November 30, 2017
My in-laws have decided it’s time to make a move. It’s just the two of them and a small dog in their spacious 3 bed, 2 ½ bath home on a corner lot. They’ve made a decision that a lot of people in their generation are making. They are ready to downsize to a townhome. When I first started selling homes here in Sioux Falls, that’s exactly what townhomes were – the first step of retirement housing in that gradual journey to the nursing home. Now let me be clear – in no way am I implying that my in-laws are that old. I’m just sharing why they made the choice they have…… I mean…….uh, anyway…….. While this is still the case for some people, the typical townhome buyer is changing.
If you are dreaming of your very own single-family, stand-alone home with the white picket fence, you may want to rethink that regardless of your distance from the nursing home. Read the rest of this entry »
June 8, 2017
As June is National Homeownership Month, we are doing a series of blog posts relating to home ownership. Each will have a different perspective, so stay tuned for more.
First, full disclosure. I teach our homebuyer education course. I have my real estate license. Even though my license is inactive, I am still involved in our local real estate association. I even teach the classes required to get your real estate license. Am I invested in that world? Yes.
I’ve been both a renter and home-owner. I currently own my own home and would have it no other way.
I am a big fan of home ownership. It is no secret.
I’ll also be the first one to tell you that home ownership is NOT for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »
April 20, 2017
Tired of renting? Tired of the landlord? Tired of the crazy neighbors doing who knows what and all kinds of hours? Tired of nothing but white walls in your living space? Tired of someone else parking in your parking space? Tired of paying every month and getting nothing (except maybe part of your deposit) back when you move? Perhaps it’s time to move out of your parents’ house…..
OK, so this probably isn’t your parents’ house anymore. But it may still be time to move on. Perhaps it’s time to look at buying your own home. As our clients consider a home purchase, one of the most frightening issues they face is determining exactly how much they should spend on a home. Read the rest of this entry »
June 17, 2015
Think it’s time to look for your first home? Here’s a little dose of reality to start you off.
Here in the Sioux Falls market (and reflected in many markets around the region) there is a general shortage of listings in the typical ‘first-time buyer’ price range. Like, about a third of what they would like to see. This means things are going fast. One couple I had in class in Sioux Falls reported they had put offers in on three different houses the day they came on the market and were still too late. The homes had sold. One client in Brookings reported they had it happen four times before they got a home. Read the rest of this entry »