Real Estate Trends That Could Shape 2018

The real estate world is constantly evolving. Regardless of whether you are purchasing a home of simply looking to enhance your portfolio, it is important that you keep track of the latest real estate trends. Real estate market analysts have begun studying the market in advance of next year. Here is a look at some real estate trends to keep an eye on heading into 2018.

Online Brands Will Emerge

Heading into the new year, many real estate agents will look to establish an online presence. Recent market data has shown that both buyers and sellers are doing the majority of their research online first. The internet has allowed potential investors to make quicker decisions. With the increased access to previously private information, everything has become more transparent and accountable. It is much easier now to find the best agents.

Increased Emphasis On Smart Homes

Analysts are pointing to 2018 as the year that smart home automation will reach mainstream America. Agents and brokers are figuring out ways to implement the new technology into their presentations. There will be increased shading and light automation, as well as hardwiring and security. With an increased emphasis on smart home automation, more players will enter the mix.

Generation Z

The oldest of Generation Z, or those born between 1995 and 2001, are starting to graduate from college and become players on the real estate market. Like the millennials before them, Generation Z members prefer urban, big city life. Generation Z is expected to have a large influence on different brands and industries. Retailers will be under pressure to find successful marketing strategies.

Secondary Markets

Research has shown that secondary markets throughout the U.S. have grown past major cities. Analysts believe that secondary markets are considered a safe place for foreign investors. The growth in these secondary markets is considered sustainable over the long haul. Investors have secondary markets on their radar.

Specialization

2018 is primed to be the year that agents stop being generalists and start focusing on little details that can set them apart. Agents are realizing that regardless of what type of property they are selling, the small details matter.

Tax Reform

The potential tax reforms may impact the real estate market. The low income housing tax credits may be reduced, which could damage the affordable housing market. Investment amortization and the 1031-tax free exchange program are also at risk of being slashed.
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Seattle Real Estate Market

 

The Seattle real estate market is one of the hottest markets in the country. Over the past few months, home prices have started to accelerate even more quickly. The economy of Seattle is strong, and this is encouraging many people to move to the area. Not only that, but there is less traffic in Seattle than other major cities.

 

Inventory

The biggest driver behind higher housing prices in Seattle is a lack of inventory. It is fairly common for a home to sell within a day or two of going on the market. There are many people who want to buy a home in the area. The problem is that there are few homes within an affordable price range.

The good news is that many building companies are working on new homes. However, it is going to be several years before the new homes will catch up with demand from buyers. Over time, this should be an issue that gets worked out with more homes being built.

As a buyer in the Seattle market, reacting quickly is essential. If you see a property that you are interested in, you need to submit an offer quickly in order to be considered.

 

Home Prices

Over the past year, home prices in Seattle have increased by more than eight percent. This is a massive increase in prices during one year. Many real estate experts believe that this trend is going to continue into 2018. With more demand from buyers than ever before, sellers have an incentive to continue increasing the list price on their home.

 

Real Estate Investors

Investing in real estate is a great financial decision over a long period of time. There are many real estate investors who are looking in Seattle for a property to purchase.

This is another factor that is increasing the overall cost to live in the area. Real estate investors typically react quickly when a home goes on the market. Seattle is a great market to find a rental property in because of all the population growth. Rent prices in Seattle have also been rapidly increasing in recent years.

Although Seattle is a great place to live, many people are having a hard time finding a home in the area. Some people are starting to look at cities around Seattle in order to find more affordable homes to purchase. The inventory shortage in Seattle will continue in the next year.

 

 

The Tiny Home Phenomenon

The Tiny Home Phenomenon

 

 

If you’ve tuned into HGTV recently, you’ve likely stumbled upon one of their many shows about tiny homes. These small accommodations have swept the nation, and many people are now looking to downsize for their next home buying endeavor. These small houses have made such an impact on not only people’s personal well-being but the nation as a whole. Many cities around the world have embraced the concept of tiny homes as a solution to homelessness. Whether it’s for personal or communal gain, these tiny homes have swept the nation and are likely not leaving anytime soon.

