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What home buyers are looking for in a new home is reflective of the current real estate market and the overall state of the economy. Home sellers should be aware of these current market trends so that they can highlight those features already existing in their home or, when possible and cost-effective, to do some updating that will include some of those sought after wish list items. So what are today’s home buyers looking for in a new home? According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, these are what home buyers seem to want most:

1. Energy Efficiency.
Energy-star rated appliances, energy-star rated windows, and ceiling fans topped their list. Seeking to lower their overall energy costs, today’s cost-conscious buyers are no longer attracted to the two-story foyer and living spaces that were once so popular.

Read: ‘Green’ Improvements Can Help Sell Your Home

2. Organization.
Areas such as laundry rooms, linen closets in the bathroom, garage space with storage systems, and walk-in pantries in the kitchen provide accessible storage and easy organization for today’s home buyers.

3. Resale Value.
Today’s home buyers are looking for high end amenities and are willing to have a smaller space to get them. Double sinks in the kitchen, both a tub and stall shower in the bath, french doors rather than standard doors, and home technology features including home security systems and central controls for entertainment and utilities.

Read: Home Buyers Ready to Grab Bargains This Spring. Is Your Home Ready?

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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So you’re ready to take advantage of all that that Western North Carolina has to offer its residents and buy a home here in the Asheville or Brevard area …As a home buyer you’ll need to think about whether you should purchase an existing home or build a new one. How do you decide which is the better choice? You’ll need to consider your budget, your lifestyle and your everyday needs.

Building a new home can be exciting, however, starting from scratch on all the decorating needs can be time-consuming and can become overwhelming. Existing home sellers have usually done small updates and neutralized interior design elements prior to putting their home on the market, so although you may want to add your own personal touch to your new home, much of it can be done incrementally.

Do you want to be close to amenities? You’re likely to find more existing homes closer to town providing easier access to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and other ammenities. New housing tends to be in the outskirts of town so you will have to consider whether the drive into town to get to that favorite doctor or grocer is worth the additional time and expense.

Consider too that existing homes cost less per square foot than new homes. Existing homes are often in mature neighborhoods and frequently are not part of a larger home-owner’s group. Outlying areas tend toward higher taxes, assessment fees and land costs, however, existing homes are often in need of some maintenance and tend to be less energy efficient, so while you may not be paying monthly home-owner’s fees, that may be offset by higher energy and utility costs.

It’s still a buyers’ market, although home prices have slowly risen in selected areas. So if your personal economics make you ready to take the plunge, consider what will make you and your family happy and what will make your house a home.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.”You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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As we slide quickly into the bottom half of the year, many Western North Carolina home owners have been questioning just what this new 3.8 percent home sales tax that comes as part of healthcare reforms will mean.  The answer: not much.  The fact is that only a few home sellers will be subject to this tax, which takes effect in 2013.

Under the new tax law, only those who meet a minimum income requirement ($200,000 per year for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay the sales tax.  Further, the tax does not apply to the first $250k on profits from the sale of your personal residence for an individual ($500k for married couples).  So for the average – and even the well above-average – home sale, there is little to worry about.   According to the National Association of Realtors, half of all existing homes sold for $189,400 or less in June, since none of those sales could possibly generate a $250,000 profit, none would be subject to the tax.

So who pays?  For the couple making $260,000 a year, a sale of a $850,000 home that nets them $525,000 in profit only results in a 3.8%  tax on the $25,000 amount over the $500,000 exemption.  This means that in addition to the standard capital gains tax, this couple would pay an additional $950 as part of the health care tax.  For the executive who makes $300,000 per year and sells his $475,000 vacation home for a $75,000 profit, the tax amounts to $2850. Thus, the healthcare tax isn’t going to apply to most of us.  However, this does not apply to second homes or investment properties so it is something to factor in as you prepare to buy a home for these purposes.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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For most families, their home is their largest financial asset, and deciding to sell it is a big decision that involves a lot of preparation and work.  In these difficult economic times, home sellers should be aware that steps can be taken to maximize your property’s strengths to prospective buyers. As a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), I have been recognized as a real estate professional who has completed special training in seller representation and have met specified educational and practical experience criteria.  Here are eight reasons to consider using an SRS designated realtor when you’re ready to sell:

