Don’t Let This Opportunity Slip By!

Don’t let this opportunity slip by! Take advantage of this move-in ready home in the great district of Puyallup Schools! There’s enough space for everyone with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a fully fenced yard. The home is situated on a wonderful corner lot with a brand new insulated garage door, A/C, house surge protector, new interior paint, new toilets and a partial mountain view. Get your canvas ready and jump right in to this great opportunity of home ownership in a great neighborhood. Bring your offer because this house won’t last! For a private showing, contact Liz Johnson at 253-670-0357.

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Barely Lived In! Move In Now!

Check out this gorgeous and barely lived in, immaculate home in Tehaleh! Forget the wait lines to live in this highly desirable community and move in now! Nothing missed and everything gained by choosing this home from the corner lot, sprinkler system, custom upgrades including blinds, extended patio and driveway, fully fenced huge yard, gas range and hardwoods throughout the main floor plus so much more. This is not an opportunity to miss with the great community and school nearby, don’t wait! For a private showing, contact Liz Johnson at 253-670-0357.

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5 bedrooms and ready now! Skip the wait!

Take advantage of this lovely, move-in ready Richmond American home, on a greenbelt, with a huge lot in the desirable community of Tehaleh! The home with a smart floor plan, boasts 5 bedrooms with a giant master plus den/ office.  Enjoy entertaining in the great room’s open floor plan or in the extra large fully fenced back yard backing up to a greenbelt. Storage not an issue with a tandem three car garage and walk-in closets and pantry. Community features miles of trails and parks, cafe, elementary school and more to come!  For a private showing, contact Liz Johnson at 253-670-0357.

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Should I use a Realtor® to by a New Construction Home?

Do you need to use a Realtor® to buy a New Construction Home?  YES! YES! YES! And here’s why……


1)        That smiling sales agent on site at a model home represents the builder and the builder only.  They are not there to “help” you, the consumer.  They are there to get the builder the most money for their home.   No matter how comfortable you are with your negotiating skills, I strongly recommend having a real estate professional represent you so they can help you through all phases of the process (i.e. contract, construction, walk-through, and closing).  Sales price is not the only number to be negotiated in a home purchase.  There are thousands of dollars-worth of “fees” associated with a home purchase contract.  Do you know what they are and who is paying them?  Your Realtor® will.  They will help you negotiate fees, upgrade options, financing terms, closing costs, and much more.


2)        Your Realtor® will help you understand your contract and contractual obligations to ensure you do not miss out on important opportunities throughout the process such as when you may schedule construction inspections, to what point you can make changes in the construction process, etc. They will help you understand how contract clauses, riders and upgrade options affect you and make sure you understand your obligations and needs before you sign on the dotted line.


3)        A good Realtor® knows the builders in his or her market.  They will be able to educate you on builder reputations and reviews and help you ask the right questions to ensure you are selecting a quality builder in your market.


4)        Your Realtor® will fight for you and has far more pull with a builder than you.  Issues OFTEN arise in construction of a new home and you may not get the answer you want if you are asking a builder to fix something you do not agree with.  However, builders need to maintain their reputations with Realtors® because Realtors®  sell their homes… over and over again… and can quickly affect their sales numbers if our clients are not satisfied.  Realtors® know building standards and how to represent you.  Would you go into a court room without a lawyer to fight for you?   Why go into the largest purchase of your life without someone to fight for you there too?


5)        Just as they will with pre-owned homes, a Realtor® will ensure you are comparing apples to apples when comparing new construction homes.  There are a LOT of factors that go into building a home.  For instance, if you compare two homes listed at the same sales price and it appears the differences only come down to floor plan and personal preference.  In reviewing the builder’s standards, your Realtors®  would realize one builder’s standard energy efficiency rating would assure a $100 per month electric bill savings over the other.  That is a $1,200 a YEAR savings for you year after year.  Other items to compare:  what appliances come standard (compare energy efficiency, stainless steel vs black, etc), what quality/level of flooring, what quality/level of counter tops, is an irrigation or sprinkler system included and will it cover front and back yard or just one or the other, is the home plumbed for a water softener, what is the standard size of the 2 car garage, will a fence cost extra, is the cover over the back patio standard or an upgrade for which they will pay?  The list goes on and on.


6)        Don’t fall for the sales pitch!  It is easy to get swept up in the excitement of touring a beautiful model home.  However, it is important to have a Realtor® bring you back to reality and ensure this home really does fit your needs.  A builder’s sales representative is there to sell you on all the good points of the neighborhood but your Realtors®  will look out for your best interest when it comes to researching important points such as flood plains, property tax variances, potential for commercial construction in your “back yard,” changing school zones, HOA Rules and much more!


7)        Your Realtor® will save you a LOT OF TIME! Signing the contract is just the start of the process of buying a new home.  You need to compare financing options and terms, work with the title company to ensure a smooth, cost efficient, and timely closing, attend numerous inspections, and so much more throughout the construction process.  Your Realtor® will manage that process for you and save you hours upon hours of time and headache.

Liz Johnson is a New Home Ambassador with all of the skills in the article you just read. Contact her today, to see where you stand in new home construction, or to answer any questions you may have.

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Buying more affordable than renting in two-thirds of US counties

A higher number of individuals might decide to apply for a U.S. home mortgage instead of signing another expensive lease for an apartment. According to RealtyTrac, investing in a house is more affordable than renting in most major counties.


A higher number of individuals might decide to apply for a U.S. home mortgage instead of signing another expensive lease for an apartment. According to RealtyTrac, investing in a house is more affordable than renting in most major counties. 


Renting rates increase, making buying more affordable. RealtyTrac’s Buy-to-Rent analysis revealed 66 percent of U.S. counties have better home affordability than rent.


The analysis considered median incomes of 285 counties in the U.S. and how much is needed to pay fair-market rent for a three-bedroom apartment, then compared it to the amount that would be needed for monthly mortgage payments, property taxes and insurance for a purchased property, noted Mortgage Daily News. 


The results indicated 29.96% of household income was needed to pay for rent, while only 29% was necessary to buy a home. 


“As home price appreciation moderates and aligns more closely with trends in rental rates, the returns in the buy-to-rent market are stabilizing and becoming more predictable – if not as lucrative as they were for investors who purchased a few years ago near the bottom of the market,” Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac noted. “Buying rentals continues to be a brilliant strategy that allows investors to hedge their bets in a real estate market shifting away from homeownership and toward a sharing economy.”


The number of buy-to-rent returns also decreased in 59% of analyzed counties when compared on a year-over-year basis. This is the first time this has occurred in the last five months. According to the analysis, three-bedroom rental rates jumped 3% on a year-over-year basis for all 285 major counties included in the report. In 2014, the year-over-year change was only 1%. 


Some counties better to buy. There are a number of regions where, on average, rent is notably more expensive than buying a home. Some of these include: 


San Bernardino County, California 

Clark County, Nevada

Miami-Dade County, Florida

Wayne County, Michigan 

Broward County, Florida


The rising rent in regions like South Florida, coupled with historically low interest rates, encourage more individuals to purchase homes due to financial circumstances. 


In addition, wage increase also may contribute to a higher number of interested buyers deciding to enter the market and buy homes.

Curious about home buying?  Contact us today!  We’d love to help!

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