When it comes to home renovations, most homeowners think they need to go big by doing things like renovating a bathroom, finishing a basement, or adding new appliances to a kitchen. But if you don’t have a lot of money to invest, the best thing you can do? Paint your door.
According to the 2018 Zillow Paint Color Survey,...
Average Home Seller Profits $61K in 2018—A 12-Year High
The real estate market in 2018 had its ups and downs, but for sellers there were definitely more ups.
According to a recent report from ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers in 2018 saw an average price gain of $61,000, a profit that delivered an average 32.6% return on investment. That’s a significant jump from 2017 when the average price gain was $50,000—and the highest level in 12 years.
If you’ve been thinking about selling,...
4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale
When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure.
But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A huge percentage of your agent’s job takes place behind-the-scenes, and they’re working around the clock to get your house sold — even when you’re not looking.
Here are 4 behind-the-scenes way your real estate agent is working to get your house sold:
1. Performing market research
When it comes to pricing your home, your agent...
10 Home Trends That'll be Hot in 2019
Each fall, decorators begin to share the interior design trends we can expect to see in the new year. Looking ahead to 2019, bold colors, metallics, and statement ceilings take center stage.
If you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not.
1. Wallpaper stages a comeback
Put down that paint brush! If you’re looking to add a splash of color or geometric flair to your rooms, wallpaper is a fashionable alternative that adds instant personality to any area. But if you’re picturing your Great Aunt Polly’s overwhelming floral patterns or you’ve heard horror stories about wallpaper removal, those days are over. ...
11 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster (WITHOUT Dropping the Price)
From leaving the house for showings and open houses to having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to know that you won’t be in this anxiety-filled limbo forever. You want to hand over those keys, collect your check and move on — literally!
So, without lowering your asking price, what can you do to sell your home in a hurry? The following are 11 strategies that will help your property sell quickly without your wallet taking a heavy hit.
Few things detract from the beauty of a home quite like clutter. Though straightening and organizing is rarely the way most homeowners want to spend their days, it...
Why You Should List Your Home this Winter
Spring is traditionally a hot time for the real estate market, however, each Winter I find myself with prospective buyers and great clients who need to list. The traditional home buying and selling seasons have evolved as a result of instant internet access to property listings. There are several advantages to listing in the Winter including stronger marketing, serious buyers, and of course quicker closing dates. Here are the top reasons you should call me to list your home in the Winter instead of waiting to sell.
1. Less Competition and Increased Web Traffic - Typically the Spring and Summer bring a rush of homes to the market, but when you list months prior, your home will stand out. You don't need to worry about a saturated market; your home is visible to buyers. Home searches increase during the winter months...
Tips to Save Money this Winter
Although this winter is expected to be milder, the temperatures are already proving to be chilly. Heating is expensive, and you don’t want to watch your hard earned money literally fly out of the windows and doors. I have a few tricks to help you save money and keep your home cozier this winter.
1. Caulk around your windows to prevent warm air from escaping. Caulk needs to be replaced periodically and you want to check for holes every year.
2. Replace weather striping around doors. A general rule: If you can see light around the edges of the door, you need a new weather strip. These handy strips can save you hundreds of dollars in electrical bills!
3. Close your fireplace. Close the flue when you’re not using your fireplace, or chose glass doors around your fireplace...
Impress Your Guests without Breaking the Bank
Whether you are looking to refresh your home for Spring, or place your home on the market, this list of budget-friendly upgrades will wow your guests.
Start with your Entryway
You can paint the front door, touch up the exterior trim, or update the door hardware to spruce up your porch area. Your Front Porch makes the first impression so even updating seasonal decorations is an inexpensive way to impress your guests.
Focus on Flooring
Worn, dirty carpet can significantly date a home. Check under the carpet for original hardwood floors to refinish. Another option: durable and affordable laminate or engineered hardwood floors to replace high traffic areas. Tile, porcelain, and stone are other affordable materials that pop in Kitchens and Baths.
Add small architectural accents like crown molding, shiplap, or wainscoting. The guest bathroom...
Spring Real Estate Market
The Louisville Real estate market is still strong despite lower inventory than last year. Home values are increasing, sales are growing, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) are decreasing. Buyer demand continues to grow and is forecasted to spike in Spring.
Here are some thoughts and comments from the industry experts:
GLAR President Dave Parks noted that, "The local market is still strong despite the fact that the current inventory of homes for sale is roughly 30% compared to 10 years ago. There is very strong competition for starter and move-up homes, and more normal levels of inventory for higher end homes."
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors® commented that, "strong job growth assures at least three interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve in 2018." He continued by saying that in order for home prices to moderate, more...