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Transform Your Offer Into a Winner


If you’ve found your dream home, only to discover that other buyers have their eyes on it, don’t worry. There are steps you can take to make your offer stand out against the others.

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Today, I’m here to talk to you about four ways you can make your offer on a home stand out.

When you’re putting in an offer for your dream property, it can be disheartening to learn that there are actually competing offers from other buyers on the table. There are, however, ways to make your offer stand out in a bidding war.



Sellers will often receive multiple offers on their home, and time will not be on your side. Do not sleep on it.



Here are some tips on making the strongest offer possible:
  1. Act fast. If buyer demand outpaces supply, as is often the case, it will result in low inventory. This means that sellers will often receive multiple offers on their home, and time will not be on your side. Do not sleep on it.
  2. Make a solid offer. A solid offer will be comparable to other recent sales in the neighborhood and will represent market value. Sellers will view your offer as more solid if you’re pre-approved for the listed price amount, or if it is a full-cash offer. It will also help solidify the offer if it is not contingent upon the sale of your current home. You can also include a personal letter in the offer, letting the seller know exactly why you want to make their home yours. These kinds of letters can be very helpful when a seller is weighing their options, especially if they have sentimental attachments to their property
  3. Don’t nitpick. Another way to make your offer stand out from among the others is to avoid nitpicking; you can do this by waiving certain contingencies, or by being lenient in your inspection. There are always things you can fix yourself once you’re in the home.
  4. Be prepared to negotiate. A seller will many times present a counteroffer to your original offer, and certainly if there aren’t multiple offers. Counteroffers usually revolve around price and closing time. Make sure you give a serious bid, and that you are pre-approved for the amount. With regard to closing dates, sellers usually have an ideal timeframe in mind. Once again, being less picky here may give you an advantage if there are other buyers.
As always, we are here for you and anything that you may need. We’re grateful to be your community resource, ready to serve you, your friends, family, relatives, and neighbors. Please feel free to reach out us at any time.

What 4 Things Will Bring More Calm to Your Life?


Managing stress is a skill that takes practice. Here are a few tips to help you out.

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Everybody feels stress. A little bit of it can be a good thing and help you improve your life by helping you push through obstacles. It helps us evolve, too. However, too much stress is not healthy. That’s why managing stress is something we should all practice.

Being calm is a skill and it takes time to learn, just like playing a sport or an instrument. However, just like football and the piano, the key to mastering calmness is practice. Here are four different ways you can practice serenity so that when the pressure mounts you will be ready to deal with it:

1. Focus on your breathing. This is the easiest tip to follow because it’s something you can do any time. Just take a minute or two to focus on your breathing and nothing else. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to the feeling of the air moving in and out of your body.

2. Practice deep breathing. Research shows that few of us actually use our full breathing capacity. Instead, we take short and shallow breaths. Remind yourself a few times a day to take deep, deliberate breaths. You’ll start to notice a change in your demeanor.



Managing stress is a useful skill for anyone.



3. Laugh. Laughing has been shown to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Whether it’s a tweet, video, or funny friend on speed dial, simply having a laugh can help greatly reduce your stress.

4. Music. Make a playlist full of songs that put you at ease. Listen to some songs that bring back fond memories.

These tips will help ease you into practicing calmness. Whether you’re feeling peaceful or stressed, you can practice these tips and develop them into a weapon to use when you are in a stressful situation.

If you have any questions for us about managing stress or any questions about real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

3 Simple Living Life Hacks


Moving toward a more simple life can be accomplished by doing one of the three things listed below.

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You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.” You don’t have to throw out all your things and become a minimalist to live more simply. Here are three ways to live a happier, more simple life:


You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.”

  1. Declutter your most-used spaces. Think of the spaces in your home that you use most often, like the bathroom sink, your beds, and refrigerator. Your fridge can become cluttered quickly and can affect your health if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Make sure all of your food is visible and clearly labeled to make eating a simpler and more enjoyable experience. This concept can be applied to other spaces as well.
  2. Simplify your morning and nighttime routine. If you take a long time to get ready in the morning, you may need to look at your routine. Simplify your day and night by preparing breakfast or picking out your clothes the night before. 
  3. Learn to desire less. Learn to differentiate between wants and needs. In order to have a rich life, you can either acquire more or want less. A rich man who wants more is not as content as a poor man who wants nothing. Being content is about reducing your unnecessary desires, not about fulfilling every one of them.
With these simple tips, we hope you’ll find yourself on the path to living a simpler life. We’re grateful to be your community resource, ready to serve you and your loved ones. If you need anything at all or would like to buy or sell a home, please give us a call. We look forward to being of service.