Reasons to Stop Renting NOW

emmett idaho homesStill renting? There are plenty of reasons you might be. It could be related to your job, or kids school, or just it’s what you’ve always done. Maybe it’s a matter of credit, finances, or other life events.

Whatever the reason you’re still making payment to the landlord every month there’s a number of reasons why it’s a great time to buy now; here are just a few to consider:

Home Prices Are Still Low
Despite limited inventory home prices are still lower than they’ve been in years; there are still some good deals available on the market. One thing is for certain, prices aren’t likely to come down any time soon so take advantage!

Equity
Renting is fine if you’re going to be moving soon but if you’re looking to put down roots one of the best reasons to buy instead of rent is equity. When you rent if property values go up it’s likely only going to raise your rent, as an owner when values go up your equity increases as well. Your home is more than a place to live, it’s an investment.

Buying Is Cheaper
Rent is rising all over the country but even at current rates a mortgage payment is still going to generally be more affordable than paying rent. While $900 in rent might pay for a one or two bedroom townhouse or apartment that same amount when applied to a mortgage is more likely to cover a 3 bedroom house.

There are plenty more reasons to buy a home instead of continuing to rent, and it’s more attainable than you might think. We would love to have the opportunity to help you find your dream home if you’re looking to buy, or sell your current home as well! Contact Evans Realty today to work with on of our experienced agents!

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Easy Fixes To Sell Your Home Faster

There are a million and one details to get in order when the time come to sell your home, and having the help of a qualified Idaho REALTOR® will prove invaluable, but beyond their assistance there are a few things homeowners themselves to avoid in order to help the sale go smoothly.

Overgrown Lawn
Take care of dead patches and be sure to keep on top of cutting the yard during the sales process. Pull weeds and maybe even add just a few potted flowers to spruce things up a bit.

Touch Up The Paint
A can of paint can go a long way! If there are damage spots go ahead and give them a once over. Patch any minor holes as well. If it’s within budget don’t be afraid to take this time to even consider painting a room or taking care of any exterior paint issues as well.

Keep It Clean
Clean away cobwebs, sweep up leaves, and consider even having the outside of your house pressure washed. It’s a great idea to have the windows cleaned as well. Living in your home day to day you often don’t realize how grimy the outside of your house can get; giving it a good wash is almost like a new coat of paint.

Don’t Go Overboard
De-cluttering is one of the most important things and it’s usually the easiest to do. You don’t have to remodel the entire house or put in a new deck to add value to your home and make it more saleable, so focus on the little things. Make your home inviting and showcase all the reasons you’ve loved it over the time you’ve been there and your agent will do the rest!

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Homeowner Summer Maintenance Tips

The Summer months will be fast upon us Idaho, so get the jump on those household tasks before they pile up and the heat is on!

Don’t panic! You’ve still got time and we’ve put together a quick checklist of items to help make getting those honey-dos under wrap before you really start to sweat.

Get The Grill Ready
Hey, it’s important! There’s nothing worse than having the meat and the charcoals and company on the way over only to discover your grill is filthy – or worse yet rusty or in need of real repair. So use this excuse to dust that Weber off early, fire it up for a test run, and clean out all those old ashes.

Check The A/C
You’re gonna need that air conditioning this Summer! If it’s been a while consider having it serviced by a professional. At the very least hose it off to clear it of dust and clear any debris from around the unit itself as well. Another good idea is to change the air filter inside your house also!

Wash The House
This goes for windows but also for your whole home as well. There’s been plenty of dust and grime blown in over the last few months; if you own a home with vinyl siding there are plenty of easy to use cleaners that will help get the place looking fabulous!

Beat Back The Bugs
All the creepy crawlies have been busy all Spring making their own little homes. You’ll want to be sure and keep them under wraps before Summer hits in full swing or you could be facing an invasion when temperatures heat up. Go around the perimeter of your home and knock down any visible nest from wasps or other bugs. Take a stroll through your attic or crawl space if you’re really motivated; consider pest barrier granules around your foundation to keep them out.

