Why Are People Moving During the Pandemic

Americans have been on the move for more reasons than just to snag record low mortgage rates, shows a new survey of 2,000 real estate agents from HomeLight, a company that provides software and services to the real estate industry, a company that provides software and services to the real estate industry. The survey was conducted in a series of seven separate polls from April to the end of June.

The top moving motivators cited include the need for space (44%), a desire to buy versus rent (41%), and to relocate to the suburbs (37%).  Read more HERE.

This Might Be The Best Time to Sell

Talk about a strange summer. Between the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, a wobbly economy, and layoffs happening left and right, it’s no surprise that many who may have hoped to sell their home this season are wondering whether to put those plans on hold—or they’ve already thrown in the towel.

Such hesitancy is understandable. Yet the irony is that, after closely examining the current housing market conditions, many real estate experts believe this summer could be one of the best times to sell a home in years.

Read more HERE.

IRS Stands Firm on July 15 Tax Deadline for 2019 Returns

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that it was sticking with the July 15 tax-filing extension deadline for 2019 returns.

Those unable to meet that deadline are encouraged to file for an extension to Oct. 15. The form for filing for an extension is at IRS.gov.

The IRS had postponed the original tax filing deadline from April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states may have initiated different deadlines. USA Today has compiled a list of those tax deadline extensions, broken out by state.

Homebuyers’ New List of Requirements for 2020

So, what do we want? More space, for one thing. That’s a big part of what’s driving people from smaller, pricier city dwellings out to the ‘burbs.  he commute isn’t as much of a hassle when you don’t have to do it every day. In those bigger homes, we’re looking for multigenerational living spaces, where perhaps we can accommodate our parents and not-quite-grown-and-flown kids. Buyers also want secure package delivery stations outside their homes to prevent their Amazon-primed items from being stolen. Viral-resistant surfaces and voice technology to power gadgets are increasing in popularity, and home offices — which until recently weren’t much of a selling point — are back in vogue. 

5 Things to Do To Sell Your Home

Pandemic or not, for some, the home showings must go on. There are still people who have to buy or sell a home due to job changes or life events. And the real estate industry has found ways to conduct business (mostly thanks to technology).

One thing that hasn’t changed: If you’re a seller, you still need to put in some elbow grease to get top dollar for your listing and sailing through a headache-free closing, says Joseph Lawson, manager of the Cabell Childress Group in Richmond, Virginia: “Giving your home the most polished look will pay off big when buyers feel confident the home is well maintained.”

Following these five steps now can put you on the fast track to listing your home and avoid getting burned out before you even move.  Read more HERE.

Where and Why You Should Rescue a Pet

There are two major ways to save lives during the pandemic; staying inside as much as you possibly can, and adopting a pet. According to the CDC themselves, owning a pet has many benefits during these tough times– including incentive to get outside and exercise more, drastically decreasing loneliness, and even physical medical benefits like lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. There’s no stress reliever quite like a furry companion. If you already have a pet… well, the more the merrier, you know?

Read more HERE.

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