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RE/MAX All-Pro Community Outreach Scholarship

 

Applications can be picked up in person at RE/MAX All-Pro or download now :
2017 Scholarship Flyer | Application  : DUE April 14, 2017

Please note the following eligibility criteria for scholarships offered through the RE/MAX All-Pro Outreach:

• Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
• Must be planning to attend an accredited educational institution
• Must reside in the Antelope Valley
• Must be attending a Participating High School
• Must have a minimum grade-point-average of 3.0 to be eligible
• Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible
• Scholarships must be claimed in the year they have been awarded
• Scholarship funds will be made payable to the school of your choice with proof of acceptance
• Children of RE/MAX All-Pro employees or associates are not eligible
• NO CHECKS WILL BE WRITTEN DIRECTLY TO A STUDENT/INDIVIDUAL

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February Housing Report

With the tug-of-war between rising home sales and shrinking inventory intensifying, January set records for the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Last month topped all other Januarys in the report’s nine-year history with the most sales, highest sales price and fewest days on market.
Find the complete report here.

6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search

 

In the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home.

1. What’s your budget? See how your finances stand up to the 28/36 rule, which lenders use to see what you can afford to pay each month. A financial adviser or your real estate agent also can help you crunch the numbers. Going through the mortgage pre-approval process lets you know how much lenders will allow you to borrow – plus it helps you show sellers that you have the funds to backup your offer.

2. What do you need in your new home? How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need? What about a large kitchen, a home office or a playroom for the kids? How many cars need covered parking? It’s critically important to ensure the home you select meets your family and lifestyle needs.

3. Do you want a condo or single-family home? Condos come with much less maintenance. You typically won’t be shoveling snow in the winter or replacing the roof, but you’ll likely pay monthly association fees to cover services and repairs in the community. Houses, on the other hand, come with more privacy and freedom to customize. They also come with full responsibility for maintenance.

4. How do you feel about living under covenants? Depending on where you buy, you may have to pay homeowner association (HOA) fees in addition to your mortgage. There are benefits to HOAs, such as maintenance, community centers, and maybe even a pool or gym. But you also could be faced with more restrictive rules about the look of the outside of your home, down to the color of your front door, types of window coverings, and whether you can plant flowers in your yard.

5. What school district do you want to be near? Even if you don’t have children in the house, local schools will affect your property value. Prospective homebuyers tend to search with education in mind. Do your research on the schools in the areas you’d like to live in.

6. Should the home be move-in ready? Ask yourself how much elbow grease you’re willing to put into a home – or how much you’ll pay someone else to do the work. Fixer-upper homes can be great after the work is done, but you’ll want to figure out your renovation budget before you start your home search. A203k home-renovation loan might be the right resource for you. If you’re not ready for the extra financial commitment of rehabbing a home, or you can’t or don’t want to wait for remodeling projects to finish up, then a home that’s move-in ready might be right for you.

After considering all these factors, you’ll be ready to start the home search with a clearer picture of where you’re headed. When that time comes, let a RE/MAX agent guide you all the way there.

January Housing Report

Capped off by a strong December, 2016 was the best year for U.S. home sales since the recession, according to the January 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Home sales in 2016 were the highest in the housing report’s eight-year history, topping the sales of 2015, the previously strongest year. Nine months of 2016 posted sales greater than in the same months of 2015.
Find the complete report here.

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Five Things to Know: Millennials and Home Buying

Millennials are now major players in the home buying arena, according to the recent Home Buyer and Generational Trends report released by the National Association of Realtors:

1. Millennials accounted for 35% of buyers in 2015. This is up from 32% in 2014, and is the third year in a row Millennials have composed the largest group of recent buyers.

2. In 2015, the number of Millennials purchasing in an urban or central city area decreased to 17% from 21% in 2014. Suburbia-phobe? Perhaps not.

3. They have help getting their foot in the door. Twenty-three percent of Millennials used a financial gift for (or toward) their down payment.

4. An online search was the first step for 56% of Millennials, whether they were looking for properties or searching for information about the home buying process.

5. Almost 90% worked with a Realtor to buy their home.

Are you a Millennial looking for your next home? Work with an agent prepared for the changing marketplace. Find one here.

December Housing Report

Despite the typical winter slowdown, November home sales finished 19.1% above a year ago and prices increased 1.4% over October. All but one of the 53 markets in the RE/MAX National Housing Report posted an increased number of sales over November 2015, with nearly half of the markets at least 20% higher. In all, last month saw more homes sold than any other November in the eight-year history of the report.
Find the complete report here.

5 Ways to Connect with Family During the Holidays

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People talk about going home for the holidays, but it’s often the traditions of the holidays that create a home wherever you are. In this eight-part series, RE/MAX is taking a look at things that make a house a home and how each one can add to your seasonal celebration.

