A one year journey through Real Estate: Weeks 11-12
I have discovered over the last month, that blogging weekly is not quite as easy to do as I thought. Yes, I again missed last week’s blog. So, I’m going to attempt bi-weekly blogs. We’ll see how that goes 🙂
It seems like business has picked up a bit for most of the agents in our office. But, it is clearly focused in the $100,000 to $200,000 range, with $150,000 being the sweet spot. I believe this is mainly first time buyers wanting to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, before the April 30th deadline. I’m sure the warmer weather has also brought buyers out.
Last evening, I attended the Greensboro Southern Ideal Home Show preview. The attendees were mainly builders, real estate agents and show vendors. I was able to speak to many custom builders and to one production builder. The general consensus was basically the same. Under $200,000 was selling, but not much else. Several of the custom builders have begun doing remodeling as well, to fill in the gaps for now.
Green building was one of the main agendas at the show. From appliances, HVAC and recycled materials to Energy Star nad Green homes, all were represented. This is certainly the wave of the future as so many buyers are focused on the environment, but I don’t believe “green” has reached it’s true potential. Buyers are concerned with the bottom line and if “green” equates to a higher cost, they are not interested.
I attended a seminar on social media marketing at the show. It was very informative and for me, satisfying to know I am already doing most of the social media marketing and doing it correctly. Of course there’s always something new to learn. I was surprised at the reluctance of many in the room to embrace the newer marketing methods. It is clear that those who don’t embrace it will fall by the wayside.
Any sellers in the Greensboro area should be getting their homes ready to list very soon. The trees and flowers will be in full bloom over the next couple of weeks, so take advantage of the curb appeal. If you’re not sure what your home is worth, call me for a free comparative market analysis and staging ideas.