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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 10/16/2019

Are you unsure of how to price your home before putting it up for sale? Do not forget that the value of your home depends majorly on its appearance and amenities. Therefore, you can improve the look of your home by carrying out thorough cleaning, sprucing up the lawn, getting rid of things that take up space unnecessarily, and many other simple things. Here are some ways to ensure your home spends as little time as possible on the market:

Price your home competitively

When you choose to sell your home, one of the most important decisions is to set the appropriate price for your home. Be careful when setting a price because when the price is too high, buyers get turned off and when it is too low, you may probably sell at a loss. So, one robust and powerful method for pricing your home is to look at the prices of other homes that are in the same category as yours. When you do this, you will have a better understanding of the most appropriate listing price range to consider.

Make use of strategic price points

You should know that homebuyers tend to go for homes that have price ranges separated by an increment of five to ten thousand dollars. It is therefore essential to set your price close to these natural price points. For example, when you set the value of your home at $229,900, you will get the same number of buyer inquiries as a price of $227,900. The logic is that you would widen your prospective buyer pool if you set the cost of your home at the next lower price point which is $224, 900.

Consider value-range marketing

Value-range marketing is another result-oriented pricing strategy to consider. It involves selecting a listing price based on what you would sell for today provided a buyer gave you a check. Then, you should set a second amount that is lower, that you wouldn't reject if a buyer decides to buy your property at that price. Therefore, you can consider listing your home as "$386,000 or best offer" instead of just listing at a fixed amount of $386,000.

Hire an experienced listing agent

Hiring an experienced listing agent is an excellent idea, but you should go for an agent that is familiar with your local market and is aware of the values of homes that are similar to yours. When a listing agent has this knowledge, they will know the exact amount of your home based on your local market.




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Categories: Real estate   how to   home selling  


Posted by Diane Horrigan on 10/9/2019

Apart from the door to your home, one door that continually opens and closes is the access to your refrigerator. The kids open it, your friends open it, everyone always wants something from the fridge. The refrigerator is one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It helps in preserving both raw and cooked food, storing drinks and condiments. Its functions make it essential for it to be clean to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Apart from health reasons, dirt most times makes household appliances get old and faulty.

Disinfecting Your Refrigerator Safely

Take out Everything

  1. Unplug the refrigerator
  2. Take out Everything
  3. Take out any removable parts of the fridge such as shelves, drawers, and bins.
  4. Dispose of fruits, vegetable, food or drink that are moldy or expired.
  5. Dispose of meats that have unpleasant smell or freezer burn

Wash the freezer thoroughly

  1. Soak parts in a basin of warm water with your regularly dish-washing soap for some minutes.
  2. Scrub the parts clean with a sponge.
  3. Dry up parts properly with a clean cloth before putting them back into the refrigerator in case of excess water.
  4. Scrub off the stains from the walls of refrigerator and freezer.
  5. For tough stains, apply a bit of baking soda with some water to produce a mixture of a thick paste. Then use it on the stain and allow to sit in for an hour before wiping it out with damp cloth or sponge.

Don't Forget the Outside

Use a multipurpose spray and microfiber cloth to wipe the handles and the outer surface of the refrigerator. If the outer surface of your fridge is stainless, it's best you use a stainless-steel polish rather than a multipurpose spray to prevent smudges.

Put your food items back in

Put back food into the refrigerator and clean jars or bottles before putting them in. Double-check the expiration date on any item before keeping them back.

Disinfecting your refrigerator doesn't look hard, after all, you can do this in less than 20 minutes. It is crucial and hygienic to do a complete clean-up at least once a month to prevent stale and unpleasant odor. Out of your busy day to day schedule, it's necessary you create a monthly time table for disinfecting your refrigerator and make sure you stick to it. Stay clean, stay healthy and always remember health is wealth.




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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 10/2/2019

As a homebuyer, it is paramount to establish realistic expectations for the homebuying journey. That way, you can take a step-by-step approach to achieve various goals along this journey and acquire your ideal residence faster than ever before.

Setting realistic homebuying expectations can be simple. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you set realistic homebuying expectations.

1. Assess Your Home Must-Haves and Wants

Dozens of homes are available in cities and towns nationwide. If you establish realistic homebuying expectations, you may be better equipped than others to determine exactly what you want to find in your dream house. As a result, you could reap the benefits of a quick, seamless homebuying experience.

Oftentimes, it helps to create a list of home must-haves and wants prior to searching for a house. This list can be updated as you proceed along the homebuying journey and will serve as a guide to help you discover your ideal residence.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

With a mortgage in hand, you can narrow your home search to residences that fall within your price range. Then, you can speed up the homebuying journey and find your ideal residence in no time at all.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you'll want to meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions generally offer a broad array of mortgage options. Examine all of your mortgage options closely, and you're sure to find a mortgage that matches your finances.

Also, don't hesitate to ask mortgage questions when you meet with potential lenders. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who are happy to help you in any way they can. Thus, you can gain expert insights from these mortgage specialists that could help you make an informed mortgage decision.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands what it takes to purchase a home in any housing market. Therefore, he or she can help you prepare for the real estate market and establish realistic homebuying expectations from day one.

