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April Housing Report

The 2016 home buying season began in March with a 33.4% jump in sales from February among the 53 metro areas surveyed for the RE/MAX National Housing Report, which is a little better than the 31.0% seven-year average of February to March increases. March sales were also 3.6% greater than sales one year ago. So far in 2016, the average year-over-year increase in home sales has been 4.9%. The median price among the Median Sales Prices of the markets in the survey in March was $204,000, which was the same median price reported in March 2015. The inventory of homes for sale remains very tight in many markets across the country, with March seeing a level that is 13.3% lower than a year ago, the exact same difference seen in February. At the rate of home sales in March, the national Months Supply of inventory was 3.2, down from 3.7 in March 2015.

The April 2016 Housing Report infograph can be found here.

5 Next Steps When a Sale Falls Through

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Remember Charlie Brown, lying dejected on the ground after Lucy yanked the football away at the very last second? That’s how it can feel when your home sale falls through.

Unfortunately, several things can derail a sale, from lenders rejecting your buyer’s mortgage application to buyer’s remorse. Your agent may suggest several different next steps after a sale collapses. Here are some possibilities.

1. Go to Plan B
In the best-case scenario, you’ll have several backup offers on your property and, without re-listing or re-marketing, your agent can simply move on to the next buyer.

2. Re-inspect
Do you take issue with the report filed by the buyer’s home inspector? Hire your own for a second opinion.

3. Don’t despair – repair
Did the buyer present you with a list of improvements they wanted addressed? Your agent can help you decide which, if any, of those items might be worth fixing before relisting.

4. Is the price right?
Your agent may look at any changes in your local market that took place in the time since you first listed your home. You may consider bumping your listing price up, or down, to more accurately reflect the current market.

5. Update your listing
Freshen the listing content with new photos and descriptions based on some of the feedback from prospective buyers. If your home has been on the market through a change of seasons, new pictures of the exterior are also a good idea.

Sales can fall through for a wide range of reasons. Work with an experienced agent who can lay the groundwork for a successful closing. Find one here.

Career night April 5th

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Books About Moving to Read to Your Kids

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Moving to a new home, a new neighborhood and a new school can be tough for kids. Luckily, a variety of children’s books are out there to help parents explain things, add some fun and hopefully alleviate fears.

Here are a few classics – and you can post your favorite children’s book titles about moving in the comments section below:

1. “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” by Judith Viorst
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995
Poor Alexander. First, the kid had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Now, his family is moving! Just like your kids, Alexander has to say goodbye to some special places and people, but with the help of his parents he learns to make the most of the situation.

2. “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1981
Little Brother Bear’s pretty worried about moving, and more than a little scared. Kids can relate to his apprehension, and hopefully his positive change of view as moving day gets closer.

3. “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1987
A little hermit crab has outgrown his shell and needs to find a bigger one – and new friends to help decorate it. This book will reassure kids that it will be easy to make new friends in their new town.

4. “Tigger’s Moving Day” by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Disney, 1999
Tigger needs a place with more bouncing room! His friends aren’t as close to his new house, but they still come and visit. A story to help kids understand they’ll still be able to hold on to old connections.

5. “Goodbye House” by Frank Asch
Moonbear Books, 1989
This book is a terrific way to talk about moving with preschoolers. After the moving van is packed, a little bear returns to say farewell to his old house, saying goodbye to everything, except, of course, the memories.

Other favorites include: “Big Dan’s Moving Van,” by Leslie McGuire, “Neville,” by Norton Juster, “The Moving House” by Mark Siegel, “I’m Not Moving, Mama” by Nancy White Carlstrom, and “The Leaving Morning,” by Angela Johnston.

Looking to a move to a neighborhood that’s great for kids (and parents)? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help.

Deciding Between Multiple Offers

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What a splendid dilemma! You’ve received several offers on your property. Which one should you choose? It’s not always the highest one.

Here are just some of the areas your agent could ask you to pay particularly close attention to as you’re weighing the options.

1. Do the math.
This goes beyond simply calculating the dollar difference between the various offer prices. Before you do that, be sure to do all the math. Subtract things like closing costs, fees and potential repairs to determine the net proceeds of each offer.

2. Consider the financing.
Can the buyer provide proof from the bank that there are funds to back the offer? Your agent can help verify this – and help you understand the terms of the buyer’s financing.

3. Motivation.
Do the buyers have a baby-sitting parent in the neighborhood? A new job just around the corner? Buyers with extra motivation to purchase your home are less likely to press for concessions and more likely to work harder to close the deal. Some buyers even include a personal letter with their offer to explain why they want the home. These letters can be particularly helpful in multiple-offer situations.

4. Timeline.
Note the closing date each offer proposes. You’ll want a closing date that best meets your needs. You can always counter a closing date, too, if the best offer doesn’t quite meet your timeline.

Weighing the pros and cons of each offer can be tricky. An experienced agent can help you clarify, calculate and secure the very best deal for you. Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help.

Real Estate Beckons…

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A brand new opportunity in the making. You can’t turn on the news now without hearing about the competitive job market. In this article,  CEO of Champion Realty Inc. Jon Colie takes a look at becoming a Real Estate agent in todays job market.

