What Are Your Real Estate Resolutions for 2019?

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on where you are, where you’ve been, and where you would like to go.

Fittingly, at this time of year, millions of people here in Chicagoland and across the country set their New Year’s resolutions. This handy list of goals and aspirations is a great way to visualize and plan for what you want to achieve in the new year, in your personal or professional life.

As we head into 2019, plenty of people are starting to jot down their list of resolutions — about 40 percent of all Americans set goals for the new year, according to Forbes.

This year, why not add your biggest real estate goals to your list of New Year’s resolutions?

2019 is a great time to focus in on your biggest real estate dreams. Whatever you’re hoping to do in the months ahead, Baird & Warner can help make achieving your most important goals easier.

So, what’s on your list of resolutions for the year ahead? Is 2019 going to be the year that you…

…Sell Your Home?

Selling your home can provide you with a great opportunity to move on to the next big thing, whatever that may be. Leveraging the sale of your current place is an excellent way to help finance a new home purchase, or to pursue another major financial goal. The market still looks strong for sellers as we look ahead to the new year. In fact, at the end of 2018, home values were up 3.5 percent year-over-year in Illinois, according to recent data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index report.

…Buy a Home?

Whether you’re looking to move closer to friends and family, pursue a new job opportunity, or find the space that’s exactly right for your needs, buying a home is an opportunity to build the life you’ve always dreamed of. At the same time, whether you’re moving to a bigger lot or making the switch from renting to owning, purchasing a home is an investment in your future. It’s an unbeatable opportunity to start building equity, gain tax incentives, and increase your overall wealth.

…Make Your Dream Home Upgrades?

Is there one renovation project that you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Whether your dream is a newly refinished kitchen, installing brand new flooring in your basement, or adding a huge picture window, 2019 may finally be the year it’s time to put your big plans into action. Depending on your property, performing a few cosmetic upgrades can be a great way to make your home more appealing as you put it on the market. Planning to stay put? Finishing even a few minor upgrades could be just what it takes to help your old home feel like new.

…Discover a New Neighborhood?

When was the last time you really explored Chicagoland? Our area is rich with incredible things to discover, from incredible natural vistas, to world-class restaurants, to some of the most astonishing architecture you’ll see anywhere in the country. The start of a new year is a great chance to go out and find something new, whether that’s a local gem in your own community, or a neighborhood you’ve never visited before. Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love with a community enough to call it home a year from now!

…Save Money on Your Mortgage?

Mortgage interest rates are expected to climb slightly as we head further into 2019. But depending on when you originally locked into your mortgage rate, the timing could still be right to consider refinancing for a better monthly payment. Even if rates climb, they’re still far below historical highs, and remain low compared to mortgage rates from as recently as ten years ago. What’s more, top economists anticipate that federal interest rates could be cut in 2020, making this year an excellent time to begin looking into all of your mortgage options.

How Baird & Warner Can Help

Whatever your real estate resolutions for the year ahead, Baird & Warner is here to help.

For buyers and sellers alike, Baird & Warner agents are hyperlocal experts who know just what it takes to help make the dream of home ownership easier.

Whatever you’re looking for, your local Baird & Warner agent can help you find it. Yoga room? Ample space for all your vinyl? A chicken coop? Whatever your thing is, we get it, and we can help put you in the space that will truly work for you.

And with our signature “One Company” approach, Baird & Warner can help streamline every step of the home buying process, with mortgage and title services all readily available under one roof. From buying to selling to financing, easier is just in our DNA.

Don’t forget we’ve been around the block around the few times. We’ve called Chicagoland home since 1855 — that’s a lot of New Year’s resolutions under our belt. With thousands of agents in 30 convenient offices located all around Chicagoland, it’s never been easier to start transforming your biggest real estate dreams into a reality.

Here’s to a great new year! Be sure to get in touch with your local Baird & Warner agent to get the conversation started.