How Can You Take Advantage of Trussville Real Estate?

Today I’ll be updating you briefly on the state of the Trussville real estate market. The question that we’re seeing a lot of is whether this market is catering to buyers or sellers. This really depends on your price point and the condition of your home. Overall, we’re seeing a little bit of both from everyone.

We have found that sellers who are pricing their homes too high are sitting on the market much longer. Homes that are priced well and in good condition are selling very quickly right now. This is partially due to the low inventory that we’re seeing all around town.

Because of this low inventory, we are seeing home prices rising around Trussville. This is leaving a lot of people pleasantly surprised by the value that their home is worth when it sells. However, you will need to sell quickly in order to capitalize on these market conditions.

Interest rates are also still very low and favorable to buyers. They are in the low 4% range, and this will allow you to save thousands of dollars worth of interest payments over the lifetime of your loan. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the surrounding areas, there are a lot of great opportunities in this area. If you’re renting, you can own a home for less money per month. It’s simply a great time to get involved in the real estate market.

We look forward to helping you when you decide to buy or sell!

2016 Quarterly Wrap Up for Trussville Real Estate

Today, I want to talk to you about how the first quarter has turned out and what to expect from real estate for the rest of the year. 

We had an outstanding 2015, finishing the year with 156 homes sold and $32 million in volume. This year, we set our goal to sell 200 homes and produce $40 million in volume. I’m absolutely thrilled to say that at the end of the first quarter, we are right on track! We have sold 51 homes and we are right at the $10 million mark. 

Josh and Lauren are doing a tremendous job marketing properties, getting values that homeowners want, and selling properties quickly. On the buy side, Sandy, Allen, Allyson, Josh Hudson and I are finding what buyers need very quickly. Our admin Lindsey is doing a great job keeping track of paperwork, and Natalie and Arayah help behind the scenes so we’re on top of everything. 

Finally, I want to thank you for helping us grow. We truly appreciate your referrals. We have a lot left to accomplish, but we are looking forward to a fantastic 2016. If you have any real estate questions, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you! 

How Professional Photography Sells Trussville Homes

When selling your home, do you really need a professional photographer? I would say the answer is absolutely yes! 

Our team started using professional photography three years ago and we were amazed at the difference. The purpose of these photos is to get people to come see your home. The majority of our clients identify the homes they want to see on the Internet using sites like Zillow, Trulia, or 

Homes that do not have intriguing or high-quality photographs tend to get skipped over. It’s very important to hire a real estate photographer who not only takes good pictures, but also knows the kind of photos that will appeal to buyers. 

As a buyer’s agent, my role is to show homes. A lot of times, I’ll hear a client say, “This home looks much better than it did online.” On the listing side, we’ve taken over listings that sat on the market and expired. Part of our process is taking professional pictures, so when we take over these listings, they sell. We also stage the home so it looks amazing in the photographs.

If you have any questions about today’s video or about real estate in general, give us a call or send us an email. My team and I would be happy to help you! 

What’s the First Step in the Home Buying Process?

How and when should you pick a lender when you plan on buying a home? 

The lender is one of the most critical parts of the home buying process. First of all, we want to make sure you qualify for a loan. A lender can help you identify any nicks or bruises on your credit report and offer suggestions to help improve your score. 

It’s critical for us as your Realtor to know how much you qualify for. We will use that information to help you determine what you can afford for a monthly payment. Just because you can afford a $200,000 house, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to be comfortable with that monthly payment. 

A lender will take all of your financial information in order to help you understand the kind of home you should be looking for, how much it’s going to cost you up front, and what it will cost you on a monthly basis. This information helps us, as the Realtor, find homes that fit into your specific criteria. 

Now that we’ve identified that you need a great lender, how do we go about finding one? Well, most Realtors have a list of lenders they’ve worked with in the past who have done a tremendous job. This is such a critical part of the real estate transaction that we do everything we can to find you a good lender who has a fantastic reputation. It’s important to be comfortable with this individual, as you will be sharing a lot of personal documents and your time with them.

Once you find a good lender, they will provide you with what’s called a Good Faith Estimate. This is a document that gives you a good idea of, once you’ve identified a home, how much your down payment is going to be, how much your interest is going to be, and how much your monthly payment is going to be. This will help you find exactly the right home for exactly the right price, and the transaction will be as smooth as possible!

If you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

Thank You for a Great 2015, Trussville!

We had a fantastic 2015! We want to say thank you to all of our friends, family, clients, and vendors who help us do this. We started out in 2015 with only Josh and I. Josh took the lead with listings and I worked with buyers while both of our wives helped out. Josh's wife, Natalie, did a tremendous job handling our paperwork. My wife, Arayah, helped out with marketing.

We had set an outrageous goal of selling 150 homes and doing $20 million in volume. As the year progressed, we added a couple more team members. Lauren Heymann moved here from Louisiana, and she has done an amazing job on the listing side. Later, Sandy Mills joined me to help out on the buying side. They are both fantastic agents!

Thanks to our new team members and your referrals, we ended the year with 156 homes sold and $31 million in volume, surpassing both of our goals!

Thank you to everyone who helped us create this amazing year. We have bigger, more ambitious goals for 2016. We recently added another buyer specialist to our team, Allen Kennemur. He will help us reach our new goals to sell 200 homes and do $40 million in volume.

As you can see, we are super excited for 2016! Thank you again, and we look forward to working with you in the future!

We Have Some Very Exciting News for You

In an effort to provide you with a better experience as a customer, The Josh Vernon Group switched brokerages. We moved to join Brik Realty! Brik is a local brokerage that was started out of Birmingham.

We really admire the founder and owner of the company, Gusty Gulas. He runs a top team in Birmingham, and we admire him as a friend and as a business partner. We will be adopting his systems and processes in order to become more efficient. 

Overall, Brik Realty offers more technology and passionate young agents are driven towards this brokerage. We believe this will help us grow as a business, but we also think this is in the best interests of our clients. 

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!