Home Update April 2018

Fast Fixes That Sell Homes

If you’re planning to put your home up for sale this spring (one of the best times of the year), you probably already know that any deferred maintenance issues need to be addressed beforehand, clutter needs to be swept away, and the property needs to look its best inside and out.  Here are nine industry secrets that will help you shape up your home faster than you ever thought possible:

Focus on the Entry – Your front door, and everything surrounding it, make a big first impression on potential buyers.  Ideas for improvement include: repaint the steps and porch; buy a new door mat; update the address numbers; put out potted flowers; replace the mail box and/or porch light; or replace your whole front door with something more modern, attractive and/or secure.

Say Hello To The Sun – Buyer’s especially young buyers, want to see interior spaces filled with natural light.  Trim any trees or shrubs that may be blocking windows.  Wash the windows inside and out.  Replace the window coverings, if necessary.

Consider A Hanging Fixture – Changing a plain, ceiling-mounted light fixture for a hanging model with character can transform a blah room in no time.  Before making the switch, ensure that the ceiling wiring is designed to support the weight of a hanging fixture.

Remove Scuffs And Coffee Rings – The “magic cleaning sponges” that are made by several manufacturers let you wipe away stubborn marks from hard surfaces like countertops, floors, walls, grout, appliances and more, all without harsh chemicals.  They are abrasive though, so avoid using them on fine furniture or surfaces where the lighting spotlights your scrub marks.

Install New Hardware – To update the look of built-in cabinets without repainting, install new hinges, handles and pulls.

Keep Insects At Bay – If ants and other insects typically get active around your home once the warm spring weather arrives, be proactive by hiring a professional pest control contractor now.

Restore Old Hardware – To remove layers of old paint from door hinges and other metal hardware, uninstall it, place it in a crock pot (one no longer used for food) with a teaspoon of dish soap, and set it on low heat overnight.  The next morning, you’ll be able to easily scrape off all the old paint.

Swap Something Old For Something New – Installing a modern, digital  thermostat is an easy way to give your old heating system a new-and-improved look.  Swapping an old toilet seat for one that’s shiny and new can make the whole bathroom look better.

Learn Even More Industry Secrets – These are just a sampling of the ideas that can quickly make a home more desirable and sellable.  Contact me, and I’ll be happy to share more.


Source: Windermere Real Estate Home Update

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 9:45 am
Melissa Tetz | Posted in Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,

Why Invest in Real Estate?

Recently a pre-school child showed me her collection of savings—pennies, nickels, and the odd quarter stashed away in an old Mason fruit jar. It didn’t add up to  much, considering how little a dollar can buy you these days. But she was so excited, because she was going to buy herself a Strawberry Shortcake doll when she had enough money saved.

How basic. And what a great lesson for the rest of us.

Basic is how I see real estate investment. You buy a home or investment property and consistently make payments on it. Then one day you realize the benefits of investment—monthly payments that don’t inflate with demand, building equity or  increased cash flow.

Many people I talk to are disappointed that a home they paid $250,000 for in 2006 is now worth $200,000. Most of those people only put between $20,000 and $50,000 down, and have no plans to move anytime soon. They haven’t lost $50,000—they are just in a down part of the market. And in Walla Walla, all indications point to a recovery to those 2006 prices in the next three to five years.

So why invest in real estate now? Because housing affordability has not been this good since 1971 (HUD). Because 50-year low interest rates will not last forever. Because from January 2000 to March 2012 the DOW Jones return on investment was 18.4 while real estate was 36.7 (MSNMoney.com, Case Shiller). Because lending programs are available that make it possible for you to benefit.

So, here’s your action plan. Call a Realtor, talk to a lender, learn about your market and carefully evaluate whether home ownership or investment real estate can benefit you. Every week I meet people who are finding their opportunities in this market and experiencing all the benefits—and that’s just icing on the strawberry shortcake. free slots no registration no download

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Melissa Tetz | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged , ,