8 Steps In Buying A Home- Step 3: Secure Financing

Part 3 of 8 of my video series now available. Learn why it is important to secure financing for a home loan before you ever look at a home with your realtor.

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8 Steps In Buying A Home- Step 2: Hiring A Real Estate Agent

Enjoy part 2 of my 8 part video series on the steps of buying a home. This step will focus on hiring a real estate professional to help guide you through the rest of the process. Enjoy!

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8 Steps In Buying A Home- Step 1: Deciding To Buy!

As promised, below is the first video in the 8 part video series I will be releasing over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy! :)

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Keep A Look Out!

Keep an eye out. Next week I will begin posting a little 8 part video series explaining the home buying process. I will make a short video for each of the 8 steps involved in the home buying process. I will release 1 part at a time, every few days over a course of about 2 weeks. I will try to keep them short and to the point, but still keep them interesting and engaging. I will be using the “Your First Home” book written by Gary Keller as a reference. If you just can’t wait until next week, or until the end of the video series, feel free to request a free copy of the eBook at anytime. I will include a link on each post, including this one, so that you can get a head start.

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Open House This Saturday! 1854 Pine Valley Ct, Columbus, GA 10am to 2pm

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Call or text me today for a private showing of this home or any home on the market!

Just Listed! 1854 Pine Valley Ct, Columbus, GA

Check out this great deal that I just listed. Beautifully updated home on a quiet cul-de-sac.  Call or text me today for a private showing!

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Open House, Saturday March 9, 10am to 2pm

Come join me this Saturday, March 9, from 10am to 2pm for an open house at the extremely cute home. Great price and location. You don’t want to miss this one!

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Bring Your Roof Back To Life (With Ecosoft!)

Are you trying to sell your home, but you just are not seeing many showings or getting any offers? Well, have you looked up at your roof lately?

   Although you may know that your roof is only so many years old, and it still has tons of life left in it, it may just plain out look terrible from staining over the years or from organisms that could end up costing you thousands of dollars prematurely. First impressions of your home on a buyer are often the only and last impressions. If they drive up in your yard and see that your roof looks like it needs replacing, even if it doesn’t, they will just back right back out of the driveway and go to the next home. You may even have the best looking and most updated home on the inside, but they will never even know.

There’s a great new company here in Columbus, GA that can help you with this problem. It’s called Ecosoft. They provide home owners with a cost effective alternative to roof replacement. They have developed a custom cleaning formula that they apply to your roof using a low pressure spraying system that will rid your roof of any unwanted infestations or staining. They can even provide cleanings for home exteriors or sidewalks and patios. Just check out a few of the before and after photos below to see for yourself how much difference this process can really make.

1Shearwater Before   2Shearwater After                      sidewalk1-before   sidewalk1-after

So, if you were a buyer, wouldn’t you much rather consider buying the second picture as opposed to the first?

If you would like to learn more about all that Ecosoft can offer, please visit their website HERE. And if you are one of those people who like to “see it to believe it,” They are more than happy to provide you with a free demo of their Ecosoft cleaning process.Call 706.681.6850 today to schedule your cleaning or free demo.

Afterwards, once you have your roof looking brand new again, and need the help of a real estate professional to help you sell, Contact Me, and help me make the world a better place, one happy home owner (or seller) at a time. :)

What Are You Looking For In Your New Dream Home?

Are you in the market to buy a new home soon? If so, please fill out the form below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out. (Please note: even if you are not looking to buy in the Columbus, GA area, I can still assist. I have an extensive referral network all across the country)

Top Things To Remember When Selling Your Home

I recently read an article on HGTV.com about the top 10 secrets of selling your home, and I thought that they hit the nail right on the head. But of course, it is HGTV, and they do know a thing or two about what they are talking about. :) But I thought that I would share with you their top ten, but with my own take on each item. And I will rank them more according to my opinion on which are more important than the others. So let’s jump to it!

