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There’s no better time to create a romantic ambiance in your home than on Valentine’s Day! With just a few changes, you will feel like you are “getting away from it all” without ever leaving your house!
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Keeping your home clean, tidy and ready to show can be challenging in the best of circumstances, but even more so when you have small children. Here are a few staging tricks that will keep your house ready for last minute showings while making it attractive to buyers at the same time.
Begin by removing any excess toys and clutter. Cumbersome toys like play kitchens and picnic tables take up a lot of space and can make a room look crowded and smaller than it is – so remove these items.
Allow your children to pick out a few favorite toys that can be easily stored in attractive containers when showing the house. Choose an option that makes tidying up quick and easy. Store all other toys out of sight.
Potential buyers like to be able to see the house as they would have it. So, remove kids’ art work from the refrigerator and convert the playroom into a multi-purpose room. For example, you can stage the playroom as an office by adding a desk and chair, or as a den by adding a small sofa. That will make the room more appealing to buyers without children.
Finally, consider a fresh coat of paint, especially if you have multi colored rooms that were painted to appeal to your little ones. Not only will the new paint cover finger-prints and marks on the walls, but choosing neutral colors for all the rooms will help sell your home more quickly and easily.
Yes, I’m talking to YOU Millennials!
There are several reasons why you aren’t buying homes right now. Student debt, low-paying jobs and not having cash for a down payment are just a few of them. But the truth is, now is a great time for you to be engaged in the housing market. It’s time for millennials to start seeing the value of home ownership rather than throwing money away each month for rent that will never contribute to building any future equity.
There are so many benefits that come with home ownership and many of you may not be aware of them all. When you purchase a home, you are making a sound investment in your future (instead of your landlord’s) and while having the responsibility of a mortgage can seem overwhelming, you are actually doing yourselves a favor by taking out a loan. Making mortgage payments each month feels no different than making rent payments. But there is a huge difference! By making mortgage payments, you are putting money toward owning a larger share of your own home. With equity, you have an asset you can use in the future, whether by taking out a home equity line of credit to pay for home improvements or education costs or by earning a profit when you sell your house for a higher price.
Another potential benefit of being a homeowner, is becoming a landlord yourself. By investing in a starter home, you can turn it into a rental property that will provide extra income when you buy your own long-term home in the future. Rent takes on a whole new meaning when you are receiving it instead of paying it!
Tax breaks are another perk of homeownership. The sooner you purchase a home, the more years you will be able to enjoy tax advantages.
It’s understandable that those of you in the millennial age group (25-34) are hesitant to take the plunge into homeownership, but it’s important that you understand that it is a sound investment in your future and will be well worth it in the long run. Meet with Mike Manosky, your Huntsville Real Estate connection and let him help you understand what you can afford and how buying a home verses renting one can have a positive impact on your future financial situation.
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Whether you are buying or selling a home for the first time or you are a seasoned veteran of buying/selling real estate, chances are you think you have the knowledge needed to navigate the process based on what you have read or heard from friends and family. Unfortunately there are a plethora of myths circulating about buying and selling houses that have become prevalent, but just aren’t true. The pitfall of believing everything you hear or read is that real estate myths can hurt you where it counts…in the wallet. Here are eight common ones that can cause home buyers/sellers to make unnecessary mistakes:
Setting your asking price too high, may actually net you a lower price. That’s because many shoppers and their real estate agents will not look at houses that are priced above market value. While it’s true that you can lower your price if you have not gotten offers in the first few weeks, “Buyers are highly suspicious of houses that have sat on the market for more than three weeks,” says Nela Richardson, chief economist for the brokerage Redfin.
This is a false assumption. When a house is listed with an agent, the total sales commission is already built into the price. If the buyer doesn’t use and agent, that just means the selling agent will get the entire commission.
While it is possible to successfully sell your home on your own, there is a great deal of work that goes into it. You must know how to get the home listed online, market it to prospective buyers, negotiate the contract and deal with any issues that arise during the inspection or loan application phases. In addition, buyers will expect a significant discount, so what you might save on real estate commission may not be as much as you thought it would be.
Over the years, homebuyers and sellers have experienced a time of increasing home values, then a sharp decline due to the economy and then an upturn where values increase again. But many people believe the market only goes up. You need to be aware that prices can fall dramatically.
If your kitchen and bathroom are in working order, an extensive remodel could be a mistake. Potential buyers might not like what you’ve done with the place, but they don’t want to change something that has just been renovated. You are better off adjusting your price accordingly.
Repairing things like your heating system, air conditioner or roof may help your home to sell faster, but you probably will not recoup what you spend.
Your agent must choose to let the listings show up online. Most do, but it’s a good idea to verify that yours will.
If you are planning to put your house on the market this spring, there is no time like the present to start getting organized for the process of staging, showing and moving out of your home.
Begin now by following the ten tips listed below and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when it’s time for that first open house!
Once you get organized, getting your house ready to show will be a breeze!
Selling a home during the winter months presents challenges that you don’t have other times of the year. But they are easy to overcome. Here are some tips to help you sell your house this winter:
If you plan to sell your home this winter, contact Mike Manosky and let him help you with all your real estate needs!
Take care of yourself and ENJOY Christmas!
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Owens Cross Roads AL Home For Sale
7208 Lathan Drive, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
3 bedrooms | 2 full bathrooms| approximately 1,658 square feet | Sanctuary Cove
If you like gorgeous hardwood floors, custom moldings and spacious rooms, have we got a house for you! Welcome to 7208 Lathan Drive! Located just minutes from Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, move-in ready home is in immaculate condition and filled with spectacular features. When you pull up to this beautiful, no maintenance, brick home you will see that it is situated on privacy fenced lot with majestic mountain views. Attractive natural wood columns adorn the covered porch. Inside you will feel like you are in a brand-new home. Hardwood floors, 9 foot ceilings, craftsmen wainscoting, crown moldings and tray ceilings are found throughout adding charm and beauty to this sweet home. The flowing floorplan is perfect for entertaining and family gatherings. An amazing kitchen offers a five-burner stove including a grilling surface, granite counters, lovely tile backsplash and a breakfast bar. An adjoining family room has a warm gas fireplace making this the ideal place for enjoying cozy nights. Relax in the luxurious master suite with a pampering en suite bath featuring a roomy shower, garden tub and raised height dual vanity. Two additional comfortable bedrooms and another full bath complete the living space in this wonderful home. A covered back patio is ideal for barbeques and outdoor fun. A two-car garage provides ample storage/work space. If you are looking for a move-in ready home, you will not want to miss this! Call and make an appointment to see it today!
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