Selling Your Home

How to Use Curb Appeal to Sell your Home at Top Price

When contemplating how to use curb appeal to sell your home at top price, some of the inexpensive ideas include hanging a wreath, adding a bust of color with flowers and pressure washing the walkway. But home sellers that reap the greatest rewards often spend more money on curb appeal by investing in a few major upgrades such as new entryway doors and on-trend garage doors. According to a recent article by vnews.com, experts still insist sellers not sink too much money into the home upgrades that will no longer belong to them. At the same time, if you own a home in Omaha in the $200,000 and up price range, buyers often expect a little more wow factor as they drive up to their future home. Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 report showed greater return on investment with a few mid-range home improvements.

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Increase the Value of Your Home With Home Improvements

Not all home improvements will add to the value of your home. However there are places you can make a big difference. This is especially true with kitchens, bathrooms, and curb appeal. Much of the rest of the house can usually be brightened up with some paint and a few simple touches.

Over-all Improvements

Keep your up-grades in line with the value of the house. If you are selling an average house in an average neighborhood, don't invest in high-end finishes. However, you want those finishes in a neighborhood that has more expensive homes. Do hire a contractor for the improvements that are out of your comfort range. A poorly done improvement will be as much a turn off as a well done one is an asset. Remember that there is no easier way to freshen up something than with a nice coat of paint. When in doubt on colors, ask...

Decluttering Is the First Step to Selling Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, a lot of things need to fall into place to make it happen. Finding the right real estate agent and completing any home repairs may be at the top of your list. But there's one step you should take first: decluttering your home. Not only will your home look cleaner and more spacious when all the clutter is gone, but it will also give you a head start on packing and moving. Here are three easy steps to get you started.

Choose one area to declutter. Start by focusing on one room or one area at a time. It won't seem so overwhelming, and you can accomplish a lot in small chunks of time. Pick the room or space that will have the most impact. If you declutter an extra bedroom, buyers will be able to picture it as a guest room or a home office. Even working on a small area like a closet or a bathroom is a great...

Home Sellers Ask: What is my Home Worth? How Accurate are the Online Tools Like Zillow?

While it's fun to check the Zillow or Trulia sites to find out an estimate for your  home's worth, most real estate experts point out the estimates are a stretch. Aspiring home sellers often wonder, "What is my home worth? How accurate are the online tools like Zillow?" In many cases, your home is likely worth more. If you own an outdated home, it will not likely appeal to some buyers. By meeting with a local real estate agent who provides a free market analysis, you find out a more realistic idea of your home's true value. According to an article by The Tampa Bay Times, the online data bases contain flaws, even though sites claim homes sell within 5 percent of their estimates.

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Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent: Save on Carrying Costs

Most potential home sellers in Omaha, understand they will likely have to pay one-time closing costs after the home sale. But few consider the horrendous carrying costs or expenses that recur as part of the monthly upkeep. One of the main advantages of hiring a real estate agent is the time factor. A real estate agent helps you sell your home quickly so you save on the carrying costs and the pile-up of bills that include the mortgage payment, property taxes, utilities and other costs. By working with an experienced Home Team real estate agent, you often save tremendous money on carrying costs as well as avoid the emotional drama of living in limbo. Consider a few of the reoccurring expenses that take away from your actual profit at the closing table. Even people who flip homes for a profit worry about carrying costs.

The mortgage payment itself

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Five Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Help Sell Your Home

In a market where homes seem to be selling the moment they are listed, it may be tempting to forgo hiring a real estate agent, and try your hand at selling your home yourself. Certainly, selling your home on your own will save you from paying a sizable commission to a realtor. Unfortunately, not knowing the in's and out's of the real estate game may work against you, and may end up costing you more than a realtor's commission

1.  Convenience

Assuming you are not a full-time real estate agent, selling your home will be almost a type of second job. In other words, look forward to spending most, if not all of your free...

Is Granite on its Way Out?

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite countertops are in less demand today, while the use of quartz is on the rise.

Why? For one thing, man-made quartz countertops are offered in a far greater range of looks and feels. Reason number two: it’s a bit easier to maintain over the long haul, and it’s deemed a better environmental choice because it emits lower levels of radon—a potentially cancer-causing agent. To be fair, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the radioactive materials in granite countertops are far too minuscule to pose a health threat.

So what, exactly, is a quartz countertop? It’s made of engineered stone, composed of at least 90% ground-up quartz mixed with a binder (like resin) then molded into a slab. Because pigment is added during the manufacturing process, the sky’s...

What Determines Your Homes Value?

The value of your home is influenced by price, time, and market conditions. As your local real estate professional, my goal is to assist you in the determination of the value of your home by giving you current, factual data on the market conditions and the average market time for homes in your area. This infographic will better explain how these three areas impact your home's value.

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Decluttering your home fast!

A cluttered home implies a few things, and none of them are positive in the eyes of a potential buyer:

  • The house is too small.
  • There must not be enough storage in the house.
  • The rooms look unkempt. Maybe the rest of the house has been poorly maintained.

A potential buyer should be able to tour your house and easily imagine their own furniture and possessions in the space. A cluttered atmosphere stymies their imagination and creates an immediate negative impression in their minds.

One of the reasons realtors suggest that you remove personal items like family photographs is for that exact reason. The buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the rooms they're checking out. If anything, there should be less "stuff" around than you might be comfortable with. Tidy rooms that aren't overcrowded with furniture...

Increase Your Home's Value With a Home Improvements

Everybody naturally wants to get the best price possible when thinking about selling their home; but just the fact that it is your home can make you think it's worth more than it actually is. Keeping it well-maintained is a good idea and when updating it's important to weigh your return on investment. In other words, knowing which home improvement projects are going to give you the best return on investment is important. Here's a breakdown of the best home improvements:

1. Bathroom Remodel

For every dollar you spend spiffing up your bathroom, you'll get back all the money you put in, plus 2% for a 102% rate of return. Simple fixes include repainting, re-caulking the tub, removing and replacing old shower doors, and...