Check out this site…   Leave a comment

Browse this website for all your home buyer and home selling needs. This website is updated 3 times a day and is always current! You can always trust what you see here. 

http: www.bamarealtor.com

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Posted May 10, 2013 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

Keller Williams Realty Annual Red Day 2013   Leave a comment

RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities.  Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.  

RED Day initiatives run the gamut: From rebuilding homes, refurbishing local parks, giving to local food shelters, hosting blood drives, beautifying beaches and so much more. Projects are chosen by each individual market center based on a need they see within its community.

Recognizing her leadership in guiding the culture of our company, RED Day is held in honor of Mo Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board, Keller Williams Realty. Image

This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone. As Mark Ozman, associate with the Indianapolis/Carmel Market Center, wrote:

“RED Day isn’t about cleaning up a park. It is a one-day expression of what happens 24/7 in the Keller Williams culture. It is seeing a need, discovering who can meet that need and then getting it done.”

 

 

http://www.kw.com

Posted May 8, 2013 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

Selling Tips… To sell your home fast..   Leave a comment

  • 1. Listen to your agent. If you find an experienced real estate agent to list your home, who has a successful track record of selling homes in your area, listen to their recommendations! Find an agent you trust and follow their advice as often as you can.
  • 2.De-clutter. Keep the faux-moving in motion. Pack up all your tchotchkes, anything that is sitting on top of a countertop, table or other flat surfaces. Anything that you haven’t used in at least a year? That goes, too. Give away what you can, throw away as much as possible of what remains, and then pack the rest to get it ready to move.
  • 3.De-personalize. Do this – pretend you’re moving out. Take all the things that make your home “your” personal sanctuary (e.g., family photos, religious décor and kitschy memorabilia), pack them up and put them in storage. Buyers want to visualize your house being their house – and it’s difficult for them to do that with all your personal items marking the territory as yours.
  • 4.Get clued into your competition. Work with your broker or agent to get educated about the price, type of sale and condition of the other homes your home is up against. Attend some open houses in your area and do a real estate reality check: know that buyers that see your home will see those homes, too – make sure the real-time comparison will come out in your home’s favor by ensuring the condition of your home is up to par.
  • 5.Get real about pricing. Today’s buyers are very educated about the comparable sales in the area, which heavily influence the fair market value of your home. And they also know that they’re in the driver’s seat. To make your home competitive, have your broker or agent get you the sales prices of the three most similar homes that have sold in your area in the last month or so, then try to go 10-15% below that when you set your home’s list price. The homes that look like a great deal are the ones that get the most visits from buyers and, on occasion even receive multiple offers. (Bidding wars do still exist!)

 

http://www.rd.com

Posted May 6, 2013 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

Why Wait To Buy Your First Home Till You Are Married   Leave a comment

In my parents generation it was easy, you dated, got engaged, got married, then bought the house. Lots of little check marks on the list and very few deviated from the norm.

In my generation it was a bit more difficult. You still did the dating part, but we typically added the living together part before the marriage or even the engagement. It was practical, and a bit controversial, but we did it.

Now our children are facing another change in the equation. Young couples are buying homes together before they get married.

Coldwell Banker has come out with a new survey that shows 24 percent of millennial couples are buying the house before they get married. Now part of this is because these couples are waiting much longer to tie to the knot, but for those in the real estate industry it is a trend to watch.

Especially as we see the housing industry start to recover. If these numbers were growing in the recent housing recession I think they will explode as the market takes off.

So remember when you want to go back into your personal history to predict future events in real estate, odds are you will be mistaken. The world is changing, fast, and the smart and successful agents are watching these trends and using them to their advantage.

 

 

Information from: http://www.therealestatebloggers.com/housing-general/why-wait-to-buy-your-first-home-till-you-are-married/

Posted April 26, 2013 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

Metro Birmingham home sales rise 6 percent in March   Leave a comment

Home sales across the Birmingham area continued to rise in March, with 923 total homes sold.

That’s a 6 percent increase from a year ago, according to data issued by the Birmingham Association of Realtors.

The sales happened in a four-county region: Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Blount counties.

Prices also are on the rise. The average sold price in March was $179,776, up 10 percent from March 2012, while the median sold price increased 6.4 percent to $149,000.

Price improvements could be related to a declining number of low-priced foreclosure sales, rather than a major change in market value.

There were 261 foreclosure sales in March, or 27 percent of all sales. The average foreclosure sale price was $71,546, and the average non-foreclosure sale price was $222,447.

So far this year, Birmingham area home sales are up 7 percent over the first quarter of 2012.

Meanwhile, the region’s inventory continues to fall. Last month, there were 7,506 homes on the market, down 5 percent from the year-ago period.

 

Information from : http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/04/metro_birmingham_home_sales_ri_1.html

 

Posted April 24, 2013 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

Buying a foreclosure in Alabama   Leave a comment

Buying a foreclosure in Alabama should be just as easy as buying a home from any other seller.  So why do people make it so hard?  To begin with, you have to find an agent that specializes in foreclosures.  The procedure is somewhat different and you could end up losing money if your agent isnt foreclosure savy.  Once you have found you an agent, you need to get prequalified.  Why get prequalified?  Most banks require a pre-approval letter or letter of proof of funds before even looking at an offer.  Once you start looking at homes, it is important to know the right of redemption date.  This is the date that the house foreclosed on.  In the state of alabama, there is a 1 year right of redemption.  Your agent can find out this date for you.  At this point, you find your dream home but the bank has “as is” and your inspection shows several things that need to be fixed.  What now?  Ask the bank, some banks will actually do some repairs to get it sold.  As I tell my clients, it never hurts to ask.  Keep in mind when negotiating, it does usually take a bit longer to get a reply from the bank.  Their process usually includes approval from a committee.  So now you are under contract.  Banks usually have strict timelines to get inspections and financing finalized.  Pay attention to those dates and keep on track and you will be at the closing table before you can say WELCOME HOME.

Posted January 23, 2012 by danielleturner in Uncategorized

To Short sale or not? That is the question   Leave a comment

Here lately I have gotten quite a few phone calls about short sales.  What is a short sale, how do I sell my house as a short sale, why wouldnt everyone that cant sell their house, sell it as a short sale?  First of all, a short sale is the sell of your home with the APPROVAL of the financing company the property is financed with.  This approval usually includes a short pay of the present loan.  It is not as easy as that though.  In order for a property to be eligible for a short sale, customarily (but can changed from finance company to the next), you have to show proof of hardship.  This hardship could be loss of job, loss of spouse, disability, etc. There are also indept applications you have to complete showing the last few months of your finances.  Does this mean because my house has been on the market for 8 months and has not sold, I can sell it as a short sale? NO….unless your finances and situation has changed.  It is not just an easy way out to get out from other a home.  It was developed to truly help the ones with a true and immediate need.  Once you are approved for a short sale, your agent MUST be on top of their game.  The relationship between the mortgage company and your real estate agent is vital.  I have seen so many short sales fall thru due to non follow up or not following the finance companies procedures.  This sometimes intels daily calls and emails to the finance company.  You, of course, have to sign a release authorizing the agent to act on your behalf with the finance company for this to work.  Another very important point, some banks hold the seller liable for the unpaid balance of the loan and some states will send you a 1099 for the sale of the home.  These issues need to be addressed prior to the sell of your home as a short sale.  You need to know upfront what is expected of you.  Again, short sales were designed to help home owners in need and in crisis.

Posted August 16, 2011 by danielleturner in Uncategorized