10. Don’t overdo the upgrades-  Sure, updated homes are very desirable and can attract many more buyers in today’s market. But if you’re just getting ready to put your home on the market, a major remodel probably will not give you a great return on your money. Instead of focusing on a big, high dollar remodel that you think may be needed, focus on the small stuff. Fresh coats of paint goes a long way, but keep it as neutral as possible. Not everyone has your same taste in color. New hardware is also a good idea. If you know of any leaky faucets, go ahead and fix those.

9. Focus on Kitchen- Contrary to what I just told you in item 10, if you are going to spend some money on some renovations, focus on the kitchen. This is one of the most important rooms in the house for many buyers, and old outdated kitchens are a major turn off. I’m not saying you have to go and drop $30k or more to totally gut your existing kitchen. But again, fresh paint and hardware goes a long way.

8. Find the Right Agent- Interview multiple agents before listing your home and make sure you find one that will provide the type of service that you want and need.  And try not to dwell too much on having the most experienced agents. In some cases newer and younger agents might be what you need in today’s market. A younger agent, such as myself, may be more tech savvy than someone who’s been around a while, and with today’s technology, that could be a huge deciding factor on how many people actually see your home. Also, an agent who may not have a huge inventory of listings will be able to devote more time on your listing and trying to get it sold than an agent that may have 50 or more listings at a time.

7. Have Good Lighting- Please, go through your home and make sure all of the lightbulbs are WORKING! Buyers viewing your home want to actually see your home. Open the curtains when you have showings and make sure your windows are clean so that you have great natural light coming in.

6. Make Closets Look As Spacious As Possible- I know, I know. You’re probably thinking that you don’t have much that you can do about having small closets. But, you can always de-clutter it. You’re going to be moving soon anyway, you hope, so go ahead and pack up any extra items and put in storage. If someone opens your closet and a mountain of stuff falls out on top of them, all they will be thinking is that they will have a major lack of storage. Even a small closet that is neatly organized can look appealing to a buyer. Show it’s potential!

5. Put The Puppies Away!- I am about as big of a dog lover as anyone, but not everyone else is. But, when you are trying to sell your home, make sure pet food is out of sight for showings and cat litter boxes are clean and don’t stink. Febreeze is your best friend!

4. First Impressions- Just like when meeting new people, your home gives off a first impression as well, just from how it looks from the outside. Even if you have the very best looking house on the block on the inside, if you let a jungle grow up around your home on the outside, I promise you, no one will ever see the inside. It will not cost you that much to place inexpensive flowers and shrubs around and keep the lawn cut and looking neat. And curb appeal is one of the few things that can bring you a 100% return on your money.

3. De-Personalize! You want to let buyers picture themselves living in THEIR future home, not yours. So go ahead and pack up your personal pictures and items. You may love to look at pictures of your great, great Aunt Ida all of the time, but a buyer will just see some old person on all of the walls, and may get distracted from seeing the beauty  of your home.

2. Be Ready To Show At Any Time- This kind of goes along with the last one. But keep your home clean and in showing condition at all times. You never know when an agent may call at the last minute to show a client your home. And if you must have a few hours to run home and do a major cleaning first, that buyer may be long gone and you could have just lost the one who would have written up an offer. Try to make your home look as close to a model home as possible, and keep it that way. You probably expect your kids to clean up after themselves. Well now is the time to lead by example, and practice what your preach.

1. Price It Right- You can’t control location, and unless you have an endless supply of money, condition isn’t something you have the greatest control over. But price is something you have complete control over, and this is one of the most important steps in selling your home. If you take the market value of your home and put a price that is 10-15% below that, it will sell, and it’ll sell quickly. Also some people may not be in a position to be able to do this, if you have the equity and you need to sell fast, this is the BEST way to do it. And it’s quite possible that it will lead to a multiple offer situation and drive the price back up to market value anyway. And just remember if you over price your home, plan for it sitting on the market for a good while, while all of the other motivated sellers are moving on to the next chapters of their lives.

If you would like to read the HGTV article, check it out HERE. And if you are in the Columbus, GA area, and would like to request a free market analysis of your home, contact me HERE. 

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