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Reasons Why 2017 Is The Year To Buy!

There’s a lot of talk in the Idaho real estate market about how we’ve returned to a sellers market; why it’s very much true that it is a great time to sell there are a few good reasons why this year is also a great time to buy!

So much so that we’ve got to encourage you not to wait; here are three big reasons why you may want to consider buying a home before the year is out.

Rates Are Only Rising
Years ago a single digit mortgage rate seemed like an impossible dream. Last year mortgage rates bottomed out at 3.55% and the Federal Reserve decided to bolster this key rate; the rate went up to right at 4%. Over the next few years this trend is expected to continue and rates could be into the 6% zone by 2019.

Inventory Is Shrinking
It’s even made the national news! Available real estate inventory is low, especially here in Idaho! That means listings are moving fast and there’s no guarantee that the home you’re in love with will be available next week or next month. Experts agree this trend is likely to continue and chances are interested buyers will have even fewer homes to choose from next year than they do today.

Home Prices Are Still Going Up
This is one key reason why sellers who have been sitting on their investments are so happy – things are finally leveling out from the real estate bubble years ago. As we have yet to see a real ceiling for increase here in the valley this will most likely continue meaning that they best time to get the best price is very likely right now.

Whether you’ve been thinking about making a move for some time and just weren’t sure, or are looking to make a fast turn around in this liquid market it’s a great time to be in real estate! Our agents have the insight you’ll need to find the properties you want and make an informed decision – we hope that you will consider us when looking for the right agent to make things happen!

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Get Ready For The Big Move!

Moving! It can be one of the most stressful parts of the whole real estate transitioning process.

There are so many things to remember and organize that if any one of them goes wrong there can be a whole avalanche of problems – but your dedicated real estate team here at Evans Realty LLC has some tips to help make your next move a success!

Change The Locks
Seems sort of like a strange idea to some, after all you just got the keys didn’t you?
While true, you can’t ever tell who else – from the contractor to the agent to the photographer for the builder – might have also had them before hand. In some cases there may even be a master key to multiple homes in the development. So it never hurts to swap out locks to keep things safe.

Inventory Your Belongings
Before you move, before you even start putting things in boxes, go around and make an inventory of everything. Maybe not every individual thing down to the knick knack level, but certainly the larger or more important items. This will help you make sure nothing has been forgotten and also make it easier to find when unpacking.

Clean and Paint FIRST
Make use of the empty space before you move your stuff in. You may need to do some post-construction cleaning beforehand; if you plan to paint in the near future it’s much much easier to do so before you move all the furniture in – otherwise you’ll be playing couch tetris after the fact.

Have A Plan
As the day approaches it’s good to have a plan in place. Have the movers hired, or all the logistics figured out if you plan to do it yourself. Consider having the kids or pets stay with a friend or relative on move day to keep the chaos down to a dull roar. Plan ahead for the day by having an ice chest of beverages and ready to go food on hand, as chances are there may not be a lot of time for meal prep and you don’t want a hungry/angry bunch.

Moving day doesn’t have to be  hassle – neither does the process up to it; that includes buying or selling your home. Real estate in Idaho is performing extremely well and it’s a great time to consider a move if you’ve been waiting on the fence for the market to improve. Contact us today to see how we can help!

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Tips for Early Bird Home Sellers!

The warmer weather brings out the home buyers in droves, especially with the market moving as quickly as it is this year, but despite that fact many would-be home sellers are still sleeping away what could be the peak home selling period of the year.

Agents with their finger on the pulse know you’ve got to be ready early or risk having to scramble later when the market may have moved on. In order to catch those early buyers it’s important to have your home ready to list before Summer time arrives. We’ve put together some tips to get you started on the right track:

Find An Experienced Agent
Of course we recommend this! But it’s not a biased opinion just because it’s our industry, it’s a known fact that working with a REALTOR® will save you time and frustration all throughout the buying and selling process. A qualified real estate agent will not only know the market, but they will also be able to help you avoid potential pitfalls along the way that you alone may not have been able to foresee.

