For Sale by Owner vs Real Estate Company

Homes For Sale By Owner – Why Using A Realtor Makes the Most “Cents”

According to Realtor.com, For Sale by Owner vs Realtor“statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional realtor will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission in addition to putting more money in your pocket.”

Selling a home on your own (For Sale by Owner), requires a seller to do all the negotiating in lieu of relying on an experienced agent who will help you receive the best value for your home. Experienced agents will also place your home on the market for an appropriate value based upon the climate of the current local market. This is not something that is normally accurately calculated by sellers as they tend to use generic online calculators that do not take several important factors into consideration. Appropriate pricing is crucial as pricing a house too high will turn off potential buyers and squander the house’s sale potential, while pricing a home too low leaves money on the table that the seller would have otherwise put in their pocket. Once the pricing is correct, making potential buyers aware of your home being on the market is the next crucial step.

For Sale by Owner Vs RealtorMany sellers underestimate the amount of time and money that is spent on marketing in order to complete an efficient sale. NextHome Priority, use the latest, up to date technology to send listings out to 100s of websites ensuring buyers see your home regardless of where they are searching. Print medias as well as connections within the community are also crucial and prove beneficial in finding a qualified buyer for a house as soon as possible. Time and money will be saved in the long run by trusting an agent and their extensive marketing.

Coordinating and hosting showings are another time consuming part of selling a house, unless you are willing to be available to let people into your house and potentially waste a lot of time on people who just want to look as well as investors who are looking to flip your property – it is best to allow an agent to handle the scheduling.

Paperwork and the legal aspect of selling a house can be a daunting, long, and tedious task. Small details, written variances, or forgotten forms can make a huge difference resulting in future liability.

Along with saving time and potentially earning sellers more money, agents ability to answer questions and provide recommendations throughout the home selling process is invaluable.

If you’re considering selling your home, be sure to contact one of our agents today!

Humane Society of Portage County – Golf Outing

NextHome Priority Cares – Humane Society

NextHome Priority Cares

Earlier this week, we had the honor of being a Lucky Dog Sponsor at the annual Humane Society of Portage County Golf Outing!

Held at Sentry’s Golf Course, this annual fundraiser helps the shelter raise much needed funds to support the animals in their care.  Along with donating to the shelter, we were honored to provide bags to the golfers as well as set up a game at one of the holes! “It was a “purr-fect” day to be outside, meeting new people and being at Sentry World Golf Course for a great cause” Carlee stated.

Carlee Jakubek, Keely SullivanKalee Zdroik, & Lynn Senfelds enjoyed interacting with the golfers throughout the day as they played “Pin the Tail on Luke” as well as allowed golfers to enter to win a gift basket! As Lynn stated, “they had a great day meeting the golfers and employees of both Sentry World and The Humane Society!  She’d like to thank everyone for their generosity with the event and their participation at hole #10 where Luke seemed to be very popular and in demand!”

Partaking in events like these we are able to help a great cause while also interacting with the wonderful people in our community and are just one of the many reasons why we are grateful to be working for such a great, community orientated, company!  NextHome Priority Cares - Humane Society

Buying a House Without a Large Down Payment

20% Down Payment?

Have you hesitated to buy a house because you think you can’t, or shouldn’t, without a 20% down payment? You’ll be relieved to hear that isn’t necessarily the case! According to the National Association of Realtors, the average down payment was only 6% in 2017, down from 11% in 2016. While we do recommend talking to a mortgage or financial expert, read on to learn more about buying a home without a large down payment.

VA, FHA, Conventional Loan Programs and Down Payment Assistant Programs all help make it possible to buy a home with less than 20% down.
VA Loans are either fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgages that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backs as a benefit for active-duty military personnel, veterans and some Down Paymentspouses/widow(er)s. While credit is taken into consideration, typically minimal requirements allow one to qualify for competitive rates as well as 0% down.

FHA, Federal Housing Administration, Loans allow one to put as little as 3.5% down and typically can help borrowers who would not qualify for other types of financing. Those with lower credit and higher debt to income ratios would use this loan as opposed to a conventional loan. However, although this loan allows many people to qualify to buy a home that otherwise would not be able to, there is mortgage insurance that must be paid on top of the actual loan amount for the life of the loan.

Conventional Loans require that the borrower have a minimum FICO score to qualify however do not require a 20% down payment. The rates for these loans are low but private mortgage insurance is typically required until the loan-to-value ratio reaches 80%.

First Time Home BuyerOftentimes restricted to first time homebuyers, down payment assistant programs are designed to be secondary loans or gifts to help meet minimum down payment requirements. Different variables are taken into consideration such as credit score, income level, property type, and property location to determine who and how much one will qualify for.

