Oct. 18, 2021

2021 Office Awards

Many awards are given each year to Real Estate Agents, from global to local levels. Our office is honored to receive recognition from several well-known agencies. We strive to rise "Above the Crowd" in the technology we use, the agents we have, and the support we give our clients through the final signature. The awards this year are especially humbling as they are based on our performance during the challenging year of 2020-2021. 

Every individual agent and team of agents at RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty earned several awards in 2021 for the work done throughout 2020. The locally-owned office is located across from the courthouse and central to the downtown community. RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty is home to eight experienced real estate agents who serve a wide area including surrounding counties and even up to Lake Erie. Real Estate Agents include Janet Herzog, Mike Homan, Tom Jagucki, Bill Jones, Kelli Jones, Bryan Schube, Tammy Smith, and Kari Steele. The Jones Home Team is made of B. Jones, K. Jones, Schube, and Steele, and The Mike Homan Team includes Homan and Smith. For information about purchasing or selling a property, you can reach an agent at 419-443-7653(SOLD), stopping by 108 S. Washington Street in Tiffin, or visiting their website www.419HomeSearch.com. 

Real Trends "America’s Best Real Estate Professionals" honors America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country. Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States! Recognized on the 2021 "America’s Best" list were Janet Herzog, individually with 51 transaction sides, and the Jones Home Team, with 64 transaction sides.

The Ohio REALTORS “President's Sales Club” awards are presented to the top 10% of agents in the whole State of Ohio. Every agent in the office met this threshold. Both Jones Home Team and The Mike Homan Team earned the President's Sales Club Team Award of Distinction. Individually, Herzog earned the President's Sales Club Award of Distinction and Jagucki earned the President's Sales Club Award of Achievement. 

Since opening in January of 2016, the office has continually been recognized as a Miracle Office. The partnership between RE/MAX and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $170 million since 1992. To date, RE/MAX Unlimited Results has contributed $71,867 to the local CMN hospital in Toledo with the support of their annual Making Miracles Benefit and additional donations from each home sale. The next benefit auction event is set for February 10, 2022. 

      

RE/MAX LLC honors many of their agents for their achievements and again, every agent in the RE/MAX Unlimited Results office is included in one of the award levels. Both The Mike Homan Team and the Jones Home Team earned the Platinum Team Award. Individually, Herzog earned the 100% Club Award and Jagucki earned the Executive Club Award. 

 

Jan. 30, 2021

What's Trending for 2021?

After spending a lot of time at home in the last year, we know exactly what we want, right?
Here's a guide for what's IN and what's OUT for your Home Decor in 2021!

The Classics always have a Place in our Hearts

You can never go wrong with a timeless feel. A classic White Kitchen will always shine and can be personalized to your taste with wall decor, towels, and dishes. Natural walls have started to shift from beige and eggshell to soft grays, but the idea remains- keep the base simple, and personalize the decorations. Another kitchen item that always grabs attention is the granite countertops. 

  

We're Done with these Uncomfortable Trends

Industrial was all the rage for a minute, but we're tired of it! Say goodbye to Edison Bulbs, Exposed Brick, and Visible Pipes. 

  

Uncomfortable angles anywhere are quickly being kicked out of the house. Vessel sinks are gone! Open shelves are over! People are also sick of floral and shabby chic furniture. It may be trendy for a minute, but it's not worth the commitment.

  

What should you be shopping for? Read on!

2021 is looking extra Cozy

The results are in! We have a new list of home expectations after being stuck there for months on end.

The Home Office

  

With more people working from home and more offices moving virtual, a home office is necessary! We need a place to close the door and focus on work because sitting on the couch with a laptop isn't going to cut it anymore.

Define this Space

  

We all love our open concepts, but it started feeling like we were stuck in one room for all of quarantine. We're ready for a little separation, maybe some faux walls or transparent definition. We need clearly defined rooms to better organize our home life.

