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BUY A HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS

by Brian Maecker

           Sellers it’s a great time to sell a home during the holidays because there is less competition. Prices have remained stable throughout the Fall and heading into Winter. Many buyers need the tax break so if you do want to sell, Do It Now!!

                     If you want to wait until after Christmas plan to start right after the New Year. More homes sell in the first half of the year compared to the 2nd half. Get started early and beat the rush of homes that hit the market in April.

           Looking forward, interest rates hopefully will remain stable and that should drive buyers back into the market before they go up.

           Please let us know if you would like to Pre-Stage your home. It’s a free Service that will coach you on how to get your home SOLD!!

Thanks,

Brian

CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES

 

          

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

by Brian Maecker

       Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope this holiday finds you Thankful & Humble and Happy with life. I know I am very thankful. I don’t have to look far to see the blessing we have. I’m thankful for my God. I’m thankful for a loving family. I’m thankful for a home. I’m thankful for my job and all the friends and clients I’m associated with. I’m thankful for my health.

       I can go on and on. I hope you find Blessings and Thankfulness around you!! From myself and The Brian Maecker Team-Thank you for all your support and referrals. We sincerely appreciate all of YOU!!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Brian, Susan, Stacey, Lisa and Courtney

 

6 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

by Brian Maecker

1.    Most burglaries are in the daytime hours. There is less chance of anyone being home.

  1. Because of Social Media, they know when you are on vacation. Wait until you get back to let everyone know how great your vacation was.
  2. Burglars don’t like security systems. Use a system with a strong code. Don’t use your address or even a birthday, mix it up. Use light sensors and leave lights on timers when you are away.
  3. Burglars like guns. I mean they target gun owners to steal guns. They fetch a big price in the dark market. If you are a gun owner – Keep it to yourself.
  4. Keep big bushy plans away from windows. This makes a great hiding place for burglars to scope out your home and break in.
  5. Keep Valuables out of sight. Don’t leave cash, computers, weapons, anything of value that’s small in plain sight. Burglars like quick and easy targets.

I hope this gives you some ideas to keep your home more secure. Stay Safe!

Thanks

Brian

Is Your Home Not Selling?

by Brian Maecker

           Is your home not selling? Here are some reasons as written by RIS Medias House call.

  1. You overpriced your home. The market changes often. Get an updated analysis and see what’s sold in the last 30 Days and adjust as necessary.
  2. You won’t leave the home during showings. Buyers want privacy. Let them have it.
  3. It’s dirty or smells. If it smells it doesn’t sell. Make it clean and sparkly!
  4. You have not staged. Depersonalize and make it neutral, clean and open.
  5. Your home improvements are too personal. Keep your colors and decorations neutral.
  6. Your home is too cluttered – get rid of all the extra stuff so buyers can truly see the home.
  7. You chose the wrong agent. There are lots to choose from. Usually you get what you pay for. Chose experience broad marketing plan and a person who will tell you what you have to hear instead of what you want to hear!

If your home is not selling, Call us. We have sold 127 homes this year and almost 5000 homes in my career.

Thanks

Brian

 

PERKS OF BUYING A HOME IN THE FALL

by Brian Maecker

Hi All, I am summarizing an article I just read in RIS Media’s Housecall. It’s a Great little read! This ties in with last week blog. The benefits of buying now might also include:

  • Year End Tax Breaks – Buy and close before 12/31/2018 and you can enjoy some of the deductions home ownership and purchase offer
  • Avoid Multi Offer Situations – Two things happening here. More inventory and less buyers. There simply is more competition among sellers and less buyers to deal with
  • Because of the above situation and folks getting antsy going into winter, you may be able to negotiate a better price than usual
  • You will have a place to call “HOME” for the holidays. What better gift can you give yourself than a new home.

So give us a call so we can help you.

Thanks,

Brian

888-593-2963

BUYERS ACT NOW!!

by Brian Maecker

Buyers, Act Now! Rates are still below 5%. There are more homes to look at since this time last year. Prices have dropped to adjust for the added inventory.

         Break your lease. Modify your plans! Get back in the market while the inventory is high and very little competition.

See You Soon.

Brian

32 Years Part II

by Brian Maecker

Thank you everyone for allowing me to be of service for 32 years. I started my Real Estate Career with Barry Boals & Associates in 1986. From there I worked 2 years with The Profit Broker. We had the HUD/FHA account selling foreclosures. Since 1990, I’ve been with RE/MAX. What a ride, and the things I have seen.

