Stacy and Nicole's Blog

25
Mar

Home Staging Advice

Getting ready to sell your home? Spring is a great time to jump into the market, but before you do, make sure to ask yourself- “is my home ready?” It’s very easy to get used to the weird quirks and damages around your house, but to a potential buyer these little things can be turn-offs. Some people make the mistake of thinking they need to do major renovations to their home before putting it on the market, but that is not necessarily true. Take a look at this list of minor quick fixes to help ensure your home is in tip-top shape! Once it’s looking good, Stacy and Nicole can help put your home on the market!

1. Start With the Bathroom
The bathroom is always a good place to start, because usually that is the area where the most changes need to be made. Our bathrooms are typically private areas that not many people see, so we tend to overlook the grimy parts. But here are a few things to avoid when getting your home ready:
• Clean showers with no mold or dirt
• Wipe down the sinks and toilets with Clorox wipes
• Clean off the mirrors
• Avoid clutter

These quick fixes will get your bathroom looking great and desirable in no time.

2. Onto the Kitchen
The kitchen is the area that most people tend to renovate and remodel before putting their home on the market. Although some kitchens might need the extra work and money, it is not always necessary! Here are a few tips when it comes to updating your kitchen. Start with the big changes that will take more work then move on to the little additions.
• If your cabinets look a little old or worn-down try staining them
• Clean out your fridge and give it a good wipe-down (you never know where potential buyers will look)
• Put new knobs or handles on your cabinets and drawers if they are outdated
• Update your appliances (this could turn your kitchen around because buyers loved updated and fresh appliances)
• Fresh flowers and a fruit bowl are always a nice touch

3. Moving into the Bedrooms
It goes without saying that the bedrooms need to be tidied up when taking pictures of the house or getting ready for an open house, however there a few more changes you can make to take your bedrooms one step further.
• Make sure the bedrooms are not covered in personal items (it’s better if the buyers can envision themselves there, not you)
• Make sure the curtains are clean, up-to-date and open for the light to shine in.
• Dust off any dressers, blinds or fans in the room
• Create as many storage opportunities in the bedroom as possible. Clean out your closet and bookcases to show the potential.
• Don’t let the room sway too male or female. Try to keep things on a neutral track.
• Fix any paint-touch ups or holes in the wall
• Make sure all the lights/fixtures are in tact and shining bright.

4. Curb Appeal is Very Important!
Curb appeal is a big term amongst real estate agents and sellers. Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers get from your home, and the most lasting usually! In order to get your curb appeal in check, you must make sure that these few items are ticked off your check list!
• Mow your lawn
• Power wash your windows and driveway
• Plant some flowers
• Fix any paint damages
• Clean the gutters

With these affordable and easy fixes your house will sell in no time! When you’re ready to move forward with the process contact Stacy and Nicole here!

16
Mar

Ready to Tip Off the Madness?

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE! While some have already filled out their brackets others wonder what all the “madness” is about. March madness if you’re not sure is the Superbowl of college basketball. The top teams from all over the country compete to be the last team standing. I personally, like many of you, have never made a bracket before nor did I know where to start. If you’re like me and you want to be part of the madness, but are not sure where to start, I’m here to help. I’ll share a couple tips about how I picked my winners and possibly even tell you who’s going to win the whole thing (shhhh).

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With very very little college basketball knowledge my pick style may be a little unorthodox but none the less I had a lot of fun and I encourage you to get involved!

So how did I pick my teams……

1. Home Teams or bust!!

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2. Better Mascot

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3. Best Outfits (duh)

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4. Best Student Section

5. and if all that fails… who do I think is more likely to purchase a home from us??

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Both look so eager to get on the Stacy and Nicole Team!

Well now that I’ve given you all the inside tips, its time to get to work!! I would hate for you to miss out on all the fun. Below I’v attached a link to the copy of the 2017 bracket, just click and print. Pick your winners and share your knowledge with us! By the way, I Picked U-C-L-A as my champions, GO BRUINS! Have fun and good luck…. And remember you’re always on the winning side when you play for the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team.

http://printableteamschedules.com/NCAA/marchmadnessbracket.php 

14
Mar

Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

  1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

     2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

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       3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

      4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

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      5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

      6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

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    7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

    8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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      9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

       10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

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While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team we’re just that good!

14
Oct

Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, Ca.

Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

 

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Downtown Brea

October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

 

 

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Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training

 

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Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Meet at Fullerton Museum

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
(714) 738-6545 

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween tour is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public

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Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra:
INFORMATION:
Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

Free with paid admission.

Calling all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny fFrankenstein craft on Halloween Day!

