Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before.

Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. | MyKCM

Experts predict that with buyer demand being extremely strong, home sales are about to surge. It appears we may soon see a somewhat uncharacteristic increase in homes for sale. Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S. during the second quarter (April, May, and June) than in any other quarter of the year.

Real estate is very similar. The number of homes sold in the spring is almost always much greater than at any other time of the year. It’s even labeled as the spring buying season. Historically, the number of buyers and listings for sale significantly increase in the spring and remains strong throughout the summer. Once fall sets in, the number of buyers and sellers typically drops off.

Last year, however, that seasonality didn’t happen. The outbreak of the virus and subsequent slowing of the economy limited sales during the spring market. These sales were pushed back later in the year, and last fall and winter saw a dramatic increase in home sales over previous years. The only thing that held the market back was the extremely limited supply of homes for sale.

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What About This Winter?

Some experts thought we’d return to the industry’s normal seasonality this winter with both the number of purchasers and houses available for sale falling off. However, data now shows that neither of those situations will likely occur. Buyer demand is still extremely strong, and it appears we may soon see a somewhat uncharacteristic increase in the number of homes coming to the market.

Buyer Demand Remains Strong
Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. | MyKCM

The latest Showing Index from ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of monthly showings on available homes, indicates buyer activity was slightly lower than at the same time last year but much higher than any of the three previous years (see chart below):A report from realtor.com confirms buying activity remains strong in the existing home sales market:

“New housing data shows 2021’s feverish home sales pace broke a yearly record in October, . . . with last month marking the eighth straight month of buyers snatching up homes more quickly than the fastest pace in previous years. . . .”

Buyer activity for newly constructed homes is also very strong. Ali Wolf, Chief Economist for Zondarecently reported that Stuart Miller, the Executive Chairman of Lennar, one of the nation’s largest home builders, said this about demand:

“There is still a great deal of demand at our sales centers with people lining up and not enough supply.”

The only question heading into this winter is whether the number of listings available could come close to meeting this buyer demand. We may have just received the answer to that question.

Sellers Are About To List – Right Now

Instead of waiting for the normal spring buying market, new research indicates that homeowners thinking about selling are about to put their homes on the market this winter.

Speaking to the release of a report on this recent research, George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research for realtor.com, said:

“The pandemic has delayed plans for many Americans, and homeowners looking to move on to the next stage of life are no exception. Recent survey data suggests the majority of prospective sellers are actively preparing to enter the market this winter.

Here are some highlights in the report:

Of homeowners planning to enter the market in the next year:

  • 65% – Have just listed (19%) or plan to list this winter
  • 93% – Have already taken steps toward listing their home, including working with an agent (28%)
  • 36% – Have researched the value of their home and others in their neighborhood
  • 36% – Have started making repairs or decluttering

The report also discusses the reasons sellers want to move:

  • 33% – Have realized they want different home features
  • 37% – Say their home no longer meets their family’s needs
  • 32% – Want to move closer to friends and family
  • 23% – Are looking for a home office

Data shows buyer demand remains unusually strong going into this winter. Research indicates the supply of inventory is about to increase. This could be a winter real estate market like never before.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, now is the time to have a heart-to-heart conversation with a real estate professional in your market, as things are about to change in an unexpected way. Contact one of our experienced agents to get started today.

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First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year

First-Time Buyers Are Searching for Existing Homes This Year | MyKCM

In the latest Housing Trends Report, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) measured the share of adults planning to buy a home over the next 12 months. The report indicates the percentage of all buyers that will be first-time buyers looking to purchase a home grew from 58% in Q4 2018 to 63% in Q4 2019.

The results revealed,

“Millennials are the most likely generation to be making plans to purchase a home within a year (19%), followed by Gen Z (13%) and Gen X (12%)…Prospective buyers in the youngest two generations are primarily first-time buyers:  88% of Gen Z buyers and 78% of Millennial buyers are reaching out to homeownership for the first time in their lives.”

With a high demand from first-time homebuyers and a shortage of inventory in the current market, selling your existing home this year might be your best move. Why? Because when homebuyers begin their search, they’re not all looking for new construction. Many are eager to find a little charm and character in a place to call home – possibly yours.

In fact, according to the same study, there is a significant demand for existing homes:

“In terms of the type of home these prospective home buyers are interested in, 40% are looking to buy an existing home and 19% a newly-built home. The remaining 41% would buy either a new or existing home.”

