This graph is pretty accurate, no matter where you are living. What I can tell you is that the list of non-negotiable usually starts out with about 20 items that is a “must have.” As the search goes on I do see the list to shrink. But, the common denominator seems to always include this list. A home is a long term investment and there could be events, in the economy, that could keep you in that home for a lot longer than you had planned. Paint, carpet, fixtures can all be changed to fit your style. But, it is much more expensive to install central heat/AC, expand square footage or create a nice size yard when your lot is not big. I think this is why the process can be emotional. A long term investment, unlike a car. Write a list of Pros and Cons when purchasing can really help you narrow down the Non-Negotiable. https://activerain.com/droplet/5gzY
It may seem that the cost to hire a Real Estate professional is high, but the cost to not is higher. The amount of disclosures and negotiating skill that goes into executing a contract is lengthy. There are so many loop holes for a Buyer/Seller to sue you, me, everyone. Also, the home condition can be overlooked by paint and furniture. So many moving parts to purchasing or selling a home. Realtors help with the process from start to finish….and sometimes there after. Realtors help keep the business focused and removed the emotional investment, that a Seller/Buyer cannot. Hire a professional, always!
I am surprised by some of the Popular decorating trends, however I am enjoying some of the new trends for 2019. I am a little disappointed that one of the trends made the NOT popular list anymore. I am starting to see a lot of my mother’s styles coming back. Phew, now I don’t have to hid that chair with a cover up. Most importantly- Home owners looking to sell should always check out what’s hot and what’s not. Small changes can encourage a quick sale. Check them out here: https://lightersideofrealestate.com/around-the-home/style-design/home-trends-thatll-be-hot-in-2019-and-2-that-are-out
There are programs out there offering down payment assistance and closing costs assistance. The cash to close seems to be the biggest hurdle….NOT the payment. Therefore don’t rule out Home Ownership. Great article to check out: https://themreport.com/daily-dose/12-11-2018/achieving-homeownership