Put Out Some Feelers
Your agent will handle the marketing when the time comes, but in the meantime it doesn’t hurt to reach out to those around you and let them know a little early on that you may be looking to make a move. Mention it to friends or family off hand at coffee or dinner not only just to get it in your own mind as a real event but also to have the help of your personal sphere working towards your success.

De-Clutter and Clean
It’s never too early to have less stuff. Even if you’re not selling de-cluttering will make your life 100% better where you’re at right now. You want your home to look it’s best for potential buyers too of course and the best way to do that is to have things clean and free of clutter. Throw out old broken things that you don’t need anymore, and have a yard sale or donate items that are still useful but for which you have no need. Give the runners and cabinet tops a wipe down, clean carpets, and take care of all the deep cleaning tasks that may have been getting away from you.

Repairs
More than curb appeal or trying to do any upgrades to the home spend some time and take care of repairs first. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a leaky roof any kind of repairs can delay or even completely jeopardize your home sale, so it’s important to tackle those items as soon as possible. It’s a great time to have the HVAC systems in your home serviced by a professional as well; it can even be any extra point in your favor to be able to tell potential buyers it’s all been taken care of in advance.

Don’t worry if you’re off to a late start, the groundhog says we have a few more weeks til Spring and you can catch up with many of these suggestions fairly quickly. Be sure to talk to your real estate agent if you get bogged down, or don’t even know where to start, many times they will be able to recommend solutions and services that can help.

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Spring remodeling on a budget!

kitchen3Spring is quickly on the way and for many that means it’s time to think about sprucing up – and maybe even remodeling!

Whether you’re thinking about it as a way to increase property values or simply to increase your own comfort remodeling may be something to consider, especially if you’ve been in your home for a while and are suffering from the blahs. A recent cost vs. value report, shows that homeowners will recoup 82.7% of the cost on a minor kitchen remodel, an increase of more than five percent over previous years. But! Not all improvements are created equal; some are just out of range because of cost, so we’ve put together a list of great ways to up your remodeling ROI without breaking the piggy bank.

Kitchen
It’s the heart of the home; one of the best places to maximize your return on your dollar when it comes to remodeling. It’s also one of the first things people look at when considering whether to buy the house, so if you’re remodeling in hopes to sell keep that in mind. Remodeling can be things as simple as changing out fixtures, or replacing an old sink all the way up to full fledged tearing down walls and putting in islands of counter tops. If you’ve got appliances that are outdated or just don’t match it never hurts to switch those out during the process.

Flooring
It can get forgotten pretty easily, tread under our feet every day, but truth is flooring can make or break a home – especially to potential buyers. If you can afford the cost consider switching from carpet to laminate or wood flooring as it often has a broader appeal and in the end generally has lower upkeep costs in the long run. Can’t spring for the new floors? Consider at least having your carpets or floors professionally cleaned if nothing else as that can breathe new life into old flooring.

Bathrooms
This goes right along with kitchens. Bathrooms can be easily updated just by changing fixtures out, or changing cabinet doors. Go for a new color of paint and really up the wow-factor, or if it’s affordable put in a new sink or toilet.Tile looking tired? Replace it if possible or if not just give that grout some deep cleaning.

Exterior
We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover…but everyone does. It’s no different with houses; that’s one reason why it’s good to spend some time and budget on the outside of your home. Curb appeal is the word for what real estate agents call your home’s “first impression” to a potential buyer and it really does matter. So spend some time cleaning gutters, washing the exterior of the home, cleaning windows, and keeping the yard trimmed as basic ways to keep your house looking great. If you’ve got it in the budget consider possibly updating your exterior doors and windows, adding fresh plants to the flowerbeds, or changing out the outside lighting.

These are just ideas for some of the most beneficial remodeling options when balancing cost and return! There are any number of other great ways to increase your homes value, and your enjoyment of your home as well. We would love the chance to talk to you more if you are currently thinking about selling your home or buying a new one – it’s a great time to be in the market!

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