Step up the Tree House

  

When the playgrounds are off-limits and summer camps are canceled... the energy has to go somewhere. The solution looks like a lot of fun post-set-up. A next-level play area, indoor or outdoor, is a haven for the kids and the parents. 

Give the Bathroom a Brain

  

Heated floors, touchless water features, automatic lighting, welcome to the Jetsons. These upgrades are mostly to prevent high-touch points, but they're also awesome!

Take the Square Footage Outside

  

Don't be limited to indoor space! Add a living room or expand your kitchen outdoors. 

And Bring the Outside In

  

Adding greenery inside will add color, life, and fresh air to your home. If you lack a green thumb, fake plants can still spruce up your space. 

Nostalgia is all the Rage

The 80s, 90s, and Grannies are Back! We're talking about color in the kitchen, retro furniture, artful walls, rattan accents, and the overall comfort of going to Grandma's house. Grandmillenial is the term for this trend of taking inspiration from Granny and adding a modern twist. Instead of avocado green cupboards, picture sage bottom cupboards with white top cupboards. Imagine actually using grandma's chinaware. Think cottage cozy. Check out some picture inspiration!

  

  

  

  

What are your favorites from this list? Let us know in the comments!

Jan. 1, 2021

2020 Housing Market Review

2020 may have been the most unpredictable year in our memory, but what did that mean for the housing market? Bill is here to crunch the numbers! We're going all the back to 2015...

We broke our analysis down into three categories- Volume, Sales Price, and Price per SQFT. While the number of houses sold can tell us where the housing market peaks seasonally, the price sold can show us the best time to get the most for your home, and specifically the price per square foot is more transparent than the overall sale price. Keep in mind, all of these numbers are taken from the Seneca County Auditor's Website, and were filtered to Single-Family Residential Homes with Valid Sales (no inheritance transfers, etc.) Now, let's compare!

Volume Sold quarterly 2015-2020

While the first two quarters of 2020 had volume levels comparable to previous years, the third and fourth quarters both exceeded every previous year. We could speculate that being cooped up inside motivated more people to buy a new home later in the year 2020. There are a few other factors as well. Limited spending opportunities may have encouraged people to save more money that could be used as a down payment for a new home. Midway through the year, the national interest rate on mortgages fell to... zero. With many people suddenly having access to mortgage loans below 3%, many considered refinancing or finding a new home. Whatever the reason, the housing market saw a huge increase even after the school year began, which is usually when the market tapers.

The Average Sale Price quarterly 2015-2020

Sales prices in Seneca County also saw a significant increase in 2020. While steadily increasing in recent years, the larger leap may be attributed to a major seller's market throughout 2020. A seller's market simply means the demand is greater than the supply. In the case of the housing market, there have been far more buyers looking for a home than homes for sale. We saw many homes listed through the office that had 10-20 showings within 24hrs and multiple offers on the table that day or the following day. With buyers losing out on offer after offer, the offers began to exceed the asking prices. Some homes sold for $20k over the listing price! When the demand is high, the sellers benefit. 

The Average Price per SQFT quarterly 2015-2020

Just as the other two categories, the price per square foot also saw a large increase throughout 2020. A home with 2000sqft might have sold for an average of $116,240 in 2015, but in 2020 might have a price tag of $150,346. That increase is great news as more people are selling their homes within 7 years of purchase, opposed to the old standard of 12 years. Our office has seen clients ready to sell after just 2 years of homeownership! The rising home values definitely worked in their favor last year. 

We cannot wait to see what happens in 2021!

Oct. 23, 2020

Why do you Love Tiffin?

We can think of a hundred reasons to love Tiffin, the center of Seneca County, but we'll keep to under 10 minutes!

Does Tiffin have Family Friendly fun options?

Absolutely! Check out some of these awesome places!

Tiffin Community YMCA
Tiffin Drive-In
Cinemark Theater
PreGame Sports
Tiffin Pedal Company
Splash Pad
Tiffin Parks
Bark Park Dog Bark
Rustic Flair & Brush
Tiffin Community Kitchen
Hiking/Biking Trails
Riehm Farms
Ritz Theater
Tiffin-Seneca Library
Franciscan Earth Literacy Center
Seneca County Fair

Where do you find Entertainment?

