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How A Moving Company Can Help You Sell Your House While You’re Still Living In It

in Preparing for a move, Real Estate by Ninja Movers Leave a comment

If you’re like me and spend too many weekend days binge watching home improvement shows. They all make it look so easy. Families sell homes within weeks and even days, all while dealing with chaos of living there.

Featured image via Mark Moz/Flickr

Reality isn’t quite as tidy. Everyone knows that clean homes sell better than dirty, that personal touches can be a turnoff to potential buyers. Still, not everyone can afford to move out of their home while they’re trying to sell. That’s okay. With just a little work, and a good moving company, even an occupied home can be sold fairly quickly.

Paint and clean the floors

Dull, dirty floors and walls can be a major turnoff to potential buyers. Now is the time to paint the walls and clean the carpets. If you have hardwood floors or tile, it’s time for a polish.

Clear all clutter

If you’ve ever seen a staged home, you probably noticed a few things, but the first is that a staged home is completely uncluttered. Uncluttered means more than picking toys up off the floor. It means cleaning out drawers and closets. It means taking personal photos off the walls, including your children’s masterpieces.

Clear all the mismatched furniture

Personally, I’m all about eclectic and colorful decorating, but your next buyer might not be. While matching furniture isn’t a necessity, coherence is. A neutral color scheme with pops of colors show best. If your furniture is torn, stained or chipped, it’s time to replace it, even if it’s only for the sale. A professional stager can do this for you or you can rent furniture through any number of companies.

The right moving company can help you with all of the above. They can pack your clutter and neatly move it into storage. They can even temporarily move your furniture out of the way while you paint and clean.

This last part, though, is completely up to you.

Clean, clean, clean

Get in the habit of cleaning all the time. Dust and vacuum daily. Make the beds the moment people wake up. Wipe down all surfaces right after use. Put everything away.

More Than Half Of San Jose Home Sales Have A Co-Signer

in Bay Area News, Bay Area Real Estate by Ninja Movers Leave a comment

Earlier in the year, San Jose was named the most unaffordable city in the country. It’s no wonder, with the median home cost at about $900,000. Still, with a population of over 1 million, and growing, people are making San Jose home sales work.

How are people in San Jose able to buy homes?

A report in September may explain how people are still buying real estate, despite the high costs. They’re getting help. According to a report from Attom Data Solutions, which compiles nationwide property data, just over half (50.9 percent) of San Jose’s homeowners bought with the help of a co-signer — that’s more than in any other city.

The report shows that for the first time, more than half of all home-purchase deals in San Jose involve co-borrowers. No other city has topped the majority.  San Jose was followed by 45.2 percent in Miami; 39.1 percent in Seattle; 31.1 percent in Los Angeles; 29.4 percent in San Diego; and 28.8 percent in Portland.

“Climbing home prices are forcing more and more borrowers to consider other options, such as leveraging a parent’s credit, in order to qualify to buy,” Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere Real Estate, said in the report.

Source: Mercury News

The good news is that percentage wise, homeowners in San Jose have more equity than in other cities. Partly because they are making bigger down payments and partly because San Jose’s real estate market is so strong. Nationally, the median down payment is only about 7.3 percent of the median price of a home.

Now look at the numbers for San Jose, where buyers put down 25.2 percent of the median price of a home. Again, that was the highest median down payment in the U.S., followed by San Francisco (22.3 percent), Los Angeles (19.3 percent); Naples, Florida (18.5 percent); and the Oxnard-Thousand-Oaks-Ventura metro in southern California (17.4 percent).

Perhaps the same people co-signing on the mortgages are also helping with the down payment, which of course, makes the mortgage payments far more affordable.

Featured image via David Sawyer/Flickr.

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