So while a lot can depend on individual scenarios, it is reassuring to know that there are several options out there that do not require a 20% down payment in order to get you into your Next Home!

Not sure where to start your home or loan search? Contact one of our NextHome Priority agents today!

Keeping Your Lawn Mosquito Free!

Summer has finally reached Stevens Point and along with that comes pesky mosquitoes! Whether you are in a new house and need to get some Mosquito Free Yardlandscaping done or in a home you have lived in for years and want to spend time outside barbecuing, mosquitoes can be a huge deterrent! Are you looking for ways to keep these pests out of your yard? Keep reading for tips on enjoying your lawn with as few of these biters as possible!

The first step is prevention! Eliminate standing water by dumping out kiddie pools, dog bowls, plant saucers, tarps, etc on a regular basis. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to reproduce and the entire process only takes 7-10 days from the time the eggs are laid to them becoming adults. Trash and leaves should be thoroughly cleaned up from your yard regularly as they create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Finally ensure that your gutters are cleared so water can run through them quickly. Spending a little time on these tasks throughout the summer will prove to be well worth the effort.

While you are landscaping,French Bulldog in his yard incorporate these plants as natural mosquito repellents: citronella, catnip, rosemary, marigolds, horsemint, ageratum. These plants are fairly easy to grow and give off a scent that repels mosquitoes. The effectiveness does depend on circumstances though such as the quantity and sometimes variety of the plant as well as the weather. If it is a breezy day and the wind is blowing a direction opposite of where the mosquitoes are flying from, these of course will not be as effective.

Mosquito traps as well as chemical sprays ar e another option. Mosquito traps typically use a propeller or vacuum to suck the bugs into the machine where they are then killed. These traps do work right away but it does take approximately a month to break the mosquito breeding cycle for a significant difference. Chemical sprays, whether done by the home owner or by a company are another way to reduce or eliminate the pests. There are several options available that range from having to retreat the yard every few weeks to commercial grade treatments that will last an entire summer. Toxicity, amount of yard to treat, as well as reviews of the product should all be considered before choosing a chemical treatment.

Finally, in combination with any of these techniques, using fans on your patio, wearing nets, and spraying repellant or essential oils on yourself or clothing while outdoors will allow for you to enjoy your time outdoors!

 

Design Trends of 2018

The design trenHome Design 2018ds of 2018 seem to be quite bright! Lighting and lighting fixtures are a large focus of interior design. That along with a more natural look that focuses on bringing local area elements into the home are currently trending.

Throughout homes in 2018, you can expect to see more and more design elements from local artists and small businesses, especially when it comes to light fixtures. The trend is veering away from the tech savvy look of 2017 to more of a natural and artistic appearance. This includes large art pieces, creating gallery walls in the home as well as large light fixtures. This artisan trend is one we can really get behind here at NextHome Priority. It helps support local businesses and the local artistasans. Their pieces can be found at local businesses such as Antique Up, Emy J’s. Q Gallery, Riverfront Arts Center, Judah Studios, and Mission Coffee House.

Alongside the artisan elements, interior design is going back to a more natural look including stone, copper, granite, dark wood, and concrete. Copper in particular is something you can expect to see more of specifically in accents throughout the home including faucets, wall pieces, and light fixtures. Mixing these natural elements pexels-photo-1090638together in the kitchen is something that will be in high demand. Home owners can try mixing different sizes and colors in order to personalize their space while remaining stylish. Bold kitchens that make a statement with mixed natural elements and unique light fixtures may be the biggest trend of 2018, however these trends can also be carried over to the living room.

The advice to hang onto clothes as they are sure to come back into style seems to be true for home décor in your living space as well. In 2018, many old styles are making a comeback including 70’s chic, burnt yellow, geometric patterns and even velvet! Curvy, colorful chairs, fringe, and bold, color rich patterns are seen throughout the home. Vintage lighting, including aged copper used as accent pieces throughout the living room are being used as a way to add functional character to high traffic areas.

Whether you are trying to give your house an edge on showings or perhaps just impress your friends and families with your space, implementing even just a few of these ideas can help modernize your living space.

New Real Estate Company in Stevens Point!

NextHome Priority Lobby
NextHome Priority Lobby

What?

What happens when multiple talented agents from separate companies come together to start a new franchise? A new real estate office forms that is going to change the way real estate transactions are done in Central Wisconsin!

When?

NextHome is an innovated, forward thinking, consumer centric company. NextHome Priority opened its doors in 2018 and already a force to be reckoned with in the real estate market, with 55+ years of combined experience and an untouchable drive to succeed!

