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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/4/2017

Want to boost the value of your home? Doing so may prove to be expensive if you're not careful. Fortunately, we're happy to help you revamp your home on a budget, and ultimately, ensure you can maximize your residence's value when you add it to the real estate market. Here are three tips for home sellers who want to increase the value of their residences without breaking their budgets: 1. Power Wash the Exterior. Dust, dirt and grime can accumulate along your home's siding. As such, your home's messy exterior is unlikely to help your residence generate interest in a highly competitive real estate market. On the other hand, power washing your home's siding can be done quickly and may enhance your residence's appearance instantly. You may be able to rent a pressure washer from a home improvement retailer, enabling you to complete this task on your own over the course of a few hours. Or, you can hire a licensed and bonded contractor to power wash your home's exterior. Regardless of which option you choose, however, you're unlikely to have to worry about a hefty bill. 2. Enhance the Kitchen Cabinets. Are your kitchen cabinets old, dirty and ugly? Lucky for you, there are many quick, easy ways to transform your bland kitchen cabinets into glamorous ones that can make your home more attractive to homebuyers. For instance, updating the hardware of your kitchen cabinets enables you to give the cabinets a sleek, modern look. Also, you can clean off the cabinets and add a new coat of paint to revamp their appearance. When it comes to improving the appearance of your kitchen cabinets, you may not need to replace the cabinets altogether. Instead, use these simple yet effective improvements to enhance the appearance of your kitchen cabinets without delay. 3. Remove the Carpets. Carpets will wear down over an extended period of time and may become an eyesore in your home. Thankfully, you may be able to remove the carpets and expose beautiful hardwood floor. To remove the carpets, you'll need to be patient. Typically, removing staples from carpets is paramount and may take you several hours to complete. But those who do so may find an exceptional hardwood floor that can help revamp the appearance of your house. A hardwood floor that remains beneath a carpet may be in great shape after a carpet is pulled up. Conversely, you may need to restore the floor Ė something that usually is much more affordable than installing new carpets in your home. Remember, home improvement projects may require time and patience, but home sellers who perform these tasks effectively can boost the value of their houses. And if you're ever uncertain about whether a home improvement task will help you bolster your home's value, you can always consult with your real estate agent for professional assistance, too. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips to discover the best ways to bolster your home's value. By doing so, you can enhance the appearance of your home without breaking your budget.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/14/2017

When you think of buying or selling a house, the first thing that comes to mind may not be the legal aspects associated with the process. You may want to reconsider this rather boring part of the process as an important one. Hiring a lawyer can help both buyers and sellers to get through many hurdles that buying a home can present. 


The Contracts


There will be many negotiations and a lot of back and forth throughout the process of buying a home. Everything thatís involved with buying a home needs a contract for it to be legally binding. A real estate attorney will negotiate on your behalf and be sure that the contracts adhere to all state and local laws. The lawyer will also help you to address issues that may affect the future of the property such as botched inspections, liens against the home, and other items that could affect you as the home buyer. 


Title Search


Real estate attorneys will perform what is called a title search. This allows them to see if there are any outstanding liens or judgements against the house. This title search will also make sure that the seller has the right to actually sell the property thatís being sold. An attorney can do all of this much quicker than the average person since they have working relationships with title companies.


Transfer Of Property


If a property is being transferred through a corporation, trust, or partnership, things can get complicated. Itís good to have an attorney who is used to working with these complex situations and understands the legal boundaries within the state or municipality   that the property is in.


If You Choose Not To Have A Real Estate Attorney


Many times, a real estate attorney isnít required to buy a property. It is advisable to have one, however. Without an attorney you increase your chances of problems arising in the future. You run the risk of:


  • Being sued for failure to disclose information
  • An improper property transaction takes place
  • You could miss relevant facts about the property
  • Failing to file the correct documents at both the state an local levels
  • Deeds are not transferred
  • Building permits werenít correctly filed


The Takeaway


Having a real estate lawyer on your side is important due to the complex nature of property transactions. While some states require that an attorney be present throughout your property transaction, many states do not have this stipulation. You are smart to hire a competent real estate attorney to protect your own interests as either a buyer or a seller.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 4/16/2017

If you're considering putting your house on the market, the job of helping you find a qualified buyer is an important one. The real estate agent you choose to market your home, schedule appointments, and provide you with day-to-day guidance will play a crucial role in the outcome of your sale.

