Thursday, April 09, 2015 / by Katherine Kiernan
In a climate where we hear “SELLER’S MARKET” being screamed from the rooftops we are lead to believe that if you list it they will come… at top dollar… checkbook in hand… no questions asked… Right?? Kind of…? No, not really. Buyers still want to feel like there is value in what they are buying. Buyers still believe that there should be room to negotiate or come in below your asking price because historically that has been an option. So to be a seller you have some choices to make; you can do little to no work and throw your house on the market in the shape that it has been since you have lived in and loved your home or, and this is your better option, you can take a couple of days to make it the home that the future buyer can’t imagine a life without thus increasing your purchase price.
Here at Kiernan/DeJean Property Associates these are waters we are navigating personally. Sarah listed her h ...
Saturday, March 07, 2015 / by Katherine Kiernan
In this day and age of tech savvy individuals and questions to your answers one click away due to the awesome search engine better known as Google.com, do-it-yourself has become not only a mantra but a way of life. But how far should we go while relying solely on what our friends tell us and what we think we've found on the internet?
The answer to the aforementioned question would appear to be "straight to the bank." As a Realtor we assist our clients in their home ownership pursuits. Where we find those properties comes from a variety of sources and avenues and no two transactions are ever the same. However, to be quite frank, at Kiernan DeJean we don't care where the house of our client's dreams comes from as long as we can get them settled into it nicely with as little stress and frustration as possible on the shoulders of our clients. Traditionally, the most stress-free real estate transitions occur when people on both sides of ...
Friday, February 06, 2015 / by Katherine Kiernan
I am not sure if it was the first time that we had a real estate experience go bad or the third time when I finally thought to myself, "this is it?? After all of this time and all of this effort, this is all that you are going to do?"
Our home purchases and sales were never stress free to say the least. They were never handled as delicately as I hoped they would be. The first time we were purchasing a house we were elated. We followed all of the right steps and even had our preapproval buttoned up and in hand before we crossed the first threshold. We were over the moon. This was the first house either my husband or I had purchased. We didn't expect literal fireworks to shoot off from the chimney but in our hearts they sure were. We found what we felt was the perfect house for us. We were so excited as we told our Realtor that we wanted to make an offer and we received a very lack-luster, 'Ok. I will get it drawn up.' in retur ...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / by Katherine Kiernan
The real estate market has been a little challenging for the last few years. Many homeowners who considered moving felt the market was too uncertain, and many of us have been waiting it out. As a real estate professional, I’m thrilled to report a positive outlook for those who are thinking about selling.
Here are some stats:
-According to our FMAAR MLS statistics new listings for January are up 16.3% over January 2014 however, active listings are down by 9% indicating our rapid market movement.
-According to the National Association of Realtors, despite low inventory conditions nationwide existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months.
-Additionally the FMAAR MLS statitics show that average home listing prices for our current month are up 31.53% over January 2014 with those averages moving from $233,974 to $294,582!!
We are sharing this information with you because invent ...