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March 2016

Found 6 blog entries for March 2016.

It is 3 am and I am up again.  This is two nights in a row and the pattern will only continue.  I am not worried about getting a promotion or my 401 K.  My boss did not scold me, and my HR department did not write me up for a bad joke at the water cooler.  It is mid March and I am a full time real estate agent.  I have new clients and old clients trying to find homes to buy and the inventory is low.  I have been thinking of past clients who might have the perfect home, and wondering if they are ready to move up or downsize.  This time of year more than any other time, sleep is a distraction, an unwanted need of the human body.  I need more hours in the day.  Maybe around 45 hrs would work.  Eight hours for sleeping and the rest for full on real estate

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Let's face it, when it comes to picking a real estate agent, there are a lot of choices! How can you pick the one that is right for you? Should you pick one from the big agency on the corner, or one with a lot of shiny awards, or maybe the one your neighbor used last year. While most agents are dedicated to their craft, there are those "stinkers" that make the rest of us look bad. Getting an accepted offer on your home is just a small part of the job - the bigger part is getting to the closing table - that is when your house is really considered SOLD! Here are the top 5 things you will want to know about your realtor if you are going to list your house for sale:

  1. Does your realtor work full time or part time? Some people have the misconception…
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With Inventory at all time lows, we are seeing amazing offers come in and bidding wars on several properties in Northwest Indiana.  Almost all markets are lacking homes for sale and the buyers that are out there are starving to see more.  If you have contemplated selling your home anytime in the past couple of years, or maybe tired and were unsuccessful, call us today and we will analyze your last listing and give you a current comparative market analysis and guide you through local market conditions.


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 A consumer called me today and asked me what mobile site they should use to search for real estate.  They were frustrated because a lot of the homes they have sent to me from Zillow and Trulia are not really for sale. Some were homes that sold a month ago and some where homes that sold years ago.  These sites draw information from a lot of different sources and they really are more concerned about quantity over quality. For example they have a category called pre-foreclosure.  This simply means that the person who owns  that home has missed a mortgage payment or a tax payment.  They could be just a couple payments behind and now their home is posted online as a pre-foreclosure.

This is not only inaccurate, it is actually quite cruel and should be

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We had a situation take place this week with a fantastic young couple who was going to purchase their first home.  We are looking in a hot price range, $130,000 to $160,000, and the good listings are flying off the shelf quickly.  We had already missed out on a home that was "perfect for them", because there was an accepted offer before we could even write ours.  They were obviously dismayed, but we kept looking.  Then it happened.  A brand new listing came up in that seemed perfect from the online pics.

The home turned out to be even better than we thought.  I also think it might have been priced a little under the market compared to other homes we had seen.  We immediately came back to the office to write our offer.  Upon arrival we were in contact

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The real estate market is really heating up, especially in our corner of Northwest Indiana. The Shawn Spaw Team has buyers looking and looking, but the lack of inventory is amazing.

We are once again looking at a strong seller's market in Northwest Indiana for 2016. The upside for buyers is that mortgage rates remain historically low. Call the Shawn Spaw Team today for a free estimate of value on your home - even if you are not selling for a few years.  Why contact us if your aren't ready to sell?  Because it is always good to think ahead. You may have overdue projects or you might be unsure about what to do and what not to do. A free consultation with our team can help you prioritize your home improvement projects to stay current with market trends.

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