Seriously! Maybe you have talked to someone, or have heard of someone that knows that their home, yes, the Tajmahal of homes is worth 50k more than their neighbors house. Afterall, he poured a nice stamped patio out back, put on a new roof and painted the exterior. He also put in a super duper laminate floor and updated his bathroom with a granite counter. Not only did he do those basic upgrades, but the house is infused with good juju and magic. So when he decides to sell, Sergeant Sellhigh decides to not heed the advice of his real estate agent who has been selling homes for 20 years and he wants to list it 30k higher than recommended. Silly Sellhigh then says that he wants to see what the "market will bring" and people can always make an offer for less if they really want the house. Makes sense....right? Wrong! Negatory! Incorrect! Try again!
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Lets face it. It has been a tough year for most. I am quite certain when we all toasted in the new year, we had no idea what was in store. With a new year brings new optimism and we all had stars in our eyes. And then...boom! COVID, wild fires, businesses shutting, delays in PCS, housing goods caught in storage from the over 30000 troops with delays in moving, housing shortages, more wildfires, and an election. Yuck. Over it. And yet, here we are, doing what we do. Pushing on. Forging ahead. Not giving up ground.
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It may seem a bit premature to talk to you about buying and selling during the holiday season, but let's face it! If you are going to uproot your life whether it be PCS, ETS, or simply just buying and selling a new home, the holidays are riddled with challenges and also benefits. This year also brings added levels of challenge. COVID had delayed close to 30,000 military moves, upsetting and disrupting the entire military moving industry. Many families found themselves in limbo due to goods being picked up, their homes already being sold, and then being told they couldn't move. These families now find themselves transitioning and looking for new homes. Other Veterans simply waited to see what the market was going to do before making a decision to buy or sell. Couple these factors with record low VA Loan interest rates, an election year, and already low levels of inventory and we have a literal goat rope. Let's face it. This is no ordinary market and this season will not be an ordinary season.
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We have all been in that apartment. You know, the bachelor pad that has empty pizza boxes and smells like stale beer. A DVD collection of every sci-fi thriller and war movie is stacked up on the DVD tower and a tipped over seven eleven styrofoam cup is on the sticky end table next to the black pleather couch. The 86" tv takes up the entire wall and it is surrounded by a high dollar Bose surround system that allows the upstairs neighbors to feel the vibration from every explosion in The Hurt Locker. It's great! Isn't it?!
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Wow! I know you must be thinking that I am a sage. Maybe clairvoyant. How do I know that you get really stressed out when PCS'ing? As if meeting the new First Sergeant or Commander isn't enough, you have to pack up your entire life, trust that the movers will not destroy half of your belongings, locate a new home in a hopefully good area, and ensure you are still performing at your highest level. Easy Peasy.
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So here we are again. I had a great weekend camping with friends and inevitably we ended up talking about real estate, the market, and buying homes. Our Fort Carson friend finally pulled the trigger this year on his first time home purchase. He had been renting for the past five years and initially was not certain if he should buy. Afterall, what about the state of the economy? What about Coronavirus, interest rates, the housing market, blah, blah, blah, blah. Guess what?! The housing market simply continues to climb. Homes get more expensive. Building materials go up. Prices rise.
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons ETS
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Barracks lawyers. E4 experts. They know everything about the VA loan you are looking to use. Maybe you just google it and wind up with the big nationwide company that does not have your best interest in mind and they end up charging you an extra 10k in closing costs. Why so much confusion? While VA loans do have changing regulations....big surprise....the actual guidelines really do not change, so here you go....unravel the myths and educate yourself!
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan VA Loan Myths
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I can't tell you how many times in my over 20 years of real estate, I have heard a buyer tell me that they just want to wait for the market to slow down before they jump in. This crazy Covid pandemic is no different. Many thought that the market would slow to a snails pace and that we may even see prices drop, but that certainly was not the case! While the "experts" predicted a drop of 6%, we actually saw the highest price rise in a two month period since 1991.
Topics: PCS Military move VA Loan Housing predicitons
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So you have your orders in hand and you are ready to PCS or ETS. Isn't it grand? Depending on where your next duty station is, it could be wonderful or let's face it, it could be a move you are not looking forward to. No matter what your personal feelings on the move, we know that you need to streamline your life and make it simple.