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March
28

When You Need to Rent While House Hunting

Renting While House Hunting - DeHOFF REALTORS®

It's always lovely when schedules line up perfectly. But, the reality is that when it comes to real estate transactions, there's likely to be a slight lag between the day you buy the home and the day you can move in. You may sell your home before you find a new home, may need to wait until the seller can move into their new home, or wait while the renovation company completes any necessary repairs or upgrades. Or, you may want to wait until you find the best deal on a house that fits within your budget. Our real estate agents know there are plenty of reasons you may need to rent a home, and we advise all clients to carefully think over the possibility of living in a short-term rental before moving into their new home.

  • Hot Markets May Cool Off
    One of the biggest reasons homeowners sell their homes and rent is that the real estate market is still red hot. While prices for North Canton homes for sale are cooling down and stabilizing, they aren't dropping. Many homeowners who sold their homes made tidy profits and have chosen to invest those profits and rent until housing cools down. The market may cool, and prices could fall in the next couple of years. But rent could go up as rental properties become scarce. This means that any savings gained could easily be lost in the form of increased rental costs.

  • Watch Out for Mortgage Rates
    Inflation is going up, far above anything the country has seen since the early 1980s. This means that the Fed is strongly considering raising interest rates to throw some water on the fire before it burns through everyone's savings. Interest rates will likely rise this year, which means that waiting to buy a home could end up costing you more in the long run.

  • Sellers and Landlords Have the Upper Hand
    It's a seller's market right now, and many homes continue to sell well above the listing price. At the same time, rental inventories are down, and eviction moratoriums have come to an end across most of the country. This means that landlords can command premium prices for rental property. They can also require tenants to sign long-term leases and easily walk away from short-term options. As a result, if you plan to rent, you may end up renting for longer than you want. Thus, if you do intend to keep your eye on Akron homes for sale, we recommend signing a lease that gives you the option of subletting the property so that you can move out and minimize your losses when you find the home you want.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about the best strategy for your specific situation. We're happy to answer your questions and help guide you in the right direction to move into your new home at a time and price that's most convenient for you.

March
14

Homeowners: Be Prepared for Any Home Emergency

Preparing for Emergencies - Homeowners - DeHOFF REALTORS®

You've just purchased a new home from among North Canton homes for sale, and you're undoubtedly eager to pick out curtains, paint colors, and new furniture. But first, you should be aware of potential problems and how to avoid or at least prepare for them. Our real estate agents share how you can be ready for the following issues.

  • Plumbing Problems
    Clogged pipes, burst pipes, and leaky pipes can cause significant damage to your home and property. This is why we strongly recommend a comprehensive plumbing inspection and maintenance visit with a certified plumber before you move in. This creates a thorough assessment of the plumbing and establishes a relationship with a plumber you can call should a plumbing problem emerge down the road.

  • Electrical Problems
    If you purchase any of the many older Akron homes for sale, be sure to complete a comprehensive electrical inspection. Wiring and fixtures wear out over time, and you'll want to confirm the systems in your home are in good repair. You will also want to make sure that you have good candles, flashlights, batteries, and better still, a backup power generator for an electrical outage. Generators are ideal because they can ensure your lights, security systems, refrigerator, freezer, etc., continue to operate until the power is restored.

  • Fire Hazards
    Fire safety is always a top priority. Ensure that your home has fire alarms in the bedrooms, kitchen, garage, laundry room, and hallways. Additionally, it's a good idea to position an ABC fire extinguisher in each of these areas. Finally, be sure to change your batteries at regular intervals, conduct fire drills with your family, and recharge your fire extinguishers when they expire.

  • Roof Problems
    Make sure that you have extra roofing materials, tarps, nails, and a few pieces of plywood handy. Should a storm blow shingles off or a windstorm knock a tree branch through the roof, this will help you temporarily repair the damage until a professional roofing contractor can perform a permanent repair. 

  • Furnace Failure/Water Heater Failure
    Your furnace and water heater are the hardest-working appliances in your home. Most furnaces last 12-15 years, while most water heaters last between 10-12 years. Make sure to keep (and change) air filters regularly, stay on top of the manufacturer's maintenance requirements, and it won't hurt to enroll in a maintenance plan provided by a local, trusted HVAC service provider. 

  • Security Problems
    Security is a priority you can't ignore. Installing a home security system with remote monitoring capabilities will help you keep an eye on the home while you're away. It's also a good idea to install at least one smart lock on the home so that you can access it via a code or through your smartphone to get inside even if a member of your family loses their key.

  • Cold Weather and Pests
    Freezing weather, raccoons, birds, insects, and other pests can infiltrate your home via cracks in masonry, gaps in insulation, or open crawl spaces. Sealing these gaps with caulk, weather stripping, insulation, etc., will protect your home from the weather and from pests eager to enjoy a free meal and a new nest. 

We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the steps we recommend new homeowners take to protect their homes from the most common threats and hazards.  

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