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Smart Safety Practices for Home Sellers in Covid-19 Times

It is still a fantastic time to sell, even with everything that’s going on. The demand from home buyers is strong and there’s just no current homes for sale to meet this demand. But how do you play it safe AND sell your house??

  1. Have your Realtor ask potential buyers and buyer agents to remove shoes when entering your home.
  2. Provide hand sanitzer (or have your Realtor do this).
  3. After each showing – wipe down your counters and door knobs.
  4. Before a showing turn on all lights and open closet doors. Openn a few kitchen cabinet doors as well. This will eliminate extra touching of surfaces by the buyer’s agent and potential home buyers. 
  5. Talk to your Realtor about the possibility of a virtual showing as well as in-person showings. Homes do get sold that way – I’ve sold more than a few by video tours!

Looking to sell your home? Contact Elysian Realty – one of our Expert Agents will be happy to have a conversation with you.  

 

Top Safety Tips for Home Buyers in Covid-19 Times

Each state has slightly different rules/regulations – but in Wisconsin, here are some safety tips to use when you’re touring a potential new home.
1. Wear gloves, face masks. If you don’t have any keep hands in your pockets and/or wrap a  bandana around your face.
2. Take off your shoes when entering a home or wear booties.
3. Avoid touching items unless necessary, as in, do not sit on the furniture or touch personal belongings.
4. Limit the # of people you bring with you to a home showing.
5. If you feel sick DO NOT GO TOUR A HOME.

6. And if you don’t feel comfortable visiting a seller’s home in person- ask for a virtual visual tour! Your Buyer’s Agent can go there and video it for you via Facetime, Duo… whatever video works best.

Use your best judgement when touring other people’s homes. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands when you get home. Buying a new home is exciting and fun – but keep it safe!

Home buying safety tips in Green Bay, WI

Will the housing market crash because of the Coronavirus?

I’ve been getting calls/emails/texts/messages from plenty of home buyers and home sellers all asking pretty much the same question – Will the housing market crash because of the coronavirus?? 

From everything that I’ve read and heard and truly believe myself, the answer is no. Pre-coronavirus, the housing market was in desperate need of more home sellers and more new construction homes for sale. THAT IS STILL AN ISSUE! There’s such a lack in housing inventory and I believe this virus and all the shut downs and distancing yourself socially will only lead to even less houses for sale. Low supply and large demand. 

From some of the shut downs, there will be some home buyers that will not qualify for loans anymore, whether it’s due to layoffs, pay cuts, less hours working.. whatever the case is, but you will still have such low supply. Only now with possibly less demand. 

I don’t see how this will effect housing prices. However, I do see how this may effect home sale volume. Of course, all this will play out in greater detail within the next couple of weeks (hopefully not months but…). 

Stay safe home buyers and home sellers!

Worried about selling your home with the coronavirus? Contact Elysian Realty and speak to one of our agents! Let’s chat, we will see if this is a good opportunity for you. 

Go Green Go in Brown County, WI

Going more and more green has become quite the rage. And by green, I do not mean more Green and Gold – for all you Packer fans out there! I mean more conscientious of your carbon footprint. Or your house’s carbon footprint. Here is a list of how to make your home more eco-friendly for not a lot of money. Actually some of these items may actually save you some money too!

  1. Turn off your lights. Do you really need to keep all the lights on at night? When not in a room, flip the switch. 
  2. Turn down your heat at night. Sleeping in 65 degrees is the perfect “sleeping” weather. Or so say some experts on sleeping. 
  3. Insulate your attic. You can hire a pro to do this, or go to Menards or Home Depot purchase some insulation and tackle this project on your own. 
  4. Change your furnace filters! I can’t stress this on enough. If your furnace is all clogged and working double time that doesn’t do you any good, it doesn’t do your furnace any good, and it doesn’t do your heating bills any good.
  5. Hang your clothes outside to dry. Obviously, this is only possible in the warmer seasons, but it’s something to think about. 
  6. Recycle the right way. Not paper/cardboard is recyclable. Just like not every plastic container is recyclable. Tossing the acceptable items in with the non-acceptable items can cause more damage than you think. Do your own research. Every Village within Brown County has their own rules, go to your Village’s website and read up. 

Looking for new home? You need a Buyer’s Agent! Contact Elysian Realty today.

Spruce up your home for Spring!

Are you like everyone else and is anxious for springtime weather to hit Green Bay, WI?? Don’t even pretend – of course you are! While you’re patiently waiting for the weather to catch up with your spring vibes, here are a few decorative ways to liven up your house. 

  1. Plants – this one is kinda a no brainer, but add some greenery to your home. Also, if you like to garden, start growing your veggies from seeds indoors and get a jump on for the warmer weather. 
  2. Put away your holiday lights – yes, I really did say that. Christmas lights (or whatever holiday lights) you have up, take them DOWN.
  3. Paint – Say whaaat? It’s time to get colorful! Maybe paint an accent wall in your living room or bedroom. Liven up your bathroom with a splash of color. 
  4. Colors – if even thinking about painting makes your head hurt, how about just adding colors? Like throw pillows for your couch, or a new rug. Or how about that throw blanket to wrap yourself in on those still chilly days? 
  5. Photos – add some new photos of you, your pet, or friends and family to your walls. Spruce up with some snapshots of fun days. 

