Americans Choose Real Estate As The Best Investment…Again!

According to a Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for eight years in a row! 🤯
 
Real estate tops the list because you’re not just buying a place to call home – you’re investing in your future. Real estate is typically considered a stable and secure asset that can grow in value over time.
 
Reach out to our team of local experts if you’re ready to make real estate your best investment this year!

 

Why Is It So Hard To Find A Home?

The truth is, we’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, so real estate is 𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐫𝐚-𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 right now. The # of buyers searching for 🏠 far outweighs how many are available for purchase!
 
This is due in part to ✌️main factors.
 
1️⃣ New construction for single family homes has been below the national average for the past 13 years straight.
 
2️⃣ The pandemic made people realize the value of 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 – somewhere with space to work from home, cook family meals, provide kids or dogs with an outdoor space, etc.
 
𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐞 – if you’re planning to buy this year know that even if inventory improves, it will still be lower than the norm.
 
Give our team a 📱today to discuss upcoming new construction opportunities as well as homes currently on the market so you’re ready when the right one appears!

The Best Smart Home Features

Home technology has greatly improved over the last few years, helping to increase convenience and energy efficiency. But some smart home features carry more value than others. Here are some that will not only help you enjoy your home more, but will also help increase its appeal to buyers and potentially drive up the sales price when you are ready to sell.

Smart Thermostats. Smart thermostats can be controlled with your smartphone and allow you to schedule temperature adjustments based on your family’s schedule. Not only does this help you maintain ultimate comfort in your home, but helps you save on energy costs since heating and cooling will be reduced when appropriate. The Nest Thermostat has earned glowing reviews and almost universal praise, so it’s one of the surest bets for your home.

Automatic Lighting. Lighting is an overlooked part of home security—leaving the lights on in the evening can deter burglars because the lights suggest someone is home. With automatic and smart lighting systems, you can program your lights to come on in the evening or use your smartphone to turn on the lights before you arrive at home.

Smart Alarms. Gone are the days of controlling your security system from a panel inside the home. Now you can turn them on and off, view camera footage, and even speak through the system to your family members or visitors from anywhere using your phone.

Solar Panels. Although they are a bit of an investment up front, solar panels are a great way to create an energy-efficient home. Aside from saving you money on your energy bills, solar panels are great for the environment. Plus, they also look attractive as far as roofing goes.

A Checklist For Selling Your Home This Winter!

If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out!
 
Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show that it’s been cared for, and boost your curb appeal!
 
Reach out to the Yancey Realty team today so you can get an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it shows well and catches a buyer’s eye!

 

Should I Update My Home Before Selling?

 

If you’re deciding whether you should make updates before you sell your house, lean on your agent to be your guide.

If the market is flooded with houses for sale, updates may be necessary for your house to stand out. In our current sellers’ market, the added expenses might not be worth it.

Partner with a trusted Yancey Realty agent for expert advice on which updates are important in today’s market!

Numbers Don’t Lie: It’s Still A Great Time To Sell!

 

Heading into the end of the year, you might wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s what the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says.

Housing supply is lower than last year, and home prices are up nationwide. Meanwhile, the average home is selling fast and receiving several offers. Listing now puts your house in the spotlight, meaning it could sell quickly – and for more than you’d expect!

Feeling motivated? If you’re ready to sell and capitalize on today’s market, give our team a call today at 704-467-8877 to get started!

Your Journey To Homeownership

 

When it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way.

The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making an offer, and more.

When you’re ready to start your journey, partner with a local Yancey Realty agent so you have trusted guidance at every milestone in the process.

Find & Clean The Dirtiest Places In Your Home

We all strive to keep our homes clean, but dirt and grime always seems to build up in certain places. It may be impossible to keep every area completely polished, but it helps to know which places accumulate the most germs and are commonly overlooked in our cleaning routines.

  1. Stove Knobs. One of the dirtiest places in the kitchen are stove knobs. These little knobs can gather a lot of old food from our pots and pans or from our fingers. It doesn’t help that many of these knobs are black and can hide stains easily.
  2. Bed Sheets. We spend a lot of time in our beds, which makes our bed sheets a great place for germs to nest. It’s recommended that bed sheets and pillowcases are cleaned at least once a week.
  3. Faucet Handles. The next time you wash your hands, check your faucet handles for soap scum and water spots because these handles are a breeding ground for dirty grime. Clean these once a week to keep them shiny.
  4. Kitchen Sink. So many bits of food fall into our kitchen sinks and sometimes they can go unnoticed for days. The next time you do the dishes, make sure to give your kitchen sink a good cleaning!
  5. Sponges. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the thing we clean everything with can be hiding a lot of germs. Sponges should be replaced every 14 days and you can minimize the germs in your current sponge by microwaving it.

Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional

 

Whether you’re buying or selling, there are many perks that come from working with a real estate advisor!

Real estate professionals are experts at navigating all aspects of the buying and selling process, including negotiating on your behalf. We can also explain today’s market and break down what it means for you!

Don’t go at it alone. Partner with a Yancey Realty agent so you have advice and an expert to count on each step of the way!