Rural Property Prices Are On The Rise

Rural Property Prices Are On The Rise

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Urban areas have long been the most popular realty markets within the country. But the pandemic and stay-at-home orders left many of us looking for extra space, both indoors and out—and now that some restrictions are being lifted in some areas, many buyers are leaving the cities and heading to more rural destinations to search out the space they’re craving to have. Twenty-one percent of buyers recently surveyed said they wanted a place to designate for their work from home and that same percentage of people surveyed also are seeking more outdoor space.

And as interest in this “hot” housing market is rising, so are the prices of these rural properties.

According to the data outlined in a very recent article on REALTOR Magazine, rural homes experienced an 11.3 percent increase in sales price year over year during the four weeks ending August 2—which is a much higher growth than the suburbs (9.2 percent) and still a higher growth than the urban areas (6.7 percent).

So, what does this mean for you? If you live in a rural area and are considering selling your home, now’s a good time to take advantage of increased demand.  We keep saying this is a seller’s market and that is even more true with these rural properties. Don’t wait, call a NextHome agent today for a no-obligation consultation. 712-224-NEXT

Tips To Help Ease The Stress Of A Home Renovation.

Tips To Help Ease The Stress Of A Home Renovation


A home renovation can be a giant job—and for several homeowners, it can also be very stressful.

But it doesn’t need to be! A recent article from Point2Homes outlined key tips you’ll be able to use to own a stress-free home renovation experience, including:

  • Get your things out of the way. A renovation can be really messy——and the last thing you want is for any of your furniture or other belongings to become ruined or damaged. If you can, move any furniture or other personal belongings that are typically stored within the renovation zone and get them out of the way (either by storing them in another room or by putting them in a storage unit) before you take on any major renovations.
  • Carve out space for yourself. Large-scale renovations can feel like they’re taking over your entire house. Designate a spot in your home where you’ll be able to get away from the renovation noise and mess and relax, maybe a spare bedroom (or even a closet!).
  • Order takeout. Renovations take up lots of your time, space, and energy—and trying to cook meals, eat, and clean up the mess, on top of managing a renovation project can feel overwhelming. If you can, order takeout to get rid of the stress of cooking, shopping, and preparing meals while you are in the process of a renovation. (Plus, not only will ordering takeout help make your renovation less stressful, but it’s also an excellent way to support your local restaurants that might be struggling due to COVID.)

So what is the bottom line? There’s enough stress in our world—so, if you’re planning on renovating your home, make sure you are taking the steps to make it as stress-free as you probably can.

Selling Your Home? Be Careful About These Stressors!


There are lots of moving pieces when it involves selling your home—and for several sellers, those moving pieces can cause an honest amount of stress.

But what are the foremost stressful parts of selling your home? According to a recent survey from LendingTree, a number of the highest stressors include:

  • Buying and selling a home at the same time 
    • 29% of home sellers surveyed said trying to sell their home while trying to buy a new home was the biggest stressor within the process.
  • Making costly repairs or upgrades
    • Depending on the condition of your home, you may need to come up with some cash on repairs or upgrades before you list.  This is a process that 16% said was the most stressful part of the process.
  • Fearing the home won’t sell
    • Even though a very low home inventory is making this a sellers market. 15% said that they fear their home won’t sell was the most stressful part of the process.
  • Balancing advice from lots of different sources
    • Your friends, family, neighbors, and even co-workers might mean well when they give advice on what you should and shouldn’t do. But 13% said sifting through advice from such a big amount of different sources was the most stressful part of selling their home.

So, what does this mean for you? 

If you’re stressed out about selling your house, you are definitely not alone. In fact, it’s very normal. But, the more you know about the potential stressors that may come during the home selling process, the better prepared you can be to deal with them. This will lead to a less stressful home selling process.  Be careful about these stressors and Make sure to contact your NextHome agent so we can help ease your mind. 712-224-NEXT

Why Should You Hire a Buyer’s Agent?


