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Barry Shaw - CENTURY 21 Affiliated - Hudson WI

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Most people don’t buy their “forever house” right out of the gate. It’s hard to afford a home that has the size and amenities you want on your first (or even second) purchase. So most people start out with something a little smaller, needing some work, or not in their ideal location. The plan is usually to spend a few years in it, then sell it to buy a bigger, better home in your ideal neighborhood once you’ve built up some equity.

That typical trajectory has been put on pause for a lot of homeowners over the past few years because there just hasn’t been enough “move-up” homes to choose from. No matter what the market is like, it’s not uncommon for sellers to be concerned about finding the exact home they want to buy. So the low inventory of houses, and the fierce competition over the past few years, has actually compounded those two problems by causing so many potential move-up buyers to not even put their house on the market.

But if you’ve been waiting to sell your house and buy a move-up home, the time may finally be right! Here are four reasons that, when combined, create a strong argument for selling and buying a move-up home right now:

Increasing inventory.
First and foremost, you should have more move-up homes to choose from. According to data in this realtor.com article, the number of existing homes for sale is up 15%, and new construction is up 5%.

Do keep in mind that those are nationally based statistics, so those percentages may be lower or higher in your particular area. But overall, the trend is showing that you should have more options than you’ve had in quite a while.

Lots of equity built up.
According to this REALTOR Magazine article, the average homeowner has gained $240,000 in equity in just the past 10 years! Even people who’ve only been in their house for the past 5 years are averaging around $155,000 in equity gains. So while you may have felt stuck in your home and unable to move up for the past few years, that time has been profitable for you.

Still not too much seller competition…
While inventory is increasing as mentioned above, the market isn’t flooded with listings for you to compete with at this point. But the general sense is that the number of houses for sale, and the time it takes to sell a house, will increase more in the not-too-distant future. So listing your house soon can help you capitalize on less competition and increase your odds of selling for as much money as possible and in the quickest amount of time.

…and still able to call the shots with buyers.

Ideally, sellers love to find a buyer who will not only give them the price they want, but also favorable terms, like a longer or flexible closing date so they have time to search for a move-up home. Those aren’t the easiest terms to get if the market shifts more (or even drastically) in favor of buyers. So if there was ever a good time to look for a new house, it’s now.

The past few years haven’t been the best market conditions for selling your house in order to buy a move-up home. But with increases in inventory and equity, and yet still less competition than there may soon be, now may be the perfect time. Of course, make sure to speak with a local real estate agent you trust (ahem!) to help you assess your particular situation. This way you can make an educated decision based upon your equity, local listing inventory, and buyer competition.

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What my clients are saying  

Barry is the best in the business! He exceeds expectations and truly cares about the people he is working with! Thanks Barry, we look forward to working with you again.


~ Kelli Joy

"Great experience would use Barry again. All worked out well. Excellent experience."


~ Collette

First time home buyer, and he was great to work with! I will definitely be using Barry in the future! Best guy in the business!


~ Jon K.

"Pleasure to work with. Answered all of our questions and always responded promptly. Made his schedule flexible to fit ours. Overall great experience."


~ Brad

"Barry helped my husband and I buy our first house. A lot of people advised me when I started talking about the home buying process that it was very stressful and time consuming. Yes, it felt a little stressful but I have to say buying our first house was a smooth transaction. Barry was excellent with communication. I prefer using my email since I don't always have my cell phone on me. Barry was very quick at replying to all my emails and was always very polite. Barry was also very professional when setting up showings for us, showing the house and at closing. When we received a counter offer on the house from the owner I wasn't sure how to go about it. Barry walked me through all possible options. The options he gave with his opinions felt trustworthy (he wasn't just trying to make the sell). I also really liked that Barry was laid back. He has a calm and friendly demeanor, made him a pleasure to work with!"


~ Katarina

I chose to work with Barry because he was recommended by a good friend. Barry was amazing. The process went smoothly because he constantly kept us up to date on EVERYTHING. I have already recommended Barry to a few people.


~ Liz

I was purchasing this home from out of state and Barry carefully chose a beautiful home for me and my price range.He carefully listened and answered all questions and was always available.I would highly recommend him!This was the perfect place to come home to.


~ Mike

This realtor is more on selling your home and investing his time and money into it. He works with you and is very respectable of your home. I have not found another realtor that cares about you selling your home instead of how much money they make. He is the best by far!! I have also heard from others how nice this person is and how helpful he is; who goes out of his way to please!


~ KT N

Barry was wonderful to work with, especially as I was a first-time home buyer and being completely novice with the home buying process. From working with me on affordable homes and proffering advice, and knowing when it was right to delegate concerns as appropriate, Barry definitely knew my needs and interests in a home. His approach is no-nonsense. Definitely not pushy. On the contrary -- On the day I saw the home of my dreams, there were still a couple homes on the list to check out and he had asked me if I was sure I didnt want to see them. I'd said no, but it was fantastic he encouraged me to try one or two other homes. But even my mum has an old adage - when the right house is found, one knows straightaway that is the one. And he was very helpful for a post-sale issue too. Am most grateful! And he's right - living in Wisconsin is fantastic. Barry is highly recommended - again, much thanks!


~ David

If you are looking for a new home Barry Shaw is your guy. He is excellent! He found us the home of our dreams and helped us with all of our questions through closing. Thank you Barry!!


~ Robb

Barry understands all the emotions you go through when buying/selling your home. He responded to emails quickly. He set up home showings quickly for my husband and I to view. His negotiation skills are excellent. I highly recommend Barry to sell your house or find the house you always wanted! He found the perfect house for my family.


~ Jennifer

It was very enjoyable to have Barry show us houses in Prescott,WI. and surrounding areas. He was responsive in showing us the homes we were interested in, with no pressure. He was very helpful.


~ MC

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