According to The National Association of REALTORS reports the majority, an amazing 94% of Millennials who recently purchased a home, say that they heavily used websites throughout their search process. But, that is not just a generational preference. Baby Boomers, about 84% of them, and 65% of seniors-those 69 to 89 year old- also say that they conducted online research while searching for their next home.
If you have started searching for a new home, you may not realize that there are certain things you might be doing that are hurting your chances of home ownership actually coming to fruition. You may think that since the market has made major progress on the road to recovery and you are in fact, gainfully employed, that there is nothing more to consider. Just shop and buy, right?
The industry for so-called smart homes will reach $71 billion by 2018, according to a Juniper Research report published in February 2015. Initially, smart homes and related products were driven mostly by entertainment systems, smart appliances and phone apps. Often these purchase initiatives translate into safety and energy efficient systems that increasingly play a bigger role in the homes we purchase.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) just launched an international platform that broadcasts your property to over 70 websites worldwide.
Buyers have a global view, but with the added convenience of localized options available to prospective buyers such as language, units of measure and currency.
Today’s housing market definitely leans in favor of the sellers for now, mainly because of a limited number of homes for sale and an influx of people ready to buy. So for potential buyers, this may mean they have to become a more competitive, strategic shopper and recognize when they are perhaps seeking “perfection” that they may never actually find in this current market.
Thinking about listing your home for sale soon, but wondering how you will get everything done to the house to actually get it ready to sell? Spring is here, the market is ripe, and it may seem like you are behind everyone else entering the market. You are actually not alone. Between work, baseball practice, dance recitals, and everything else on the typical family schedule, finding time to clear away clutter (aka: your basement looks like your house could be featured on an episode of Hoarders), is can feel like a huge challenge.
Now is the time, before hurricane and tropical storm season begins in New England, to prepare your home for any unexpected emergency. Many homeowners take the threat of severe weather lightly, and see hunkering down in a storm as a fun, family adventure. It can be, but only if you are prepared for the potential loss of electricity for an extended period of time and other challenges a big storm can cause.
Moving can be stressful on everyone in the family, even your furry family members. If you are preparing for the big move and are worried about how your pet will handle the transition, relax. There are a few things you can do, and plan for ahead of time, to make the big day go smoothly for everyone-even Fido.
Perhaps you have long been considering greener alternatives to your old gas-powered mower, but will a cordless mower really do the job? There are several variables to the answer to that question, like how large your yard is, and what the terrain is like-- do you have several hills or uneven ground in your yard to contend with?) But yes, there are some high-performance cordless models available today that will get the job done right.