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Real Estate Matters

Members of the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS-?, Inc. will write periodic columns under this heading to inform the public about real estate matters.

The opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

Homeowners across the country are beginning to open their doors for friends and family in celebration of wintertime traditions. Not coincidentally, it is during the holiday season that homeowners pay particularly close attention to necessary home improvements as they prepare to host their loved ones. While spending numerous hours preparing their favorite holiday meals, owners may focus in on the ways their kitchen falls short and dream of a remodel.

Thirty-six percent of homeowners said the top reason for remodeling their kitchen was to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Remodeling Impact Report. “Modernization of the kitchen was the second most common reason for remodeling, and ultimately, it pays off; 82 percent of homeowners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing the project,” said Cassie Carver, President, Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.

For nearly 20 years, REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards have recognized Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, who dedicate countless volunteer hours to help others. Good Neighbor applicants and winners have donated their time and passion to improve and enrich the lives of the people in their communities.

"The Good Neighbor Award represents a thriving culture of giving back, and all of those who have been honored have made a tremendous difference in their communities,” said NAR President William E. Brown. "Every year we see more and more stories of Realtors® making a profound difference in their communities while also balancing a successful career in real estate.”

Eighty-four percent of Americans believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision, the highest number in 10 years. Yet six in 10 said that they are concerned about affordability and the rising cost of buying a home or renting in their area. This is according to NAR’s 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, which measures consumers’ attitudes and concerns about housing issues in the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

“This survey makes it clear that most American’s still believe in homeownership and aspire to own a home of their own. Building equity, wanting a stable and safe environment, and having the freedom to choose their neighborhood remain the top reasons to own a home. Yet, Americans consider the lack of affordability as a big obstacle to ownership,” said Cassie Carver, President of the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.

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