With showing activity up among buyers and more new construction coming to market, as a homeowner, you have the opportunity to sell your existing house now and move up into a new one, or downsize into a home that better fits your current and ever-changing needs.

Bottom Line

Not all buyers are looking for a newly built house. If you’re ready to take advantage of low mortgage rates and a high demand for your existing home, let’s get together to determine how we will market the charming details of your current house to potential buyers.

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Contact us today!

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Why Have a Home Inspection?

New Home Inspection

Why have a home inspection? As real estate brokers, we are often asked about inspections. “Should I have a home inspection on a new house?”  “What about a radon test?” “Are sewer scopes important?” “Is testing for lead base paint important?”

Why Inspections? Why Not?

The answer is relatively easy – Safety matters. Protecting your most significant investment matters. Your family matters. 

Let’s Start with a Home Inspection

Let’s start with a home inspection. What you see is not always what you get. That really cool attic where you can stand up and also envision storing holiday decorations…did you notice the mold? Probably not. A professional inspector will. Did you notice the siding is rotting because it comes into constant contact with the moist soil and plants? An inspector is trained for that. How about that roof that looks almost brand new? My inspector thought so, too, until he got up on the roof and noticed that it was horrible. The seller had simply spray-painted it black. Looked new. Kind of like that old phrase, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.”  True story. 

Why have a home inspection on a new house?

Why have a home inspection on a new house? You might feel it is unnecessary and throwing good money after bad because to get an “Occupancy” permit, it just passed inspection. It did pass the building code inspection. A professional home inspector (private) is also the perfect person to help you create a punch list, which is a list of things you want the builder to do prior to moving in. You may know them as the “Blue tag special”, where inspectors will put small pieces of blue tape on areas that he or she wants the builder to correct. A cracked tile in your brand-new island. Paint blotches on your living room wall. Stains in a new carpet. One of our inspectors noticed that the gas meter was upside down. The gas company was going to charge the buyers $1500 to turn it right side up but because of the inspector’s diligence, the builder paid, correctly so. 

The Truth About Sewer Scopes? Part of the Home Inspection

Why a sewer scope? These are inspecting the sewer line that goes from your home to the City sewer main that can be damaged by excavators, rodents, and tree roots. We even recommend sewer scopes on new homes, because contractors and sub-contractors can do damage unknowingly. The repair can be costly, so it’s worth it!

Home Inspections and The Radon Test

Why inspections for radon? Easy. It can kill you. And the tests cost about $150. You can purchase a kit at the hardware store is even less, although you have to capture the sample and send it to a professional lab. It is a naturally occurring gas, and it can be deadly. The mitigation is pretty certain, too. For about $1300 to $2,000, you can have a system installed by professionals that can make your family safe. 

Home Inspection – What About Lead Based Paint?

What about inspections for lead-based paint and asbestos? Same reasons. They can cause major health issues. Again, the inspections are relatively inexpensive, but it is better to know that the problem is there than have your grand-kid digest lead-based paint. The complications can be deadly. 

In general, our belief is that money you spend on inspections, by Oregon-licensed and bonded professionals, is money well spent. For example, a 2,000 s.f. home built in 1940 might cost you $450 to inspect by a pro, but would you rather spend $450 and discover the roof, which would take $14,000 to replace, was folding like a cheap suit and spray-painted? Robert Burton said it best, in 1621 – “Penny wise, pound foolish.” Why a home inspection? Because they simply make sense for you.

Dreaming of a new home in 2020? Let’s get you safely on the road to home ownership! Contact us today!

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Selecting Your Real Estate Broker

Selecting Your Real Estate Broker

Having a real estate broker is like having an opinion – virtually everybody has one. And like a good tenant for owners of investment properties, good real estate brokers are gold. 

How do you select a good one? Ask your friends, family, co-workers, your title company friend, your mortgage broker, and the person next to you at Denny’s. Ask the Chamber of Commerce. Look at the signs around town – who is listing the most homes? Usually there is a reason for that. Ask around on Social Media but keep a wary eye on the responses. It is a bit funny when someone asks for a local broker with a great reputation, and a respondent gives a name from a city 40 miles away. See the first line – “virtually everybody has one.” That doesn’t necessarily mean they are putting forth the best agent for you in that local area. It might mean they are recommending their daughter, their golf partner, or someone who sends them a lot of home loan candidates. 

