How To Check Out A Potential Neighborhood When You’re Following Stay-at-Home Orders | Realtor Tom Gilliam

How To Check Out A Potential Neighborhood When You’re Following Stay-at-Home Orders | Realtor Tom Gilliam

The coronavirus is completely changing the real estate industry, and stay-at-home orders have presented unique challenges for buyers. Not only are they unable to tour properties in person, but, in some areas, they also can’t walk around the neighborhood and get a feel for whether it’s the kind of neighborhood they want to call home.

But just because you can’t explore an area in person right now doesn’t mean you can’t get a feel for a potential neighborhood—and whether it’s the right fit for you, your family, and your new home.

recent article from realtor.com outlined strategies buyers can use to “test drive” a new neighborhood while they’re sheltering in place, including:

  • Check out local publications and social media. Many neighborhoods have their own newspapers, magazines, or other publications, which can give you insights into the neighborhood vibe. You can also search Facebook groups or use neighborhood-specific social media apps like NextDoor to get a feel for the area.
  • Take a (virtual) walk. You may not be able to visit a neighborhood in person right now, but thanks to Google Street View, you can take a virtual walk and explore the area.
  • Call a real estate agent. A real estate agent that specializes in the area can give you key insights and details about the neighborhood, and help you determine whether an area is the right fit for what you’re looking for.

The Takeaway:

So, what does this mean for you? If you’re in the market for a new home and want to get a feel for the neighborhood, stay-at-home orders don’t have to stop you. With a little bit of creativity, you can explore neighborhoods near and far—without ever leaving the comfort and safety of your home.

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling Oakland County MI real estate, please give Tom a call today at 248-790-5594 or you can get in touch here.

Tom Gilliam, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Classic
29630 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills 48334
Call: 248-790-5594
Office: 248-737-6800
Email: Tom @ Homes2MoveYou.com
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Income Has Risen But Will It Lead To Home Sales?

Income Has Risen But Will It Lead To Home Sales?

In this early spring market across the county especially here in Oakland County Michigan inventory seems to be a major issue in home sales and in the housing market in general. It seems that with the new tax law will add more income to home buyers and sellers, but as of yet shown in the housing market. It seems there is still uncertainty with home buyers and home sellers along with rising interest rates that is plaguing or areas and others. As a Realtor for the last 17 years I really haven’t experienced anything quite like what is going on in this particular spring market, but can only hope that the uncertainty will dissipate and the markets will rebound for bth home buyers and home sellers across the country.

Income Up Home Buying and Selling Concerns Same

A rising number of Americans surveyed for Fannie Mae’s monthly Home Purchase Sentiment Index say their income is higher than it was last year at this time. But has more money made them more likely to buy or sell a house? Well, according to February’s survey results, it’s hard to say. That’s because, after an increase in January, housing sentiment fell in February – with respondents expressing less confidence in a number of categories.

In fact, the number of participants who said it’s a good time to buy a house was down, as was the percentage of participants who said it was a good time to sell. But if January saw increases in housing confidence, why the drop in February? Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief economist, says some of the uncertainty has to do with changing economic headlines. “Volatility in consumer housing sentiment continued in February, with the new tax law beginning to impact respondents’ take-home pay and the stock market creating negative headlines due to early-month turbulence,” Duncan said. In short, people have more income and money but they’re still a bit unsure of what lies ahead for the market. More here.

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