9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter

If you're selling your home this winter, your real estate agent has probably already talked to you about home staging. But is there anything special you can do during winter to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers? Absolutely! This guide explains. 9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter Check out these nine tips to help you stage your home to sell - and make it irresistible to buyers - this winter: Clean everything Declutter thoroughly Emphasize large spaces Create a cozy look in every room Let in as much light as possible (and supplement with artificial lighting) Keep your entryway clean Turn up the thermostat Showcase your home's entertaining spaces Bring in colorful live plants (and take good care of them Here's a closer look at each. Winter Home Staging Tip #1: Clean Everything Just like during any other time of the year, it's incredibly important that your home is spotlessly clean while it's on the market. You can't stage your home to sell if it isn't clean. For some people, the best course of action is to hire a professional cleaning company to perform a deep cleaning service one time. However, if that's not [...]

By |2022-12-15T01:23:34-06:00December 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, How To, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 9 Tips to Help You Stage Your Home During Winter

9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville

If you're considering buying a home for sale in Nashville, you know that working with a real estate agent is your best bet - but if you're like many people, you haven't thought much beyond that. This guide covers the nine things every buyer should consider before dipping their toes into the real estate market. 9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville Check out the nine things you need to consider before you buy a home in Nashville (or anywhere else): Location Neighborhood Your future home's size Your future home's age Your future home's condition School districts Commute times and usual traffic conditions Property taxes and HOA fees Availability of amenities Here's a closer look at each. Homebuyer Consideration #1: Location Nashville is a big city, and it's growing every day. That means that there are plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from - and each one has its own unique character. Do you want to be in the heart of the action downtown, or would you prefer a more suburban feel? Consider your needs and wants carefully before you decide. Related: What happens after a seller accepts your offer? Homebuyer Consideration #2: Neighborhood In [...]

By |2022-11-05T05:32:28-05:00November 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 9 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Home in Nashville

How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit

When it comes to selling a home, most people want to get the highest possible profit - but there's a lot of homework involved in setting a price. If you price a home too high, it's not going to sell; if you price it too low, you leave money on the table. So what should you do to price your home properly? This guide covers all your bases. How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit First things first: Your real estate agent knows exactly how to price your home to help you sell it quickly and at the best possible price. You should always listen to your agent's guidance on home pricing, staging and other matters - after all, that's why you hired them. With that said, the following sections go into plenty of detail on home pricing and bringing in maximum profits. Related: Tips to make your move easier Why It's Important to Price Your Home Correctly From the Start One of the most common mistakes sellers make is overpricing their homes from the start. By doing this, you'll only end up chasing away buyers who might be interested in your home. In some cases, you may even [...]

By |2022-11-04T10:22:59-05:00November 4th, 2022|Blog, Sellers, Tips|Comments Off on How to Price Your Home for Maximum Profit

Tips to Make Your Move Easier

If you're getting ready to move, this guide runs you through all the most important tasks so you don't miss a thing. Tips to Make Your Move Easier Check out the following sections to get a head start on your next move: Packing Hiring movers Preparing your pets to move Changing your address Here's a closer look at each. Packing Tips Here are a few tips to help you pack efficiently and effectively: Start packing items you won't need in the next week. Be thoughtful in your selections! Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes. This helps your boxes stay intact and keeps your belongings safe. Label boxes with what's inside and which room they should go in. This saves you time dragging boxes from room to room later. Pack a survival kit of essential items for the first few days in your new home. You'll need entertainment for kids, medications, contact lens solution, toiletries and paper plates - plus whatever else you need to survive. Related: 15 home staging tricks that you can use to sell your home faster Hiring Movers If you're hiring a moving company to help you on the big day, these tips will help: [...]

By |2022-11-01T00:57:33-05:00October 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on Tips to Make Your Move Easier

How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

When you're selling your home, it's important to help potential buyers envision the lifestyle they'll enjoy if they make an offer you can't refuse. One way to do that is by staging your outdoor living space, so here are seven tips to make sure you get it right. How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home Check out these seven tips to stage your outdoor living space in a way that makes buyers fall in love: Declutter and clean Spruce up your landscaping Bring in portable plants Define each space Add ample seating Choose comfort-themed accessories Use lighting to set the mood Here's a closer look at each. Outdoor Living Space Staging Tip #1: Declutter and Clean Remove everything from your deck, patio or porch that's not in use or doesn't contribute to the space's overall aesthetic. Put away all bikes, toys and outdoor accessories, too, so they don't distract prospective buyers. After you tidy up, it's time to get down to the serious business of cleaning. Scour the floors of your outdoor living space, wipe down handrails, clean the windows and power-wash the walkway. The idea is to make your space as clean as it was [...]