Everywhere, especially in warmer weather! Be sure to check the Tiffin Calendar for what is going on now!

Where do you like to eat?

There are so many local options from a variety of price ranges! Check out some of these awesome places!

The Empire at 138
Pioneer Mill
TJ Willie's
Kiku Fusion Sushi & Hibachi
Xcaret Mexican
Benchwarmers
MST Pub & Grub
Clover Club
JT's Bagel Bar
The Pink Lady
AJ's Heavenly Pizza
Fort Ball Pizza
Jac & Do's Pizza
Reino's Pizza
GW's Fine Food & Spirits
Jolly's
Shake Shak
Uncle Mike's
Little Hugo's
Big Dipper
Silver Spoon

What’s your go-to lunch spot?

Bryce Riggs prefers to swing by MST Pub & Grub for their awesome chicken chunks, but there are many downtown selections to choose from! And there are a couple of new ones coming around, including Put-N-Pita's gyro food truck, and a new location for JT Bagel! 

Where’s your favorite place to grab a drink?

Now that DORA is in effect, enjoy your favorite drink anywhere in the marked downtown area! Whether you're looking for a local brew or top-shelf cocktail, there are many options in Tiffin! Check out some of these favorites!

The Renaissance of Tiffin
The Laird Arcade Brewery
The Tiffin Brewery
MST Pub & Grub
Clover Club
Bear's Den
The Wall Street Pub & Grille
Viaduct Bar & Grill
McGowan's Tavern
Stiney's Three oak Tavern
Double Barrel Bar & Grill
Katies Bel-Mar Boat Landing aka The Yacht Club

What is coming-up in Tiffin?

For the Holiday Season, many open houses are available around town and the Downtown Chocolate Walk is an annual favorite! No matter what time of year, you can find lots to do on the local calendar!

How do you find out what is going on around town?

Our go-to is this Calendar: www.tiffinohio.org
You can also find Events on Facebook

Shopping Local!
Washington Street Outfitters featuring clothing
Kesler & Co. featuring clothing
Simply Susan's Boutique featuring chocolates, crafts, and clothing
Ralph's Joy of Living featuring wine, appliances, beds, and more!
Level Up Gaming Store 
22 Mrkt featuring vinyl records, comic books, games, and more!
Jeffrey Jewelry featuring rings, watches, charms, clocks, shades, and more!
Farmer's Market 2nd & 4th weekends in Summer on Jefferson St.
Flea Market one weekend a summer/fall month at the Seneca Co Fairgrounds
JAM's Monthly Market 3rd Thursday-Sunday at 147 Madison St.

How is Tiffin different when the college kids are in town?

With two Universities in the city limits, Tiffin is dubbed a College Town. While you might want to avoid the chain retailers on move-in weekend, Tiffin doesn't change much with the college crowd in town. Both Heidelberg and Tiffin University offer plenty of on-campus events to host the student population. 

Why do you love Tiffin?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Oct. 16, 2020

Are you Looking into a Real Estate Career?

Looking to take control of your future? Real Estate is a beautiful choice.

How do real estate agents get paid?

Real Estate is the kind of job where you get out what you put in. Paid in commission, agents aren't don't get a check until their job is done. Showing a house is done in faith that someday a house will be purchased with their help. Usually paid as a percentage, the commission typically comes from the seller and is divided between the listing agent and the selling agent. Working in the business means building relationships and trust with clients to get them to the end goal, whether it's selling their house or buying their dream home.

Are real estate agents open on weekends?

You make your hours, and they will most likely include weekends. Weekends are when most homebuyers are available to check out homes, whether they're looking online or walking through houses. Either way more leads come in for agents on the weekends from those looking online and current clients looking to schedule home tours. It is possible to take days off or work part-time, but you may hurt clients by doing so. 