 

Personal Benefit

 

There are an abundant amount of reasons that people are choosing to live small. The main benefit to having a smaller home is the financial savings it provides. People who have downsized to tiny homes have saved money in the buying process and beyond. Tiny homes average selling point is between $19,000 and $50,000, over half the cost of a standard single-family home. Due to its size, these homes also save on almost all utility bills. For those who have a stationary tiny home, you are looking at an average savings of 50% on your electric and gas bills. For those with the ability, splurging on items such as cars and vacations becomes more feasible when living in a tiny home. There are endless benefits that come with being a tiny home owner. Everything from sustainably to eliminating clutter is achievable when choosing to downsize to a tiny home.

 

Community Gain

 

Our very own Seattle is making great strides at putting the tiny house phenomenon to a good use. As affordable housing is a constant concern for many cities around the world and such locations are struggling to find answers. Seattle is making strides, through tiny homes, to improve homelessness. Earlier this year, it was found that there were only around 100 affordable housing apartments available in the Seattle area. This was nowhere near enough to accommodate the number of homeless citizens in our city. Seattle city council members agree that tiny homes are a more appropriate solution to homelessness. The tiny homes that the city is providing for its homeless residents are sustainable and sufficient living situation. As of now, there are five communities that exist. The tiny homes cost around $2,000 and are assembled by volunteers. If the expansion of tiny home communities continues, the city can expect to a decrease in homelessness. This means fewer people sleeping in tents or cars and more people getting their lives back.

 

 

How to Stage Your Home for Millennial Homebuyers

Once upon a time, showing your house off to buyers just meant cleaning it. But now, “staging” has become a part of the sales process. Staging means decorating your home to appeal to potential homebuyers—a process that can mean anything from repainting the walls, to buying new furniture or updating old appliances.

        Staging is about more than making your home look good—it has to look like what potential homebuyers are interested in. And today, more than 30% of those homebuyers are millennials—people born between 1980 and 2000. So how do home sellers appeal to this new generation? Here are some ideas:

Make it Photogenic

        If you want to appeal to millennials, make sure your home has a good online presence. Take clear, attractive photos and make sure all the details about your home are posted on the web. What they find online may very well determine whether millennial homebuyers even want to visit.

Keep it Clean and Simple

        Obviously your home should not be dirty when you show it off. But more than that, eliminate clutter. Millennials like homes to look spare and simple, with lots of space for entertaining. Many millennials—and certainly those looking into buying a home—have full-time jobs coupled with busy social lives, so they will want a place that looks easy to maintain and keep clean. Hide knick-knacks, and anything that might make your house look dated: doilies, quilts, lots of fancy china, or heavy or frilly curtains.

Think Green

        Millennials are concerned about the environment; so don’t be surprised if you are asked about your home’s sustainability. Projects such as insulating your home or installing more efficient appliances can help draw in young homebuyers worried about their footprints.

Fashion a Home Office

        Creating a home office doesn’t have to be a major project. If you have a guest room or catch-all space in your house, clean it out and stick a desk and chair inside. Many millennials work from home, at least part-time, and want a designated space to work from.

Paint

Even if you don’t have the budget to make major renovations, just painting walls can make a huge impact. Wallpaper, especially patterned wallpaper, can make a home seem old-fashioned and cramped. Full-wall mirrors from the 80s are arguably worse. Painting your walls is a good way to modernize. Use light, muted colors to make everything seem modern, spacious, and well-lit.

Think About Location

        Are you in walkable distance from a grocery store, coffee shop, or library? If you answered yes, or if you can think of any other choice destinations in reasonable walking distance, make sure to advertise it! You can’t change your location, but it would be a mistake not to promote it.

What’s Wrong With Being a Fixer-Upper?

        If your house is a fixer-upper, and fixing it yourself is out of your budget, be honest about it! Many millennials are looking for a move-in ready house, but others would be happy to get a deal and a challenge.

