Should I Wait to Buy a Home?

Should I Wait to Buy a Home?

Should I Wait to Buy a Home?    This has been our most asked question of 2017….       If you’ve been toying with the idea of buying a home, or you anticipate a life change that might force you to move—such as a new baby or a job transfer—you should be “buying as urgently and as soon as possible,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®.   Home prices now stand higher than before the 2007 crash, increasing 5% from 2015 to 2016.  Housing experts expect an additional 2% to 3% jump in 2017.   The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting to buy a home no longer makes sense. Indicators also point to rising interest rates ahead: Money is still cheap (4% interest rates for many loan programs).  An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home. Everyone’s financial situation is different, but if you can afford to buy a home, there’s little reason not to. Inventory shrinking continues to be a trend of steady decline since just before the housing crash, when inventory peaked, so if you’re planning on buying a home, get off of the fence. We can help make the dream of buying a home a reality for you!  Begin your home search here: Why choose The Romanski Group with Keller Williams Realty for your home buying needs?  We take a different approach to real estate; personal touch, win-win philosophy and positive results.  Our team is comprised of...
Real Estate Career

Real Estate Career

THE ROMANSKI GROUP IS EXPANDING!   At The Romanski Group, we believe that God comes first, then family, then business.   We are currently looking for HIGHLY MOTIVATED and LEARNING BASED individuals to join our team as Buyer’s Agents! Do you know someone already in real estate, but looking for ways to live a better life?  Desire more income? More time with family?  Less stress?  More leads?  Team environment?  Perhaps YOU have considered a career in real estate, but haven’t taken the leap of faith.  If you possess the desire to live a BIG life, we have an opportunity worth exploring! The Buyer Specialist is: An individual who is highly sociable, draws energy from working with people, and is optimistic and outgoing.  He/she is an excellent leader within the organization and is committed to achieving the team’s goals.  They have a strong sense of urgency, but not at the expense of quality.  The Buyer Specialist also demonstrates a commitment to learning and strives for growth by regularly attending courses and being coached to a higher level.  Do you know someone that has great work ethic, is highly driven, has strong character and LOVES serving other people?  No clock punchers; just those who love to work when they are AT work, and love to play even more! What we offer: 1. A steady stream of business (leads). 2. The training and coaching with accountability. 3. The technology – we like to think of our team as being tech savvy and trendsetters. 4. The culture – our team members support, encourage and truly care about one another. 5. A Team that assists with closings; client...
Prepare To Sell FAST!

Prepare To Sell FAST!

A Guide To Preparing Your Home to Sell FAST! Do you have big plans to sell your home this year?  Preparing your home for the market is a vital step to getting top dollar for your home and selling it in a short time frame! Here is a practical guide to getting your house ready to sell: Curb Appeal First, drive around your neighborhood and see what others are doing to make their home eye catching.  Then, stand at your sidewalk and take a good look all around your home.  Ask yourself if you should… Power wash the exterior and deck Paint the shutters and trim, front door and door frames Pull weeds in the yard and clean them up and trim the bushes, add mulch and plant flowers Edge your sidewalks and driveway Paint One of the most cost-effective value when selling your home is paint. A fresh coat of paint does not cost that much but makes a BIG IMPRESSION! Remove wallpaper and borders Freshen up paint in neutral colors, paint trim and baseboards to give it a clean, crisp feel Here is a before and after photos of a bathroom with fresh neutral paint: Clutter Free One of the best places to start with increasing the value, and the desirability, of your home when selling is with the elimination of clutter. You need to showcase the amount of space that you have.  A clutter-free house will make your house feel larger, resulting in added appeal to potential buyers. Removing some of your personal photos and kids artwork Organize your closets Put away kid toys in a neat...
4 Reasons To Sell This Spring!

4 Reasons To Sell This Spring!

Bulbs are blooming, and spring is right around the corner!  Are you wondering if now is the best time to sell your house? With historically low inventory, and the housing demand high, you might be missing out on a great opportunity to sell your house! 4 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring: 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase now!  Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market. 2. Less Competition Now According to NAR’s latest Existing Home Sales Report, the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means there are to few homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for home prices, but time is of the essence. Homeowners unable to put their house on the market due to negative equity situations are itching to make the move now. Real estate values have increased over the last two years, which means homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity. Single family home new construction saw an increase in 2016, but there is still room for improvement. As builders regain confidence in the market, new construction of single-family homes will likely increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017.  New home sales numbers show many buyers turning to new construction to fulfill their needs because the market simply does not have what they are looking for. 3. Quicker Process Fannie Mae anticipates an acceleration in home sales that will surpass 2007’s pace....
Lynn Beckham | Real Estate Buyer Specialist

Lynn Beckham | Real Estate Buyer Specialist

Lynn Beckham| Real Estate Buyer Specialist The Romanski Group at Keller Williams Realty What’s really unique about Lynn is how she’s been able to use her experiences as a math teacher and her background in counseling to form her skills and approach as a Buyer Specialist. Like many, Lynn’s career didn’t start in real estate. For several years she taught Calculus and Trigonometry, and she also has her Master’s in counseling. Lynn has always enjoyed helping others, and simplifying what seems very complex. To many, especially first time home buyers, buying a home can be very complicated and stressful. Lynn is able to reduce and simplify the stress of home buying, making it a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Listening is a great strength of Lynn’s and also a very important skill to have as a Buyer Specialist. Lynn is able to create a “wish list” of sorts, for her buyers, based on what they’re looking for in a home. “Helping others has been my strength and passion throughout my entire personal and professional life. Whether in a classroom, a cornfield, or in a new house, assisting others is what I do best!” – Lynn Beckham Lynn’s Passions & Outreach Involvement: St. James Lutheran Church & School – Member of the church since 2002, Children attend the school and Lynn serves on the board Matrix Lifecare Center – supporter, donor and future volunteer Getting to Know Lynn: Lynn was born and raised in Indiana, where she was a crew leader/contractor for roguing and detasseling crews for Pioneer Hi-Bred International for 6 years. Her passion for teaching and learning started at a young age,...