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Monday, October 21, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About New Home Construction

It’s not ‘new news’ that the real estate market has picked up in many parts of the country. Though lots of buyers are out shopping, inventory is still low. Nobody can predict when that situation will improve, of course. But large national home builders, as well as small local ones, are buying up land, getting plans drawn up, and starting construction on new homes.
But is a new-construction home the right path for you? Here are five things you should keep in mind.
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1. New homes may not be listed in your local MLS. (But these are!)

Unlike a regular seller who lists their home with a local real estate agent, homebuilders often have their own employees working for them on site. They do this to have more control and to cut costs.
What does this mean for you, a buyer? Mostly, it may mean the home builder isn’t a member of the local MLS. As a result, the homes may not show up in your agent’s MLS search. The builder may be more apt to advertise online, in the paper or with billboards. So if you’re interested in newly built homes, work with your agent to make sure you’ve identified all the possibilities. (Note: Zillow has listings for new construction homes. Just choose “New Homes” in the search filter.)

2. New homes are often sold before they’re built.

A builder will generally get financing lined up and map out both a construction and a sales process. This means they’ll try to sell as many homes as possible, before they’re even built. To accomplish this, they’ll build out model homes and allow buyers to go in and review floor plans, fixtures and finishes while the homes are under construction. Depending on the state, builders need to get through some of the approvals process before they can actually start signing contracts.
For the most part, you can get a sense of what your new home would look and feel like and where it will be located in the community. Ready to move forward? You’ll likely have to put down a deposit, from a few thousand dollars to 10 percent of the purchase price.
Be aware that even if there are 100 homes in the community, they won’t all be available at once. Home builders tend to release the homes in phases. If the first 10 homes sell quickly at the asking price, and the market continues to do well, the builder can raise the prices on the second or third phase. Also, the sales cycle for a new community can take years. The last phase could end up being priced 10 percent or more than phase one, simply because the real estate market has appreciated.

3. The first buyers may get the best discounts.

A home builder, especially early in the sales process, wants to get a few homes under contract quickly. If the builder can announce they have 10 homes under contract in a few weeks, the project can seem more desirable to future buyers.
Also, builders like to go back to their lenders with positive news about the project and their investment. To do this, they need early buyers to sign contracts.
For buyers, this means there could be room to negotiate the price down early in the sales process. But with the reward, there is potential risk. By being an early buyer, you’re committed to the project. If for some reason sales don’t manifest or you don’t want to move ahead before the home is built, you risk losing your down payment. For example, right after the housing downtown, some buyers were stuck under contract on new homes where sales had stalled.

4. Builders don’t have a personal or emotional attachment to the house.

A typical seller has lived in the home for many years, raised their family or built memories there. So when it’s time to sell, the seller may experience all kinds of issues, questions and uncertainties, which can come out in the negotiation and purchase process. As a consequence, the seller may unconsciously price the home too high because they’re not ready to emotionally detach from it. They may want to know more about you or what your plans are for the property. If given a choice between two buyers, the seller may pick one over the other for non-financial reasons.
With a home builder, it’s just a numbers game. They’re focused more on spreadsheets than sentiment. They want to make sure you’re qualified and can get a loan. They set the prices based on their inventory, though there may be a little room for negotiations.

5. Discounts may be available in the form of upgrades.

Is the project you’re interested in nearing the end of its sales cycle, with many homes already sold? If so, the builder may be a little more willing to negotiate with you, not so much on price but on upgrades. If they reduce the price on your home and the sale closes, then that sale price becomes public record. But if they offered you an upgrade package (hardwood floors instead of carpet or higher-end appliances), there isn’t any way to track that. What could amount to thousands of dollars in upgrades could end up being a better deal than simply getting a price reduction.
For many first-time buyers, new construction could be a great idea. If you’re used to renting and relying on the landlord for mechanical fixes and general maintenance, you can almost be assured that your first few years in a new home will be maintenance-free.


http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-10-18/5-things-you-should-know-about-new-home-construction/


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween on Camp Lejeune!

Check out the amazing activities and events, as well as trick or treat time/date information for Halloween 2013 on Camp Lejeune. 

Trick or treat on Camp Lejeune AND out in town (Jacksonville) will take place on 31 October from 1700-2100. Have fun and be safe! 


Volunteers Needed for Terror Town on Camp Lejeune

Haunted Kayaking Tours on Wallace Creek


SNCO Costume Halloween Party - FREE Admission!


FREE! Family Pumpkin Bash
- Costume swamp, carving contest, and more!-


Mummy, DADcula, & Tot Party! 



