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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/23/2019

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Before you list your residence, it helps to take plenty of high-quality photos both inside and outside your home.

Ultimately, home photos can make or break a homebuyer's first impression of your residence.

For example, if your home listing includes photos that show off the true beauty of your house, a homebuyer may want to check out your residence in-person. Or, if home photos make your house look small and cluttered, a homebuyer may shy away from your residence altogether.

Don't let bad photos affect your ability to sell your house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get your house ready for a photo session.

1. Clean Your Residence

A beautiful home is likely to stand out to homebuyers. Meanwhile, if you clean your residence from top to bottom, you can get your house photo-ready in no time at all.

Mop the floors, wipe down the walls and ceilings and perform assorted home interior cleaning. Also, don't forget to mow the front lawn and complete various home exterior improvements.

If you need help with home cleaning tasks, you should contact a professional home cleaning company. With a professional home cleaning company at your side, you can receive expert support as you prep your residence for a photo session.

2. Declutter As Much As Possible

Although your home may be filled with assorted artwork, antiques and photographs, now may prove to be the best time to declutter as much as possible.

Too much clutter can make your house appear tiny. However, if you dedicate the necessary time and resources to declutter your house, you can show homebuyers the true size of your house.

If necessary, you can rent a storage unit to hold your excess items. Moreover, you can always reach out to family members and friends to see if they can store your excess items in their residences until you find a new place to live.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to real estate photography, it pays to work with a housing market professional. Lucky for you, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide who can help you get your house ready for the real estate market.

A real estate agent can assess your residence and offer recommendations to help you improve your house's appearance. Plus, he or she can put you in touch with the best professional real estate photographers in your area.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent can provide throughout the home selling journey too. A real estate agent is happy to set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and do everything possible to help you maximize the value of your residence.

Use the aforementioned tips to get your house ready for a photo session – you'll be glad you did. Thanks to these tips, you can move one step closer to getting the best results from the home selling journey.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/16/2019

As a home seller, it is essential to do everything possible to promote your house to the right groups of property buyers. However, as you approach the finish line of a home sale, you may encounter a "persistent" homebuyer. And if this happens, the home selling process may come to a screeching halt.

A persistent homebuyer may be more likely than others to demand home improvements or a price reduction to finalize a house sale. As a result, you may need to decide whether to accommodate this homebuyer's requests, continue to negotiate with him or her or walk away from a potential home sale altogether.

So what does it take to deal with a persistent homebuyer? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Understand the Housing Market

Are a homebuyer's requests valid? If so, they are likely to be based on housing market data. Therefore, if you analyze the housing market closely, you can better understand a persistent homebuyer's demands and proceed accordingly.

Take a look at the prices of comparable houses in your city or town. By doing so, you can determine how your house's price rates against the competition.

Also, don't forget to assess the prices of recently sold homes in your area. This housing market data will help you understand the demand for houses in your city or town and determine whether you're operating in a seller's or buyer's market.

2. Stand Your Ground

A persistent homebuyer may be in a hurry to purchase your house. As such, he or she may push you to make rash decisions that may not be in your best interest.

For home sellers, it is important to take a step back and evaluate all aspects of any home selling decisions. And if you feel uncomfortable with a homebuyer's requests, you should feel comfortable walking away from a possible home sale.

Ultimately, declining a homebuyer's requests and walking away from a home sale is far from ideal. On the other hand, doing so will allow you to reenter the housing market and restart the home selling journey with a fresh perspective.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to deal with a persistent homebuyer, you're probably not alone. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available nationwide to help you handle tough negotiations with any homebuyer, at any time.

A real estate agent understands the art of negotiation and can share his or her housing market expertise with you. That way, you can get the support you need to make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will respond to your home selling queries as the property selling journey progresses. No question is too big or too small for a real estate agent, and this housing market professional is happy to answer your home selling questions time and time again.

Take the guesswork out of dealing with a persistent homebuyer – use these tips, and you can boost your chances of getting the best results from the home selling journey.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/9/2019

The process of buying a house may prove to be long and complicated. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take before you pursue a home to streamline the homebuying cycle, and these include:

1. Create a Homebuying Checklist

It helps to start the homebuying process with a homebuying checklist in hand. This checklist will enable you to differentiate between home must-haves and wants, resulting in a fast, efficient homebuying journey.

Think about what you require from a home. For example, if you need a house that is located close to your office in the city, you should include this information in your checklist.

Also, if you want a house that features a built-in swimming pool, you can include this information in your homebuying checklist. But keep in mind that a swimming pool likely is a non-essential item. And if you find a home that is virtually perfect but lacks a swimming pool, it may still be a good idea to pursue this house.

2. Establish a Budget

How much can you afford to spend on a house? This question frequently plagues buyers as they proceed along the homebuying journey. Luckily, you can determine how much money is at your disposal if you develop a budget.

To budget effectively, it helps to meet with local lenders. Banks and credit unions generally offer a wide range of mortgage options and can help you make an informed mortgage decision.

In addition, it often helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to entering the real estate market. Because if you have a mortgage, you can pursue houses that fall within a specific price range and reduce the risk of overspending to acquire your dream house.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

If you want to enjoy a quick, seamless homebuying experience, it is beneficial to have a homebuying expert at your side. Thankfully, real estate agents are available nationwide, and these housing market professionals will do what it takes to help you discover a great house at an affordable price.

