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Jan. 11, 2019

If Any of These 4 Things Ring True for You, It’s Likely Time to Downsize

If your home has appreciated considerably, selling would afford you the opportunity to not only downsize your space, but also reduce your mortgage.

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Here are four signs that it may be time to downsize:

1. Retirement. Ever-increasing living expenses, coupled with people living longer today than ever before, force many retirees to think about cutting costs; the mortgage might be one such cost to consider.

2. Too much anxiety. Upkeep in and around the home, such as repairs, shoveling snow, and mowing the lawn, can wear on some homeowners to such an extent that living in that larger home is no longer worth the hassle and anxiety it brings.

 

 

  

If your home has appreciated considerably, selling would afford you the opportunity to not only downsize your space, but also reduce your mortgage.

 

 

3. Unused space. Do you feel like you’re being swallowed up by all the extra space in your home? Or are you cleaning rooms that really just go unused? This is a pretty recognizable sign that you should consider downsizing.

4. Money opportunities. It could be that your home has appreciated considerably, and selling would afford you the opportunity to not only downsize your space, but also reduce your mortgage. Or if you no longer wanted to have a mortgage, you’d have the opportunity to use the money in an entirely different way.

If you have any questions, you’re considering the possibility of downsizing, or would just like to speak with someone about what option is right for you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d love to assist you!

Dec. 27, 2018

Strategies for Juggling a Home Sale and a Home Purchase

Buying and selling a home at the same time isn’t impossible. Here are three different ways you can go about the process.

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If you are looking to sell your home and buy a new one, you have three options: You can buy your next home first, sell your current home first, or complete both transactions at the same time. The first step in this process should be to speak with a qualified mortgage professional. This will allow us to review your finances and see what the best option is for you.

If you choose to buy before selling, there are a few benefits involved. First, there’s not going to be a lot of pressure and you won’t have to rush into buying anything. You won’t have to face the stress of finding interim housing, either. The one drawback here is that you may be stuck with two mortgages at once for a period of time.

 

 

  

Buying and selling at the same time requires much planning.

 

 

 

If you choose to sell before buying, there are a few advantages here as well. First, you’ll know exactly what kind of equity you’ll be able to get out of your home to put toward your purchase. You won’t have to worry about multiple mortgages, but it is possible that you’ll have to set up some interim housing.

Buying and selling at the same time is the other option.
You don’t have to worry about the multiple mortgages or the interim housing, but this requires a lot more planning because of all the moving parts involved.

If you have any questions about the buying or selling process or about real estate in general, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Nov. 2, 2017

Now Is A Great Time To Sell! - Philadelphia Housing Market Update

Now is a great time to buy or sell a home! 

As we enter into the end of the year, I'd like to give you an update on how the Philadelphia Housing Market is performing.

  • Less Inventory = Less Competition for Sellers

  • Dropping Interests Rates & Should You Wait To Sell?

  • Homes are Selling at a 5% Increase Over Last Year

  • The Average Time on Market has Dropped by 10 Days

 

I've covered all of this in today's video!


If you have any more questions or want to hear why we're the perfect group to list with or help find your dream home, please give me a call or send an email.

 

(215) 350 - 4125

zach@zachbehr.com

 

Talk to you soon!

 

 

Zach Behr
The Zach Behr Real Estate Group
625 W Ridge Pike Bldg F
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Office: (215) 664 - 1008
zach@zachbehr.com

Oct. 19, 2017

What To Expect When Listing Your Home For Sale

Getting ready to list your home for sale?

Did you know 92% of all home buyers start their search online? 
Professional photographs can help your home stand out amongst the rest.

I'll be covering that and even more about the Listing Process!

 

  • The Discovery Process

  • Home Visits and Inspections

  • Determining Pricing

  • Staging and Photography

 

It's all in today's video!


If you have any more questions or want to hear why we're the perfect group to list with or help find your dream home, please give me a call or send an email.

 

(215) 350 - 4125

zach@zachbehr.com

 

Talk to you soon!

 

Zach Behr
The Zach Behr Real Estate Group
625 W Ridge Pike Bldg F
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Office: (215) 664 - 1008
zach@zachbehr.com

Oct. 11, 2017

4 Tips To Make Your Home Sell Faster

 

Getting ready to sell your home
 

There's a few sure fire ways to catch a buyer's eye, and make your home really stand out!

In today's video we'll talk about 4 Ways To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers.

  • Is your home clean and organized?

  • Does the exterior excite buyers to take a look inside?

  • Have you taken care of all the small repairs? 

  • Considered getting a pre-home inspection? 

 

I've covered all of this in today's video!


If you have any more questions or want to hear why we're the perfect group to list with or help find your dream home, please give me a call or send an email.

 

(215) 350 - 4125

zach@zachbehr.com

 

Talk to you soon!

 

Zach Behr
The Zach Behr Real Estate Group
625 W Ridge Pike Bldg F
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Office: (215) 664 - 1008
zach@zachbehr.com

Oct. 5, 2017

4 Key Things To Look For When Searching For a Home

 

 

Searching for your next home? 
 