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Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

 

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The 17th Door

LOCATION:
The Market Place in Tustin
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31, 2016

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

INFORMATION:
714-953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net

 

27
Sep

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The one thing that makes you successful in life, no matter what it is you choose to do, is balance. Working hard is important, but relaxing and enjoying time with the people that you love is even more important. Sundays in our house during the fall are saved for church, football, food, food and more food!! Here’s how we do it ladies and gentlemen…..

10:00am

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Recipe and photo provided by: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole  Serves 8 (with the Grands Biscuits)

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of buttermilk biscuit dough (we used Grands, which are slightly bigger)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (2 3/4 ounce) package peppered gravy mix (makes 2 cups)
  • 1 lb sausage, any flavor
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan
  2. Brown the sausage in skillet and drain thoroughly.
  3. Cut biscuit dough into 1″ pieces, and line the bottom of the pan.
  4. Layer cooked sausage over the biscuit pieces,
  5. Layer shredded cheese over sausage.
  6. Whisk eggs and milk, add salt and pepper and pour over biscuit/layers.
  7. Make gravy according to instructions, and pour over everything.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until eggs and biscuits are cooked through.

Seriously, I don’t know a single person on the planet that doesn’t love biscuits and gravy and if they say they don’t, they’re lying!! lol

1:00 p.m.

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread

Recipe and photo provided by: Carlsbad Cravings

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large loaf French bread or 2 smaller loafs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (1/2 for quite spicy)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (up to 1/2 cup if you LOVE blue cheese)
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, separated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, separated
  • 3 packed cups (about 1 ½ pounds) shredded chicken*
  • Garnish (optional)
  • 6-8 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon
  • blue cheese (only if you love it)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice about 2 inches deep through the top of the bread, and continue to cut a large rectangle, being careful not to cut through the bottom of the bread. Remove top of bread and hollow out middle to create a rectangular bread bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and hot sauce and all spices/seasonings until well combined.
  4. Stir in blue cheese, 3/4 cup cheddar and 3/4 cup mozzarella followed by chicken.
  5. Spoon Buffalo Chicken Dip into prepared French bread and top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Bake on a baking tray at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  6. Let bread sit approximately 10 minutes to set and slightly cool then slice. Best served warm.
 This is an awesome and easy pull apart finger food, that my family loves! You’ve got to try it!!
5:30 p.m.
Missisippi Pot Roast
 Recipe and photo provided by: Belle of the Kitchen
Mississippi Pot Roast
Ingredients
  • 1 (3-4 pounds) chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4-5 pepperoncini peppers

Instructions

  1. Place roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle the top with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix. Place peppers on top of the mixes, and add the butter.
  2. Cook over low heat for 8 hours. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
NOTES
*Do not add any water or broth to this! It will make enough liquid as it cooks.
If your family loves meat and potatoes like mine, this is a MUST. You will never make a roast any other way again because your family won’t let you!! Serve it over mash potatoes or on sandwich rolls… it is AMAZING!!
Now…. I’ve got to go to lunch because I’m starving!! Oh, and if your kitchen is too small to cook all this stuff, give us a call, we’ll help you buy a new one!!! Enjoy my friends!!
26
Sep

The Best Way To Choose a Real Estate Agent

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Today I am taking off my realtor hat and I am just going to talk to you as a friend. I have learned so much over the last 10 years in this business. Yes, a lot of it has been by trial and error, fear and failure, but that is what has molded us into one of the strongest real estate teams in Orange County.  Everybody knows somebody that has a real estate license…. There are thousands of us that carry that a little piece of paper with an 8 digit number. That does not mean that every realtor knows how to sell a home. Follow this advice, and you will do just fine….

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DO NOT HIRE A PART TIME AGENT– Here’s the problem with a “part-time agent” Plain and simple, they can not possibly know the market as well as an agent who is out there everyday pounding the pavement. They also are not going to know the other agents in the community as well as someone who is networking with them everyday in every way. Lastly, when that hot buyer or newest property pops on the market for you, chances are that they aren’t going to be at your beck and call if they are busy napping or whatever is that they do during the other “part-time” of their lives.

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MARKETING, MARKETING, MARKETING- I have learned that marketing yourself and your clients home is essential to success. Simply taking a listing, adding it to the Multiple Listing Service and slapping together a flyer from pictures taken on your iPhone, is not marketing. If you are interviewing an agent, you must ask to see their marketing plan in detail! They must have a large sphere, a massive presence on social media, and utilize video. Ask to see what they are going to put in print and make them show you examples. Our marketing plan is so superior that we proudly display it at all of our listing appointments. You must know what you are getting for your money. Talk is cheap…. you want proof.

