• Christina Rice

Movin' On Up

Updated: Sep 11

How do you define moving up? I have a few ideas, but I think you can look at moving up in so many ways. Let's uncover just a few.


If you're a family, it's easy to find yourself getting squeezed out of your current home, because well, kids come with a lot of stuff. I've lived throuh this, my friends have lived this, and I've watched my clients experience this first hand.


It may be time for bigger digs or at least a home with more storage, a bigger yard, or simply one more bedrooms.


Times have changed and with more families working from home, it may be that mom or dad needs an office. Perhaps the kids are a little older now, and they used to share a room. Now, they're wanting their own space.


A lot of times, it comes down to storage too.. Some older homes just don' t have the storage that we require today for all of our toys (adult and kid toys included). If it's storage, I'll look for solutions for you in each home. Maybe there's a home you love, but the current homeowner hasn't defined the space well. We won't discount that property until we know for sure.


If it's yard space you require, of course, we'll look at homes with bigger lots. But if you find a home you like, and the backyard is lack-luster, let's take another look. Can we clear some bushes and steal some space? Can a little landscaping go a long way to give you that yard you desire? We won't leave a stone unturned.



Perhaps, moving up in your case is actually downsizing. What? Yes, you did hear that correctly.


You've been there and done that, and it's time to pack it up for a new adventure. You seek to live a little lighter, find a home with less yard maintenance, or even fewer rooms to heat, cool and clean. You may want to sell the big house and hit the road, see the world or be closer to family. That's movin' up in my book!


Moving all your belongings can feel overwhelming, but with a little organization, it can be less daunting. I've been know to help you organize your belongings into categories - keep, toss and donate. I'm even ready to roll up and sleeps and help pack and lift. The conversations we have during this time are part of why I love this job so much.



Maybe your view of moving up is finally purchasing that investment property!


You're secure in your home, and you've saved enough for a down payment and managed your money carefully to qualify for another loan. That is smart, and I have to say, there's no doubt that qualifies as movin' on up!


Investment properties excite me.


If it's a rental, I love walking through potential properties with my client and showing them what design elements can be done to get top dollar for rent. I know what tenants want, and I know how to get those things without breaking the bank. Let's crunch those numbers and get you some cash flow!


If you're looking to flip a property, I say go for it! I must admit, it is hard to find properties today priced low enough to rehab it and sell for a profit, but it isn't impossible. I just need to manage your expectations. Together we need patience to wait for the right property to pop up at the right time.


The lack of inventory in the current market as a whole has caused prices to increase because of simple demand. So, many of the homes that need to be remodeled are priced too high. Why? Beacuse buyers are paying higher prices just to get a property today. A buyer who will live in the property and fix it over time can afford to may a little more for it because they don't need to get a profit from it.


I don't mean to discourage you, but these are the current facts on the ground. Like I said before, it is tough to find these types of properties on the market, but perhaps we go for something off-market. I have strategies we an use to find distressed properties and eliminate the competition. It also takes a little time, but who ever said this process is quick. Good things come to those who wait.



Movin' up excites me no matter your definition. I'd love to sit with you, and over a cup of coffee, hear about your future plans! How can I help?

CHRISTINA RICE, REALTOR®

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