for you to think about.
What are your favorite tips for and benefits of spring cleaning?
Steven and Gloria Lage
Decrease Stress and Anxiety
Cleaning, organizing and getting rid of clutter in your home leads to less stress and anxiety, a better mood and increased creativity. This is because clutter can overwhelm your senses with visual distractions, smells and noises. According to a recent study, most Americans say that worrying about having a clean and organized home is one of their top five stressors. By tossing unwanted clutter and getting organized the related stress disappears with your trash.
You'll Feel Healthier
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology finds that spring cleaning is effective in helping you avoid allergy symptoms that plague so many people during the springtime. Spending time thoroughly cleaning your home not only gets rid of existing allergens like mold and dust, it can help keep new ones from entering when you change your air filters every three months.
You’ll Be Focused and More Productive
Focusing in a cluttered home or office is tough. America’s Anxiety Disorder Center found that when you have an organized space, your mind is more clear and focused, allowing you to be more productive and efficient. Plus, once the space is clean and organized, it takes less energy and effort to keep it that way.
Yes. Spring cleaning is daunting, but take it one room or space at a time, and in the end, you’ll feel better and have more focus. Plus … you’ll have a clean home!
We hope you're doing well! Spring is right around the corner, and around this time of year we start to get really busy. A lot of people think that the spring is the best time of the year to sell.
All the activity got me thinking about a question that I get all the time “When is the best time to sell my home?”
It’s a great question, but something I’ve observed for some time is that there isn’t one “right” time to sell anymore.
Below is a fresh perspective on the seasonality of selling a home, and even if you're not interested in selling anytime soon, We'd love to know what you think...
As always, if there is anything we can do for you regarding your real estate needs, We would love to help you or any of your friends.
Have a good one!
Steven and Gloria
Is Spring Really
The Best Time To Sell?
The reality is that digital marketing and technology give me more tools than ever to market and sell homes, in any season.
“Real estate is a 24/7 exercise. Some people are buying from photos. There’s always a market.”
Which is true, you just never know when or where your next buyer may be.
“The rules are out the window. Get it out there. Let’s see if there’s someone out there waiting for it.”
There’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution. So instead of looking at the calendar to decide the right time to list a home for sale, I always want to understand the motivation for the potential move. For example, are you selling now because you want to be in another house before the school year starts, or do you need another six months in your old place to finish construction on your new place?
It really comes down to personal needs, and sometimes those needs do push you to selling in the springtime.
Ultimately, a strategic combination of price, presentation, & marketing is what sells a house. It isn't so much when you put a property on the market, but how it's positioned in the market at that time that's best for you.
It's going to be March before we know it! We hope 2017 is off to a great start for you.
We are always looking for ways to help our clients improve the value of their homes. One of the things we are seeing more often is people adding more smart technology to their homes - things like internet-connected cameras, appliances, lights, and even locks.
Is this something you're doing in your home? Reply and let us know! We are always looking for great ideas to share and we would love to hear from you.
Hope you're doing well. If we can be a resource to you in any way, please call or text any time. Here's my number: 203-521-7757 (Steven). Or you can reply to this email.
And, as always, if you know someone who's thinking about buying or selling, We would love to help them out. Share my phone number or my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
From indoor and outdoor cameras, to security systems and locks, to lighting and light bulbs, more and more devices are internet-enabled. This gives you more control - from anywhere in the world - over what's going on in your home at any time. Want to see what's new?