Measuring Days on Market

“Days-on-Market” is the measure of how long it takes to sell a home. When Hunter Rowe quotes “Days-on-Market” statistics, we report exactly what is shown in MLS. Days-on-Market (abbreviated “DOM”) is the number of days the property was active in MLS before a fully executed contract has been signed by both the buyers and the sellers. Sounds simple, and MLS “Days-on-Market” IS the right number to use. However, for many years Hunter Rowe Real Estate

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How long does it take to get a mortgage loan?

You found your dream home and now you’re ready to buy. While it might seem like many of the factors that go into getting a mortgage loan are out of your hands, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process – or at least not slow it down. The average time it takes to get a mortgage offer is about 30 days, provided you have all the right information. The

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How to prequalify for a home loan

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear from people is that it’s hard to get a loan. Actually, I can tell you it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s easy to get a mortgage loan if you do the following: Pay your bills on time Have a steady income The next step is determining the mortgage amount for which you qualify. The prequalification process is pretty simple for the majority of home buyers. I

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Down payments: How much do I need to save?

If you’re starting to apply for a home mortgage, one of the biggest questions you might have is how much do I need to put toward a down payment. For starters, a down payment is a percentage of the sales price that a home buyer pays out of pocket. I’d suggest aiming for anywhere from 5 to 20 percent down payment. Putting down 20 percent is the best, but it’s not necessary. The benefit of

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Tips for improving your credit score

When you’re buying a home, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with numbers. Interest rates, sale prices and down payment percentages, just to name a few. But I think the most important number you need to focus on is your credit score. The three-digit number that represents your credit score has a big impact on how much you can save buying a home. The higher the score, the lower the interest rate you’ll pay for the money

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What is a Quick CMA and why do you need to know?

Our goal at Hunter Rowe is to continue to provide outstanding service even after your closing. We feel it is important to contact you periodically throughout the year and update you about information that is significant to your home and neighborhood. One of the things we feel you should know about is the housing market and the activity in your neighborhood that affects your home value. Sending a periodic Quick CMA and Buyer information sheet

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Home Flooring Tips to Sell Your House

Buyers typically look down first instead of up – so having well prepared floors throughout your home is important to making a great first impression of the interior of your home. Special attention to your flooring is even more important if selling your home vacant since it will be most of what a buyer will see in any given room.  Follow these home flooring tips to sell your house quickly and for the most money!

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Bathrooms Renovation Tips for Home Selling

Buyers consider bathrooms a key selling point in a house, especially in the master suite area. It is one of the most used rooms in a home and can have a large impact on buyer’s decisions to purchase your home. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, today’s bathrooms are more elaborate and luxurious.  These preferences are common among buyers of move-up and luxury homes, but the trends also trickle down to entry-level homes

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NoonDay Collection

Hey Everyone! I wanted to share an AMAZING home business I ran across recently. I was talking to my friend Amber Rikard from church, and she was telling me about her work with NoonDay Collection.   I hadn’t heard of them before, but it was started in 2011 by Jessica Honegger as a way to raise money for her and her husband to bring their adopted son, Jack, home from Rwanda. They work with artisans

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Decluttering & Staging Your Home

Importance of De-cluttering Once you have made improvements to your kitchen, master bathroom, flooring & paint, it is time to highlight these features that add perceived value to buyers  by decluttering and staging your home. “Live like you are on vacation,” says Barb from Leave It to Us, “and remember the Golden Rule: ‘Less is More”. De-clutter by taking anything and everything that you do not need out of the home.  De-cluttering will make the home

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Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home

We always suggest to buyers to drive by homes they are considering to ensure they like the neighborhood.  If they are comfortable with the homes’ surroundings, the landscaping has a huge impact on whether a buyer requests to set up a showing or simply crosses the home off their list of possibilities. Follow these landscaping tips to sell your home which will create great curb appeal to potential buyers: Spread new mulch. Use dark brown “triple-shredded

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Importance of Real Estate Photography when Selling Your Home

Although 89% of buyers in the triangle use a real estate agent to purchase a home, the number of online searches for homes has drastically increased (253% in the last 4 years!).  Most buyers search on the internet to become familiar with what is available before contacting an agent. Even while working with an agent, buyers still typically do their own searches. According to THIS 2012 joint study between Google and National Association of Realtors® ,

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Upgraded Kitchens Sell Homes

The kitchen is the heart of the home where people will spend the most time.  We have found that making this room as attractive and updated as possible has a strong positive influence on buyers decision to purchase your home. Granite countertops in the kitchen. They are almost a necessity in the Raleigh area if you expect your home to sell for over $250,000. You should be able to get them for $45 per square

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Top Home Buying Tips

Click on each home buying tip for an in depth explanation! 1. Get Your Financing Figured Out Early Visit our Home Buyer Financing Guide! 2. Start Early It’s important to start your home search early because if you start looking too late, you might buy the wrong home. 3. Walk the Neighborhood Before Making an Offer Before making an offer and committing to purchase a home, take a few slow walks through the neighborhood at

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Same Home, Same Market, Different Outcome

  How can you really know if one listing firm can produce significantly better results for you? Comparing results between different homes, even in the same neighborhood, is uncertain because of the number of variables involved. But “Same Home / Same Market” comparisons keep those variables constant and reveals the true ability of a real estate firm. As you review the properties below, keep in mind that at Hunter Rowe, our definition of MARKETING includes

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