Selling Your Home: Why You Need A REALTOR®

The temptation to save yourself the cost of hiring a real estate agent when selling your home can be overwhelming, and with more websites, books, and other resources popping up that claim to give you all the know-how and tools you’ll need to sell your home yourself, why should you consider hiring a REALTOR® at all?  Like any job that requires a lot of insider knowledge and experience, hiring a REALTOR® will ensure that you are getting the best price for your house with the minimal amount of work and worry.  Not convinced?  Here are just a few of the best reasons why no homeowner should sell their home without one.

Real Estate Experts Are Just That

Would you represent yourself in court, or prescribe yourself medicines? Then why would you sell your greatest and most valuable asset without an expert.  Selling your home requires considerable knowledge of the housing market and real estate law, among other things, and you’ll want to be sure your investment is well represented.

REALTORS® Know What Your Home Is Worth

The “for sale by owner” sign is often seen as an easy mark by some serious buyers.  When selling your home you want to get the best price possible, and knowing more than your bidders is the best way to ensure that you are on the winning end of the deal.  Your REALTOR® knows exactly your home’s potential worth, and can help you get that price.

REALTORS® Know How To Market Your Home

Getting the best price for your home and having it sell quickly requires more work than simply putting up a for sale sign on the front lawn.  REALTORS® know how to market your home, and have resources available to them that you as an individual seller do not.  They can also give you the best advice on anything you may need to do to prepare your home for its highest possible resale value.

REALTORS® Know The Business Of Selling A Home

REALTORS® can prepare you for all the business and legal requirements of selling your home, and can make the actual work simpler and quicker.

Though you may think that saving the commission cost of hiring a REALTOR® to be in your best interest, the fee that REALTORS® earn can in many cases be less than what you would have made without them. It is certainly worth it, considering the time and effort they can save you and the know-how they can contribute to the sale of your home.

 

Have Some Fun With Easter Eggs

Every year, children enjoy festivities that include the coloring of Easter eggs, annual egg hunts and other activities that have emerged through the years as a growing holiday tradition.

Decorate An Easter Tree

Many families enjoy various traditions of Easter, one of which includes decorating an Easter tree.  Just as you might decorate a Christmas tree, an Easter tree is adorned with colorful ornaments.  The most common decoration is plastic Easter eggs, which are readily available at any retailer and in a variety of bright colors.  By threading a piece of yarn through the top of a plastic egg, you can easily form a loop to hang on a tree branch.

Coloring Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is a tradition, and it’s also a favorite past time of many children.  Coloring Easter eggs with family and friends and the smell of vinegar that’s added to the egg coloring will forever remind you of the holiday and the pride that you feel when the eggs are completed.  These are just a few of the fond memories that will stay with your child throughout their life and as they pass the tradition on to their own children in the future.

Little ones love color, which is partly why they love to color Easter eggs.  A variety of hues, which can even be mixed together to create custom colors are available in retail kits everywhere.  In some cases, Easter egg coloring kits even include a special crayon that children can use to write their names or even a special message on the egg, which will be visible after the egg is colored.

The Easter Egg Hunt

Children love to hunt for Easter eggs and, come rain or shine, it’s important to be ready to accommodate this tradition.  If it’s raining outside, make plans to have an Easter egg hunt inside your home.  You can use real colored eggs or even plastic eggs if you choose.  A fun way to make the hunt exciting is to hide little novelties or rewards in each of the plastic eggs, which may include small toys (pay close attention to age recommendations), candy or even a dollar bill.

The Easter Basket

Many parents enjoy surprising their children with Easter baskets.  You can either custom make these yourself with a basket, Easter-themed filling and toys or candy of your choosing, or you can purchase a pre-made basket.  Either way, it’s fun to surprise your child with his/her very own surprise on Easter morning.  Plastic Easter eggs are ideal for hiding small presents inside, which makes them perfect accents for a basket.  Another fun way to use Easter eggs, either plastic or real, is to place them in a line that acts as a trail to the Easter basket.  Create a trail leading from your child’s room directly to the gift and when they awake in the morning, they can climb out of bed and enjoy the excitement of following a trail that leads to their very own Easter basket filled with gifts.

 

Buying A Home That Can Grow With Your Family

If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having children, what should you consider to be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you’ll want to ensure that your home will be right for you and your family for years to come.  So what should you look for in your new home so that it will give you enjoyment and be functional both now and in the future?

Size

Though a cute two-bedroom home may be right for a newlywed couple, this type of space will likely soon be outgrown if there are any children in your future or if you and your spouse like to entertain.  You will also want to consider the number of bathrooms and the facilities in them.  Having only one toilet or shower can certainly put stress on a growing family.

Features

Special features of a home, such as a finished basement, central air, and a large yard can make your home a more functional and enjoyable space, especially if you have or are considering starting a family in the near future.  You may also want to consider the age of the home you purchase and its features or appliances, as this may lead to future costs that may put stress on your financial situation at a time when one spouse may be at home caring for the children.

Location

Location is also an important consideration when choosing a home that can grow with your family.  Choosing a safe neighborhood is always an important point when selecting a family home, but you will also want to consider the proximity of good schools, community centers, and shopping.  Also, facilities such as parks and libraries can make a neighborhood truly a great place for families.  You may also want to consider the demographics of the area in which you are purchasing in order to be sure it is a match with your values.

As the old adage goes, home is where the heart is, and choosing a family home that is right for your family can really make all the difference in having a happy, fulfilling, and safe family life.

 

Eight Things To Consider Before Listing

So you have decided that you are going to sell your home.  While your home may work just as it is for you and your family and you don’t want to invest any more time or money into your property, there are a few necessary steps that every homeowner should take in order to ensure that their home will sell quickly and at the highest price possible.

Contact A Real Estate Expert—A REALTOR® can give you advice on what your property’s potential value may be, what improvements your home needs to get the best price, and the best strategy to use to market your home.

Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned—While this may seem like an unnecessary expense, it can give your home that fresh appearance that really appeals to potential buyers.

Make All Necessary Minor Repairs—This is an inexpensive way to give your home a finished look and will convince potential buyers that the home is in good repair.  This includes fixing any damage to walls and ceilings, installing new faucets or lighting fixtures, and making any cosmetic changes to the kitchen and bathrooms that will give your property a modern appearance.

Clear The Clutter—Giving your home an open and clean appearance can definitely make a huge difference in attracting buyers.  Be sure you tidy any messy areas of the home, and depersonalize it by removing most photos and any items or collections that may distract buyers during open houses or while looking at pictures of your home.

Look At Your Home From A Buyer’s Perspective—Because you are use to it, sometimes you may not notice small imperfections or areas of your home that seem not to flow with the rest of the house.  Try to take a walk through your home and on your property with fresh eyes, and be as critical as you would be if you were looking to buy your home again.

Make Repairs To The Exterior—Don’t forget the front and back yards, as well as the roof and brick or siding of your home, when making repairs to your property.  Your investment is always worth it, and creating curb appeal can really make a difference in attracting buyers.

Have Professional Photographs Of Your Property Taken—Photographs are very important tools for home sales in today’s housing market, and having a complete set of high quality photos that best accentuate the features of your home is critical to the success of your marketing campaign.

Consider More Major Renovations If Necessary—If your kitchen or bathroom is very outdated or in bad repair, or you have electrical, plumbing, or mold problems in your home, these are all issues that can really stall the sale of your property.  Fixing these problems will usually not only make your home sell more quickly, but will also increase the value of your home far beyond the expense associated with making the repairs in the first place.