Where?

NextHome Priority Real Estate

NextHome Priority is a full service real estate office located at 20 Park Ridge Drive in Stevens Point.Central Wisconsin and beyond are served by this team of realtors®. Check out our About page to learn more!

Why?

NextHome Priority Real Estate

Why choose NextHome for your real estate transactions? NextHome is locally owned by supported nationally with over 250 NextHome offices.With a franchise network based out of San Francisco, the Technology Capital of the World, the company is constantly evolving and improving the buying and selling process for the consumers and agents. With local owners,there is no corporate agenda. The best individual decisions are able to be made to best serve our real estate customers. Rather than having individual agents competing to complete transactions, we are an entire team working together to serve our clients.

Who?

Our NextHome Priority family is made up of ten real estate agents and one “insert crazy job description based on the day”. Joshua ZimmermanMichael Kurylak, and Holly Carter are the three owners/realtors®. Within our office we also have the following real estate agents Keith Lehman, Jeremy Manthey, Amy Meehan, Keely SullivanLynn Senfelds, Tammie CanslerCarlee JakubekTanya Shulz, and Kalee Zdroik.We have Brittany Thomas, the Director of Business Development and finally, we have Luke! Luke is our adorable, orange mascot who is a favorite of kids and adults alike.

How?

NextHome Priority changes the way real estate is done in Stevens Point through innovative marketing,listing distribution,improved signage and a whole new DNA aspect to the team. Click here to read more on how these different strategies are implemented to improve real estate transactions. If you are in the market to buy or sell real estate, read these pages to gain a better understanding of the process.  Buyers click here! Sellers click here!

Real Estate Agents Supporting Local Heroes!

Our Real Estate Agents are Here to Help You!

Real Estate Agents Helping Heroes
Supporting Local Heroes-Real Estate

Do you make a point to thank the local heroes you meet? Here at NextHome Priority,our real estate agents do everything they can to give back to those who make a difference in our community. Whether someone is a police officer, fire fighter, active military or a veteran, a teacher or a doctor, we believe they deserve a big thank you simply for everything they do on a daily basis.

Beyond the financial benefits, we are here to guide you, answer any questions and make this transition a positive one for you.We are able to provide recommendations on home inspectors, lenders, title companies and more that are compatible with home for heroes programs.

Our Real Estate Agent’s 2017 Impact

Watch Keely & Kalee share exciting news on how we, as real estate agents, made an impact in the lives of those local heroes in our community. Although we may never be able to fully repay them for all they give to us, we will certainly do everything we can to pay back their countless hours of service. Our agents chose to participate in the Homes for Heroes program where a portion of their commission was donated back to the hero who bought or sold their home. This money has proved to be invaluable when it comes to covering costs such as buying new appliances, new furniture, or even just having that extra financial cushion during a financial transition in your life.

If you are a teacher, doctor, military veteran, fire fighter or police officer who is looking to buy or a sell a home-be sure to check out our featured listings here or call one of our real estate agents today!

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Luke – NextHome Priority’s Mascot

Meet Luke-Your Neighborhood’s Favorite Dog!

Be sure to watch for Luke, our NextHome dog, to start popping up in your neighborhood!

 

#wheresluke, NextHome Priority
#wheresluke, NextHome Priority

Our friend, companion and mascot. When Luke is not out in the field and enticing people to tour new homes for sale or playing with neighborhood kids, you can find him relaxing at home with his favorite book. Born with an affinity and passion for real estate, Luke is an avid supporter of homeownership opportunities, financial security, green living and personalized lifestyle.

 

He is experienced in playful engagement, trotting and making people smile. He loves attention and organic food. Luke travels extensively in his role as Ambassador at NextHome Priority Realty, visiting listings, offices and bringing energy to the communities our members serve. Luke helps bring excitement to the home buying and selling process as a mascot that adults and kids both enjoy!

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for Luke appearing in yards before for sale signs, rumor has it that prizes and competitions will soon be in full swing. Stay tuned for more information on rewards for people who spot Luke first. Luke also stars in our Facebook and Instagram profiles.We would love it if you see Luke out and about to take a photo and tag us at @NextHomePriority.

 

Here at NextHome Priority, we are ready to successfully market your home with our many innovative techniques that set us apart from other real estate companies in the Stevens Point area. Along with Luke the dog creating brand recognition,we have specially designed yard signs, the latest technology and apps, sharpest designs, and effective branding company wide to get the message out to potential buyers effectively and efficiently. Choose one of our agents here and find out why NextHome Priority is the best choice for  your real estate needs.