Spring 2020 Market Update

Spring 2020 Market Update

The economic pain caused by the pandemic is being felt by all of us. In the real estate sector, 2020 had promised to be a breakout year, with its solid job reports, healthy homebuyer interest, and low mortgage rates. As we consider what the remainder of this year will...
Appraisal vs. Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)

Appraisal vs. Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)

Are these one and the same?  Ask any real estate practitioner how the value of your home is determined, and he or she may supply you with the “pat answer” that goes something like this:  “value is determined by what a ready and able buyer is willing to...
What Scares Autumn Home Buyers

What Scares Autumn Home Buyers

Autumn poses some unique challenges to sellers. Here’s what might make a buyer think twice… A Hovering Homeowner While it’s harder in cold weather to come up with family activities outside the house during showings, it’s important to make the...
Where Do Buyers Come From?

Where Do Buyers Come From?

Ads don’t sell homes, agents do! Here’s what happens with each Manter Realty listing: We’ll advertise your property to get the maximum exposure. Multiple Listing Service will make your property information accessible to other real estate...

Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

Many people don’t realize that there’s a big difference between decorating and staging. Decorating suits the homeowner, but staging brings out the best features in your house. Here are some tips that will help you think like a professional stager:...
There’s (still) no bank like home…

There’s (still) no bank like home…

When buying a house as an investment, you buy it with someone else’s money (taking out a mortgage), and then you pay off that mortgage with dollars cheapened by inflation. For example, you buy a $300,000 house, putting $30,000 down in cash. Inflation works on...