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Li, Home Seller in Eatontown, NJ

we're looking for a smaller home for next year. is the spring the best time to list our 4 BR home, and buy a smaller one?

Asked by Li, Eatontown, NJ Mon Jul 12, 2010

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Hi Li
The average days on the market before an owner has received a contract on their home in your area is well over 120 days. From that point you would typically have to wait a minimum of 4 - 6 weeks to close. So I'd highly recommend you give yourself ample time to get your home sold before buying another one. No one knows what the market will be like next year but in todays market prices have come down significantly & interest rates are very attractive to well qualified buyers. Since the buyers tax credit expiration NJ pending sales have dipped quite a bit , but those that show well & are competitively priced are still selling. So think about your situation & plan ahead. You will have more competition in the Spring market but honestly anytime you are ready is the best time to sell your home.

Joan Congilose CRS, GRI, e-Pro
RE/MAX Central Manalapan
(732) 972-1000 ext:364
(732) 232-5277
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
Hi Li, you've gotten good advice, and based on the local market considerations, a consistent message to list sooner rather than later to avoid what may be a flood of inventory next spring and the overall negative effect of time on pricing. I think Susan's advice is sound - I'd give her a call. Good luck to you - my husband and I will be facing the same downsizing challenge very soon.

Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
Hi Li -

First thing is that you are in the right frame of mind to start now, due diligence is the key to any transaction so it is good to see that you are starting now. What "I" would do is this.

Start interviewing Realtors now, get the necessary information on which agent and company will be a good fit for you, make sure you see what is going to be done for you, recent advertising, internet information and so on.. see it in your hands, do not just go with someone that tells you they can do it.

Then, List your home for sale. NOW. This is the time to sell your home... the fall and winter, everyone thinks they are going to get a bargain.... with the holidays, school starting.. Not much will happen until the spring after the end of September. Buyers usually look to get a home in the winter at the lowest price.
Pricing is the key ... price your home correctly and you should see buyers. If you get a good offer.. do the math.. if it works do it, put the money in the bank and then start looking for a home. You will be in the driver’s seat.

My office is close, call and let’s do a CMA on your property and discuss a marketing plan to help you achieve your goals.

John Sacktig
Broker / Manager
Orange Key Realty
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010

Real estate is based on location, so I can't speak directly to your home and location. But in my area, larger homes are probably going to go down more in value. So if I were you I would find out where the market for your home is trending. Will it go down in value by spring of next year? If it might, are the size homes you want to move into also going to go down, or have they stabilized or even going up? How will interest rates affect you. Right now they are excellent, we don't know what next spring will bring. Depending on circumstances, you might not want to wait till next spring.

It would not hurt to talk to a couple of your local, active real estate agents and ask their opinion. Find out what they have to say, and crunch numbers. Its better to know now when the best time might be to sale, as opposed to finding out next spring that you should have sold this summer.

Good luck, and remember no one has a crystal ball (I wish I did!)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010
Li aka homeseller...

In my honest opinion, even though I am not a realtor, it would be best now. There many reasons why, which I wrote about here.


But think about it... the positive to next year, yes, home values could be a tad lower. That is good for the buyers, but that won't be good for you. Plus, there could be less buyers next year than this year. Rates are the lowest sine 1971... and lending guidelines could get even tougher in the next year.

So I would list now and buy now....


cell : 609-440-5133 e-mail : jbelonger@ihmci.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010
Li - As you know, Ft. Monmouth is closing this September. I am also an Eatonown Resident and go to many of the Town Meetings to get an inside scoop on how our town is handeling all of this. You should call me so I can tell you what I know, it does affect the market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 16, 2011

Having not read the responses ot others, I would first ask if u qualify foir an adtive adulty community? - those who are seeking "smaller homes" most often qualify to enter einto such developments.

As for the spring market or else, there re two mindsets.

(1) Real estate is cyclical and while listing your home in the spring is often recommended due the the vomume of buyer available at that time, your competition is much greater.

(2) While listing in the fall may net u less "looker" those who "look" may be more serious buyers.

Please to not hestate to contact me direct for a more comprable analysis as Real Estate is specific right own the the "local" market and this the best way to serve your best interest,

Love and Peace,
Francesca Patrizio
Web Reference: http://www.PatrizioRE.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 16, 2010
Hi Li,
There's been lots of good advice here, but there's another very local reason that I would try to get squared away and market your home this year. Fort Monmouth is closing down and I believe that next year will bring tons of new homes to the market in Eatontown and Tinton Falls.

Right now, the inventory can use some new entries after the Spring rush. I would get a storage device like a POD, clear out and get it on the market while interest rates are low and the inventory is not too high. Today, there are just 51 single family homes on the market in Eatontown and 11 Under Contract. That is a comfortable margin these days.

