Q: Which 3 Home Staging Essentials Should You Have?



Here are three great home staging items you can buy at a bargain. 

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If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, it’s important to make sure that visiting buyers never have to stare at any empty rooms or bare walls. The “deserted warehouse” look is out, so if your home isn’t staged attractively, you’re missing out because plenty of other houses will be.

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money staging your home attractively. Buying expensive items to upgrade your home isn’t necessarily the way to go if you don’t have the budget for that. One unexpected place to look for staging props, for example, is Walmart. A few dollars spent on the right items there can go a long way. Check out the bargains they offer to amp up your home staging without breaking the bank.


  You don’t have to spend a lot of money staging your home attractively.    


Here are three items you can buy that will do the trick:

1. Fluffy bathroom towels. Bathrooms are the second-most important area and selling feature in a home (next to the kitchen), and fresh, fluffy, colorful towels are the perfect accent for them.

2. Faux plants. If you (like me) struggle to keep real plants alive, then faux plants are a great addition. There are some absolutely beautiful ones out there, and they sometimes look so real that it’s easy to assume they are.

3. Candles. Candles add warmth, character, and an inviting scent to your home. You can get LED candles or the real thing, but LED candles don’t provide the same ambiance that real ones do, which is why I prefer the real deal. Remember to be responsible for where you place your candles.

Bonus tip: Pictures and other accessories help divert a buyer’s attention away from a part of the home you may not like that much.

If you’d like to know more home staging tips or have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to help. 

Q: How Can I Market My Pet-Friendly Home?



You can attract more buyers by promoting your home as pet friendly.

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When selling your home, one of the ways to attract a different breed of buyers is to promote your house as pet friendly. You should appeal to those who plan to share their new home with their animal friends. Almost any house can be marketed to pet owners, and if you take a little extra time to highlight the pet-friendly aspects of your property, it could sell quicker. You can tell your real estate agent that it’s fine for prospective buyers to bring their dogs along to scope out the home. Buyers are often impressed when sellers show their affection for pets. The best pet-friendly investment is to install a wooden or electric invisible fence around the perimeter of your yard. Also, the latest trend is to put a pet bath in the laundry room or garage, which is a sure-fire attention grabber.

If you take a little extra time to highlight the pet-friendly aspects of your property, it could sell quicker.
It’s equally crucial to hide those parts of the house that might initially turn off even the most ardent pet lovers. Agents everywhere love to use Febreze. Spritz it all around the furniture and pet beds before a showing to eliminate any odors. Even pet owners don’t like smelly houses. Also, be sure that your lawn is immaculate when showing your property; you can even hire a pooper scooper service. As always, please feel free to call or email us if you have questions about promoting your home to pet owners or any other real estate-related topic. We are always here to be of service to you, your friends, family, or anyone else you know that could benefit from our real estate expertise. We look forward to hearing from you!

Q: What’s Been Happening in Our Real Estate Market?



Entering May, here’s a quick look at how the real estate market is doing.

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We’re back with our monthly real estate market minute for May. First and foremost, we hope you’re staying safe and healthy. We’re here for you to help with whatever you need during this time—just reach out. Our real estate market is moving along, as over 1,000 homes were listed in April and 480 went under contract. The fact that our market is so active is good news. To learn more about what’s going on in real estate and how we can help you, watch the short video above.

Reach out to Us If You Need Anything


If you need anything at all while the country practices self-isolation and social distancing, let us know. We want to help.
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We just wanted to reach out to let you know that our entire team is ready to be an ally to you during these challenging times. Over the past few weeks, our team has been able to provide a variety of services, like running errands for the elderly and providing meals to those in need. We also helped find college students to tutor the children of parents who needed support with their homeschooling. If you need anything at all, reach out and let us know! In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. To see our full message, watch the short video above.

How to Get the Edge on Your Competition


What’s the trick to buying a home in a frenzied spring market? Here’s how we’ll help you find success.
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To increase your chances of buying the home you want in our competitive spring market, you need to have a strategy that gives you an edge. Here are a few key tips to ensure your success: 

1. Be prepared. If you’re new to the town or area you’re buying in, it’s a good idea to spend a few weekends there before the home-buying season starts so you can get to know the area.

2. Scope out the neighborhood. Drive around the neighborhoods you like best at different times of the day so you know what to expect in terms of traffic for your morning and evening commutes.

3. Hire an agent who knows the area. Our team is familiar with many towns in our area, and our collective knowledge will be a valuable resource for you.

4. Make an offer. Focus more on how much the home is worth and less on what the seller is asking for, even if that means paying the list price (or more). Ask your agent to show you a comparative market analysis of sales to determine the actual value; we’ll look online to see what other similar homes have sold for. This will help you to make the best possible decision.

5. Trust your intuition. Every first-time homebuyer has a little bit of fear about buying a home, no matter the season, but the most important thing to consider is whether it feels right to move forward. If it doesn’t, another home will come along soon.

As your real estate agent, we will always be of service to you. Feel free to reach out to us anytime for your real estate needs. Hope to hear from you soon!
 

How Expectation Differs From Reality When Buying a Home


These are the three home design trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for in 2020.

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When’s the right time to purchase your first home?


The answer varies across age groups. One out of every five parents expect their child to own a home by age 25, but this doesn’t quite align with reality. Younger adults tend to feel the most pressure owning a home, but they’re still waiting on their own terms. Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 have been slow to catch up to the rates of homeownership that Gen Xers and baby boomers did when they were in that age range. 


Millennials are marrying at later ages and have high student debt to blame for delaying their homeownership debut, and they now represent the largest home-buying force in the housing industry.

One out of every five parents expect their child to own a home by age 25, but this doesn’t quite align with reality.

Overall, millennials tend to feel the most judgment from their parents in relation to their life goals, whether that pertains to buying a home, getting married, or gaining financial independence. 


Purchasing a home is one of the most complex and expensive decisions most of us will make, so it’s easy to see how not choosing the right style, location, or size can invoke criticism from relatives. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced Realtor when making this milestone decision.

As always, if you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’d love to help you.