The Basics of Staging Your home

June 6, 2018

Jacksonville, North Carolina

The Basics of Staging Your Home

If you’re prepping your home for sale, you’re probably juggling a million tasks, from taking care of last-minute fixes to fielding calls from your agent and working on your next move. So when it comes to staging the space, the idea alone may feel exhausting. Below are three easy concepts for getting started.

Simple. Keep things simple by removing and storing unnecessary furniture and large items. That oversized bookcase that holds your beloved books, the non-essential living room furniture, the consoles and baskets that add flare, but not function, can all go. By removing much of the larger pieces in your home, you will also have a simpler time with the next concept.

Clean. Now that you’ve reduced your furniture count, get into all the nooks and crannies and really clean. If you have rooms in your house that you don’t need to access all the time (a formal dining room, a second TV room, guest bedrooms, etc.), make them off limits to your family during your staged period so that you don’t make extra work for yourself.

Fresh. Now that your space is minimal and clean, add fresh touches. This can include flowers, swinging open windows and drawing back curtains to let light in. Another aspect of freshening your space is to strip it of items like family photos and mementos so that potential buyers can see a blank canvas, and begin to paint themselves inside.

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.

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How Do You Determine a Home’s Worth?

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February 22, 2018 Jacksonville North Carolina

How Do You Determine a Home’s Worth?

While there are several methods for determining what a home is “worth,” when it comes down to it, a home is ultimately worth what someone pays for it. Everything else is really an estimate of value. Take, for example, a hot seller’s market when demand for housing is high but the inventory of available homes for sale is low. During this time, homes can sell above and beyond the asking price as buyers bid up the price. The fair market value, or worth, is established when “a meeting of the minds” between the buyer and the seller takes place.

That said, there are several methods for determining what a home is worth.

A comparative market analysis and an appraisal are the two most common and reliable ways to determine a home’s value.

Your real estate agent can provide a comparative market analysis, an informal estimate of value based on the recent selling price of similar neighborhood properties. Reviewing comparable homes that have sold within the past year along with the listing, or asking, price on current homes for sale should prevent you from overpaying.

A certified appraiser can provide an appraisal of a home. After visiting the home to check such things as the number of rooms, improvements, size and square footage, construction quality, and the condition of the neighborhood, the appraiser then reviews recent comparable sales to determine the estimated value of the home.

Lenders normally require an appraisal – which runs between $200 to $300 – before they will approve a mortgage loan. This protects the lender by ensuring the home is worth the money you want to borrow.

You can also check recent sales in public records, through private firms, and on the Internet to help you determine a home’s potential worth.

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.

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How Can I Sell My Home Faster?

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How Can I Sell My Home Faster?

Maybe you need to relocate for work. Maybe you have a new babe on the way, or are looking for a speedy downsize. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to sell your home fast, there are a few things you can do.

Price it right. One of the most important things to consider is price. You may want to reduce the price of your home or, at the very beginning, set it at a low price that will generate more buyer interest.

Offer an incentive. Cash is often a selling incentive, both for the buyer as well as the agent. You could offer the buyer a $1,000 – $2,000 decorating rebate upon closing the deal. It is also not uncommon to offer the selling agent a $500 bonus. However, some brokers – who supervise agents and run real estate offices – may prohibit such incentives, as do some Realtor boards. Check to find out. Other common incentives: paying for the property inspection and warranty policy and getting your home preliminarily approved for FHA and VA loans, thereby making it more attractive to a larger number of buyers. Contact a lender who writes FHA-insured and VA-guaranteed loans.

Make it turn-key. If you want to sell your home faster, make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Fresh paint, energy efficient features, and a landscaped yard all go a long way toward enticing buyers looking for a speedy sale.

Timing. Timing is everything. Most agents agree the best time to sell is in 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, 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.

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Waterfront Home in Jacksonville NC

 

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Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half | List Price: $ Get Current Price | 6041 square feet

Want to come home to the perfect view and enjoy all the conveniences of city living? This riverfront home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance to the heart of downtown Jacksonville! This custom-built home offers all the charm of an old Southern Colonial home, but it was built in 2001! There’s OVER 6000 heated sq. ft here, not to mention the unlimited water views. This property’s features include hardwood flooring throughout; 10′ ceilings; crown molding; transom windowed door frames; and unbelievable built in bookcases, cabinets and shelving. Enter into the grand foyer hallway which leads to the formal dining room with built in corner hutches. Across the hall, the family den features built in bookcases, a fireplace and beautiful water views.

Throughout the downstairs level, you’ll notice many French doors and large windows providing plenty of natural light. The light and airy feeling kitchen has an essential cooking island, smooth top stove, and an attached butler’s pantry. Open to the kitchen is the large 13×17 keeping room with water views and a wood burning stove. The master suite is one fit for a king and queen! Upstairs are 3 additional roomy bedrooms, a large media room, bonus room, and storage area! The best feature of this home however, is the outdoor space! Can you picture watching the sun rise while enjoying your morning coffee? Step out to the expansive screened in back porch! This space has plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool on even the hottest days while you watch the water. The screened in porch leads to even larger deck, overlooking the back yard and your own private dock. Are you a fan of gardening? There’s yard space for that, and a potting shed! You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind downtown Jacksonville home!

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What is a Mechanic’s lien?

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What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

If you’re planning a remodel on your home, you may have heard the term “mechanic’s’ lien.” If you haven’t, then it’s time you did.

A mechanic’s lien is a hold against your property that provides contractors and suppliers legal recourse to assure payment for services. So, if a job wraps up but your contractor feels they’re owed for time or material, they may file a claim of mechanic’s lien in your county.

The liens vary from state to state and allow for a cloud on the title of your property and foreclosure action. Also, if you paid the contractor, but he failed to pay the subcontractors and laborers – who do not have a contract with you – then the workers may file a mechanic’s lien on your home.

This could result in a double payment by you for the same job. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Don’t worry. You can protect yourself from unwarranted liens by selecting your contractor carefully and managing your construction project responsibly. Look over your paperwork, make sure each cost is outlined clearly and paid on time.

Also, most construction lenders will specify a payment distribution process that involves the securing of lien waivers. The remodeling contract should address this as well, assuring that the general contractor is responsible for all payments as well as any costs required to remedy lien disputes that may arise.

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.

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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.

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