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The possibilities are endless when it comes to finding your dream home. A move-up buyer refers to the process of selling an existing home and purchasing a new one that could be bigger, newer, or in a better neighborhood. Moving up can be a significant milestone for many homeowners, especially for first-time home owners. Embarking on this journey requires careful consideration and planning.  At JJ Team Homes, we have a very precise strategy to get you from your current home to your dream home. Let’s get started on your move-up buyer journey today.

Move-Up Buyer Considerations  

Moving up to a new space can be a significant milestone for homeowners. A move up buyer’s decision is often driven by the following reasons.

1. Growing Family

One of the biggest reasons for moving up is the need for more space. As families expand, the existing home may no longer meet your requirements. This may include a) bedrooms, b) bathrooms, c) common areas or d) backyard space. 

2. Career Opportunities

Job changes or a promotion may require individuals to relocate to a different area. This move may reduce commuting time and enhance work-life balance. 

3. Investment and Equity

Upgrading can also be a strategic financial decision that will build more equity. Upgrading to a larger or newer property can then result in a higher resale value in the future. 

4. Enhanced Lifestyle

At the current time, you might still be in your first home, which in many instances would not be a wise investment to expand or remodel, depending on the location and lot size. By moving, homeowners can personalize and customize your living space in a more luxurious and upscale living environment. This creates an opportunity to upgrade to high-end finishes, better amenities and increased privacy.  

5. Better Neighborhood

This could be driven by a number of factors. These include a) proximity to quality schools, b) access to recreational facilities or c) a safer environment. Moving to a better neighborhood can improve the overall quality of life and provide a greater sense of community.

6. Change of Scenery

Sometimes, homeowners simply desire a change of scenery and a fresh start. You may be seeking a different architectural style or a different way of life. 

Factors to Consider when Searching as a Move-Up Buyer

Before diving into the search as a move-up home buyer, it is critical you assess your current situation and determine your specific needs and desires. Understanding the motivations for wanting a move-up home will guide you in making informed decisions.  When we sit down the first time, we will help you consider all these factors as part of our concierge services.

  • Budget and Affordability: Determine your budget and affordability. Consider your financial situation, including your income, savings, and any existing debt. 
  • Location and Neighborhood: Evaluate the location and neighborhood that best aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Research the schools and transportation options, including the airport if you travel a lot.  Also consider the close proximity to hospitals, wellness facilities and shopping centers. 
  • Size and Layout: Assess the size and layout of the move-up home to ensure it meets your specific needs. Consider the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, common areas, and any additional spaces you require.  This includes a home office, an open concept great room, large private flat outdoor living space for entertaining, or a guest house. 
  • Home Maintenance or Upgrades: Evaluate the condition of the move-up home and consider any potential maintenance or repair costs. A thorough home inspection is crucial to identify any underlying issues that may require attention. Additionally, consider the ongoing maintenance requirements of the property, such as landscaping.
  • Future Growth and Long-Term Considerations: Think about your long-term goals and future plans when selecting a move-up home.  It is important to choose a move up home that can accommodate your lifestyle for years to come.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and find a move-up home that meets your needs, preferences, and financial capabilities, and long term investment goals.

How JJ Team Homes Helps Sell Your Home

Selling your existing home is an integral part of the move-up home process. It’s never too early to call us if you are considering this as an option.  We’re talking even two years in advance.  When you hire experienced agents like JJ Team Homes, we provide valuable guidance throughout the process. When you are ready to move, we have access to a vast network of potential buyers and we will market your property effectively.  Here are some of the ways JJ Team Homes is ready to assist you now.   

1. House Prep

First impressions matter when selling a home. JJ Team Homes will help you enhance the sellability of your home inside and out. We walk through the home with you to see if we need to consider painting the house or replacing the front door, adding landscaping or upgrading the driveway to create a positive first impression. By doing this while you are still living in the house gives you a chance to get some enjoyment from these improvements.

2. Stage the Home

Staging your home can impact its appeal to potential buyers. We will hire a professional stager who can optimize the space and highlight the home’s best features.  If there are repairs that need to be made, like updating a bathroom, we’ll pay for these upgrades as well.

3. Prepare all Marketing Materials

Preparing the house before identifying your next property helps enable us to get all of the marketing in place for your home. By having all of the marketing in place, when the next house becomes available, we are ready to hit the ground running on marketing and selling your current home.  This includes the following: 

  • Professional photography
  • Drone footage
  • Video tours
  • Floor plans
  • Online advertising
  • Property brochure

4. Price the Home Competitively

With more than 35 years of real estate experience combined, JJ Team Homes stays on top of the real estate trends on the Peninsula.  We will work with you to set a competitive price for your existing home when the time is right. 

5. Market the Home Effectively

Top 1 percent at Intero Real Estate, JJ Team Homes leverages its social media platforms and real estate websites to reach a larger audience, generating more interest in your property.  Recently we’ve sold a number of homes in just a matter of days on the Peninsula. 

By implementing these tips, together we can increase the chances of selling your existing home quickly and at a favorable price.

Reach Out to JJ Team Homes Today

By utilizing JJ Team Homes’ real estate concierge services, the result is a stress-free and successful real estate purchase for you as the move up home buyer. We work as your high-end concierge consultants. Our goal is to help you find your dream home, within your budget, as a move-up home buyer. We sincerely want to help you close the deal without having to navigate the process by yourself.