Thursday, October 15, 2020 / by Monique 'Moey' Nichols
Positioned at the end of a private drive, this darling Grover Beach abode is nestled amongst an Oak tree grove. Upon entry, step down into the formal Living Room, which has high vaulted ceilings, picture windows and an impressive floor to ceiling stone hearth fireplace. The cut-out wall to the Dining Room creates an open-feel floor plan. Flow from the Living Room and Dining Room to the spacious Family Room and Kitchen. Beautifully remodeled kitchen has a breakfast bar, gorgeous granite counters, double oven, wood flooring and cabinets galore!
Enjoy the wooded scenery from every window in the home and soak up the outdoors on the wrap around deck. The upstairs Master Suite also boasts vaulted ceilings with a fan to keep cool on warm Coastal nights. The Master Bathroom has a separate soaking tub with tranquil views, large step-in shower, & dual sinks. Additional roomy bedrooms are also located on the second story. This serene setting is fabulously located near easy freeway acce ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / by Monique 'Moey' Nichols
Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them.
Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported:
“Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery and is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”
Buyer demand is still strong heading into the fall. ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of buyer showings on residential properties, just announced that buyer showings are up 61.9% compared to the same time last year. They went on to say:
“Normally, real estate activity begins to slow down in the late summer, but this year it peaked in July, August and into September.”
There Is One Big Challenge
Purchaser demand is so high, the ...
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 / by Monique 'Moey' Nichols
One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time homebuyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to buy a house. Here’s how it breaks down.
A recent survey by Point2Homes mentions that 74% of millennials (ages 25-40) say they’re interested in purchasing a home over the next 12 months. The study notes, “88% say they have significantly less savings than the average national down payment amount, which is $62,600.”
Thankfully, $62,600 is not the amount every buyer needs for a down payment in the United States. There are many different options available, especially for first-time homebuyers (millennial or not). That amount can also be significantly less, depending on the purchase price of the house.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), “The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was&n ...
Monday, October 12, 2020 / by Monique 'Moey' Nichols
There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO), it’s critical to consider the following:
1. Your Safety Is a Priority
Your family’s safety should always come first, and that’s more crucial than ever given the current health situation in our country. When you FSBO, it is incredibly difficult to control entry into your home. A real estate professional will have the proper protocols in place to protect not only your belongings but your family’s health and well-being too. From regulating the number of people in your home at one time to ensuring proper sanitization during and after a showing, and even facilitating virtual tours for buyers, real estate professionals a ...
Friday, October 9, 2020 / by Monique 'Moey' Nichols
Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to the beach, the golf course, or the senior living community they were looking to settle into for their later years in life. This year, however, the game changed.
Many of today’s workers who are nearing the end of their professional careers, but maybe aren’t quite ready to retire, have a new choice to make: should I move before I retire? If the sand and sun are calling your name and you have the opportunity to work remotely for the foreseeable future, now may be a great time to purchase that beach bungalow you’ve always dreamed of or the single-story home in the sprawling countryside that might be a little further out of town. Whether it’s a second home or a future retirement home, spending the next few years in a place that truly makes you smile eve ...