Get Your Home Ready for Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl is around the corner and fans are getting ready for friends and family to come over to root for their favorite team. As important as it is to have the right snacks and right television, you need to ensure your home is ready for the big event. Preparing for the Super Bowl doesn’t have to be stressful and in fact, the preparation can be fun for you and your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for all the touchdowns. Provide the Right Refreshments Super Bowl parties have the usual finger foods and drink selection staples so consider whipping up something more than just nachos and wings. Tap into your creativity and make some fun appetizers and snacks for your guests to enjoy. Display the food and drinks on different plates and trays for easy access. Don’t Forget About the Other Rooms Although most of your guests will be comfortably seated in front of the television, there will be guests who prefer to hang out in the kitchen or in other areas of your home. Set up entertaining spaces outside and inside for guests to lounge, or consider supplying music or a separate television and…

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3 Dreamy Bathrooms

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Bathrooms are one of the main necessities in our home. We use it every morning and night before we go to sleep. A comfortable and well-designed bathroom makes each day more enjoyable and prepares us for a new day. The bathroom is never just a bathroom, but a place for relaxation and serenity. We collected a few of our favorite bathrooms from our current listings, bathrooms we would want at home. Because having a bathroom we love can make all the difference. 1. Bright and Minimal Everyone loves a clean bright bathroom. This stylish yet functional bathroom is designed with eye-catching marble and clean lines. This bathroom has an open layout and has plenty of room for storage and counter space. Talk about bathroom goals. 2. Calming and Contemporary This bathroom strives for an ultra-modem space with a focus on relaxation. The natural wood accents to the medium toned walls have an immediate tranquil effect. The simplistic design brings dimension to the space, yet brings in an artistic design to the entire bathroom. 3. Classic and Simplistic Something about this design is refreshing. The refined bathroom brings in a classic bathroom feel with a splash of color. The openness of…

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Why Hiring a Real Estate Professional is a Good Idea

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Selling a home is no easy task. If you’ve ever sold a home, you know it takes dedication and most importantly, money. You may need to freshen and fix up your home to attract buyers. Then you have to consider closing costs and your overall moving expenses. Many sellers decide to sell solo in an effort to save money on real estate agent commission. But is it worth it? Since your home is one of the biggest investments, you want to get the most out of it. Going solo can leave even more money on the table by opting out of a pro. Working with a professional real estate agent is one of the best ways to make the most money in the shortest time when selling your home. Here are some reasons why. 1. Having a Real Estate Professional Can Save You Time: Selling a home takes time. It requires constant upkeep, uploading photos on multiple channels, dealing with prospective buyers, inspectors, appraisers and etc. Next, you would need to screen each buyer to see if they qualify. Real estate agents know who to call and what to look for and can streamline the process more efficiently and effectively….

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8 Storage Spaces You’re Overlooking at Home

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Whether your home is big or small, your home is filled with missed storage opportunities. Feeling more organized and getting rid of clutter around the home will inspire not only a fresh but organized and inspired life in 2017. If your home is spacious and organized, your sanity will be as well. Utilize all the spaces around your home and be refreshed. Discover the 8 prime places you might be overlooking. Some of these might amaze you. 1. The Laundry Room: hang shelves above the washer and dryer to capture missed space. Here you can incorporate baskets with labels or apothecary jars to hold detergent, softener, socks and any other items. Having an organized room will make laundry day that much better. 2. The Kitchen: When storing your bulky pots and pans, organize them in a file (stacked on the side) vs. keeping them faced up. This will help open up space for other utensils and allow you to see everything. If you have an island in your kitchen, you could turn your basic island into storage central. Hang up a peg board on the back side of your island and allow yourself to hang not only pans but key…

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New Home for 2017?

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The new year is a time to achieve goals and plan for the rest of the year. If buying a home is on your mind, then it’s time to start planning appropriately. Buying a home is a big decision and 2017 may just be the year to take the plunge. Buying a home is never an easy task, there are so many factors to consider and tackle. Even if you plan to buy for the summer, it’s always good to start early. January is the perfect time to start the hunt and prepare for the big purchase. Here are some helpful tips to consider: 1. How Much Can You Afford? Before you find a home and find an agent, it’s important to know how much you can afford. Lenders generally recommend that you look for homes that cost no more than three to five times your annual household income if you make a 20% down payment and have a moderate amount of other debt. This will help ensure how much house you can afford 2. Get Prequalifies and Preapproved To get prequalified you just need to provide some financial information to your mortgage bankers such as your income and the…

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What is the Lifetime Value of a Lead – provided by Real Trends.

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Calculate the lifetime value of your client. As a real estate sales professional, you likely get paid by commission. This commission is the culmination of hard work, marketing your services, securing your client, promoting the property and negotiating the sale. So it stands to reason that you would put a value on that client equal to the commission you earned on the transaction, right? Wrong. Your client is worth more to you than that. The value of that client shouldn’t be based on one transaction; it should be based on the relationship you have going forward, over its lifetime. According to the REAL Trends 2016-17 Online Performance Study, the Lifetime Value of a Real Estate Client (LTV) is a real, calculable figure that takes into consideration several factors: Age of client Average years in a home Repeat business Referrals Adwerx built a free calculator to figure this out. Try it: http://www.adwerx.com/ltv_calculator LTV is the total inflow of cash resulting from your relationship with a client over the entirety of that relationship, not just a single transaction. So, the investment you were prepared to make in one client just changed. And here’s the catch: this calculation can make or break your…

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Millennials are Choosing the Suburbs Over the City

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Young home buyers are giving up the city life in favor of quiet neighborhoods, convenience in parking and morning jogs at local parks. In the past, millennials thought of the burbs as cookie-cutter homes and slow day to days. Now, it’s time to erase these stereotypes and see why young buyers are flocking over to buy homes in the suburbs. According to National Association of Realtors®, first-time buyers made up 35% of all home buyers. Millennials are increasingly buying homes in the suburbs. Let’s look at some factors on why millennial homebuyers are leaving the big city and going to a slower and quiet paced neighborhood. Land and Space People who lived in the city before understand that both land and space are limited. Suburbs have a number of parks, hiking grounds and greenery. Backyards are often on homebuyers wish list, the house itself isn’t enough. Young buyers want a yard for their dogs and a space to grow different plants and crops. Convenience While it’s exciting to have a city full of people and access to nightclubs and events, younger buyers are appreciating the convenience of getting around. Convenience driving to the grocery store, convenience making quick errands and…

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Prepare your Home for Holiday Guests with 5 DIY Hacks

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It’s that time of the year, where we have to start prepping our home for dinner parties and guests. Preparing your home for the holidays is actually like prepping your home for sale. Here are some handy tips on some easy effortless ways to get your home ready for this season. We look forward to December as the holiday’s approach. Soon family and friends will be knocking on the front door with wine and happy smiles. As hosts, we want to make our home spotless and welcoming. Decorating the home and tidying up is just some standard ways we prepare our home for guests. Sometimes, we want to consider renovation project to spruce up our home both for guests and add value to our homes. 1. Guest Bathroom Renovation The bathroom is crucial when guests arrive. Since there is usually one designated shared bathroom, this is a great time to consider a bathroom makeover! There is an array of ways to spruce up your bathroom. Start with cleaning out your cabinets and stocking them with fresh towels. Add in holiday scented candles to the counters just to add a fun touch. If you are due for a full renovation, a…

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