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October
1

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February
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December
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October
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March
22

If you're buying a home and have gotten the clear to close from your lender, then CONGRATULATIONS! - all of your efforts to purchase your dream home are about to become a reality!

What they don't tell you is that there are a few actions that can bring this process to a complete HALT.

I'm here to let you know what these mistakes are so that you DON'T make them before you reach the closing table!

All of the following items are RED FLAGS for your lender and they could decline the transaction because of one of the items below happening right before buying your home:

  1. Don't purchase items such as a new car, new furniture or new appliances.
  2. Don't open a new line of credit or close an existing line of credit.
  3. Don't quit or switch jobs.
  4. Don't make a late payment on a bill.
  5. Don't ignore questions/requests from your lender and/or broker.
  6. Don't authorize a credit check.
  7. Don't make large deposits into your bank account outside of your normal paycheck amount.
  8. Don't cosign a loan with ANYONE.
  9. Don't change bank accounts.
  10. Don't take out a payday loan.

Wishing you Every Success!

March
17

Here's a great quote!

Take uncomfortable, imperfect action.  Look forward to failure.  Get embarrassed.  You don't get to another level of life without stepping out and playing big.  GO BIG, or GO HOME!

 Be disturbed with your own inaction.  Don't settle.  What is your legacy????  You were meant for more!  There is no happiness in complacency.  If you're not climbing, you're sliding.

 "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all.

 Make a lot of mistakes and FAIL a lot because that is where you find success! 

February
15

How Can I Balance Needs Versus Wants As I Home Shop?  That is a great question.

 

Here's the trick to buying your best house: know what you need. Really, you only need a solid roof, good floors and walls, plumbing, heating, and lighting. Everything else is preference.

Imagine your dream home. Review each item that makes it ideal. Ask which items you could live without and which ones you would pay extra to have. Embrace delayed gratification. Items you want are often those you can add later. You can change features such as light fixtures, countertops and paint. Answering these questions can help you determine budgets for the home purchase and future renovations.

Make a list. Think about a home's different features: bedrooms, bathrooms, lighting, landscaping. List characteristics of each. Determine which ones you need to have, would like to have and don't want. This will help you avoid looking at homes you know don't interest you.

  • Know exactly what you want to a fault – Open kitchen, quiet street, backyard. Be flexible
  • Realize that you will probably buy several homes during your lifetime and it may NOT be your forever home. Lifestyles change, you have kids, parents move in with you.  Your kids move out and the house is to big.  Job change.
  • You think home improvement reality shows are actually realistic. While some things are easy fixes, others are not even though it looks EASY on HGTV.
  • If you don't like the home, we don't need to look at every aspect of the home. Time is valuable and let's make the best use of our time.

January
4

One of the things I advise my clients to do before beginning their home search is to establish their purchasing power by getting pre-approved with a reputable lender.

As a buyer, getting pre-approved for your home purchase—before actually starting your home search—is imperative because it allows you to determine what homes you can actually afford. You may be surprised to find that it is higher than you think! Getting pre-approved is also becoming a standard practice these days and puts you in a much more powerful position as a buyer when you bring an offer to the table; sellers are more likely to take your offer more seriously when it's backed by a pre-approval and they know you are well-qualified to purchase their home.



In addition to helping you determine how much house you can afford, your lender will show you a variety of different types of financing and how much you qualify for with each type; determine what your down payment will be based on your available funds; and determine what your monthly payment will be to ensure you are comfortable with your total monthly payment.

I would be happy to provide you with the name of a dependable lending professional. I know experienced and reliable loan agents and lenders whom I can recommend with confidence as they've always offered first-class service to my clients.

 

December
6

 

 Buying a home is one of life's most important investments and exciting adventures. Whether you are a first-time or experienced buyer, it's important to spend some time preparing yourself before you start your search so you are aware of the potential pitfalls and stumbling blocks that may pop up during your path to homeownership success.[/caption]

Here are some things to keep in mind before and during your search:

  • Do the math and establish your purchasing power. Meet with a lender who will help you determine which type of financing will work best for you and how much you qualify for with each type. Getting pre-approved can put you in a much stronger negotiating position because it shows the seller that you are a committed buyer, financially capable of buying the property and more likely to close on it.
  • Commit to working with a strong buyer's agent like me who will look after your best interests and work with your schedule.
  • Start surfing. One of the most important tools you'll need for your house hunt can be found right in your own home or office—the Internet. Nearly every home on the market is listed somewhere on the Internet because real estate agents know the majority of people turn to the Web first when looking for a new home. You can register for e-mail alerts from my website to have homes sent to you so you can investigate further.
  • Location, location, location. Narrow your search before you start touring every house in town. Decide what neighborhoods work best for you and your family. Check out school districts, shopping and dining, public transportation, recreational areas and crime statistics.
  • List your priorities and prepare to compromise. Make a list of the features you are looking for in a house and rate them on a scale of one to five, with five being a feature you can't live without. Then, bring your list with you as you tour homes to keep score.
  • Would you like French doors with that? Once you've found a home you like, consider the costs of upgrades, repairs or remodels and factor those in to your short or long term budgets. Remember that any upgrades you make, will likely add value to your new home. So it may be worth the extra investment up front if you are planning on selling your home in the foreseeable future.

With this checklist and the right market conditions, you are well on the road to home happiness. For additional information on the opportunities in today's market or for expert representation, contact me today.