I'm based right in Red Bank and would be happy to sit down and discuss your plans and give you a comprehensive market analysis to help your family with your decision.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
You might want to look at the link below.
Normally I advise owners to sell during spring market because that is the time that the greatest quantity of buyers are ready to buy. They want to enter escrow in May or June so they can move in July and be ready for school in August.

However, if you look at the statistics supplied by Trulia, in your market, your average value per square foot is declining 10.7% year. I would definitely talk with a Realtor immediately and find out what is going on with your niche of the market. In most market larger homes tend to lose value more quickly and to a greater degree because there are fewer buyers for more expensive homes.

If you are in fact seeing a significant decline in value, then I would recommend having the Realtor analyze your property's marketability:
1. If you sold it now, as is, what could you get for it?
2. If you invested some time and effort and fixed it up, how much?
3. What is the tradeoff in waiting for next spring?

Interest rates are very low right now, so there are buyers that are looking for homes to buy. Generally when interest rates decline, home prices go up ( and vice versa). We do not know where interest rates will be in the future.

Good luck.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
OK, Li. It's a good idea to use this time wisely and productively to better prepare yourself for when the time comes to sell your home. And keep in mind that if the market continues to slide, you're better off selling earlier and will probably buy your next home at a slightly lower price too! In addition to Trulia and the other real estate websites, I keep track of private sales through tax records, and of course the MLS system. I can easily send you property updates in both Eatontown and the area in which you are looking to buy. Just e-mail me at johnskronski@remax.net. This way you'll have the best updated information in order to make your decisions. My Remax office is among the best in the area so you'll be getting the best help. Hope to hear from you, and thanks for the opportunity to offer my services. This decision for your family is very important, so give them the best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
Thank you all for your answers and advice! We need to clean up (and out!) our home so that it will show well. we have one child with one year left in the school system, which plays into our timetable (should have included that!)
That being said, we decided to use this summer to shop our next neighborhood, and watch the few comps sales activity. we are fortunate that we are not upside down in our mortgage, but really just don't have the need or want to maintain a large home and yard.
Thank you all again for your answers- it made for some lively conversation home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 13, 2010
I expect lower prices for some time to come. That means the sooner it is listed the better chance you have for getting a better (higher) price.

Consider the site below and what it says.
Vast numbers of New Jersey residents fleeing the state as a result of rising job losses and one of the highest two tax bases in the country is projected to delay any come back in the housing market through the year. However, home sales are expected to rise as the states housing markets move towards stabilizing.

Beyond that there is a very good reason to list it sooner. If you sell your house you can always rent until you buy again. If you do not sell your house you will be stuck in place. Listing sooner gives you more time to sell compared to waiting to list it for sale. If it takes you 9 months to sell and you allow 6 months before you move it could be a problem. If you allow 18 months to sell and you sell in 3 months you can look to buy immediately or just rent for a year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010
Hi Li,

The other responses have provided quite a bit of valuable information. I agree that it's probably best to consider listing your home within the next month or so and at a realistic price. From your perspective, you will be able to test the market and address buyers who can make avail of the historically low interest rates (which might change nine months from now). At the same time, you will also have the advantage of lower mortgage rates on the new home you purchase. The spring market is more vibrant; most sellers want to match their efforts to the school cycle, i.e., list in the spring and close by early summer so the new owners can ensure their kids will be fully acclimated into the new neighborhood. Yet, this results in too many homes being listed at the same time. This has a negative impact on home prices, which are alreay at historic lows. In essence, list now at a realilstic price (something for which I have several formulas) with a realtor you feel you can trust and work together over the next six months (it's not a good idea to change realtors). I've worked in Eatontown as a realtor and Eatontown is quite desirable. Let me know if you'd like to discuss any of this in a non-committal chat.

With friendly greetings,

Jerald Goldstein
Realtor/Sales Associate
732/740-8888 (mobile)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010
it is not always about the time of yr three things sell your home Location, Condition and price. Real estate is an on going market there are people looking to buy in cold weather and people to buy in warm weather. They say spring and fall are your best times to buy or sell I think they are the best times for activity. You get serious buuyers and a lot of lookers because more people are out and less money holidays. Trust me there are always people looking for homes and at anytime of yr. The most important thing to remember is everyone needs to call somewhere home and if you price it correctly and your realtor is marketing and advertising your home way it should be you should sell at anytime. Now if you owe more than your home is worth in todays market thats a different situation but that question was not asked...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010

Ps.. I didn't mean to ignore your full question. You said that you are looking for a smaller home next year. Can I ask this question. Is there a reason why you want to do this next year? Does it not fit into your plans to do this now? Just something I would need to know to better help you with your question.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 12, 2010
Not necessarily, Li. You'll be joining a long list of potential sellers by that time. And there is a long list already! If you price it properly, you can sell it quickly. If not, this market may take a while for you to get what you would like. Contact me to help you and I can explain to you personally and in better detail. Thanks -- John
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