 

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YES, YOU MUST LIKE THEM- Think of it this way, you are going to possibly spend the next 3-6 months with your agents. If you wouldn’t invite them over for dinner and a cocktail… Don’t hire them. Also, you are trusting your agents with one of the biggest transactions of your lifetime, you need to feel that you can trust them and that they genuinely have your best interests at heart. If you don’t, then they probably don’t…

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UMMM REVIEWS- No brainer… If a client received excellent service and genuinely felt that  they were very well taken care of, they will write about it! Likewise, if they receive bad service, they will write about it! Read them… all of them.

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DAMN VOICEMAIL-  There is a saying in our office and we use it daily, “Time Kills All Deals” Your agent needs to call, text you, or email you back within minutes, not days or even hours…. Hiring a team ensures that your needs are always met and that someone is always available when you need them. Test them before you sign with them!

Don’t believe me?  Try it…. Call us today if you are thinking of buying or selling your home!! (We answer our phones)

22
Sep

The 10 Commandments of Buying a Home

Today my home buying friends, we are going to keep it simple and straight to the point! With over 10 years in the business, I can honestly and most assuredly say, if you break these rules, you will not be buying a home! I know this because in my early years as an agent, I have lost deals by clients doing one or more of these in the middle of the loan process. So please allow me to share with you what not to do so that we make sure that your home buying process is smooth, enjoyable and as stress free as possible!

10 Commandments of home buying

1️⃣ Thou shall not change jobs, become self employed, or quit your job.

2️⃣ Thou shall not use credit cards for large purchases or fall behind on payments.

3️⃣ Thou shall not spend the money you have set aside for closing

4️⃣ Thou shall not buy a new car or truck (or you might end up living in it )

5️⃣ Thou shall not omit debts or liabilities to your lender.

6️⃣ Thou shall not buy furniture on credit

7️⃣ Thou shall not let anyone run your credit besides your lender.

8️⃣ Thou shall not change bank accounts.

9️⃣ Thou shall not make large deposits without first checking with your lender.

🔟 Thou shall not co-sign for a loan for anyone or apply for a line of equity during the loan process.

 

Buying a home and even thinking about starting the process comes with a certain amount of stress. You need to be educated by a team of patient and knowledgeable agents who will assume that burden for you. You need us, Stacy and Nicole…. because your success is our success!  Call us today and we’ will walk you through the entire process step by step.

21
Sep

Empty Nesting Can Be The Besting!

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Today I will speak of a subject that I know very well….The dreaded empty nest.  As we are raising our children we dream of the day that they will be grown, happy, and on their own. After all, if they are, we have done our job right? Then the time actually comes and you find yourself aimlessly walking around a big house, quiet, lonely and with no one to pick up after. You and your spouse, who by the way feels the same way, look at each other from across the couch with the “What do we do now?” looks on your faces. Well, the way I see it, we have two choices. We can play the echo game down the empty halls and vacant bedrooms  (hello, hello, hellooooo) or we can get out there and enjoy what life has to offer!! After all…. we have a whole lot of years left, it’s time to reconnect with your best friend and go have some fun! Here are a few ways to get that party started!

Create a Dream Board- The first thing that you and your spouse should do is create a dream board! Pull out books and magazines, maps and and old photos of the things that you did before the children… Now is the time for you guys to daydream…. No, the years of raising kids did not suck the life out of you! Put your imagination caps back on and light that fire under each other , this is an exciting time!

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Reacquaint With Your Spouse- Let’s face it, raising children not only ages us, but it changes our perspective on life. Many times we find with the sleepless nights, working hard to try and feed and clothe them and scurrying to keep up with their busy schedules that we haven’t had time to really share our new found thoughts and desires with our spouses. Remember a long time ago, it was just the two of you… best friends, in it to win it, ride or die kind of love…. Now it’s time for the two of you to jump back on that bike called life, feel the wind in your hair and pull the bugs out of your teeth together!

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Get MOVING- Ok…. now we have some free time to fill… Get of the couch!! Do you guys love Country music? How about line-dancing classes? You’d rather be outdoors you say? Then I say it’s time to buy that travel trailer you’ve always talked about. That is exactly what my husband and I did and we couldn’t love it more! The awkward silence while sitting on the couch watching T.V is not the same as the silence cuddled under the stars and around the campfire together!

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Play- Play, play, play. Play music, play board games, play cards, play golf, play tennis, play hide and seek for gosh sakes…. who cares…. just remember what it’s like to feel young and laugh!

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Get Healthy- Have a goal, whether you need to lose a few or just need to start exercising… Do it together. After all, you two have a lot of years to spend together and those grand kids will start coming soon! You’re going to need to stay active to keep up and watch them grow! Plus, when you feel better, you do better!!

