Knoxville Home Sales: A Market Update

I get asked nearly every day, “How’s the real estate market?” Yes, it’s a favorite question. The short answer is, it’s crazy! On a national level, we are getting the same news, check out this article published (literally) just a few hours ago: American’s buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade.

 

Let’s get back to our area.

 

For all of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors,  take a look at what we are seeing.

  • Active listings: 7679
  • New listings: 1928
  • Pended listings: 1419
  • Sold listings: 1094

 

Let’s break this down a little further, just for Knox County, TN. As of this writing, year to date (1/1/2017 – 2/22/17):

  • Active listings: 1695
  • New listings: 1351
  • Pended listings: 1001
  • Sold listings: 718

 

Those are some amazing numbers, let me tell you! The spring selling season hasn’t even really started, which makes these statistics even more amazing.

 

The bottom line is buyers want more choices. If a house comes on the market that checks most, if not all, of their needs and wants, that house will go under contract quickly.

 

If you’ve been thinking of selling your house, call Chiara today — 865-588-3232 and let me help you with all your real estate needs.

 

*All information taken from Knoxville Area Association of Realtors MLS on 2/22/2017

Examining A Home Objectively

Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they do not want.  In addition to that wish list, there are also some other things you will notice about the homes you visit that may strike you as potential problems. Let’s take a look at examining a home objectively, what matters and what doesn’t.

 

When looking at homes, it is important to know what things are deal breakers and what things are minor issues that you can deal with easily.  Turning down a dream home because of something that is an easy fix seems like a silly thing to do, but it happens surprisingly frequently.

 

Cosmetic Issues

You walk into a home and it has terrible wallpaper or paint colors you wouldn’t dream of using, and it turns you off immediately.  While the gut reaction is normal, it is important to step back from that instinct and think about it objectively.  Painting is not particularly difficult or expensive, so try to imagine how the home would look with a different color palette, one that is more your style.

 

The ability to recognize which issues are merely cosmetic and can be easily fixed is an important key to finding a house you will love.  Be prepared to visualize the home as you could make it with a few cosmetic changes.  It will open you up to the possibilities and might allow you to consider homes that aren’t perfect the way they stand now, but could be just right with a little elbow grease and paint.

 

Major Repairs

In some cases, the major repairs that a house needs might be obvious.  In other cases, they might only be unearthed during a home inspection.  Either way, you will need to consider whether you are willing to deal with the problem.

 

If the home needs expensive repairs, you can either try to get the seller to do the repairs or accept that you will need to do them yourself.  In most cases, the seller will probably not be willing to take on major repair work, but might reduce the price accordingly.  Still, this might be a deal breaker if you are seeking a turnkey home.

 

Knowing The Difference

A home inspection is the best way to uncover all the issues, both minor and major, that a house might have.  I would never let any of my clients buy a house without an inspection, except in extraordinary circumstances. When you review the inspection, look for things that can be easily fixed as well as those that can’t.  The amount of work you want to do on your home will determine what problems you can personally live with.

 

If you are thinking of buying a home, call me today — Chiara Petro with Realty Executives Associates at 865-588-3232

Top Three Storage Ideas for Your Outerwear

The temperatures lately sure wouldn’t tell you that it’s winter here in Knoxville, TN right now, but it is. And that means extra clothes and accessories will be piling up all over the place. Bulky winter coats and heavy boots, scarves, gloves and hats can really push your storage space to the maximum.  When you have to pull everything out for winter, it’s time to consider some easy storage solutions that allow you to have everything handy and yet out-of-the-way. Here are the top three storage ideas for your outer-wear.

 

Double Duty Storage

Pick up a small storage ottoman and place it near the front door.  All of your mittens, gloves, scarves, and other small winter accessories can be thrown inside when you get home, and then you just replace the lid and it’s all hidden.  It’s easy for kids to use as well.

 

Storage ottomans have the added bonus of providing a convenient place to sit down while you get those winter boots on and ready yourself to head out the door.  Be sure that the items are dry before putting them away.

 

Dealing With Winter Boots

Boots can take up a lot of floor space, so get them off the ground with a shoe tree or rack.  Place the tree or rack over one of your heating vents for an added perk-the hot air blowing onto your boots will quickly dry off!

If things are really dripping, place a rubber mat with a raised edge beneath the boots to catch the water as they dry. This is also great whenever it rains.

 

Bulky Winter Coats

Winter coats can take up a lot of room, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.  Clear closet space by putting away any coats you aren’t planning to use until spring.

To make it easy for kids to reach their coats, hang small hooks at their level on the wall inside the closet.  This will free up hanger space and allow kids to hang up and retrieve their own coats.

 

At The End Of The Winter

When winter is over, grab plastic storage bins and put everything in labeled containers.  It will be easy to access next winter, and can be stacked for storage in the basement or attic.

 

Choose a bin for boots, one for coats, and one for accessories.  To avoid storing things you don’t need, pass on any outgrown coats or boots as soon as you are done with them for the year.  This will reduce clutter in your home as well!

If you’ve been thinking of selling your Knoxville TN house, or wish to buy a Knoxville TN house, just call Chiara today at Realty Executives – 865-588-3232.

Top Three Reasons Your Knoxville TN Home Did Not Sell

If you are thinking of selling you will want to avoid the most common mistakes when selling your home. If your home has been on the market for some time and you haven’t had any offers, you might want to think about these. Here are the top three reasons your Knoxville TN home did not sell.

 

Home Is Priced Too High

This will certainly turn buyers off, and you may have to make several contingencies or offer incentives in order to get buyers even interested in making an offer. While you may feel your home is special, asking more than the fair market value will usually get you nowhere.

You will want to price your home for sale at or below market value to get in the most buyers. The more people who look at your home, the better your chances are for an offer.

 

Home Is In Bad Condition

While your home in its current condition may work for you and your family, if there are obvious repairs needed, or it is terribly outdated, fixing these problems will not only make it easier to market your home, but will also increase its value.  In most cases this increase will be considerably greater than the money you put into making the changes.

 

Home Is Being Marketed Incorrectly

When selling your home, there are no guarantees that the ultimate buyer will simply walk through the front door.  In many cases you may have to bring your home to the buyer.  Effective marketing will help ensure that your property receives maximum exposure to attract a ready, willing, and able buyer in the shortest period of time.

 

By adhering to the advice in these simple tips, you can avoid the biggest mistakes homeowners make when selling their homes, and the process will be smoother and more profitable in the long run.

 

If you are considering selling your Knoxville home, call Chiara today at 865-588-3232 and let me help you with all your real estate needs.

Open House Sun 1/8/2017 at 7317 Willette Ct Knoxville TN

7317 Willette Court

I will be hosting an Open House on Sunday January 8, 2017 at 7317 Willette Ct, Knoxville TN from 2 – 4 pm.

 

This is a lovingly maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. The main floor has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. A cozy fireplace for those cold days. Large deck to enjoy the outdoors, and a separate workshop and storage shed.

 

If you’re out and about looking for your Dream Home, stop by and take a look, at the Open House on Sunday January 8, 2017 at 7317 Willette Ct, Knoxville TN from 2 – 4 pm.

 

If you would rather have a private showing, call my office Realty Executives Associates at 865-588-3232 and ask for Chiara. I’d be happy to show you around.