Realtors Hopeful that Home Sales will Heat Up with the Temperatures

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- As temperatures continue to warm up, more people are starting the search for a new home, while others are considering selling.

It's been a rough winter for homes sales across the country, but as we head into spring Realtors are optimistic that the market will pick up.

Rocky Chipokas, a Realtor with Skogman Realty. says the market is neutral right now, meaning it's a good time to buy and sell.
Realtor Nick Conrey with Skogman adds that they really need more listings. He has a number of clients who want to buy, but can't find the right home.

According to the Realtors, a lot of buyers right now are looking not only at the home itself but the outdoor living space. Patios, covered porches and fire pits in the back yard are all very popular.

On the other hand, sales of two story homes are declining -- buyers are looking for single story or ranch style homes. If you are looking to sell, our Realtors advise making each room look as big as possible and making some other small changes that can make a big difference.

"Clean up clutter, that kind of thing," Skogman Realtor Nick Conrey said. "Replace your light bulbs, do a little touch up paint, if you see some caulking on your counter tops, maybe that wall pulled away this winter, fixed that up so you don't have that gap, stuff like that."

Conrey adds that while minor improvements can go a long way, be careful with how much you spend fixing up your home before selling it, as you likely won't get all your money back.

He says just because you put $30,000 worth of improvements into your home, it won't automatically be worth $30,000 more, although higher-dollar improvements, like granite counter tops, may make your home sell faster.
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