New Homes Indicate Strong Housing Market

New HomesThere is more evidence that Real Estate is heating up in our area.     Local builder Hughston Homes is opening Sweetbay subdivision in Hamilton.     The Hughston’s will most certainly bring a great product to the area.    They have demonstrated the ability to provide more value than their competitors by negotiating bulk pricing and incorporating innovative style and building design in their homes.      

   Once again this family owned business has negotiated the exclusive rights to build in a neighborhood with close proximity to 3 of the best schools in this area including Park Elementary less than a mile away.  Sweet Bay gives buyers an opportunity to have the small town life with easy access to Columbus and Fort Benning and Atlanta.   Also only 5 miles away is Callaway Gardens with its gardens, golf course, lakes, beach and so much more.  The builder wants to make sure his home buyers in Sweetbay reap those benefits, so he is giving a family pass to Callaway Gardens for every home sold.  

   The Hughston’s have been in business locally for 40 years now and are unique in their ability to combine high quality construction, innovative design, and great prices!   Brand new homes in Sweetbay will start in the $160’s and will include features like tile showers and granite countertops inside craftsman style homes.    Many will game day porchinclude the “game day” porch which is designed as an outdoor living area and includes a stone fireplace with mantle and wired for flat screen TV. 

   This is a great time to take advantage of the ridiculously low interest rates!   For more information contact Wayne Long of Keller Williams Realty River Cities at 706-366-8000 or waynelongrealtor@gmail.com .   Or call his office at 706-660-5427.    

Mortgage Banker vs Mortgage Broker

Are you feeling confused or overwhelmed by all of the different mortgage loans that are available through a variety of different banks, credit unions and other lending institutions? Or, are you interested in purchasing a home, but you simply do not have the time to compare offers from dozens of lenders? Perhaps you are interested in making a risky real estate purchase, or you have a less-than-ideal credit rating. If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, whether dealing with Colorado luxury condos or a home in Austin or just about anything else, then you may be interested in obtaining a mortgage loan through a mortgage broker.

Although it is possible to obtain a mortgage loan without going through a broker, many future homeowners find that hiring a broker to help them find a loan is a good route to take. Even for those with good credit who are taking out a traditional mortgage loan, hiring a mortgage broker can help save money in the long run. This is because many lenders only offer their wholesale prices to mortgage brokers. Therefore, while you will still have to pay the mortgage broker for his services, the long-term savings many far outweigh the cost of hiring a professional.

Of course, hiring a mortgage broker isn’t necessarily for everyone. Since there are no guarantees that a mortgage broker will be able to find you a deal that is better than what you can find on your own, you may not feel the cost is worth the risk. Or, if you have already established a relationship with a local bank, you may simply prefer to take out a loan through that bank. Not only can this be a more convenient option for some buyers, but you may also be able to get additional perks due to the relationship you have with the bank. Furthermore, the approval process may go more smoothly since the bank already has some of the information that is necessary to complete the approval process.

For buyers with less-than-ideal credit, going through a mortgage broker may be the only way to obtain a loan with reasonable terms. Since bank loan officers are not paid on commission, they have no incentive for approving loans for those with a poor credit rating or even for those who are taking on a risky real estate purchase. Mortgage brokers, on the other hand, earn their living by finding loans for their clients. Therefore, you have a much better chance of finding a loan with reasonable terms when you hire a mortgage broker rather than trying to obtain a loan directly through a bank loan officer.

Whether you should go obtain a mortgage loan directly through a lender or go through a mortgage broker is a personal decision that needs to be based on your unique situation. Regardless of your decision, it is in your best interest to explore all of your options first. This way, you can be sure you are making the decision that is right for you.

About The Author – Brian Kinkade, Realtor, specializes in Colorado luxury condos, such as Walnut Condominiums Boulder, as broker of The Home Cart Team based in Denver.

Three Essential Quick Fixes to Help You Sell

Sell Your Home

On a budget or have a time crunch and need to sell your home? Here is a few really
good ideas to improve the look and feel of your home quickly and inexpensively which
are sure to get you some buyer activity.

Clean

Your home can never be too tidy or too clean and in today’s tough seller’s
market and it better be both. Here is where you want to spend the most time so get
started early and make it count. Closets, pantries and garages are the most cluttered
areas of our homes, remove what you can and make neat piles of the rest. Scrub
everything in all baths and kitchen and remove everything you can from countertops,
table tops and corners except a few colorful and tasteful decorative items.
Once you are satisfied that you did your best cleaning job, get the carpets shampooed.

Paint

Do you have any rooms that are painted anything other than soft clean colors?
Are there fingerprints or scuffed baseboards around the house? Repaint any dark
or bold rooms with a warm beige paint and touch up baseboards with left over paint
in the garage. It’s only paint you say and they will probably repaint once they move
in but right now you want to create a positive feeling about the house and a fresh
coat of paint in a light color is not only easy to do but will make your home
seem brighter, cleaner, and more inviting.

