Moving: How to Perpare for a move

Moving: Preparing for Move to Wilmington or Leland, NC….

 

Moving should be an exciting time – you’re off to a new apartment, your first home, maybe moving up to a larger home. But for many people, moving turns into a stressful, aggravating experience. It doesn’t have to be that way. Some advance planning, a little research and the right attitude can combine to make your next move the best one ever.

Wilmington NC moving
Wilmington NC moving

Organization is key to a successful move, so lists are your friends. Keep track of all the details that need to be tended to, especially things that might fall through the cracks, like taking back your cable box. Include everything from renting a moving truck to forwarding your mail, and start doing anything on the list that can be tackled early. As you plan, keep in mind that many truck rental companies will give you a discounted rate if you move mid-week and mid-month instead of at peak times.

Speaking of getting a jump on things, start packing now. You can find all the supplies you need, such as boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and more at truck rental outlets like Budget Truck Rental. The experts there can help you figure out how many and what types of boxes you’ll need to protect your possessions. Whether you’re moving in a few months or in a few weeks, you should be packing things you know you can live without for a while. This allows you to pack with care, and mark the boxes so you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for when you get to your new place. Leaving packing until the last minute is one of the biggest sources of stress for people who are moving.

About a month before your move date, reserve your moving truck. The company you choose makes a big difference. With 30,000 trucks nationwide, Budget Truck Rental has locations where you need them, and a great selection of trucks for every size move, whether it’s a 10-foot truck (for studio apartments with one or two rooms), a 16-footer (for three to four rooms) or a 24-foot truck that can haul up to 8 rooms of stuff. They’ll even give you expert tips on loading the truck. The trucks are easier to drive than you might think. All Budget trucks have automatic transmissions, air conditioning and are clean comfortable and well-maintained for safety and reliability.

If you’re moving long-distance and need to tow your car, Budget offers two options: the car carrier, which carries your entire car on a trailer that attaches to the rear of your truck (recommended for four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles); or the tow dolly, which is recommended for front-wheel drive vehicles. The tow dolly lifts the front wheels of the car off the pavement and pulls it behind your truck.

Take care of mail and utilities. Stop by your local post office and fill out the form to forward your mail. You’ll also want to change the address on any magazine subscriptions or other services you receive by mail, such as video rentals. You can take care of most of these changes online. You also need to contact all your utilities, both for the place you’re moving out of and your new place. This includes local and long distance phone, Internet service, gas, electric, water and cable/satellite. Don’t forget to update your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance as well.

Make sure you have a group of friends lined up to help you move. If you have followed your list and have everything packed and ready to go, loading up the truck should be a breeze. If you still have some boxes to pack, your friends can load while you finish up. Be sure to keep the moving crew happy by providing plenty of food and drink. Just save the beer for after the move is complete. Hehe!

If you take care of all these details before your move, all you’ll have to worry about once the boxes are unloaded is finding the perfect spot for your favorite chair. For more moving tips, visit BudgetTruck.com or contact me at www. Nileshjethwa.com .

 

 

 

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First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, Wilmington NC

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of the Economic Stimulus Bill – a massive, $787 billionpackage of tax cuts and federal spending. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on this bill later today or over theweekend. Included in the bill is a $8,000 tax credit to first-time home buyers.

To veiw the chart with more details about this tax credit click here.  

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The top reasons why your home as not sold Wilmington, NC

Mortgage interest rates are near a record low and people are buying homes every day. So, why is it that some home sell right away while others sit on the market for months and  months.?
 
1. Overpricing. The number-one reason a house or condominium does not sell is because it is over-priced. If you listed your home with the real estate agent who recommended the highest list price, they probably “bought” the listing. Now, they may be reluctant to admit that your home is over-priced.
 
Do you wonder why you’re not getting any offers? Today’s savvy home buyers will either not look at over-priced properties, or when they do, they make offers that are much lower than the market value. Home buyers are very smart and they often know more about home values than real estate agents. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days, it’s time to review a new market analysis to check the list price against other active listings and recent sales. Then, adjust your price accordingly.
 
2. Condition of the home. The second major reason homes do not sell is their physical condition. Few home buyers want to purchase fixer-uppers. Most want a home to be in near-perfect, “model home” condition. Does your home need a fresh coat of paint or new carpeting? Is your yard and landscaping appealing? Are the windows sparkling? Is the garage clean? Have you put off making needed repairs? Take time to put your home into tip-top condition, so that all a buyer has to do is turn the key in the front door and move in.