Typically, a real estate agent first will learn about your homebuying goals. He or she then will help you map out a successful homebuying journey, one that concludes with you discovering your dream house at a budget-friendly price.

A real estate agent offers plenty of support at each stage of the homebuying journey too. This housing market professional will set up home showings, keep you updated about new residences that become available and help you evaluate houses. And if you want to submit an offer on a home, a real estate agent will make it easy for you to put together a competitive homebuying proposal.

Achieving the optimal results during the homebuying journey sometimes can be difficult. But if you establish realistic homebuying expectations, you may be able to streamline the homebuying journey and ensure that you can purchase a great house that suits you perfectly.




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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 9/25/2019

Potential home buyers should obtain a pre-qualification letter from their lenders to access a home loan. This letter communicates what the lender thinks about you being qualified for a mortgage up to a certain amount and is dependent on the data you gave about your assets, income, and expenses.

Pre-qualification is just the primary step, and it provides you with an idea of how much of a loan you will potentially qualify for. This process relies on consumer-submitted information.

Getting Pre-Qualified

Pre-qualification entails providing the lender with your overall financial picture, including your credit, debt, income, and assets. The lender evaluates everything and gives you an estimate of the amount you are expected to be able to borrow.

Pre-qualification can be conducted over the phone or via online, and there is no cost attached. It is usually a quick process, taking from one to three days to obtain a pre-qualification letter. Remember that loan pre-qualification does not include a review of your credit report or a detailed look at your ability to buy a home. Instead, it is only dependent on the data you provided to the lender. By extension, it doesn't mean much at all if you provide inaccurate information. 

The first step in the pre-qualification process allows you to talk with your lender about any needs or goals you might have regarding your mortgage. Then, your mortgage lender can tell your various mortgage options and discuss the type that might be the most suited for your needs.

Some brokers go the extra mile of requesting home buyers to have pre-qualification before working with them. The letter would signify that a lender has already started talking with the buyer. A properly-written pre-qualification letter clarifies that you are using a quality, legitimate lender who can be reached for verification and confirmation.

According to many real estate agents, in a highly competitive market, a pre-qualification letter might not be enough. This is a significant drawback in using and relying only on a pre-qualification letter for proof of ability to purchase a home. If you need to buy immediately or don't want to miss out on a great deal in a trending area, you may need to be pre-approved as well. Pre-approval is a more complicated process and can impact your credit score, so speak with your agent about which is the better option for your situation.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 9/18/2019

The last chore you want is to clean the bathroom. With a busy family, itís difficult to even get in the bathroom let alone give it more than a once over. But, every so often, you need to set aside time to give your bathroom a deeper clean. It will improve the function of your fixtures, increase the life of your plumbing, and when youíre all done you can take that spa-like bath and know youíre in a pure environment.

Toilet tank

You may clean out the toilet bowl frequently, but how often do you clean out the tank? Depending on where you live and your incoming water, that tank may house anything from bacterium to moss and a few things in between. To add insult to injury, sometimes those stains in your bowl actually come from the tank. Try this first: Add a cup of distilled white vinegar to your tank. Let it sit for a while to loosen crusted on hard-water deposits. If necessary, use a clean toilet brush to brush the vinegar and water mixture up the sides of the tank too. When youíve gotten the crusty stuff off, flush your toilet several times to remove all the vinegar residue.

If your tank still has stains, add some oxygen-based bleach to the tank and stir it up. Let it sit overnight, if possible so that it can work on those stains.

Tile hacks

Periodically, your tile and grout need some extra loviní. If you use a tub and tile cleaner, leave it on a little longer one day and then wipe it all down and reseal your grout. If you prefer less harsh methods, make a paste with oxygen bleach or use hydrogen-peroxide and put is on the grout to whiten it before using the sealant. One other natural product option is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste and use a toothbrush to scrub into fine grout or a cleaning brush for wider grout.

Mirror, mirror

Get your mirrors squeaky clean with a solution of water, isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, and dish soap. Spray the solution on your mirrors and glass shower doors and enclosures and rub with a paper towel or microfiber cloth for a streak-free reflection.

Faucet funk

If your faucet sprays out the side or in a strange pattern, you probably have hard water nuggets built up in the aerator. Your faucet aerator helps reduce waste and makes your water flow more efficient, so when it gets plugged up with hard water deposits, you need to clean it out. In very hard-water locations, do this every couple of months. Unscrew the aerator from the end of the faucet. If you do it frequently, it should come off quickly. If itís stuck on, use an adjustable wrench or pliers, but wrap a washcloth around the aerator first so that you do not mar the surface. Soak the aerator screen in a solution of water and vinegar to dissolve the deposits, then brush them away with a soft toothbrush. Take care not to damage the screen.

Taking care of your home maintains its value and improves your chances of selling it for a higher amount. If you have questions about which maintenance projects to tackle before you put your home on the market, seek the advice of your real estate professional.




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