February 2016

There are 2 blog entries for February 2016.

Sellers must rely on their agents' recommendations to point out things that they can do to make their homes more attractive to prospective buyers. This includes removing sources of unpleasant odors that sellers may have grown so accustomed to that they are unaware that they pose a problem. People searching for homes often find themselves assaulted by the scent of cigarette smoke and cooking aromas that permeate the walls, floors, and furnishings. If sellers do not undertake deep cleanings, rug replacement, and other procedures needed to remove odors from their houses, they risk losing sales. Unpleasant odors can not only increase the time that a home spends on the market, they can reduce the sale price.

Hint: Air fresheners only mask odors. To

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As interest rates on home mortgages have hovered at or near record low levels in recent years, prospective buyers and sellers have both derived potential benefits. For buyers, a low 30 year fixed mortgage rate means that they will be able to afford the most house for their money. For sellers, this greater buyer affordability translates to higher asking prices. However, as they as, "good things do not last forever." As the Federal Reserve continues to hint at the direction that interest rates will take, there is nowhere to go but up. The only question is, "When"?  According to a National Association of Realtors' forecast, rates will reach 5.3% in 2016. Can you afford to wait?  Give Rosa Agency, Inc. a call to discuss the home buying process 201-997-7860.

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