A few Real Estate thoughts from Bob Idakaar@www.BobsHomes.net

Winter is here in New Jersey; a month late… snow, bad roads, and a new Governor….So what does that have to do with Housing, Real Estate and the Spring Market?

The Real Estate forecast seems to teeter totter on events going on in the local news, weather, politics and of course national and world events.

The reason why just may be that consumer confidence is still shaky.

We all seem to need to point our fingers at something to blame for circumstance.

Well the simple truth is; We all still need a place to live.

Home ownership is still an ideal of the American Dream.

So as the economy slowly improves and interest rates stay stable

I see the Housing Market in New Jersey Improving.

Seems like from Morris County and East all the way to NYC will have the best uptick in sales and activity.

Time to move? Curious about what it takes to get a mortgage?

Wondering what your current home is worth ?

I also believe that Prices will improve and certainly stay strong all year.

Maybe it is time to relocate and find that right Realtor.

There are plenty of realtors out there ranging from no experience to competent experience.

I think it is a combination of both Experience, but they must have passion for their jobs and not do it for just making the dollar.

I am proud to say I serve my client and do my job as a service not just because

of a paycheck.

I am always just a call or email away.

I take the no pressure approach and ultimately help you make the best choice for YOU>

Please reach out via email BobIdakaar@att.net

or contact me through BobsHomes.net

Wishing you a healthy and wonderful blessed 2018!

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One of the most popular websites in real estate is undoubtedly Zillow. But did you know that their home value “Zestimates” are often WAY off?

In fact, the CEO of Zillow just sold his own home in Seattle for 40% LESS than the Zestimate!

Per Inman News, “On February 29th, Spencer Rascoff sold a Seattle home for $1.05 million, 40 percent less than the Zestimate of $1.75 million shown on its property page a day later.”

Zillow actually has a disclaimer on their website where you can see exactly how INACCURATE they are. They just make it hard to find.

As a real estate agent I actually have access to a tool that can accurately show someone how much their home is worth. I normally only use it when someone is selling their home soon, but after seeing how inaccurate Zillow is I am now offering to provide this service to ANYONE who is curious.

If you contact me using the form on this page by adding your home’s address (or the address of a home you are curious about the value of), I would be happy to send you a “BobsHomes Estimate” today 🙂

Millennial Inspired Amenities

Every generation takes a fresh look at home design and decoration. Now think about what you might want to do to keep your house looking up to date, whether it’s for your own comfort and enjoyment or because you may want to make it more appealing to millennial buyers someday.Millennial Inspired Amenities

Here are some home amenities millennials can’t live without…

  1. A walk-in closet — This bedroom feature is something millennials look for in houses and apartments, so embrace the age of excessive online shopping and expand your master bedroom to include a larger closet, or fashion one out of your home’s spare room.
  2. A balcony or rooftop deck — These can be a lot of fun, and millennials look for them when buying a place. Consider ways to create comfortable living areas throughout your home’s outdoor spaces for your own family and to help buyers envision how they’ll spend time outside with their family and friends.
  3. A high-speed internet connection — The ability to get online fast is a key amenity millennials require in their living spaces, so make sure your place is outfitted with the latest plug-ins and gadgets to show young people they’ll be connected.
  4. A convenient washer and dryer — Don’t put your washer and dryer just where you have room — think strategically. Should you have stackables next to the downstairs bathroom? Maybe there’s a room right off the basement. Give some thought to where they’d be convenient and yet not distract from your home design.
  5. A private gym — Millennials like to work out! Consider carving out a space in your basement or garage to create a comfortable and well-ventilated workout room. If you can, set up a TV so there’s something to watch while you’re on the treadmill.
  6. An open space — A backyard or courtyard is an outdoor feature that millennials really enjoy, so cultivate and maintain the landscape surrounding your home. Think about sprucing up your plantings and adding a patio with coordinating furniture.

These home amenities millennials can’t live without are excellent ideas not only for your own enjoyment but also for tailoring your house to a larger audience of potential buyers if you’re considering putting it on the market in the foreseeable future. You can offer exactly what millennials are looking, and your single-family home will probably sell in no time. Once you integrate these amenities into your living spaces, and you’ll meanwhile have the pleasure of knowing you’re living in an up-to-date home!

– To view the entire BobsHomes July Newsletter, click here.