Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Winter is the ideal time for sellers to start preparing their home for the flood of prospective buyers in the spring. Tackling home projects while the flurries are flying outside can boost your chances of making a quick, turnkey sale come spring!
Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your home is ready for its close-up. Here are a few things sellers can do now to get ready for the spring:
- Contact a local reputable REALTOR for a Home Market Analysis. A REALTOR will show you comparable homes that have recently sold in your area and discuss factors that will influence price. Securing a REALTOR that you are comfortable with now and deciding on an accurate list price will allow for a focused marketing plan as soon as your home hits the market in the spring.
- Get your home inspected. Getting your home inspected prior to the spring selling season can give you more time to make repairs. Additionally, you might find it easier to find a contractor since many are looking for work during the less busy winter months.
- Give your home a once-over. Take a look at your home with a critical eye and make improvements and repairs. Advice from a REALTOR will help you focus on what’s important for a sale so you will not waste time with improvements that won’t pay off.
- Landscape. Winter is a great time to spruce up landscaping by trimming hedges and cleaning up flowerbeds.
- Declutter. Cold winter days are perfect for taking on indoor projects, such as cleaning closets. Decluttering can make a house look more spacious.
- Change paint colors. Consult a REALTOR for helpful tips on choosing paint colors that will show off your home.
- Be an early bird. To increase your chances of getting your home sold, be the first to the market before it is flooded with competition. Traditionally, Super Bowl Sunday marks the beginning of the spring Real Estate Market.
In southeastern PA, northern Delaware and northern Maryland, the Brokerage to contact is Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers, who offers Home Market Analysis’ at no charge. This locally owned brokerage has a track record of over 45 years of successful business, in all market climates. Partnering with a Brokerage that knows the market inside and out is vital for a smooth spring home sale.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
The holidays are magical around here! We love our home towns and you will too! Check out these December events:
- Winterfest House tours, carriage rides, carolers, ice-skating Chesapeake City, MD Dec 1 thru Jan 4
- Peoples Light Presents Musical Panto Little Red Robin Hood thru Jan 5
- Yuletide at Winterthur thru Jan 5
- Brandywine River Museum Christmas 2019 thru Jan 5
- DIY Fresh Horse Head Wreath Workshop Oxford Feed & Lumber Dec 5
- Country Christmas Oxford Dec 6
- Christmas Parade West Chester Dec 6
- Pictures with Santa for pets Oxford Feed & Lumber Dec 7
- Holiday Village Market The Creamery Kennett Sq. Dec 7, 8, 14
- Christmas Parade North East, MD Dec 7
- Pops goes the Holidays Kennett Symphony Dec 7
- Candlelight Christmas Chadds Ford Historical Society Dec 7
- DIY Gingerbread House for Dogs Oxford Feed & Lumber Dec 12
- Brandywine Ballet’s Nutcracker Dec 13
- Holiday Open House National Iron & Steel Museum Dec 13
- Breakfast with Santa Kennett Sq. Firehouse Dec 15
- New Years Eve midnight on the Square Kennett Sq. Dec 31
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Friday, November 1, 2019
We absolutely love this area and know you will too! Check out all the things to do in November.
