Roots & Wings: Nurturing Growth and Freedom

At Show-Me, we believe that understanding where we come from provides a sturdy foundation for personal growth and development. Our roots represent our heritage, faith, family, and the experiences that shape us. They ground us in a sense of belonging and provide us with a framework for understanding our identity.

However, alongside our roots, we also celebrate the importance of spreading our wings and venturing into the unknown. Wings symbolize freedom, ambition, and the courage to pursue our dreams. They allow us to break free from limitations, transcend boundaries, and reach new heights of achievement.

Through thought-provoking articles, inspiring stories, and practical insights, Roots & Wings explores various aspects of life and business:

  • All Things Real Estate: 'Roots & Wings' offers a comprehensive range of resources catering to individuals interested in the real estate market at any stage of their journey. We will provide information and updates on--Market Trends, Financing Options, Investments, Legal + Regulatory Updates, Tips for Buyers & Sellers, Local Market Insights, Expert Commentary + Analysis, and lots of other tools and resources!
  • Personal Development: Discover strategies for self-discovery, mindfulness, and personal growth that honor both your roots and your aspirations. Learn how to leverage your past experiences to propel you forward while embracing new opportunities for learning and development. We are 'Never Satisfied'....we won't stop until we've found you the perfect scenario for your dreams, helping you have roots and wings!

  • Creativity and Innovation: Unlock your creative potential and embrace innovation in all aspects of life. Discover how to combine the wisdom of tradition with the boldness of experimentation to cultivate groundbreaking ideas and solutions.
  • Travel and Exploration: Embark on journeys of discovery, both near and far. From exploring your own neighborhood to traversing distant lands, uncover the beauty of diverse landscapes & cultures! High Tide Properties, our Vacation Rental division-- can help you spread your {airplane} wings and discover your ideal getaway and destinations to explore!

  • Community and Connection: Foster meaningful connections with others who share your values and aspirations. Build communities that provide support, inspiration, and opportunities for collaboration!

Roots & Wings is more than just a blog; it's a community of individuals committed to living authentically, embracing their heritage, and daring to dream big. Join us on this journey of self-discovery, growth, and exploration as we strive to find harmony between our roots and our wings. Together, let's nurture our roots and empower our wings to soar to new heights!

April 11, 2023

4 Key Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

Spring has arrived, and that means more and more people are getting their homes ready to sell. But with recent shifts in real estate, this year’s spring housing market will be different from the frenzy of the past several years. To sell your house quickly, without hassles, and for the most money, be sure to follow these four simple tips:

1. Make Sure You Give Buyers Access

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is limiting the days and times when buyers have access to view your home. In any market, if you want to maximize the sale of your house, you can’t limit potential buyers’ access to view it. If it’s not accessible, it could cost you by sitting on the market longer and ultimately selling for a lower price.

2. Make Your Home Look as Good as Possible on the Inside

For anything to sell, especially your home, it must look inviting. Your real estate agent can give you expert advice on ideal staging for your home. Even updating a room with fresh paint, steam cleaning carpets, or removing clutter from the garage can make a big impact.

3. First Impressions Matter

The old saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” matters when selling your house. Often, the first impression a buyer gets is what they see as they walk up to the front door. Putting in the work in on the exterior of your home is just as important as what you stage inside. Freshen up your landscaping to improve your home’s curb appeal so you can make an impact with potential buyers.

4. Price It Right

This is probably the most important aspect of selling your home in today’s real estate market. If a house is priced competitively, it’s going to sell. Period. To do this, you have to know what’s happening with home prices in your area and understand the factors that are affecting the market right now. That’s why it’s best to work with a trusted real estate professional who can ensure you list your house at the right price.

Bottom Line

Everyone selling their home wants three things: to sell it for the most money they can, to do it in a certain amount of time, and to do all of that with the fewest hassles. To accomplish these goals, let’s connect so you can understand the steps you need to take to sell your home this spring. 

March 10, 2023

4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

Are you planning to buy a home this spring? Though things are more balanced than they were at the height of the pandemic, it’s still a sellers’ market. So, when you find the home you want to buy, remember these four tips to make your best offer.

1.Lean on a Real Estate Professional

Rely on an agent who can support your goals. As Bankrate notes:

“. . . select the best real estate agent for your needs. They will be a critical part of your home buying process.”

Agents are local market experts. They know what’s worked for other buyers in your area and what sellers may be looking for in an offer. It may seem simple, but catering to what a seller needs can help your offer stand out.

2.Know Your Budget

Understanding your budget is especially important right now. As Sandy Higgins, Senior Wealth Advisor at Capstone Financial Advisors, puts it:

“Understand your current budget … what are your expenses, how’s your spending, would you need to make changes?”

The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. It helps you be more financially confident, and it shows sellers you’re serious. That can give you a competitive edge.

3.Think Through Everything Before Making an Offer

Today’s market isn’t moving at the record pace it did during the pandemic. That means you may have a bit more time to think before you need to make an offer. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com:

“In general, you likely have more time to make an offer, although that’s certainly not a guarantee. If you’re on the fence about a home or its asking price doesn’t quite fit your budget, you might want to keep an eye on it, and if it doesn’t sell right away, you may have some room to negotiate with the seller.”

While it’s still important to stay on top of the market and be prepared to move quickly, there can be more flexibility today. Lean on the advice of your agent as you explore the options in your market.

4. Work with Your Advisor To Negotiate

During the pandemic, some buyers skipped home inspections or didn’t ask for concessions from the seller in order to submit the winning bid on a home. Fortunately, today’s market is different, and you may have more negotiating power than before. When putting together an offer, your trusted real estate advisor will help you think through what levers to pull.

Bottom Line

When you buy a home this spring, let’s connect so you have the guidance to make your best offer!

March 10, 2023

Rent or Buy??

 

Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?

 

You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to own your home. But before you let that impact your decisions, you should understand what these claims are based on.

 

A lot of the time, these reports are assuming things that aren’t realistic for the average household. For example, the methodology behind one of those reports says that renting is the smarter financial option because of the opportunity to invest money elsewhere. It assumes renters take the money they’d spend on costs tied to buying a home and put it in an investment portfolio.

 

But here’s the thing – most people who rent aren’t making those investments. Ken Johnson, Co-Author of the BH&J National Price-to-Rent Index, explains:

 

“One of the difficulties with the rent and reinvest model is many people . . . simply rent and spend the difference. . . . That’s wealth destroying.”

 

The reason homeownership is one of the best investments you can make is the wealth it helps you build. That’s why there’s a significant difference between the net worth of the average homeowner and the average renter (see graph below):

 

Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now? | Simplifying The Market

 

So, before you renew your rental agreement, think about the opportunity to build wealth that homeownership provides.

 

 

Bottom Line

If you’re unsure whether to continue renting or to buy a home, let’s connect to help you make the best decision!