Trim & Spruce

When the “for sale” sign goes up you don’t want anyone to drive right by
and not want to see more. Spend a day sprucing up the front yard. If your
plants are covering most of the house no one will be able to actually see what
you have to offer. Trim trees and bushes down to reveal more of your home.
Pressure wash any dirt away and spruce up the entrance. A few inexpensive
annual plants in coordinating colors are a must. Repaint the front door,
replace the hardware if needed and adorn the door with a seasonal wreath.

These few fundamental tips will go a long way in helping your home stand out from
the competition. More and more people want “move in ready” today in a home that they buy.
Make yours appeal to this type of buyer!

Bob Lipply is the Broker / Owner of Lipply Real Estate Company with offices
in Clearwater, FL selling real estate
in Tampa
and Tampa Homes throughout
the bay area on the west side of Florida.

Is now the right time for you to buy a home??

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, you may be wondering if now is the right time to buy. After all, given the current state of the economy, you may be worried that purchasing a home will be a major mistake. In truth, most experts agree that there has never been a better time than right now to purchase a home, and here is a look at a few of the reasons why.

Reason #1: Home Prices are Down

While housing prices are on their way back up in most markets, they are still much lower than they were just a few years ago. Therefore, if you are purchasing a home without having to sell one in the process, you stand to save a significant amount of money. Even new home builders are offering great prices on homes, which means you still stand to enjoy long-term savings even if you do have to sell your current home to buy a new one. After all, thanks to the energy-efficient fixtures and better technology found in new homes, you will stand to save on heating costs and in other ways as well. Of course, if the home is closer to your place of work, you will also save on fuel costs as you commute back and forth to work.

Reason #2: Choices Abound

There are many options currently available on the market for those who are looking for a home. From condos to townhouses, from single-family homes to rural estates, there is something available in just about every style and price range. Since there are so many options to select from and because there is such an overflow of housing on the market, there is no need to feel rushed into making a decision.

Reason #3: Mortgage Rates are Low

Mortgage costs are lower than they have been in Canada for a very long time. In fact, over the past two years, they have fallen by more than 25 percent. Not only does this mean you get to enjoy lower monthly payments, but you also pay less in interest over the lifetime of the loan.

Reason #4: Planning for the Future

Experts agree that housing prices are likely to only go up from here. Therefore, when you purchase a home now, you are making a sound investment into your future.

Reason #5: Special Incentives

Thanks to special incentives for first-time homebuyers, you can also receive a bit of help with making your purchase. Not only does a federal tax benefit allow buyers to receive up to $750 for the costs associated with making a home purchase, but the Home Buyers’ Plan allows you to withdraw up to $25,000 (or $50,000 per couple) tax-free from your RRSP.

Crystal Tost is a Calgary Realtor that specializes in assisting first time buyers

5 Reasons to get a home inspection

So, you have found the home of your dreams and you are ready to make an offer, but there is one thing you need to complete before you take this step: the home inspection. Even if you are not legally required to obtain a home inspection, getting one before you buy is always a good idea. In fact, here are 5 reasons to get a home inspection that you should take into consideration.
Reason #1: Learn More About the Condition of Your Home
Getting a home inspection will give you a much clearer idea of the condition of the home. With the information you obtain through your home inspection, you may decide the home is not right for you. Or, you may decide that you need to lower your offer or to renegotiate the deal to require the necessary repairs to be completed.
Reason #2: Gain Negotiating Power
The first reason to get a home inspection leads nicely into the second reason, which is an increase in negotiating power. Armed with the information gained through the inspection, your real estate agent can effectively negotiate a better deal. If there are certain repairs that need to be made or if certain items will need to be replaced within a few years, you can use this as a bargaining chip to lower the cost of the home. In short, you may be able to save thousands of dollars with the help of your home inspection report.
Reason #3: Protection from a Bad Deal
Of course, depending on what the results of the inspection, you may decide you are no longer interested in purchasing the home. By making the final deal contingent upon the results of your home inspection, you can easily back out of the deal if you find there are just too many problems with the home.
Reason #4: Get an Impartial Opinion
For many homeowners, purchasing a home is at least partially an emotional response. In other words, it is easy to become attached to a particular home due to certain features, such as its location or amenities. As a result, you may become blind to the home’s faults. With the report provided by the inspector, you will be able to clearly see all of the problems you will be facing if you purchase the home. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you may receive the reassurance you need to know you are making a sound investment.
Reason #5: Get a Break on Homeowner Insurance
Oftentimes, homebuyers can use the results from their home inspection to help with the process of getting homeowner’s insurance. In fact, depending upon the results of the inspection, you may get a discount on your insurance premiums.

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