Budgeting Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Spring is a Seller’s Market

spring marketThe Spring Real Estate Market is coming on strong and sellers are in the driver’s seat.  As quickly as homes are coming on the market, they are selling fast.  Sellers are pricing their homes optimistically and most of the time, they are selling, with bidding wars becoming more and more common.

Buyers are pounding the pavement looking for homes but inventory is low and when a great home comes on the market,  the competition is stiff, and many homes, if priced right,  may go for above asking price.

Properties stayed on the market for an average of 34 days as opposed to 45 in February.  Many buyers are dropping home sale contingencies and coming in with cash to purchase a home in this market.

First time home buyers may find it hard to compete with cash offers and appraisals could be a problem with mortgage lenders, with appraisals coming in much lower than sale prices.

Home prices may continue to rise but slowly, and while mortgage rates are slowly rising, now is the time to purchase a home before rates rise even more.  While inventory is low, new home building may help.

 Buyers must be diligent and act quickly if a home comes on the market.  Open Houses have been particularly busy and many offers are coming in within days of a home hitting the market.  Acting quickly can make the difference between becoming a homeowner or still living in a rental.

The Spring Market is an exciting time in the real estate world for buyers and sellers alike and diligence will pay off in the end.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great team of BOLDIES to help you navigate through the volatile spring market.  Now is not the time to go it alone.  Let the experts help you.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on April 27, 2017.

Buyers Rushing Into Housing Market

Agent RisingBuyers are rushing into the housing market in anticipation of higher interest rates

Staging Tips for Spring

Staging Tips for Spring    by  HGTV

Brighten up your home and bring in buyers with these easy ideas.
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Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.
Whip your yard into shape. When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or, invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don’t have to worry about watering.
Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
Bring spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.
Bring out the bright colors. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.Click below for more great tips for your home by HGTVhttp://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/staging-tips-for-spring

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on March 24,2017.

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Time to Sell Your Home

Agent RisingNow is the time to sell your home.  The spring market is right around the corner but putting your home on the market right now is a great idea.  Inventory is low right now, so there is less competition. Once spring has sprung, more homeowners will be listing their homes and there will be more competition.  Buyers looking at this time of year are generally serious about buying  and ready to move ahead.

Now that you’ve decided to sell, it’s time to get your house ready for the market.   Start to de-personalize the home.  Start packing away family photos and family heirlooms.  You want your buyer to picture themselves living there.  Next, it’s time to declutter.  Put away books and knick knacks.  Clean your counters and tables.  It’s a head start on packing that you will eventually need to do.

Clean out  your cabinets and closets.  Make them look organized and neat.  Buyers will be opening up closet doors and cabinets and drawers.   The neater  and uncluttered it looks, the better.

You might want to rent a storage unit to put away excess furniture.  Just leave a minimum of furniture in each room.  The less cluttered the rooms are, the bigger they seem.  Put away any blinds or lights you absolutely want to bring with you.  This way the buyer has no chance of getting attached to them and asking that they stay.

Make minor repairs.  Fix leaky faucets, patch walls, fix squeaky doors and jammed draws. If your walls have bright colors, you may want to consider painting them a neutral color.

Then, clean, clean and clean again.  Wash the windows, so the sun shines in and keep everything squeaky clean.  A bright, sunny home is always attractive to buyers.

It’s a little early in the year to worry about landscaping, but do what you can to keep the yard shoveled, neat and attractive.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great real estate company with a experienced realtors who are experts in their neighborhoods.

This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on March 3, 2017.

 

Winter Home Staging

Winter Home-Staging

Selling homes during the winter months can sometimes be difficult.  Winter weather has a lot to do with this. Although many sellers may be hesitant to put their home on the market in January and February,  proper staging can ensure a quick sale and a good price.  Although buyers can understand barren trees and snow piles in the yard, accessibility is key to a good showing.

Agents can provide alternate directions or postpone the date of a showing or open house  if heavy snow is forecast. Also,  a safe path should be cleared from the street to the front door and  pathways  cleared to allow buyers to see certain outdoor areas, such as guest houses or storage sheds. Also, use the cold, snowy season to show how cozy the house can be.  Make sure each room is  warm, with windows and holes sealed and furniture moved away from vents to ensure proper air circulation.  If the home has a woodstove or fireplace, a crackling fire can add to the ambience of the home.  This is the best time to show them off.

