September 2017

Found 5 blog entries for September 2017.

Clients and Friends,

Below is the latest Steven Thomas Market Report | September 2017 Part II; please review and let me know if you have any questions.  I hope you are enjoying the END of summer –  please let me know if the Echelberger Group can help you with any of your real estate needs.

-Doug Echelberger

Even though the housing market is hot, there are plenty of homes that are sitting with no success.

Sitting on the Market: 43% of the active listing inventory has been on the market for over two months.

The excitement is in the air. A homeowner sits across from a REALTOR® and signs all of the contracts. Their home is officially on the market. With eager anticipation, they clean their home from top to bottom and turn on all of the

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Need Help Preparing? That’s Why We’re Here!

Do you ever lie awake at night worrying about disasters that could strike your home and family? Being prepared may not prevent a disaster but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge. Thanks to our American Red Cross we may all be prepared!

It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference… Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

  • Get a kit | Learn the essential supplies to put in your family’s first aid and survival kits. 
  • Make a plan | Plan effectively for you and your family in case of an emergency. 
  • Be
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More and more millennials are buying homes, representing around 45 percent of all purchase loans, and most first-time millennial home buyers are on a limited budget. While you may not be able to find the perfect home that checks every box on your “dream home” list, you can find a great starter house you can improve on or add to over time.

As you hunt for your first home and make the big purchasing decision, make sure your checklist of new home essentials includes the following seven musts:

1. Energy-Efficient Features

Not only is energy efficiency trendy, but it also saves you money on your power bill and reduces your carbon footprint. When viewing homes on the market, look for energy-efficient features like double-paned windows, solar panels, attic

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It’s no secret that “going green” is a trend that will only keep growing. Eco-friendly features are gaining ground among buyers, which leads to boosted property values and sale prices. In fact, one study found that most luxury green homes sell for 30% more than those without a green label. Additionally, in certain locales—the places where utility spending is high—almost any improvement that reduces a home’s electricity expenses makes it more competitive on the market. Here are some of the green luxury trends that are at the top of homeowners’ wish lists this year.


Sustainability is having a big moment among homebuyers, particularly when an

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With home values changing constantly and the list of available tools that claim to estimate value expanding rapidly, figuring out the true value of your home may be frustrating. But, as is often the case, a seemingly surefire shortcut can lead to a dead end. Online sites including Zillow and Trulia are frequently far from accurate when listing a home’s estimated value. If going online and plugging in an address does not work, what about utilizing the price per square foot to secure the value of a home?

Unfortunately, it too is just another unreliable shortcut.

“There is a science to determining value, and today’s websites and the old-fashioned

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