Trading Up Will Be Expensive In The Future

Lately I’ve talked with a few bankers and mortgage brokers here in Branson, Mo and we’ve come to a basic conclusion: buyers should purchase as much house as they can afford now because when interest rates rise from their current all time lows the difference in payments for the same size home will be staggering. Since we’ve basically had falling interest rates for the last 25-30 years, most prospective homebuyers have probably not stopped to think of the paradigm shift we are about to witness. If interest rates get to 10% in the next handful of years and the home you are selling was financed at 5%, you will not even be able to get close to the same price home for the same monthly payment, and likely won’t get in the home with as little as is required for down payment in many situations currently. So if you think you will “trade up” in the next few years, you may want to evaluate your current options and decide what fits your particular situation the best.

Now please don’t take this little note as a “sky is falling” warning — it is certainly not intended to be construed that way. I just wanted to give a little example of the foresight and thought I put into my job and what I bring to the table. I won’t just show you a home, I will advise you about all facets of the transaction — so feel free to call me at (417) 337 – 1627 if you have questions about buying or selling real estate in Branson or on Table Rock Lake.

9 Tips To Ready Your Home For Sale

When selling a home in a “buyer’s market”, you need your home to stand out. Since Branson is a very competitive market, the following 9 low-cost tips will help your home stand out:

1. Buy a new doormat
2. Put a fresh coating on your driveway (assuming its asphalt)
3. Clean your gutters
4. Edge the grass around your sidewalk and driveway
5. Put new doorknobs on your doors
6. Make sure toys and nicknacks are put away
7. Buy a new mailbox
8. Steam clean carpet
9. Finish honey-do lists that have been put off

If you would like more tips on getting your home ready for sale, give me a call at 417.337.1627 and we can discuss how to get top dollar for your home in a challenging market.