A real estate agent understands housing market patterns and trends and can help you plan ahead for a buyer's or seller's market. He or she will teach you about the real estate market and respond to your homebuying queries as well.

Furthermore, a real estate agent acts as a guide throughout the homebuying journey. This housing market professional will set up home showings, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and help you finalize a home purchase. By doing so, a real estate agent will take the guesswork out of buying a house, regardless of the current housing market's conditions.

When it comes to purchasing a house, it helps to prepare. If you employ a real estate agent today, you can get the support you need to plan ahead for the best- and worst-case homebuying scenarios. That way, you'll be able to identify and address potential homebuying hurdles before they escalate.

Ready to buy a house? Follow the aforementioned steps, and you can move closer to pursuing your dream residence.




Categories: Buying a Home   buying tips  


Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/2/2019

The American population over age 65 is set to double by the year 2060. That’s almost 100 million seniors needing housing in facilities that currently are in short supply. And really, do you want to live in a senior housing facility when you’re older? Most don’t. In fact, 80 percent of seniors would prefer to stay in their current home if they could. 

The challenge, however, is that most home designs simply never factored in the needs of growing older. Today, however, is a new day. With technology at our fingertips, homes built now can feature assistance for you to stay in place in your home over the long run. This technology, a part of the ambient assisted living emerging industry, brings improved safety, medical care, and mobility right into your home.

Check out these smart home options and think about how to include them in your build or remodel.

  • Security: Systems designed to warn you of fire and gas leaks are old news. But, newer systems that also can tell you who is at your front door, or that let you lock the front door from anywhere inside or outside the home via an app on your phone take it a step closer to giving autonomy to less mobile seniors. It also can let family know if you've fallen, or if there is an emergency, so it provides the family with the security of that their loved one is secure. Check out the options from Abode Iota, Nest Secure, or Ring Video Doorbells and Alarms.
  • Peace of mind: The newest version of Apple Watch, Series 4, has fall detection software that can detect when a hard fall occurs if you’re wearing the watch. In that event, it’s internal vibration system “taps” your wrist, displays an alert message, and sounds an alarm. At that moment, you can dismiss the alarm or call emergency. If it detects movement, the watch waits for you to respond, but if you've been immobile for over a minute, your watch will automatically call emergency, and also send a message to your designated emergency number letting them know your location and that it dialed emergency services for you.
  • Hazards: Getting around in the kitchen creates complications for anyone with limited mobility. Sense, a home energy monitor, can attach to the home’s electric panel. It can detect if an appliance runs too long and notify the homeowner. It also notifies a caregiver of changes to typical usage patterns, so if mom always makes coffee at 8:00 AM, and today that didn’t happen, Sense lets the caregiver know that something could be amiss. Protect yourself from bathroom hazards with Walabot Home’s two-way fall-detection system.
  • Autonomy: June, a countertop oven, automatically detects and recognizes the food placed in it, cooks it and then turns itself off. Connect your June to Alexa, and it tells you when your food has cooked. The AmazonBasics microwave works with Alexa or Echo Dot voice commands to set temperatures, cook, and inform you when your meal is ready. This feature particularly assists vision impaired cooks. In the living room, let Siri, Google Home Hub, or another device turn on your television, music, movies and more.
  • Health: New on the scene are telehealth (remote healthcare) options that reduce the need for doctor visits. Since transportation typically is a challenge for seniors, advancements in this area with wireless devices and monitoring look to a future of improved livability.

Early adoption of these systems prepares you for a time when you need to rely on them. In some new developments, builders install smart home technology from the ground up. If you'd like to see smart homes in your area, talk to a local real estate professional to view available homes.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/26/2019

Going zero waste doesn’t have to seem like a daunting task. There are several ways you can bring down your waste production at home. Try out these few tips and see how much progress you make.

  • Stop Using Plastic Straws. Many homes churn out a lot of plastic straws that quickly end up in the ocean and destroy marine life. Try investing in a metal straw as a stylish alternative. Paper straws will work just as well in your next party. However, feel free to skip this tip if anyone in your home has a disability that requires a straw.
  • Abandon Plastic Bags. Statistics show that we use the average plastic container for only 12 minutes, but it takes up to 5 centuries to break down in a landfill. Now you have a good enough reason to ditch your plastic bags and bring your reusable bags to the store. Get yourself a tote bag from your favorite brand or bookstore, or attempt making one at home.
  • Try Out Composting. Composting has many benefits for your garden asides been a great way to cut down on food waste. Composting enhances better soil, healthier plants and, more importantly, a healthier planet is one surefire way to cut down waste.
  • Build a Plastic-Free Pantry. Reducing waste can look super pretty in your kitchen. Stocking up on glass jars and containers to organize your pantry is something you should try. You will probably never lose anything in your fridge again, and you can bring the jars and containers straight to the grocery store to stock up on bulk goods.
  • Get rid of Plastic Take-Out Containers. Consider exchanging take-out for fast dinner ideas that you can stir up under 30 minutes or less. Go for eating at the restaurant if you're not in the mood for cooking, to skip the plastic utensils and containers.
  • Recycle. While cutting down on items that you can only use once is a better way to reduce waste, recycling is equally as good. It doesn't matter what its composition; there's probably a way to recycle it properly. Learning how to reclaim the items you have in your home will have you barely making use of your trash bin. Wherever possible, always look for recyclable options for whatever you want to get.

Living waste free is possible, all it takes is a little hard work and some commitment.




Categories: Recycling   waste   green living