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Move-Up America is a full service real estate brokerage that is re-inventing the process of selling an existing home while purchasing a newly constructed home from a builder. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Move-Up America has established itself as a national leader in contingent homebuyer services. With an extensive background in both new home procedures as well as residential brokerage services we are the industries leading resource in assisting families and homebuilders navigate the difficult process of selling one property while preparing to move into a newly built home.

How to sell a home in 4 easy steps

Buying a newly constructed home is great, but first you have to sell your old home, and stories about homes on the market for months or years with ever-increasing price reductions can make this idea pretty scary. Figuring out how to sell a home in today’s market is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The following 4 steps can speed up the sale of your old home and get you into that new construction sooner.

Step 1 is the most important step of all; price your home strategically. To do this find a real estate agent who can compare your home’s size, features and condition against recently sold homes in the same market, and determine how to price it at the best value in its price range. What is strategic pricing? Check out this article from the Houston Chronicle. Overpricing a home will cost you potential buyers, and result in lowered list prices and more time on the market, until ultimately selling for less than it probably should.

Step 2 is to make a great impression, and this is one step most people already know about, although making a great impression on the greatest number of people may require some tough decisions. Much that makes your home a home can also get in the way of selling it to someone new. Toss or store non-generic items like decorative flags and lawn ornaments, art, toy, or other collections you proudly display, magazines and newspapers, toiletries, clutter, and any evidence of pets. Your goal is to create a living space other people can picture themselves living in. When in doubt, ask your real estate agent for advice.

Step 3 is to invest time and money on small projects, like re-grouting tile, repainting, refinishing the basement, or getting a new front door. This step is easier after you complete step 2, because removing personal items (like the five shampoo bottles on the edge of the tub) can reveal potential projects (like removing the mold on the grout between the tub and the wall). Don’t get carried away during this step though, because you may not get the returns you expect from big renovations. Check out this link on Today.com for 8 tips to sell your home this spring.

Step 4 is remembering that people buy homes, not houses, and this means they want to establish an emotional attachment. While step 2 set the stage for your potential buyers to begin to see themselves in your home, step 4 is helping buyers see themselves in your neighborhood and community via social media. What is the school system like? What restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls are nearby? The Chicago Tribune article entitled Quirky Twitter account helps sell Mount Prospect house tells a story about one man’s innovative marketing idea using Twitter. Your real estate agent may already be leveraging social media, as the article recommends. Contact us to find out more about selling your home.

The Benefits of HOA’s

Paying home owner association (HOA) fees in addition to a mortgage and property taxes may, at first, seem less than desirable. You may be even wary of HOA because you have heard they can be restrictive, determining the colors you are allowed to paint your home, the condition of your lawn, etc. The benefits of having an HOA, however, can be considered an investment.

Property Value

HOA’s may seem to restrict your creativity or personal style, not allowing you to paint your home bright pink and orange. But what appeals to one person may not appeal to another. By having guidelines and rules all residents in your neighborhood must abide by, what the HOA is really doing is ensuring your property value doesn’t decrease because of unappealing overgrown yards or piles of trash in your next door neighbor’s yard. HOA’s put certain rules in place to safeguard your property value.

Amenities

With newer communities, it is becoming more common to have shared amenities such as pools, parks, and sport fields. HOA fees go toward the upkeep and maintenance of these facilities. Not only does this help increase the property value, but also saves the residents time and money by giving them the opportunity to enjoy such amenities within walking distance.

Safety and Neighbor Communication

Often neighborhoods with HOA, also have a neighborhood watch and regularly scheduled meetings. This provides an opportunity to address any concerns and get to know your neighbors. Additionally, with the neighborhood watch you can feel safe and secure even when you leave your home for an extended period of time.

 

These are just a few of the many reasons HOA’s help improve the quality of life. If you are interested in moving up and finding a new neighborhood contact us. We can help you find the perfect new home with the amenities and neighborhood design you desire.

Real Estate Trends for 2015

With all the foreclosures over the past few years and the price appreciation that followed, investors have been snapping up real estate deals left and right. The resulting effect, the median sale price of single family homes and condos reached their highest point since 2008. But if you are looking for a new home, don’t worry, experts predict the 2015 market will see a return to normalcy.

Home value growth has recently reached 6%, but experts from Zillow.com believe that in 2015 home value growth will be cut in half, to 3%. This drop will make real estate opportunities less attractive to investors, and in turn, lead to more available homes on the market. In addition to paying a lower cost, buyers will also not feel as rushed or be as willing to compromise when purchasing a home. The “this house is almost perfect so, I better get it before someone else does,” mentality will give way to allowing buyers to really take the time to find their actual perfect home.

However, there are still two groups predicted to possibly make a jump on the American housing market. One is overseas buyers. With some countries still in economic turmoil, foreign investors may be looking to the U.S. to invest in properties.

The other group looking to find the perfect home to settle into, the millennials. The millennials have been putting off buying in favor of renting. But experts say as Generation Yers are beginning to start families and looking for a stable and secure place to call home they are motivated to forgo renting and start buying.

But even with two potentially large buying groups, the Baby Boomers may offset some of that demand. With Baby Boomers downsizing, moving into retirement communities or wanting to be closer to their kids and grandchildren, more homes will be readily available on the market. Additionally, some experts are predicting a large increase in new home building and sales, as much as an 18-20 percent increase.

With all the changes in the market now is a great time to buy. If you are looking to buy a new home currently or considering downsizing, Move-Up America has several programs to help you find or sell your home. For more information on our Move-Up or Right Size programs, please contact us.

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Move-Up America is Celebrating 20 Years…And Giving the Gifts to You!

Move-Up America is celebrating 20 years! Established in 1995 by John and Jay Horton and Clay Woodard Move-Up America has served over 8,500 satisfied customers and saved over $45,000,000 in commissions in 12 different markets and 9 different states. Move-Up America has prided itself on providing excellent customer service and maintaining a level of professionalism in order to ensure that their clients get their dream home for the absolute best price.

When established in 1995, Move-Up America brought a radical, new idea to the real estate business. Move-Up America began working directly with home builders and the very best agents from the nation’s top brokerage firms to help clients sell their home and purchase a new home with ease while saving customers on average $9,000 in the process.

During Move-Up America’s celebration they have decided to give the gifts to their customers and sales counselors alike. For its customers Move-Up America has published a free eBook, Selling Your First Home, which details all the vital information that is needed when selling and buying a home simultaneously along with handy printable checklists. This free ebook may be downloaded here.

To show appreciation to the many wonderful sales counselors that have been an integral part of Move-Up America’s success over the last 20 years, Move-Up America is footing the cost for online advertisements. Move-Up America has spent an extensive amount of time researching how to make the most effective ads for themselves and understanding how to specifically target relevant audiences through online demographic research.

Move-Up America would now like to share that knowledge with its sales counselors by placing digital ads that can specifically target potential homebuyers living within a 10 mile radius of the sales counselors’ neighborhood. These ads will allow counselors to advertise the attributes and highlights of the neighborhoods where they are selling to a highly targeted audience. For more information on online marketing with Move-Up America please contact, John Horton here.

And as always, if you are looking to buy a new home or considering downsizing, Move-Up America has several programs to help you find or sell your home. For more information on all of our programs, please contact us.

Thank you for 20 wonderful years!

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