When Bainbridge Island realtor Crystal Hill hears her clients ask the questions like “Is now a good time to buy or sell?” or “Is the market going to crash?” she does her best to reassure them.
“We’re not going back to 2008,” says Hill, of Chill Homes/Keller Williams Realty. “Even though some people may be struggling, the employment rate isn’t going down and things are changing and thriving in a different way. I want to reassure people that the bottom of the market is not going to drop out!”
And when asked “Is now a good time to buy or sell?”
“Prices are going down, but values are rising,” Hill says. “If you wait to buy, you could get priced out. You don’t have to buy your dream home right off the bat, you can buy something that is a stepping stone to getting there. See it as an investment that you can improve on, making changes to your house to get the best market value – equity is key.”
For those thinking about selling, Hill encourages them to call her for a comparative market report, and consider these tips as you prepare to list your home:
- Take care of deferred maintenance.
- Freshen landscaping for curb appeal.
- Paint to neutralize design choices and freshen your space.
For prospective home buyers, Hill also shares this expert advice:
- Don’t worry about getting into a bidding war – write an offer and do the best you can.
- If you love it and the price is in your budget, write an offer for it.
- If you love it, but it is slightly over your budget, keep an eye on it. If the home sits on the market, you can put in a lower offer.
“Crystal Hill is the greatest real estate agent anyone could ever ask for,” raves a satisfied client. “She went above and beyond helping us to navigate the entire home buying process. She was genuinely interested in finding us the perfect house, not just selling one. She worked with the selling agent, guiding us through the bidding competition, and negotiated an amazing deal.
She is very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly – I highly recommend Crystal!”
Clients appreciate working with a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent, and a committed ally negotiating on your behalf to streamline selling or buying your home – all with the backing of a trusted company like Keller Williams Realty.
“I have a knack for helping others navigate systems that can at times be overwhelming and challenging,” Hill says. “It pays to have a strong, creative real estate agent who can negotiate on your behalf.”