Our best advice? Interview a few, perhaps three. Who is on time? Who understands technology? Who listens after asking you what is important to you? Who lets you get a word in edgewise, and encourages you to wax philosophical about your real estate dreams? With which one do you feel most comfortable? Who is most candid, telling you that your $300,000 home is not actually worth $400,000 like your mom said? Which real estate broker will tell you to see a lender and give it several months of following their sage advice to get your 540 credit score up by paying all your bills on time and reducing your use of credit to 30% or less of your credit line? Which one has the most impressive, user-friendly webpage and doesn’t dabble in silly stuff on Facebook? Which one has a contemporary view of the current market, and can move easily between data and pleasantries? 

Most importantly, which one does what they say they are going to do in the timeframe they said they would do it, and with the quality they promised? Are their presentation materials professional? Did they ask you how you would like to receive the information as to the estimated value of your property in today’s market? If you asked for a one-page summary did, they give you 50 pages of glitz? If you asked for all the bells and whistles with 50 pages of glitz, did they call you and give you a verbal estimate? 

“…In the world of real estate brokers, what sets the best from the rest is relatively simple – service that at least meets if not exceeds your expectations….”

Exceed Expectation!

Testimonials are a good way to help you decide which real estate broker is the best fit for you. Most agents will have several on their web page, and if you are lucky, you may know those who “testify”!

The ideal brokerage is one that has someone there for you. Our belief is that anyone walking into one of our three offices is going to find someone that fits them like a warm glove on a cold winter day. Maybe it is the millennial who lives and breathes technology. Maybe it is the Boomer who has been successful for years and is only now discovering the power of Tweets. Maybe it is the person who genuinely enjoys working with seniors who wish to downsize or the veteran who knows what it takes to help those who serve (or served) get their homeowner dreams fulfilled. 

In the world of real estate brokers, what sets the best from the rest is relatively simple – service that at least meets if not exceeds your expectations. Candor. Someone who believes community service is a privilege and giving back to their community is simply the right thing to do. A real estate broker with knowledge of the market and what is happening in it and to it. Ethics. To us, ethics matter, and our customers deserve at least our best, every day. And a real estate broker who puts you above their commission. The good ones know that if they do these things, the money will follow but more importantly, so will the referrals and lifetime friendships. 

Contact us to get started today!

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Sell Your Home Faster

Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Tips to Sell Your Home Faster | MyKCM

When selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale:

1. Make Buyers Feel at Home

Declutter your home! Pack away all personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. Make buyers feel like they belong in the house. According to the 2019 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors“83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.”

Not only will your house spend less time on the market, but the same report mentioned that, “One-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1 – 5%, compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged.”

2. Keep It Organized

Since you took the time to declutter, keep it organized. Before buyers arrive, pick up toys, make the bed, and put away clean dishes. According to the same report, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers. Put out a scented candle or some cookies fresh from the oven. Buyers will remember the smell of your home.

3. Price It Right

More inventory coming into the market guarantees there will be some competition. You want to make sure your home is noticed. A key to selling your house is ensuring it is Priced to Sell Immediately (PTSI)This means you’ll be driving more traffic to your property, and ultimately creating more interest in your home.

4. Give Buyers Full Access

One of the top four elements when selling your home is access. If your home is available anytime, that opens up more opportunity to find a buyer right away. Some buyers, especially those relocating, don’t have much time available. If they cannot get into the house, they will move on to the next one.

Bottom Line

If you want to sell your home in the least amount of time at the best price with as little hassle as possible, a local real estate professional is a useful guide. Let’s connect today to determine what you need to do to sell your home as quickly as possible.

Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, your local real estate experts with 3 offices ready to serve you for all your real estate needs. “At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we want to be a warm fire on a cold winter day and are here to serve you throughout the Willamette Valley. We are “Simply the BEST! “ Contact Us

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Ready for Winter? Winterizing Tips

Tips to Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Winter!

Ready for Winter? When it comes to winterizing our homes, everyone has an opinion. As real estate professionals, we known when to stay in our own wheelhouse and when to bring in the experts. Fortunately, with the magic of the internet, those pros are easy to find. Who doesn’t trust Bob Vila, the iconic home guy almost as famous as “Tim, the Tool Man’ from the TV show, “Home Improvement”?

