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5 Things That Could Be Sabotaging Your Home Sale


Today I am looking at five silly things that may be sabotaging your home sale. 

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If your home is in decent shape and not really in need of a huge, total overhaul, then you might think that it’s ready to go on the market as it is. However, little things that you really wouldn't expect can end up being deal breakers for potential buyers. This is why today I want to share part one of a two-part series on the nine silly little things that could be sabotaging your home sale. 

To start, you want to give your home a good look by going through it as if you had buyer's eyes. You have to detach yourself so that you can see what the problems are and fix them now before they become big problems when buyers are doing their inspections. Here are the first five things you need to watch out for that could be sabotaging your home sale:

1. Cords hanging from your mounted TV. This is really one of those things that tend to fade into the background in a home that we live in every day. While you may not notice it, new eyes may go straight to those dangling cords and wonder why you didn't take the next step and hide them in the wall. Anything that makes a potential buyer question whether you cut corners or were lazy elsewhere could spell bad news for your home sale. Once they see one thing, they think there could be more.

2. Unkempt yard. After you take all the time and effort to clean up the flower beds, plant new blooms, and mulch everything, a storm comes through only to blow leaves into your yard. Unfortunately, you can't leave those leaves strewn all over the yard because it gives a poor first impression, so you will have to get them cleaned up. Remember, you can't make another first impression.


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While most homebuyers may not mind if animals live in the home that they are considering purchasing, they really don't want to see and smell evidence of them.

3. Dingy front door. Buyers look at your front door for curb appeal and, once again, to decide their first impression. You want them to see a nice-looking door with fresh paint, not a chipped door with old cobwebs and worn hardware. If it is a glass door, make sure it is clean and shiny. Your home may look great inside, but you need to make a great first impression, or your potential buyers may not get passed it. Luckily, this is an easy fix that consistently rates high on the return-on-investment scale.

4. Animals. While most homebuyers may not mind if animals live in the home that they are considering purchasing, unless of course there are severe allergy issues, they really don't want to see and smell evidence of them. You have probably gathered up and stowed away the box of toys, bowls, etc., but have you considered the smell? You may not notice a smell, but first-time visitors will notice it immediately. You can visit PetMD to get tips on how to make your home smell pet-free. 

5. Cobwebs. These sneak up on you. Even if you have a pretty clean home, there still may be areas that need attention, like ceiling fans, window sills that are out of reach, etc. You may not have a housekeeper on a regular basis, but having one come in for a one-time deep clean before you put your home on the market is really a good investment. It will help ensure that potential buyers don't nitpick or find a reason to question your home's condition.

Next time, I’ll share the rest of the items you need to watch out for that could sabotage your home sale. If you have any questions about this topic or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

How to Buy a Home in Your 20s


If you’re a 20-something millennial who is looking to buy a home, these tips will help set you up to get started.
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We’ve really got to hand it to the millennial generation—they’re an educated, tech-savvy bunch who really know what they want. Lately we’ve been finding that many 20-somethings are deciding that they want to buy their first home and leave renting behind. Today I’m here to explain just how a millennial first-time homebuyer can purchase a home with as little stress as possible.

1. Decide if you’re really ready to commit. Buying a home is the largest purchase that you’ll likely ever make in your life. You probably shouldn’t purchase a home if you can’t commit to living there for at least three to five years. 


2. Understand your finances. Lenders are going to consider every part of your financial profile, including your salary, your bills, your spending habits, and any debt you’ve incurred. Remember: homeownership doesn’t end with your mortgage payment, so be sure to budget appropriately.


3. Consider credit and savings. The better your credit score, the better the interest rate you’ll be offered. Banks know those who have better credit scores are less risky, so be mindful of paying off your bills and other payments in a timely manner.



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4. Look at your savings account. You’ll need some cash to cover some of the fees involved, like attorney fees, mortgage fees, etc.


5. Find a lender and get pre-approved. This is the most important thing you can do before beginning your home search. If you do this, you’ll know what your spending power is and what price range you should stick to. I can recommend a number of mortgage lenders out there who my clients have worked with and trust.


6. Work with an agent you trust. You’ll need professional help, and our team is very good at providing it. We’ll listen to what your needs are and guide you to a successful and sustainable outcome. We are here for you.

If you have any questions about buying your first home, all you need to do is reach out to us. We would be glad to have an open discussion about what you’ll need to do in order to make your homeownership goals a reality.


How to Reduce Your Home Selling Stress


Selling a home is stressful. Here’s how we make the process easier for our clients.

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Today I am here to talk to you about reducing your home selling stress. Most home sellers think that the work is done after they have decided to sell, but many are rudely awakened by a more stressful experience than they had previously expected. Here are a few ways that you can reduce home selling stress when it comes time for you to list.

The first thing you need to do is recruit a great Realtor. A truly great Realtor bears the responsibility of carrying the stress for their sellers. We are the ones with the background experience and training to navigate most circumstances that you will come across. As a matter of fact, we recently closed on a property that needed a new septic system. That held up closing, which caused the sellers to be very stressed out wondering if the sale would close. However, we were able to be there for our clients, keep everyone calm, and get the transaction through to closing with minimal hiccups.

In our experience, the most stressful times for sellers occur as a result of not sharing all of the information with their agents. Not being forthright with your agent is a huge mistake because your agent is not just your Realtor, they are your advisor as well. We have done this many times and we have the experience and knowledge necessary to make things as easy as possible for you.



It’s our job to be proactive and look for solutions.

We really want to make sure that you have the feeling that we treat your home sale as if it is our own. We want to be your Realtors for life, so making sure you have a positive, non-stressful experience is one of our main goals.

It is our job to be proactive and look for solutions. We are always here to help our clients get through the process, and the more information we have from them the better.

If you have any questions for us at any time or you have any real estate needs that we can assist with, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you soon.