Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?

If you’re like many people selling a home in Middle Tennessee, your REALTOR® has talked to you about home staging – but do you really have to stage every room? This guide explains. Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell? Staging is a really important part of selling your home, and your real estate agent will most likely offer you pointers and tips if you need them. And though you should try to stage every room in your home, you may have to focus your efforts on the most important period if that's the case, here's where you need to stage: Kitchen Living Room Bedrooms Keep scrolling for tips to help you successfully stage each space. Kitchen Staging: The Basics Your kitchen is one of the most important in your home to stage. That's partly because the kitchen is where prospective buyers stand with their real estate agents to discuss how they feel about a home, and partly because staging is about more than selling four walls and a roof – it’s about selling a lifestyle. You want buyers to see that your kitchen is clean and easy to maintain, and you can [...]

By |2022-04-04T00:31:44-05:00April 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?

How to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale

It’s important to depersonalize your home before you list it for sale, but where do you start? This guide gives you six action steps to take. 6 Ways to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale If you're selling your home in Middle Tennessee, your real estate agent will most likely talk to you about the importance of depersonalizing it. Depersonalizing doesn't mean making it look like a museum that nobody lives in, but it does mean removing things that could inhibit a buyer's imagination. Here are six ways to depersonalize your home before you list it for sale: Remove personal photos Take down collections and memorabilia Remove sayings from the walls Clear off the refrigerator Put away personal items in the bathrooms and bedrooms Say goodbye to anything potentially controversial Depersonalization Tip #1: Remove Personal Photos Take down your family photos before you list your home for sale. In addition to addressing privacy concerns, this step helps buyers envision their own belongings in your space; that’s tough to do when your family members are smiling down at them from the walls. Depersonalization Tip #2: Take Down Collections and Memorabilia Regardless of how important your collections and memorabilia [...]

By |2022-04-03T23:42:24-05:00April 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Listings, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on How to Depersonalize Your Home Before You List it for Sale

7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging

When you’re selling your home in Nashville (or elsewhere in Tennessee), your REALTOR® will probably talk to you about home staging. Staging is a big deal – it’s the act of making your home as appealing as you can to prospective buyers. One way to do that is by using plants. However, it's not as simple as tossing a few potted plants around your home. This guide explains how to effectively use plants in home staging. 7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging Plants can really make a space feel alive, and that's what buyers love to see. In fact, when you can bring a bit of the outdoors inside, buyers are more likely to enjoy the time they spend in your home. That means they leave with a more favorable impression than they otherwise would have. Check out these seven secrets to using plants effectively in home staging: Choose the right plants Highlight must-see areas with plants Put your plants on stands Be careful with the pots you pick Mix-and-match plant types Use plants to create scale Never use fake plants Scroll down for a closer look at each. Secret #1 for Staging Your Home With [...]

By |2022-03-02T23:45:06-06:00March 17th, 2022|Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Home Staging, How To, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Secrets to Using Plants in Home Staging

7 Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

If you’re buying your first home, you’ll most likely rely heavily on your REALTOR® to walk you through the process – but before you even start looking at homes for sale in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin or another Middle Tennessee community, these seven tips can help you get off on the right foot. 7 Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers Check out these seven essential tips for first time homebuyers: Start saving early Figure out how much home you can (reasonably) afford Check your credit score and take steps to improve it Learn about your mortgage options Find a skilled REALTOR to help you Ask your agent about homebuyer assistance programs Get preapproved for a loan It’s a good idea to run through these tips before you even start looking at homes for sale in Middle Tennessee. Here’s a closer look at each.  Tip #1 for First-Time Homebuyers: Start Saving Early Though you should talk to a financial professional about saving money for a down payment, traditional wisdom says that the higher your down payment is, the lower your monthly payments will be. Ideally, you’ll save up at least 20 percent of your next home’s purchase price to use as a down [...]

By |2022-02-07T19:43:38-06:00February 17th, 2022|Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate|Comments Off on 7 Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Using a VA Loan to Buy Your Next Home in Tennessee

If you’re like many people, you qualify for a loan backed by the U.S. Veterans Administration – but how do you use a VA loan to buy a home in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin or another city in Middle Tennessee? This guide explains. How Do You Use a VA Loan to Buy a Home in Tennessee? VA loans are for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, their qualifying dependents and a handful of others who qualify. If you’re a veteran or current service member in any branch (including the reserve components), you may be eligible for a VA loan. You’ll have to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, or CoE, from the U.S. Veterans Administration. After you have your CoE in-hand, take it to your lender. Your lender will explain your loan options. How Does a VA Loan Work? A VA loan doesn’t actually come from the VA. Instead, the Veterans Administration backs it; that means the VA guarantees some or all of the loan. Your lender gets a guarantee from the VA that if you default on your payments, the VA will help cover its losses. Because the U.S. government is backing the loan, lenders are comfortable giving you more favorable [...]

By |2022-02-04T18:02:56-06:00February 4th, 2022|Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Mortgages|Comments Off on Using a VA Loan to Buy Your Next Home in Tennessee

Get The Appraisal You Want

Middle Tennessee is a hot market for new jobs and, as a result, people looking to buy new homes. As Nashville and the surrounding neighborhoods continue to grow, the city is increasingly becoming a seller’s market. While buyers may be willing to pay more for a home, at the end of the day, the appraisal can have a big impact on a sale because a lender will only lend to the appraised value. Although there’s no way to fully guarantee a home’s appraisal value, there are steps you can take to make sure your seller’s property appraises at the highest amount possible. Understanding the Appraisal Process First, it helps to understand what goes into an appraisal so you can better explain the process to your clients. This will help them understand the importance of setting a realistic sale price. Once you have a contract in place, the buyer’s lender will begin by contacting a state-licensed or certified appraiser who will then inspect the home. This may be an interior and exterior review or exterior only. Additionally, the appraiser will research county and city records for the property and market, including recent sales and listings of comparable properties. Once they’ve determined [...]

By |2018-11-21T12:24:57-06:00June 21st, 2017|Agent Blog, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Listings, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Get The Appraisal You Want

How to Successfully Navigate a Buyer’s Home Inspection

There’s no such thing as a perfect home, and as real estate agents, we know that well. When inspection time rolls around, it’s your responsibility to help them navigate their inspection findings in a way that results in a successful transaction for your client. Once the day of the inspection arrives, make plans to attend. It’s important to be on the same page as your client so you can hear how the inspector is framing his or her findings before the full report arrives and note any red flags you might see. Plus, each home inspection is a learning opportunity for you as the agent. To Repair or Not to Repair When deciding what asks to make of the seller and listing agent based on the final inspection, follow this hierarchy in advising your client: 1. Safety needs 2. Large issues 3. Cosmetic items Before making an ask of the seller, talk with your client about how it may affect the home sale. For safety and structural fixes or glaringly obvious needs, the seller and their agent are going to be more amenable to repairs without adjusting the home price. But for cosmetic changes—which may seem important to your client—you [...]

By |2017-05-30T21:52:18-05:00May 23rd, 2017|Agent Blog, Around The Home, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Housing Analysis|Comments Off on How to Successfully Navigate a Buyer’s Home Inspection

5 Statistics You Can Share With Prospective Clients

By |2016-05-18T13:02:52-05:00May 18th, 2016|Agent Blog, Agent Education, Agent Productivity, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Featured Blog Posts, Marketing, Real Estate, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on 5 Statistics You Can Share With Prospective Clients
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