Green Haven Gazette

Looking for buying and selling tips on real estate? Check out the Green Haven Realty Blog. We write posts on local real estate trends for Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, Advance, Kernersville, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding Triad (NC) areas, as well as market reports for Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Yadkin and other Triad counties as well as Neighborhood Market Reports (If you don't see your neighborhood listed, just ask and we'll be glad to add it). Let us show you how the latest technology can make buying and selling your home easier and faster.

June 9, 2019

June is National Homeownership Month

Live the Dream of Homeownership

June - National Homeownership Month

Many people dream of homeownership.  Most would even consider it paramount to the American Dream. Since the 1920's, various groups and organizations have recognized the importance of homeownership in this country. The National Association of REALTORS® first officially celebrated the concept in 1956. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed June as National Homeownership Month.

The Importance of Homeownership

Homeownership brings many benefits to individuals.  Owning a home can represent stability and financial success. There is also an important element of making a positive contribution to the local community. There are financial and social benefits of home ownership as well as tax benefits.

Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Financial benefits are probably the most obvious benefits of owning a home. Buying a home is a significant investment up front, but it is one of the best ways to build wealth and create long-term savings.

  • You Build Equity:  Most homeowners purchase their home with a mortgage from a financial institution. When
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May 27, 2019

Are Seniors Selling Their Homes or Aging In Place? The Answer May Surprise You

Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?

WOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME OR
AGE IN PLACE?

Many housing studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that seniors have chosen to “age in place” over moving.

National Association of REALTORS® Survey Shows Many Seniors are Selling Their Homes

The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point!

National Association of Realtor’s findings show that Baby Boomers (43%) and the Silent Generation Seniors (12%) made up 56% of sellers in 2018! This means the majority of sellers last year were over the age of 54. This also shows that even though many of these generations are aging in place, many ARE moving as well!

The report also shared the reasons why they chose to move. According to the research, the top reason was a desire to be closer to friends and family. Below is a full breakdown:

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May 22, 2019

4402 Garden Club Street, High Point, NC 27265

Home for Sale - 4402 Garden Club St., High Point, NC 27265

We have a new listing for sale at 4402 Garden Club Street, High Point, NC 27265.  This home has a lot to offer and is ready for your personal touch.  It has tons of space with 4 large bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, Formal Living Room, Den with Fireplace, Dining Room, Spacious eat-in Kitchen, Large Laundry Room, & a BONUS ROOM.  The Master Bath has a Garden Tub. The Beautiful Backyard is Fenced-in and has a Large Deck for family gatherings & fun. The two storage sheds will remain. There is a Two-car width driveway with ample parking. It's close to the Palladium Shopping Center for movies, restaurants and shopping. The sellers will allow a DECORATOR ALLOWANCE with an acceptable offer.  The Pool Table in the Bonus Room is personal property BUT is negotiable. Seller is motivated and says bring for your offer!

4402 Garden Club Street, High Point - Photographs

4402 Garden Club St, High Point, NC 27265

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC Front

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC front

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC - rear

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC deck

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC kitchen

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC dining room

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC bonus room

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC Bedroom

4402 Garden Club St High Point NC Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

 

 

High Point Home Buyers

If you're looking to buy a High Point home in the $180,000-$210,000 price range, be sure to consider this one. And then call/text us at 336.462.9544 to schedule you're showing. We're here to help!

April 25, 2019

Is it Better to Rent or Buy a Home in this Real Estate Market?

ARE lewisville-clemmons renters Paying Substantially More While Owning a home Costs LesS?

 

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

“CoreLogic’s national rent index was up 36% in December 2018 compared with December 2005, while the typical mortgage payment was down 4% over that period.”

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April 19, 2019

5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a New Home

5 Reasons Millennials Buy a New Home

The Millennial Generation Population

Millennials are one of our country's largest generations and are in the prime of their home buying years.  Millennials will soon surpass Baby Boomers as the largest living adult generation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Millennials, whom are ages 20 to 35 (from the 2016 population estimate), numbered 71 million, and Boomers (ages 52 to 70) numbered 74 million. Millennials are expected to pass Boomers in population this year! In 2019, their population is estimated to increase to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million. Generation X (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028.  

Questions about Buying a New Home?

With that being said, why do Millennials buy a new home? Check out the stats from NerdWallet in the infographic below.  Call/text Green Haven Realty at 336.462.9544 if you have questions about the home buying process. We're here to help!

5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy a Home

To Summarize Why Millennials Buy a New Home:

  • “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%.
  • Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day when they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

 

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April 17, 2019

What's Up With Mortgage Interest Rates for 2019?

Are Mortgage Interest Rates Going Up or Down?

