Fresno and Clovis Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Oct. 14, 2019

Yes–You Must Disclose

When the time comes to sell your home, you will be asked to fill out a disclosure statement that will list "material facts" about problems you are aware of regarding the condition and history of your home. Both federal and state laws govern what must be disclosed during a property sale and as the homeowner you must be the person to complete these disclosure forms. By law your real estate agent cannot complete these forms for you.

Sometimes, homeowners are told varying policies regarding disclosures. The general rule of thumb is that you must disclose anything that would:

•lower the perceived value of the property

•affect the buyer's decision to purchase

•change the price and/or terms the buyer offers

Common disclosures include information about any natural hazards, fire hazards, pollution problems or zoning changes that affect your property. If you feel like you don't understand the disclosure requirements, you should consult a real estate attorney who knows the local disclosure laws.

As you fill out these forms remember that you should strive to answer all of the questions to the best of your ability. Don't sweat the small stuff, but make sure you disclose everything that you'd want disclosed to you if you were the buyer. If you don't know the answer to a question (such as exact age of the roof if you're not the original owner, etc.) answer "do not know." However, not having precise facts about defects you know exist does not permit you to answer "do not know" to every question. This will always raise a red flag.

 

Source: Keller-Williams

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Aug. 26, 2019

If You’re Serious about Buying–It’s Time to Get Pre-Approved

Pre-approval by a lender helps you determine your price range for a home in advance so that you look at homes you can afford. When you get pre-approved for a home loan, you’ll be in a stronger position to buy when you find the right home. 

You become pre-approved when you apply for a loan. The lender checks credit, verifies employment, and verifies that you will have adequate funds to close the transaction and support the home.

I have information from a variety of local lenders that will help you with the loan process when you are ready to a buy a home.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

 

          Courtesy: KW

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Aug. 19, 2019

Finding the Right Neighborhood

When you think about your dream home in the Fresno or Clovis area, are you seeing the house, or the neighborhood it's in?

It's easy to get caught up in bedroom and bathroom counts when you're shopping for a new home Fresno or Clovis, but the biggest choice you're going to make in the process is of course the ‘where’ question. So how do you find the home that's going to be the perfect fit for your whole lifestyle?

Here are three of my favorite tips to see if an area or neighborhood is right for you:

Check out the basic stats.
What is the median sale price of homes in a given neighborhood in Fresno or Clovis? How do the local and nearby schools (Fresno Unified, Central Unified, or Clovis Unified) perform? What amenities are nearby? How popular is the neighborhood in today's market? 

See what the neighbors are doing.
Get a sense of local activities and see if it looks like a place with frequent block parties or if people may keep more to themselves. 

Learn the traffic patterns.
Knowing that you're close to the highway or a public transportation center is one thing. You should find out if there are frequent jams at key commuting times, or if a nearby farmers' market limits road access during weekends. You may also want to consider how much parking is available both for yourself and for when you want to entertain in your Fresno or Clovis home. 

Give me a call or text me if you'd like to discuss which neighborhoods in Fresno or Clovis you're considering. I would enjoy sharing local real estate news and market conditions with you.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

 

          Courtesy: KW

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Aug. 12, 2019

Is it time to make a move?

Whether you're looking to take advantage of low interest rates or your housing needs have changed–it may be time to buy or sell. Here are four signs it's time to make a move in Fresno or Clovis:

1. You're running out of space.
If every closet is cramped and adding on is either not possible or not worth the investment, it may be time to move.

2. Life changes.
Whether you’re welcoming in new additions to your family or your nest in Fresno or Clovis suddenly feels too big and empty, it may be time to move.

3. You've got wanderlust.
Whether it's a new neighborhood or a new city that's caught your eye, it may be time to move.

4. You see signs everywhere.
When other houses in your neighborhood in Fresno or Clovis are popping up for sale and disappearing off the market quickly, it may be time to move. 

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

 

          Courtesy: KW

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Aug. 5, 2019

Is This the Right Time to Sell?

Are you wondering if this is a good time to sell? In Fresno and Clovis, we're seeing a market where home values have rebounded and are steadily climbing. If you market and price your home correctly, you may have multiple offers submitted within days of a property going on the market. 

I recently had 36 offers in two days for a home I listed, and I sold it for $40,000 over asking price!

And, if you're looking to upgrade, it's more affordable than ever with low mortgage rates. 

Better yet–get your questions answered in person. When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

 

          Courtesy: KW

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July 22, 2019

5 Things Your Neighbors’ Homes in Fresno or Clovis Can Tell You

How Unique is Your Home in Fresno or Clovis

Are there other homes of a similar size with similar features from the same year as your home was built for sale in your neighborhood? If so, prepare yourself to price your Fresno or Clovis home for sale competitively or risk your home sitting on the market for longer than you would prefer.

