Friday, August 3, 2018 / by Brent Deptuck
If you’ve chosen your listing agent wisely, he or she will determine the most likely buyer for your home and then laser-focus the marketing materials to that pool of buyers.
Various studies of what different types of buyers are seeking in a home help the agent figure out which of your home’s features will attract them.
Now, there’s one more survey to add to the arsenal and it was published at builderonline.com.
Overall, if your home offers better energy efficiency than your competition, expect it to be popular with potential buyers. Other turn ons for buyers include floor plans that can be personalized and a home that is easy to maintain.
All of these features are more in-demand than a home with the latest technology, according to the survey.
Interior features that repel homebuyers
When asked what they dislike most about their current homes, the majority of homebuyers report that the outdated features drive them nuts. In fact, these are the most commo ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 / by Brent Deptuck
Working with first-time buyers and those on tight budgets during last spring’s overheated sellers’ market was heartbreaking. So many offers made and so many passed over for someone else’s.
One of the most frequently-asked questions we received was
“Aside from increasing the amount of money we’re offering, what else can we do to win in a multiple-offer situation?”
As we head into the spring 2018 season, we will no doubt hear this question again, so today we want to share with you some tips that just might win you that home.
Write a personal letter to the seller
Letters to the seller get a bad rap from some in the industry, but we’ve found them to be quite effective.
Ensure that the letter will connect emotionally with the seller. Explain, specifically, why you love the home and how living in it will affect your family.
Personal letters are especially effective when accompanied by a photograph of yourself and, if you have one, your famo ...
Friday, July 27, 2018 / by Brent Deptuck
Did you wonder if grilling season would ever get here? Finally – a chance to get outdoors and polish that pit master image you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.
Even the pros seek out tips and tricks, however, so we’ve brought you some of their most brilliant.
Grill a better burger
Shopping for the right meat is half the battle when grilling burgers. “Ground beef that’s too lean will be tough and dry, so you’ll want to look for meat with a fat content of at 20-30%,” recommends the pros at Miami Beef.
“Hamburger patties about 5 inches across and ½-inch thick maximize surface area (and grill flavor) and ensure that the burgers cook through quickly and evenly,” according to Tony Rosenfeld, b.good burger restaurants co-owner and chef.
Then, before plopping them on the grill, use your thumb to make a slight indentation in the top of each burger. This avoids the “puff-up in the middle as they cook,” suggests Jamie Puo ...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / by Brent Deptuck
If you are a like a majority of the US population, when it comes to buying a home, you are likely going to rely on financing and working with a mortgage lender. Many people tend to feel overwhelmed at the process of choosing a lender, interest rates, and the process of buying a home in general. With the right agent by your side, and with the right information in hand, you shouldn’t be worried about the process. Consider these five factors when purchasing, to ensure you find the lowest rates, and the right lender for your mortgage needs.
1. How much does it cost? – Understanding the true cost of home ownership is the initial phase of purchasing a home. Your ownership costs consist of 4 major categories which are: the principal, interest rates, taxes, and insurance. Your mortgage payment is made up of the principal and interest rates; interest will pay borrower fees while the principal amount pays down the overall balance due on the home. Amortization calculators come in hao ...
Saturday, July 14, 2018 / by Brent Deptuck
Are you considering buying a new home? Maybe you’ve checked out a couple of houses or found a new home you’re already interested in. Don’t rush straight into buying a new home though, as there are a few crucial factors you need to take into consideration before you sign the dotted line and head to your closing. Purchasing a home requires plenty of research – after all this will be where you live for a large part of your life. Before you dive into buying a new home you need to make sure you understand the process exactly. Here’s the three step process that every buyer should follow.
1. Locate and discover The process of buying a house usually will occur organically and more often than not it will begin around a year or more prior to the actual purchase of the home. To start off you will view different home listings on the internet to see which types of homes are available in the different price ranges. Location is certainly something you need too ...