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Schreiner – Short  – SOLD! 2 more properties have closed this week, 2 more happy people saved from foreclosure!

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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

Still Waiting on the Fence?

“I am going to wait until the market bottoms out to buy.”

Is there ever a perfect time to buy? Yes, when you need or want to move. I hear it quite often … “I am going to hold off until the market bottoms out.” But what you don’t realize is that when the market “bottoms out” it usually means its already starting to turn around and with that can come stiff competition when making an offer to buy the home of your dreams. Everyone tends to scramble to get the best deal at that point, leaving you contending with multiple offers on the home you want — and before you know it, poof … it’s a seller’s market again! Opportunity is lost.

“I am going to wait to see if the rates go any lower.”

Rates are currently hovering around 5% and under if you have a decent credit score! These rates are historically low! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying … “You snooze you lose.”  Rates are starting to go back up so any future price decreases in homes for sale may just be a wash … think about it … if the interest rates climb, you are spending thousands more over a long term mortgage … who out there likes giving the bank extra money? Not me!

Home prices do not necessarily coincide with interest rates. For example, even if the home drops in price and the interest rate goes up, you lost money in the long-term. Rates are low NOW and Spring is the busiest marketing time of the year … Why? Most people like to do their moving when their children are out of school and before the school year begins plus they have the additional cushion of their income tax refunds. If I my real estate crystal ball is correct, I predict a busy spring this year … so maybe it’s time to think about jumping off the fence?

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 “Sellers are desperate.”

I am really not seeing this in certain markets and locations. While some markets have been hit hard, Real Estate is still all about “location, location.”  Real Estate is VERY local; markets vary across the country and from town to town. Here in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs I am finding that most sellers are really NOT desperate at all. Unless there is some unforeseen disaster or the property is a distress sale, sellers are not as desperate as the media would have you believe. So as the old school 80’s song goes … “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!” (Public Enemy)

In fact, Philadelphia and it’s surrounding suburbs have not been hit as hard as the rest of the country. Overall, we have only seen a slight decrease in home prices as compared to other states and now that Spring is around the corner and interest rates are still low (but on the rise), I am seeing a huge increase in activity, even multiple offers on properties again!

Sellers still need to do their best to make their home marketable and to keep it in tip-top shape to compete with the other properties for sale in their area. Pricing the property well is key and always take into consideration the way the home shows compared to other properties on the market if you cannot afford to fix up the home to show. 

For some tips please check out my SELLER’S TOOLKIT! Thinking of selling? Now may be the time to go for it! 

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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

The Inhumanity of Our Society

Many people who know me, know that I am an avid dog lover. I have 2 labs who are like my kids. One of my labs is 10, I’ve had him since he was just a few months old, he’s been with me through many, many changes in my life and I don’t know what I am going to do when he moves on. Just the thought of him not being here brings tears to my eyes. My other lab is a little over 2 years old.  I had forgotten  how crazy lab puppies were and he definitely fits the name we gave him, Cracker.  Labs don’t realize they are no longer puppies until they are about … ummmm … 10?

Picture from the Northeast Times, JENNY SWIGODA / TIMES STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gabriella and Moshe Ovadia hold a photo of their beloved Chico, a 3-year-old Siberian Husky who's remains were found in Somerton.

This is a completely non-real estate related blog post. I picked up my local newspaper this morning, The Northeast Times (read the article) and there on the first page was an article about a dog that was brutally murdered in my neighborhood not too long ago. When this story first broke, I, along with the entire Northeast community and quite possibly all of Philadelphia, found it to be extremely disturbing. As new details of the gruesome nature of this dog’s death come out, it’s even more disturbing. I found myself in tears this morning once again over this animal that I’ve never met.  Not just a few tears, I was sobbing.

The thought that someone, who I won’t dare call a human being, actually found it amusing to take a 3 year old defenseless animal, tie it to train tracks and find sport in watching this animal squirm to release itself, only to end up being cut in half by a train, all at the hands of a warped mind with no soul.

The animal’s remains were then removed from the railroad tracks and dumped on someone’s back patio deck where they were found by the homeowner the next morning.

I am sick to my stomach at the thought of the world in which my child is growing up in, what is wrong with people today, can anyone answer that? I know the economy sucks, but that’s no excuse for such brutality, only a very sick, demented inhuman would do such a thing.

Our laws are lenient when it comes to animal abusers, I would think because our jails are already so filled with inhumans who abuse and/or murder defenseless humans. Our penalties need to be stiffer for the criminals that harm other humans as well as defenseless animals, maybe then such brutality will end.

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149