 

If you are looking to buy a home in the Green Bay, WI and De Pere, WI area contact Elysian Realty. 

Top 5 2019 Home Renovations that PAID Off for Home Sellers

2019 was a great year for home sellers in Green Bay, WI and De Pere, WI. But what were the top home renovations that paid off?? According to the National Associations of REALTORS’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report these are the hot 5.

5. Hvac replacement
Replacing your old furnace and/or AC brought in about 85% of the cost. That’s a pretty darn good return rate!

4. New Garage Door
A new garage door isn’t something the typical home owners, let alone home seller, really thinks about HOWEVER replacing one of these bad boys will bring in about 95% of the recuperating costs!

3. Got Wood? Refinishing Hardwood Floors
According to the report simply refinishing your hardwood floors will give you an exact 100% value recovered. 
And…
4. No Wood? Install NEW Hardwood Floors
Hemming and hawing over if you should replace that used and matted carpet? Installing NEW hardwood floors will on average get you 106% return rate. Nice!!

I saved the best for last. So, what’s the #1 home renovation that pays off for home sellers?? 

1. BRAND NEW ROOF
This one doesn’t really need an explanation. Have an old or even older roof? Well, this renovation will recoup 107% of the value. 

Are Fireplaces Losing Their Spark?

According to the National Association of Home Builders only 41% of newly constructed homes have fireplaces. Why, you ask? MONEY! New construction homes are increasing rapidly in price due to a rapidly increase in constructions costs, costs of land, lack of qualified  contractors…name a reason. So in one aspect for homes builders to keep their homes affordable is to nix the fireplace. In fact, 7% of homes constructed in 2018 (were considered “starter homes”) which are priced less than $150,000 had fireplaces in them. Yet if you look at the luxury side of new construction homes, which are homes priced at $500,000 and above, it was 60% of new homes built had fireplaces in them. 

In your opinion what would you rather have? A fireplace or a lower priced home? 

Green Bay Winter is Coming

Just like how humans prepare for the wintertime months on Green Bay, WI, you should prepare your home as well. After all it is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make so why not maintain it properly? Follow these easy yearly home maintenance steps to keep your house in tip top shape!

  1. Trim up your landscaping. Especially those dead tree branches you’ve notice all summer long yet did nothing about. (It’s okay, I’m at fault for that too!!)
  2. Clean out your gutter and downspouts. These bad boys only help when they are clean of large chunks of debris!
  3. Shed a tear and then take our your windows screens from the better weather months. Time to close up your storms windows. Or some homeowners seal up their windows on the inside with plastic. 
  4. Set up that fireplace/chimney cleaning. Make sure your fireplace is in good working order for the snow days. 

Buying a Packer House Near Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI

Green Bay, WI is known for a lot of things, and most notable the GREEN BAY PACKERS! The Green Bay Packers bring in A LOT of people from all over. Most people don’t go to Lambeau Field on game day to see just a football game, they go to get the whole experience. The atmosphere, the tailgating, the fans, the energy is something you won’t forget, it’s definitely not just a football game.

In the past couple of years, I’ve had more home buyers looking for Packer houses. What I mean is that these buyers are looking for homes for sale in the immediate area around Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packer’s Titletown District. Mainly, they’re looking for a house within 1 mile of the field, so it would be easy walking distance for them and their friends and family. Some home buyers are looking to owner occupy and some are looking for investment. Either way, it’s a touch down 😉

Green Bay Packer’s Titletown District

 

Another big draw is the Green Bay Packer’s Titletown District. So much to do there! You can eat, drink, relax, and play! Summertime you can hang out atop Ariens Hill with a beverage and just people watch. It’s a great place for kids too, bring them to the football inspired playground and let them run around! Winter time, you can tube, ice skate… really the list goes on and on with things to do. The Green Bay Packer’s Titletown District will be expanding to more retail shops, more restaurants, and more businesses. The district growing constantly.

I’ve had buyers from California buy a Packer house, I’ve had buyers from Wisconsin too. The furthest I’ve had is England. There is a demand for homes close to Lambeau Field! Thinking about whether a home close to Lambeau Field is right for you? Contact Elysian Realty and let’s talk.  Click here to browse current Homes for Sale within a one mile radius of Lambeau Field.

Why Has Housing Inventory Been Shrinking?

While you read that title, just note that ALL housing inventories have not been shrinking. Homes in the price point of $750,000 or higher are in surplus. Wanted to clarify that. But for the most part in Green Bay, WI or really all of Brown County, WI – we are in a housing inventory shortage. 

So why? Why oh why is this happening? Let’s break it down:

  1. Current homeowners are staying in their home longer. The average number of years homeowners have stayed that have sold this year reached 8.3 years. That is a record high. 
  2. Millenials. We can always blame them right? KIDDING. On some charts I AM a Millennial and I don’t think we’re to blame for a lot of what we are blamed for.. But seriously, the # of millenials have surpassed the # of Baby Boombers as the largest adult population and we are all trying to buy these non-existent houses for sale! 
  3. Lack of new construction. How is there a lack of new construction homes being built you ask? Lack of land, lack of good labor, and lack of materials. Because new construction homes cost so much more to the made, the price of them are higher too. This is edging out a lot of first-time home buyers not able to buy a house in that higher price point.