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Now, if you really take our fist 5  suggestions and you find yourself suddenly having a good time, laughing and carrying on in that big old house and just decide it’s too much up keep for your new fancy free lifestyle…. You need to call us! We will get that house sold in no time and find you a more manageable home for you to enjoy for the years to come!!

Orange County homes

20
Sep

Are we moving into a Buyer’s Market?

Hi Friends,

Orange County homes

If you find yourself reading this blog, it means you are a very important person to us in one way or another.  As your expert Orange County Realtors, we’d like to have a very candid conversation with you. A good agent is an honest agent, even if it means waiting for a paycheck…(remember we’re being candid )
So here’s the cold hard truth, our market is changing quite rapidly and home values are coming down. We typically start to see this after a long run of a seller’s market when values peak, which we’ve been in for several years now. In our experience and with all the research that we do, we can confidently say that we are seeing the trend migrate towards a buyers market. Also, with interest rates rising, inventory increasing and a very unsettling presidential election we see the buyers hesitating due to uncertainty as well. All of these will result in longer days on the market for sellers. So, for our friends who have been thinking about selling, but aren’t really sure it’s the right time, I strongly believe that if you hesitate much longer you’ll have to wait another 5-7 years before you could try to sell it again in order to get the money you are wanting today out of your home now…and that is if the market rebounds to today’s market value again. 5-7 years is the typical turn around time. With that being said, as your friends and advisors, we strongly urge you to ask yourself the question, “Do I want to stay or do I want to sell?”
If your answer is sell… then pick up your phone and let’s get the party started!
As for our buyer friends, interest rates are still low and people buy homes in all types of markets and for different reasons and we know, because we sell them! If you are ready, then now is the time…But if you are merely thinking of buying and are not quite ready, WAIT. Use this time, save more money and firm up any credit issues. We believe that next year is going to be a much better market for our buyer friends!!

Don’t forget, We are here to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be.  We can’t wait to work with you!

06
Sep

A Great Big List of Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home

First impressions are everything when selling your home. Making sure that your potential buyer is comfortable and not only enjoys the tour of your home, but wants to make it their own, is a pretty simple task. Here are a few things that you can do to ensure a great experience for the buyer and not only multiple offers, but top dollar for your listing!

  1. SAY NO TO CLUTTER- My golden rule is, if you haven’t touched it for 6 months and you do not need it for daily living, PACK IT UP! Buyer’s want to imagine themselves and their things in a home when they are looking. Plus, you are moving, it’s going to make the process so much easier for you when the time comes… You’re welcome 🙂
  2. CLEAR OFF COUNTER SPACE- Clear off those kitchen and bathroom counters and wipe them clean! Less stuff of yours, makes the buyer feel that there is more space for theirs!
  3. DE-PERSONALIZE THE WHOLE HOUSE- Time to pack up the Little League trophies, family photos and the snow globe collection… Keep decorations neutral and to a minimum. Remember that photos of your home will become very public once you are listed and unless you want to feel like the whole world is creeping on you, go ahead and pack it away!
  4. CALL THE HANDYMAN- This is the time that you want to fix obvious issues with your home. For example… leaky faucets, drywall holes or repair, broken windows or cabinets that don’t close…. ALSO, remember to replace any burned out light bulbs. Besides keeping it light and bright, this assures buyers that even the little things are maintained.
  5. BATHROOMS- You can really change the look of the bathroom with a few simple steps from your local hardware store. Update out dated faucets or light fixtures and put fresh caulking around the tubs and sinks. A steam cleaner works wonders on dirty grout and tile… a new shower curtain and a bath mat and BAM it feels brand spankin’ new!
  6. FRESH COAT OF PAINT- This never hurt anyone… covers imperfections and little handprints. A fresh coat also smells fresh, covers up old musty odors that maybe lingering from pets or cooking.
  7. CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS AND WASH DOWN- Let the light shine through! It is also important to pay attention to dusty window sills and blinds… Also, pressure wash the outside of the home and hose away any dirt and cobwebs that may have accumulated over the years.
  8. CURB APPEAL- water grass, plant flowers and cut back overgrown shrubs and trees that may be blocking the beauty of your home.
  9. CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PETS- Always clean up after your pets! Besides the fact that there is not one buyer out there that wants to look at it or smell it… You do not want them accidently stepping in it and tracking it through your home!
  10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST- Find a realtor that you connect with and trust. Do not hire a realtor because they tell you what you want to hear, this can be a very costly mistake! Hire a realtor that knows your city and neighborhood, one that “works” and is familiar with the ever changing market and most importantly, one that listens to your needs. After all…..You are the boss!

We know that by following these simple steps you will find great success and we absolutely would love to be apart of it! Remember, we have an extensive list of vendors that we work with everyday that can help you complete these tasks. We know that life is busy and getting started can be overwhelming, let us help you now!