  1. SRS designees are members of an elite group of trained seller client advocates that know the importance of their client’s specific needs by using Seller Counseling Sessions to insure all needs are addressed.
  2. SRS designees concentrate their efforts on the seller client’s ultimate goals to insure the client is at the center of the sale.
  3. SRS designee is extensively trained in a wide variety of manual and electronic marketing methods to uniquely promote your property to the widest range prospective purchasers.
  4. SRS designees understand that negotiation skills are critical to a successful transaction and are trained to position their client to receive the best possible outcome during negotiations of the sale.
  5. SRS designees adhere to the highest level of professional ethics and business practices in delivering ‘Client Level’ services with integrity.
  6. SRS designees are uniquely qualified to exceed the expectations of their clients yielding client trust.
  7. SRS designees know the importance of staging your property for best results. Staging is a critical component, along with accurate pricing, to attain desired results within a timely manner.
  8. SRS designees have an advanced level of understanding on how to collaborate with a variety of cooperating agents of all skill levels in the marketplace to insure that the ‘best’ buyer has an opportunity to purchase your property.

The key to any successful real estate transaction is bringing the pieces together and passing the keys from one property owner to another and there are many steps to successfully marketing and selling your Western North Carolina home or land.  Contact Jay & Jewell Kaiser, or call us at (828) 421-0375 to discuss how we can assist you in the successful sale of your home for top dollar.

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Selling your home in the midst of a depressed market can be difficult and there can be a lot of stiff competition.  One of the first things any Western North Carolina home sellers should consider before placing their home on the market is to repair the essentials.  Take some time to consider these top 5 quick repairs essential to putting your home in the best light for selling.

1. Entryway. You are trying to sell the experience of living in your home. Walk around with a critical eye, make sure the doors are freshly painted, screens are fresh, flowers are clipped, and the lawn is mowed. Be sure that the first overall impression of where the buyer will enter looks warm and welcoming.

2. Look up. Your roof and gutters should be in pristine condition. Make sure you are not missing shingles, and that there is no moss growing on your roof. Hire a professional roofer to help tidy up that end. The gutters should be unclogged and the seals should be caulked properly.

3. Patch ups. Make sure all nail holes inside of the home have been patched up and the main rooms painted with a fresh coat. This will help the home look fresh and inviting.

4. Running Water. Be sure your toilet is properly sealed. If there is discoloration around the base of the toilet, replace the seal and the flooring. The faucet is another problem area, a drippy faucet can be a major turn off for potential buyers. Most of these fixes can be done by the seller themselves if they’re willing to invest the time.  If it seems like more than you’re willing to do,  call a plumber to do the handy work.

5. The baseline. Take a look around your house, down low – the baseboards can take a beating.  Make sure to wash them down, putty any dings or markings, and repaint them. This small step can make a huge difference in how a buyer will perceive the room as a whole.

Contact Jay & Jewell Kaiser, we are the most informed professionals in our market area and we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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As we come into the winter months, many Brevard would-be home sellers will think about holding off on listing their home, waiting for the perceived “selling season” to put their home on the market. But if you’re ready to sell your home now, is waiting until spring and summer a better option? Surprisingly, no… Not according to the data, it isn’t.
Analyzing a year’s worth of data by season on three quarters of a million homes listed across the country found:
  • Homes listed in winter sell faster: 46 days in winter vs. 55 days in summer.
  • Homes listed in winter are more likely to sell: 59.2% sell in winter vs. 53.1% sell in summer.
  • Homes listed in winter sell closest to their original price: a 2.7% drop from the final price in winter vs. a 5.2% drop from the final price in summer, worth more than $7,000 on a $300,000 home.
Although spring-listed homes sell the fastest,  winter comes in second at six percent below the median, while homes listed in summer and fall both sell slower than the median (12% and 16%, respectively).  Overall, winter-listed homes sell best and they sell 1.4 %  closer to their original list price than the median.
If you’ve been thinking of putting your Brevard home on the market, but think you’ll get better results if you wait until spring or summer, winter may actually be a better time!
Contact Jay & Jewell Kaiser, through honesty, integrity, and responsiveness to your needs, we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.
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The real estate market is a tough industry to be involved in, whether you are an agent, a buyer, or a home seller.  Home Staging is the process of preparing a home for sale to show in its best possible light in order to attract the largest number of buyers.  Research shows that a staged home sells quicker and typically for more money.  As an agent or home seller, give yourself a leg up on the competition by watching this video to find out why Home Staging works.  As a buyer, viewing a staged home will give you a better vision of how you can see yourself and your belongings in the home, instead of trying to figure it out later.

The video gives a detailed explanation of how having your home staged will help you as an agent, buyer, or home seller.

Video and full article originally posted on Fox 5.

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