In addition to picking an agent who has a successful track record of selling houses similar to yours, their overall attitude, communication style, and energy level can provide you with valuable insights into whether they're up to the challenge.

Here are three of the top reasons that a positive attitude is an indispensable quality in a real estate agent.

  1. When prospective buyers and agents tour your home, they will be influenced by several factors. While their main focus will be on the look and feel of your home, their opinions will also be swayed by your agent's presentation style. Your real estate professional should have a knack for helping prospects focus on the desirable aspects of a home, while downplaying its negative features. Although issues and potential problems with a property usually need to be acknowledged, a resourceful real estate agent will make sure the problem is kept in its proper perspective, rather than blown out of proportion. They'll also do their best to suggest cost-effective solutions. To the extent that it's possible and practical, a good agent will help prospective buyers imagine how much they'd enjoy moving into the house, customizing it to their personal preferences, and making the space their own. People will quickly pick up on the enthusiasm and attitude of your real estate agent, and will be consciously and unconsciously influenced by their verbal and nonverbal messages. Most, if not all, buyers will be quick to detect everything from authenticity and sincerity to indifference and lethargy in an agent. These traits should also be obvious to you when you're interviewing agents during the selection process.
  2. An optimistic, results-oriented real estate agent will tend to be more resourceful, proactive, and solution-oriented that one who focuses more on problems than solutions.
  3. Both enthusiasm and negativity are contagious, so your agent's attitude will have a direct impact on your own outlook. Since your responsibility as the seller is to keep your home and property looking its best at all times, discouragement and a loss of optimism can easily spill over into noticeable details like home cleanliness and staging.

Choosing a great real estate agent can potentially translate into a higher sale price and a shorter period of time that your home will be on the market. Since thousands of dollars are at stake, it makes good financial sense to pick an agent who possesses the necessary people skills, the relevant knowledge, and the professional expertise to bring you the best possible return on the sale of your property.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 7/17/2016

Are you looking to hire a real estate agent to sell your home? Here are some must ask questions of real estate agents before you sign on the dotted line. 1. Do you work full or part-time as a real estate agent? 2. How many homes have you sold in my area and what was the price range? 3. What is your average days on the market until a house goes under agreement? 4. How many sellers are you currently representing? 5. At what price do you think my house will sell in the current market? And why? 6. What is your advertising and marketing plan for my house? 7. Can I see a sample of your marketing? 8. What kind of communication schedule can I expect from you? 9. How long have you been a real estate agent and how much education have you received? Do you have any special designations? 10. Is your real estate license in good standing and have you ever been subject to a client complaint? 11. Why should I hire you over your competition? 12. Do you have a website? What kind of online presence do you have? Lastly, don't forget to ask for testimonials or references.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/15/2016

Many people think they can go it alone when it comes to selling their home but there are many good reasons to hire a professional to do the job. Here are just a few of the many reasons to hire a real estate agent when selling your home: According to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, a seller who uses a real estate agent typically gets 16% more in the sale of their home than an unrepresented seller. It won't cost you a dime unless the home sells. A real estate agent and their company take on all of the costs of marketing your home and don't get paid unless the home sells. Negotiating can be tough especially when it is your own home. Your agent will do all the negotiating for you. Real estate paperwork can be confusing. Your agent will take of all the paperwork and make sure everything is done according to the laws in your area. There is no emotion. Selling your home can be emotional and using a real estate professional will help you objectively evaluate offers and determine a selling price. Just like any job it is always better to hire a professional. "When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.Ē †R.H. Grant