This question is about timing. We plan to sell in Rogers and buy in Maple Grove.

Asked by Meg, Rogers, AR Wed Feb 18, 2009

Equal value but very different properties. We don't have to move now but would prefer to, pretty soon. Should we wait a year or so until the market bottoms out?

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Aaron Dickin…, Agent, Champlin, MN
Wed Feb 18, 2009
Prices on houses may fall a little further in the next year but interest rates are unlikely to be this low 12 months from now, which could dramatically affect affordability. If rates go up to 6% again (which is still very low) then you're losing $1000's in buying power.

The conditions today are great to buy... we don't know if it will get better or worse in a year so it is a gamble. I'm of the mind to lock in a good situation now versus HOPING that a good will get better. Compared to what the market was a few years ago, we're in so much better of a position.
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Nick Johnson, Agent, Maple Grove, MN
Fri Aug 31, 2012
The Real Estate business is a seasonal one and the fall market which primarily lasts Labor Day through October is one of those times of year where buyer activity is high. I think its been mentioned below as well but you can't count on the interest rates staying where they are at, especially with an upcoming election. A few thousand dollars one way or another is not as significant as a 1% uptick in interest rates. I know the Maple Grove market extremely well, if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
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Eric Helmers, Agent, Maple Grove, MN
Thu Feb 4, 2010
Prices are inclinded to continue to fall over the next year as there is a large set of REO(Foreclosures) still to come to market. Also, the resale value in Rogers may not be as high as in Maple Grove if properties are similar. You should look to have a highly detailed market done on your property and an analysis of the neighborhood you intend on moving into. During the month of December, you had a total of 5 single family and 7 townhomes sell in all of Rogers. You will need to have your pricing spot on and have the property in tip top condition in order to be successful. I have the experience and knowlege you will need for both setting your pricing and staging your home with as little money as possible.
Here are links to market reports for Rogers and Maple Grove. I work out of Maple Grove and live in St..Michael, so I am very familiar with your current and future neighborhoods.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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Susan Hoffla…, Agent, Shoreview, MN
Wed Feb 18, 2009
Meg, you may want to consider looking in to a swapping situation. Check this article to see what I'm talking about. It may or may not work for you, but you want to have all options at your disposal. In any event, doing any kind of real estate transaction without having a professional REALTOR involved raises your level of risk considerably. Here's an article that will help you make some decisions.
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Brad Anderson, Agent, Maple Grove, MN
Wed Feb 18, 2009
This is a question that many people have. The answer is not an easy one, with interest rates at 4.75%, the affordability of housing is high. if you are motivated to sell,(price it right), your home will sell. I have had clients lose out on a number of houses, because of multiple offers. As far as finding a home in Maple Grove, this is an excellent time to buy. I live in Maple Grove, and I can tell you that prices are better than they have been for years. Hope this helps. Any questions, please contact me.
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Natalia Hals, , Woodbury, MN
Wed Feb 18, 2009

Your question is a common one right now. A couple things; no one knows exactly when the market will drop out and in order to sell in this market a seller has to have a different mindset.

Right now the market is flooded with homeowners who want to sell, but do not have the motivation or need to stick it through in this market.Their homes are usually overpriced and are on the market longer. They also tend to expire without a sale.

Patience is not only a virtue but a requirement. There is a lot of inventory out there for buyers to choose from, you want to make sure 1. they know yours is available (marketing) and 2. that it priced competitively-- the faster you need to sell the lower under market value it should be.

Work with a Realtor who has an aggressive marketing plan. Gone are the days when we can place a home on the MLS and a sign in the yard. Trust and much communication with your Realtor is needed more than ever.

Keep in mind that the money you may lose in the sell may be made up in your next purchase. The choice is yours, if you do not have to move and you are having a hard time with not getting what you think your home is worth (market value is what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to sell for) then maybe you should wait it out.

I address this and more on a presentation that I use for a webinar "What It Takes To Get Your Home Sold in a Shifting Market". You can email me if you are interested in a copy. Again, no one knows when the bottom will drop out so you need to be okay with waiting 1 year or 3 or more. But if you need to move, be willing to do what it takes so that you can move on to the next phase of your life.
I hope this helps.
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