Archive for May, 2013

Simple Tips on Selling your Home

1. Less is more. Get rid of any unnecessary items. You want potential buyers to view themselves living in your home not like they are invading your space. Consider taking down personal family photos or hiding highly personal taste. 

2. Make your rooms roomier. Something as simple as changing the position of your furniture can change the whole feel of a room. Another idea would be to repaint using a color that brightens up the space making it appear larger. 

3. Go Neutral. Not all potential buyers can see past that adorable magenta & lime green polka dot colored bedroom your 6 year old daughter insisted she must have. Before putting your house on the market consider painting walls a beige, white, or grey hue.

4. Make a great 1st impression. Curb appeal is the first place a homeowner can show off their home..make sure the outside of your home is saying the right things. Take a weekend to trim your bushes, paint the front door or shutters, replace light fixtures, or even plant some flowers. The old saying “You never have a second chance to make a first impression” really applies here. 

5. Revamp the backyard. Add an outdoor table set, lawn ornaments, plants to add some character to the backyard. You want buyers to envision being able to utilize every space in your home. 

6. Re-purpose the “junk room”.  Do you have a room that is dedicated to projects you hope to get to one day? Take the time to clear out this space and show other possibilities for the space. It could be an office, work out room, media room or even a spare bedroom. 

7. Update the kitchen. There are several things you can do to update your kitchen without spending thousands (i.e. new faucet set, updated light fixtures, new cabinet door handles, re-paint the cabinets..)

8. Accessorize the bathroom. Spruce up the bathroom with a new shower curtain, a nice towel set, new rugs to add a pop of color or even a new toilet seat! 

9. Presentation really is EVERYTHING. Be sure to empty the trash regularly, use light air fresheners throughout the house (be considerate in choosing a fragrance), add a welcome mat and even deep clean the carpets.  

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Can you feel the heat??

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Wilson County’s real estate market is on FIRE!!! Lebanon had 94 home sales in April and Mt. Juliet followed behind with 78. Properties are still bringing 97% or better of the listing price! The only negative is the inventory is extremely low and we do not have enough to keep up with our clients!  Both quality homes for sale AND rentals are being snatched up quicker than we can list them! We are searching daily to find properties for our buyers only to find quality homes in certain price ranges aren’t out there! 

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to sell, the time is NOW!!! 

Call us 804-6404 or 788-502! 

Jackie & Kevin

7 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent

These are great questions to ask any agent you are considering working with!

Suzy Goldstein and Charlene Wexler

1. How long have you been a real-estate agent? As with any profession, experience matters. The more seasoned the agent, the better representation you’re likely to get.

2. Do you sell homes part or full time? The real estate industry has its share of part-timers hoping to stumble onto a few home sales a year. If you’re considering hiring a part-time real-estate agent, ask yourself: Am I confident this agent has tracked local activity closely enough to understand today’s unpredictable market? Will he or she be able to give my home sale the time and attention it requires?

3. What training do you have? Has the agent earned industry designations, or completed specialized training in areas like negotiation or working with first-time buyers? If not, think hard about whether the agent is dedicated enough to the profession to acquire and develop the skills necessary to succeed.

4. How many homes…

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