What Buyers Want

Ask your REALTOR®, I know what amenities in homes are getting top dollar. If you have them in your Fresno or Clovis home for sale, ask me. I can make them a key part of your home’s marketing.

The Temperature of the Market

How long are houses in your neighborhood sitting on the market? As your REALTOR®, I can provide you with days on the market stats that will help you refine your asking price.

What Not to Do

 
We can find homes near you in Fresno or Clovis that aren't selling and figure out why. See what missteps neighbors may have made in their homes or their listing strategy, and we’ll avoid making those mistakes.

Asking Prices vs. Reality

The listing price is just that-a listing price. See what homes are actually selling for to better set your expectations.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

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July 15, 2019

4 Dos and Don’ts of Home Staging

The only thing worse than not staging your home for sale at all is to spend your time and money doing the work only to have buyers react badly to it. Here are a few common dos and don'ts for staging success. 

Don’t Use Beat Up or Ugly Furnishings

Do aim for great staging, either DIY or by a Fresno or Clovis professional, including choosing furniture that shows each room in your home in the best light. And, you don’t need to buy new furnishings to upgrade your home’s look-a few hundred dollars spent on low cost second-hand furniture and accessories can be money well spent.

A Clean and Clutter Free Home

You want to make sure your home is always clean and clutter free so it is always available for showings by agents representing buyers. Choose neutral colors and themes. Don’t select distracting accessories and furniture. Focus on your Fresno or Clovis home’s décor and less on your material possessions.

Do Keep a Consistent Style

Make sure that your home’s interior design is organized and comfortable so that it doesn’t leave a bad impression with potential buyers.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

                                                                                                              Courtesy: KW

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July 8, 2019

Five Easy Tips for Maximizing Your Home's Curb Appeal

Give your home in Fresno or Clovis a chance to make its best first impression and sell quickly by focusing on easy upgrades that offer major curb appeal. Here are five simple tips to freshen up your outdoor space and give your home a facelift:

1) Get back to basics.

Never underestimate the power of a stone walkway, quality mulch, some flowering shrubs and a couple of nice planters at your Fresno or Clovis home.

2) Try softscaping.

With a focus on adding texture, softscaping involves layering different types of plants to create an interesting mix while also ensuring that something is always blooming. 

3) Give your lawn some love.

Now is the time to put the work in on your lawn. That means fertilizing, aerating and watering that gorgeous grass in your front and back yards in Fresno or Clovis.

4) Paint it.

Paint checks in as one of the most inexpensive upgrades you can make. Pick a new bright color for the front door or revive your trim and shutters with a fresh coat.

5) Don't forget finishing touches.

A new mailbox, modern house numbers and updated exterior lighting can go a long way toward freshening up your home's look. 

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com

Courtesy: KW

                           

Posted in News
July 1, 2019

How to Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

You may work to reduce your personal carbon footprint in your Fresno or Clovis home by recycling or using solar panels, but have you considered other ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your home? Here are some tips to make your home and your wallet a little greener:

Buy efficient appliances. Appliances are getting more efficient every year, and some have better energy and water-use ratings than others. The energy rating of an appliance is easy to find and can be a great guide for those looking to reduce their electricity and water consumption. Older appliances are notorious guzzlers of energy. Consider replacing them with new appliances.

Install low-use fixtures.
Shower heads, toilets, faucets and other fixtures now come in low flow models that use less water than in the past. New fixtures can lower a home's utility bill as well as reduce the amount of water used.

Plant a garden. Plants remove carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Keeping a garden can help counteract your carbon output, provide a fun hobby and supply you with homegrown vegetables or beautiful flowers. Install a drip irrigation system so that plants get only the water they need.

Landscape using climate-appropriate plants.
Local plants are better adapted to the environment, are non-invasive to other species and require less water than outsiders.
 

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local REALTOR®.

Contact me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550 or Mike@MikeAngelos.com.

 

Courtesy: KW

Posted in News
April 29, 2019

Four Signs a Bigger Home Might Be Better

Your home in Fresno or Clovis may have seemed just the right size when you moved in, but now are you feeling a little cramped? Here are a few signs it's time for an upgrade:

1) Your goals are bigger than your house.

Whether you're having more kids or inviting relatives to move in, you may find yourself needing more bedrooms and bathrooms than you currently have in Fresno or Clovis.

2) You want more resale value.

Homes with flexible space are trending because buyers want to be sure they have enough guest bedrooms for older family members (or boomerang kids!) who might visit or live with them.

3) You need more space for entertaining – and your stuff.

If you're tripping over furniture left and right and still have no place to host gatherings of family and friends, it might be time for a larger home – one that comes complete with larger living and dining spaces and more storage.

4) You can afford it.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in Fresno or Clovis real estate, you need a trusted local  REALTOR®.

Call me today for a personalized consultation: (559) 779-5550.

 

Courtesy: KW

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