Buying and Selling Homes

4 Reasons to Sell in Winter

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With the winter chill in the air it is not uncommon for those of us in the real estate business to meet sellers who say, “I’m going to wait until spring to sell.”  Spring is the busy time of year in real estate.  That being said, spring is not necessarily the best time to sell a house.  Here are 4 reasons why winter might just be the very best time to sell your home.

1. Serious Buyers – It gets dark out by 5 o’clock in the afternoon and it’s cold (by our standards).  Buyers that are out looking at homes this time of year are serious buyers. They have narrowed down their search so that they can avoid wasting time in their very short days.  Sellers that list their home now may have less showings than spring months, but every buyer through the door is potentially THE buyer for the home.

2. Competition – There is less home sale competition in the winter.  Less competition means you have greater access to the pool of potential buyers.  Why sell a home when everyone else is?  If you are looking to gain maximum value for your home, the easiest way to do that is to sell when there is very little competition.

3. Interest Rate Certainty – If you are selling your home so that you can buy a new place right away, then moving forward now makes the most sense because you know what the rates are right now (or can find out by calling your loan consultant).  Rates are volatile and there is no saying what they will look like months from now.  Eliminate the uncertainty by moving now.

4. Non-Contingent Buyer – Let’s say that you are planning on buying another house.  You could sell your house now and move into temporary housing until spring.  This gives you huge leverage when you go to buy a house next. Because you will not have to make offers that are “subject to selling a house.”  In the spring, the market gets more competitive so buyers who have to sell a house are pushed to the low end of the totem pole when there are more buyers making offers.  If you don’t have a house to sell, you will have an easier time buying your next house.  OR if you do want to move from one house to the next- your subject to selling offer may be more welcome by Sellers in winter.

There is no absolute perfect time to buy or sell a home.  We work with customers all year long through every season.  If you are considering buying or selling a home, call us. Together we can design a strategy that is best for YOU and your family alone.

We have been putting qualified Buyers and Sellers together in the Temecula Valley since 1998.  Put our experience to work for you today!  (951) 522-0518 or april@teamgreer.com Gary and April Greer

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Looking for a change?  Whether you are Buying or Selling we can make your goals happen in 2016.  Give us a call, text or email anytime…april@teamgreer.com or 951-522-0518  Ask for Gary and April Greer!

Be The Good, Buying or Selling the Temecula Valley

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BE  Please join our “Be The Good” campaign

by buying or selling real estate with us.  You choose from the organizations listed below where 5%* of our earned commissions will be sent.  It’s that simple.  We are already supporting these great non-profits (and others) but together we can do more!

Rancho Damacitas (951) 302-2317  Our local foster care home(s) with children and family services with a powerful new branch called Project Independence for youth transitioning into adulthood

Michelle’s Place (951) 699-5455 Our local breast cancer resource center

Project Touch (951) 677-9661 Our local homeless and emergency shelter group

Samaritan’s Purse  A global humanitarian relief organization

Community Mission of Hope  (951) 444-1404  Helping families and individuals in need with food and hygiene items, as well as financial counseling.  Partners with the City of Temecula and the The Temecula Food Pantry.

Gary and April Greer have been connecting qualified Buyers and Sellers in the Temecula Valley since 1998…they are just a quick call, text or email away at 951-522-0518 or april@teamgreer.com

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First Question to Ask When Buying or Selling a Home

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IS THIS YOUR FULL TIME PROFESSION?

For some reason a lot of folks get into “Real Estate” because they think they can work a few weekends and make a quick buck- and this is so far from the truth it’s dangerous.

Buying or selling a home worth hundreds of thousands of dollars should not get squeezed in between your agent’s day job.  Do yourself a huge favor and pick a professional that is in the trenches every day, knows what’s going on and can represent you in a full time capacity.

Full time Realtors are more likely to have aligned themselves with a Broker that has expectations and accountability standards. A mover and shaker brand (like Century 21) that takes it success global.

A full time Realtor is more likely to have more experience, more training, attend sales meetings, maintain respectful relationships with their peers and most importantly will have the time available to either find you that great home or market the home you have to it’s highest and best price.

You deserve nothing less!

And by the way…Gary and I are full time professional Realtors!  Email us at april@teamgreer.com for our

Buyer’s Guide and Introduction” or “Pre-Listing Introduction” both handouts include our resume for 17+ years local experience in the Temecula Valley including Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Winchester.

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Southern California Home Sale Statistics

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JUNE RE CAP of Southland Home Sales

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Cash Buyer accounted for 22.3% of June 2015 home sales. That was down from June 2014 when cash buyers were at 25.9% of the market. The peak was 36.9% in February 2013. Since 1988 the monthly average for cash buyers is about 17% of all sales.

Absentee buyers (investors and second home purchasers) bought 21.1% of Southland homes sold in June 2015. The peak was 32.4% in January 2013. The monthly average for absentee buyers since 2000 is about 19.0%.

The median price paid for all Southern California homes sold in June 2015 was $442,000. That is 12.5% below the peak median price of $505,000 reached in March, April, May and June of 2007.

Foreclosure re-sales (properties foreclosed on in the prior 12 months) represented only 3.8% of the Southland re-sale market in June 2015. That was down from 4.6% in June 2014. Foreclosure resales peaked at 56.7% in February 2009.

Short sales made up an estimated 3.1% of Southland re-sales in June 2015. That was down from 4.6% a year earlier.

Home Sales of $500,000 or more accounted for 41.7% of all Southland home sales in June 2015, which is up from 37.9% for June of last year and is the highest level for any month since September 2007 when it was at 44.4%.

Taken from CoreLogic.com  July 19, 2015

Real Estate in your area is constantly changing…if you live or want to live in the Temecula Valley we are just a phone call away at 951-522-0518 or april@teamgreer.com

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