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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 2/22/2019

In today’s world, everything is online. You probably have started your home search online as well. It’s plain fun to look at real estate. You can dream of living in a place you can’t afford. You might never see any of those listings that you’re browsing in person. Should you?


No matter when your home search may become a reality, there are a few benefits to seeing houses in person. 


You’ll See What Your Money Can Get You


What you want and what you can afford may be far apart. You won’t understand the reality of the housing market unless you see it firsthand. By looking at what’s available on the market at a given time, you will be able to see how much house your dollars will buy you. Knowing what you can afford will help you to keep your expectations in check when you do head out to search for a home. Looking at what homes are on the market can actually help you to help your real estate agent find you something that will suit your needs. There’s nothing worse than telling your agent that you want a home that’s impossible to find.


You’ll Meet Real Estate Agents


By going to open houses, you’ll be able to meet different real estate agents. Through this process, you could very well meet the agent who will help you to find your dream home. If you like the way an agent is helping to sell a home, you’ll very likely get along with them as a buyer. 


You Will Know How Much Competition You Have


If you’re attending open houses and find that there are many other people there the same time as you, it could be a sign that the market has tight competition. A lot of open house attendees means that prices are higher because the competition is fierce. You may have to offer above asking price in order to secure a deal on a home.


You’ll Learn Different Areas


Open houses can bring you to places you may have never thought of living before. You’ll get a sense of what different neighborhoods are like if you spend some time exploring through attending open houses. 


You’ll Learn What You Can Live With


It’s easy to have a concrete picture in your mind of what you want in a home and what you can deal with. When you see houses firsthand, you may be able to open your mind a bit as to the type of home you’re seeking.  


 





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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 2/15/2019

A homebuyer who considers the seller's perspective may be better equipped than others to enjoy a successful property buying experience. In fact, this buyer should have no trouble submitting a competitive offer to purchase – something that may lead to a fast home purchase.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you analyze the seller's perspective.

1. Review a Home Listing

A home listing provides a great opportunity to learn about a house. It also enables you to analyze how long a house has been available, a residence's features and other factors that may dictate your decision to pursue a residence.

Assess a home listing closely. If you believe your expectations fall in line with a seller's after reviewing a listing, you may want to consider setting up an in-person showing. Or, if you believe a home does not match expectations, you may want to continue to look for your dream house.

2. Check Out a House In-Person

If you find a home you may want to buy, it generally is a good idea to set up an in-person showing. At this point, you can see how a seller has maintained a house and determine if a home is right for you.

Typically, a real estate agent is ready to respond to a buyer's concerns and questions during a showing. This housing market professional may be able to provide insights into why a seller has listed his or her residence. And as a result, you can use these insights to make an informed decision about how to proceed with a house.

3. Understand the Local Housing Market

The local housing market fluctuates, and it may favor buyers or sellers. If you study the local real estate sector, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market – or vice-versa.

In a buyer's market, there may be an abundance of quality houses available at budget-friendly prices. On the other hand, in a seller's market, there may be a shortage of first-rate houses, and those that are available may be in high demand among buyers.

Keep in mind how a seller's perspective may vary based on the current housing market's conditions as well. If a buyer's market is in place, a seller may be ready to accept a competitive offer to purchase his or her residence. Conversely, in a seller's market, a seller may be reluctant to accept an offer to purchase that falls below his or her initial home asking price.

Lastly, as you get set to embark on the homebuying journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can teach you everything you need to know about buying a house. He or she can help you analyze the seller's perspective and make an informed home purchase too.

Ready to navigate the homebuying journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can assess the seller's perspective and boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful homebuying experience.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 2/8/2019

Are you shopping for art for just the right piece to complete your décor? You'll find a plethora of art at vintage stores and antique malls. Some stalls cater specifically to old paintings, maps, or empty frames, so take a peak in all the kiosks and booths. But know what you're looking at before you go.

Paintings versus prints

It's easy to mistake a print for a painting when it is in an old frame and sold as antique or vintage. Don't misunderstand, a print, especially one known as a hand lithograph, can be quite valuable, and certainly be the perfect choice for your décor, but it's best to know the difference. Paintings have discernable brushstrokes while print reproductions have very tiny dots. Take a good look, up close and personal. The value in the painted art is that it is original. The value in hand lithographs is the work and detail involved. 

Lithographs typically come numbered and not mass-produced. Prints, on the other hand, when mechanically reproduced are less valuable than a lithograph with their evenly spaced dots and uniform color. But a print is still worth purchasing if it fits your décor, just know before you overpay for it.

What if it’s cracked?

Old paint cracks. That's part of its charm and value. The fine web-like cracks have a particular name: craquelure. In no way does craquelure indicate that there is something wrong with your painting. It often denotes your pieces is likely authentic and sought after by collectors.

Should I reframe it?