Are real estate agents self-employed?

Yes. As an agent, you are an independent contractor working for the client. The office or brand is a support system, but not your employer. You are backed by the brand, but you work for yourself and your clients. Each real estate office is unique in how they support you. If you're looking into a career, you may want to shop around and find out what each office offers its agents to make the best decision for your life. 

Do real estate agents make a lot of money?

Of course, with any commission position, there is potential. Because real estate is not a steady income, you really get out what you put into it. If you work to build relationships, market well, and prioritize your client's best interest, you'll likely have a reliable flow of deals closing. How do you make more? Your location (lakeside, rural, urban, etc) impact the sale price as well as the quality of the property. The sale price is directly impacting your income when you work off of percentage. 

Do real estate agents work full-time?

In short, yes. Many agents have another source for regular income and work real estate for larger, but inconsistent, income. The fluctuating housing market means aggressive self-budgeting or alternative income to supplement potential lulls. Each agent may balance their career(s) differently, with some working full time at another job while filling in with real estate and others the opposite. Working in real estate takes dedication, but the effort put in is rewarded. 

Do real estate agents have an education?

Yes. There are required courses before you can even take the test to get your license. Every state may have different educational requirements, but they can typically be finished in a year or less. Most courses can be taken either in person or online. Continued education is also required to keep agents up-to-date on changing laws, requirements, and guidelines. 

What license do real estate agents have?

Each US State has its own real estate license. You can get a license in multiple states, ideal for border areas or frequent traveling agents, but they all have separate tests and potentially different educational requirements. If you're looking to get licensed in Ohio, here is a guide to the process.

How do real estate agents value homes?

Agents use comparison, the current market trend, location, size, and condition to come up with the value of a home. By comparing nearby and similar homes that have recently sold, you can gauge the demand for a home and the typical price per square foot in that area. Doing the research allows you to give the client accurate information and the probability of selling their home for a particular price. 

How long does it take to become a real estate agent?

Depending on your schedule and the time you can commit, you can obtain a real estate license in as little as 2-3 months. More realistically, the process of taking classes, getting sponsored, and taking the test is about 6 months to a year. If you don't have a lot of free time, you do have a ten-year window from start to finish to still qualify to take the license test.

Is it hard to become a real estate agent? 

It's not easy, but very rewarding. You have to put in the effort to get educated, pass the test for your State License, and then put in the work to be an agent. Being a real estate agent can give you opportunities to travel, get into investing, learn additional trades like auctioning, and much more. 

If you're thinking about making real estate your next move, check us out. 

Oct. 8, 2020

Why do House Closings Fall Through?

Unfortunately, contracts can fall apart before the keys are handed over... but why? Let's talk about it.

The Buyer didn’t get Financed?

Unfortunately, it happens. Having a pre-approval is not a guarantee, but it does come with less risk than a buyer without one. A pre-approval can be contingent upon certain qualifications, like property appraisal, 

Home Inspection revealed Issues?

You hope for the best, but inspections can reveal nightmares. A leaking roof, foundation issues are not quick fixes and can dissipate a buyer's contract.

The Appraisal came in Low?

Especially in a sellers' market, homes may be overpriced to play the market. However, an honest appraisal can take the wind from beneath your wings.

The buyer can’t sell their current home?

Many times, a pre-approval is contingent upon the current home being sold. If the buyer's home will not sell, their approval will be denied. 

Property liens or title issues?

Some properties have a shared driveway or a particular title issue that prevents the final steps from coming to fruition. When legality gets involved, unfortunately saving the deal becomes very challenging. 

Never-ending negotiations?

When an appraisal comes back low, there may be an attempt to remedy with further negotiation, such as repaving the driveway, putting up a fence, or including furniture or more appliances than originally agreed on. While the seller doesn't want the deal to fall through, sometimes a buyer will ask for too much. When an agreement can't be made, the deal can't stick together.

Is a For-Sale-By-Owner more likely to fall-through?