3. Bad location. No matter how appealing a home might be, if it’s in a bad location it will not sell, or it will sell for substantially less than comparable homes in good locations. Negative location factors include bad schools, busy roads, high crime areas, poorly maintained neighboring homes, lack of public transportation, poor shopping, power lines and poor parks. The only way to compensate for a bad location is to reduce the price.
 
4. The listing agent. Few sellers realize that their listing agent could be the reason their home does not sell. Some agents are known among their colleagues as “difficult agents.” The result is that other agents do not want to show the listings of those agents unless there is nothing else to show prospective buyers. Sellers may never know that their listing agent is not liked by other agents and is hurting the home sale. Experienced, cooperative, friendly, enthusiastic and accessible listing agents are a major asset to their clients.
 
5. Poor marketing plan. Some real estate agents get the listing agreement signed, put it into the MLS and sit back to wait for other agents to bring a buyer. That’s not enough to sell a home. The best agents have a written marketing plan and they follow it to be sure the property sells.
 
Although the MLS is a powerful sales tool, other resources are essential. The best agents have Internet sites to market their listings. They also arrange broker tours, advertise each listing regularly, send out “just listed” announcements and actively network their listings with other agents. Contact Nilesh Jethwa for his marketing plans.
 
6. Difficult to show. A common saying in real estate is “If you can’t show it, you can’t sell it.” The more a home is shown, the faster it sells. And, usually the quicker the sale, the higher the selling price. The message is clear, make your home easy to show by installing a lock box. If a lock box is not feasible, ask your real estate agent to set up a procedure that will make it easy to show your home.
 
SUMMARY:  The key reasons some homes do not sell, even when the real estate market is doing very well, can be overcome with savvy marketing. Real estate agents like to show listings that are priced right, in good condition and easy to show. If your home is not selling, talk with your agent to find out why. Have your agent ask other agents who have shown your home what they think of it. For example, a modest price reduction might be all your home needs to convert it from “for sale” to “sold.”

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Negotiating Tips For Sellers, Wilmington NC

Negotiation is an important tool of the real estate business. To be a successful home seller you should have a basic understanding of negotiation methods, knowing the motivation of the other party and adapting to their style. You can strengthen your position as a home seller, by following these four negotiation tips.
 
1. Get your home into top condition. If your home is on the market with obvious defects such as paint, repairs, cleanup, carpets and landscaping, you can be certain prospective buyers will either not look at it, or if they do and they make an offer, it will be low.
 
Examine your home carefully. If you spot anything that a buyer can criticize, your negotiating position will be weakened. For example, if your home has peeling paint, you can be sure buyers will lower their offer by much more than a paint job would actually cost you. To negotiate from a strong position, always get your house painted inside and out before putting it on the market. See Nilesh Jethwa’s  
home staging program for more information on preparing your home for sale.
 
2. Know the market value of your home. After getting your home in the best possible condition, improve your negotiating position by determining the true market value of your home. One way is to hire a professional appraiser to evaluate your home and provide an expert opinion of the market value. The cost will be several hundred dollars for a complete appraisal, depending on the size of your home and the difficulty of appraising it. Choose an appraiser who is properly licensed and is experienced in your area.
 
Another way to determine the market value of your home is to interview several real estate agents about listing it for sale. As part of their listing presentation, each agent will prepare a written “comparative market analysis.” This report will show the recent sales prices of similar nearby homes as well as the list prices of other homes currently on the market. By comparing the reports submitted by the agents, and by checking out the comparables they use, you’ll be able to determine the market value of your home. Be sure to throw out any inflated price opinion given to you by an agent who is trying to “buy” the listing.
 
3. Relax and be patient. Another way of stating this rule is, “The one who cares the least, wins.” For example, if you must sell your home quickly because of a job transfer or to avoid a pending foreclosure, buyers will take advantage of your vulnerable situation. Give yourself plenty of time by putting your home on the market early. Sellers who get the top prices for their residences are those who have their homes in excellent condition and who do not have to sell it by a deadline.
 
They can afford the “I don’t care” attitude, so they only have to sell if they get the price and terms they really want. A good real estate agent will support you when you take this position even if it takes a little longer to sell your.

 

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Wilmington, NC 15,000 Tax Credit Update

Last evening the United States Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan amendment, offered by REALTOR® Champions, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) to the Economic Stimulus Bill creating a $15,000 tax credit to individuals who purchase a home in the next year. 

Specifically, the Isakson-Lieberman amendment to the pending economic stimulus bill would provide a direct tax credit to any homebuyer who purchases any home. The amount of the tax credit would be $15,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. Purchases must be made within one year of the legislation’s enactment, and the tax credit would not have to be repaid.  The amendment would allow taxpayers to claim the credit on their 2008 income tax return. It also seeks to prevent misuse by only allowing purchases of a principle residence and by recapturing the credit if the home is sold within two years of purchase. The amendment would sunset the current $7,500 housing tax credit on the date of enactment. 