Original frames and the nails used to hold the painting in the frame and hold the frame together often contain vital information that dates the piece. If the wood has aged or the metal patinaed, that indicates the frame might be older. Often, framers placed a mark, label, or stamp on their work too, so if your frame or backing has such a mark, it might reveal, with a little internet sleuthing, the frame’s age.

What if there isn’t a frame?

While it’s nice to find the perfect piece in the original frame, some art makes its way to vintage shops because of a damaged or broken frame. Don’t be afraid to put an older print in a modern frame for an eclectic look.

Is it authentic?

When shopping at an antique mall or store, try to learn as much about the art as possible. The dealer might have information on where it came from, or how old it is. It may have come as part of an estate sale and could even have accompanying documentation to prove its age and ownership.

If you have the art, but no place to hang it, your real estate professional will happily help you find just the right place to showcase your collection.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 2/1/2019

It’s time for you to upgrade from your starter home to a larger living space. How do you find the right buyers for your home? There are excellent reasons to own a modest home, and there is an active movement toward investing in small houses. Your target market might surprise you. Your buyer could be anyone from young professionals to families to retirees. To find the right buyer, consider what aspects of your home are most attractive and to what lifestyles they might appeal.

Reduced carbon footprint:

A home with less energy usage is just what a buyer concerned about green living is seeking. Heating and cooling costs are lower in a small house that is well-insulated. There are fewer fixtures and less water and electricity use. A small home can be a win-win for anyone trying to lower their energy output and stick to their budget. TIP: Go the extra step and replace regular incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs to get your buyer started on the right foot!Less hassle:From routine cleaning to maintenance projects that pop up a smaller home reduces inconvenience, time, and expense. An aging buyer or a buyer with a busy life can mitigate stress with less space in the house to worry about cleaning and organizing. When a larger maintenance project arises, homeowners can save on time and expense for things like roofing repairs or flooring upgrades. 

Financial freedom:

Purchasing a home with lower costs helps buyers stay within their monthly budget and save money for other activities. For the active traveler or family, the extra saved money could go toward new adventures. A couple wanting to save for retirement, or a young entrepreneur opening a business, benefits from the financial freedom a more cost-effective home provides. 

Quality upgrades:

Deciding to buy a smaller home allows buyers to save money for reinvesting in the house later and for making investments more affordable. Plans for renovating the kitchen or putting down new flooring are easily achievable with smaller spaces and have lower ongoing costs. Homeowners can find the extra cash to upgrade appliances or even install solar panels to enjoy the added financial benefits of energy efficiency.

Affordable investment property: 

Smaller homes are the perfect size for buyers investing in rental properties. A small house allows investors to set modest lease prices and appeal to a wide range of renters. Many future home buyers prefer to rent in the neighborhood they are considering before they decide to buy. Investing in a small home allows owners the freedom to rent the house out or find the right buyer down the line. 

Work with your real estate professional to target the right buyers for your smaller home.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 1/25/2019

Whether you don't like cooking or want to avoid the shopping and prep working, or simply don't have access to healthy groceries, there's a delivery service for you. Sometimes its just nice to take the night off and order in some takeout.

Restaurant Delivery Services

You can always check with your local businesses individually to see if they deliver to you, but that can be tedious, time-consuming and no one really does it. You have other options. Check out the top delivery services in your area. These are companies that provide the drivers and partner with restaurants to bring meals right to your door. Nationwide services include eat24, uberEats, GrubHub and more. You can even get restaurant food delivered through Amazon in some areas. The best part? Most of these services have apps and complete menus to make ordering and tracking your food easy. Watch the little car drive to your door, or wait for the final notification to show up. No matter your level of food obsession, you can watch it all the way. 

Many large restaurant chains, especially pizza chains, have their own delivery services and apps. For pizza anywhere, check out the Pizza Hut, Dominoes and more pizza ordering apps in your local app store. Want to play it old school? Most of these restaurants will take phone orders as well, but there are often better deals online or in the app.

Don't forget to do some research for city-wide or regional delivery services, these often have restaurants not available on the more extensive services and vice versa, giving you the greatest variety.

Meal Kit Delivery Services

If you still want to cook your meals, but don’t actually want to do the shopping, you’re looking for a meal kit delivery service. With varying prices depending on the quality and complexity of the meal and ingredients as well as the number of portions, most of these operate similarly to a subscription service. You plan a set amount of food, and the ingredients and instructions are delivered directly to your door. Just follow the recipe and have a great dinner in as little as fifteen minutes. Many of these services have specific meal plans to help you meet your personal health goals. 

Sun Basket offers clean living meal plans for everything from gluten-free to vegan, including a diabetes-friendly plan, which can help you get a hold of significant dietary changes and protect you from the dreaded grocery store. Home Chef focuses on high quality, tasty meals, let you choose from 15 recipes. Blue Apron is known for its recipe variety and easy to use management system.

There are so many more choices, including specific ones in your area, so do some quick searching and start eating free of the store today!




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