There is a higher risk of not making it to the closing with FSBO listings. This is usually due to any of the above situations. Not every contract can be saved, but having professionals involved with experience in navigating these common hurdles does help. 

How can I prevent my closing from falling through(as a buyer/seller)?

As a Buyer: Be sure to get pre-approved. Be honest with your lender. If there are no surprises, you're more likely to secure your funding. Don't pull your credit right before closing! A new credit card, engagement ring, a car, or even furniture may jeopardize your closing. Your Cash Flow-to-Debt ratio is an important number to maintain once pre-approved.

As a Seller: Be open to repair requests. You don't have to do everything, but the more you are willing to do, the more likely your buyer is to stick through until the end.

This house has come back on the market twice after pending, is that a red flag or opportunity?

It can definitely go either way.

A home inspection could be the cause, which is a sign that the seller is not willing to fix an issue or negotiate price despite an obvious issue. 

Funding could also be an issue on the buyer's end. This would be no fault of the home itself necessarily, but if the buyers cannot get the funding, the deal will not make it.

Sept. 18, 2020

The Best way to Find a Home

Are you house shopping and looking for a better way to shop? Bill Jones and Bryan Schube discuss some popular questions that come up when house hunting. 

What is the best way to find a home?

With so many outlets to search through, like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, Craig’s List, Facebook Groups, and more, it can be a real job to find the home you are looking for. A buyer’s agent can do the looking for you, so you can be sure not to miss a thing!

Is there a better/secret way to locate a deal?

No, unfortunately. If there were a special site for good deals, every listing would end up there because every listing believes and wants buyers to believe, that they have a great deal. We recommend not signing up for potential spam and definitely not paying any site for a promise of a secret deal. 

Is a for-sale-by-owner a good deal?

It can be. Usually, a FSBO is trying to cut costs by selling their home on their own. This can mean you find a good deal, but be careful. A FSBO may be asking for too much without knowledge of the market and comparable pricing. An appraisal can save you from paying too much. Having an agent on your side will ensure the written offer is made to protect your best interests.

Can I get a good deal at a real estate auction?

Potentially, but there is risk involved. Many real estate auctions are done online, so not seeing the property in person increases the risk factor.

Do you need an agent to find a good deal?

You can get lucky and find one, but you won’t miss any of the good deals if you have an agent looking on your behalf.

Do you need to check listings every day?

It is recommended to regularly check property listings. If you have an agent watching for you, you can focus more on living your life and not adding another thing onto your plate.

Can I look for houses without feeling spammed?

Yes. Be honest with your agent about your wants and needs so they can narrow the search for you. This will result in fewer messages about properties that won’t interest you.

Can I narrow my search to specific neighborhoods?

Yes! You can limit your search to room count, attached garage, full basements, and even down to a specific street. The narrower your search, the longer it may take to find a home. 

I can’t find any houses I like, are my expectations too high?

Probably. Usually, there is not a perfect home that will check all your boxes and have the price tag you need. We recommend following the idea of the 80-10-10 rule. 80% of the house is what you are looking for, 10% can be changed, and 10% you can live with.  

I love every house, how do I decide which offer to make?

If you need to make a list of pros and cons, then do so! Figure out which home is the best for you. If you put an offer in and find a better home before that offer is accepted, you can pull your offer from the first one. 

 

Sept. 11, 2020

Is Now the Right Time to Sell?

Are you thinking about selling your home? We're here to give you tips on how to know the best time for you to list your home?

When should you sell your home?

When you are ready! This may sound silly, but are you prepared to move? Do you know where you are moving to? Make sure you have everything in order and you are ready to sell your home.

Should I sell my home now?

If you are ready, and satisfied with the current value of your home, yes! You may not get the best price or the fastest sale depending on the market in your area right now, but if that's okay with you, it's time to get started. The sooner your home is listed, the sooner the ball starts rolling.

How much should I ask for my home?