 

 

Time to Sell: 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to List This Summer

Time to Sell: 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to List This Summer

Know Your Home

Potential homebuyers will be looking carefully at your home. Make sure you aren’t caught by surprise. Get your home inspected. Find out how much potential repairs will cost. Even if you don’t plan to make those repairs, it will keep you from being blindsided by the costs, and you will be ready to negotiate with homebuyers who are pushing for deductions.

Get information accessible and organized. Have all your papers: everything from insurance to paint colors. Know if your house has suffered any losses, and have records of any repairs. You don’t want to find yourself in the uncomfortable position of negotiating with a homebuyer who knows your house better than you do.

 

Think About Curb Appeal

If a buyer drives past your house, what will they think? Will they see an attractive facade or a well-maintained garden? Or will their eye be drawn to an ugly tree, a lopsided mailbox, or a badly-paved driveway? Your house’s outward appearance is the first thing that homeowners will see, and that first impression can make a huge difference. If you have the money to hire a landscaper or other specialist, do it. But if not, many of the changes you can make are simply a matter of getting outside, rolling up your sleeves, and taking care of them. Weed the garden, rake the yard, and prune the trees.

 

Clean Thoroughly

Don’t just vacuum. Repaint the walls. Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Move the furniture. Pull out the stove and scrub the floor beneath. Clean under the fridge. Dust the blinds. Clean places you’ve never cleaned before. Be ready to get messy: dirt can really build up when left unattended.

 

Stow Your Stuff

Not only does a cluttered home look messy, it also looks small. Remove at least 30 percent of your belongings from sight. The brunt of your focus should be on countertops, the pantry, and the master bedroom closets, which should be as empty as possible.

Empty shelves and a clear floor scream: Look, there’s so much room, we don’t have enough stuff to fill it all. So hide everything you can afford not to have in the attic or crawlspace, stow it away in a friend’s house, or even rent out a storage facility. And take down any especially eclectic decorations: Homebuyers do not want to see your ceramic chicken collection; they want to see your home.

 

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Pets

If someone is coming to visit your house, send your kids off to a friend’s or relative’s, and have them take the cat with them. Children and animals are notoriously messy, and you don’t want your guests wondering about how you got the all dog hair out of the carpet (hint: you didn’t) or how you can guarantee that there’s not a hole in the wall somewhere stuffed with legos (hint: you can’t). Besides, kids and pets are also notoriously distracting, and you want your visitors to focus on your home.

Preparing Your Home for a Real Estate Photo Session

Preparing Your Home for a Real Estate Photo Session

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There is no doubt that having a successful real estate photo shoot for a new apartment or home you are trying to sell can be a really tricky situation. Too often photos are dark, from a strange angle, or simply fails to capture the beauty or attractiveness of the home in general.

With newer, more centralized real estate platforms such as Trulia and Zillow becoming increasingly common for agents across the country, better images are now the norm for home buyers in the digital world. Below are some ways to maximize appeal for any company on the market.

  1. Make the beds with linens that complement the colors of the room and overall interior.
  2. Clean the house: get the carpet shampooed, vacuum and mop all hardwood floors to make everything as clean as possible/visually appealing to any homebuyer’s eye.
  3. Don’t forget to clean the bathrooms!
  4. Make sure there is maximum natural and in house lighting before anyone comes to view the house or apartment.
  5. Remove all traces of personalized paraphernalia throughout the home so visitors can envision it as their own.
  6. Take the time to put away all cleaning supplies in the kitchen.
  7. Double check the house to see if everything has been put away in an orderly fashion.

The trickier part is definitely getting in touch and figuring out which real estate photographer is the best fit for you. Do bear in mind that photography fees vary according to experience, location and how large the property is. Connecting and meeting with various photographers is the best way to discern which professional you’d like to work with.

After the photos are taken, Chris Palmer the president of PhotoUp takes pride in the editing work his team is crafting. He has recently told the Huffington Post that “We’re the only ones out there doing this transparently, and real estate happens to be our niche. We have a team in the Philippines that work in a Google-like office. It’s a very creative environment. We find great ways to impact the photographers and the communities in which we work.”