Thursday, December 29, 2011

Home Trends in 2015

I know, I know: 2012 hasn't even started, and real estate gurus are already talking about trends that are 3 or 4 years from now.  What?!?!  While real estate trends may not interest most people, some of the ideas shared in this Zillow Blog Post were pretty neat.

According to Zillow, homes built in 2015 will be:

  • Smaller
  • Greener
  • More efficient
  • More affordable
  • More creative and open in design
  • NOT have a formal living room or dining room (opting more often for Great Rooms)
  • 3 bedrooms instead of the 4+ we've been seeing as of late

Read more at the Zillow post, "What (New) Homes Will Look Like in 2015"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays...

And now...

A Christmas Ode to 80's David

Twas the night before Christmas And all through this movie
Not a creature was stirring Not even Bon Jovi
In a season of perms and lots of big hair
It’s the 80’s and we wait for St. Nicolas to be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of Care Bears danced in their heads
With I in my Menudo shirt and Mom in her hightops
We settled down to watch a riveting half hour of Cops.

When out in my driveway there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my waterbed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like The Flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave light to the pogo sticks and objects below.
When what, to my wondering Walkmen should appear
But a miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer

With a little old driver so lively and quick
I knew this slick dude must be St. Nick
More rapid that the bullet that shot through JR
He called to the reindeer, letting us know who they are:

Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen

On Comet On Cupid On Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the Delorian, to the top of the wall!
Now dash away dash away dash away all!

He was dressed in red fur, as he looked ‘round the room.

With the coolness one might find from Max Headroom.
A bundle of toys all created by Mattel
were flung on his pack and ready to sell.

He spoke not a word but started dolling out loot
From Light Brites, VCR’s and even a Zoot Suit.
And laying a finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod up the chimeny he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, and yelled “HAMMER TIME!”
And away they all flew on the turn of a dime.
But I heard him exclaim as he drove his sleigh out
“Santa, that’s my name...DON’T WEAR IT OUT!”

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Home Decor Photo Contest!

Ok friends! Do you want to win some cute prizes? Then welcome to the first annual 

Holiday Home Decor Photo Contest!

Here are the details:

Send us the best picture of your Holiday Home Decorating (your home, please - preferably with YOU in the picture!).  It can be exterior (think Clark Griswold) or interior. It can be classy or gaudy. We want to see them all! 

We will accept submissions until next WEDNESDAY, 12/14, at noon.  We will post all the pictures in an album on the Matt Fetick Real Estate Facebook Page.  This is where you come in:  You need to get all your friends to "like" your photo in the album.  Whoever's photo has the most "likes" will win your choice of either $20 in Master Card gift cards ::or:: A Cutco Knife* (valued at $50).  Second place winner will get a $10 Mastercard gift card.  These make great stocking stuffers, or helps you grab those last minute holiday gifts!

Are you ready to compete?  

Take your picture and send (only one per person, please) to:

stephanie.marie.anderson {at} gmail {dot} com.

Make sure your submissions are in by Wednesday, 12/14 at 12:00pm.  Facebook album will go live by 5:00pm that night for you to begin getting likes!

We can't wait to see your pictures! 

Good Luck!

*To choose the Cutco knife option, you must be able to pick up the item in person at the MFRET office in Kennett Square, PA.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chronicles of a First Time Homebuyer: Know What You Want

Today's Tip:
(and make sure your realtor does too)

My husband and I had a general sense of what we wanted in our home:  3 bedrooms, a yard and nice neighborhood.  We had a financial range we could work within.  How hard could it be to find a bunch of houses that fit that criteria?

Well, not hard at all.

We found TONS of houses that fit the criteria.  And we went to every. single. one.  Over the course of 2 years, we saw a lot of houses.  It became frustrating, because houses would have the 3 bedrooms, a nice yard, but...something didn't fit the bill.

Enter in our realtor, David.  David did something the first night we met with him that totally changed our outlook on looking for homes.  He had Bill and I sit down and each write out the Top 5 Things We Wanted In A House.  Dream big, he had said.  So Bill and I scribbled away on our legal pads of paper, and when we were done, David went through each thing with us.  This exercise helped us realize which aspects we were NOT on the same page about.  And since David challenged us to think beyond how many bedrooms we wanted, we were able to realize some of our deeper desires for a house. 

David then proceeded to ask a lot of questions:  How long are you planning on living there?  Do you want a move-in ready house? You want to live in this town, but what is your radius that you'd be willing to look within?  Or are you willing (or want) to do some work?  He went over our financials so he completely understood what we had to work with.  David helped paint us a picture of the kind of house we wanted.  And after our first meeting, I felt confident that David knew exactly what we were looking for as well. 

This made the home search process more simple: if a house didn't fit inside the perimeters, we didn't look at it.  And since David had a good sense of what we wanted, he knew what kind of property listings to throw our way.

We still saw a lot of houses, but the houses we looked at all fit the bill (a future post will be about how to handle multiple offer declines. Ahem).  And it felt good knowing that we weren't compromising on anything:  Bill and I were finally on the same page, and David knew what we wanted.  Win - Win -Win.

Home Search Pointers

Spend time nailing down exactly what you want in a house
I highly encourage the exercise David had us go through: writing down your top 5 Non-Negotiable Desires for a Home.  Dream big, and let yourself think through what you really can't do without.  Is it a garage?  An updated kitchen?  A certain number of bedrooms? A particular town?  Renovations?

Be on the same page with your buying partner
Whether it is a spouse, a family member or business partner, if you are co-buying a property, make sure you understand what each other wants.  Being on the same page keeps you from seeing unnecessary properties, which saves you time in the long run.  And in the end, you can be confident that you get exactly what you want.

Make sure your Realtor knows exactly what you want
A lot of time can be wasted when there is a lack of communication between you and your realtor.  If your realtor only knows you want a 2 bedroom condo, she will spend a lot of time getting you 2 bedroom condo listings.  But maybe you deep down really want a bi-level, or a turn-key property.  Perhaps there is a particular neighborhood you'd prefer to buy in.  Maybe you want sliders to a patio, or can't imagine not having an end-unit.  If your realtor doesn't know your Non-Negotiables, you will become frustrated with one another and waste a lot of time looking at properties that don't fit your true criteria.

In the end, keep this in mind: Know what you want and open the lines of communication!

We'd love to hear from you:

How did you keep the lines of communication open between you and your realtor?
What are/were YOUR non-negotiables?
What other advice would you give first-time homebuyers?

Leave a comment below!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meet the Team: Linzee

Another Matt Fetick Real Estate Team Member who is an integral part of the machine!

Linzee Ciprani

Position at MFRET 
Business Manager. As Business Manager, Linzee focuses on the team delivering excellence in customer service. Linzee manages new marketing projects designed to help our customers win in any market and works with all listings taking them from contract to close.

How long have you worked for the MFRET? 
2 full years!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor
Cookies and Cream or Ben and Jerry's Americone Dream

Favorite spot to grab dinner in Chester County
Half Moon in Kennett Square or Kooma in West Chester

Where was the best vacation you have ever taken? 
Honeymoon Aruba and back packing through Europe

Eagles or Phillies?

Why do you like working in real estate? 
Love looking at homes and love getting to know new people.  Real Estate is the perfect way to meet lots of new great people.

Favorite thing about Chester County? 
The landscape, it's just so pretty.  There's also so many options for travel from being close to the beaches to being close to mountains as well.

If you could have lunch with 1 famous person, who would it be and why? 
Oprah, I would love to pick her brain about business and just hear her life story.  She's an amazing woman and has done amazing things.