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After it was listed as one of the “25 Most Affordable Housing Markets” by financial news website 24/7 Wall Street in 2017, the city of Rock Island was quickly catapulted to one of the most sought-after and popular areas to live in the Quad Cities. Real estate agents in the QC area started to see an incredible increase in the amount of calls they were receiving from clients who were interested in homes for sale in Rock Island, and the phones haven’t stopped ringing.
Trying to figure out how to navigate the Quad Cities real estate market during the current days of COVID-19 can be a confusing task, especially from the public’s point-of-view. The thought of purchasing a new home from a socially-acceptable distance has many people scratching their heads and wondering exactly how this is all going to work. Thankfully, many QC real estate agents have created unique ways to continue showing houses to potential buyers and sellers, including the increased usage of virtual tours, while still adhering to the safety protocols and precautions designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the amount of real estate and new homes for sale in Bettendorf continues to increase, so does the popularity level of the city itself. Deemed a “premier city” by its citizens and arguably one the most favored smaller metropolitan regions in Eastern Iowa, Bettendorf is quickly claiming its stake as one of the most attractive areas to live in the Midwest.
The city of Davenport has been working diligently over the summer to redesign and redevelop its downtown area in order to draw in new businesses, tourism, and families looking for a fresh start in the Midwest. With the revitalization of the city’s brand-new beautiful waterfront residential properties, locally-owned shops and eateries, and countless fairs, festivals, and musical events, Davenport’s real estate market is seeing one its largest housing booms in recent history.
While you’re in the process of searching for a new home, you are going to spend a lot of time looking at different houses and assessing them for quality, durability, hominess, etc. During this process, one of the first parts of any home you are going to notice is the siding that surrounds it from top to bottom. You might have noticed that different homes have different types of siding, and you might have wondered what exactly makes the difference. Are some better than others? To help you answer these questions, we are going to write about some of the more popular types of siding as well as offer you useful information when it comes to assessing the condition of any siding you see.
When it works like it should, plumbing is something that you hardly notice. Considering that pipes and tubes run through walls and between floors throughout much of the home, the fact that they are so seldom thought of is somewhat remarkable. And, while it lasts, this is a blissful state. But then something happens: you notice a dark crack forming along the ceiling, or you’re standing in a closet when a drop of water lands on your bare arm. These are troubling signs indeed and may indicate that the plumbing which you counted on remaining quiet and out of sight is now emerging into the daylight.
We’ve written already on the dangers of purchasing a home based on how it looks. In our last piece, we focused on the possible pitfalls of deciding a home isn’t “worth it” due to external factors…factors which may be masking a true gem underneath an off-putting exterior. Today, we are going to swing to the opposite pole and look at the dangers of being swayed by a home simply because of how bright and clean it is.
When looking for a home to buy, you will find yourself looking at many open houses and going through many virtual tours. Hopefully, these places will be well-staged, with their attributes highlighted and the clutter of their current owners tastefully tucked away. There are going to be times, however, when this isn’t exactly the case.
Last time, we began looking a little at some of the ways those looking to purchase a home might need to check, in order to avoid making a hasty decision that isn’t the best choice for them. In our first article, we spoke to the temptation to purchase a cheaper home that requires a lot of maintenance work – something that’s great for those with the time and knowledge, but a different story for those without.
One of the forgotten topics of buying a home is often the location of the home being bought. Especially when money is an issue (and for the vast majority of us money will always be an issue), it can often feel as though the only thing that matters is finding home within our price range and then making an offer. Because of the way the financial system works in this country, things such as a home’s condition and a home’s location can fail to register among the important considerations in a homebuyer’s mind.