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Top 5 Reasons to Buy a House Right Now

Buying a house is a highly individual decision—and a local one—but current trends are creating a favorable situation for many would-be homeowners.

Interest rates are low, employment is rising, home prices—in most markets—are still well below their peaks, and rents are through the roof.

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Understanding Home Comps

Before you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.

How much can you sell your home for?
Probably about as much as the neighbors got, as long as the neighbors sold their house in recent memory and their home was just like your home.  Knowing how much homes similar to yours, called comparable sales (or in real estate lingo, comps), sold for gives Read More

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For Sale By Owner?

Why Going Solo May Not Be Going Smart

Those that choose to sell their own homes often hope to avoid the commission paid to real estate agents. While those familiar with the housing market and process of selling a home may enjoy a successful sale, plenty of inexperienced home sellers have encountered nothing but headaches. Besides limiting the number of potential buyers, the decision to sell by owner has cost many homeowners incredible amounts of time, energy and money. Before you make your own decision, you may want to assess the factors discussed here in relation to your own knowledge and resources.

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Little Things Add Value

No one wants to spend a fortune when it comes to selling a home, but most want to spruce up a few areas to make their property more appealing to potential buyers. There are several types of small improvements individuals can make that can transform the look of a home without forcing them to break the bank.

When it comes to making home upgrades, it’s important that sellers remember to go for simple, clean improvements that make homes look more Read More

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Selling: Its Not Personal

Selling a home is an exciting process, because once the sale is done, individuals can move on to a new home or location. However, the process can also be stressful when the property doesn’t sell right away. It’s crucial to both a homeowner’s peace of mind and the success of the sale that they don’t take this scenario personally. The process of selling and buying a home is a business transaction, and sellers who let their emotions get the best of them may hurt their Read More

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Preparing Your House to Sell

De-Clutter, Clean…Stage!
Commonly referred to as “staging”, your homes first immpression is one of the most imprtant factors to selling a home. Remember, your home competes with the other homes on the market. Price is part of the marketing equation, but once a buyer is in your home it is all about how your home feels to the buyer. Make a great first impression with a clean and uncluttered home. You want the buyer to visualize themselves in your home, so over personalization with family photos, interesting artworks, dark paint colors and displays full of “collectables” may not serve you well in the showing process.

FRONT ENTRY – It’s the first thing your buyers see as they wait for the door to open. Repaint the door, clean the windows, and remove dirt, dust, and spider webs. Make sure the lights are on, the doorbell works, and the doormats are inviting.

INSIDE – Take a close look room by room. Try to be objective and see the home as a potential buyer might see your home. Think in terms of sparkling clean, uncluttered, and spacious. Clean off coffee tables, end tables, countertops, mantels, desks, and bedroom furniture. Minimize personal items and family pictures. Remember, your buyer is looking for their dream home. Help them to feel like they are touring their dream home not invading your personal home.

CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! – Have the carpets shampooed, wax the floors, wash the walls, blinds drapes, and lighting fixtures. Consider engaging a cleaning service.

KITCHEN – This area should be gleaming. Check for aligned cabinet doors and tighten loose hinges. Clear off countertops leaving as little as possible. Scrub the floors, sinks and countertops. Clean the stove, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator. Don’t forget the front of the refrigerator. Remove all clutter from the cabinets and the pantry.

BATHROOMS – These rooms need to sparkle, put a shine on everything. Scrub the floors, sinks and counters. All cosmetics and toiletries must be put away. Consider re-caulking tubs and showers. Remove mineral deposits and grime from the walls and shower enclosures. Put out your best set of matching towels.

A LIGHT APPEARANCE – As a rule, do everything to lighten the appearance of your home. Raise the blinds and open drapes. Turn on all lights and keep them on. Repaint any room beginning to look shabby. Always use light colors.

FURNITURE
 – The less furniture, the larger the room appears to be. It’s a FACT. Get rid of a few pieces and rearrange the ones you can’t live without.

CLOSETS – Closets are very important features to today’s buyers. Remove out of season clothing and get rid of what doesn’t fit. Spacious closets are the goal regardless of size. Organize the shelves and most importantly organize the shoes on the floor.

REPAIRS – Identify and repair dripping faucets, sticking or creaking doors, drywall imperfections, etc. When people see areas of disrepair, they wonder how the home has been cared for and begin to anticipate unseen problems.

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions!
You’ll be well rewarded De-clutter to Make Repairs Now!

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Docs Needed to Buy

10 Pieces of Paper You Must Round Up to Buy (or Sell) a Home

Home buyers and -sellers alike often bristle with anticipatory irritation at the mere thought of all the paperwork they expect they’ll have to come up with to do their transaction, above and beyond the basic loan application, contract, disclosures and closing docs. And these worries start way in advance; it’s as though, before they even start visiting open houses, buyers begin to visualize – and dread – spending hours upon hours in the dank catacombs of the Vatican (à la Da Vinci Code) combing through ancient files, seeking some rare and Read More

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