The answer is very simple. The population of South Bend in 1960 was 132.445. The population of South Bend in 2010 was 101,166. That means there are more than 30,000 fewer people in South Bend today than there were in 1960. Rose Keyser explained WHY the population is down without mentioning the fact that it is, in fact, down,
So the number of people is down but the number of houses is probably about the same. When an imbalance like that occurs, the excess housing is going to go up for sale. And since the housing glut cuts down on rental demand too, landlords aren't buying either. Therefore, there's a lot of property on the market.... more
I can tell you that whether or not a home sells in today's housing market depends on three factors: presentation, price, and promotion. Let's call them the three Ps. In a less competitive market, you may be able to get away with neglecting one or even two of these areas, but current real estate conditions are unforgiving. To produce a qualified offer on your home, your agent will need to employ an integrated strategy encompassing all three of these components.
Presentation: Most buyers know if they'll be interested in a home within the first five to ten seconds of walking through the door, so making a great first impression is critical. Ask your agent what buyers are looking for, and and have him help you stage your property to make it as appealing to prospective buyers as possible.
Price: Pricing a home correctly is part science and part art. It's also a crucial component of your sales strategy, since your home won't attract buyers if it's priced too high. Have your agent provide you with an expert assessment of your home's market value, but of course the pricing decision is ultimately yours to make.
Promotion: Your agent will need to craft a cutting-edge marketing plan designed specifically for your home. Premier placement on real estate web sites, online and print advertising, toll-free numbers and text messages, email campaigns, direct mail, brochures, flyers, postcards, open houses, and virtual tours are just a few of the strategies that can be utilized to promote your property.... more
I'm a full time Realtor and investor in St. Joseph County. I'm very familiar with the 46628 area code as I currently have listings in that location and have bought/sold there in the past. My email address is Josh4Homes@comcast.net. Feel free to send me any pertinent information and I'll be happy to lend you my professional opinion on your situation. Who knows, I might be interested in purchasing one or all of your homes myself or I could have a buyer too. Let's talk.