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Wednesday, February 5, 2020   /   by Judy Hamilton

Should you believe Zillow's Zestimate of your Home?

Let’s put this into perspective.  Would you marry someone without ever seeing them? Let’s just say you had a pretty good idea of what they were like and how they looked in photos but you never spoke to them and never saw them in person.   Would you marry them? Well, me neither.  That’s like trusting Zillow’s Zestimate to value your home. 
Zillow is an algorithm based on public data. Zillow has never seen the inside of your home and has no way to determine any options or upgrades that might set you apart from other homes in your community. Zillow comes up with the value based upon the SOLD prices in your neighborhood. They look at things like the year your home was built, the square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, and they compare them to other SOLD homes in your community. But, things they cannot take into consideration are upgrades, outdoor views, location, if your driveway if front loading or side loading whether you own solar, hav ...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020   /   by Judy Hamilton

Buying a Brand New Home and Choosing the Options

Ready for a new, new, new home? New Roof, New Appliances, New HVAC,New Flooring? It's important to know how to choose the upgrades the home builder will offer. What's a value and what's overpriced and something you can add yourself later?

Are you thinking of buying a new construction home but don’t know what upgrades will get you the most return for your money? Hi, I’m Judy with Homes By Judy and I’m here to help! Today I’ll go over  5 new construction upgrades that are worth the money. And remember, when purchasing new construction, take your Realtor. 

Don’t forget, the people in the sales office represent the builder and are looking out for their best interest, not yours.  When you’re building new construction, you’re tasked with making a lot of decisions. The base price of your home is the cost of the structure plus all the standard finishes. If you’re planning to customize (and if you’re building a new hom ...

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