Open House Safety Tips

Opening your home up to complete strangers isn’t something most of us are accustomed to.  However, hosting an open house is an important tool for finding a buyer. You’ve spent weeks prepping your home for the open house, but you’re not done yet. If you are still living in your home, there are some important steps you should take in order to ensure both you and your property remain safe.     Valuables.  We would like…

Top Home Renovations

In our last post, we shared an infographic chronicling the top five home renovations to avoid when you are preparing to sell your home. Which begs the question: “now that I know what to avoid, what home renovations should I spend my money and attention on?” To get the highest return on investment, your pre-move repairs should focus on both the appearance of your home and its underlying structure. These days, high ticket updates don’t…

What to Do When Your Home Appraisal is Too Low

Home appraisals can be tricky. Though we recently discussed how to get the best outcome for your home appraisal, things don’t always go as planned. Many factors, both internal and external, can impact the final result of your appraisal. So, what to do when your home appraisal is too low? 1. Realize that you aren’t alone Particularly in rising housing markets, a lower-than-expected appraisal happens more often than you might think. Appraisal results can be influenced…

The Importance of Curb Appeal

If you’ve ever bought a home, or even looked intently at houses while walking down the street, you know that curb appeal is vital. In fact, we’ve discussed the importance of curb appeal many times on this blog! From having clean, dent-free front and garage doors to ensuring the home’s entry is free of debris, there are many aspects of curb appeal to consider. But did you know that there is even more to it?…

What Do Millennial Home Buyers Want in a Home?

It’s a question many people are asking: what do Millennial home buyers look for in a home? Gen Y buyer demographics are steadily rising: thirty-four percent of today’s home buyers are under 36 years old, up from 32% two years ago. Since it’s clear this segment will only grow, current and future home sellers need to know what Gen Y wants in a home. According to Realtor.com, top motivating factors for Millennial home buyers are the aspiration to become home owners and…