In a seller's market, it can be tempting to ask way above home value, but that's not our typical route. Asking for a higher price may limit the pool looking at your listing, and an appraisal can threaten the closing process. However, asking for the home's value can attract multiple offers, creating a competitive edge. Offers may take off contingencies and add escalation clauses and earnest money. It is usually more in your favor not to inflate your asking price.

You can find out the value of your home by talking to a listing agent. They will compare the location, size, condition, current housing market, and your goals in order to find your ideal listing price. 

How long should I wait to lower the asking price?

You will usually have the most activity on your listing in the first two weeks. You can usually re-evaluate based on feedback from showings and lack of. There isn't a magic timeline, and if you are not in a hurry to sell, you may not need to lower the price for a good amount of time. 

What does a listing agent do for me?

A listing agent does a lot. You can read all about what our listing agents do.

Paperwork can feel overwhelming, and agents are familiar with it. They can explain the legal language, guide you through the process, and most important- they market for you. 

What paperwork needs to be done to sell my home?

Unfortunately, it's not as easy as you'd hope to sell your home. There is a lot of paperwork and legality to cover between agreeing, signing, and handing over the keys. It makes a difference to have an agent on your side to navigate the legal, the negotiations, and the stress for you.

What marketing is involved to sell my home?

More than you would think! Not only are agents taking photos and writing a short description, but they also have a goal to make a buyer fall in love with your home. Getting the MLS listing allows the listed property to show up across the internet in many channels where agents and buyers alike are looking. In many cases, especially with health precautions, a video tour will highlight your property and allows potential buyers to feel the true layout of the home. Open houses haven't gone away! It can be limited to buyers and agents, but you can attract more walkthroughs by designating a time for a showing. Advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and other social channels will get in front of more people as well.

What time of year do people sell houses?

Traditionally, late spring/early summer but with the digital age, homes can sell anytime. The traditional time was created by the school year, ideal weather for traveling, and selling when people are looking. Now, buyers are much more flexible and the best time to sell is more about you and knowing if you're ready to sell.

When are people buying homes?

In today's world, all the time! The ability to locate, view, and even tour homes from your own living room has eliminated the Spring panic to attend open houses every weekend. The time of year is simply not a major factor. Keep in mind, most people are ready to move around the major holiday season, but for the right home, they can't turn it down.

What condition should my home be in to sell?

You want to make sure your home is clean. Fixing the little nicks goes a long way. Clean your windows to let in the natural light, and depersonalize your decor to allow buyers to visualize themselves living in your home.

When shouldn't I sell my house?

If you're not really ready to move, then you should rethink listing your house. Make sure your life is in a position to find and buy (and pack and move). Listing your home isn't something to do "for fun" or to "test the waters," so make sure the time is right for you.

How long are people staying in their homes?

There more people moving more frequently, so the average stay in a home is dropping. Some people stay in their homes for 30 years, while others start packing up after 2 years. Many factors come into play, but the average has shifted from over ten years to potentially less than five. 

Sept. 1, 2020

How do I Win multiple House Offers?

In a seller's market, you are not the only one eyeing that perfect home. We'll give you the insight into landing your dream house against multiple other offers.

Are you prepared to Win the Offer?

Are you able to have your funds in order, whether you are a cash buyer or relying on a lender? No matter what the situation, a big part of winning the offer is being ready financially.

Have you walked through the home? Not everything on paper lives up to the hype, so make sure you know what you are getting into.

Do you need an Escalation Clause?

An escalation clause states that you are offering X dollars, but if necessary, willing to go to X dollars. 
This clause is most valuable in a hot seller's market. When there are more buyers looking than homes listed, competition can be fierce. You may be dealing with offers over the asking price. An escalation clause gets the buyer's attention because it is clear you are seriously interested in the property.

While not always necessary, depending on the market, it may be the cherry-on-top of your offer.

Do you need to get Personal with an Offer?

Not as common as it once was, a letter to the seller can be the golden ticket. A letter usually includes a little bit about yourself and your tentative plans in the home. If you have kids, pets, a spouse, etc. Include whatever personal information you are comfortable with, but consider a brief bio and if you're starting a family, a home business, or enjoying retirement, etc.

