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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.

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New-Century Modern: A Trending Design for New Homes


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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Your New Home


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Christmas Day is upon us!


Are you prepared for Santa? If not, no worries, we have some great ideas to bring some Christmas magic into your homes and hearts!

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New Construction Trends: A Shift Towards Larger Homes


When it comes to the size of home on your wish list, don’t apologize for wanting a spacious home with a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms. According to a recent report by wsj.com, a lot of new construction homebuyers want larger homes even though some feel fascinated by the “tiny home movement.” While first-time homebuyers tend to buy the older, smaller homes in an affordable price range, move-up buyers long for at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to accommodate a growing family. Commerce Department data cited by the Wall Street Journal also indicates a growing number of consumers rather own a home with a 3-car garage.

Making room for mom and dad

While some homebuyers want larger homes to make room for babies, there is also a multi-generational household trend. Many homebuyers in their 40s and 50s desire new construction homes with dual master bathrooms and extra living space for their aging parents. Because there are several generations living under one roof, it’s essential to have several bathrooms and a 3-car garage rather than the standard 2-car garage. If you live on a golf course, the extra garage room is likely used for golf carts.

Enjoying the indoor-outdoor flow

Another trend in new construction is to increase the living space with more outdoor areas. Especially in the warm-weather states, builders tend to build homes with patios. Whether you want an outdoor kitchen or just an area for gathering outside, capitalize on the building trend as a consumer. You can choose a floor plan that includes French doors that open from an eat-in kitchen and kitchen area to a covered patio. If you don’t have it in your budget to include a swimming pool now, check to make sure the community allows individual pools or other outdoor features that could interest you in the future.

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Leasing a Home


When your family gets bigger or you find the home of your dreams just where you want to live you have the choice of selling your old home or becoming a landlord and leasing your home. If you owned the home for a limited time and have not accumulated a lot of equity in it, or if your home is underwater under today's real estate conditions and you owe more than the house is worth, leasing the house has definite financial advantages.

However, being a landlord has its own pitfalls and difficulties.

•   If you want good tenants, you have to fix up the home before renting it out. This could involve major expense unless you are extremely handy.

•   Between tenants you can expect one to two months of downtime where you will have to cover the old mortgage and the new one.

•   Repairs to cover damage caused by the tenant are the owner's responsibility. This is especially true if the house is damaged in a way that involves health or safety.

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Everything You Should Know About Home Staging: From Reasons to ROI


Many years ago, houses for sale on the real estate marketplace were often empty, especially newly constructed homes. Staging a house makes it appeal to the highest number of potential buyers, selling the property quicker and for more money.

 Statistically Speaking

 According to Home Staging Resources, in a survey of over 3,500 staged homes, 50% of them sold for an average of 11% more and obtained a 1,000% return on their staging investment. Non-staged homes spend an average of 90 days or more on the open market compared to a staged home selling in only eleven days according to these statistics.

 Why It Works

One of the reasons that staging is so effective is that a potential buyer often has a difficult time seeing possibilities in an empty environment. Vacant houses also seem smaller and less appealing without dressing and furniture. Conversely, homes filled with the owner's possessions can sometimes seem cramped, outdated, messy or cluttered even if they are not.

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Good Time to Sell as Millennials Create Demand for Starter Homes

If you are living in a starter home watching home improvement shows, you are likely dreaming of a step-up home with modern porcelain tile floors, quartz countertops and an overall luxurious living space. Spring and summer are good times to sell a home, but the fact that so many millennials want to own is creating even more demand. A recent article by Consumer Affairs revealed that homeowners did better than renters during the recession. If you held your home through the Great Recession, you likely came out ahead with greater net worth than that of renters. Researchers at Washington University at St. Louis reported renters had to deal with higher rents that prevented them from investing. Having dealt with the high cost of rent, many people in their 20s and 30s are looking for starter homes, while others are ready to become move-up buyers.

Giving your home a designer look

While touring new construction homes for your next home, you can get ideas for ways to improve your home to sell. Most young buyers wish they could buy a new construction home, but often can’t afford one. If you own an entry-level home, you can make inexpensive improvements so you don’t over-improve to the point that potential buyers can’t afford your house. Some ideas include replacing white countertops with laminate counters in designs that resemble granite, changing out old ceramic tile with new modern colors. Also, change out old gold door knobs with stainless steel or brushed nickel levers.

Making it move-in ready

According to a piece by Consumer Affairs on millennials embracing homeownership, most millennials plan to stay in the home they buy for at least 10 years. Because many young people have friends or family burned by foreclosures and shorts sales in bad condition, it’s important to make the repairs and improvements before listing your home for sale. Also, many millennials became accustomed to the renter’s lifestyle, which includes property management. The key is to make a home move-in ready without going over budget.

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Trends in New Homes: New-Century Modern

A lot of people grew up in mid-century modern homes from the 1950s or ‘60s. Some new home builders today build homes inspired by simplicity, clean lines and angled roofs. New-Century modern homes provide homebuyers with a lot more square footage since many original vintage homes have only 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of living space. It’s a great time to sell your mid-century modern or other older home and become a move-up home buyer. Interest rates are still extremely low. According to a recent article by freshhome, there are easy ways to bring the mid-century modern flair to your home. When staging your home to sell, consider buying modern furniture you can use now and take for your newly built home.

  • Using real wood

To get the look of new-century modern, you can use engineered hardwood floors or porcelain tiles engineered to look like real wood grain. However, when selling a vintage home, you should let real wood take the center stage. Some of the popular wood used in mid-century homes, according to freshome, include walnut, oak, teak and rosewood.

  • Installing pendant lighting

Modern pendant lights are trendy in a new-century modern home that you can have built by a reputable new home builder. When staging your starter home to sell consider using vintage pendant lights and fixtures with an artistic edge such as stunning globe lights in bold colors.

  • Showcasing the bar

To create an authentic mid-century modern feel in your home for sale, include a built-in bar for mixed drinks. If you don’t want to spend the money, consider a bar cart. When decorating a new home, a modern twist on the 1950s bar is a coffee bar for making homemade gourmet coffee.

  • Reflecting with mirrors

Mirrors were a popular way to accessorize and make a mid-century modern home appear larger. Use mirrors as part of your staging, especially if you can show a landscape in the distance. Other important décor items inspired by the 1950s and ‘60s include shag area rugs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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