The Do’s and Don’ts of House Hunting

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When you purchase a new home, you are met with a range of emotions.  Excitement. Nervous.  Anticipation.  Overwhelmed.  Whatever you are feeling, buying a home is one of the most important decisions (and investments!) you will ever make.  Stumbling blocks will happen from time to time but research and guidance will inform you along the way.  

Here are some resourceful tips to remember as you begin the process:

Location, Location, Location
This cliqued line is true.  While the potential home tends to be the focus, take a look at the surrounding location.  Research the community to make sure it’s the right location for you (and your family) to ensure that fits your needs and wants.  Factors to consider are school districts, traffic, and convenience.  Most importantly, look at other local community to narrow and finalize your decision.

What do you need?
The average American lives in their home for nine years so think long-term for your needs.  A young couple may think that a small condo will work but as their family begins to grow, the home will feel like it shrunk.  Reflect upon your future goals when looking at homes.  Can you envision your life there in nine years?

Hire an experienced, licensed inspector
The truth is that it’s easy to walk into a home and see all the cosmetic beauty.  However, major issues can be covered up.  When you hire a home inspector, they can uncover potential problems from wiring to plumbing to foundation.  An experienced inspector will explore every inch of the home to ensure you know exactly what you are purchasing.  You should be well-informed about your home investment to avoid stress, time, and money in the future.  The inspector may scare you with what he/she finds but you want to know all about your new home!

Look beyond the furnishings and décor
When you walk into a home, envision the home without the seller’s belongings.  How does the layout and space work for you?  Will it accommodate your lifestyle and what you want in a home?  You want to look for efficiency and function.  For example, an open floor plan with plenty of storage may work for a couple with children than a home with enclosed rooms and limited closet space.

Read between the lines
At times, sellers use persuasive jargon to move their listing.  Be wary of these phrases used to draw you in inspecting an underlying reason.  For example, selling a home “as-is” can usually mean to count lots of work on your end.  A “motivated seller” may wanted to expedite a sell by negotiating on a price but make sure that a thorough inspection has taken place to eliminate pricey factors.  When you read “cozy and charming cottage”, you may translate that to a small home.  Have realistic expectations for listings and see homes for yourself during showing to see if this is the home for you.

Resist purchasing the expensive home in the neighborhood
You won’t get the same return on investment with the biggest house on the block and more than likely, you will find that you may run into obstacles when you decide to sell.  It’s important to consider how this home compares to the other ones in the neighborhood in terms of price and space.  Research to see if other local comparable homes are selling before settling.

Show me the money
The first step before buying is to work a qualified lender that can direct you about the lending products in today’s market.  They will ask you questions and run your credit.  We do not want you to “fall in love” with a home that is beyond your financial means. Sometimes there are items on your credit that you didn’t know were there.  Often, there are down payment assistance programs that can help you.  A lender will the first step in the process.

While the process of finding and purchasing a home can be a long and stressful process, stay persistent in finding the home that right for you.  I’m happy to talk to you about what is on the market and be your source for real estate market.  New homes are always cropping up and I’ll keep you consistently updated.

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Staging or Updating Your Home This Year? The Best Home Trends for 2017

As you are making way for changes in the new year, you may be scheming a plan to update your home or possibly staging your home for possible buyers.  While some fads have already had their hay day in the golden sun, new trends are making way in homes for 2017.  Here’s a look in what we’re seeing in homes now……

The Industrial Look
If you love antique clocks, textured shutters, and chippy antiques, you will love that this is still the look in modern homes.  It takes a keen eye to balance metals and woods but yet make a room inviting.  Think reclaimed wood.
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Black Stainless Steel

The tide is turning kitchen trends.  Black stainless steel is replacing the traditional stainless in kitchens with a warmer feel than the cold look.  While this tends to be a more expensive trend, it has the potential to transform a kitchen.black-stainless-steel

Eclectic Mix of Metals
This look works particularly well in any part of the house.  Think outside of the box and mix metals in the kitchen with copper, steel, and nickel (pares well in a farmhouse!).
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Antiques
Antiques always seem to be in trend.  Give old books, glass, tables, and chair a breath of fresh air by sitting them next to updated piece to make it pop.  Remember that your best treasures may be found in your grandmother’s attic.

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White Cabinets
Cherry cabinets have taken more of outdated look these days and quickly being replaced with a white coat of paint.  This clean look plays up a light gray wall.  A weekend project can transform a kitchen!

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Lucite Furniture
Like it or not, lucite furniture is turning heads even in more formal spaces like dining rooms.  Matching the pieces with a refined table and decor to make it work well.
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2016 Trends That Here to Stay in 2017……

  • burlap
  • farmhouse style
  • natural colors
  • clocks
  • open shelves
  • chalk-painted furniture
  • sanctuary bedrooms
  • porches
  • firepits
  • home offices
  • natural fiber rugs
  • mid century accents

Whether you have just moved into a new home or staging your current to place on the market, these ideas will help make your place cozy and warm.  If you are thinking of selling your home, please call me so I can help you raise the potential of top dollar.  I’m more than happy to help you sell and find the home of your dreams!
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