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Selling Your First Home

Selling Your First Home

Before you decide to sell your first home, get the 4-1-1

If you are considering selling your home, it is best to do some serious homework before putting your home on the market. Here’s the 4-1-1 of everything you need to know when you put your home on the market.

First of all, consider the market. Do your homework and see what the homes in your area are selling for and how long they are staying on the market. Consider whether or not you would be making money or potentially losing money with the sale of your home. Look at market predictions for the future; if the inventory of homes is limited and will continue to decrease, the market is taking a downturn which means it can be a good time to sell. It can also indicate that waiting awhile may lead to an even better return on investment.

Find an Agent

Choose an agent that is right for you. This is probably one of the most important aspects of selling your home. Choosing someone who knows your neighborhood and the area, and more importantly, gets to know you and your goals and timelines are essential. Your agent will help you to determine a price that is just right for the market and for you. They will help you to identify what you can do to increase the value quickly, as well as how to entice buyers, and make your home ready to sell. They are instrumental in getting your home listed, and they will be in charge of organizing and advertising your showings. You want an agent who has people to help take great pictures and videos to help market your home. Ask any potential agents how and where they will market your home. And most importantly, your agent needs to be a strong negotiator. Talk to them about their sales and whether they are willing to push hard to get you the things that you need to make selling your home a wise decision.

Prepare Your Home

The next thing you need to do is get your home ready for showings. This can be a daunting task, so be prepared for a bit of a marathon. You have to make your home a space that is warm and inviting, but that is enough of a blank slate that it allows buyers to see themselves and their things in your home. You will have to put a lot of your belongings into storage for the time being. (Box up the extras, the knick-knacks, and the chotzkies).

Get Ready For Offers

Spend some time thinking about what you will and won’t consider. Be ready to compromise and negotiate some things like closing costs. Many buyers ask the seller to pay for closing costs, so think about where you stand on that and what you are willing to negotiate. Then you will negotiate a contract with a serious buyer, and they will put down earnest money to show they are serious about buying your home.

Serious buyers will then likely order a home inspection to make sure the home is sound and doesn’t have any large and costly issues. The buyers may come back with a list of repairs that they want fixed before moving forward. They can also back out of the contract if they feel there are too many problems.

After negotiations and repairs, it’s time to close on the property. This seems to be the longest and hardest part of the process, but before you know it, your first home sale will be in the books and your next adventure can get started.

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Prep Your Home For Sale With These Landscaping Trends

It isn’t quite time for spring fever yet, but it is never too early to be thinking about what you want to do to with your landscaping. Likewise, if you are thinking about selling your home this spring or summer then curb appeal and outdoor spaces are where it is at! This year there are plenty of trends for all aesthetics and sensibilities for your home to give a great first impression to potential home buyers, or who knows, maybe these projects will be just for your enjoyment! According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 2020’s landscaping trends veer on the side of functional, cool, and contemporary.
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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Not enough can be said about finding the right real estate agent, so we’ll help you find the right one!

Selling or buying a home are big deals!  Buying a home is likely to be the most expensive decision you are likely to make, and selling your home is sure to impact your financial not to mention lifestyle future. Because the process of buying or selling is such a big deal, it’s extremely important that the person you entrust to help with these decisions, your real estate agent, is someone who will help you get it right! Here are a few tips to help you decide who is right for you.


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7 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Just bought a home?  Thinking of selling your home this winter?  Either way, winterizing your home is a must!

Winterizing your home is important whether you just moved into your new home or you are looking to sell. Here in Michigan and all over, winter is here to stay. By winterizing your home, you can save yourself lots of cash! Winterizing will lower your heating costs. It will also save you from frozen pipes and plumbers, and therefore, your home won’t be damaged unnecessarily. And, if you do decide to sell, a tight home will be a huge positive for potential buyers.
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It may be cold, but selling your home in the winter is a hot idea!

It’s here, the cold temperatures have rolled in and are likely to stay. The snow is coming down more frequently and turning Michigan into a winter wonderland. These aren’t images that invoke thoughts of house sales and open houses. Most people don’t think to sell their home during the winter unless it is absolutely necessary. But, contrary to what many believe, selling your home in the cold winter months can work in your favor.
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Quick and Easy Tips for Determining Your Home’s Value

Quick and Easy Tips for Determining Your Home’s Value

Of course, if you are thinking of selling your home, one of the first items on your agenda is determining its current value. But knowing the value of your home isn’t just important for the purposes of selling, it can also bring you peace of mind and give you a clearer sense of your financial health. Likewise, it can help you to determine how much you can afford if you are thinking of buying elsewhere, if you need to tap into your home’s equity for emergency funds or an important desire or life event (a wedding perhaps?), or if you’d potentially like to refinance to try and get your interest rate and payments lowered.


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That word recession is being thrown around: what current and potential homeowners need to know

recession and Homebuying

With economists predicting a recession in the first quarter of 2020, you may be wondering what to do, especially if you were planning on selling your home. While economists don’t see real estate being a cause or a major target of the rumored recession, it will be impacted.  According to Investopedia, “weak productivity gains and (mass) retirement” from baby boomers, along with trade policy, stock market upheavals and geopolitical problems according to U.S. News and World Report, will be the leading factors in the downturn. Regardless of the causes, it is important to understand the effects and how a recession could impact the sale of your home.


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Home Resale Hacks

Home Resale Hacks

Simple and inexpensive ways to increase the value and sale price of your home

Reselling your home is a stressful time.  You want to make it attractive to home buyers, but you don’t want to break the bank doing it.  You want your home to appeal to a large amount of people, but you likely don’t have an overabundance of time or energy to make it perfect.  Here are a few DIY hacks that will help you get your home ready to sell, appeal to a larger number of buyers, get a higher rate of return, and get it on the market asap.


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Four Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing to Sell Your Home

Four Mistakes to Avoid When-Preparing to Sell Your Home

It is summertime–time for sailboats, cocktails on the patio, and vacations with the kids. It is also a great time to sell your home! Selling your home is a big deal. Often times, there is a lot of pressure, whether it is time or money, or potentially both, selling your home can be difficult. These four tips will help you to avoid the most common mistakes, and hopefully, instead of being difficult, it will be smooth sailing.
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