What's New in Real Estate - August 2020
Well this summer has certainly been a whirlwind in real estate -- despite the seeming unending pandemic, we have seen an unprecedented surge of buyers and homes are selling fast, often with multiple offers. Even our ultra-high end market, which had been nearly dead for years, has seen significantly increased traffic in June and July. Nationwide, showable listings are down 23%, and regionally showings have increased 40% per listing over where they were last year, on average.

There is a lot to do to get your home ready to be embraced by the market -- from decluttering and staging to deep cleaning and readying for professional photos. Of course, I can help guide you through all of that! If you are thinking 2021 might be your year to sell, now is definitely the time to get ready - its never a bad idea to get your photos done while its still green out! Please reach out if I can help you with your real estate needs!
Sending you good wishes and great health,
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Kathe Barge
Howard Hanna Sewickley
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401 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA
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