Fall Food & Craft Beer Celebration and Hayrides Highland Orchards Nov 2
Food Truck Rally and Wine & Beer Garden Highland Orchards Nov 3
Harvest Hopsgiving Festival New Garden Twp. Park Nov 2
Mushroom Cap Half Marathon The Creamery Kennett Sq. Nov 2
Fall Clover Market Kennett Sq. Nov 3
Taste of Kennett Food Tours Nov 3
85th Running of the PA Hunt Club Unionville Nov 3
First Sundays for Families Pirate Adventure Day Free Admission Brandywine River Museum Nov 3
Pumpkin Succulent Workshop The Kennett Creamery Nov 7
Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale Ware Presbyterian Village Nov 8
The Woodlands at Phillip Mushroom Farms Free Cooking demonstration Nov 9
West Chester Railroad Fall Foliage Express thru Nov 10
Peoples Light Presents Musical Panto Little Red Robin Hood Nov 13 – Jan 5
Succulent pumpkins Terrain Nov 16
Annual Harvest Run with Kennett Brewing Co Nov 16
Little Sprouts Pinecone Turkeys Terrain Glen Mills Nov 17
Holiday Artisan Faire Kennett Sq. Nov 21
A Longwood Gardens Christmas Nov 22 – Jan 5
Fireside Teats Terrain Glen Mills Nov 23
Uptown Knauer Presents Handel’s Messiah Nov 23 and 24
Yuletide at Winterthur Nov 23 – Jan 5
Holiday Light Parade and Tree lighting Kennett Sq. Nov 29
Brandywine River Museum of Art Presents Christmas 2019 Nov 29 – Jan 5
Uptown Knauer Holiday Swing Big Band Nov 29
Small Business Saturday Oxford, Kennett Sq. West Chester Nov 30
Monday, October 28, 2019
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
When staging your home for sale, depersonalizing, decluttering and deep cleaning should be your mantra! Ironically, some of the smallest spaces in your house can make the biggest impressions on buyers. Give extra attention to these essential spaces in your home where buyers can be won or lost:
CLOSETS packed tight with all your clothes make an entire home feel like it lacks storage space
- Consider temporarily storing overflow off site
- Use matching hangers for a modern look
- Organize so there is clear space on the floor and shelves
- Remove TV’s, office furniture, power strips and pet beds
- Use gender neutral colors
- Clear personal pictures and decorative items that are distractions and prevent a buyer from picturing themselves in the home
- Add a modern headboard to provide a visual focal point and add sophistication
- Replace toilet seats, re-caulk, clear drains and clean floor and tile grout
- Empty trash cans before showings and stash it away
- Remove floor mats and replace shower curtains with one with a neutral color
- Hang only one set of neutral color, fluffy towels
- Light fixtures should be clean and have bright bulbs
- Grimy walls can be sprayed with a mixture and water and followed up by a fresh coat of neutral paint
- Clear countertops and medicine cabinets of everything to make the space look open and larger
- Modernize your dated cabinets by having them refinished if budget allows
- Completely clear countertops – especially that cluttered desk area
- Clean island chair cushions
- Remove papers and magnets from fridge
- Replace brass or wooden hardware with brushed silver or stainless steel
- Clean the fridge, sink, inside of your oven door and declutter your cabinets
- Remove rugs from kitchen floors
- Empty the trash and stash the container for showings
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Buyers are simply in a better place to buy homes today than they were even just a few short years ago for two reasons; they know locking in a low interest rate now is a smart move for long term wealth. And, increased job stability is spurring a desire for homeownership.
It’s no secret: inventory levels have been the one factor preventing the housing market from realizing its full potential. Buyers need to be ready to act with a mortgage preapproval in hand and an expert local Realtor. Sellers, if you have been considering a move, now is an optimal time to list your home.
Low Mortgage Rates
Mortgage interest rates are on a tear. In the bigger picture, 2019 has been the best year in more than a decade. If we include late 2018's higher rates the overall move is now bigger than the one seen in 2008/2009. - According to Mortgage News Daily, Sept 4, 2019.
Competition is expected to be fierce over the properties that are available. As a result, the average home for sale may receive multiple offers, making time of the essence for interested parties. Case in point: On local listings this year thru August, the average days on market fell 13% compared to last year.
Stay Ahead of The Competition
Buyers - Team up with a professional, full-time local Realtor who is dialed in the market and what’s coming for sale soon. Additionally, having your ducks in a row with financing is vital. Know your price range so you don’t waste time looking at unattainable homes. A preapproval is essential for strengthening your offer.
Sellers - An active market does not mean an easy sale! Now more than ever, listing your home with a local Realtor who has forward-edge marketing and technology at their fingertips, along with effective negotiating skills is paramount to a successful sale.