January
18

Buying a BRAND NEW home may seem daunting when you can get a resale for a couple hundred dollars less a month but let me tell ya, buying a new home can actually SAVE you money in the long run (plus a few other benefits!)

 The word NEW is the key here because everything in a new construction home is brand new.

 This includes a 1 year warranty on everything PLUS a 10 year structural  warranty. This comes in handy when appliances break or the foundation of the home starts to shift. If you don't buy NEW, then you will have to pay out of pocket for those items. New construction homes are VERY low maintenance in comparison to buying a resale home.

 When you buy a new construction home, you have the ability to have ALL or part of your closing costs paid, this saves you money INSTANTLY.

 New construction homes are also energy efficient which means you will be saving LOADS of money on your electricity bill whereas a resale home doesn't offer this same benefit.

 You can customize EVERYTHING when you build a new construction home - from flooring to backsplash to faucets and light fixtures. It will be custom tailored to YOUR liking and exactly how you want it.

 No need to worry about replacing that hideous tile flooring throughout the kitchen of a resale home or updating light fixtures that are outdated.

 Also - most new construction homes also come standard with SMART features which are very convenient in this day and age.

 New construction communities offer other benefits like superior drainage, which makes it much less likely to flood compared to an older community.

 Builders also don't sell to investors, so the newer community will retain its integrity for a longer period of time.

 Most people who purchase a new construction home plan to live in that home rather than rent it out every year or so. This means that you'll get to know your neighbors and your property value is protected.

 Ask me how we can get you into a new construction home today!

February
22

You've made the decision to sell, now what?  What needs to be done?

First Impressions Count

Here's a few things to think about:

  • You need to take an honest look at everything in your house. The exterior, interior, kitchen space etc… from a fresh set of eyes.  You HAVE to see this from a buyer's point of you and what they would like and not like about your abode.  What would you want if you were the buyer looking at your home for the first time?  If you are unable to see this with clear eyes, have a friend come over and have them give you an honest opinion of your home and what "they see."
  • Take out the emotion. Selling a home is an emotional experience because you have memories tied to it.  When your home goes up for sale, you will receive feedback comments from a buyer's showing experience.  Sometimes, these comments are hard to digest.  It's ok.  That's normal.  As you're getting ready to sell, and looking at items that need to be fixed, try to remove the emotion from that process.
  • Buyers want to be able to move right in and not have to do any repairs or cosmetic changes. Knowing this information, will help you decide what projects need to be a priority to get top dollar.  If you need more advice on whether or not to tackle a project, I'm here to help.

Repair, Repair, Repair

If you know the gutters are falling down and need to be tightened up, Do it!  First impressions count and Curb Appeal is the first impression that someone has of your house.  Take a good hard look at the exterior of the house and see what loose ends need to be fixed.

Let's just make this easy… Fix everything that needs to be fixed in order to sell.  If you are questioning this or money is tight, let's chat.  I'll come over and tell you what has to be done.  FYI, if some items are not repaired, it may have to be reflected in your listing price.

Declutter

You knew I was going to say this!

November
4

Easy tip to sell your home!

 Make your house smell amazing so people have a great first impression when they walk in. If you want to do this without using lots of chemically made fragrances then I recommend essential oils!

 Using certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils allows for a pleasant aroma to linger throughout the space without irritating the nasal passages.

What types of essential oils you ask?

Lemon, Wild Orange and Peppermint!

If you are wanting to neutralize odors, try Purify.

Just a few drops in a diffuser and you've done the trick!

January
7

Maintaining Your Home Can Save You a Lot of Money in the Long Run...

Task Frequency
Test smoke detectors Monthly
Mechanical water softener See manual
Drain off sediment from base of hot water tank Monthly
Vacuum under refrigerator and dust condenser Quarterly
Inspect bathtubs and sinks for caulking and leaks; repair as needed Quarterly
Turn mattress, wash mattress covers Quarterly
Clean oven As needed
Check operation of water pump and sump pump, if applicable Quarterly
Defrost manual refrigerator; or if automatically defrosted, wash off shelves and clean when frost is 1/4" thick
Major cleaning As needed
Review emergency procedures and practice fire drill As needed
Survey carpet and flooring and clean as needed or quarterly Quarterly
Task Frequency
Change furnace filters Monthly during heating season
Humidifier: thoroughly clean water in reservoir Each week
Chimney cleaned for wood stove As needed
Task Frequency
Remove and store windows and doors Annually
Window cleaning spring and fall As needed
Window caulking (especially for air-conditioned rooms) Spring and fall or as needed
Plans for outside care, such as washing or painting siding Annually as needed
Defrost manual freezer annually annually before new preservation seasons begin
Check home canned foods, plan meals to use remaining supply before fresh produce is available Once in March or April
Clean, air, and store winter boots Annually
lean all woolen clothing and store properly to prevent moths Annually
Air winter coverlets and bedding before storage Annually
Task Frequency
Clean air conditioner filter Monthly or as per manual directions
Clean home canned pantry area, arrange items on hand, and prepare space for additions Annually
Check canning supplies and have dial-type gauge on canner tested for accuracy Annually
Task Frequency
Heating system services before system is needed
Chimney cleaned for wood stove See manual
Remove leaves from gutters Once or twice during fall
Clean and store yard tools, discard or store yard chemicals properly As needed
Clean fire extinguisher, refill or replace as needed Annually
Turn off water to outside faucets (this is not necessary on those with extended line) Annually
Sort, clean, pack, and store holiday items Annually

 

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