Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Spring is in the air, the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and home shoppers are out looking with great anticipation on finding a home.
If you are considering selling your home, Spring is the perfect time to list. As the weather warms home shoppers have come out of hibernation.
The market is a hot seller’s market with just over a month’s worth of inventory. A balanced market has 5.5 months of inventory. This is a great position to be in as a seller, but not so much as a home buyer because the competition to get their offers accepted is tough. With so little inventory and so many buyers there are plenty of bidding wars going on to get into contract on a home purchase.
My advice to sellers would be to get your home on the market as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the more competition you will have as a seller. The further we get into Spring the more listings we have. Beat the competition by getting your home on the market first. Chances are if ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
So, you’ve gone through the process of selling your home. All contingencies have been satisfied and the appraisal has been completed and your listing agent let’s you know that “we are clear to close”. Relief is what you are feeling, then your agent tells you the buyer needs to do their final walk through before signing for the home. The stress returns. It really doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help you to be prepared:
1. Make sure that you have completed all agreed upon repairs. Supply any receipts for work completed to your agent so she can get them to the buyer’s agent. During the final walk through the buyer will be checking that all agreed upon repairs have been completed. You have until 3 days before closing to complete these repairs. Make sure that if a licensed contractor was supposed to do the work, that you did indeed use a licensed contractor. Other repairs that didn’t s ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Have you ever walked into someone else’s home and were overwhelmed by how incredible it smelled? Or maybe you couldn’t wait to leave because there was a not-so-great scent as soon as you entered? Often, we become so accustomed to the way our own home smells that we don’t notice if the scent is bad or good. It can be frustrating to wonder what others think about the scent of your home. If you feel like your house doesn’t always smell fresh, follow these steps to make sure that it smells amazing all the time.
ELIMINATE BAD SMELLS
Empty garbage cans regularly
Clean out your refrigerator once a week
Sprinkle baking soda or carpet deodorizer before vacuuming
Open the windows when the weather is nice
Invest in an air purifier
If you have pets, brush and bathe them often
Get rid of old musty towels
Use a daily bathroom cleaner spray to prevent mildew smells
Pour a little drain cleaner in your sinks on a wee ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Now that is Spring, it's warming up, you are thinking about selling your home or you just want a change you've decided to do some improvements and updates around the house...here are some tips of what NOT TO DO when trying to add value to your home.
Myth #1: Any remodel is a good one...
Ummmm...No. Some people think that any improvement is a good one, but not all home improvements are created equal. For example, I recently saw a home with a fireman pole in it! What? Cool for kids.. but seriously, not every homeowner is going to want to slide down this pole to get downstairs. Oy vay! Unless, the next homeowner has children or are firemen, they may not want this in their home. When making a renovation like this, keep in mind that you may want to sell the place one day.
Myth #2: I can do it myself
You may be convinced that you can do it just as well as a contractor and will save money this way, But here's the truth... You can't and you won't!
You may have an unreali ...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
From leaving the house for showings and open houses to having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want t know that you won’t be in this anxiety-filled limbo forever. You want to hand over those keys, collect your check and move on-- literally!
So, without lowering your asking price, what can you do to sell your home in a hurry? The following are 11 strategies that will help your property sell quickly and without your wallet taking a heavy hit.
Few things detract from the beauty of a home quite like clutter. Though straightening and organizing is rarely the way most homeowners want to spend their days, it makes a huge difference. We’re not just talking about scrapping the junk mail either. Rid your entryways and mudrooms of extra coats, bags, and boots. Keep those countertops clear, and don’t forget to straighten up insi ...