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Holiday Home Selling!

I am the first to say that the market is harsh round the holidays. However, it can make an average house shine and land a great price. Each and every single showing you get will be a qualified buyer, ready to buy and a motivated realtor, too. With fewer homes on the market to compete with and that naturally occurring longing for home for the holidays, it really is a great time to make a splash on the market.

I will never forget walking into my first Christmas wow house. Now, if you know me well, you know I am Christmas crazy and just love everything about Christmas so it takes some serious holiday decorating skills to impress me. The home was in the country and the fireplaces were lit up, the Christmas tree could be seen as we pulled into the drive. Ornaments were hung from the ceiling and each room was clean and showed the Christmas love. My… Read More

Tips to Sell in Autumn!

Showcase Your Home for an Autumn Sale

You may think that Autumn isn’t the best time to showcase your home, but you’d be wrong. Buyers are still out and ready to buy. Autumn has a unique appeal that’s all its own, and you can make your home decorated to say Welcome Home!

Fall home buyers are motivated; they want to move in before winter here in Wyoming. Put a nice new welcome mat out for buyers and their agents to wipe their feet. Fall decor is classy and inexpensive. Put out pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, and mums now, and they will last through Thanksgiving.

Call Rita Parker at 247-0963 to start your journey now!

Here are some tips to selling your home during the changing season.

1. Let the light in! We already know there’s less sunlight in the fall and winter, so leave lights on for showings. Open the drapes and keep windows as clean as possible… Read More

Should You Rent or Sell Your Home?

In this declining market in Casper, WY and the surrounding areas, you might be trying to figure out if you should rent or sell your home. This is always a hard family decision. I am here to help you and follow your lead.

These are my top factors to talk over: Market Trend

How long until you break even or want to buy your next home? You should evaluate the current market conditions. The best way to do that is to get a CMA, a market value of your home in Casper, WY. This will have market trends for your area and both a value of your home and the costs associated with selling it. You can ask for a rent assessment as well to know what your home would rent for in the current market and a yearly breakdown of normal costs incurred. With figures in front of you, you have a good place to talk over the pros… Read More

Spring Cleaning for Real Estate

From a real estate perspective, whether you intend to rent, buy, sell or re-invest in your home: the first step is to clean it ‘til it shines.

The kick off to the official first day of Spring is right around the corner. For most people, this is a time when they begin anew and especially focus on their home. This actually gets me excited because I think your home responds and welcomes you more when you give it some love.

Let’s go over my best spring cleaning ideas, tips and tricks to enjoy your home or grow value.

Basics

No time like the present to do all surfaces and floors! I’ve got kids, dogs and a roughneck husband. I know this is an ongoing challenge, but daily and weekly cleaning will go faster with a strong foundation of clean.

Deep Cleaning

A good deep clean twice a year will help keep your home enjoyable and usable. In real estate, pride… Read More

Ins and Outs of Contract For Deeds or Lease-Purchases

Ok, let’s face it lease purchases are out there and with the market where it is, they are popping up more and more.

Below you will find tips on Contract for Deeds (CFDs) and a great Pros and Cons List for Buyers and Sellers.

Best Tips!

My best tip for a mutually successful and beneficial CFD transaction is to do it above board.

– Use separate lawyers, a title agency and an escrow company. Anyone who hesitates to use any or all three should cause you to stop and carefully reconsider: there is a huge red flag on field.

– The lawyers will help you understand, review and prepare the documents and title to clear and process it. The escrow company can manage both intake of payments and out takes to lenders; and HOLD the warranty deed to transfer upon completion of contract.

– Think Long-Term – Please, consider the long-term vs. short-term gain and risk before signing a CFD or… Read More

Common Tricks to Avoid in Real Estate

I work hard to be both helpful and ethical in my practice of real estate.

Time and again I see badness and trickery in my industry. It hurts all of us to allow these practices to continue. With many realtors to choose from, we hope to stand out by living our motto that “Service is Our Specialty”.

Today I want to make you aware of some common dishonesty in this industry.

I want to be clear and state that I am not suggesting that all brokers pull these tricks! In my experience, many are honest, forthright and desirous of helping their customers. But, like in any profession, there are some who play by a different set of rules.

Here are common realtor “tricks” I recommend steering clear of. Greed

Real Estate is typically the largest investment a person ever makes. The commission and compensation are normal and negotiable by law. In our area,… Read More

Oil Prices and the Real Estate Market in Wyoming

Everyone in Wyoming is affected by the oil market.

The effect of oil prices on real estate prices is undeniable. We are definitely in one of the deepest downturns of the oil industry since the ’90s.  Let’s go over oil basics and then apply it to our market.

It is important to note that oil is a strong indicator of home price trends, but it is just one factor of many.  Wyoming learned from ‘80s that the boom and bust cycle is brutal and we are fortunate as a state to have watch guard’s in place to maintain a more controlled market than I see nationally.

What is the current price of oil?

The American benchmark was at around $27 a barrel on 1/20/16, same for Brent crude.

Why has the price of oil been dropping so fast? Why now?

The simplest answer is production is higher than demand. However, many national interests are at play and it can… Read More

Become an Expert on New Homes Hitting the Market

Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a distinct advantage, especially in our tight real estate market. Those who find the properties the quickest gain an edge by being the first to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, having current market knowledge pays off.

Many buyers and sellers are not ready to actively tour homes yet but want to watch or research the market online. This article will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria for Casper, WY real estate and the surrounding areas. Of course, hiring an agent will make finding homes for you a top priority, but realistically you’ll start by doing your own research and browsing online first.

Current Casper Area MLS Listings

It’s important begin by pointing out that my website offers you the… Read More

Family Budgets Made Easy!

Every step is designed to take 15-30 minutes. If you go over this time, most people will get overwhelmed so take breaks.

Gather ALL your financial documents. These are all of your bills and all of your bank statements. Ideally get the past three months. If you need to call and reorder: do it.

If you are married, even if one normally does the finances, Set a Date to Talk to Each Other.

The goal of this is to make it a reoccurring event, ideally a weekly appointment, to make sure you both are agreeing with where you are and where you want to be.

TIP: Make the time a positive sandwich: start with something positive like setting out a glass of wine to start things. End by writing down and pinning up something you both agree on. A goal like paying off the car or a trip can be an excellent picture reminder, too!

Organize Your Information

Decide… Read More

Tips for Moving With Young Children

We are a family company and that means we have firsthand knowledge of moving with young children! Here are some of my best tips to make your move go more smoothly! Prepare kids for what to expect. Young children might not have a good understanding of what the term “moving” really means. Explain to them exactly what will happen, and take the time to read some age-appropriate books about moving together. My personal fav is the Berenstain Bear’s Moving Day. Let the kids help you pack.If they’re old enough, let your children help you pack some of their personal belongings. Even at a young age, kids can sort their toys and help you wrap objects in tissue paper or bubble wrap. If you’ll be putting some things into storage, ask them what they would like to keep and what they don’t mind parting with for a while. Let them decorate a box for the last items to…… Read More