Why Should You Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

When you first start looking at houses to buy, it is usually because you saw a house online or you drove by one that was for sale…

So, you reach out to the agent online or on the For Sale sign. Maybe you call to ask a few questions, or see if they can show you the house. Next thing you know, you’re receiving listings by e-mail and looking at homes with that agent.

You probably want to be a little more deliberate about finding yourself an agent. Too many people just randomly start working with the agent listing the home.

That’s really not the best way to “hire” a real estate agent when you are looking to purchase a home, but that is normally what happens.

What I am trying to say is most people don’t really find the right agent for them.  So what is the solution and what should you do?


Make an effort to find an agent to work with before you actually start looking at any home. While it is normal to be excited to look for that perfect home to buy, you are skipping a very important step. You should start by asking friends, family, coworkers, or anybody else you know for referrals or recommendations.

Then, meet with those agents. See how they will work for you.  Do they seem like they know what they are talking about and doing?  Are they asking you questions to determine what your needs are?

Once you find one for you, HIRE them…

Let me repeat that.  Once you find the one for you, hire them!  Commit to that agent and solely with them.

Too many people feel like they need to have lots of different agents helping them find a house.  But ALL agents have access to every home on the market.  They can ALL get you in and show you the home.

But not every agent can represent “your” needs and work for “your” best interest. It’s not all about having an agent who is willing to jump into the car to show you a home the very minute you call them about one.  It is about having an agent who will truly help you and have the insight into you and your needs.

So what is the best thing to do when you find the right agent?  The best thing to do is to sign a Buyer’s Agency Agreement with them.  Show them you are just as committed to them as they are to helping you through this home buying process.


The reason some people complain about their home buying experience is because they did not have a committed relationship with their agent.  Sometimes this can cause trust issues and not so positive experiences.

So, don’t go down that road.  Instead go out and find and “hire” the best agent you can find.  One that you trust and know is working for your best interest.  It can mean all the difference in the end.

Things to Clean After You’ve Been Sick


When you or someone in your home gets sick, you want them to get healthy as soon as possible.  Once this happens you want to make sure you do a thorough job cleaning the home.  Even if the sick person successfully isolates in one area the germs could still be living on things they have touched.


Bathroom – This is often where the most germs are located in your home. Once the illness hits and throughout the illness, be sure to deep clean the bathroom, thoroughly disinfecting the toilet, all the faucet handles, and other hard surfaces.


Kitchen – Make sure all dishes are washed in very hot water or in the hottest setting on your dishwasher, and use the heated dry cycle. Wipe down refrigerator handles and all the electronic keypads on your appliances, and sanitize the counter tops and sinks.


All Door Knobs – Frequent washing of hands makes all the difference in helping to curb the spread of germs, but we all know that’s easier said than done. To be on the safe side, grab some disinfecting wipes and hit every door knob and handle in the house.


Bedding – When you’re sick, you spend a lot of time in bed. Those sheets, blankets, and comforters you’ve been lying on need to be disinfected as well.  So throw them in the washing machine and set it on a hot cycle. And if your mattress has been soiled, give it a good cleaning. Start by vacuuming, then 


Hard Surfaces – Hard surfaces in the home that are frequently touched need to be cleaned.  This includes light switches, stair railings, cabinet knobs and handles, and anything else you touch on a regular basis.


Remote Controls – Sometimes when you are sick all you want to do is lie down and watch the television.  Make sure you are wiping down those remote controls.


Phones – Almost everybody’s phone is the new media center.  Between video’s, Facebook, and surfing the internet (looking for that perfect home) They are also germ magnets. Make sure to wipe down.


Toys – This is HUGE! Make sure you are wiping down and sanitizing any hard or plastic toys. Disinfectant wipes work for larger items, but many little things like Lego bricks and other small plastic and rubber toys can be put in a mesh bag and run through the dishwasher in the top rack.


Toothbrushes – I believe this is another HUGE one!  Get rid of your toothbrush and get a new one!  Don’t forget to clean your toothbrush holder as well.