By |2022-11-05T05:34:23-05:00September 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Home Staging, How To, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

When Can a Seller Keep Your Earnest Money Deposit?

If you're like many people, you know that when you offer to buy a home, you usually include an earnest money deposit. But when does a seller get to keep it? This guide explains. When Can a Seller Keep Your Earnest Money Deposit? To understand when a seller gets to keep an earnest money deposit, you must first understand what an earnest money deposit is for. An earnest money deposit is cash that you give a seller to show that you're serious about making the purchase. After all, you're asking the seller to take their home off the market so you can buy it, but the seller doesn't have any guarantee that the transaction will actually go through. Usually, an earnest money deposit totals between 1 and 3 percent of the home’s purchase price. The reason this deposit exists is so that the seller has some form of compensation if you back out of the transaction without a good enough reason to do so. So what is a good enough reason? That's where contingencies come in. What You Need to Know About Contingencies Contingencies are conditions that must be met before a transaction can go through. Contingencies affect buyers and [...]

By |2022-11-01T01:02:33-05:00August 4th, 2022|Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on When Can a Seller Keep Your Earnest Money Deposit?

5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer)

If you're like many people, you know that home staging is an important part of selling a home. But what can you do to your bathrooms? This guide explains. 5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer) Home staging is an essential part of the selling process if You want to make the best possible profit, and that includes your bathrooms. Check out these five tips that can help you make your bathrooms more appealing to prospective buyers: Swap out your dated fixtures Regrout the tub Scrub everything Remove personal items Add luxury touches Here’s a closer look at each. Bathroom Staging Tip #1: Swap Out Your Dated Fixtures If the fixtures in your bathrooms are old enough to vote, it's time to replace them. Head to your favorite home improvement store and look for new faucets, cabinet and drawer hardware, switch plates and light fixtures. You may be surprised at how affordable these things are, and even better, they're all typically easy to install on your own. If you're not sure whether you can tackle the task, though, it's a good idea to call a general contractor who can make the [...]

By |2022-11-01T01:03:34-05:00July 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer)

7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee

If you're selling your home in Nashville or another beautiful Middle Tennessee community, you may be thinking about downsizing - but where do you start? This guide gives you seven tips to help you get started. 7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee Check out these seven great tips for downsizing when you sell your home: Start early, and go at a reasonable pace Only downsize one room at a time Share sentimental items with others Sell or donate items you no longer use or want Avoid "Maybe" piles Give yourself some time to reminisce Wait to buy new things Here's a closer look at each. Tip #1 for Downsizing When You Sell Your Home: Start Early, and Go at a Reasonable Pace Don't rush yourself when it's time to downsize. In fact, as soon as you know you want (or need) to downsize, get started. That way, you'll have plenty of time to make well-informed decisions (and you won't feel rushed to get everything done before you're ready. Don't be afraid to evaluate every item in your home one at a time. Give your belongings your full attention, which can ensure that you [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:47-05:00July 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee

3 Tips to Help You Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

If you're buying a home in Middle Tennessee, there's a good chance you'll need a mortgage loan to do it. Most people do. But what if your credit isn't perfect? What can you do to boost your score so you qualify for better interest rates and terms? This guide explains. 3 Tips to Help You Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage Check out these three tips to help you boost your credit score to qualify for a mortgage: Look for errors on your report (and have them fixed) Deal with delinquency and make payments early Build a fresh credit history Scroll down for a closer look at each. Tip #1 to Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage: Look for Errors on Your Report (and Have Them Fixed) Check your credit report and make sure it doesn't contain any errors. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, you're entitled to one free copy of your credit report each year from each of the major credit bureaus. You can get yours at http://www.annualcreditreport.com/ or by calling 877-322-8228. Alternatively, you can download free app, such as CreditKarma, to see what items your report contains. If you find any errors, dispute [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:39:04-05:00June 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Mortgage Guidelines, Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Help You Boost Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Middle Tennessee this year, you’re not alone – but how do you know whether you’re getting the best home for your needs? Check out these five tips that can help you buy the perfect place. 5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home Buying a home is a process, and it takes a lot of work. Fortunately, you can give yourself the best shot at finding one that’s perfect for you by following these five tips: Save your pennies Look at properties below your budget Be mindful of layout Stay flexible Remain calm, cool and collected Scroll down for a closer look at each. Tip #1 to Find the Perfect Home: Save Your Pennies When you're buying a home, your down payment matters. The more you can put down, the lower your monthly payments will be. Though there are programs that enable you to buy a home with less than 20 percent down, you also need to know that your lender will most likely require you to pay for private mortgage insurance, or PMI, if you don’t put your own “skin in the game.” PMI Can raise your monthly [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:39:05-05:00June 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Buy the Perfect Home
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