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by ADMIN on JUNE 4, 2013 How to Pull A Room’s Look Together Like A Pro When you walk into a model home or a staged home, there is something about the rooms that feel like it is beautiful, inviting, or cozy. The room makes you feel something. But when you walk into your own home, you just feel like it’s scattered or messy. So how do professional designers pull the room’s look together?
Recently I’ve been in the market for something very specific. Nothing glamorous, nothing exciting, no new technology. I’ve been shopping for a vacuum. Boring? Maybe. Utilitarian? Definitely.
Five Items Sellers Should Correct Before Home Inspection Published on March 13, 2013 by Kenny Rogers Every home that goes through a sale will either get a pre-inspection done by the seller or a home inspection by the buyers. There are miscellaneous items that will come up on a home inspection report that varies from home to home.
Published on February 06, 2013 by Kenny Rogers One of the most common questions I get during a listing presentation is what needs to be done to get the home ready. Most sellers understand the importance of getting a home ready for sale and it can be the difference of getting top dollar and a quick sale. Since the economy has been slow for years, some sellers are not in the position to spend thousands of dollars to get their home ready. With a little elbow grease, here are five things under $500 that will help kick start any seller in the right direction.
Published on February 12, 2013 by Pat Maddock How can I get my home sold in any market? To answer that question, let's turn it around. If we know what stops buyers from buying your home, you're most of the way there.
I have walked many homes with buyers and worked with many sellers on getting their place ready. One thing that always gets comments and becomes a talking point is colors. Sellers can achieve the biggest impact for the least cost by painting and adding some color in the home. Doing this adds warmth and creates an emotional connection with buyers if done right. What colors should you avoid?
Forgotten Item That Can Save Home Buyers And Sellers Money Published on January 11, 2013 by Kenny Rogers It amazes me how many times this simple item is forgotten during negotiations of a purchase and sale of a home. Studies have shown this one item may help your home sell faster. It’s a great way to get buyers off the fence and gives your broker one more advantage over other sellers in the area. For home buyers, this one item can save you thousands of dollars after purchasing a home, making it a potentially valuable commodity for both parties. It’s called a home warranty.
Struggling homeowners who are considering a short sale or modification will be eligible for tax relief in 2013. The “fiscal cliff bill” passed by Congress on January 1 included a provision to exclude borrowers from paying taxes on debt forgiven through a short sale, foreclosure, or loan modification. Known as the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007, the act was scheduled to expire December 31, 2012, but received an extension for another year. Industry experts and political leaders from all sides expressed support for the act’s extension. In November, 41 state attorneys general wrote a letter urging U.S. House and Senate leaders to extend the act, arguing the act’s expiration would take away from the effectiveness of the national mortgage servicing settlement. Through the settlement, state and federal officials reached an agreement with five of the largest servicers over “foreclosure abuses.” The settlement requires the servicers to provide $20 billion in consumer relief to struggling homeowners. As of September 30, a report from settlement monitor Joseph Smith found servicers provided 21,833 borrowers with $2.55 billion in relief through first lien principal reduction modifications, which averages to about $116,929 in debt forgiveness for each borrower. If the act did not receive an extension, borrowers who received relief in the form of forgiven debt would be liable to pay taxes on the debt. The Center for Responsible Lending and the Financial Services Roundtable also wrote letters asking Congress to extend the act.
New Washington State Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Published on January 04, 2013 by Michael Ackerman Are you aware of the new Washington State carbon monoxide law that went into effect on July 1st 2012? Every home that is transferred to a new owner through a sale, must be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. The seller is responsible for installing them prior to the closing of the home. They are relatively easy to install. Learn more in the video below.
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