What do you need to Win multiple Offers?

You may need a few, all, or none of these recommendations to win your offer. The housing market is variable, but each of these tactics has proven valuable in our experience.

Pre-Approval: Know your budget & be able to prove it.

Money Talks: Don't offer less than asking price. If you don't think it's worth it, rely on the appraisal.

Waive Contingencies: Carefully decide what you can do without.

Get Personal: Write a letter to the owner about why you want this home.

Cash is Great: If you are buying with cash, you're already ahead.

Escalation Clause: This states that if your offer is not good enough, you are willing to increase the price X dollars.

Earnest Money: If you have the ability, include an amount you're willing to give up-front when the contract is signed.

Can you Withdraw an offer?

Yes. While an offer is a legal document, the offer may be rescinded prior to acceptance. This may happen in the event that you put an offer in on a house you like, and then your dream home comes on the market. You may have been serious about the first offer, but now you want to put all you've got into your dream home. 

It is important to note that te offer must be rescinded before signing contracts. 

What does an offer Look like?

An offer is much more than just a dollar amount. There are a lot of details to hash out, such as inspections, earnest money, closing timeline, and more. The standard form used by the RE/MAX Unlimited Results team in Tiffin, OH is six pages of legalese and filling in. While varying state to state and even among regions, there is a lot included when making an offer. 

Is a house offer Legally binding?

While an offer has legal language, it is not legally binding unless contracts have been signed. Once your offer is accepted, both parties will sign a contract, making the offer a legal agreement. 

How long does it take for the offer to be Accepted?

Every transaction is unique, however, the range is typically a few hours to a few days. The timing usually depends on the amount of activity on a listing, whether there are negotiations back and forth, and the seller's schedule. 

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Aug. 21, 2020

How do I Increase my Home Value?

Watch Bill Jones interview our friend Jennifer Burns from Rustic Flair & Brush about making your home look it's best to increase its value. 

Should I worry about Staging and Decorating my House?

If you want the most buyers to see the most potential in your home, yes.

Having an outside perspective helps with making your home the most inviting. 

Remove the front door clutter. We're talking coats, shoes, umbrellas, hats, excessive keys, mail, whatever ends up in your entrance. If the first thing someone sees upon entering your home is clutter, they will want to walk right back out. 

Do I need more Space? How do I make my Rooms Look Bigger?

Whether you're working with smaller square footage or smaller size rooms, you don't need a total renovation or new addition. Some tips for making what you have feel bigger are:

Use natural light

Use light paint colors

Use Mirrors

Declutter! Everything has a purpose

Are Kitchens a Big Deal?

ABSOLUTELY. Kitchens are one of the top-selling features in a home. For several reasons, a great kitchen can make all the difference. 

A coat of paint helps, but it will not change your kitchen. 

If you have hosted holiday meals, you know that square-footage, counter space, and layout are all important. 

While included appliances make a statement, newer and matching appliances say more. 

A fresh backsplash and updated faucet can pop a modern look into your kitchen without spending a lot.

For a higher price tag, countertops, cabinets, and floor are highlighted features that buyers look for. Realistically, you may not want to invest in all that to sell, as it would be challenging to make back that whole investment. Some alternatives might be painting the kitchen cabinets, or getting an epoxy coating on the countertops.

Does Curb Appeal Matter?

Curb appeal may not have the same definition it used to, but it still matters! 

Curb appeal is the first thing a potential buyer sees. That was typically your front yard/porch. Now, with most buyers online, the first thing they see will be the photos. Within the first 5 photos, a buyer can decide whether or not that want to tour your home. It is so important for every photo to be taken with care and awareness of the space. Angle, lighting, and cleanliness go a long way. 

You do not need to renovate your whole yard, but weeding and trimming bushes will go a long way. We would also recommend adding mulch or stone to flower beds, and cleaning up any toys, bikes, etc. 

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