While the final details of the Stimulus Bill are still being debated, this amendment represents a tremendous step forward in NAR’s efforts to stabilize housing markets around the nation.  Because of the efforts of REALTORS®, we expect the final Economic Stimulus Bill will contain several major housing provisions.  We will continue to update you as the bill progresses through the legislative process.  *This is not formally approved, but yet a significant improvement 

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Wilmington, NC 2009 Real Estate Summary

Coming into 2009, there is a lot of promise for this year to be better than 2008. With a new administration in the White House and the Federal Reserve and Treasury department spending hundreds of billions, we have a lot of action moving our economy forward.  Congress has offered assistance to the Auto Industry, Obama has a strong economic stimulus plan, and mortgage rates are at an all time low. With the potential recovery of the credit markets and the amount of housing inventory available, this makes the spring of 2009 a very desirable time to purchase real estate.

Our median sales price for 2008 ($215,000) reflects a small downturn of 6.7% from 2007($230,000) and maintains the same median as 2006 ($215,000). In 2008, we continue to see a small market correction in average sales price; we decreased 6.8% from year end 2007. Just two zip codes had average decreases of 9.6% and 15.7% while three zip codes managed slight decreases of 1.2% to 1.9%. A total of three zip codes had an increase in concessions offered to buyers on the sales price; concessions are now offered in 14% to 25% of the transactions in 2008.

Our market has experienced a decline of 30% in number of homes sold in 2008 compared to 2007. All five zip codes experienced a decline from 20% to 43%. Our list to sales price ratio for 2008 is 95.4% a slight decrease from 96.7% for 2007. Sellers in 28412 got about 96.5% of their asking price while those in 28403 only got 92.7% of their asking price. 2009 can be a good market for our area with an inventory of homes available and interest rates low, this would make a great time to buy.

This is all the more reason for consumers to call a REALTORS now to help them prepare for this opportunity.  REALTORS® have the knowledge, tools, and experience to help buyers and sellers make good, sound decisions with our local market and get the best deal for their clients. Their guidance now more than ever will be critical to the improvement of the real estate market and to making consumers feel confident in purchasing a home. Call your REALTOR® today or visit www.Nileshjethwa.com for more information on using a REALTOR® or to begin searching for homes. You may also obtain current real estate news, and much more.

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Market Overview Wilmington,NC February

For over the years Nilesh Jethwa has provided professional real estate services to this community and has established a tradition of excellence. In keeping with this tradition, personal service and dedication are Nilesh Jethwa’s hallmarks. Whether you are buying or selling your home, I have the resources and the expertise to provide you the excellent service you deserve. I will continually strive to provide you with excellent service because, in my business, the most profound assets I posses are your respect an trust.

All information herein has not been verified and is not guaranteed. ©2009 Multiple Listing Service of the Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS, Inc.

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National Home Sale’s 2009 Outlook

The Environment

After falling for two years in a row, sales of existing homes are expected to edge up 6% in 2009 to 5.3 million. Even with an increase in unemployment, improved affordability is the reason. NAR’s affordability index jumped to 131 at the end of 2008, up 17 percent from 112 in 2007. It’s expected to hover around a still-high 128 in 2009. The index means households earning the national median income have 131 percent of the income needed to buy the national median-priced house.Meanwhile, new-homes sales, already off more that 50 percent from their peak of 1 million in the third quarter of 2006, are expected to continue dropping, to about 413,000 in 2009.Prices have dropped nationally about 12 percent from their peak in 2006, from a national median of $221,900 to $198,600. In some of the markets that were hottest during the boom, prices have dropped even more, as much as 30 percent in Los Angeles and 24 percent in Las Vegas. The drop has made life tough for seller with little equity in their homes. Some 40 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2008 were distressed sales, either short sales or forecloses, and according to NAR data. For 2009, prices are expected to turn a corner.

