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March 18, 2021

How To Lower Your Moving Costs

 

So, you’ve purchased your new home or leased your new rental. Now, it’s time for the part that everyone loves to hate – moving. At first, the idea is exciting as a different place can bring new opportunities. But once you start wrapping up your breakables and taping closed all the boxes, this freshness begins to settle. The reality of the expenses associated with moving begins to sink in.

How can you lower your moving costs, so you won’t break the bank before you even get started? Follow a few simple steps to trim the fat out of relocating, so you can save some of your funds for that new furniture or décor you’ve been eyeing.

Set the Right Date

Okay, so you might not be able to pick the time of year you’re moving. However, if you can do so, the best time to move falls between the months of September and April. Since less people move during this season due to work and their children’s school calendar, moving companies cut their rates to attract more customers.

To maximize on this saving, try picking a moving date during the work week, as these are days with less demand due to the same reasons most move during the summer.

Compare Rates

Not everybody has a friend with a box truck or pickup who’s willing to work for pizza and beer. If you must use a moving company, you should shop around until you find the best value. This doesn’t always translate to the lowest price, even though this is ultimately what you’re after. Still, you may find that one business offers more services, like including packing for the same price as a company offering to strictly drive the truck.

If one company offers movers to help you load your own truck, you might find that paying for services separately works out in your favor. Rent the truck from one company and hire the movers from another. If you’re doing a long-distance move, it may be cheaper to rent storage containers that are shipped rather than hiring a large box truck company.

DIY the Packing

One of the timeliest parts of moving is the process of packing. Going through all your personal items and ensuring they are properly boxed up and ready to go can be stressful. People tend to accumulate things and moving it all can present a challenge. Paying a company to pack everything for you can save you time, but it will cost you. If you can manage to do this yourself, you’ll save a ton, and you’ll have peace of mind that everything was done the way you wanted. You can maximize on packing costs by loading your truck or moving containers on your own. If you have an extra set of hands (or even a team of family and friends), you can easily load all your furniture and boxes yourself to keep more cash in your pockets.

 

Everyone’s needs and abilities are different. Some may not have the strength or mobility to lift heavy items, while others will see the experience of packing and moving as a piece of cake. Some people have very limited time to pack up their items or may even need to move on a short notice, while others have ample time to do everything themselves over the course of a month or two. Whatever your case, you should make sure that you value your health over your money. While it’s important to save as much as you can in your new start, it’s also important to preserve your well-being. Sometimes that must come at a cost of paying someone else to do the work for you.

Posted in Home Tips
March 2, 2021

How To Keep Your Home Ready For Showings

 

When your house is listed on the market, you want to make sure it stays in tip-top shape because there will be lots of people coming and going to check out your place. This may seem like a challenge, but if you stick to the following steps you will sell your home in no time!

1) Never turn down a showing: This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but sometimes when a house is occupied it can be somewhat difficult for the interested buyer to see the home. You want to make sure you can step out on a moment’s notice. Not sure what to do? Take your dog for a walk, go to a local coffee shop, have a book handy, and just hang until the showing is complete.

2) Leave the lights on: You want to make sure your home is bright and welcoming when someone walks in! Buyers decide within 30 seconds if they like the house. When the door is opened and the home is cheery, chances are the buyers will be cheery too.

3) Crank the AC: That is, if it’s hot outside! If a buyer walks into a warm home on a hot day, they may come to the conclusion that there are problems with circulation and air.

4) Stay “Show Worthy”: This may be the hardest part of the whole process. You need to make sure your house stays clean, and you also need to be sure there are no cooking odors, pet smells, wet towels in the bathroom, etc. Lighting a candle is a nice touch.

5) Tone down the kid’s rooms: If the kiddos room has a bunch of posters on the wall, this would be a good time to take them down.

6) Keep everything safe: Don’t create temptation by leaving expensive items on the coffee table, jewelry on the nightstand, or prescriptions on the bathroom counter. Although this doesn’t happen often, it DOES happen.

7) Make yourself scarce: Try not to be at home when there is a showing going on. You want to make sure the buyers can envision living in the home, not envision you living in the home.

8) Treat it like a business: The agent will be there to guide you every step of the way, and the agent will also handle the buyers until the keys are ready to be handed over.

Posted in Home Tips
Feb. 11, 2021

Why Owning A Home Is A Powerful Financial Decision

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three often-overlooked financial benefits of homeownership and how preparing for them now can steer you in the direction of greater financial security and savings.

 

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Posted in Owning A Home
Feb. 3, 2021

Create The Win With Multiple Offers

 

The real estate market has been on fire here on Long Island and in other parts of the country. Interest rates remain low and buyers are out in full force. That’s great news if you’re looking to sell your house. Not so much if you’re looking to buy your house. Why? Because there is a lot of competition for the houses that are for sale. In fact, a lot of the homes that are for sale, are getting multiple offers.

If you find yourself in a situation where the house you want has multiple offers, talk with your agent to see what you can do to win the bidding war. Asking your agent to start a dialogue with the listing agent is a good thing. Find out if there’s anything in particular that the sellers are looking for or anything specifically that could get your offer to stand out.

If the listing agent is reluctant to share or seems to be keeping their cards close to the chest, here are a few tips to get your offer noticed and considered.

SALE PRICE

When it comes to the sale price, anything under full asking price probably won’t be considered. You’re going to have to come in above or at least at the full asking price. Most offers in this market will be above asking price. If you choose to do that, don’t get too carried away. An above asking price offer isn’t any good if the house won’t appraise for that value. Sellers and listing agents know that. So unless you’re willing to waive the appraisal (which we are definitely seeing more often) or pay more for the house than it’s worth (and that’s ok too), keep your above offer price somewhat reasonable. But over asking price is the way to go.

CONCESSIONS

Asking the sellers to pay all or even contribute to some of the closing costs should be avoided if possible. If you’re in a position where you need some help with closing costs and it’s unavoidable, that’s one thing. But if you can pay your own closing costs, you definitely should. Seller contributions like closing costs eat away at the sellers’ net profit; and that’s what they’re going to be looking at. There will be other opportunities to negotiate certain things after the inspection and/or appraisal. Including concessions right off the bat with your offer will likely encourage sellers to pass on your offer.

It can be tough out there. Buyers can find themselves discouraged after losing in multiple offers, but hopefully these little tips can help. The right home always seems to present itself at the right time, and it all works out in the end!

 

Posted in Real Estate Market
Jan. 22, 2021

8 Timeless Kitchen Trends That Will Last

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that's out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a kitchen trend.

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Posted in Home Tips
Jan. 15, 2021

Why Right Now May Be The Time To Sell Your House

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021.

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Dec. 20, 2020

Food Drive Fridays

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island and partners plan to make coping with COVID part of the past with a surplus of donations.

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Dec. 10, 2020

Underrated Towns To Hit On Your Next Long Island Getaway

In a rush to reach the Forks, most New Yorkers overlook these charming towns and cool things to do on Long Island.

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Posted in Community
Dec. 1, 2020

Your House May Be High On The Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season

Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to sell their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring.

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Posted in Inventory
Nov. 9, 2020

6 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do In November

With the holidays coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel - as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

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Posted in Home Tips