• Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

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    Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...
    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...

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  • Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

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    Consider Your Pets When Buying a Home

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

     

    If you have dogs, cats, or other pets in your family, you'll want to take their needs into account when you're looking to buy a house. Yes,really. Your furry friends might seem easygoing, but certain homes—and neighborhoods—are more pet-friendly than others.

    Here are some things to consider that often get overlooked; keep them in mind when looking for place where you and your pets can live in peace.

     

    1.  Consider the local pet laws.

    Even if you own a piece of property, it's not guaranteed that your pets will be welcomed there.  Depending on the number and the breed, there may be restrictions especially within an HOA condo development.  

    Some considerations

    • Some HOAs or condo developments restrict the number or type of pets you can have, or spell out how your pet must be restrained in common areas
    • In condo developments, there is often a limit on the number of pets per unit.
    • If you have a breed that tends to bark a lot, find out if your HOA enforces any noise ordinances.

     

    2. Check out the yard and fencing.

    Having a yard where pets can roam is amazing, of course, but keep in mind that if you want to keep your pets in (or other critters out), you'll have to have a fence—or build one.

    There may be zoning laws that only allow underground electric fencing, restrictions on the size or materials allowed for outdoor kennels or dog runs, and most neighborhood zoning will not allow animals to run free, so if you’re looking for a country setting, always...

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  • How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

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    How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

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