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The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale | Keeping Current Matters

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflixseries. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Bottom Line

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.

Bottom Line

Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are in a great position to negotiate.

Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Keeping Current Matters

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!

According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan on buying in the next 5 years, with 38% planning to buy in the next 2 years!

When those same renters were asked why they disliked renting, 52% said that rising rental costs were their top reason, and 42% of renters believe that their rent will rise every year. The full results of the survey can be seen below:

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Keeping Current Matters

It’s no wonder that rising rental costs came in as the top answer! The median asking rent price has risen steadily over the last 30 years, as you can see below!

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019 | Keeping Current Matters

There is a long-standing rule that a household should not spend more than 28% of its income on housing expenses. With nearly half of renters (48%) surveyed already spending more than that, and with their rents likely to rise again… why are they renting?

When asked why they haven’t purchased a home yet, not having enough saved for a down payment (44%) came in as the top response. The report went on to reveal that nearly half of all respondents believe that “a 20% down payment is required to buy a home.”

If the majority of those who believe they haven’t saved a large enough down payment believe that they need 20% down to buy, that means a large number of renters may be able to buy now!

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many renters who is fed up with rising rents but may be confused about what is required to buy in today’s market, contact a local real estate professional who can help you on your path to homeownership.

Where are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019? | Keeping Current Matters

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to know where rates are headed when deciding to start your home search.

Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see, interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019.

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019? | Keeping Current Matters

How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment?

Depending on the amount of the loan that you secure, a half of a percent (.5%) increase in interest rate can increase your monthly mortgage payment significantly. But don’t let the prediction that rates will increase stop you from purchasing your dream home this year!

Let’s take a look at a historical view of interest rates over the last 45 years.

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019? | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Be thankful that you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.

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Another Leisure Village Home SOLD by Sharron Parker Team Prior to Going on the MLS!

Another Leisure Village Home SOLD by Sharron Parker Team Prior to Going on the MLS!

This highly-desired free-standing El Dorado model (no common walls) with two car garage sold BEFORE IT WENT ON THE MLS!

2 bedrooms, 1 3/4 bathrooms, formal dining as well as kitchen eating area, a den, large, private covered patio and a workshop area adjacent to the two car garage

Peaceful view of the lush golf course across the street

 

Leisure Village Home SOLD by Sharron Parker Team

17242 Village 17 – SOLD $20,000 Over List Price!

17242 Village 17 – SOLD $20,000 Over List Price!

 

A gorgeous tree shaded golf course location and view for this highly and tastefully upgraded La Jolla (largest) model in beautiful Leisure Village (55+) community. From the entry you will instantly notice the rich and polished hardwood floors and the very open and bright feeling into the living room and beyond. This home has many, many upgrades and features which include an added fireplace, recessed lighting, intercom system, beveled glass dual pane windows, french doors to family room, skylight, richly remodeled shower with built-in seat, self-cleaning oven, pull-down ladder to additional overhead storage. The patio is where one will want to begin and end each day. It is partially covered, with nicely tiled floors and a large built-in counter and built-in grill to really enjoy the lush green surroundings on the 10th green. This may well be the absolute best golf course location in Leisure Village.

 

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Leisure Village La Jolla Model Sold Before it Even Went on the MLS!

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Popular La Jolla ( the largest model) in Leisure Village 55+ Community. Recently upgraded with fresh paint and scraped ceilings. Clean and move in ready. This home has two large bedrooms 2 baths, a formal living and dining room, large family room with eat in kitchen area as well. Granite counter tops in kitchen and master bath Separate laundry room and a TWO car garage.

 

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