He says…”I see peers who have all been in the business like me since they were in their 20s and 30s. And just as we took over the industry in the 1970s and ’80s from the generation ahead of us, there’s a pending transition coming. Who’s going to sell to their clients when they retire?….You don’t even need a high school diploma to make a six-figure salary (although at least a GED is required in most states). Success in real estate is less about formal education background and more about drive. Do you have the passion and tenacity for the job?”

Read the full article here :An open letter to millennials in search of a career: Real estate beckons

 

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Press Release “NEW Palmdale – Rancho Vista Office”

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RE/MAX All-Pro Real Estate expands its offices into the Rancho Vista Community of Palmdale, CA

Lancaster, CA.- The President and CEO of RE/MAX All-Pro, Keny Terracciano launched the monthly production meeting held at the Antelope Valley Country Club by proudly announcing the expansion of RE/MAX All-Pro with a new prime location in Palmdale.

After a huge round of applause Mr. Terracciano continued to share his vision for the growth of RE/MAX. “Maintaining a reputation for having the best agents in the Antelope Valley is of the highest importance. Our clients know that when they choose RE/MAX they will be working with a highly educated and experienced agent who takes pride in their business; An agent of integrity.” With the growth into Palmdale we will continue to seek out and hire only agents that represent our brand and corporate values.” concludes Mr. Terracciano.

When you pair together great agents with a company brand known worldwide it is easy to see why RE/MAX All-Pro continues to have premier market presence and the most productive agents in the Antelope Valley. The new RE/MAX All-Pro will be located at a prime location in the City of Palmdale sitting across from Marie Kerr Park on Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street West.

The office will be elegant, highly efficient and loaded with the best technology to support the agents in their business. By providing state of the art technology, tools and systems we are able to serve our clients real estate needs to the highest degree.

We are proud to be a part of the City of Palmdale and the Rancho Vista Community and look forward to a grand opening in August 2014 upon completion of significant interior and exterior improvements. For more information visit www.remaxallpro.com

Listing Photos: What to Look for When Shopping

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These days, very little is left to the imagination when it comes to browsing homes for sale online. With virtual tours, professional photos and mapped locations, it’s easy to see what you might be getting – before you ever set foot in a potential purchase. Technology certainly has its advantages, doesn’t it?

These listing features help you, the homebuyer, narrow down your home search and direct your real estate agent to specific properties. And although you shouldn’t risk ruling out an otherwise perfect property based solely on its online reputation – hey, even houses have bad days – photos and videos can help save time and energy when it comes to building your short list of homes to tour.

So what should you really be looking for based on these photos, videos and mapping tools? Start with:

  • Layout. Does it meet your space needs? Are the only bathrooms upstairs? Is there a pantry?
  • Potential Repairs. Have the original hardwood floors seen better days? Are you up for the challenge of rehabbing?
  • Yard maintenance. Does the home feature a half-acre yard – on a hill – with 30 bushes that need regular pruning? Will you have time to maintain it all – and is the yard worth the effort?
  • Lot location. Are you concerned about being on a corner lot at one of the neighborhood’s main intersections?

Remember, photos and videos can’t always capture everything, so consider your top three priorities in a home. When you think you’ve found them in a property online, it might be worth taking a look in person – even if that shade of green in the kitchen isn’t your first choice.

The best thing you can do is see what’s really there. Contact a RE/MAX real estate agent who can help you find your picture-perfect place.

Ways to Help Kids Adapt to a Move

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We all know that moving can be stressful. Add to that the confusion and anxiety that a child may feel at leaving their familiar little world, and all of a sudden moving into that new place can be downright traumatic.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a list of some things you can do to ease your child’s transition to a new home.

  • Look for children’s books about packing, moving and getting used to a new house. See what’s available at your local library, or search online for titles. There’s plenty to choose from.
  • Talk to your kids. Explain why you’re moving in an age-appropriate way. Keep it simple and clear. An older child will understand the concept of a job transfer but a younger child might find the idea of moving to a place with more room to play a more compelling explanation. Understanding the reason behind a move will help your child better absorb the reality.
  • Changing schools as the result of a move presents its own special challenges. If you have elementary-school age children, try to visit the new school with your child before he or she starts attending. Ask to meet the teachers, tour the classrooms, and maybe spend some time at the school with your youngster. Encourage your older children to do some online research into their new school; help them explore its academic opportunities, clubs and athletics.
  • Whenever possible, involve children in some of the decisions. If you’re looking at homes for sale together, ask them for their opinions. Ask where they’d place a bed and toys in their new room, or have them pick a new paint color.
  • You might be ready for new furniture and decor, but young children might have an easier time adjusting to a new home if some familiar pieces from the previous home stick around. So don’t rush to redecorate. Familiar items may ease your youngster’s transition.
  • Try to set up your child’s new room as soon as possible, even before the rest of the house is under control. Order, calm and your child’s favorite toys easily within reach will go a long way in making him or her feel settled.
  • If possible, revisit your former neighborhood or invite your child’s friends from there to your new place. That reconnection with the past, even if it’s brief, can help your child move forward.

Fit to Sell: Why a Home Doesn’t Sell

Help close the gap between what homebuyers are looking for – a home that’s updated and well-maintained – and what’s actually available on the market. By doing so, your home has a better chance of selling quickly and for more money.

Watch the most recent RE/MAX “Fit to Sell” video to learn what three steps are needed to sell your home – and which three major elements can affect its sale.

Looking for more tips and tools on selling your home? Watch all the videos in the RE/MAX “Fit to Sell” series.