Showing posts with label buying a home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buying a home. Show all posts

Monday, January 28, 2019

Should You Work With a Real Estate Professional to Buy or Sell Your Home?

Are you looking to buy or sell your home this year? You may want to consider calling a real estate sales professional to help you. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers for 2018.

More Buyers and Sellers are Using a Real Estate Professional
In 2018, 87% of home buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker. A whopping 91% of home sellers utilized a real estate professional to sell their home. That means a large majority of people buying or selling their homes are using a real estate professional to get into their dream home or sell their homes. In fact, 90% of buyers and 85% of sellers would definitely or probably use their real estate sales professional for future services.

For Buyers...
The number one reason buyers said they used a real estate professional is that they wanted an agent to help them find the right home. Your real estate sales professional has the resources and the training to help narrow your search for the perfect home. They have knowledge of the neighborhoods you are interested in and can help guide you to a great home that fits your wants and needs along with your budget.

For Sellers...
Only 7% of sellers chose to sell their home on their own (FSBO). This is the lowest number of FSBO since the NAR began their report in 1981! One of the reasons for the decline in FSBO homes is they typically sell for less money than those listed by a real estate professional. In fact, FSBO in 2018 sold at a median of $200,000, a staggering $64,900 lower than the median price of those sold through a real estate professional. Real estate sales professionals have resources and tools to market your home and accurately price your home so that you can get the best price for your home.

A real estate professional can change your entire home buying and/or selling experience. To make sure you have the best home buying or selling experience possible, reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional. Our organization provides services that make buying, selling, financing, insuring, maintaining and simply owning a home an easier and more satisfying experience.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Did You Know: January is Radon Awareness Month

January is Radon Awareness Month, so we've compiled a few FAQs about Radon.

What is Radon?
Radon is a gas and comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. It is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can only be detected by testing your home.

How does Radon get in your home?
Radon comes through the soil and comes through the foundation slab in your home.

Why is Radon dangerous?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smoke and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter of air, or pCi/L. 1 pCi/L of radon is equal to smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day. The EPA has a recommended Radon Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L, so a professional company should mitigate any reading that is at or above this level.

How can I test my home for Radon?

Companies like S.W.A.T. Environmental can help you test your home’s radon levels and install mitigation systems to help reduce the radon levels in your home. For more information, check out our vendor's list on the HUNT Homeowners Club.

Information Courtesy of S.W.A.T. Environmental

For more information or to contact S.W.A.T., please visit our HUNT Homeowners Club Vendors Page

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

To DIY or Not to DIY? 4 Home Projects To Call in the Pros

DIY home improvements can seem like a good idea. TV shows and YouTube videos make it look easy to do whatever you need to your home. But how do you know when to Do-it-yourself and when to call in the pros? Here are four home projects you should skip the DIY and call in a professional:

Plumbing. Changing out faucets and showerheads or hooking up your washing machine may be a job that many homeowners can accomplish on their own. However, for adding or moving plumbing, or expanding/modifying your home’s water supply or hot water system, you will want to call a professional. Without the knowledge and experience, these more complex jobs could create a flood or leak that cause damage to your home. A licensed plumber will know how to set your plumbing up safely and without leaks.

Electrical. Electrical work can seem relatively simple. You may replace fixtures around your home if you are familiar with how to do so. Any other complex jobs, including extending existing circuits, adding new ones, or wiring electrical boxes should be done by a trained professional. If you do work on your own and are untrained, you can risk electrical shock or even starting a house fire.

Trees. Cutting down the small tree in your front yard may not seem like a difficult job. But the larger the tree, the more risk is involved. Even with a chainsaw, you should not be removing any trees that are larger than 4” in diameter and over 20’. When you attempt to remove trees that are larger, you risk it falling on your house, car, or even another person.

Removing Walls. An open layout concept is popular for main living spaces, but you shouldn’t go around knocking down walls with a sledgehammer. For one, removing any walls will typically require a permit. To obtain a permit, you’ll need an engineer to review which wall you wish to remove, and if it is load bearing, how to brace the ceiling or roof properly support the house. If you remove a wall without the pros, you could end up having a collapsed roof.

