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Tuesday, June 11, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

CHILD & PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME

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 ...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU LIST YOUR HOME

After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!


1. You might feel like you live in a museum. 
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.

2. There will be so ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

What Happens During an Appraisal? Part 2

Generally, a certified residential appraiser needs about six to eight hours to finish an entire appraisal. They start by researching the home. They look at the location... is it on a busy street or not and tax records. After that, they book the appointment and visit the house. 

An appraisal home visit will take about an hour... for the most part. Sometimes, they may not need that much time if they are familiar with the area. The appraiser comes in and measures the square footage of the interior of the house, minus the garage or any space that isn't permitted. They make sure that the reported square footage is the same as the actual footage.

There are three important factors of the appraisal:

* the square footage of the home
* any home upgrades or renovations
* comparables (homes similar in size, age, condition, and location to the home that have sold within the past six months to a year)

THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET COMPS FROM AN REALTOR

The idea is th ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 1

During the home-buying process, you will collaborate with and speak with your real estate agent more than any other party involved. This person will be your right hand, support system, and, in some cases, your eyes and ears. Most importantly, they will be the expert throughout the home search or home selling process. Find an agent that fits your needs and they'll work for you to find the ideal home at the price point you can afford. 

Not every agent is the same. Take a look at their history of homes sold in the past 6 months to a year. If they have just a few, then you know that this not their number one priority. They may work another job, which may not be in the best interest for you. 

There are typically two agents involved in a transaction. The agents are the buyer's agent who represents the buyer and buyer only. There is also the seller's agent who represents the seller and their property. Both agents work on a commission averaging 3% for each agent. This cos ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 2

When choosing an agent, they should not only be good listeners, communicate, and be knowledgeable, they should EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and NEGOTIATE for YOU!

Here are some tips to use while interviewing real estate agents for purchasing and selling homes:

Finding a Quality Agent:

Lender Suggestions: 

You have found a lender. Lenders interact with tons of agents over the years and can usually point buyers in the right direction towards professional agents that provide the BEST customer service and efficient documentation to the lender. TRUST your lender's opinion, especially if the lender is local.

Friends and Family:

Know any friends and family that have recently sold or purchased a home? ASK them for suggestions! They will probably give you the BEST review of an agent and the experience they had with them... whether it was good or bad. 

Check out Reviews:

How do buy online? We look at reviews! I know you are looking at Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia to ...

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