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been going down since last November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% last week! The Fed also announced they wouldn't be making any additional rate hikes this year, which should mean not too much fluctuation in mortgage rates for the remainder of 2019.

This is great news for anyone who is planning on buying a home this spring! Here's a quote form Freddie Mac,

“Mortgage interest rates have been steadily declining since the start of 2019. These lower mortgage interest rates combined with a strong labor market should attract prospective homebuyers this spring and could help the housing sector regain its momentum later in the year.”

To put the low rates in perspective, the average for 2018 was 4.6%! The chart below shows the recent drop, and also shows where the experts at Freddie Mac believe rates will be by the end of 2019.

Are Low Interest Rates Here to Stay? | Keeping Current Matters

Buying a Home

If you plan on buying a home this year, contact us by phone or text at 336.462.9544, and we can help you start your home search to ensure you can lock in these historically low rates today!

Home Inventories - Thinking About Selling Your Home?

Home inventories are still extremely low. Low inventories combined with historically low interest rates make it a great time to sell, and we need your listings! We have home buyers ready to buy but not enough homes for sale. Contact us today to help you get your home SOLD!

April 12, 2019

Think You Can't Buy a Home? Guess Again - Home Buying Myths

Home Buying Myths Busted Infographic

Many potential home buyers continue to rent, because they think they can't qualify to buy a home or that the down payment is too expensive. There are certainly instances where it might be better for someone to rent.  But buying a home might be a better option for you. Buying a home is one of the best investments you can make, and it's not as hard as you might think.  Check out the Home Buying Myths Infographic below to see if it might be something you should consider.  Don't hesitate to contact us if you're thinking about buying or ready to buy. We're your friends in real estate and ready to help! 

Home Buying Myths Infographic

 

First Time Home Buyer Guide

We also have a more detailed First Time Home Buyer Guide if you're interested. It's a FREE resource, so all you have to do is just ask, and we'll be glad to email it to you.  Call or text us today at 336.462.9544.  

Here's the Home Buying Myths Summary:

  • The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%.  But many first-time home buyers pay even less. FHA is currently only 3.5% Down!  And there are still some 100% purchase loans which means very little out of pocket.
  • Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! April 2019 is the lowest for mortgage rates in the last 12 months.
  • The cost to rent a home is going up.  88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
  • The average credit score on approved loans continues to fall across many loan types. FHA minimum credit score is currently 640. You can qualify to buy a home even if you have some dings on your credit. And if you're below 640, we may have some tips to help improve your score.  Contact us if you need help to raise your credit score. We're here to help!  Call/text 336.462.9544.
April 7, 2019

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

10 Things That Should Be On Your Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Lewisville-Clemmons Home 

Maybe you're thinking about selling your home or maybe not. Either way, these ten items should be on your home's spring maintenance checklist. Doing these items now will help your home when you are ready to sell and make sure your home is in good working order.

Home Spring Maintenance Checklist Infographic

 

Your Home's Spring Maintenance Checklist Summary:

  • Your home needs a little extra TLC in the spring!
  • This spring cleaning maintenance will help your home function well throughout the year whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not.
  • As your friends in real estate, our Green Haven Realty agents will offer you a list of specific ideas for getting your house ready for market.  And we are a great resource for finding local contractors in the Lewisville-Clemmons and surrounding Piedmont Triad NC areas who can help. All you have to do is ask us!  Call or text us at 336.462.9544.
Oct. 31, 2018

7 Essential Tips Every Home Buyer Should Know

Buying a Home Soon? Don't Miss These Essential Tips

Are you looking to buy a home soon in the Winston-Salem area? You don't want to miss these 7 essential tips for Home Buyers. And check out our home buyer tips infographic below.

7 Essential Tips Every Home Buyer Should Know

1. Get a Home Inspection

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a home, but condition of the property is near the top. A home inspector can evaluate visible and accessible systems and components of a home (roof, plumbing, electrical, etc.). The home inspector can provide you with the condition of the property on the day it is inspected, taking into consideration normal wear and tear. This will help you decide if you want to purchase the home or not.  After all, you don't want to buy a pig in a poke.  In North Carolina, the home inspection should be done during the Due Diligence Period along with your appraisal and loan approval.  If you are paying for the inspection, only a Licensed Home Inspector may perform the home inspection. You can read more about Home Inspections on the NC Real Estate Commission's website Questions and Answers on Home Inspections.

2.  Before You Start House Hunting, Get Pre-Approved

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Oct. 17, 2018

Davidson County Lot for Sale

Nice 1-Acre Lot for Sale in Reeds Community

S. NC 150, Lexington, NC (Davidson County)

$23,500

This lot for sale in the Reeds Community is ready for you to come and build your dream home. Nice and flat, convenient to shopping, and good school zone. 

Davidson County Land for Sale Reeds Community

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