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The Right Time to Buy

The Right Time to Buy

Spring 2016 is a good time to buy a home, and the real estate market in Lawrence is heating up now. Many choose to buy in the spring because the upcoming summer break is a great time to transition to a new neighborhood and school. While rental rates are expected to rise, mortgage rates are still low, there are down payment assistance programs available for some buyers, and you can reap major tax benefits.

If you decide this is the time for you to buy, you realize it is likely the biggest financial decision of your life. It makes sense to hire a professional to help. Stephens Broker Chris Earl says, “I recommend hiring a buyer’s agent for anyone looking to buy a home. Our Realtors know what they’re doing. They know the Lawrence market, and they have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. The spring market is fast-paced, and your Stephens agent can help find homes you may not see online. They will work for you from the initial consultation to the closing of your new home, and the commission charged to the seller typically pays your agent’s fee.”  

So, how do you go about finding the right agent? Chris Earl or Pat McCandless, Co-Owners and Brokers at Stephens, will be happy to recommend an agent based on your specific list of wishes. Or you can visit our website – stephensre.com – to read about each agent.  There are lots of different people on our team and you’re sure to find your best match.

Today, most buyers begin their home search online. The Stephens website is a great place to search. We feature our listings plus everything from the multiple listing service in the Douglas County area. Many buyers find value – and a bit of fun – in visiting open houses. An open house may help you set realistic expectations, fine-tune your search criteria and make market comparisons.

We also recommend that you visit with a mortgage lender for loan pre-approval, so you are ready to act when you find the perfect home. Your lender can help you find a payment that best fits your budget. Working with a local lender is a good idea because they know what is expected in our market and are invested in our community.

We’re ready to help you find your new home. Contact us and let us know how we can help.

It’s a Great Time to Sell

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Spring is just around the corner which means the real estate market is heating up. If you have been thinking about selling your home, there are several good reasons why now is the time to list.

Currently, Lawrence has a shortage of homes for sale. Listings that are in good condition and priced right are selling quickly. Since the beginning of 2016 we’ve seen several instances of sellers receiving multiple offers on their homes.

Stephens Broker Pat McCandless says, “If you’re thinking of selling your home, the best decision you will make is to work with a Realtor – and we have plenty of them to choose from. A Stephens agent will be able to recommend what you should do to get your home ready to sell. They will help you arrive at the best price for your home according to its condition, a current market analysis, and recent buying trends in Lawrence.” And Stephens Real Estate is a full service agency, so in addition to your agent you get the benefit of our support team. We’re fully prepared to help you every step of the way – from listing to closing.

Deciding to list your home takes some preparation. An agent understands what appeals to buyers and can help you get your home looking its very best. Curb appeal – making the most of your home’s appearance on the outside - is important in attracting buyers. It may be as simple as adding fresh mulch to your flower bed, trimming your shrubs and trees, and planting flowers to add color. Or you may choose to add a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Spring is the perfect opportunity to do this as the grass turns green, trees starts to bud and flowers begin to bloom. Don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Staging your home – arranging the interior to make it look its best – is important in giving potential buyers a good feeling about the space. If they feel comfortable, they may be able to imagine themselves living there. Your home should be clutter-free and clean. Fresh paint and clean carpet will help your home show well. Even details like making sure your house smells fresh and having it properly lit are important. Ask your agent how to stage your home so it shows to its best advantage.

It’s a great time to sell and we’re ready to help. If you’re interested in listing your home contact us.

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315