Infographic showing where families’ priorities lie with the majority of home buyers opting more to pay a premium for the schools of their choice than for certain luxury amenities like a pool/spa.
This supports the current pricing trends in areas with the highest ranked schools (Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos) where purchase prices can be up to 25% higher than original list prices!
If you’re like me you work with a LOT of documents in both soft and hard copy. Although the world is becoming more and more paperless some of us still have to deal with hard copy documents which need to be (e)signed, manipulated, and scanned back into different electronic distribution systems – email, contract systems, etc.
Working with PDFs, although a great format, gets pretty messy quickly.
I have used PDFSplit! many many times as it lets you break up large PDFs into smaller files – imagine you scanned a dozen documents into one PDF file and wanted to process it all later – that would be the best use case for PDFSplit!
I just came upon a situation where I scanned a series of consecutive docs but needed to reorder them. This is where I found Smallpdf – another great online PDF tool which allows you to do the following:
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Check out the current attitudes of young renters as they start considering purchasing their first home.
Top opinions deal with lifestyle and investing long-term.
Slight gender differences in desired property criteria.
- Women value open floor plans second highest while men value garages.
- Both rank outdoor living spaces the highest!
Real Estate Crushes
There’s been a dramatic increase from 2012 to 2013 in the number of people who feel that home prices will be rising.
2012 represented a slump in the economy while 2013 represents the recovery we’ve all been enjoying – which unfortunately produces higher home prices and interest rates.
Here’s a quick update on how quickly homes are currently selling – half are selling within 6 weeks!
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Another great infographic illustrating the overlap in successful offers that stood out to sellers in order to compete successfully in multiple offer situations.
Ideally the highest overall, all-cash, no contingency offer will appeal greatest to sellers.