Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Get the Most out of Your Home This Summer

It is officially Summer, and though it’s been a rainy season so far, the weather is warmer, and we are outside more.

This is also the time of year for bringing more color to your home, for spending more time on the porch, and maybe having some fun weekend guests and parties!

I found three great articles that address all these Summer plans and how to seamlessly enjoy yourself at the same time.

Whether you want a cheerfully bright yellow, and powerful bold red, or playful purple, this first article helps with hues and the right times to paint.

Embrace the heat, but keep yourself covered in case of rain by sitting out on your front porch! Since the Midwest summers are unpredictable, this article provides tips to get the most out of your front porch with different types of seating, decorations, and lighting.

Perhaps the best part of Summer is entertaining out of town guests. Show off your hosting abilities with this article’s tips and tricks to accommodate kids, plan inventive activities, and what to stock.

Hopefully these articles help in planning your Summer, and let me know how everything goes!
 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Americans Sold on Real Estate as Best Long-Term Investment



This year the housing market has improved, and with it comes a renewed trust in it as a long term investment. 

Stock values have also been improving, but because of the volatile market, real estate appears to be the better option for investing. 

This, of course, varies among younger and older Americans, as well as different levels of household income, but cautious optimism was apparent in the Gallup poll conducted. 

For more information, including charts and a short video, click on the link here:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

5 Popular Spring Colors for Sellers



Spring is here and with it comes vibrant colors everywhere you look! From beautiful flowers to beautiful walls, there are some hot trends hitting the market. So why not put them to use in your home to help it sell?

From pastels to Earth tones, this MSN Real Estate article gives some great ideas of how to use the popular colors in your home to help liven it up. Neutral tones are best for paint colors, but add pops of color in items like vases, pillows and artwork. This way you can change them with the seasons.

Also, although there are many capable DIY home owners, there is also some information regarding hiring professionals in case you need help painting. 

Good Luck and here’s to a beautiful (and warm!) Spring! Read and see the Full Article:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to Make Your Listing Stand Out



This article has good advice for all real estate agents to live by when it comes to listing homes. 

When it comes to making your house sound irresistible to buyers, we need to focus on verifiable information, like granite countertops, and hardwood flooring.  And not only that, we need to paint a picture.

Gorgeous granite countertops.  Beautiful hardwood flooring. However, we don’t want to sound too exaggerated with our terms.  Plus we want to keep potential buyers interested by not giving too much information away, so those buyers still need to call for more of the great home details.

These tips helps boost the probability of selling your home by up to 15% so make sure you work with your agent to get the best attention grabbing listing you can!

The article, from MSN Real Estate can be read in full here, and contact me when you’re ready to list!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

7 Ways To Make Your Home Move-In Ready



Do you want a bevy of bidding buyers fighting over your abode?! So does everyone! So how do you think like a buyer, instead of a seller when you put your house on the market? This article from Trulia.com will help you get your head in the game and start to think like a buyer.

Have you ever considered walking your friends through your home and asking them what they would change or add? They might be more apt to tell you if you provide dinner and a few drinks! This will really help you think outside of the box and not just rely on realtors or your own family’s views.

Everyone knows they have to show their house at its best for potential buyers, but what is its best? Think de-clutter, neutral colors, and shiny floors to start!

I advise my clients on these tips and tricks and have a few of my own as well! Read this great article and then contact me if you are ready to make ‘the move’! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Give Your Home More Curb Appeal!



Selling your home? Looking to buy? The first thing buyers and sellers notice when checking out a home is how it looks from the outside! First impressions are everything, so remember to really pay attention to your yard, your front walkway, and the fa├žade of your home. 

This Houzz.com article really details great ideas to help give the aesthetic of your home more appeal, all the way down to the materials and cost of the potential projects. 

Do it yourself or hire from outside, but remember that first impressions mean everything, even when it comes to your home’s curb appeal!

Full article:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Want to Sell Your Home Faster AND Make More Money?



The housing market will soon be in full swing this Spring, and if you are looking to sell your home you must want to welcome this warmer weather with open arms – and even a few open houses!
Before you jump into anything, however, make sure you know where to begin before tackling this big undertaking. 

Check out this Houzz.com article that has some excellent tips for preparing your home, inside and out. It really helps homeowners itemize their to-do list and helps you decide what is worth spending money on, and what you might be able to do yourself. 

Enjoy… and contact me with questions to personally go thru your to-do list!