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April 27, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

From the National Association of Realtors

This great infographic from NAR looks at the trends in home buying and the outlook for the market.  For more detail and the full data used to create the infographic – check out the Spring 2016 HOME Survey results.

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April 12, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

ERA Lambros Real Estate would like to congratulate Tory Dailey, Ed Coffman & Karen Reyner, Cindi Tack, Barb Riley, Bessie Evans, Jim Cockriel, and Shawna Norry on earning Top Producer for the month of March! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

March 2016 Top Producer

March 9, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate, Uncategorized

ERA Lambros Real Estate would like to congratulate Jack Wade, Julie Gardner, Cheryl Smith, Mark Nelson, Bessie Evans, Irene Marchello, and Rod Delaney on earning Top Producer for the month of February! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

February 2016 Top Producer

March 3, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

A recent survey done by Bankrate.com and published by REALTOR magazine suggests that most non-homeowners have not purchased a home yet because they believe their credit would not qualify them for a mortgage and they can’t afford a down payment.

Many non-homeowners assume that they need a 20% down payment, which just isn’t true.  FHA loans are available with as little as 3.5% down and conventional loans with as little as 3% down.

If you would like to find out if buying a home is a real possibility for you, then follow these steps:

  1. Visit a mortgage lender to get a better idea of what kind of property you can afford.  They will be able to help you figure out how much you can afford every month and what you will need for a down payment.
  2. Find the Rent Price Ratio for your area.  Take the price of the home and divide it by your annual rent.  If the resulting number is greater than 20, renting is best.  If the number is less than 15, buying is definitely the way to go.  Rent Price Ratio – In Real Life_Page_1Rent Price Ratio
  3. Now that you have more information at your disposal there are two important questions left to ask yourself; Do you have the money for a down payment or can you save up for one?  Do you plan on spending 5 or more years in whatever house you buy?

If you answered yes to these questions and the Rent Price Ratio is favorable, then you may be ready to buy your own home!  Now is the time to get pre-approved for a mortgage, shop your lender options, and find a knowledgeable real estate agent in your area.

February 9, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

ERA Lambros Real Estate would like to congratulate Julie Gardner, Ed Coffman & Karen Reyner, Cheryl Smith, Barb Riley, Ken McCarthy, Tille & Tony Marshall and Cora Gilmore-Nelson on earning Top Producer for the month of January! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

January 2016 Top Producer

January 13, 2016 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

ERA Lambros Real Estate would like to congratulate Alana & Jason Schaefer, The McQuirk Team, Ken McCarthy, Sandra Brown, Mark Nelson, Chris Nelson, and Cora Gilmore-Nelson  on earning Top Producer for the month of December! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

December 2015 Top Producer

 

November 30, 2015 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

By Nicholas Brown for RISMedia’s Housecall

Spacious living room with a fireplace.

Staging a home for sale is all about inspiring your buyer, and their senses are the avenue by which you connect with them. French novelist Honoré de Balzac once wrote “love is the poetry of the senses,” and specifically touching on each sense when staging a home creates atmosphere that inspires just that kind of poetic love. No matter the size or style of the home, there are a whole range of small things you can do to make it more appealing to aspiring homeowners (and help you lock in a sale!) Here’s how to get started:

Sight is the sense most agents associate with staging. The placement of furniture, decor, plants and everything else is truly central to staging. What can get overlooked in the great production of staging is the most fundamental element to catching someone’s eye – light. Especially for homes whose layout prevents a lot of natural light from getting in, you will want to ensure that you have bright and vibrant light throughout the home you aim to sell. Dark homes can not only feel dreary, but they can also make it more difficult to show off some of the qualities that will help you sell the home from the flooring to any moulding touches and more. Light is also very important for getting good quality photographs, which in the era of online advertising is key to putting your best foot forward to sell homes. There’s a major difference in perception between houses with dark, grainy photographs and ones that look professionally shot when interpreting them in the digital space.

Smell is among the strongest and most personally connective senses we possess as humans. We associate different aromas with experience and memory to a degree where certain smells can make us comfortable and nostalgic or quite the opposite. People are consciously aware of smells that they like and dislike, and some argue that using fragrances or food smells to change buyer perspective is a big no-no. However, if you are choose natural, neutral aromas like lavender, sage, pine or other light woody fragrances, you can create a space that feels like home. Be aware of using fragrances that may cause people who are sensitive to aromas to be uncomfortable, and be smart about using things like incense and spray aerosols that can trigger asthma or allergies.

Click here to read the rest of this great article.

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