5 Fall Home Staging Tips

12

Oct 2020

5 Fall Home Staging Tips

If you\'re planning to put your house on the market this fall, we want to help you sell it as quickly as possible. In order to do that, it\'s vital to know that staging your home can be one of the most important things you do! Now I know that staging your home can seem intimidating and costly but it doens\'t have to be. We are here to help! This is why we\'ve come up with 5 easy and low-budget tips to help you stage your home this Fall. Boosting Curb Appeal-No matter how beautiful the inside of your home is, the outside is what initially draws people in. This is why it\'s so important to keep up with the exterior just as much as the interior. To start with the basics, raking leaves is a must. Yes, we know, raking leaves is the last thing you want to do but it\'s the little things that matter! This can be especially difficult to keep up with in the fall due to the constant falling leaves but it will be well worth it in the end. An attractive-looking yard is the first thing buyers see and what initially draws them in. With that in mind, adding a few fall touches to your porch can also go a long way. For example, adding a couple of pumpkins or hanging a fall wreath can give your home that fall feel while still keeping it simple and low-budget. For more tips and tricks on decorating your porch this fall, check out our \"Fall Porch Decoration Ideas\" blog post. Emphasize Coziness- As the weather gets colder, everyone wants their home to be a source of warmth and coziness. Try adding comfy touches such as draping your favorite blanket over the couch or setting up fall candles around the house. These small touches can add an extra level of comfort and coziness to potential buyers, especially in the fall. However, make sure to keep in mind that not everyone may like the same scents so try keeping the candles un-lit and just having them there for aesthetic. You can also try accentuating the sofa and chairs by adding decorative pillows. The overall goal here is to make your home is as inviting as it can be. Accentuate the Fireplace-For those that have one, the fireplace can be the focal point of your fall decor when staging. As the weather gets cooler, you\'ll want to make sure that your fireplace is clean and decorated tastefully. Try keeping a few logs of wood in there to give the illusion that it\'s used or arranging the furniture around it so it\'s the focus of the room. You can also decorate the mantel to give that fall feel inside the home. Try adding fall garland to the mantel along with a display of candles. Remember, you want to keep it subtle.  You don\'t want to go overboard with decorations, keep it simple but cozy. Less is more. Lighting-As the day\'s get shorter, lighting is going to be key to a staged home. Natural lighting can give your home that bright, clean look. If it\'s a nice day, open up the blinds or curtains and let the natural light flood the home. This will give the home a much cozier and natural feeling. If it\'s a gloomier day, make sure to have plenty of light sources set up around the home. Try seting up lamps in areas with less natural light to brighten up the space. Update your Listing Photos- If your home has been on the market, make sure to update the listing photos with new ones so it doesn\'t seem dated. Remember, the listing photos are often the first thing that potential buyers see when searching for homes online. Updating with the photos can be the key to a successful sale. With these 5 tips in mind, you\'re sure to successfully stage your home this fall. We know that many sellers have no idea where to start when staging a home and getting it prepared for photos but we hope we were able to help. These 5 tips and tricks are simple, easy, and most importantly... low-budget!

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10 Steps to Buying a Home

5

Oct 2020

10 Steps to Buying a Home

Buying a home might not be as easy as 1,2,3- but it just might be as easy as 1-1o. While a variety of factors can affect the ease and timing of your transaction, a few basic steps are universal for most homebuyers during the initial stages of a purchase. Determine your readiness: If you\'re reading this, it\'s likely that you\'ve already tackled the first step of deciding whether purchasing is a good option for you. Obviously, your current financial situation will be a major factor in the decision. Understanding the cost of home buying and home ownership are vital steps. It can help in determining whether you\'re ready to “take the plunge\". Factors that determine your financial readiness include your current income, savings, fixed expenses, and debts. Become an Optimal Mortgage Candidate: With lender requirements stricter than ever, you\'ll need to make sure your credit and finances are in excellent condition. Try to pay off or pay down outstanding balances on credit cards, car loans, etc. This will help improve your income to debt ratio, which will in turn improve your credit score. A credit score higher than 700 will get you the best rates Get a pre-approval letter: Getting pre-approved means that a loan officer has reviewed the client\'s finances and believes they qualify for a specific loan amount. The lender well then offer you a pre approval letter. This will be a testament to your buying power when you are ready to make an offer on a home Determine your budget: This is a very important step. Your preapproval letter will tell you how much the bank is willing to lend you based on your credit, income, and other factors. But how much you can really afford is a personal decision. The bank will take your fixed expenses into consideration when determining your pre approval amounts. However, you will need to determine what you\'re comfortable spending each month. Call Reyes Signature Properties: While you don\'t have to use an agent to purchase a home, it can make the entire process much easier for first time homebuyers. We know that the process of buying a new home can be scary and stressful but it doens\'t have to be. Here at Reyes Signature Properties, we are here to make the home buying expereince as simple and stress-free as possible. Select a property: with your real estate agent (or without), narrow available properties by determining what you really want in a home. Your agent will help arrange home viewings for properties that suit your preferences. Once you\'ve selected the right home, it\'s time to make an offer and close the transaction. Make an Offer: Placing an offer can be a delicate process. The current market condition, time of the year, work needed on the home, and the length of time the home has been on the market can all affect your offer - not to mention your own budget. The price is not the only factor within an offer, either; you can also negotiate closing costs, necessary repairs, etc. Inspect the home: Once an offer is accepted, it\'s customary to schedule a buyers home inspection. This is when you have the opportunity to get a professional opinion on the condition of the home and determine any red flags. These red flags could be things like damage, pests, structural issues, etc. Sign a purchase agreement: The sales contract, or purchase agreement, will outline these specific directions of the transaction. This contract will outline the details of the sale, negotiated repairs to be made prior to close, fixture solds with the house, certain disclosures of the property, etc. This, along with the payment of earnest money, will be held fire attorney or escrow officer, depending on your geographic customs. Close the Transaction: The process of closing on a new home can require several weeks (or longer) and many steps. During the escrow., you will work with your lenders to secure your mortgage. This process will involve gathering a wealth of financial paperwork as well as arranging a lender\'s appraisal of the property. During the closing, your lender may require you to purchase a policy of homeowners insurance. You will have the option to purchase an owners policy of title insurance. When the requirements of the purchase agreement are fulfilled and the mortgage is approved, there will be a final walkthrough of the property. This will determine that all repairs were made as negotiated. On the closing date, you will sign your mortgage documents and receive the keys to your new home. *Information provided courtesy of First American Title

