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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 4/18/2019

As a seller, you want to make the right improvements to allow your home to sell fast and at a good price. Many sellers end up making unnecessary improvements to their homes in an effort to sell. Itís important to know what improvements will actually make a difference in how your home is sold. Read on for more tips. 


What Do Buyers Expect


This is a broad question because it depends on a variety of factors. First, a buyers expectations dictates what theyíre looking for. Is a buyer looking for a fixer upper or does the buyer want a move-in ready house? What buyers see also greatly depends on a few factors including the time of year, the location of the home, how hot the market is, and how much inventory is available. Your home will sell based on what kind of real estate market climate itís in.       



Refresh Your Flooring


Buyers see the floors as soon as they get in the door of a home. Itís what either adds to or detracts from the house. Old creaky floors certainly wonít add to the appeal of your home. Itís one less thing a buyer will have to worry about before they move into a house, making it a great improvement. 


Carpets


In the same realm as flooring, you should be aware of the quality of your carpets. Do they need to be ripped up? Should you have your carpets professionally cleaned? If you have simple carpets over hardwood floors, this isnít much of a concern. Wall-to-wall carpeting is where this is a major concern. 


Upgrade Appliances


Upgrading your appliances will always be worth your investment. Buyers love to know that a home is equipped with exactly what they need and ready for them when they move in. No one wants to buy a home knowing that the dishwasher or oven may need to be replaced at any moment. 


Refresh The Walls And Ceilings


Putting a new coat of paint on your walls and ceilings will be very attractive to buyers. You want to avoid buyers seeing things like smoke and grease stains. The wear and tear of everyday living can cause scuffs and scratches to occur on the walls. Fresh paint can really help to fix these cosmetic details.


The same thought process applies when it comes to wallpaper. If your wallpaper is old and tired, you may want to take it down and either replace it or paint the walls. Steering away from wallpaper may be the best practice, but if you canít avoid it at least replace it. 


Remember that buyers want to see themselves in the home. Personal style touches usually arenít the best way to go when it comes to prepping your home. The more neutral and basic the changes you make, the better. 






Posted by Sandy Bliven on 4/11/2019

You might think that only retirees should consider downsizing their homes to accommodate a change in lifestyle. Wrong! Today downsizing might be the right decision for many reasons. There are many pros to simplifying your lifestyle and moving to a smaller home. Take a look at your situation, house, and financial goals to see if downsizing is right for you.

With the trend toward conscious living, and particularly residual from the tiny-house movement, home design is transforming to accommodate a big lifestyle in smaller spaces. In todayís market, downsizing your home doesnít feel as if youíre just moving into a smaller more cramped space. If youíd like to simplify the amount of square footage you have to manage on a daily basis, but not negatively impact the life youíve developed in your home, consider the some of the modern home designs and innovations that allow you to go small while still going big.

Know your true needs

If you love hosting big parties in your homeówhich currently has two living rooms and a large kitchenóbut want to downsize or need to downsize to move to a more urban environment, consider purchasing a loft with minimal walls. Youíll have fewer square feet to manage, and the open floorplan still allows you to be the fantastic host you've always been.

Would you like to buy property but can't afford to build the big house on the new land? If acreage and the big outdoors is your priority, consider placing a modern modular home on your lot instead of building from scratch. Innovations in modular design and home storage solutions allow you to have a beautiful current home at a lower cost, with more manageable square footage. With less time spent maintaining your home and the savings enjoyed from investing in a modular home, you'll be able to spend time going on those hikes, taking out the boat, or going for a ride around your land.

Consider your lifestyle

If you find that you don't spend much time at home and aren't using the ample space you have, downsizing might be the choice for you. Do you enjoy traveling? Is eating out your preference? Downsizing to a smaller, well-appointed home can allow you to free up additional funds and time to use toward entertainment and adventures. You may even find you have enough extra liquidity to invest in another property that creates additional cash flow. If you arenít using the big home you have, think about what you do use, and what activities you prefer. Then, find a new space that benefits your lifestyle.

Reduce your footprint

Whether or not youíre a big believer in reducing your carbon footprint, downsizing your living space can help you achieve your environmentally conscious goals, or it can merely be a bonus. Smaller homes automatically come with less energy usage and maintenance requirements reducing your monthly costs. They also allow you the financial opportunity to invest in new equipment such as more efficient heating and water systems, or solar paneling and xeriscaping to reduce your energy use even moreóand youíll get to keep reaping the financial benefits long-term.

Chat with your local real estate professional about the downsizing move thatís best for your desired lifestyle and start searching for your new home.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 4/4/2019

If you want to help your house stand out to prospective buyers, it may be beneficial to give your residence an exterior makeover. Because if your home boasts outstanding curb appeal, your residence could stir up lots of interest from potential buyers as soon as it becomes available.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you give your residence an exterior makeover.

1. Eliminate Clutter

Lawn gnomes, plastic flamingoes and other home exterior decorations are unlikely to help you sell your residence. In fact, these lawn decorations may prove to be major turn-offs to buyers. However, if you remove home exterior decorations and assorted clutter from outside your home, you could make your residence more attractive than ever before.

Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on a buyer. If you eliminate clutter from outside your house, you can help your house make a great first impression on buyers. And as a result, many buyers could be drawn to your residence when they see it for the first time.

