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  • Posted October 23rd, 2015 by Moving Station
    There is a lot of talk out there about the best time of year to sell property. In most markets in the United States, the conventional wisdom is that you don’t want to list your home in the Fall or Winter, but rather wait until Spring or Summer, when more buyers are apt to be looking. On the opposite end of the spectrum - the “snowbird” or “resort” markets in places like southern Arizona or South Florida - the conventional wisdom is that you want to list in the Fall or Winter, because...
  • Posted October 13th, 2015 by Moving Station
    Are you gearing up to put your house on the market, but aren’t sure what improvements to make to optimize your home’s value and increase its chance of selling? There are a few projects that provide the highest return in order to get top dollar for your home. According to Remodeling Magazine, you’re less likely to regain your investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than you are on basic home maintenance such as new siding. That’s not to say that a minor kitchen or bathroom...
  • Posted October 6th, 2015 by Moving Station
    We had the pleasure of assisting a couple last Fall and their story is a fantastic example of how our services can really make a difference. This couple tried to make a move to the same retirement community in 2007. They actually did move into the community while they had their condominium on the market, but were unsuccessful selling the property and didn’t want to carry two homes, so they moved back into their condo. Our program wasn’t available at this community in 2007 and they were...
  • Posted September 30th, 2015 by Moving Station
    Deciding to sell your home and move into a retirement community is a big step, one that most people give many hours, days, months, even years of consideration. Once you have chosen your community, the next step should be planning your home sale. It is important to remember that not all Realtors are created equally and some of the same consideration you’ve given to choosing where you will move should be given to who will help you get there. You should interview your real estate agent as you...
  • Posted September 24th, 2015 by Moving Station
    The process of moving is daunting and scary at any age. It can be especially difficult if you have thirty plus years of memories and house wares collected in your home. When faced with an overwhelming project, I like to ask myself the question, “How would you eat an elephant?” The answer: One bite at a time. This applies to downsizing as well. While the task of downsizing may seem like a giant elephant taking up space in your living room with no way around it, remember that you can tackle it...
  • Posted September 18th, 2015 by Moving Station
    As you make a decision to move and move day draws near, it can be overwhelming to think about everything that needs to be done. It’s always nice to have a checklist helping to guide you through the last couple of months before a move and remind you the best way to pace yourself. Below we have outlined some helpful tips to get you going, starting 2 months before the move all the way through moving day. Happy sorting, organizing, packing, and moving!! Moving Day Preparation Countdown 2...
  • Posted September 4th, 2015 by Moving Station
    Whatever method you use to use to sell your home and whomever you rely upon for advice, you will most likely hear you need to de-clutter, de-personalize, and stage the house to present the property in the best possible light. It’s standard protocol for any seller in today’s real estate market, regardless of how neatly you keep your home as you live in it on a day to day basis. What exactly is de-cluttering, you ask? De-cluttering and de-personalizing go hand in hand. It is the process of...
  • Posted August 27th, 2015 by Moving Station
      What Drives Residential Real Estate Value Part 1 of 2   Part 1 - What’s My Home Worth?   Homeowners – especially those who haven’t been in the market in years – tend to rely upon a number of inadequate resources that fall shy of predicting an accurate value for their homes. Websites such as Zillow can feature useful information regarding a range of values within a marketplace and even offer a glimpse into recent...
  • Posted August 27th, 2015 by Moving Station
    We love it when people who’ve used our services share their success stories. Here’s one such testimonial from the resident of a continuing care community in Illinois: "We faced the challenge of selling a very large ranch house that my Mom lived in for 50+ years, and doing that quickly so a portion of the home proceeds could be used for the fee due on moving into the community. The Home Sale Program proved to be the answer to all of those needs. Our Real Estate Counselor set us up...
  • Posted February 16th, 2015 by Moving Station
    As the first quarter of 2015 is in full swing, real estate professionals are curiously watching the market trends. Of course, trying to anticipate what the real estate market will do is a task that can confound even the most seasoned experts. While keeping in mind that no one has a “crystal ball,” these here are a few things we anticipate could happen this year. The market for buyers will improve. Buyers are seeing a perfect storm of conditions if they are positioned to buy in 2015. ...