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Real Estate Reading from Neighbor Sam


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Blog by Doug Ingersoll | January 28th, 2016


From neighbor Sam:

Washington Post article "Home buyers dont seem to be using new tool to shop for mortgages." The amount of information available to people today is almost overwhelming. Your parents would have killed to have this information when they were buying a home. Take advantage of your opportunities!

"How accurate is Zillows Zestimate? Not very, says one Washington-area agent." Follow the money. Zillow is not in the business of providing ground level knowledge about markets. Zillow is in the business of selling the opportunity to real estate agents to be a zip code expert!

"Why it might be better to list your home in the winter than spring." See below - the market in Aviano is relatively year round. List when it is good for you. Also keep in mind the typical escrow is 45 days or so. Count back and you can see when the contracts were executed. Lots of contracts were finalized in March. 

Aviano SFH
AVIANO January February March April May June July August September October November December Total
2010 5 5 10 10 12 3 7 8 8 5 5 6 84
2011 4 6 9 6 7 5 12 8 8 5 13 3 86
2012 2 1 7 3 6 6 7 3 3 11 5 6 60
2013 4 9 7 4 4 4 7 4 5 7 7 3 65
2014 3 2 10 6 7 6 6 1 4 4 4 5 58
2015 1 1 4 4 12 6 8 1 6 3 1 4 51