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I HIGHLY recommend Donna Cox! She really took the time to well inform me of what is going on in the market. She has more than covered all the bases in highlighting all the most important features of our home and property for the listing (Love the aerial photos!) and has been very attentive every step of the way to keep things moving. Donna is articulate, professional and a pleasure to work with. N.P. – W. Nyack
My experience working with Donna Cox was exceptional! This was my first time selling a property and she made the entire process feel seamless and easy. Donna knows the real estate market inside and out and advised me each step of the way - from staging decisions and pricing to offers and contract language. Donna was always friendly and approachable, I felt like I could text her with questions anytime, and I did. And she was also always the consummate professional. Her goal was to get my property sold. It was a pleasure working with Donna. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell.C.R.-M., Nyack
I can’t imagine working with a better agent - EVER. I know you do what's right for your clients and in these times of craziness it's nice to feel so comfortable working with you. I know you're our agent but we really feel like you looked out for us like a friend. I only hope we're friends after all the dust settles because you're a good person and such people are few and far between. (E. & S. W. - West Nyack)
Best. Greatest. Knowledge above all. Pleasant. Interested. Caring. Professional. Never met a lady like Donna Cox. Donna kept us updated all the time. She was lovely to work with and really was concerned about us and selling our home. She marketed our home professionally and kept our needs as her priority. I have sold many properties but have never met a real estate agent like Donna. I wish I had more homes to sell because I will miss working with her. As a disclosure we have no family relationship with Donna, we just love her. Hire her. (B. & N. K. – Montebello, NY)
If you are serious about selling your home then Donna Cox is the right real estate agent. As a relocating executive, I needed very quick and predictable results. We were in contract within two weeks in an extremely difficult market for sellers. Donna Cox has a strong marketing background and leverages her core knowledge, skills and current market dynamics when marketing homes to sell. My wife (who was a real estate agent for 15 years and has extremely high standards) and I agree that Donna Cox stands far, far above other agents we interviewed. We would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about buying or selling a home. R.S. - Stony Point
If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.
Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:
“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.
Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.
Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”
Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:
The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.
(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)
There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.
If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.
As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.
According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.
“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property.”
Would moving to a complex with homeowner association fees actually be cheaper than having to hire all the contractors you would need to maintain your home, lawn, etc.? Would your taxes go down significantly if you relocated? What is your monthly income going to be like in retirement?
“If you have equity in your current home, you may be able to apply it to the purchase of your next home. Maintaining a healthy amount of home equity gives you a source of emergency funds to tap, via a home equity loan or reverse mortgage.”
The equity you have in your current home may be enough to purchase your retirement home with little to no mortgage. Homeowners in the US gained an average of over $14,000 in equity last year.
“As we age, our tolerance for cleaning gutters, raking leaves and shoveling snow can go right out the window. A condominium with low-maintenance needs can be a literal lifesaver, if your health or physical abilities decline.”
As we mentioned earlier, would a condo with an HOA fee be worth the added peace of mind of not having to do the maintenance work yourself?
“Elderly homeowners can be targets for scams or break-ins. Living in a home with security features, such as a manned gate house, resident-only access and a security system can bring peace of mind.”
As scary as that thought may be, any additional security and an extra set of eyes looking out for you always adds to peace of mind.
“Renting won’t do if the dog can’t come too! The companionship of pets can provide emotional and physical benefits.”
Evaluate all of your options when it comes to bringing your ‘furever’ friend with you to a new home. Will there be necessary additional deposits if you are renting or in a condo? Is the backyard fenced in? How far are you from your favorite veterinarian?
“No one wants to picture themselves in a wheelchair or a walker, but the home layout must be able to accommodate limited mobility.”
Sixty is the new 40, right? People are living longer and are more active in retirement, but that doesn’t mean that down the road you won’t need your home to be more accessible. Installing handrails and making sure your hallways and doorways are wide enough may be a good reason to look for a home that was built to accommodate these needs.
“Is the new home close to the golf course, or to shopping and dining? Do you have amenities within easy walking distance? This can add to home value!”
How close are you to your children and grandchildren? Would relocating to a new area make visits with family easier or more frequent? Beyond being close to your favorite stores and restaurants, there are a lot of factors to consider.
When it comes to your forever home, evaluating your current house for its ability to adapt with you as you age can be the first step to guaranteeing your comfort in retirement. If after considering all these factors you find yourself curious about your options, let’s get together to evaluate your ability to sell your house in today’s market and get you into your dream retirement home!
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Date Last Updated: 2018-03-18