Real Estate Blog - Blog Archive: April, 2015

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April 2015

Found 3 blog entries for April 2015.

Ready to put your house on the market and show off all those updates you did? Thinking that the word "remodeled" sounds better than "updated" when advertising to prospective buyers? Hold on! There are important distinctions between the two terms, which can bring unexpected and unintended consequences if you're not familiar with the differences.

Believe it or not, it's the county tax appraiser who draws the line between a house that's been updated vs. remodeled. An updated home has had only cosmetic changes. Doing things like replacing carpet, switching out hardware and light fixtures, and painting the walls all count as updates. But when you start replacing countertops and cabinets, installing showers and sinks, or doing anything else that

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If you engage us to help sell your home, we usually start by consulting you on how to merchandise the house. We always tell sellers to first address any deferred maintenance. These are those big repairs that you've been putting off for one reason or another--yup, that leaky roof really does need fixing. Any hint of deferred maintenance in your home can easily spook buyers into thinking that house is a "money pit."

Once you address those issues, then we'll advise you to prioritize projects according to how potential buyers will experience the home. Think of walking up to a house for the first time, opening the door, then following a natural flow of being at home. You start with first impressions and try to make those buyers have as positive an

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You’re a turn-key kind of buyer but are frustrated by the lackluster market for move-in ready homes. You’d love to get into something bigger, fresher, or in a better location, but having few options that meet your wish list leave you feeling stuck.

Maybe you have more options than you realize. That is, if you consider a home that requires some remodeling or updating to make it every bit as awesome as you want.

We like to think of these homes as simply needing a bit of personal training. Buff ‘em up so to speak. And just like with getting ourselves off the couch and hitting the gym, the trick is to decide what’s most important to you and target one goal at a time.

Let’s break this down…

Say location is your top priority (it is for most

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