Curb appeal. We hear the phrase a lot in today’s HGTV world. While everyone wants their home to have loads of curb appeal, home sellers need it more than most. Here’s why you need curb appeal when selling a home, plus the top 10 tasks to undertake to boost curb appeal when selling your home.
Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home: Why You Need It
In a nutshell, your home’s curb appeal reflects on the entire house. Buyers equate your home’s appearance to how you’ve maintained it overall. If your home’s exterior appears well cared for and loved, potential buyers will know that quite likely, the entire house has been well maintained under your ownership. Even before entering a home, buyers can easily be turned off by a sad looking mailbox or a front door with peeling paint. These things can be major red flags for househunters and cause them to look at the house with an extra critical eye.
Attractive curb appeal helps your home stand out from the others.
In today’s digital world, sellers need all the help they can get to make their homes stick out in the minds of potential buyers. This is especially important with online househunters or those looking touring 10 houses in a single outing. Househunters are more likely to recall the “townhouse with the red front door” or “the house with the fabulous hydrangeas” over homes don’t have that visual punch.
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The Bottom Line.
Curb appeal is never as important as it is when selling a home. Sellers, you have a very brief window in which to capture a potential buyer’s eye, be it online or in person. Curb appeal your first (and sometimes only) chance to have their home stand out from the rest. Great curb appeal when selling your home also signals to house hunters that you have taken excellent care of the home — inside and out. We are on your side when preparing your home for sale. Contact us!
There has been a long standing myth that suicide rates increase over the holiday season. According to the Mayo Clinic this is completely false. What is true is that the rates of depression and stress do increase. Here are ten solid tools to help you and deal if Santa also brings you some holiday blues.
1. Keep your expectations balanced. You won't get everything you want, things will go wrong, and you won't feel like Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. Remember that everything doesn't have to be perfect and don't worry about things that are out of your control.
2. Don't try to do too much. Fatigue, over scheduling, and taking on too many tasks can dampen your spirits. Learn to say no, delegate as much as possible and manage your time wisely. If you choose to do less you will have more energy to enjoy the most important part of the season - friends and family.
3. Don't isolate. If you're feeling left out, then get out of the house and find some way to join in. There are hundreds of places you can go to hear music, enjoy the sights or help those less fortunate.
4. Don't overspend. Create a reasonable budget and stick to it. Remember it's not about the presents, it's about the presence.
5. It's appropriate to mourn if you're separated from or have lost loved ones. If you can't be with those you love make plans to celebrate again when you can all be together.
6. Many people suffer depression due to a lack of sunlight because of shorter days and bad whether. Using a full spectrum lamp for twenty minutes a day can lessen this type of depression called SAD (seasonal affectiveness disorder).
7. Watch your diet and remember to exercise. It's normal to eat more during the holidays, but be aware of how certain foods effect your mood. If you eat fats and sweets, you will have less energy, which can make you feel more stressed and run down. It can be very helpful to take a walk before and/or after a big holiday meal.
8. Be aware of the Post Holiday Syndrome. When all the hustle and bustle suddenly stops and you have to get back to the daily grind it can be a real let down. Ease out of all the fun by planning a rest day toward the end of the season.
9. Plan ahead. Many people don't go to the mall after Thanksgiving to avoid shopping stress and others do much of their party prep in advance.
10. Learn forgiveness and acceptance. If some of your relatives have always acted out or made you feel bad, chances are that won't change. If you know what you're getting into, it will be easier to not let them push your buttons. If things get uncomfortable go to a movie or for a drive and adjust your attitude.
May the holiday's bring you all the love and joy they can, and may the true meaning of the season touch your heart.
Who doesn’t want to get the best deal for their dollar — especially during these tough economic times? There’s no shortage of sale ads from merchants who want your business: they’re using preferred customer specials, early bird sales, midnight madness events, coupon savings days, and pre- AND post-holiday sales. Just how do you decide if their deals are real?
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has some tips to help you get the most for your money.