Winterizing Tips from Ace

From our Friends at ACE Hardware, they recommend having your chimney checked and serviced before winter hits. Creosote can build up and can catch fire, so it is good to have a clean chimney. Silvercreek Chimney Sweep, Chimcare, or Chimney Sweep Plus LLC are all great resources for getting the job done. They also recommend replacing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide batteries regularly. The ACE pros also suggest fertilizing your yard with a good winter fertilizer so that it will look great in spring, and that it is a good idea to seal cracks in your sidewalks and driveways, as water can get in and cause damage, including when it freezes. Need a great landscaper to help with the job? Try one of these… Bob Fence and Landscape, Sosa Landscape Maintenance, and Mckinley Landscape LLC

Icy window. Ready for Winter? Winterizing Tips

Here are The Home Guru’s 12 winterizing tips for getting your home ready for winter, and they are very cost effective, if not free in many cases.  1)  Clean out your gutters. When they are clogged, water will freeze, damn up, not flow effectively, and can cause extra weight on the gutters, roof, soffits, and fascia. Icicles are heavy, and dangerous as you will recall the little boy from “The Christmas Story” who “almost shot his eye out!” 2)  Wrap windows in plastic from the inside. Not particularly attractive but can keep in 70% of the heat. Do this especially in unused rooms. Busy rooms with family and holiday crowds might want you to open windows, so taking the film on and off can be a chore. 

“Turn your Thermostat one Degree”

3) Flush water heaters out entirely through the drain valve. Particles and sediment can collect on the bottom of the tank, reducing their efficiency.  4) Turn your thermostat down one degree. This alone can save you perhaps 1% on your heating bill. 5)  Service your furnace at least every 90 days in the winter and change the filters regularly. Some experts say monthly in the wintertime. 6)  Put draft guards under the doors. They are inexpensive at the home improvement stores, and free if you roll up a towel. Just keep that heat in. 7)  Turn your ceiling fan direction switch to “clockwise.” This pushes the heat downward where you need it. Switch it back in the spring and summer. 

“Disconnect Your Hose from the Hose Bib”

8) Disconnect your hoses outside from the hose bib. They can freeze, the bib can freeze and split the metal, and it can cause a costly repair, especially on brick siding. 9)  Use a chimney balloon in an unused fireplace/chimney. Lots of heat escapes through chimneys. Shut the flue if you don’t use the fireplace. 10) Caulk windows, openings, door gaps, etc., and especially around window air conditioning units. Put weather stripping around doors and windows. 11)  Cover hoses bibs with insulated covers, found at home improvement and hardware stores. They are inexpensive and effective. Close outside vents to keep moisture and cold out when temperatures dip down to freezing. 12) Cover exposed water pipes with insulated tubing. Need a contractor? Try one of these; American General LLC, Golden Hammer Construction, Good Guys Construction, Inc

Kristy Home Solutions recommend that for very little cost, you can have sprinkler professionals blow out your lawn and garden sprinkler systems, and to check that all interior windows are latched after summertime use. This can let out heat. 

Get ready for Winter with Kristy Home Solution’s 10 Tips for Weatherizing your home.

There you have it. You are set for a comfortable, warm, and efficient winter season. Enjoy that beautiful home and the beauty and wonder of the holidays.

Whether you’re winterizing your home or preparing it for sale, we can help! Contact Us!

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#1 Reason to List in Winter

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The Top Reason to List Your House in the Winter

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter | MyKCM

Winter is a great time to list….Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner believes the same thing, then that’s when they’ll have the most competition. So, what’s the #1 reason to list your house in the winter?

Less competition.

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter | MyKCM

Housing supply traditionally shrinks at this time of year, so the choices buyers have will be limited. The chart below was created using the months supply of listings from the National Association of Realtors.As you can see, the ‘sweet spot’ to list your house for the most exposure naturally occurs in the late fall and winter months (November – January).

The #1 Reason to List Your House in the Winter | MyKCM

Added Bonus: Serious Buyers Are Out in the Winter

What’s My Home’s Value?

Temperatures aren’t the only thing that heats up in the spring – so do listings!In 2018, listings increased from December to May. Don’t wait for these listings and the competition that comes with them to come to the market before you decide to list your house.