Fabrics, rugs, curtains, bed linens, and tablecloths can all contribute to  the goal of creating visual warmth. Throws, pillows, and richly textured materials can be used to create a cozy image.  Winter-blooming plants can be placed near the entry, on the dining room table, or side tables around the couch to suggest the warmer months ahead.  Fresh flowers can also add to the hint of spring to come.

Don’t forget the sense of smell.  Mild winter scented candles or simply potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the warm, winter feel and can also mask any unpleasant odors of day to day living.

Decluttering and cleaning up can go a long way toward putting the home in the best light for potential buyers.  Let the perks of the season enhance rather than hinder the sale and this can mean less days on the market.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for a great team of BOLDIES who can help put your home in its best light and get it sold.   We can help with all your home staging needs with our own Laura Severino.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on January 13, 2016.

Merry Christmas from BOLD Moves Real Estate

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BOLD Moves Real Estate would like to wish all our families, friends, and clients a wondrous and joyful Christmas and an inspiring New Year.  At this time of year, our BOLDIES team would like to thank all our clients for the pleasure of working with them during one of the most important times in their lives.  We know buying and selling a home is one of the most important and emotional decisions in anyone’s life.   We know that there are many choices out there and we thank you for choosing to work with BOLD Moves Real Estate.  We genuinely want to help our clients move into the home of their dreams or sell their home and move on.

A new year is a clean slate and the possibilities are endless.  Dream big and make 2017 the best year it can possibly be.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com to meet our team of BOLDIES and see how they can make your 2017 shine.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on December 23, 2016.

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Before you deck the halls, see which holiday decor can help you sell.

Brian Patrick Flynn

By: Kara Wahlgren
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It’s the time of year that calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is that the few brave house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home.
“Holidays can be personal on a lot of levels, but you want to make sure your decor is neutral,” advises Amy Powers, owner of Accent Home Staging & Interiors of Atlanta. “You want to romance your buyer, not invite them to your Christmas party.”
Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:
  • Clean and stage. “Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged,” Powers says. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and tchotchkes, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.
  • Create a cozy vibe. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.
  • Complement your palette. Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white snowflakes or a silver glass-ball wreath. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.
  • Accentuate the positive. Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a bay window; just don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.
  • Go light on lights. Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.
  • Be an equal-opportunity decorator. Leave the life-sized Nativity scene in storage this year, because overtly religious flourishes may be off-putting to some buyers. “You want to keep neutrality throughout, so you can attract any type of buyer,” Powers says. Not sure what qualifies? Powers adds, “No matter what your religion is, you’re not going to feel offended by a nutcracker.”
  • Mind the tree. A tall Christmas tree can help you show off your two-story great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Swap the gaudy heirloom ornaments and trim your tree in a cohesive theme such as icicle lights and silver tinsel, for example, or blue and gold glass balls.
  • Clear the clutter. A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament. “A lot of people, when they decorate, tend to use all the extra space in their house,” Powers says. “You still want each space to look as spacious as possible.” Limit yourself to a few hints of holiday flair, but stash the rest in the basement for now. If you start to miss your Santa figurines, just remember that with a little luck, you’ll be celebrating next year’s holidays in a new home. And you can decorate that place any way you please.
  • Staging is an important part of selling your home.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com  We are able to offer Laura Severino as our premiere stager.  See how staging can change your home’s days on the market!
  • This blog was posted on November 30, 2016 on www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Thanksgiving Blessings

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BOLD Moves Real Estate would like to wish all their family, friends and clients a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

BOLD Moves feels blessed to work with a great team of realtors or BOLDIES who work as a team and support each other in  every transaction and situation.  With Kate Lanagan MacGregor as our leader and Sarah Holick and Denise Higgins Reuter as our managers, we are always just a phone call away from a listening ear and competent advice.

BOLDIES are never alone in our real estate transactions. There is always someone available to bounce ideas and answer any questions.  We want to offer the best possible service to all clients and make sure they can benefit from the expertise of the entire team.

We all live and serve in the communities we work in.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com to meet our team and help you meet your real estate goals.  Enjoy the Holidays!

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 23, 2016.

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