Selling Your Home While You’re Still Living in It


How do you live in your home while it’s on the market? I have a few tips that will make things easier and help sell your home quickly. 

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When you are selling your home and it’s priced correctly, agents will be knocking on your door and trying to get their buyers in to look at the home as quickly as possible. Of course, all of this is happening while you’re still living in your home. How do you handle this? How do you live there while your home is on the market? The first thing you can do to minimize the amount of time your home is on the market while you’re living there is to make sure that your home is squeaky clean at all times. We don’t live in our homes like we do when it’s on the market. Make sure your home is five-star-hotel clean. Doing so can add $5,000 to $10,000 of value to your home. Isn’t it worth it then to make sure your home is clean?
It’s important to maintain some level of privacy when your home is on the market.

Of course, you do want to maintain some level of privacy when your home is on the market. Make sure that people can’t see things like medication or fine jewelry. When people come to look at your home, they will go through your cabinets, your drawers, and your pantry. Lock up any personal items you wouldn’t want someone to see.

If you have kids, get them involved. Make sure that it’s a game for them. See who can make their bed the fastest each morning, or who can put their toys away quickest.

If you have any other questions about selling your home or would like to know what’s going on in the market, give us a call or send us an email. My team and I would be happy to help you!

5 Things to Know About Buying Inside an HOA


Every homeowner’s association is different. Here is what you should find out before you make an offer on a home that’s located within one.

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Today we’re going to be discussing five important things that you want to know when buying a home inside a homeowners association. 1. What is the cost? Location will play a key factor, and the cost can vary greatly from one HOA to another. You want to know your starting costs and your monthly costs prior to making an offer. 2. What does the HOA cover? The scope of this also varies. They might cover maintenance or insurance. You want to know exactly what you’re paying for each month. 3. What are the rules? HOAs tend to have restrictions and some are more strict than others. It’s important to know the rules, the penalties, and everything else.
The scope of what an HOA will cover can vary greatly.

4. Are you happy with the home’s exterior? You might love the inside and the floor plan, but maybe you aren’t as fond of the color of the home. If you’re buying in an HOA, many times they will dictate what color your home can be. Make sure you know about this up front.

5. Can you get involved with the HOA? Many times, the answer is yes. It’s a great way for you to know exactly what’s going on in your neighborhood.

If you have any further questions about buying a home in an HOA, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Which 3 Features Will Bring in the Most Buyers?


 When listing your home on the market, you should know that there are three features 
that will attract the most buyers. 

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Selling your home can be a bit daunting. That’s why I want to make it a little simpler for you by going over the top three home features that attract buyers. 1. Curb appeal. You want to make sure when a buyer drives up that they have a good first impression. Your yard should be well-maintained, your walkways should be free of debris, and the exterior should look fresh, overall. Power washing can be a great, quick way to make a big difference. 2. Space. Most buyers are looking to buy a new home because they want more space. When you are showing your home, you should make it appear as spacious as possible. Put away personal items or anything else that could clutter up the home. Buyers should be able to see themselves living in your home.

Buyers should be able to see themselves living in your home.

3. Updates. Buyers love a modern home. Updates, especially to the kitchen and bathroom, will make buyers feel as if your property is more move-in ready.

If you have any other questions, would like more information, or would like to talk more about how we can help you sell your home, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.