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UPDATE: Home Buying For Smart People 2016

We created the free "Home Buying For Smart People" e-series more than four years ago, and since its launch, thousands of people have used its information to save (collectively) millions of dollars when they purchased a home.

The e-series is simply a collection of lessons on how to be better informed when you buy a home, and if you read some of the hundreds of testimonials that have been written by its subscribers, you will know that it has been well received.

One of the core messages throughout "Home Buying For Smart People" is that "things change!"

The internet is fast evolving, and the way that we shop for things, including homes, is changing at an alarming rate. So much so that is was time to update our advice on how to get the best deal possible when you purchase...

Arbor Hill Home Sales Report November 2015

There are two types of homebuyers that should pay close attention to the Arbor Hill neighborhood in Northeast Tallahassee.

First time homebuyers will love the fact that they can get a single family detached home and a yard for less than $150,000, while investors will appreciate the fact that they can buy an income producing property in the Montford Middle School (Lincoln High School) zone for under $100 per square foot.

Arbor Hill is situated adjacent to Killearn Estates which means it is a neighborhood with excellent access to town and a premium location in Northeast Tallahassee.

In this report, we will look at home prices, home values, and home sizes in Arbor Hill, as well as show current listings in the Tallahassee...

Eastgate Housing Report November 2015

Eastgate is all about location, location, location.

With steady home sales at or below the median price point in Tallahassee, this popular NE Tallahassee location has been a top destination for homebuyers since 1973. Located just inside of I-10 on Capital Circle NE, Eastgate is close to dining, shopping, and Tallahassee's most-active transportation routes. 

During our last housing report on Eastgate, we pointed out that 2015 appeared to be destined to a slow rate of sales after the record-setting year that was posted in 2014, but since then, things have been heating up.

In this report, we will look at home prices, home values, and home sizes in Eastgate, as well as show current listings in the ...

How To Tell If You Should Make A Strong Offer When Buying A Home

If you are getting ready to buy a home in Tallahassee, do you have your negotiation plan prepared ahead of time?

For example, how do you determine how strong your offer will be? Does it even matter?

If you are like most new buyers, you have no real plan. When you find the home that you want, without a negotiation plan, you will end up deciding to low-ball an offer for the purpose of seeing what the seller will do.

Is this your plan?

If so, you might want to read further into this article to see why different areas and different price ranges require a different negotiating strategy when buying a home.

In order to demonstrate a smarter way to go about making an offer on your home, let's use some real-world information.

You see, that is what a top-notch real estate...

Waverly Hills Real Estate Report November 2015

When we last prepared a report on home sales in Waverly Hills, we observed that home sales were sluggish after several strong years for this popular mid-town location. But as of this writing, the flurry of activity over the past three months have restored home sales in 2015 as a very good year for Waverly Hills.

Located in mid-town less than a half-mile north of our office at 2066 Thomasville Road, Waverly Hills delivers a lot of house for the money right now.

With homes built from the 1950s through the 1970s, buyers are snatching up big homes and then renovating them to current standards for features and amenities. If you have always wanted to live close to town, but in a home that seems like it belong in the suburbs, keep an eye on Waverly Hills and grab a home in you can.

In this report,...

October Confirms Strong Year For Tallahassee Home Sales

The final numbers have been published for Tallahassee home sales in October 2015, and they confirm what are preliminary figures were reporting ... October was another good month for the real estate recovery.

If you happened to see our Weekly Special Real Estate Report this morning, then you know (through October) we were a mere 10 home sales short of hitting the number posted through 12 full months in 2014. That means through the writing of this report, Tallahassee home sales are the best they have been in more than 9 years!

Rather than simply report the good news as a number, this post will drill down a bit to find out what is really going on and how it might impact the Tallahassee real estate market in 2016 and beyond.

Positive Tallahassee Home Sales Report


Why Chasing The Market In Real Estate Will Cost You Big Time

If you are planning on selling your home and you are in no hurry, then you are fortunate to have come across this article about chasing the market in real estate.

Now you might not know what that means, or you might think that it does not apply to you, but you should beware.

If you enter the Tallahassee real estate market hoping to get a price higher than your home is worth, then you will end up making the most common mistake of new home sellers and you will end up leaving money on the table.

Chasing The Market In Real Estate

Chasing The Market In Real EstateFirst of all, let's make sure we all understand the phrase "chasing the market."

In all markets,...

Arvah Branch Real Estate Report November 2015

Arvah Branch is a great little neighborhood of just under 100 homes, located in Northeast Tallahassee. If you travel along Miccosukee Road heading North, you'll find its secluded location just north of the interstate.

Once you arrive, you'll find executive styled homes situated on home sites that generally range from 1 to 5 acres each, so the draw for many homeowners is more house and more land in a location close to town.

Arvah Branch has been bruised by the housing market like like everywhere else in our area, so this equates to great opportunities present themselves with buyers who are prepared when the situation arises.

In this report, we examine prices, values, and sizes of homes in Arvah Branch, as well as the current listings in the ...

Hampton Creek Home Sales Report November 2015

Hampton Creek, on the Southeast side of Tallahassee real estate market, features townhouses and single family detached houses starting at and above our local median home price.

This neighborhood features more than 220 homes, built from 2005 through 2012, which unfortunately (for current owners) means that Hampton Creek is likely to endure the hardships seen by other "boom neighborhoods," but will attract homebuyers with great opportunities over the next several years.

Hampton Creek is located on Apalachee Parkway just beyond Conner Blvd., and current residents find its convenience to town and like-new homes both great reasons...

Villages At Maclay Real Estate Report November 2015

There is a neat little community in Northeast Tallahassee, tucked away behind the Village Commons Shopping Center and it is called the Villages at Maclay.

This 250 home community offers both townhomes and single family detached homes, so there is something for everybody in the current price range from the mid $100Ks to the mid $200Ks.

Relatively speaking, the homes are new(ish), with construction only going back to 1997. 

Due to its smaller number of homes and varying types, the graphs we produce for our report have a little more "noise" than you see from our larger neighborhoods, but this community continues to sell enough homes to find itself on our top 30 list so we keep reporting :).

In this report, we will look at long term average home price trends, value trends, and size trends of homes sold in the Villages At Maclay, as well as all current...

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