Real Estate Blog

The Beginning

Jennifer and I got married in 2001 after dating through college.  We were always big dreamers.  We loved to talk about business ideas and exotic locations we wanted to travel to.  Upon getting married we had the crazy idea to move to California.  I was a Navy Brat so I had packed my fair share of moving boxes in my life but Jennifer was ready to set sail and see where the winds would carry us.  I was happy to accommodate her.  So after we got back from our honeymoon we packed up our rental truck and drove across the country and ended up in San Diego.  Both of us were newly out of college and both of us were in sales so we knew that no matter where we ended up we would be able to find employment.  San Diego was an amazing place, but we

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Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make:

  1. Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home

Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on number one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

If you currently live in a 3-4-bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families

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When we have a real estate market like we are in now where inventory is low and there are buyers chomping at the bit to buy homes the natural tendency for some seller's is to try and sell it on their own.  Before Jennifer and I started selling homes for a living we would have thought the exact same thing.  Why not right?  You can save all that money on commissions.  Now that we are in the business and have seen our fair share of "bro deals" go bad we wanted to share the pit falls that most homeowners don't think about and why would they.  Sometimes you don't know what you don't know.  

What if we told you we can get you the same or more money than you would by selling it on your own even after paying for our services.  In most cases homes that are for

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"What if my home sells and I can't find a home to buy?????"

In a seller's market like we are in, this is most common question that we hear.  We understand that the thought of being homeless is pretty scary.  We get that.  It is especially hard when a client wants to buy a home in a highly sought after neighborhood.  Well that is of course unless you hire the Ziemers.  If you have ever had the opportunity to see our marketing presentation, one of the promises we make to our clients is that we will work both HARD and SMART to ensure that our clients needs are met.  So what does that look like if a client can't find a home?  We have number of techniques that we utilize that produce results for our clients.  

Social Media:  We have a proven strategy

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How to Choose an Inspector

We have a short list of inspectors that we have worked with in the past that we can recommend to you. Realtor.com suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
  1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection & if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
  2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
  3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients that you can call to ask about their experience.
  4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a
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What is the best school in Virginia Beach?  That is a difficult question to answer.  It is not as black and white as one would think.  With the abundance of online ratings metrics it should be as simple as looking at the school in the number one position.... but it isn't that easy.  Schools are like children, every parent thinks their kid (school) is the best.  If you ask me which elementary school in Virginia Beach is the best, I will tell you Alanton.  Why, well because I have had 3 children go to school there and we have had an outstanding experience.  To an outsider though the online rating says that Alanton is only a 6 and the school down the street is a 10.  Well that's a no brainer, right.....  So I did a little digging to find out why there is

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People always ask us when the best time to list their home is.  While Spring has always been thought of as the best time to sell a home, our business has shown that we do quite a bit of business in the winter too.  This article and study puts some data behind what we have always found to be the case.  Winter is a great time to sell.  Less inventory and more motivated buyers equals better offers and quick closings.  Let us know if you would like to discuss your home sale options.  We are here to offer our expert opinion on how to sell your home for the most amount of money.  

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the

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If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on realtor.com listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned:

“Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and styling, and most aren’t interested in renovating post-purchase.”

Kitchen remodels can be pricey, with many complete remodels costing $20,000 or more. But not every kitchen needs a full remodel. There are many smaller projects that will help buyers see themselves trying their favorite Pinterest recipe in your home!

Here are a couple of project ideas that, if you’re handy or know someone who is, could end up

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Buying is Now 37.7% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 17.4% less expensive in Honolulu (HI), all the way up to 53.2% less expensive in Miami & West Palm Beach (FL), and 37.7% nationwide!

Other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low, and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.
  • Home prices would have to appreciate by a range of over 23% in Honolulu (HI),
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