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5 Tips to set price for your home to sell

23

Sep 2020

5 Tips to set price for your home to sell

  5 Tips to set price for your home to sell There are many important things to consider when it comes to pricing your home to sell. Home pricing isn’t as simple as it may seem which is why it’s so important to hire an experienced team to market and sell your home. We feel that pricing a home comes down to these 5 important factors. Know the Market. This is the most obvious part of pricing a home. While, yes, it is important to look at what price your neighbors have sold for, it is necessary to look deeper than that. We regularly have clients that say “My neighbor just sold for $335,000”, but unfortunately pricing is not as simple as looking at the sales price of the home down the street. Our team prices your home compared to similar properties: the same style home (one story, two story), built during the same time period, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a similar square foot home. We also look at upgrades like granite countertops, wood flooring etc. We use this market knowledge to property price your home according to the local market Don’t Over Prepare. When it comes to pricing everyone wants to push the market and get as much for their home as they possibly can. A big part of getting your home ready to list is staging and doing some repairs. It is important to keep the repairs to things that will add value and increase your bottom line. If none of the homes in your neighborhood have granite countertops it is not a “worth it” expense to take on. You will end up spending more to put them in than you will make for the upgrade. We will go through your home with you and discuss all the improvements you are considering and talk them through. We will help give ideas on how to cut costs, what projects will increase your value and which ones are best cross off the to-do list. Game Plan. We are big on having a pricing game plan set upfront. We want every listing to be priced so that it is bringing in showings from day one. However, it has happened that after the first week or two, the showings are not as active as we and our clients had expected. If we look at the showing feedback and there isn’t any feedback that is fixable then it comes down to price. We like to have an upfront conversation with our clients about at what points we will be discussing price changes. It is better to drop the price $5000 in couple weeks than for the listing to stay stagnate on the market. Motivation Motivation is another important thing to consider when it comes to pricing a home properly. We always like to know what our client\'s motivations are. Do they need the home to sell as quickly as possible due to a job relocation or is getting the home sold for top dollar more important? There is always a range when it comes to what price to list a home at…if selling the home quickly is the goal we will take that into consideration when we finalize the list price. Price vs. Profit The final factor in pricing is to look at the bottom line for our client. Profit and price are not always the same. We look at the total package of the home and what expenses may come up during the transaction. If major repairs are needed we will price the home accordingly from the beginning. We will work with our clients and the condition of their home to agree upon a list price that will net them the most after all is said and done. Knowing these 5 tips will help when deciding on a listing price with your real estate agent. While we know there are a lot of things to ultimately consider, these make the top of the list. So make sure to keep this in mind when it\'s time to price your own home!

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Fall Porch Decoration Ideas

18

Sep 2020

Fall Porch Decoration Ideas

If you\'re anything like me, the second the first cool morning of September hits it means it\'s time to begin pulling out the fall decorations. This year has been an interesting one to say the least, so decorating was even more exciting this year. Nothing makes me happier than enjoying crisp air, football and pumpkin spice everything with my family. Here are some fun decoration ideas to bring the spirit of fall to your home! -Sarah

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31

Jan 2020

Why inbound marketing matters today

While most companies understand that traditional marketing strategies no longer are effective in today\'s market, few marketing teams really grasp the importance of inbound marketing. Due to how society consumes media of all forms, inbound marketing can launch your company to the forefront of advertising and convert leads into sales. However, this is nearly impossible with traditional marketing methods; the return on investment for traditional advertising sinks every year. To keep up with today\'s market, companies must invest in valid inbound marketing strategies. Why? Inbound marketing appeals to and works with the way we consume media in this day and age. According to HubSpot, this form of marketing focuses on attracting customers through relevant media while not interrupting their browsing experience. With the invention of ad blockers, internet users today have little patience for anything that interrupts them; an ill-placed advertisement is more likely to turn people away from your company than make them look into it. search engine optimization, social media, pay-per-click marketing, relevant landing pages, content creation, and email marketing. Why Outsourcing Inbound Marketing Equals Smart Investing When considering inbound marketing, content is king. Forbes states \"inbound marketing is only as strong as the content you\'re creating and its relevance to your target audience \"  highlighting the fact that bad inbound marketing is just as devastating as good traditional marketing. Both are ineffective in today\'s world. search engine optimization, social media, pay-per-click marketing, relevant landing pages, content creation, and email marketing. Brands are learning the value of cultivating relationships with their consumers. For example, many people are die-hard Apple or Samsung fans when it comes to their smartphones, largely due to the brand loyalty those two companies built early on. A successful inbound marketing campaign can build a strong brand-consumer relationship, as evidenced by HubSpot\'s 9th Annual Report on the Future of Inbound Marketing and Sales . Of all the marketing techniques used today, inbound marketing that focuses on quality content and correctly targets different demographics with the appropriate methodology results in increased sales and shows a greater return on investment.

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How to choose the best RE agent?

30

Aug 2019

How to choose the best RE agent?

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