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WHERE TO UPDATE YOUR HOME TO INCREASE HOME VALUE
Sometimes people have the funds to update their home before they sell it, in order to increase the overall value.
The question usually asked is, "How much money should I put into my renovation and where should I spend it?"
The SINGULAR room in your home that will get you the most bang for your buck is the KITCHEN.
No matter what your budget or home goals, there's one simple and cost-effective update that can get you the most money when you sell: updating your kitchen. Whether it's a total gut job or just adding some more efficient appliances, kitchens are consistently one of the biggest sellers in any real estate market. Here are some ways you can update your kitchen - from the full remodel to less expensive options in updating a kitchen.
A new kitchen and bathroom are big ticket items, but they're also some of the most valuable improvements you can make to your home. From replacing appliances to new cabinets, adding granite countertops, and installing a backsplash, these updates have a long-lasting effect on your home value.
If you're looking to sell your home for top dollar, you should consider replacing outdated countertops. Replacing outdated countertops will make a huge difference in your house's resale value.
Picking a fresh color or painting a room is one of the easiest ways to make a home feel like it has new life. When you paint, your walls may look new and bright again, and even your old furniture can look modern with a coat of paint on it. Choosing paint colors that are popular for houses in your area will help you get more money when you sell because buyers don't have to worry about stepping outside their comfort zone if they like what they see at first glance.
Stainless steel appliances can add over $15,000 to your home's value. If you're planning on selling your home anytime soon, it might be time to upgrade your appliances to stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances will often make buyers think of high-end kitchens and may prompt them to offer more money than if they were seeing a kitchen with more traditional materials like laminate or granite countertops.
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.
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.
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:
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.
7 REAL ESTATE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
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!
WHY I BECAME A REALTOR
I had actually never considered being a realtor until I started working as a loan processor for a bank. I HATED this job, so when someone offered me the chance to try something different, I jumped.
I found out some of the incredible benefits of it and it matched up perfectly with what I wanted out of my life.
It was important to me to:
- Work with people and help them make smart moves.
- Provide valuable information.
- Love what I do & feel fulfilled in my work.
- See some really cool homes and figure out what I wanted for my dream home.
It was in 2002 when I finally decided I was going to go for it and when I started studying to get my license.
It took me 1 month to get licensed and 3 months after that to sell my first home! It was incredibly exciting & I remember it like it was yesterday!
Please, please don't make me tell you the following. It is so incredibly awkward to do so…
Here's the deal, you probably don't even realize it because you are used to it. But a buyer will definitely notice the smell. Here's some of the causes:
The HOUSE NEEDS To SMELL CLEAN. Time for spring cleaning. Throw away what you can. Those things need to go into the trash can, need to leave. This also is good for the decluttering process. Wipe down walls, baseboards, floor boards, air it out and don't just cover it up with an air freshener. That is definitely a sign to the buyer that you are covering up a bad smell.
Ugh... I know that's incredibly harsh, but sometimes it's the unpleasant conversation that has to happen in order to sell your home. Just try to see and smell your home from the buyer's perspective.
We all know that living near a good school increases the value of your home. But who knew a neighboring cemetery can adversely affect your property value? Or that proximity to a hospital isn't a good thing? In fact, we now know—or should know—that nothing is more important when selling your home than your neighborhood. So if you're buying, think ahead; purchase your dream home in the wrong location and you may be buying into a nightmare.
Here are some location no-nos:
Among the amenities to look for in your neighborhood-to-be:
Ok, so that was just a tease because I am a great Realtor and I do hope you use me to help your sell home. What I will do, is say it like it is, give you all the information you need, and lead you through all the steps.
Let's face it, all you care about is that your home gets sold for top dollar, in your time frame, and with the least amount of hassle. Correct?
First Question… What is your time frame for selling? If you need to be at a new job in 60 days out of state, and once you receive an offer on your house (typical time frame is 45 days from start to finish), then there's not much time to do much of anything but put your home on the market.
Here's where a good Realtor comes into the picture. They should be able to answer the typical time frame for selling in your neighborhood, the best marketing strategy for selling, how the listing price will be determined, what the staging process looks like, the hurdles in selling your home, the best way to stay in contact with you. Their job is to take care of you their client and handle all these things that you may not have time to deal with.
If you would like some help, you have my number and email. :)
How are you going to find a buyer for your home? You need to think like a buyer. Put yourself in their shoes.
What are the buyers looking for? Does your home have those features? What type of buyer is the perfect fit for your home?
In order to think like a buyer, you need to know WHO that person may be? Does your home attract the first-time home buyer or someone looking for a second home? About how much they would have to make in order to buy your house at your price range? What makes them tick?
The Typical Buyer
Who is YOUR perfect buyer for your home?
What does YOUR perfect buyer need?
Are they looking for a certain school district?
How many beds/baths will they want?
Want a backyard?
Need a basement?
Want an updated or open kitchen?
They work from home and need great internet speed?
In the good ole days, we used to advertise in the newspaper. What's a newspaper, you say? Exactly! Now, it's a race to see who finds your home the fastest and what's the best way to market online?
There is a lot that goes into marketing your home. The goal is to give you the most exposure to drive up the price, to have you bank the most money! Creating a Marketing Buzz is the best way to get that result!
Contact me if you are interested in seeing how I create a "Marketing Buzz" around your home!
So, you've been thinking about selling your home but are questioning if NOW is the time to sell? How's the market? Is it a buyer's market, seller's market? Will my home sell quickly? Do I have enough equity? If I do sell, what's next?
First things first, the home selling process begins with the decision to sell. Here's what's funny. As a Realtor, we tend to forget how this process goes until we actually have to go through the home selling process ourselves. And while I know the ropes inside and out, it was still stressful, it was emotional, and it was a lot of work to get the home ready to sell BUT…
I sold my home three years ago after making the decision that it was too much work for me to maintain. I went through a divorce a few years back and held onto the house, for a secure place for my kids to come HOME to. Once, they graduated from high school and were heading off to college, I knew it was time for me to move on. It was my opportunity to pursue what I really wanted, which was a home on an all-sports lake. I have so many fond memories of going to my grandparent's cottage and spending time on the lake, that I know this is my dream home. My lifestyle changed. My kids moved out of the house. Now, it was time for me to pursue my dream home.
Start planning ahead…
One of my Favorite Life Hacks I use this life hack every year when I reset my goals. I absolutely love it! Thanks to Dean Grazoisi and his book Millionaire Success Habits.) Check it out…
Sometimes, we need to look at the bigger picture of life, and then make a plan to get there. I have the plan to get you where you want to go and lead you through the process!