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5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips: 1. Get emotional. Take advantage of this opportunity to sail beyond the facts and figures to convey a personal connection to the home. Pick one or two … [Read more...]

5 Things Buyers Should Know About Home Warranties

Unless you've purchased a brand-new home that includes warranties on the newly installed systems and appliances, there's no guarantee you're covered for repair or replacement if something stops working in your new place. One way for buyers of pre-owned homes to protect themselves against the risk of costly repairs is to consider purchasing a home warranty. A few things you should know about … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don't worry! Just because it's a seller's market … [Read more...]

6 Lessons Monopoly Can Teach You About Home Buying

1. Patience MONOPOLY: So your family has decided to play Monopoly? Refill your beverage, grab a snack and change into comfortable clothes. You’re going to be there a while. LESSON: Buying real estate is a process. There’s pre-approval for a loan, interviewing agents, searching for homes, submitting an offer, maybe submitting another offer, the home inspection, the appraisal, and final loan … [Read more...]

Simple Tricks to Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

First impressions set the tone for a home tour. Prospective buyers should encounter an attractive, welcoming place before they even walk through the doorway. Here are some tips to crank up your home’s curb appeal.   De-clutter the porch. Lose the extra chairs, the pile of muddy shoes and your dog’s collection of mangled toys. Help your home bloom. A pot of bright flowers is not only … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Now that you’ve settled into your new home, it’s time to the meet the neighbors. Here are a few tips to break the ice. Go ahead, don’t be shy!   1. Throw an informal happy hour After all that unpacking (or staring exhaustedly at those boxes that need to be unpacked) hosting a party may be the last thing you want to do. But a casual gathering involves little effort. A couple bottles of … [Read more...]

7 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space.     1. Floor it. If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are … [Read more...]

Top 5 Home Maintenance Tips

Trying to save money? During my years of experience in the real estate industry, I’ve learned that home maintenance is so much more affordable than emergency repairs. Here are five routine maintenance projects that can help prevent unexpected costs and save you money year-round. 1. Clear Out Gutters Water from clogged gutters can overflow and leak into your home. Heavy, ice-packed gutters … [Read more...]

June Housing Report

Three Things You Need to Know about Current Conditions: Home prices are at record highs. The number of homes on the market is at record lows. June sales were 5.5% lower than June 2017. So, as a homeowner or seller, this is all excellent news for you. If you’re buying, having fewer homes on the market could present a few challenges. Don’t worry! I can help you come up with a … [Read more...]

6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search

6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search Are you in the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home. What’s your budget? See how your finances stand up to the 28/36 … [Read more...]