Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
You've just finished spring cleaning, and summer is approaching quickly. Summer means longer days and later nights, and usually more traffic in your home. With playdates, game nights, and bonfires, there are likely to be more guests in and out of your home than usual. While fun is the priority, safety should be as well for children and pets especially. To Create a safer haven, follow these steps so you can enjoy a safe summer (as well as all the other seasons):
1. Protect your belongings
If you have items that are important to you and could easily break, it is best to store them away, so they don't get damaged, and no one gets hurt from the broken item in the process.
2. Make off-limit areas
If you want to prevent children and pets from going places you don't want them, consider installing safety gates. Placing gates in front of staircases and rooms with more breakable items can prevent both children and pets from falling or ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
You have decided to sell your home but aren't sure what you should do first... Here is a home-selling timeline to help you along the way and keep stress at bay.
While you are making the most of your weekends by getting ready to sell, don't get overwhelmed and break your to-do list into manageable chunks... even better idea... break it into bite-size-pieces.. so much easier to swallow.
As soon as possible...
* Interview a real estate agent(s):
Take time to find an expert who has a great track record, good communication skills, and confidence!
* Make a plan:
Work with your agent to prioritize tasks. Focus on one at a time.
What can you live without until you move? Pack it up and move it out!
* Hire a home inspector:
Get a pre-inspection so you can identify issues or items that need repair. Work these into your budget in the beginning so it doesn't blow a deal later.
* Make the repairs:
Get some a ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Spokane's real estate market is HOT right now, and there just aren’t enough homes (or rentals) to keep up with all of the growth that’s happening here. Most houses are going under contract within 24 hours of going on the market, and buyers are even offering significantly more than the asking price on homes just to become the top bidder and increase their chances of getting their offer accepted. To say that it’s a seller’s market would be a massive understatement.
So what are you supposed to do if you don’t have the most money to offer? How are you supposed to even be considered in such a competitive market? Buyers are setting themselves apart from the pack by writing what I call “Love Letters” to the sellers.
A Love Letter is a way to tug at the heartstrings of sellers, you tell them why you love their home, how you imagine your lives in the home and making memories in the home. You give them a glimpse into who you are, and your futu ...
Monday, April 22, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Would you like to sell your home quickly? Are you anxious to purchase your next home? Do you want your home to stand out from your competition?
Here are some tips that can help you sell your home quickly.
1. Home staging. Did you know that homes that are staged properly sell 90% faster than homes that are not staged. This doesn’t mean you have to move all your furniture out and have furniture brought in unless it is vacant. If you hire a great real estate agent, they will be able to advise you of what furniture to remove and what should stay in the home. They will help you by advising where to place the furniture in each room. They will also advise you on how to get the home ready to sell.
2. Clean clean clean. How will the buyer feel the moment they come into your home? It is imperative that your home is very clean. This means that the home should be scrubbed and clean. Everything from bathr ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Is buying a home a dream you want to accomplish this year? Do you know where to start? Buying a home can be a complex process, but there really are just a few steps to get you prepared. Here are a few things to get yourself ready and excited to make your dream come true.
Check your credit report
When was the last time you checked your credit report, I hope you look at it once a year and are checking for any errors on it? If you do find any you will have time to have them corrected and removed. Do you know your credit score? Another reason to check once a year! If you need to improve your credit score, now is the time to take steps to improve it. Not sure what needs to be done to improve it? Ask your Mortgage lender that you plan to use, they have so much knowledge and information to help you prepare for taking out a mortgage. Mortgage lenders rely on your credit report so don’t skip this step!
Pay down your debt
Taking on a mortgage is a big financial responsibility. As much ...