There is a certain mystique to older homes. With each one there is always a veil of mystery to be pulled back with every structure that predates the 1970’s. This mystery has a level of attraction to a certain subset of homeowners. So popular are these stalwart buildings that defiantly stand against the withering of time that whole magazines, movies and TV shows are dedicated to their existence and upkeep.
Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun and interesting to send along some superstitions we come across in the real estate industry, which you may have never heard about...
You expected lots of buyers coming through. Ideally, you even expected an offer (or multiple offers!) to come in pretty quickly. But instead, not that many people seem to even know your house is for sale. Otherwise, they'd come out and see it. If people would come and see it, the house would practically sell itself, because it's so nice. You're discouraged, frustrated, and angry... You wonder if your real estate agent is doing his/her job.
Finding the house of your dreams might seem pretty easy. You know what you want and like. You feel like you will know the perfect house when you see it. The minute you find “the one”, it will be love at first sight. It will just feel right, like it was meant to be. Kind of like the notion of finding your soulmate.
Very few real estate agents do tons of business. In any given area, there's always an agent or two who seem to do all of the business. But that doesn't mean that the few agents who do most of the business, are the best agents. Nor does it mean that the agents you don't see doing much business are not the best agents. There's a difference between "top" agents, and "best" agents.
Should you work with a real estate agent who’s your friend or a family member? This is such a common question. And it can be a touchy, awkward subject when you know a real estate agent and are planning to buy or sell a house. Part of you probably wants to ignore the topic. Maybe hire another real estate agent, sell your house, or buy a house, and hope your friend or family member just doesn’t notice or find out. They will. And it will be more awkward if you do that. So, you should address this head on.
We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:
House hunting and spouse hunting are more similar than you might think... Both processes are filled with uncertainty, doubt and emotional upheaval. It's a journey that can force the most centered person to question who they are and what they want in life. One day your hopes might be so high and in your heart you know that this is 'the one'. Then the next day you see unfix-able flaws and realize you have to move on.
So you're thinking about selling your home? I realize you didn't arrive at this decision lightly, and that you might be nervous or scared. There are so many things that are probably going through your head right now. I'd like to help you by offering some advice, and hopefully putting your mind at ease. First, do some research. It's important for you to understand how much money you can expect to get for your home. We need to be realistic. Unfortunately, checking online sites like Zillow or Trulia isn't going to give you the most accurate picture of your home's value. This is why it's important to sit down with a real estate agent that understands the market and will give you a realistic home value estimate by comparing similar properties that have recently sold in your area.
If you were ever curious about how the other half, or rather, other 1% live, here is your chance! If you like gigantic homes with tons of square footage (the largest home sold clocks in with over 15,000 square feet), lots of land, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, libraries, conservatories and lavish interiors, these homes are must see. A total of 16 homes sold for over 1,000,000 in 2016. Below I've highlighted the top 10 most expensive homes sold according to the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors MLS.