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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If you're looking to sell your home for top dollar, you should consider replacing outdated countertops. Replacing outdated countertops will make a huge difference in your house's resale value.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.
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:
Wishing you Every Success!
Even when times get hard, I always celebrate the positive so I can stay in the right mindset.
Some of you may know that in the past couple of years, I worked for a financial company as an office manager and marketing director. I actually stepped away from real estate and enjoyed the time of not having to constantly think about it. I did this for a few years, until I was no longer challenged. I wanted to do things my way and the only way to do that is by owning your own company. ;)
Here's what I learned:
1) That I needed to run my own business.
2) That I wanted to leave my fingerprint and create something that was all my own.
3) To take the lessons I learned from another field and look at the broad picture when it comes to life, and in business.
4) I gained some great friends and allies that helped me find my path.
5) I became unstuck.
6) I became ME again!
I am so excited about this new pathway in life and real estate. I have some BIG things planned for the future with everything I set up for real estate to help those around me. If you see something that I forgot, please let me know because it's all about you!
Thank you for supporting me through this journey :)
I wish I had known these things at the beginning of starting my real estate journey and want to share it with you:
Get the people you need who understand what you are going through so they can fill you with POSITIVITY and SUPPORT.
Any "failure" you have is an opportunity to GROW and LEARN. See it, reflect on it, learn from it, and then move past it.
Don't dwell on it.
Protect your ENERGY and MIND when it comes to others who are not growing in their journey.
Don't let the negativity of others influence you.
Keep developing a strong mindset to push past the critics, comments and negative energy.
It takes a lot of energy to run a successful real estate business.
It takes a lot of energy to "do life." Stay Positive... It is so much better on that side, than the other.
7 REAL ESTATE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Too many people don't have the time or energy to do a full spring cleaning. Thankfully, a quick and simple home refresh will go a long way toward making your home look new without breaking the bank or your back.
In a Houzz article, Laura Gaskill outlines several easy ways to refresh your home for spring. For example, freshen up your entry simply by sweeping and mopping the front porch and adding a new welcome mat.
If you're fortunate enough to have a back entrance or mudroom, it's time to clear out all the remnants of winter. Consider adding extra storage with baskets, racks, or closet organizers to keep your newly tidied mudroom or entrance clutter free. And while you're decluttering, why not tackle clutter catchalls like junk drawers and countertops? You'll be able to find things again, and your space will feel brand new.
Can't remember when you last cleaned your light fixtures? You're not alone; most of us miss this step during regular dusting.
By wiping down neglected lamps and sconces (and those ever-so-dusty light bulbs), you'll lose the grime that's accumulated over many months (years?). Your living space will suddenly feel so much brighter and lighter you may decide to tackle your mirrors and inside windows next.
It needn't cost the earth (or take forever) to change up your décor. New paint is great, but you can achieve a similar result with less work by applying one of today's trendy large-scale adhesive murals to a blank wall. The result: an instant accent space that's easy to switch up when it's time for a change. And don't forget greenery-add plants and flowers to your living space for that instant spring feeling.
As you can see, spring cleaning no longer has to be intimidating. With these simple tweaks, your home will feel like spring before you know it.
I spent WAY too much time caring about what random people from my past thought of me. Then I had a major breakthrough.
Tammy: Just be You.
Nothing I can do, will change their perception or what they want to believe about who I am so why bother trying to change someone's opinion.
I know the true facts. I know who I am. That's all the matters.
My goal will always be to try and be the best person I can be.
I hope you do the same. I believe people respect you more when they see…
Who you really are.
NOW be proud about it!
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:
With a little bit of forethought, selling a home doesn't have to be a difficult process. Here are some things you should think about:
What needs to be done? Fix Repairs, Declutter etc… Staging. How can you stand out from the competition? Curb appeal, Move-in condition
Zestimate, Realtors. What you should be looking at.
1) Marketing Buzz
2) Someone to give you advice on which improvements to tackle
3) What the listing contact says and how it reads
4) Communication within 24 hours. What we expect of you … that you're flexible, try not be offended, and that you do respond and communicate as well.
Everything is Negotiable – Go through contract – Price, Closing time, possession time etc…) See if from the buyer's perspective (meeting of the minds) Results – What's your End Goal?
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!