Typical Real Estate Trends to Expect This Spring 2024
As the winter frost begins to thaw and flowers start to bloom, the real estate market gears up for its annual spring awakening. Springtime has long been synonymous with new beginnings, and for the housing market, it's no exception. With the arrival ...
Posted by Michael Akkus on February 20, 2024 in Buyers & Sellers
Top 10 Advantages of Apartment Living—New Jersey Apartments
If you are on the hunt for a home around New Jersey, you might have been tempted by the idea of either purchasing a property or renting a whole house. While both of these options have certain advantages for some, they also come with no shortage of ...
Posted by Michael Akkus on January 4, 2024 in Buyers
What is a Sellers Concession and Top 3 Ways to Use it When Purchasing a Home
What is a seller's concession and what does it mean? And how a buyer can use this to their benefit.
So let’s get into what a seller's concession means.
In most markets, the term seller's concession is the seller contributing ...
Posted by Michael Akkus on January 6, 2023 in Buyers & Sellers
3 Different Types of Mortgage Approvals for All Buyers To Be Aware of
I Like to talk to you about the differences between a pre-qualification, Pre approval and credit approval and what you need to do right now to put yourself ahead of the competition.
My name is Mike Akkus, team leader of the Akkus ...
Posted by Michael Akkus on December 16, 2022 in Buyers
2024 Homebuying Checklist
If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval.
Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step.
Make sure ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on January 27, 2020 in Buyers
The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want
In a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their home search in order to make finding a house a little easier. Don’t be fooled, though ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on January 21, 2020 in Buyers
The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?
Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on January 13, 2020 in Buyers
3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year
Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting.
1. Buying a Home is a Great Investment
Several reports indicate ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on January 7, 2020 in Buyers
3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home in 2020
It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale, ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on December 17, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?
Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage.
Posted by Tomi Petersen on December 9, 2019 in Buyers
It's 'National Roof Over Your Head' Day!
Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd?
As noted on the National Calendar, it was “created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on December 3, 2019 in Buyers & Sellers
7 Reasons to List Your House This Holiday Season
Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let’s unpack the top reasons why ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on November 25, 2019 in Selling Your Home
2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
In a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of homeownership; it is still a huge part of their American Dream. The piece, however, also ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on November 19, 2019 in Buyers
The #1 Reason to List Your Home This Winter
Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on November 4, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process
Taking the Fear Out of the Mortgage Process
A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage....
Posted by Tomi Petersen on November 1, 2019 in Buyers
5 Tips For Starting Your Home Search
In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor....
Posted by Tomi Petersen on October 21, 2019 in Buyers
Existing-Home Sales Report Indicates Now Is a Great Time to Sell
The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The latest Existing-Home Sales Report released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), reveals that demand ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on October 15, 2019 in Selling Your Home
Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Your Net Worth
Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician Donald Hays, both of the U.S. Census ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on October 11, 2019 in Buyers & Sellers
4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill
As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. October 2nd is Energy Efficiency Day, a perfect time to think about making some key ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on October 2, 2019 in Buyers & Sellers
Are You Ready for the 'Black Friday' of Real Estate?
Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and refining a strategic shopping agenda, determining exactly when to arrive at each store, and capturing a wish list ...
Posted by Tomi Petersen on September 25, 2019 in Buyers & Sellers