Thinking about a buying a home in the near future? You may want to buy even sooner than planned — before the end of the year. Here are our top reasons for buying a home in the Winter:
The Big One: Tax Benefits: If you buy before New Year’s, you will enjoy some significant tax benefits. Here’s the breakdown of what you can deduct from your 2017 taxes:
Closing Costs: Closing cost deductions allow you to claim the points or origination fees on your new mortgage. This deduction only applies for the year in which you closed the loan. So if you wait until January to buy, you will have to wait a whole year to enjoy these savings.
Mortgage Interest: Since early mortgage payments are mostly interest (vs. principal), these deductions are significant and can really benefit buyers who are not able to make a big downpayment and first-time buyers. For example, a buyer taking out a 30-year loan of $500,000 at 4% will save $100,617 in taxes over the life of the loan (based on a 28% tax rate). That is $279 per month in savings!
Property taxes. Why not start the ability to deduct your property taxes now? If your taxes are paid out of an escrow account, check your mortgage statement for the amount paid in 2017.
Interest Rates are Low: Rates will likely go up again in 2018. While interest rates are still quite low, why not consider buying a home in the Winter before they increase again?
Inventory Will Remain Low: Housing inventory’s been low all year. For example, in the second quarter of 2017, the unsold inventory of homes (as a share of all households) was just 1.9 percent –and was the lowest second quarter percentage in 30 years!
One reason for the shortage that experts seem to agree on? Baby boomers and retirees are staying put more than they previously did. This generation of retirees does not seem to be migrating to warmer climates and/or downsizing at the rate previous ones did. Real estate experts predict that inventory will continue to shrink in some parts of the country, at least for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for you as a buyer? You'll have more to less to choose from as time goes on.
Less Competition: Fewer buyers are out looking this time of year versus the busy spring months. This is especially important when inventory is so low.
Naples real estate market statistics are compiled on the 10th of each month. Calculations are based on Naples Real Estate property listings that exist within the Southwest Florida MLS. Only properties in Collier County, excluding Marco Island, are included.
October Housing Market Rebounds After Hurricane Irma
Release Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
The internet brings unprecedented speed and convenience to handling your finances and managing your finances — but today’s always-on, go-anywhere communications technology also means it has never been easier for thieves to siphon funds, disrupt transactions and harm you. The same systems that allow you to access data from anywhere, handle business electronically and manage deals from your smartphone are magnets for sophisticated criminals, many hidden in obscure locations. To operate safely online, you need to actively protect sensitive information from hackers, steer clear of phishing emails and dangerous websites, and we can help you avoid scammers looking to steal your money by posing as people you trust. We use state of the art secure means of communication when sending signature files and only work with reputable, hand picked companies who handle financial documentation and funds.
Here are our Top 5 reasons to get your home ready to list NOW:
(1) Beat the Spring RushWhen you get your home ready to list now, you will save yourself some major stress points come spring. We can schedule time for our staging consultant to walk through the house to give you a punchlist. You can line up contractors (we have a recommended list) to start work in early January when they might be less busy and the craziness of the spring market hits. Trust us on this one – we’ve had clients feel the pinch when they start making calls to contractors and vendors come March and everyone is already booked!
(2) Make Major Exterior Repairs Now by starting to get your home listing ready now, you’ll be able to tackle any needed exterior work before season hits. Whether it’s roof work, landscaping or exterior painting, you’ll be glad to have these tasks completed before the snow and ice come.
(3) Your home will be featured on RE/MAX Distinction website. RE/MAX is the number one Internet search site in the world in over 100 countries. Naples isn't just about locals. We live in an international market with buyers from all over the world who search daily for their winter dream home.
(4) While you may not get the volume of traffic if you listed in the summer months vs. the fall and winter, you will get more serious buyers through your home, without racking up days on market. Get your home ready to list now to be ready for these eager buyers.
(5) Go Live When the Market is the Hottest, The real estate market shifts year to year. While we generally know when the peak selling times are, the market has certainly surprised us. By preparing in advance, we can activate your listing whenever the market starts to hit the upswing – the hard work is already done! THE BOTTOM LINE - Late fall is the perfect time of year to get the ball rolling for a spring sale. Take the needed steps to get your home ready to list now. You’ll beat the winter rush and be ready for those serious buyers looking over the fall months.
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