April Showers Bring… Home Maintenance Essentials & Real Estate Insights

As we usher in the spring season, it’s time to take stock of our homes and real estate goals for the months ahead. Step into April with confidence as I guide you through comprehensive home maintenance essentials, mortgage rate dynamics, and the invaluable support provided by buyer agents in the real estate journey.

April Home Maintenance Tasks
To get your home ready for the warmer weather, consider these home maintenance tasks so you can maximize the fun as soon as the sun comes out!

  1. Inspect your outdoor furniture, wipe it down, and replace any cushions, rugs, or umbrellas that didn’t survive the winter.
  2. Inspect and repair your window screens to prevent those pesky bugs from getting in the house.
  3. Clean your overhead ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  4. Deep clean your kitchen and get it ready for new seasonal meals.
  5. Sweep off your walkways, outdoor entryways, and porches. Add a new seasonal welcome mat!

The Reality of Mortgage Rates Through the Decades
With our homes primed for the season ahead, let’s turn our attention to a crucial aspect of homeownership: the state of mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates have been on a wild ride since 1975! We’ve experienced notable peaks and valleys along the way with the highest rates recorded back in 1980, when mortgage rates soared to rates as high as 14.42%. Can you imagine that?

Fast forward to the present day, while current mortgage rates may seem elevated compared to the historically low rates we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, they still remain below the levels observed in the early 2000s and earlier decades.

This trend highlights the dynamic nature of mortgage rates, demonstrating their resilience and responsiveness to changing economic conditions and market dynamics. While current rates seem high, they are remarkably lower than rates 20+ years ago.

Mortgage rates will continue to fluctuate. If you are waiting for them to fall back to record lows from a few years ago, you might find yourself waiting a very long time. To understand your options and design a strategy that gets you into the home you’ve been dreaming of, work with a mortgage broker who will provide the expertise you need.

Please reach out today if you would like me to connect you with a trusted mortgage broker!

6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Buyer Agent
If you’re in the market for a new home and think you can navigate the real estate market without an agent, I hope you’ll continue reading this. These are six reasons why you should hire a buyer agent:

  1. I am often out seeing all of the inventory available, meaning I have my finger on the pulse.
  2. I also work with sellers, so I know what kid of offers they are looking for.
  3. I have lived and worked in the Seacost of NH and ME area for 20+ years, so I know it like the back of my hand!
  4. I will always represent your best interest when negotiating an offer.
  5. My experience allows me to help you successfully navigate your real estate transaction.
  6. I can refer you to trusted professionals such as mortgage brokers, home inspectors, handymen, and more.

This is just a sampling of what a buyer agent will do for you. Navigating today’s market without a realtor by your side is complicated and risky. I am here to be your partner in navigating all the nuances.

Click here to read more about what a buyer agent will do for you.

Complimentary Home Assessment & Valuation
Lastly, remember the significance of knowing the current market value of your home – it can make all the difference in your future real estate endeavors.

When was the last time you had a comparative market valuation done on your home? In this ever-changing real estate market, it’s critical to understand the full picture before you list your home – or before you miss the opportunity to sell your home.

I am always happy to provide you with a complimentary assessment of your home, taking into consideration the local market – which is something you can’t get from Zillow. Let’s meet to talk about the market value of your home.

I’m curious about what my home is worth!

From ensuring your home is in top shape to guiding you through the complexities of buying or selling a home, I’m here to be your trusted partner every step of the way.

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