Family Fun Run Schedule

includes a Trick or Trot run...or challenge yourself with a 3 miler!











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Friday, October 4, 2013

Advantages of New Homes Over Old Ones

When families are looking for new homes to rent or buy, they usually look at and compare many housing options during their search. There are some advantages that searchers need to be aware of in order to compare houses properly.
Newer Materials
One advantage that recently constructed houses have over older ones is the condition of the materials used for the structure. Many of the older houses have materials that may have already been compromised due to exposure to the elements. This can mean that the wood used for some parts of the dwelling might not be as strong as it originally was. Concrete parts of the older house might also be not built to the recent standards, which means that there is a possibility that it can crumble or crack.
Safer Fixtures
It is not just the structure that might succumb to age but also the fixtures that may be found in the older dwelling. The wiring might need to be checked for safety concerns, and the plumbing might also have some quirks due to age. New homes are constructed following the most up-to-date and safest standard in construction. The safety of the family is a priority for renters or buyers, and it is always a good idea to check out how structurally sound the building is before committing to a mortgage or rental lease.
Pest-free
Cleanliness is also another concern that renters or buyers might overlook when searching for a place to live. When they are brought to see the house, brokers usually make sure that this is presentable and clean. New homes have a distinct advantage of not yet having pests because no one has lived there. Pests tend to frequent older domiciles because they know where to get their food in these houses and may have already invaded. Pests tend to bring germs and bacteria that can infect humans, causing sickness and diseases. Common pests are cockroaches, rodents, and ants. New constructions are usually not occupied by these pests because there is no food source yet.
Modern Appliances
One other thing that is comparable between older houses and new homes is the capacity the more recently constructed ones have to accommodate newer appliances and equipment. The innovations that develop by leaps and bounds often have an impact on the lifestyle of homeowners. Many of these homeowners like to have their appliances with them when they move. Older homes may need rewiring or other updates to accommodate these luxuries.

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Advantages of New Homes Over Old Ones


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Selling a house? Home Staging 101

In recent years, home sellers have been looking for more ways to protect their bottom line - including listing and staging their homes themselves. Staging gives your home the best opportunity for an incredible presentation to future owners and is definitely an asset to selling as quickly as possible and getting that acceptable offer! The number one question to ask yourself when staging is "does this still look like MY home?". You want to invite potential buyers into the space and allow them the opportunity to view it as though THEY are living there. While you can't remove the essential pieces of your lifestyle (furniture, kids' toys, etc), personal photos on the walls and shelves, piles of mail and to-do lists, and even daily use toiletries cluttering the bathroom vanity need to find a hideaway when you have a showing.

Here are some home staging do's and don'ts!



DO:

  • Re-paint any rooms that are dark or painted in an overly personal color. 
  • Make a bin labeled for each room that where you can easily toss clutter items or daily "stuff" that you need to use (but doesn't need to be in sight during a showing) just before potential buyers come over. Stow these in the garage during the showing.
  • Replace dark lamp shades with white/light shades to introduce more light
  • Give each room a purpose. Show the buyer how THEY can live in the home, not how you currently live in it. 
  • Organize the closet (especially in the master). If your closet is cluttered, it screams that there's not enough storage space (even if there might be plenty!). The easiest way to do this is to go ahead an box up the clothes & shoes you will be moving anyway that are currently out of season. 
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter! Consider having a close friend come over and give you an honest opinion as to the level of clutter. What may seem neat and organized to you, may seem like a mess to the next person. Remember: This friend is HELPING you sell your home faster. It's not personal! :-)


DON'T:
  • Do any major renovations. This is not the time to get into expensive renovations or replace appliances. (If the appliances come up as a major issue for potential buyers, negotiate around it. Lower the purchase price or offer credits to help them get what they want)
  • Don't block natural light (remove heavy curtains and move furniture that may be in front of a window)
  • Don't take it personally (another reminder!). It may be tough to move out of your home for personal reasons, but now is the time to detach. It's time to switch to "business mode". Emotions can keep you from staging properly for great showings and can put quite a wrench in negotiations!
  • PLEASE don't stay in the house or leave your pets running free when potential buyers are coming over. Your presence makes them more likely to shut down and view the home from a "polite" eye or rush through it. Taking your pets with you or even putting them in a kennel in the garage allows people to enjoy the space without feeling like they're invading someone else's home. The idea is to make it feel like it's theirs! 
  • Don't neglect the storage spaces (aside from bedroom closets, linen closets, pantries, garages, and attics all need to be organized). Again, evidence of clutter or packed spaces indicates that there isn't enough storage. 



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