           In the beginning, late 80’s interest rates were in the teens. Imagine paying 14% interest. Today we are upset that rates have climbed to 4.6% from all the lows of 3.75%. Home prices! In 1986 I bought a home in north Colorado Springs for $79,000. It was a 3 bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 2 car garage home in District 20. It was brand new and had 2200 SQFT. That same home is $279,000 per county records. 200K of an increase in 32 years WOW!

           In 1986, Woodmen Road was a 2 lane road and Union Blvd was a dead end there. Powers was 4 lanes, but there were no shopping centers. The city back then was around 300,000. Today over 600,000. We didn’t have cell phones or computers. We used fax machines and face to face visits. There were no Real Estate Teams. I was the first in 1990.

           Along the way, I have sold almost 5000 homes. I have made some great friends and relationships. Thanks to all of you for making these 32 years fly by and be mostly good times. I’m looking forward to many more years. Hope to see you soon.

Thanks,

Brian Maecker

719-593-2963

GRI,CRS,ABR,SRES

 

32 Years!

by Brian Maecker

Hi All,

           This month, August, 32 years ago is when I started me Real Estate Career. Wow, have I seen changes over the years.

           In 1986, we didn’t have computers, email or cell phones. We had MLS books that came out weekly and a type of machine that printed off lines of available homes that referenced back to the book. We used fax machines and personal visits. We used pagers and found phone booths or offices to make a call. By the 90’s we did have cell phones, but they were either big bricks or hand wired to our car. In the mid 90’s we started having computers to do the searches by area and coordinates. We only were allowed a couple photos. The MLS system was it for marketing homes. There was no Realtor.com, Zillow or anything.

           In the 2000’s came the big search engines and online marketing. Websites for personal and companies really came on strong. In the early 2000’s you could be the only one marketing your listings. As an agent, it was great because the conversion rates were high. By 2010, Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, Homes.com and many other companies gained access to the MLS. This made information more public. While great for the consumer, it’s proved to be hard for agent conversion of leads.

           So here we are in 2018. There is so much information out there, where do you go? There are tons of sites for every piece of information you could want. So what do you do with all this information overload? Call an experienced realtor! That’s the one constant over the last 32 years I’ve been selling homes. We are versed and knowledgeable about the process and the information that’s needed. We can decipher down to the important facts. We can bridge the gap between buyers and sellers. We know how!

           So as you and I move thru the next decade, trust the experience that we can give you. We’ve seen good and bad and up and down. We are here to serve you, just let us know!

Thanks,

 Brian

What Makes a Good Neighbor?

by Brian Maecker
  1. A good neighbor is friendly. Say Hi and smile to your neighbors. You don’t have to have coffee with them, but always say Hi.
  2. Be Quiet – a good neighbor doesn’t produce loud, obnoxious noises. Keep your music and sounds inside. Silence those constantly barking dogs.
  3. Respect yours and your neighbor’s space – keep your yard clean and neat. Don’t park cars on the grass and leave trash and debris out for everyone to see.
  4. Good neighbors handle things maturely – ask don’t tell a neighbor if you have an issue. Respectfully approach you neighbor if there is an issue and if you are the one being approached, be open to listening and making changes.
  5. Good neighbors help one another – when it shows or a neighbor plain just needs help – HELP.
  6. Good neighbors trust one another – by all means keep your neighbors trust. Don’t do anything that would impact that.

So are you a good neighbor? Hope you all have a good day.

Brian

 

Buyers Where Are You?

by Brian Maecker

Buyers, where are you? Are you really thinking interest rates will come back down? They won’t! We have been at all-time historic lows for years. The economy has to raise them to adjust for inflation. Buyers do you think prices will come down? They probably will a little. I don’t think we will see a bubble burst, but we have seen all summer some air releasing from that bubble. Interest rates are having the desired effect in slowing home sales. The ½% increase is better than 5 % home price increases. Under $300,000 we are seeing some price reductions. Above $300,000, we will see some price corrections. Above $500,000 we may see 10% adjustments. Buyers did you notice inventory has increased. New listings and existing listings are up over 2000 homes. In March of this year, we were below 1000 homes. Buyers you have more choices than ever.

Buyers, it’s a great time to buy a home at the end of the summer. Sellers are anxious and you have plenty to pick from. Don’t wait for rates to come down because they won’t. Get in before they go up higher. Please give us a call so we can help you.

Thanks

Brian

 

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