How to Sell Your home in the Winter

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How-To Sell Your Home in Winter

Many think that spring is the hottest selling season, and while this is partially true, winter is also a great time to drop your home on the market. Why? Buyers tend to have more urgency in the winter. A 2015 real estate study found that homes listed in winter sold faster than those listed in spring, and for a higher asking price.

If you’re looking to sell your home this winter, here are a few things you should pay attention to.

Pricing. While proper pricing is always important when listing your home, it’s even more important in a season where the pool of buyers is slimmer—even if they’re more eager to act. Be sure to work with your agent to price at market value in order to avoid sitting until spring.

Safety first. If you live in an area that gets ample snow or ice, make sure to be monitoring the safety of your drive, steps, and walkways. Keep paths shoveled and free of ice to encourage incoming buyers and keep them safe from slips.

Lights on. When someone is coming to look at your home in the winter, be sure to draw back the curtains in the daytime and turn on the lights. You may even need to add additional accent lights to rooms that are naturally dark. Nothing is less appealing than a dark, gloomy home.

Add warmth. Make sure your home is warm and cozy when buyers enter. It’s better to heat the space a degree or two warmer than necessary than to have potential buyers clinging to their coats.

Ambiance appeal. Create a cozy seasonal vibe inside your space by draping snuggly blankets over furniture, lighting a (safe) fire in the fireplace, and keeping the kettle warm in case anyone would like a cup of tea.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.

Sincerely,

Christina Tompkins Wright
Christinatompkinswright@gmail.com
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS
Office: 910-478-2637
Mobile: 910-330-5803
http://www.ChristinaTWright.com

Do You Need a Mortgage Broker?

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Do You Need a Mortgage Broker?

Buying a home can be a complicated process. Luckily, if you arm yourself with the right team of people, the process can be streamlined and simplified. While you likely know the value of a competent, reliable real estate agent, have you thought much about working with a mortgage broker? Do you even need a mortgage broker? And what exactly do they do? 

Much like a stockbroker helps you buy stocks, a mortgage broker can help you purchase a home loan. Because the broker has access to many lenders, you will be able to select from a wide variety of loan types and terms that fit your specific needs.  

Note, however, that brokers are not obligated to find the best deal for you. Of course, if you agree in writing to have one act as your agent, that is an entirely different story. This is why it is important when looking for a broker to contact more than one, just as you would any other lender.

So what should you do when looking for a mortgage broker? Compare their fees and ask questions, particularly about how they will be paid. Sometimes their fees appear as points paid at closing or the compensation is factored into the interest rate, or both.

Real estate agents normally maintain contact with several brokers. Ask your agent for recommendations.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.

Sincerely,

Christina Tompkins Wright 
Christinatompkinswright@gmail.com 
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS 
Office: 910-478-2637 
Mobile: 910-330-5803 
http://www.ChristinaTWright.com

4 Tips for Avoiding (and Aiding) Major Home Improvements

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There’s no doubt about it: the costs that come with being a homeowner can add up. However, home improvements can be more manageable if you plan for them. Below are a handful of helpful tips.

Prevention. From termite-proofing your deck to using the proper paint and seals, do your research when making home upgrades to make sure you are preventing possible damage as much as possible.

Inspection. Get in the habit of taking an annual inventory of every single space in your home to check for potential problems. Examine the roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical wiring – basically everything.

Pro-action. Try to fix trouble spots as soon as you uncover them. This proactive approach will help you avoid major repairs to your home later.

Budget right. Nothing is worse than finding out you have to replace that rotting fence when your bank account is running low. Just like you save for retirement, have a home improvement account where you squirrel away funds for when you need them. As little as $25 a month can do wonders over the years.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.

Sincerely,

Christina Tompkins Wright
Christinatompkinswright@gmail.com
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS
Office: 910-478-2637
Mobile: 910-330-5803
http://www.ChristinaTWright.com

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National Good Neighbor Day is tomorrow- 9/28/2017-

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Did you know it was National Good Neighbor Day-?

A few kind acts that might go a long way.

  1. Pull a neighbors trash cans back up to the house.
  2. Send the kids to pick up some debris left from a recent storm.
  3. Bake a cake and stop by with a quick “Thank you ” note for being a good neighbor
  4. Stop by and visit someone who lives alone and say “hello”
  5. Buy something for someone behind you in line (pay for a meal in the drive-through, buy a cup of coffee, etc.)
  6. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time
  7. Bring a treat to a neighbor or coworker
  8. Donate time or money to a local charity
  9. Smile at a minimum of five people
  10. Hold the door open for someone
  11. Pick up trash on your street
  12. Let the person behind you in line go ahead of you
  13. Go through your closet and find several items to donate to charity
  14. Share your umbrella with someone who doesn’t have one
  15. Refrain from making negative comments for a week
  16. Tell someone who works for the public or military—a teacher, police officer, nurse, mail carrier, etc.—how much you appreciate his or her service
  17. Find out what item your nearest animal shelter needs, and donate it
  18. Offer to babysit for free for a family you know
  19. Write a letter to someone who made an impact on you
  20. Leave your waiter/waitress/barista a generous tip
  21. Offer to do some yard work for a neighbor
  22. Look someone straight in the eye, ask them how they are, and then really listen
  23. Organize a mini-food drive for the local food bank on your block or in your building
  24. Set a goal to compliment at least five people today
  25. Tell a teacher how much you appreciate him or her
  26. If someone you know lost a loved one in the past year, send then a note or some flowers to let them know you are thinking about him or her as they mourn the loss
  27. Take a container of homemade soup to a sick friend
  28. Plant a few flowers where others can enjoy them
  29. Shop at a locally-owned business and find something encouraging to say to the owner
  30. Write a few inspirational sayings on cards and leave them in public places for others to find
  31. Park at the back of the parking lot; you get more exercise and someone who might need it gets a closer spot!

This is a great way to start the day – and it is amazing what it can do for you.

Best wishes for a great day!!

 

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When is the best time to sell my home?

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When Should You Sell?

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be wondering when to do it. Should you wait for a particular season? Take a temperature on the market? The options can often seem overwhelming.

The best time to sell a home is simply when you’re ready. This might be due to a need to relocate, or perhaps you’ve outgrown the space in your current home and you need to trade up or down. Maybe you have a brand new empty nest, or a baby on the way. When the time is right, you will likely feel it.

Of course, market conditions also play a role in when you should sell your home, as do seasonal conditions. For example, your chances of getting top dollar for your home are more likely in a seller’s market, when demand outweighs supply, than in a buyer’s market.

Local and national economic factors also may dictate when to sell. If a major employer in your area is laying off workers, it may not be a good time to put your home up for sale. People will be cautious about buying when the future seems so unpredictable or bleak.

When you’re looking at the timing of a home sale, consider the spring. This is when the largest number of potential buyers hit the market. Your home is likely to sell faster and at a higher price, although sales begin to pick up as early as February and start to slack off in July, often the slowest month for real estate transactions.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.

Sincerely,

Christina Tompkins Wright
Christinatompkinswright@gmail.com
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS
Office: 910-478-2637
Mobile: 910-330-5803
http://www.ChristinaTWright.com