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Simple Home Staging Tips
Here are some interesting ideas to consider when getting your home ready to sell:
1. Update outdated bathrooms and kitchens. Often the key area buyers are looking at. Consider having outdated tile re-glazed. It it generally less expensive than retiling.
2. De-clutter your home! Your home will appear more spacious if you reorganize and de-clutter. Buyers often look in your cabinets and want to see lots of storage. Remember less is more even with your furniture.
3. Spruce up your front yard and porch. Power wash, weed and paint if needed. Consider adding touches of color such as flowers in pots. Remember that the buyer’s first impression can determine if they want to look inside.
4. Fresh flowers in a vase and a kitchen table set for a dinner party is an attractive and inexpensive fix that is pleasant to the eye.
5. Unfinished projects- make a to do list to get those tiny unfinished projects done. Some items might be a red flag to your potential buyer and it will cost you less to complete them than the buyer might want to deduct from the asking price.
If you are thinking of putting your home up for sale in the Willamette Valley, please give me a call. I can help you with suggestions to get your home ready and show you what your home’s value is in today’s market.
What Does a Realtor Do For a Home Buyer? 03/31/2016
A Realtor who works with a homebuyer is also called a buyer's agent. In one of their first conversations, the buyer's agent will ask the homebuyer to secure a pre-approval letter from a bank or qualified mortgage lender. The pre-approval letter states that the homebuyer has been approved for a mortgage loan from that particular lender. To qualify for pre-approval, the lender needs to see proof of income and financial documents such as bank account statements, financial assets and credit reports to determine the homebuyer's buying power.
Although pre-approval letters require time and effort to acquire, they carry several advantages for the homebuyer. Both the buyer's agent and the seller's agent know that a homebuyer with a pre-approval letter is serious about the investment.
Your Realtor will set up escrow with a local title company and work with your lender to make sure everything is going on track for closing.
Once you have an accepted offer or are “under contract” your Realtor will guide you the next steps of the home inspection and then the appraisal. You will have a period of typically 10-14 business days to have a home inspector or other qualified professional go through the home so you understand more about the home you are buying.
Buying a home is a very important purchase! I look forward to the opportunity to help you through this process. If at any time during your purchase you have any questions, please call or email me. Thank you for your trust in choosing me as your buyer’s agent. The process of buying a home is both an exciting and exhausting experience and I look forward to helping you own a piece of the American dream!