Interior Design Tips: July 2012

The Principles of Design

Hi all! Here are some interior design tips & information that may be helpful to you, and your home=) ENJOY 

Repetition: The use of the same visual effect several times in a space. Repetition may produce a sense of harmonious relationships, obviously planned patterns, or rhythmic movements.

Rhythm: A sense of movement created by regulated patterns.

Variety: The use of opposing, contrasting, changing, elaborating, or diversifying elements in a composition to add individualism and interest.

Balance: A feeling of equilibrium in weight. A symmetrical balance is easily achieved by dividing a space in two and identically designing each half. An asymmetrical balance is more difficult to achieve when placing items in a space to create harmony while fulfilling functional requirements.

Proportion: The relationship of object sizes in a space. Proportions are most pleasing when they are based on human and natural elements.

Scale: The relationship of object sizes to the size of the human figure enhances comfort.

As always, feel free to pass along my information to anyone you know who could use real estate advice.

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This Month in Forest Hills Real Estate: July 2012

Forest Hills NY Real Estate Market Update

July 2012 Forest Hills NY Market UpdateAbigail Herrera_Keller Williams Realty Landmark

The Forest Hills housing market continues to recover, evidenced by a balanced supply of inventory as well as improvements in home prices and the number of homes sold. The median home price however, decreased this month from last, dropping to $250,000 compared to $288,000 in May, a 13.2% decrease.

Recently, a growing trend facing certain areas of Queens is tremendous inventory shortages. This isn’t necessarily the case in Forest Hills with 496 properties for sale, however, if you are a Forest Hills Home Buyer & are experiencing limited supply or multiple bidding and competition, it’s extremely important to listen to the advice of your agent and perform all the due diligence that you would normally do in a more balanced market.

With rental rates and buyers’ confidence on the rise due to record-low mortgage rates, the Forest Hills real estate market is heating up, making now one of the most favorable times in history to buy a Forest Hills home.

Forest Hills NY Interest Rates

Forest Hills NY Interest Rates

Mortgage rates around 3.66% continue to boost home affordability-some of the lowest rates on record since 1971. These rates may be as close to the bottom as they will get, adding to the urgency to buy a home now while these record lows hold.

Forest Hills NY Home Sales

Forest Hills, Queens Home sales declined 10% from last month to 44 units, and year-over-year decreases are 35.3%.

Forest Hills NY Home Sales Trends

Total Number of Homes Sold: 44 – Down 10% from last month & down 35.3% from last year. 
  • Residential Homes Sold: 3
  • Condo Homes Sold: 1
  • Co-Op Homes Sold: 40
Forest Hills NY Home Sales
Forest Hills NY Home Prices

The median price for Forest Hills, Queens Homes fell 13.2% from last month, but increased 6.4% compared to a year earlier to $250,000. YTD home prices are down 5.4% compared to last year, a sign that the Forest Hills Real Estate Market is still in a slow recovery process.

Forest Hills NY Home Prices Trends

Median Sale Price: $250,000 – Down 13.2% from last month & Up 6.4% from last year. 

  • Residential Median Sale Price: $275,000
  • Condo Median Sale Price: $287,500
  • Co-Op Median Sale Price: $237,500
Forest Hill NY Coop_Condo_Single_Multi-Family_Home Prices

Forest Hills NY Pending Home Sales

Pending Home Sales in Forest Hills, Queens fell 25.8% from last month but increased 17.9% from a year prior to 46. Some great news regarding Pending Sales are the 5 straight months of year-over-year increases! This is a strong sign of market recovery and should have a positive impact on home prices once these sales close.

Forest Hills NY Pending Home Sales TrendsTotal Number of Pending Home Sales: 46 – Down 25.8% from last month & Up 17.9% from last year.
 
  • Residential Pending Sales: 7
  • Condo Pending Sales: 3
  • Co-Op Pending Sales: 36
Forest Hills NY Coop_Condo_Single Family_Multi-Family Pending Sales

Forest Hills NY Listing Inventory 

Current active listings on the market497

  • 96 New Co-Ops hit the market
  • 3 New Condos
  • 16 New Residential Homes

Absorbtion Rate/Month’s Supply

Time it would take to sell the current inventory at the current rate of sales:

  • This Month – 11.3 months – Up 40.9% from last year
  • Last Year – 8.0 months

NOTE:*6-7 Months is a sign of a stable real estate market. Under 6 months is considered a “Seller’s Market”, over 7 months is considered a “Buyer’s Market”.* 

This Month’s Video 

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Bidding Tips for Forest Hills Queens Home Buyers

As the Forest Hills market continues to heat up, both buyers and sellers are facing multiple offer situations. If you’re a Forest Hills NY Home buyer in a bidding war, here are some tips to give you an edge:

1. Get pre-approved for your loan. Get pre-approved by a local lender and attach a copy to your offer.

2. Think unevenly. An uneven offer price such as $251,000 instead of $250,000, will stand out from the others, and it may just beat an offer that came in at a slightly lower figure with an even bid.

