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Fabulous home in Greenway Park subdivision has been updated front to back!

???? Located the in the lovely Greenway Park subdivision – Fabulous home has been updated front to back!

Fabulous home has been updated front to back! Located the in the lovely Greenway Park subdivision 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with 1,685 sqft of living space. Marvelous features including custom flooring, and fresh paint throughout. The kitchen and dining area is bright and airy with ample natural light, beautiful crisp white cabinetry, stunning hard surface counter tops, and an adorable breakfast nook. The living area is large and spacious with easy access to the covered and fully screened in back patio – Great for entertaining! The remote master suite is warm and welcoming, featuring dazzling picture windows overlooking back patio. Private master bath features lots of extra storage space and custom flooring. The 3 other bedrooms are just as spacious, with ample closet space and ceiling fans in every room! The fully fenced, large back yard features a great shed, and extra concrete slab just off the patio, perfect for the grill! Don’t let this beauty get away! Contact us today for a private tour at 318-773-4663(HOME) and visit ShreveportBossierHomeSearch.com for more fantastic properties!

4BD / 2BA
1685 Sqft
$159,900

Chris Hayes Team
Keller williams NWLA
795 Brook Hollow Dr
Shreveport, LA 71105
Each office is independently owned and operated
Licensed by Louisiana Real Estate Commission

 

3853 Greenway Place

NEW LAND/LOT LISTING ALERT!!!

??️?? We are on FIRE!!! We have a NEW LAND/LOT LISTING ALERT!!!

Located in peaceful DIXIE GARDEN SUBDIVISION – You don’t see many of these available! Well, Here you go! ? Imagine all the possibilities for this great piece of real property!!! Lot has City water, sewer and gas available. All you would need to do is BUILD!!!

Build the home of your dreams on this VERY rare, VACANT lot in Dixie Garden subdivision! No city taxes and Rural
Development eligible! Don’t delay, contact us today at 318-773-4663(HOME) or visit ShreveportBossierHomeSearch.com to schedule your private showing and to see even more great properties available!

 

.48 acres
Vacant Lot
$47,000

Chris Hayes Team

Keller Williams NWLA
795 Brook Hollow Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71105
Each office is independently owned and operated
Licensed by Louisiana Real Estate Commission

If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!

Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!

How did we finish 2017?

  1. New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.
  2. Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.
  3. Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in a decade and applications to build such properties advanced to the fastest pace since August 2007.

And Bloomberg Business just reported:

“America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead. Builders are more optimistic, demand is strong and lean inventory is keeping prices elevated.”

And the National Association of Realtors revealed that buyer traffic is stronger this winter than it was during the spring buying season last year.

The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a four-month supply of inventory. This represents a decrease in supply of 9.7% from the same time last year.

Bottom Line

With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Let’s get together to see whether that is the case in your neighborhood.

 

This article is not intended to be construed as investment advice from any of the information and/or opinions expressed. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. Individuals should always conduct their own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year.

The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months in which most people listed their homes for sale in 2017. Here is a graphic showing the results:

Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time | MyKCM

The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,680,000.

That number spiked to 1,970,000 by May!

What does this mean to you?

With the national job situation improving, and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now. If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers.

Bottom Line

It may make sense to beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market in the spring and list your home today.

 

This article is not intended to be construed as investment advice from any of the information and/or opinions expressed. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. Individuals should always conduct their own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 17% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 49% on the internet
  • 31% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 7% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 8% over the last 20+ years.

The 8% share represents the lowest recorded figure since NAR began collecting data in 1981.

5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases, may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is: 

“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.”

If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property. The study showed that the difference in price between comparable homes of size and location is currently at an average of 6% this year.

Why would you choose to list on your own and manage the entire transaction when you can hire an agent and not have to pay anything more?

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.

 

This article is not intended to be construed as investment advice from any of the information and/or opinions expressed. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. Individuals should always conduct their own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Chris Hayes Team – Keller Williams Realty NWLA will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.96%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history!

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy, within the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments between $1,850-$1,900 a month.

The High Impact of Low Interest Rates on Your Purchasing Power | MyKCM

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000). Experts predict that mortgage rates will be closer to 5% by this time next year.

Act now to get the most house for your hard-earned money.

3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place? 

This is truly the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a survey by Braun showed that over 75{dabf55e0e115805151a26fee350e5b1098b687af544e8f4fe7686b2aed1e2352} of parents say, “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”

This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the top four reasons Americans buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space

What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median price of homes sold in May (the latest data available) was $252,800, which is up 5.8{dabf55e0e115805151a26fee350e5b1098b687af544e8f4fe7686b2aed1e2352} from last year. This increase also marks the 63rd consecutive month with year-over-year gains.

If we look at home prices year over year, CoreLogic is forecasting an increase of 5.3{dabf55e0e115805151a26fee350e5b1098b687af544e8f4fe7686b2aed1e2352} over the next twelve months. In other words, a home that costs you $250,000 today will cost you an additional $13,250 if you wait until next year to buy it.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, with prices increasing each month, it might cost you more if you wait until next year to buy. Your down payment will also need to be higher in order to account for the higher price of the home you wish to buy. 

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long-term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), NAR, and Fannie Mae have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months, as you can see in the chart below:

3 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Your Dream Home | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Only you and your family will know for certain if now is the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.

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