2. Take Care of Your Lawn

Tall grass, weeds and other lawn problems may make it tough for a buyer to fall in love with your house. Fortunately, if you take care of your lawn, you may be able to differentiate your residence from comparable houses in your city or town.

Spend some time mowing the lawn, trimming hedges and removing debris from walkways outside your home. Of course, if you want expert lawn care help, you can always hire a professional landscaping company too.

3. Consider the Buyer's Perspective

How buyers perceive your residence likely will have far-flung effects on your home selling experience. For example, if your home has a pristine lawn and beautiful siding, a buyer may be drawn to your residence. On the other hand, if your home has a messy lawn and damaged siding, a buyer may shy away from your house.

Think about how a buyer may perceive your residence when he or she sees it for the first time. Then, you can prioritize home exterior upgrades and improve your residence's exterior accordingly.

As you prepare to list your residence, you may want to employ a real estate agent as well. This housing market professional will work with you to develop an effective home selling strategy.

Usually, a real estate agent will learn about you and your home selling goals. He or she next will provide recommendations and suggestions so you can upgrade your residence before you list it. Finally, after you list your home, a real estate agent will promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you make an informed decision about this property buying proposal.

For home sellers, it often is beneficial to upgrade a residence's exterior. If you start home exterior improvement projects today, you can take the first steps to enhance your house and maximize your property sale earnings.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 3/28/2019

If you donít have a lot of cash on hand to secure a home with a sizable downpayment, you might feel stuck. Itís quite a feat to be able to save up the 20 percent cost of a home that is generally required to purchase a home. Your options may seem limited when you want to own a home. There is one option that could be a good idea to consider when youíre in this situation. Thatís the idea of finding a rent-to-own property. 


How Does A Rent-To-Own Property Work?


First, know that these properties are hard to find. Thatís why you may not have thought of it as a first option. When you do find a property like this that suits your needs, you should know all of the ins and outs before you commit to the home. The agreement works just as it sounds, but there are always a few bits of extra text that can make the difference in any agreement in a rent-to-own property. 



Lease With A Purchase Option


With this type of agreement, youíll need to pay what is called an option fee in order to give you the right to purchase the property at a later date. The seller is then required to sell the property to you as a tenant and apply the option fee to the price of purchase. If for some reason you have paid the option fee and decide to walk away from the property after a time, the money that you have paid as an option is simply lost. The option fee is usually a percentage of the purchase price ranging anywhere from 2-7 percent of the homeís price.  


Lease And Purchase Agreement Rolled Into One


In this type of rent-to-own agreement, both the tenant and the seller agree on fixed purchase price for the home, or agree that a purchase price will be determined at a later date through an appraisal. Everything is set up from the beginning including the closing date for the home.


This type of deal in a rent-to-own situation is often considered the better choice. Know that a fixed price option may put you in a better financial position than an appraisal option. Youíll have instant equity in the property when you buy it. This is especially helpful in high competition markets. In any other types of market, you may be better off with an appraisal. This ensures that you donít overpay for the house.


How Your Rent Payments Apply


Rent-to-own gives you an advantage in that you get the added benefit of rent credits. This is where a percentage of your monthly rent payment is applied to the purchase price of the home. The amount of percentage thatís applied will be agreed upon with your landlord ahead of time.


While a rent-to-own option to purchase a property can be a bit more complicated than other ways of purchasing a home, it can be a great way for people different financial situations to become home owners. Make sure you go over everything carefully before you sign anything so that you fully understand the agreement youíre entering into.       

     







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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 3/21/2019

Have you ever tried making potato chips? Those delicious fried thin slices of potatoes. According to research on snack food folklore, potato chip was invented by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lakehouse Restaurant in Saratoga Spring, New York. Homemade crunchy potato chips are healthier when compared to their store-bought counterparts because they have less cholesterol. Below are some steps on how to make quick and easy homemade potato chips. The shared secret in making potato chips is the thinner your slice, the more beautiful it becomes. The best tool used in achieving a better cut is a mandoline.

Ingredients for making healthy potato chips:

- 3 large russet potatoes

- 2 tablespoon olive oil

- Salt

- Pepper

Procedure:

- Slice your potatoes into thin slices using a mandoline or a spiralizer to get desirable shapes

- Soak your sliced potatoes in clean cold water for 30 minutes

- Rinse thoroughly, and pat dry entirely using a clean paper towel or cotton towel

- Preheat the oven to 350F

- Line a large baking pan with baking paper

- Arrange potato slices in a single layer on the baking pan evenly without overlapping or touching each other

- Use a pastry brush to coat potato slices with olive oil on both sides lightly and then sprinkle with salt and pepper

- Bake for 7-10 minutes then turn potato slices and bake for additional 8-10 minutes or when the chips are light golden color or until crispy. Make sure potato does not overcook

- Allow chips to cool down for a few minutes before serving. You can serve with sprinkles of herbs or any other dressing of your choice

Benefits of eating healthy potato chips:

- It controls the blood pressure

- It aids in digestion

- It keeps the skin healthy

- It boosts the immune system

- It keeps the brain active

- It relieves stress

So, instead of avoiding potato chips in general due to the unhealthy side effects of processed store-bought options, go ahead and make your own!




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