When James Micioni passed away in 2020 at the age of 97, he left a long-forgotten investment for his family to uncover – a collection of more than 1,000 vintage baseball cards, including one signed by Babe Ruth.
What was purchased for mere pennies as a boy had grown to be worth more than $1.5 million when the cards were sold at auction.
What’s Your Card Collection?
While no one’s home is going to bring that kind of return on investment, housing values have soared over the past 18 months, leaving many homeowners unaware of exactly how much money they’re sitting on when they kick back in their favorite chairs after a long day of work. The typical home value in the United States increased 19.9% from January 2021 to January 2022 alone.
So how can you find out what your home might bring you in today’s market while making sure you protect your data? Visit a local real estate team’s website and check out their home-value feature.
The Allen Brake Team’s free tool at allenbrake.com/homevalue will tell you in less than a minute what your home is worth, and, unlike the Zillows and Realtor.coms of the world, we will never sell your information.
Armed with your home’s value, you can confidently make an informed decision on whether now is the right time for you to sell your home.
‘But Where Will I Move?’
What brings many potential home sellers back to earth after seeing their home’s new value is a question: “OK great. I can sell my home for a lot of money. But how am I going to buy something new?”
That’s another area where a top local real estate team can help. The Allen Brake Team has developed its Top 5 Ways Buyers Can Win in a Sellers Market, which details exactly what a top team will do to give you an advantage when you’re searching for your next home.
Whenever it’s time for you to buy or sell, The Allen Brake Team is here to help!
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