renovation-lending
With limited homes on the market and changing priorities, many younger homebuyers have begun to rethink their “must-haves” in the home search. They are now more open to purchasing dated homes that need renovating.

This opens up a great opportunity for homes that may not have been considered before. Also, those looking to move quickly may now be more willing to make greater compromises in their preferences than they were just a few months ago. Continue reading

Vickie Wooden
Vickie Wooden

Vickie Wooden has a passion for real estate and is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with Amerifirst Home Mortgage.

POLAND, Ohio (July 16, 2020) – Customer service, sales, business management. These are just a few of the great skills that Vickie Wooden has to offer. She’s ready to expand upon her years of experience in business, and most recently real estate, to take on a new role as Business Development Manager at Amerifirst Home Mortgage in Poland, Ohio. Continue reading

virtual-renovation
Over the past several years, technology has played a major role in the real estate market, with tools designed to streamline the entire selling process. The recent pandemic has brought technology to the forefront as real estate professionals across the nation were tasked with finding a new way of doing business. But, what started as a temporary solution has now become the new normal. Continue reading

homes for sale
Now could be the best time to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities out there for homeowners looking to sell. The problem lies in the hesitancy caused by the pandemic. The pandemic has, for the most part, caused many homeowners to be afraid to make a “move” of any kind. In fact, many are simply content with being patient in the market, dating back to April. And who could blame them? Continue reading

real estate bidding wars
Things are heating up out there, and no, we’re not referring to summer temperatures. The bidding wars between homebuyers that started in the spring are predicted to heat up substantially over the next several months. A surge in demand following months long lockdowns due to COVID-19 coupled with a lack of supply in homes is a recipe for bidding wars. According to Realtor.com, new listings were down 29 percent year-over-year for the week ending May 9, creating a housing crunch for shoppers nationwide. Continue reading

Decorating Your Home
When making your budget to buy a home, you should think about the cost of furnishing that home. Whether you plan on decorating it all at once or over time, the size and style of the home will impact the decorating budget. The general rule of thumb when it comes to a budget is that you will spend 25% of the total cost of the home to decorate. This means, a mid-range living room will cost roughly $10,000 (hopefully that includes a big flat screen TV!). Continue reading

backyard design style ideas
It’s nearly summer, and there’s no better time than the present to get outside and enjoy the season. Spending time outdoors has garnered a new sense of appreciation, as Americans emerge from their homes following quarantines and stay-at-home orders. We look forward to spending our days at the beach, on a restaurant patio or taking in the sights and sounds of a sporting event.

You can also get a healthy dose of vitamin D and enjoy the season without having to leave your house. For the first time, homeowners are taking a long, hard look at their properties and determining how to utilize every square inch of yard space. The challenge though is how to maximize what you have to work with while creating the ultimate outdoor setting. To help you get started, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite projects and design tricks to turn your space, whether that’s an intimate patio or several acres of land, into an outdoor retreat. Continue reading

City real estate market
As a result of the pandemic, many are now considering a move from densely populated cities and regions to the more spacious suburban and rural neighborhoods in the U.S.

According to findings from a recent Harris Poll, approximately one-third of Americans are now considering a move to less-populated areas, signaling a shift that would have a major impact on residential sales and home prices. Continue reading