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There's Still Time to Move Before School Starts...

Occasionally folks will ask me a question that we all here from time to time.  I am asked... "When IS the best time to put my home up for sale ?"

The answer to this question, is similar to the answer to most questions.  "It all depends."

There are so many reasons why people move. 

If we started with the first of the year, we could go completely through the entire year and come up with a great reason why "that particular month" would be a great time to move.

Want to move, and get settled in time for your kids to go to school?  If so, now is really the time to do something.

If your home is priced "within reason"... which means it is priced right about where it will appraise when the mortgage company sends out their appraiser... it should sell fairly quickly in the general Mentor, Ohio real estate market. 

If the condition of your home makes it appear roomy, pleasant, and gives off a feeling of "yes, I could live here"... then your home should sell fairly quickly... in the Mentor, Ohio real estate market, or in any market.

Seriously... if you and your family would like to be settled by September... NOW is the time to act. 

The longer you wait, sure, it can still be done, but if you wait too long... things can get "kinda crunchy" as far as timing is concerned.

Give me a call at (440) 567-7211... and let's set aside a time to get together and see what we... you and me... need to do to get all of your "moving ducks" in a row.

I've been helping folks get their "real estate ducks" in a row for over thirty years now.  I would be pleased to help you with yours.

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Carolyn Kolba, Professional Real Estate Duck Herder, can be reached at (440) 567-7211.

Comment balloon 14 commentsCarolyn Kolba • July 20 2010 03:13AM

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Hard to get some buyers to think out a ways. Everyone wants to wait till the day before and ask us to wave our magic wand. The people shopping for homes to be in by school should be stepping up their efforts as time is running out.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 8 years ago

Hey Carolyn, I imagine this is the great time to pre-pare to move before school starts, great advice ...thanks for sharing..college is also just around the corner.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 8 years ago

It seems like this year I am getting more of the "We need to move before school starts." than in years past. While it would have been nice to have started this seek and find a couple of months earlier -- "Deadlines don't scare me! I'm in! Let's get you moved! " -- has become my new mantra!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 8 years ago

I always say there is never a bad time to sell a home.  If you don't have it on the market, it is not going to sell.  Some people don't like to list over the holiday area, but then I tell them they will have less competition.  Now is the ideal time due to people jockeying around for schools to have their feet planted before school does start.  I agree with Randy, the consumer wants everything yesterday, even though theyare the ones that procrastinated.

Posted by Don Spera, Serving York and Adams County, PA (CR Property Group, LLC) about 8 years ago

Randy, we need to share with our buyers information that they may not be aware of, and in doing so, they will most often see that they need to take advantage of current trends in the local real estate market.  The best decision is an informed decision.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

Laura, this is a really great time to do that.  With all the scurrying around that families are doing over the summer, it is so easy to lose track of time.  And then it gets too late... at least, they THINK it is too late, and they put things off for another year... often to their detriment.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

Tish, I am getting that same feeling as well.  I think there is a lot of "pent up" motivation that both buyers and sellers have that has not been satisfied.  That's a good mantra that you have chosen.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

Don, I agree, there never IS a "bad" time to sell a home.  It's just that some times fit into people's lifescapes better than others.  I think one of the reasons that buyers and sellers procrastinate, is that they just don't realize what the market is doing, or what is possible for them to achieve.  I think it's all about "possibilities."

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

Carolyn, getting settled in time for school to start sounds like it would take some serious scurrying around! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Pat:  When Moms are doing something for their kids, you just KNOW they will crank up their "scurry motor" to get it done.  We Moms do whatever we have to, when it comes to our kids.  Sometimes it gets the job done, sometimes it gets us into hot water.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

The great motivation is always that =^ ) It gets the moving done

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 8 years ago

Will, just about anything can get done if the motivation is there to make it work.  The days of just wishing and hoping are gone, except for in that old Dusty Springfield song, but you're probably not old enough to remember that.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

Carolyn - If they have to be in school, they better be in a hurry unless they want to pay cash.  The bank is too slow and I was told by our mortgage broker it takes at least 6 weeks to get a loan if they have the necessary documents and good credit score.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" about 8 years ago

Rosalinda:  What you say is true.  The mortgage lenders ARE taking quite a while to approve loans these days.  BUT... many school districts will honor a ratified purchase contract as proof of residence, or in this case, intended residence, and will enroll the kids in their new school... even if their family has not yet moved in.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) about 8 years ago

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