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October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL           It’s Valentine’s Day so it’s perfectly understandable that prepping your lawn for spring is not a priority today. However, that won’t be the case in the coming weeks. Although the first day of spring and the annual turning back of the clocks are weeks away it’s time for homeowners especially those marketing their homes this year to dust off the lawn tools.  Keep a close weather watch to ensure you...
October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL January’s stock market reports were not only a bumpy start to the New Year, but spawned concern about whether or not the stage is being set for another housing market bust. The best advice for anyone thinking of buying or selling a home this year is to step back, take a deep breath and prioritize. While some media and pundits see dark clouds gathering, most analysts are not that concerned. There are good...
October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL If memories of last week’s snow and cold are lingering I have some good news. The first day of spring is only six weeks away. Of course, the Spring Equinox doesn’t guarantee good weather. We’ve seen some wicked March snows in the past, but hopefully that won’t be the case this year. What you can depend on between now and then is the days will get progressively longer and warmer. As soon as the soil temperature...
October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL We’ve closed the books on 2015, and it was the best year for home sales since the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors began its Trends Report. Compared to 2014 sales, 2015 sales were up 9.6 percent. Despite a lack luster first quarter when everyone was bundled up against unusually cold weather, sales hit record levels in May and stayed that way through December. In fact, December closings were happening...
October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL One of the most important things you can do before getting into the 2016 real estate market is partnering with the right professional. Study after study shows sellers who use a professional consistently net a better price than those who go it alone. Buyers also reap rewards. That may seem like a contradiction in an era when technology offers advanced communication and marketing abilities to do-it-yourselfers,...
October 9, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL Renters got welcome news just as the New Year was dawning near, and it’s not necessarily bad news for the existing home sales market. The good news for renters is it looks like their housing costs will be more affordable in 2016. That doesn’t mean rent reductions, but after a couple of years of increases in the 6% and 7% range, local market conditions are cooling.  At the same time, several major apartment...

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