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Monday, August 12, 2019
Our local fall real estate market promises to be a strong one! Here’s why:
#1 TIGHT INVENTORY
Tight inventory creates an urgency in buyers resulting in an active market. You can expect a home to sell quickly and you’re more likely to receive multiple offers and sell for full price. An active market makes it imperative to list your home with a local Realtor who will be efficient and responsive.
#2 LOW MORTGAGE RATES
Today’s rates are inspiring new buyers to purchase homes. Mortgage interest rates have been falling since May, so borrowers, especially millennials, are anxious to buy now and lock in a low rate.
#3 A SERIOUS BUYER POOL
Come September, buyers who did not find their ideal home in the spring will be feeling the pressure to make their move before the holiday season or bad weather hits.
#4 DIFFERENT BUYER DEMOGRAPHICS
While families are more likely to make their move in the spring, millennials and empty nesters usually buy in the fall. Additionally, employers who need to relocate their workers often wait for the fall.
#5 LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
The local job market is strong with a low 3.8% unemployment rate. This deepens the pool of buyers since solid employment is a large influencer in home ownership.
#6 FINANCIAL BENEFITS
If your home has gained substantial equity, the value you’ve built may be enough to get you a healthy down payment on your dream home or give you a comfortable cushion for retirement.
#7 THE BEST REASON OF ALL ~ Your readiness!
No matter the season, the best time to sell is the best time for you. Does your current home still meet your needs? Do you need more bedrooms, or are you ready to spend less time maintaining a lawn and home? Various personal factors play into your decision to sell, from job changes to family changes to just generally feeling ready. If you're ready to sell this fall you need to start now!
The first step is knowing the value of your home in today’s market. Contact the local experts who have served this area for over 45 years; Beiler-Campbell Realtors & Appraisers.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The first part of 2019 shows the local market remaining consistent in new listings and above last year in sales. Here at Beiler-Campbell Realtors, listings and sales are markedly outperforming both local and national markets. Inventory remains tight making now an optimal time to list your home if you are considering a move.
Taking good care of your home with regular maintenance is necessary to preserve its value and summer is a great time to do it! A well-maintained home will bring a better price than a home with years of maintenance neglect. While maintenance takes some money and work, in the long run you save money. A small problem like clogged gutters can lead to a big issue like water damage with a high price tag. Consider hiring a professional to complete these maintenance tasks and keep your home in top shape!
1. CLEAN OUT GUTTERS and downspouts at least once a year to curb water in the basement.
2. REPLACE AIR CONDITIONER FILTERS and clean the drain line.
3. POWER WASH mold and mildew off siding, walkways and porches.
4. PATCH CRACKS AND HOLES in the driveway with a concrete repair caulk or asphalt crack sealer. If the driveway is showing age, you may want to pressure wash it, repair holes, and then apply a sealer to give it new life.
5. PRUNE SHRUBS AND TREES Air conditioning units and heat pumps require plenty of air circulation to work efficiently – that’s at least 18” of room around the sides, and 3’ or more above the unit. Tree limbs should be kept 8’ away from the home.
6. DUST CEILING FAN BLADES and reverse the direction. If the fans spin counterclockwise, they’ll push the air straight down to keep the home cool.
7. CLEAN THE DRYER VENT and exhaust duct to avoid fires.
8. CHECK THE DECK for water. Pour a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, it’s good. If it sinks into the wood, get the deck resealed.
9. WASH WINDOWS AND INSPECT CAULKING around the windows and doors. This helps with energy efficiency and keeps ants and bugs at bay.
10. DRAIN THE HOT WATER HEATER every year to clear sediment buildup that can shorten the life of a water heater and raise energy bills.
The material contained in this article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. You should conduct your own research and/or seek the advice of qualified professionals with regard to your specific circumstances before you take action. Beiler-Campbell Realtors assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.