The Real Estate Market is Going Back to School

If you’re like us, you made the mistake of blinking — in that instant, summer came and went. Labor Day? Done. Vacation season? Merely a memory. Now the kids have gone back to school, causing some parents to shed tears, and others to quietly sigh in relief.

Now fall beckons, with promises of pumpkin spice and sweater weather. What to do with all this peace and quiet? While most consider spring and summer as the premier real estate seasons, there is still plenty of life left in the market as autumn approaches. So whether the house seems a little too quiet — or you are secretly reveling in the silence — now may be the perfect time to learn your most important home buying lessons.

A is for Availability: Many parents have more time on their hands in fall, as they’re not balancing babysitters and summer sports tournaments. That means more time for online home searches and open house visits. Plus, now that everyone is back from vacation, there tends to be an uptick in market listing activity after Labor Day. As a fall buyer, you will likely face less competition for desired properties, and will draw even more attention from your dedicated real estate agent as the season begins to slow.

B is for Benefits: Tax benefits, to be exact. If you can close on a new home before year’s end, you will be eligible for a few attractive tax deductions come April. Deductible items include closing costs, property taxes, and mortgage interest. Even if you close on your new home in December, you can deduct property taxes and mortgage interest from your entire year’s earnings.

C is for Crunch Time: Most homes go on the market in spring or summer, and some will inevitably still be there come fall, much to the chagrin of their owners. That means that the seller likely has a little extra motivation to get the deal done. As the holidays approach, sellers are eager to close so they can move on to planning parties and events. They also may be looking to take a gain or loss for the current tax year. Just remember: when a seller is motivated to close, the buyer often can seize the upper hand when it comes to negotiations.

Call d’aprile properties today. We’ll help you get pre-approved, and make sure that you are ready to become a homeowner this fall!

Back to School – How to Save Your Sanity

Do you hear that sound? As if someone turned on the world’s largest vacuum cleaner, and sucked all of the air right out of the room? That’s the sound of thousands of parents across the country, gasping in disbelief, as the first Target or Wal-Mart commercial comes on TV touting their ‘Back-to-School’ sales.

Summer is almost over – no need to panic! A little planning ahead goes a long way. Being prepared for the school year means more than just carpool schedules and school supplies. It’s about getting back to a routine that probably (and justifiably) went a little slack over the summer. By following these few simple steps, you can get rid yourself of your Summertime hangover, and get your family back on track to succeed come Fall.

Bring Back Bedtimes – The right amount of sleep is arguably the most important factor in your child’s scholastic success; studies show that school-age kids need between 8.5 and 9.5 hours a night. Chances are, the summer season brought with it a certain leniency toward bedtime, so turn off the TV, and put the Pokémon search on hold until the weekend. Get back on a steady schedule and keep it. Your reward for restoring a little law and order? A few extras Z’s yourself!

Prep Your Routine – If there’s one absolute certainty in family life, it’s that no day will ever go 100% according to plan. So always have a contingency. Plan packed lunches for the entire week, and avoid that mad morning scramble to stuff their lunchbox. Also, buy ingredients at the store for your easy, go-to recipes. That way, when school activities run long or evening homework proves tougher than expected, you can scrap the elaborate dinner plan and still make sure everyone is well fed.

Also, you can steal back a few minutes of sleep (and the fragile pieces of your sanity) in the morning by taking extra steps the night before. Set your breakfast table while clearing the dinner dishes. Lay out tomorrow’s clothes tonight, and make sure all books, homework assignments, and signed permission slips are tucked away in the right backpack.

Healthy Body & Mind – Making sure that your child is fully immunized at the proper age is not only important for keeping your own family healthy, it prevents outbreaks occurring at their school. To be certain your child is up to date, have them immunized after their 4th and 11th birthdays. Click the link on each number for a list of the specific shots necessary at that age.

Don’t forget to ensure your child’s mental health going into the school year as well. Setting a sleep schedule was a good start, but many children experience nervousness and stress as a result of new schools, new teachers, or new friends. It’s important to communicate with your kids about their feelings – consider introducing them to their new teachers and faculty ahead of time, to ease them in gently to their new environment.

You’ve got this! With a little forward thinking, you and your family will settle into a successful routine in no time.