October 2014

Found 5 blog entries for October 2014.

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2014) – Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent higher than September 2013 (104.0). The index is above 100 for the fifth consecutive month and is at the second-highest level since last September.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says moderating price growth and sustained inventory levels are keeping conditions favorable for buyers. “Housing supply for existing homes was up in September 6 percent from a year ago, which is

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The seasons are changing and most homeowners are in the midst of preparing their properties for fall and winter. While doing their typical landscaping and packing up the outdoor patio furniture, homeowners should also prepare for any natural disasters such as tornados, flooding, fires or earthquakes that could come their way. According to a new infographic from HouseLogic, homeowners should use the opportunity of the changing seasons to check smoke detectors, create emergency preparedness kits and evacuation plans, and reinforce garage doors to make sure homes are stable and safe. Additionally, if homes do experience damage during a disaster, homeowners should be sure to know how their insurance claims process works, so they can quickly get their life and

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Why Do You Want to Buy?

The emotional part of the decision comes into play when you think about why you want to move. If you’re a first-time buyer, you need stability in your career and the desire to commit to living in the same community for five to seven years. You should want to establish roots in a neighborhood and look forward to decorating as you please without requiring a landlord’s permission.

Purchasing a home is a lifestyle choice that requires you to think about how you like to spend your time and the type of community where you want to live, such as a rural area without nearby neighbors, a highrise building in a city or a home within a planned community with recreational amenities. The more you understand your priorities for a home, the

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The commandments are:

1. Do not meet a stranger at any property. Ask to meet at your office (or a public place after office hours) so others can see the prospect. Take a partner (another agent, broker, family member).

2. Take your car. Your environment is safer. Never ride with a stranger.

3. Avoid work after dark. Close an open house well before dark. Show property only during daylight. If possible, write and counter offers during daylight. If not possible, use a partner.

4. Dress for safety. Dress professionally, yet comfortably. Wear comfortable shoes. Avoid expensive jewelry. Do not carry large amounts of money.

5. Set a Showing Itinerary. Use a standard form. Leave a copy with the office or a family member. Let the prospect know that

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