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March 2016

Found 7 blog entries for March 2016.

Staging Your Home to Make Buyers Comfortable

How to Give Buyers a Positive Experience When Showing Your Home

If you are ever a potential home buyer, you will want to walk into a listed home that feels like home and has positive energy. Similarly, when listing your home, you will want to make sure it has that appeal that you would be looking for as a buyer. In each room, there are specific things that can be done to make sure the mood is exactly where it should be.

Create a Calm Environment

Feature shades of blue in the bedroom as this creates a calming mood. Hide any electronics, get rid of clutter, add dim switches to adjust lighting as needed. For an extra touch, add a lavender plant to promote the calming effect already created by the color.

Be Bold in the Office

Add purple to

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Giving an Older Home a Makeover on a Budget

How to Make an Older Home Look Like New (Without Breaking the Bank)

If you're getting ready to sell your home, one of the things that you are most likely thinking about is how everything looks and is presented. If you haven't made any updates in the last few years, things might not be looking as modern as they probably could to those looking for a home. Luckily, there are several simple and inexpensive projects that you can do to improve the look of your home and freshen it up.

Painting

One of the biggest, but easiest things you can do to improve the overall look of your home is to put on a fresh coat of paint. Paint can be expensive, however, you can go to your local home improvement store and buy unused paint that previous customers bought

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Over the course of the average mortgage loan, the interest rate landscape may change and your financial situation may change as well. As you build equity in your home or interest rates lower, many home owners are interested in refi options, either to lower their monthly payment, shorten the length of the term of their mortgage loan or to pull out cash from the equity they’ve built in order to renovate or remodel their home, to pay off other debt, or to purchase large-ticket items like new vehicles or a second property.

What types of refinancing options are there?

There are three main types of refinancing options available to home owners:

  • Refi to change your interest rate
  • Refi to change the length of the term of your loan
  • Cash-out refi
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Building Real Estate Relationships

Networks in Modern Real Estate

In today's real estate industry, it is just as important to maintain positive relationships with past clients as it is to acquire new ones. As it stands now, 72% of buyers looking for a new home say that would choose the same agent, though only 21-27% of these buyers actually choose their past agent.  Being active online is crucial to keeping these great relationships with your existing clients - 92% of buyers utilize the internet in their purchasing endeavors and 87% of buyers use an agent.

Tools for Building Connections

Here are some ideas to connect with your clients via the internet to keep them in your loop:

  1. Free Resources: These can be anything from web domains to marketing websites.
  2. Videos:
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When you’re looking into becoming a homeowner, one word you’ll hear a lot is escrow. The legal definition of escrow is to place (something) in custody or trust, but in essence, an escrow account is a holding account for the money involved in your real estate transaction. You can have escrow accounts before, during and after the sale.

Most real estate transactions involve an escrow account, both during the sale and then once the sale is complete you and your lender will often have an escrow account to handle tax and insurance payments. Unless you waive escrow, when you make your monthly mortgage payment, your lender will retain a portion of your payment for property taxes, PMI, homeowners insurance and other fees, which will go into the escrow

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How to Use Technology to

Using Helpful Technology as an Agent

Are you a realtor who's looking for more efficient ways to run your business? We have provided some more advanced and paperless options that can be implemented in the office to make sure you are serving your clients as best as possible, whether they're selling or buying a home of their dreams.

Dropbox

If you are not yet using this, Dropbox is a great business tool that allows you to share documents with more ease. Dropbox can be used to share documents such as showing schedules. 

Infographics

This is an exciting visual aid used to present information. If you notice clients asking similar questions about the listing or buying processes, for example, you can create infographics to effectively present

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Many homebuyers are interested in upgrading, or updating their kitchens. A kitchen is the central room in many homes, one where family gathers to talk about their day, where kids work on homework while parents cook, and where friends gather for get-togethers and parties. Many kitchen remodels are expensive and you can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars upgrading a kitchen, but you don’t have to. If you don’t have an unlimited budget but still want to update and upgrade your kitchen, you can! We’ve collected 5 ideas for simple, quick and easy kitchen updates and remodel ideas – and the best part is that they are all under $500 each! Work towards the kitchen of your dreams, starting today!

  1. Update those walls: new paint, whether in the
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