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Why We Wait 10 Days to Do Something That Takes 10 Minutes

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Studies say humans are bad at prioritizing long-term goals over instant gratification. It doesn’t take a scientist to explain why I might put off other things, such as doing my dishes. Those are annoying and kind of gross, and the primary reward is just being able to use them in the future. Still, at a certain point, the anxiety of not having done these tasks surpasses the annoyance of doing them in the first place. That’s an entirely predictable cycle that many otherwise productive people find themselves in when it comes to simple household jobs: A chore that I could feel good about completing in 10 minutes instead stresses me out for days or weeks.

Ever catch yourself doing the same? Learn why here.

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Why You May Want to Consider NOT Waiting Until Spring

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If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition among buyers. However, that does not mean buyers are not ready before March/April. Many are out there even in this cold weather hoping to catch something great before the Spring rush.

Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market by listing your home soon. Read why at this Keeping Current Matters article.

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Are we heading toward another housing bubble?

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According to a recent article on Keeping Current Matters, many experts have weighed in and agree:  we’re not headed for another crisis. The housing crisis of 2006-2008 was caused by poor lending practices which have since been cleaned up, and the financial turmoil present 10 years ago does not factor into today’s real estate market.

While median home prices have been steadily increasing this year, and a good many of the nation’s metropolitan areas experiencing record appreciation, it’s only natural to be concerned about another possible recession a decade after the biggest housing collapse in America’s history. We will most likely experience a shift from the rapid growth and appreciation that we are currently experiencing as the market corrects itself, but it won’t be a “burst”. Locally, we have never experienced a burst and although some buyers were unfortunately encouraged to overpay, our personal belief is that most local homeowners should not be affected by a bigger national shift.

Is it the right time for you to buy? It’s a personal issue we can’t answer for you. Start by thinking about these questions:  Am I comfortable with a mortgage payment? Would I still be okay with the payment if the market did correct in the future? Contact us with any other questions that come up!

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Changes in the Town of Amherst

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The Town of Amherst has recently announced that effective October 30, 2017, homes constructed before 1975 will require an inspection of the sanitary sewer connections, prior to the transfer of title. The inspections will be of sump pump systems, interior floor drains, footing drains, yard drains, roof drains and downspouts, catch basins and parking lot drains. Amherst joins the towns of Cheektowaga and Tonawanda, who have recently initiated similar code amendments. 

If you live in Amherst and are thinking about selling your home, you will be required to have an inspection completed by the Town of Amherst Engineering Department. Possible outcomes might mean the installation or repair of a sump pump, installation of interior floor, yard or roof drains; and other remediation for storm drainage. The hope is to reduce some of the flooding and sewer backups in the system. 

There is also some responsibility if you are planning on purchasing a home in Amherst; you will need to set aside money in escrow, which will be returned to you if corrections are completed within the timeframe set aside in the contract. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. 

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Housing demand continues to surpass inventory

A recent article published on RISmedia.com tells us that inventory is now at its lowest in 20 years! There are many reasons why, but according to a new survey by realtor.com, 63% of the homeowners polled are happy where they are - whether they have recently purchased their home, have plans to upgrade their current home, or they don't want to give up their current low interest rate. 

Many are also hesitant to sell knowing how few homes are available, even if they stand to make a decent profit on their home. However, 35% of millennial homeowners polled are planning on listing their homes within the next year, which could give the market a healthy boost. 

If you've been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market! Contact us for a full market analysis!

 

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Intimidated by buying a home as a single person? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

The shift from being a renter to a homeowner as a single person can be challenging since you must rely on yourself to understand everything from finding the right house to actually paying for it. But it is something doable even in today’s tougher lending world.

Are you single and ready to mingle (with some potential dream homes)? This is the guide for you.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

 

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What NOT to do when starting your home search [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

If you're thinking about purchasing your first home, it's tempting to dive right in and start looking at houses. But before you dedicate your Saturday to visiting every open house in the city, you need to know what you're looking for. Otherwise, the process of shopping for a home is likely to be long and frustrating. Ill-prepared and uninformed buyers will find it more difficult to discover the home that's right for them, much less get to the stage where they're ready to make an offer on a property.

Mistakes are great teachers, but they don’t have to be *your* mistakes. Click here for the full article and get the scoop on what not to do when looking for a home.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Am I ready to buy my first home? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Buying a home can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer -- it's difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the issues can be resolved by doing a little financial homework. As one of the largest financial decisions in a person's life, buying a home requires discretion, sensibility and budgeting.

Click here for some tips that will keep you on the right path as you look to purchase your first place. 
 

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Are you overwhelmed by the home buying process? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Let's say one morning you wake up and realize that you're ready to buy a home. You're tired of paying rent with nothing to show for it, and you figure that it's time to get into a home of your own. But you have reservations.

After all, if it's your first time, you've got questions. You might be a little nervous that you'll mess up, and it's normal to feel that way -- you are probably about to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and make the most important financial purchase of your life.

So it pays to come into the home-buying process armed with as much information as possible.

And while there is no shortage of lists and how-to articles, there was nothing that pulled together this information in a clear and concise way. So RE/MAX has put together a new online magazine - First Flight - which was created to help first time homebuyers navigate the ever daunting task of buying a home. Click here for an article that explains the process on buying a home, from hiring an agent to closing, and find the rest of the first issue of First Flight, Launchpad, here

 

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