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Now is the time to plan ahead for 2018 

Nov. 19, 2017
The Noelke Team

It may be time to upgrade to a nicer house, a larger one, a different neighborhood or relocate for a job.  Maybe you have more house than you need.  Moving to a low-maintenance condo might just work for you.  Regardless of your reason, if you are looking ahead to the next six months to year in your life, if selling your house is part of that plan, now is the time to get started.

With winter knocking on our doors here in the upper Midwest, it’s a great time to get the inside of your house in order if you need to sell first.  Those little projects or fixes that you’ve been putting off, or some updates that your house has been in need of for a long time.  Spend the next couple months accomplishing those tasks. 

Now that you have a plan in place for your house, don’t forget that there are other parts of the home selling or buying process that need your attention.  Check on your credit score.  If you’re looking to make a purchase soon, don’t open up any new lines of credit.  Shop around for a real estate agent.  Interview a couple of them and choose the one that seems to be a good fit in not only both of your personalities, but one that has experience and knows the market. 

The same can be said for lenders.  Shop around and see what kind of interest rates you qualify for, based on your credit history.  Once you’ve found a lender that you want to work with, one of the most important steps is to get pre-approved. Do this before you even set foot in a house as a buyer shopping for the big purchase.  

If you’re renting and don’t need to sell, you will be ready to place an immediate offer on “the one” you’ve been searching for when it comes on the market.  Or, as a seller, you’ll be ready to start marketing it late winter or early Spring.