Friday Finds: The return of a "feel good" market, faking a staged home and interest rates rise (at last)

December 11, 2015 by SmartZip in Articles 

Temperatures are getting lower, and the end of the year approaches. This week, we share some of the best real estate news and advice we've seen online. We hope these articles help you prepare to end 2015 with a bang! 

The end of the year is approaching and with that closure comes a long-awaited rise in mortgage interest rates. Here's the latest from The Washington Post. 

Prices are rising fast in San Francisco, Miami and other big cities. But is another bubble upon us? According to many experts, it depends on your definition of a housing bubble.

Working with seller clients who can't seem to keep their home staged? Send them this article on how to fake a clean home in just a few minutes, and urge them to go through the steps before each showing. 



Your real estate seller leads will most likely have to perform some upgrades before listing their home for sale. Here's a guide that will help them learn when it's time to repair vs. replace. 

Plus, learn what the ROI is on basic upgrade projects using NAR's new Remodeling Impact Report



In the last few years, we braced for the worst, endured it, then remained cautiously optimistic (but not quite confident) about the housing industry. Will 2016 bring the return of the "feel good" real estate market?

A few weeks ago, we shared community giving ideas for Realtors. If you're trying to do more for your community in 2016 and you're not sure where to start, consider becoming a GiveBack Homes agent or broker.



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