The next important question: How do you find the right professional for the job? HUNT Real Estate now offers The HUNT Homeowner’s Club. The HUNT Homeowners Club offers you direct access to all of our HUNT-approved vendors and is a complete resource for all of your moving and homeownership needs.

Friday, November 16, 2018

3 Packing Tips to Help Make Your Move Stress-Free

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.  One way to make your move easier is to organize yourself while you're packing. Here are a few tips that will help make your move more organized and stress-free.

Packing Tip 1: Pack one room at a time. It’s overwhelming to pack every room in one day. Make sure you are only packing one room at a time. It helps with your time management and helps you keep your boxes organized.
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Packing Tip 2: Make it Colorful.
To help your movers, professional or friends and family, color code your boxes. Select a color for every room, write the contents and add a sticker or patterned tape to distinguish one room from another. That way when you’re unpacking, you know exactly where the boxes belong in your new home!

Packing Tip 3: Be prepared. You will need more supplies than you think. Make sure you’re prepared so you won’t have to keep returning to the store! If you’re purchasing your boxes from a moving company, they will buy back your unused boxes, so make sure you stock up. While it’s tempting to use newspaper instead of packing paper, newspaper print can bleed onto your items, so be sure to invest in packing paper. Keep a few rolls of packing tape on hand and leave out boxes for your moving day so you have extra boxes to pack up any last minute items.

Preparing for your move can your transition into your new home easier. Reach out to your HUNT Real Estate Professional to find out how we can help get you into your dream home.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

First-Time Homebuyer FAQs

If you're a first-time homebuyer, you may have a lot of questions about what's actually involved in buying a home. For those that are looking to start their house hunt, here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about buying your first home:

Question: What’s the first thing I should do when I buy a home?
Answer: Step 1 should always get pre-approved for your mortgage. Once you know how much you can afford, you can then start your search for an agent who can assist you with your home buying process. Interested in getting pre-approved? Check out to find out how.

Question: How much money should I have for a down payment on my home?
Answer: You may have heard 20% is the ideal down payment for your home. But there are loan programs available that require as little as 3% of the purchase price payment down. Check out HUNT Mortgage’s low down payment page for more.

Question: How long does it take to find a home?
Answer: The true answer is it is different for every home buyer. According to NAR statistics, the average homebuyer took 10 weeks to find their home and looked at an average of 10 houses.

Question: What does a real estate sales professional do for me as a home buyer?
Answer: A short answer: EVERYTHING! Your real estate sales professional is here to guide you through every step of the home buying process.

Question: What do I pay to work with a real estate sales professional?
Answer: Nothing. You should never have to pay to work with a real estate professional when buying a home.

If you're ready to take the first step towards buying a home, please reach out to one of our local real estate sales professionals. They will be happy to guide you through the home buying process and answer all of your questions!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

First Time Homebuyers: 4 Things You Should Do When Starting Your House HUNT

Buying a home can be difficult if you don’t know where to start, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 4 things you should do when you‘re starting your first house HUNT.

Gather your paperwork. One of the most important things you must do is get pre-approved for your mortgage, so both you and your agent understand what the price range is for your home search. Gathering all the required paperwork for your mortgage pre-approval is crucial. This can also make it easier to apply for your mortgage when the time comes.

Choose your agent wisely. Who you select as your agent can have a huge impact on your home buying experience. Your agent will represent you in the transaction, so make sure they are a good fit. Your agent should be familiar with your local market. Your agent should also be attentive and available. No two agents are the same, so make sure you enlist the help of someone who knows your wants and needs.

Explore the communities you are interested in living in. What are you looking for in your future community? Make sure you ask yourself the important questions. What school district would you like to be in? Are you near shops and restaurants or would you prefer a more rural setting? Do you want a large yard or no yard?

Decide your home renovation skill level. We love a good home renovation show, but HGTV isn’t always the reality. While home renovation TV shows glamorize home improvement projects, the reality can be time-consuming and incredibly expensive. If you’re looking for a project, make sure you’re realistic about your skills and your budget.

At HUNT Real Estate, our sales professionals will help you every step of the way. Are you embarking on your house HUNT? Reach out to one of our real estate professionals today!