Sunday, March 17, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Spring has FINALLY sprung! The days are warmer, longer, and the snow is MELTING! Whether you are selling a home or just want to add some SPRING to your decor, cheering up your home with some spring decor is the perfect way to prepare for warmer days and MORE SUN!!! Here are a few suggestions to bring some SPRING into your home!
If you are a DIYer, like me, create some simple decorations that will add a POP of seasonal color to your home! (THE NEW PANTONE COLOR FOR 2019 are the CORALS!) Oooh, I love coral, salmon, and delicious bright oranges! Do you have some old rain boots hiding out in the garage? Turn them into planters- add bright seasonal flowers or silks to add a punch of color to your front door. Have an old rustic ladder laying around in the back 40? Prop it next to your door and add some colorful planters to each rung with some succulents! So cute... and not an expensive way to update your front porch.
ADD AN HERB GARDEN-
Bringing po ...
Sunday, March 17, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Why is FSBO (For Sale by Owner) tricky and risky business? Of course homeowners want to save money while selling their home. BUT, are you REALLY saving in the long run?
In this DIY-era, it is easy to want to do everything by yourself. Saving money is great and there are so many things today that we can do on our own after a simple GOOGLE search and some youtube videos. While sometimes doing it yourself saves you a few dollars, THIS MAY NOT be the case when selling your home.
With a standard Realtor commission of 5-6%, it would make sense to save yourself some money? THINK AGAIN... in most cases, people choosing to take the FSBO route end up losing more than when they try to sell on their own. Here are a few reasons to forgo FSBO and hire an a ...
Sunday, March 17, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
House hunting with clients is the most exciting part of the process of buying a new home. I love it. Your client is excited because we have finally stepped foot into the perfect home. Everyone is excited and ready to move into their rooms. We are prepared to move forward and submit that offer to get the ball rolling. However, just because there's a "For Sale" sign planted clearly in the yard, does not mean the seller is as enthusiastic about signing on the dotted line. Sometimes, a homeowner is secretly undecided about selling. Even though they have listed their home, they're not ready to move. Lengthy delays and time wasted on negotiating an already great deal may be a SIGN. Save your self some heartache and time by recognizing these signs.
Listing Price Is Sky-High
The first sign we may have during these potential home buying woe's is the seller's listing price is well above comparable homes in the area. The seller may have an inflated concept of what ...
Saturday, March 16, 2019 / by Nicolette Samash
You’ve purchased your new home and now you are ready to start making it your own, yay! Or, you have purchased your first starter home/investment property and are going to start putting work into it so you can get the best return when you go to sell. Regardless of the circumstances there are certain scenarios when doing updating/remodeling on your home that will require you to get the proper permitting. Building permits are authorizations written by the city or county signing off that the work being done has been completed according to code.
This is important because if the work is not done according to code it will likely be flagged by the home inspector or appraiser when you are going to sell. If you don’t acquire the proper permitting upfront than it can become a big issue later, requiring work that was completed to have to be torn out. It is also important for outbuildings that could potentially need to be removed if it isn’t done according to code and correct pe ...
Saturday, March 16, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
When you begin the home selling and buying journey, there may be several terms used that you're unfamiliar with. Buyer's market? Seller's market? Balanced market? To help get you started, I've broken down the difference between all the markets and some tips.
NEGOTIATIONS IN A SELLER'S MARKET-
When there are more buyers than properties ie: when inventories are low, you are in a favorable position when it comes to negotiations. In a seller's market, properties sell fast and buyers therefore are more like to make concessions. Prices tend to be trending upward and in a very strong sellers market multiple offers and bidding wars are not uncommon.
STRATEGY- (Hold your ground)
* Negotiate hard on the price in a seller's market you can often hold firm on your asking price. In fact, you may even have several buyers at the table at the same time. If that is the case, always consider responding with a multiple counter offer to get all buyers highest and best.&n ...