3. Be flexible. The fewer contingencies and the cleaner the offer, the better the chance you have to win a bidding war. Have your agent find out the seller’s ideal closing date, and offer to make it happen.

4. Hide your hand. Determine the highest bid you’re trying to beat, and try to come in over that rather than offering the most you can afford.

5. Don’t get distracted. If you find yourself caught up in the excitement of a bidding war, step back and reassess if the home has everything you want and need.

This Month in Queens Real Estate: July 2012

July 2012 Queens Real Estate Market Update

The Queens housing market continues to recover, evidenced by a balanced supply of inventory as well as improvements in home prices and the number of homes sold. The median home price however, decreased this month from last, dropping to $345,000 compared to $350,000 in May, a 1.4% decrease.

Recently, a growing trend facing certain areas of Queens is tremendous inventory shortages. Abigail Herrera of Keller Williams Realty Landmark advises buyers in markets with limited supply who are seeing multiple bidding and competition between first-time buyers and cash investors that, “It’s extremely important [for buyers] to listen to the advice of your agent and perform all the due diligence that you would normally do in a more
balanced market.”

With rental rates and buyers’ confidence on the rise due to record-low mortgage rates, the market is heating up, making now one of the most favorable times in history to buy a home.

Queens Interest Rates

Mortgage rates around 3.66% continue to boost home affordability-some of the lowest rates on record since 1971. These rates may be as close to the bottom as they will get, adding to the urgency to buy a home now while these record lows hold.

Queens Home Sales

Queens NY Home Sales

Queens NY Home Sales

Queens NY Home sales declined 2.8% from last month to 584 units, and year-over-year decreases are 20.8%. The good news is that in the last 12 months Queens home sales totaled 7,312 and the 12 months before that home sales totaled 7,377. So, the decrease in comparison is actually .09% which is a good sign of market stability.

Queens Home Prices

Queens NY Home Prices

Queens NY Home Prices

Due to an increase in distressed properties on the market in Queens (which includes short sales and foreclosures that traditionally sell for 15%-20% less on average compared to non-distressed homes), the median price for Queens Homes fell 1.4% from last month, but increased 0.6% compared to a year earlier to $345,000. However, this is the third consecutive month of year-over-year price gains so that is a very good sign of overall price stabilization in Queens.

Queens Pending Home Sales

Queens NY Pending Home Sales

Queens NY Pending Home Sales

Pending Home Sales in Queens for the Month of June fell 16.9% from last month and 7% from a year prior to 732. The median pending sale price in Queens also fell 3.6% from last month and 6% from a year prior. The good news is that we have seen pending home sale price gains in Queens for the 3 months prior to June so overall, the Queens real estate market is still outperforming last year’s numbers.

Queens Listing Inventory

Currently there are 8,429 Homes for Sale in Queens County with the median list price of those homes being $350,000. The median sale price being

Bidding Tips for Queens Home Buyers

As many markets continue to heat up, both buyers and sellers are facing multiple offer situations. If you’re a Queens NY Home buyer in a bidding war, here are some tips to give you an edge:

1. Get pre-approved for your loan. Get pre-approved by a local lender and attach a copy to your offer.

2. Think unevenly. An uneven offer price such as $251,000 instead of $250,000, will stand out from the others, and it may just beat an offer that came in at a slightly lower figure with an even bid.

3. Be flexible. The fewer contingencies and the cleaner the offer, the better the chance you have to win a bidding war. Have your agent find out the seller’s ideal closing date, and offer to make it happen.

4. Hide your hand. Determine the highest bid you’re trying to beat, and try to come in over that rather than offering the most you can afford.

5. Don’t get distracted. If you find yourself caught up in the excitement of a bidding war, step back and reassess if the home has everything you want and need.

Home Care Tips & Ideas: July

Hi neighbor,

This is your local Realtor (Abigail Herrera) here to give you some Tips & Ideas to maintain and care for your Home this month…

10 Home Care Tips & Ideas for the Month of July: 

  1. Trim shrubbery around the walls
  2. Trim tree limbs away from the roof
  3. Remove tree limbs, branches, or debris as needed. Each can attract insects.
  4. Check siding for damage, warping, or rot.
  5. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  6. Check for damaged, loose, or missing shingles.
  7. Check painting surfaces for damage or flaking.
  8. Check chimneys for deteriorating bricks and mortar.
  9. Check window and door screens; Replace or patch if needed.
  10. Check driveway, walkway, and patios for cracks or deterioration and reseal or repair as necessary.

That’s all I have for you today – I hope you find this information useful=)

As always, feel free to share my contact information with anyone you know who could use real estate advice.

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