Outlook: Sales on the Rise

Existing- Homes                             2007                **2008                 **2009 

Sales (in millions)                            5.7                        5.0                         5.3

   

Prices                                        218,900            198,600                 200,800

Price Changes                             -1.4%                 -9.3%                      1.1% 

New Homes                                  2007                2008*                  2009**

Sales                                           775,000            487,000               413,000  

Prices                                          247,200            228,200              231,400 

Price Changes                            0.3%                  -7.7%                    1.4% 

AFFORDABILITY INDEX      112                      131                      128  

 *Estimated  **ProjectedSource: NAR 

By Robert FreedmanSource: Realtor Magazine Jan 09 Issue

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Wilmington, NC Condo Management

Condo management is tougher than managing individual houses. The administrators of many housing complexes take the help of professionals to manage their houses efficiently. Especially brand new associations are in need of professionals because their assistance will help them in formulating the asset usage rules for the members of housing complex for maintaining it in a good condition for a long time. One way to maintain property is to rent self storage for items not in use. Though some members of the associations might be capable of managing the complexes well out of experience, they may not have adequate time with them to attend to the issues of the housing complex. Managing housing complexes is a very serious task and it requires dedicated concentration which only professionals who are paid for the work can do.

There are many condo management organizations that are advertising their offers on the internet and in leading newspapers and magazines. But there is no guarantee that each and every firm that makes tall promises is genuine. After responding to an advertisement the members of the housing board should visit the firms personally and assess their credentials and capabilities before appointing them to manage their housing complexes. It is always better to opt for firms that are in the business for a long time and have reliable credentials and a proven track record. The administrators of a housing complex can take feedback about the performance of the firms from the administrators of housing complexes who have already hired these firms.
A good condo management organization will agree to work for a housing complex for a fixed period of time which may be some months or years. During that period they work with great loyalty and commitment for the cause of improvement in the market value of the asset. There are some asset managing firms that work for a large number of clients simultaneously. These firms cannot provide dedicated commitment to any particular project for the entire day. They will visit each and every asset that they agree to work for, for a short period of time.

It is not that the firms that work on multiple projects simultaneously will provide dissatisfaction to their individual clients. The administrators of the housing complexes should be able to assess the work load that is involved in managing their assets and the time duration required for managing the asset efficiently. If the condo management for a particular housing complex is simple and does not require enough time, then the firms that work for two or three other housing complexes can be hired. This will save the housing complex a lot of money. In fact the housing complexes should be able to assess if managing their complexes requires full time devotion. They can take the advice of asset managing experts and fellow administrators of other housing complexes who will be able to give reliable information based upon their experiences.

If the members of the housing board are capable of managing the housing complex efficiently, by what is known as self management, but are not able to do so out of a lack of time, they can hire a condo management organization to manage the affairs for some hours each day. If they do not have the expertise to manage the housing complex it is better for them to entrust an assets managing firm with the responsibility of handling the assets efficiently and develop it well.

Property Managment. How to’s……..

Those who have some real property must know that managing property is no easy job. Most of the people who have such property often depend on the professional managers to take care of them. The real professionals do not fail and you can gain from appointing them. But you might not be so lucky as to get a good manager. Thus you need to know at least the basics of managing your property. It will not only help you to know what you should expect from your manager but also make her task easy when she explains her actions to you. 

Managing property means taking care of all things related to the property. You have invested in a property to gain from it and you must want a regular income from it to be successful. This means you want a tenant for your property. Then you must have to advertise. So the first step of the management is to advertise the property to attract the possible tenants and make sure that the expenditure on advertising does not go wasted. Make sure the news reaches the target. Once the prospective tenants start calling the next part is showing them the property and interviewing them. You must know that your decision to lease out your property does not mean that you will have to lease it out to anybody who is offering the highest rent. You need to make sure that you do not get into any trouble in the future that involves your tenants. 

The next step will be asking for proper written application from the interested people along with there credit and employment details. Go through these, screen them and carry out further investigation on the ones who you find suitable. You should investigate about their background, credit history and all the references including their past employments. This may seem a bit too much but these are the safety measures to protect yourself and the property from any trouble in the future. So it is for no reason that managing property is a tedious job. You might decide on the new tenant but some more jobs need to be done before inviting the tenant. You must get the insurance on the property against theft, fire, etc. 

So long the discussion was about the preliminary matters involved in managing property . Next comes the daily maintenance, a job that makes or breaks the relation between the owner and the tenant. Once you sign the agreement of tenancy, you are bound by the law to provide certain services to the tenant and mind it, they are paying the rent and they can be very demanding in this respect. You can appoint a managing company who will register the complaint and act swiftly to resolve the issue. You might have to pay more but at the same time your reputation and the value of the property also increases if you can provide swift services to your tenant.

The final matter that forms the base of managing property is maintaining the financial aspects. It covers everything from collecting the rent to managing the costs related to repairs, taxes and other sundry expenses. If a management firm is appointed, their fees also should be taken into consideration. You also need periodic inspection and repairs on the property to keep it in a good condition and these costs should be kept in consideration when calculating the return from the property. Start of and with time you may become an expert.

Information adapted from storageowner.com

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