What is a Home Appraisal?

A home appraisal is a full evaluation and subsequent written report regarding the value of a home. Many lenders may require such an appraisal before approving buyers for a mortgage. Regardless of whether or not you have been approved for a mortgage of a certain amount, the lender will want to ensure the home is actually worth the price agreed upon … [Read more...]

What is a Pocket Listing?

A pocket listing is one that does not appear officially on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). These listings, sometimes known as "quiet listings," are not public and are usually only discovered by word of mouth, private open house events, or other non-traditional marketing techniques. Occasionally, sellers will sign an exclusive contract with an … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: The Dining Room

Not all homes have a formal dining room, and some families do not use their space for sit down dinners on a regular basis. However, if you have a formal dining room, it is important to stage it as such, even if you use it as a home office or play room in your daily life. Buyers love the added entertainment potential of a formal dining room and it … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bedrooms

While compared to other rooms in a home, bedrooms may seem less important when trying to sell a home, but it's still essential to create a warm and inviting space for potential buyers. And, yes, it can be tempting to leave these rooms set up for your regular day-to-day lifestyle, but some thought should be put into staging, beyond just making sure … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bathrooms

While you may think bathrooms are all about the fixtures, it's still important to keep staging in mind when your house is on the market. Potential buyers do pay attention to these details, whether consciously or subconsciously. And since it's often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, it's important to put your best foot forward. After … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: The Kitchen

  Even if you’ve poured your money into custom cabinetry or granite countertops, making a strong impression on buyers goes beyond just the upgrades. Properly staging your home, room by room, will help buyers see the unique features of your home and the full potential of each space, without being distracted by clutter or your personal … [Read more...]

What is Market Value?

Market value is a term you have probably heard tossed around a lot if you have already started your home-buying research. But what exactly does it mean? Market value is the price point that appeals to many buyers, triggering a sale within a reasonable time frame. This time frame is estimated by looking to the average number of days comparable … [Read more...]

Getting Pre-Qualified for a Loan

Buying a home is the greatest investment most people will make in their lives. With that being said, it's important to go into the process with a thorough understanding of your financing options and what you can really afford. Most realtors will recommend you do your research on which lenders and mortgage programs are best for you before you even … [Read more...]

The Most Valuable Remodel Projects

Remodeling your home can be a daunting idea. If you know you eventually want to sell, projects that improve the size, quality, and personality of your home are almost always a good investment. But cost for a big renovation can climb through the roof very quickly, and it's hard to say how much of that money you'll get back at closing. And even with … [Read more...]

Home-made Air Fresheners

Making your home smell cozy and inviting for a showing or open house is one of the best tricks in the business. There are so many ways to create authentic, amazing scents that draw in buyers more than the uwrap-and-plug-in smells. I've collected the best scents I could find to use when showing a house, having guests, cleaning, or simply enjoying … [Read more...]