It’s often tough to be away from loved ones during the holidays. Fortunately, there are several ways everyone in your family, wherever they may be, can be included in celebrating the season. Here are a few.

1. Make a date to video chat

Plan ahead (maybe even send out an Evite) and schedule a virtual family reunion. Video chatting is easy – and free. Services like Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts allow you to talk to more than one person at the same time. Bonus: you can finally turn down the volume on the uncle who shouts during every conversation.

2. Share an activity

While everyone may not be able to do the same thing in the same place, you and your family members around the world can still share a holiday experience. For example, everyone could make the same treasured family recipe or create some DIY holiday decorations. Then, share the experience via phone or video chat.

3. Family Facebook

Set up a Facebook page for your extended family for the holidays – and beyond. Posts can include messages or videos from each member of the family (don’t forget the dog!) or snapshots from holiday activities.

4. Record a message – or a conversation.

SpareMin is an app that makes it easy to create and share audio recordings. Grab a family member and host your own podcast with a topic like “Family Update” or “2016 Year in Review.”

5. Online family photo album

Sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish make it easy to create online albums. Upload some family holiday pics from years past or start fresh with this year’s batch and invite relatives to contribute.

What would be great news to share with your family? Buying a new home! A RE/MAX agent can help make it a reality. Find an experienced one to work with here.

November Housing Report

Last month saw the second-most sales – and the smallest inventory – of any October in the 9-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Add to that combination the highest year-over-year price increase of 2016 thus far: 8.3%.

Find the complete report here.

#ReStage Challenge

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Recently, RE/MAX called on design lovers everywhere to enter the 9 Day ReStage Challenge competition and show off their best home-staging strategies. RE/MAX received many amazing entries for each challenge, some of which are showcased on our Instagram page.

Day 1: Drawing the Eye

The winning spot in the Day 1 challenge went to @onstageonline. In order to draw the eye in on to one part of the room, symmetry is a must. In the room below, the placement of the identical chairs helps to draw attention to the lovely fireplace and mantle.

Day 2: Flowers

The Day 2 winner was the dynamic mother-daughter duo @picturperfecthomestaging. Staging flowers in your home requires two main tips:

1. Keep your color palette in mind. Try to avoid flowers that match too closely with the main color in the room. Instead, opt for accent colors.

2. The vase matters. As you can see in the staging picture, the vase and the accessories around it pull the “look” together. Additionally, you don’t even have to use a conventional vase! This team used a crate to give their space a more rustic look.

Day 3: Art and Frames

The very creative winner of the Day 3 challenge was @deandracoleman, due to her personal touches to a gallery wall. Don’t be afraid to take some risks and to get personal when staging art in your home! Deandra personalized her space with a “D” hung on the wall and a “dreams” painting.

Day 4: Storage

Storage can sometimes make or break a home’s look. But @domesticaccents makes it look easy. Creative storage can be tricky, but remember:

1. You don’t have to hide everything. Sometimes, using woven bins or wicker baskets on shelves adds a nice lived-in feel to the home. To soften the space, @domesticaccents stores quilts on shelving.

2. Make sure the storage fits your space. Having a storage unit that fits what you want is great; however, it is important to make sure it complements the size of the room and doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Day 5: Lighting

Day 5 winner @stageinteriorsinc demonstrates that lighting, through a “mix of modern and traditional lighting elements,” can really tie a space together. In order to make the most of your space with lighting, incorporate ambient, task, and accent lighting to highlight areas of your kitchen, living room and other parts of your home.

Day 6: Shelving

@liz_kamuru snagged the winning spot for Day 6 with her eclectic mix of metal and natural elements. Here’s what stood out about her shelving:

1. Plants. Plants. Plants. Whether artificial or real, plants add an extra dimension to spice up shelving.

2. Trinkets galore. To make shelves more decorative, adding candles and small trinkets will complement the space and make it your own. Just make sure to not go too overboard or your shelves will look cluttered!

Day 7: Mirrors

Having a mirror in a room is great because it creates a more open feel. And as Day 7 winner @tahne.martin shows, mirrors don’t have to be the main focus the room. Notice how the mirror accents the room below without overshadowing the other pieces.

 

Day 8: Decorative accents

When it comes to decorative accents, it’s all in the details. This designer added some flavor to a grey couch and cream-colored coffee table with a beautiful patterned rug and pillows. For more inspiration on this topic, check out the RE/MAX “Interior Details” Mood Board on Pinterest.

 

Day 9: First impressions

The foyer is the first thing that guests will see when entering your home, so make sure it’s welcoming and creates an atmosphere consistent with the rest of your home. Day 9 winner @luv_to_decorate used a small table with flowers and chairs to add dimension and make her home more inviting.

Ready to find out what your beautifully decorated house might fetch on the market? Contact an experienced RE/MAX agent today.

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