Tuesday, May 25, 2021 / by Elissa Tran
Have you ever wondered how many dogs
you can legally have in each city?
I have been asked where can a client live with four dogs and two cats and a parrot? Most of us have quite a few furry family members and it's always nice to know what the law really allows. Recently a client compiled the following list to clear things up. The laws are always changing so if you see anything that you know to be incorrect, please let us know.
Number of Pets Allowed
2 dogs 2 cats
2 dogs No cat limit
2 dogs 2 cats
3 dogs or cats
2 dogs 2 cats
3 pets total
3 adult dogs, 3 cats or 2 ferrets and no more than 4 total dogs, cats or ferrets in any combination, Fancier/Hobby permit available.
2 dogs 3 cats (no hobby l ...
Thursday, May 6, 2021 / by Elissa Tran
The question many homebuyers are facing this year is, “Why is it so hard to find a house?” We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, which means real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) notes homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale, and that number keeps rising. Why? It’s because there are so few houses for sale.
Low inventory in the housing market isn’t new, but it’s becoming more challenging to navigate. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:
“The housing market is still relatively under supplied, and buyers can’t buy what’s not for sale. Relative to what we saw in 2017 to 2019, March 2021 was still roughly 117,000 new listings lower, adding to the pre-existing early-year gap of more than 200,000 fresh listings that would typically have come to market in January or February. Despite this week ...
Thursday, April 29, 2021 / by Elissa Tran
Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms, and it’s fueling a steady rise in home prices.
In such a hot market, houses are selling quickly. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes are typically on the market for just 18 short days. Despite the speed and opportunity for sellers, there are still steps you can take to prep your house to shine so you get the greatest possible return.
1. Make Buyers Feel at Home
One of the ways to make this happen is to take time to declutter. Pack away any personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. The more neutral and tidy the space, the easier it is for a buyer to picture themselves living there. According to the 2021 Profile of Home Staging by NAR:
“82% of buyers’ agents s ...
Sunday, April 18, 2021 / by Elissa Tran
A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respondents:
88% - a better chance of saving for retirement
87% - the best investment plan
85% - the chance to be better off financially
85% - the chance to build up wealth
Additional financial advantages of homeownership included in the survey are having the best overall tax situation and being able to live within your budget.
Does homeownership actually give you a better chance to build wealth?
No one can question a person’s unique feelings about the importance of homeownership. However, it’s fair to ask if the numbers justify homeownership as a financial asset.
Last fall, the Federal Reserve released the Survey of Consumer Finances, a report done every three years ...
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 / by Elissa Tran
For the past several years, it seems every design magazine or home décor center featured barn doors. These doors offered a warm, rustic charm to the space and offered a focal point for the home. As time went by, however, many designers and homeowners realized that these doors also had a downside: they did not muffle sounds.
Barn doors hang on an upper track and slide to the left or right as needed. As many people raced to be a part of this classic farmhouse décor trend, they were dismayed to find that they lost privacy, soundproofing, and the functionality of a closed door.
So, is the trend over? The initial trend may have passed, but the use of barn doors has been reimagined. Barn doors now come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
• Clear or frosted glass doors can separate a home office
• Sleek metal might camouflage appliances in a modern kitchen
• A simple panel design could provide access to a formal dining room
• Barn doors are al; ...