How will you find the perfect home if you're not quite sure what you're looking for?

In today's video I'll be sharing 4 key things to consider when Searching For A Home!

  • Do you want something Move-in Ready? Or a Fixer Upper?

  • Have you identified your "Wants" vs. "Must-Haves"?

  • Does your agent know your likes and dislikes?

  • Location, Location, Location! How's the commute? Close to family?

I've covered all of this in today's video!


If you have any more questions or want to hear why we're the perfect group to help you find your dream home, please give me a call or send an email.

 

(215) 350 - 4125

zach@zachbehr.com

 

Talk to you soon!

 

Zach Behr
The Zach Behr Real Estate Group
625 W Ridge Pike Bldg F
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Office: (215) 664 - 1008
zach@zachbehr.com

Oct. 2, 2017

My Best Tips for Finding a Real Estate Agent

  

Thinking about buying or selling a home? 

The first step in your journey should be finding a Real Estate Agent that is best fit for you.

In today's video I'll be covering some of my most asked questions about Finding a Real Estate Agent.

 

  • Are there different types of agents? Which is the best for me?

  • What qualities should I look for? Do they communicate? Can they sell?

  • Where do I look for a real estate agent? The internet? Friends and family?

  • What if I'm not happy with my agent? What are my options?

 

I've covered all of this in today's video!

 

If you have any more questions or want to hear why we're the perfect group to list with or help find your dream home, please give me a call or send an email.

 

(215) 350 - 4125

zach@zachbehr.com

 

Talk to you soon!

 

Zach Behr

The Zach Behr Real Estate Group

625 W Ridge Pike Bldg F

Conshohocken, PA 19428

Office: (215) 664 - 1008

zach@zachbehr.com

 
Aug. 31, 2017

3 Beautiful Homes That Haven't Hit the Market Yet

Right now it’s very difficult to find a property and get your offer accepted in our real estate market. Inventory is very low and competition is extremely hot. 

Because of this, knowing about homes before they come on the market is going to give you a big competitive advantage. We would love to help you achieve this and would be happy to provide you with pertinent information.

Today I’d like to share just a few of these homes that are coming onto the market soon. 

First we have an updated, move-in ready duplex coming to Fishtown, Philadelphia. 

With two new kitchens and new flooring, this property is going to be good for two types of buyers: investors seeking to add additional cash flow and people wanting to move into Fishtown. The latter group of buyers could rent out a portion of the property in order to supplement their mortgage. 

The second property I’d like to bring to your attention is an updated home in Roxborough. This home has new hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, and will be priced at about $215,000. 


Knowing about homes before they come on the market provides a big competitive advantage.


Roxborough has very low inventory, so this beautiful property will likely go fast.

Finally, the last property I want to let you know about is located in Rices Mill in Elkins Park, Cheltenham Township. Priced at $319,900, this gorgeous 4-bedroom property comes with two and a half bathrooms, a two car garage, and a large yard outside. 

So if you’d like to be kept up-to-date on homes coming soon to the market, have any other questions, or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

 

Aug. 14, 2017

Greater Philadelphia Area Market Update for August 2017

Today I want to take some time to give you an update on the Greater Philadelphia Area real estate market. 

Let’s first talk about inventory accumulation, which is an indicator of if we’re in a buyer’s or a seller’s market. We take the number of homes that are for sale and divide it by the number of homes that are sold each month to give us a final number. Currently, we have just under four months of inventory in the Greater Philadelphia Area—which puts us in a seller’s market.

Because of the lack of inventory and increased sales from this time last year, we’ve seen the market value of homes increase by 8%. That means that it’s a great time to be a seller. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market.

 


If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market.


 

Interest rates are still at historic lows, with the current rate hovering just around 4%. Even though you may have to be more aggressive as a buyer to purchase a home, you’re still getting your mortgage at a low interest rate. 

If you have any other questions or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, please give me a call. I would be happy to help!

 

July 26, 2017

What Does the Zillow Lawsuit Mean for You?

One of the hottest topics in real estate today is the Zillow lawsuit. 

A woman from Illinois was selling her property but the Zestimate came in significantly lower than what she thought her home was worth. She feels that the low Zestimate negatively impacted her ability to walk away from her property. 

This woman is not seeking damages. She simply wants the rules to change on how Zillow is allowed to promote valuations in the marketplace because Zillow is not an appraisal company. 

That’s an important distinction because one in 10 Zestimates actually fall 20% below market value.

 


One out of 10 Zestimates fall 20% below market value.


 

We’re talking about real money. Buyers use Zillow as a tool to search for property and when they see that the Zestimate is so much lower, it’s going to be harder as a seller to actually sell the property for its market value. 

As I’ve mentioned before, if you’re thinking about selling your home, Zillow can be a good baseline. However, if you want to know what your home is actually worth, it’s important to work with a real professional real estate agent. 

If you would like to learn more about the Zillow lawsuit or find out what your home is worth, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!