At this time of year, purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere ‘lookers.’ The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.

Bottom Line

#1 reason to list this winter, Less competition.

If you’ve been debating whether or not to sell your house and are curious about market conditions in your area, let’s get together to determine the best time to list your house. Contact us

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4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter!

4 Reasons to Buy A Home This Winter! | MyKCM

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase 

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4.8%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase in 2019.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person building that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

You can start a home search right away by clicking the link below to get started!

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Open House Blow Out by BST!

We are gonna blow the HOUSES wide OPEN Sat, June 23rd and Sun, June 24th.

We have 6 fabulous properties to showcase and would love to have you come by and check them out! Here is the line up so you can plan ahead! Just click the pictures below for property details and pictures. Have a fantastic weekend!

3210 Mooreland Ave, Salem OR, 97305

Hosted By: James Cook, Broker

Open Saturday, June 23rd 12:00-3:00


2684 Hazelnut Dr., Woodburn OR, 97071

Hosted By: James Cook, Broker

Open Sunday, June 24th 12:00-3:00


489 Tulip Ave, Woodburn OR, 97071

Hosted By Listing Agent: Jolene Ferschweiler

Open Saturday, June 23rd 11:00-2:00


784 Goose Hollow Ct, Woodburn OR, 97071

Hosted by: Rebekka Lamoreau, Broker

Open Sunday, June 24th 12:00-3:00


1340 S Water St, Silverton OR, 97381

Hosted by: Rebekka Lamoreau, Broker

Open Saturday, June 23rd 12:00-3:00


1790 Thompson Rd, Woodburn OR, 97071

Hosted By Listing Agent: Angela Lopez, Broker

Open Sunday, June 24th 12:00-4:00

You can also contact us for a private showing of these or any other homes you may be interested in! Just call or stop by one of our office locations and we will set it up! We want to help you find your next home!

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We strive to provide streamlined communication, effectively negotiate, respond quickly to your needs, and expand our knowledge of the ever-changing market. Our highly skilled Brokers specialize in all types of properties from residential to farms, multifamily, commercial, investments and more. Our commitment to the code of ethics shows. We are members of NAR, OAR, and our local NWAR.
We are local Brokers who are especially ready and willing to go where you need. We are not limited to the locations of our offices, but are licensed to serve you in all of Oregon. Our technology makes it easy and convenient for clients with busy schedules, and if you are someone who prefers no technology…..we can do that too! It is important to us that we tailor our service to your needs and not our own.
At Bledsoe Santana Team Realty LLC, we want to be a warm fire on a cold winter day and are here to serve you throughout the Willamette Valley. We are “Simply the BEST! “

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Great Agents Teach!

Great agents take the time to educate their clients!

What Should You Look for In Your Real Estate Team?

What Should You Look for In Your Real Estate Team? | MyKCM

How do you select the agents who are going to help make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender?

The most important characteristic that you should be looking for in your agent is someone who is going to take the time to really educate you on the choices available to you and your ability to buy in today’s market.

As the financial guru Dave Ramsey advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Do your research. Ask your friends and family for recommendations of professionals they’ve worked with in the past and have had good experiences with.

Look for members of your team who will be honest and trustworthy; after all, you will be trusting them to help you make one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.

Whether this is your first or fifth time buying a home, you want to make sure that you have an agent who is going to have the tough conversations with you, not just the easy ones. If your offer isn’t accepted by the seller, or they think that there may be something wrong with the home that you’ve fallen in love with, you would rather know what they think than make a costly mistake.

According to the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report:

Buyers from all generations primarily wanted their agent’s help to find the right home to purchase. Buyers were also looking for help to negotiate the terms of sale and to help with price negotiations.” Additionally,“Help understanding the purchase process was most beneficial to buyers 37 years and younger at 75 percent.”

Look for someone to invest in your family’s future with you. You want an agent who isn’t focused on the transaction but is instead focused on helping you understand the process while helping you find your dream home.

Bottom Line

In this world of Google searches, where it seems like all the answers are just a mouse-click away, you need an agent who is going to educate you and share the information that you need to know before you even know you need it.


This is truly the heartbeat of BST Realty! We want to serve our clients to the fullest and protect their interest above all. You can feel secure using our team to go after your real estate goals. We are on your side! Click the link below to find one of our fantastic agents now!

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