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5 Steps to Improving Your Home’s Appraisal Value

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 27, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Whether you’re refinancing or looking for a fair price for your home, you’ll need an appraisal before you take your home to market. An appraisal is primarily based on recent sales prices of comparable properties, but in thriving markets, those sales prices might not be high enough to support the newest deals. (They can even drive down the price of your home!)

Even though the appraisal process is supposed to be objective, there are actually a number ways you can boost your home’s value. Appraisers look at factors like your home’s square footage, features, and condition, and compare them to other comparable homes in your area. While you may not be able to change your property’s size, you can follow these easy adjustments that will improve your home’s appraisal value.

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The True Cost of Moving

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 21, 2018  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

What You Can Really Expect When You Decide to Move Out of a Home

The decision to sell your home is the launch of an exciting ride, but the dollars and cents that go into moving can put a damper on the whole process. The cost of moving can even become an important factor in whether or not you choose to sell your home in the first place.

However, when it comes down to it, the nitty gritty costs that go into moving can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as changes in cost of living, whether or not you’ll be balancing two mortgages during the transition, and the cost of actually getting all your belongings from one point to the next.

To help you get a better idea of what your cost of moving may look like, here is some information about average moving expenses in America, and tips for how you can limit the cost (and stress level) of your move. . .

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Step into the Mindset of a Buyer

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 20, 2018  /  in Blog, House Remodeling, Questions and Answers  /  Comments off

What do Home Buyers Really Want in a House?

Don’t let the “small stuff” sabotage your sale.

As a home seller, you probably hear this advice a lot– and that’s for a good reason. Investing time and money on the turn-offs in your home can alleviate potential buyer hesitations and lead to a quicker, higher priced sale. So what qualifies as the “small stuff?” What details are home buyers really looking for in a house?

When you’re preparing to sell, take a second to step into the mindset of the buyer. They are probably looking for a home that fits their spatial needs, design preferences and ideal budget. Here are some selling points you can highlight in your home to capitalize on a home buyer’s wants and needs.

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4 Features That Will Help You Get a Higher Price On Your House

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 19, 2018  /  in Blog, House Remodeling  /  Comments off

These Features Will Help You Get a Higher Price on Your House

In order to know how much your home is really worth, you have to know what affects its value. The real market value of your home includes more than just your home’s size and amenities; it also includes perks of the location itself. Don’t sell your home short by forgetting to advertise all of its best features.

Can’t find any obvious attention-grabbers in your house? Create them. Here are several renovations and updates you can do in your home to bump its value.

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The Ultimate Home Seller’s Holiday Wish List

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 17, 2018  /  in Uncategorized  /  Comments off

The time to make your Christmas list is finally here. But if you’re selling a home this season, what you really want is something to make your move a little easier. (Not more junk you’ll have to pack and drag to your new home!)

Tell your friends and family to skip the socks and mugs, and let them know that these 7 items are what home sellers really want under their tree this year…

 

Storage Bins

One of the most daunting tasks in the moving process is packing. Not only do you have to find or buy cardboard boxes, but you have to worry about them being sturdy enough, the right size for your items, and able to withstand the wear that comes with moving. Instead, opt for storage bins. This way, items that you don’t need immediately are safely tucked away for future use. Try these clear bins for easy identification, or these sturdy bins for durability.

 

Label Maker

The last thing you want to do once you’ve moved into your new home is to wonder where your favorite item is buried, except maybe to open a box and find that item was shattered during the move. Ensure the safety of fragile items and unpack quickly by labeling all your boxes. Here is an easy label maker available online.

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4 ways to take “close to home” to heart this season.

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 10, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Giving Back Close to Home During the Holidays

In the midst of the season of giving, we often wonder what we have to offer our community and those in need. Most people immediately think of donating money or goods during the holidays or may offer their time at a local organization. But have you considered that your biggest asset– your home — is one of the easiest and best ways to give back? Here are four ways you can take “close to home” to heart this season.

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5 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Big

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on December 06, 2018  /  in Blog, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Your bathroom should be a place of comfort; a haven for relaxing in the tub and an efficient hub for getting ready in the morning. Most bathrooms are cramped, awkwardly designed and difficult to work with, but even the simplest changes can make the tiniest bathroom seem spacious.

While a bathroom might not be the first room a potential buyer asks about, it truly can make or break the sale. To ensure buyers’ interest in your house, follow these seven strategies for updating your bathrooms.

 

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What is the Seller’s Role in the Listing Process?

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on November 23, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

There are many steps in selling your house, and a listing is one of them. In 2017, 89% of sellers used a real estate agent when selling their home, but successfully selling a house requires a partnership between a seller and an agent. Here’s what you can do to fulfill your role in the listing process. . .

When preparing to sell, it’s important to find a listing agent who will put your home on the market and looks after your financial interests. The first step you can take to hasten the listing process is to understand your agent’s policies before entering in the partnership. You’ll want to make sure you know how commission and fees will be paid before signing a contract with an agent, as this will be the monetary motivation for your realtor. Also, before you decide on the commission, be sure your agent can explain the pros and cons of paying a higher commission than competing properties, especially when there are many competing homes.

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Cozy Up Your Home This Fall

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on November 12, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

November is here, and as much as we’d like to ignore it, colder weather is upon us. 

Lucky for you, gray skies don’t have to mean it’s time to retreat into drab hibernation in your home! There are plenty of ways you can spruce up your home in preparation for winter, turning those dark indoor days into cozy, comfortable ones. Follow these simple steps for warming up your living space this season. . .

Let light set the mood

When the nights get darker earlier, it far too tempting to go to bed at 7 p.m. Instead, resist bedtime without harsh overhead lighting, by adjusting table lamps with warm-toned LED lights. The for a cozy glow will keep you calm, yet awake.

Candles are another key ingredient to a comfortable atmosphere. Not only do they add to the soft lighting you’re looking for, but they can also add scent to your space! Opt for seasonal scents to inspire your desired mood, like a coconut/floral summery scent to remind you of the sun, or sugar cookie scent to prepare you for the holidays.

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6 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before They Help You Buy a Home

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on October 23, 2018  /  in Blog  /  Comments off

Did you know that you can wind up paying more for the same property if your agent is inexperienced? With the right realtor by your side, you can find a house quickly and smoothly, but if you hire the wrong broker, the same buying endeavor can become long and cumbersome.

Much of the home-buying process depends on the role of your realtor, so it pays to ask these 8 things when deciding on the right agent for you.

1.) How long you have been working as a realtor?

You want a professional who understands the ins and outs of the business. That level of expertise only comes with experience! Most realtors don’t last more than two years in the business, leaving 20% of agents do 80% of the work. There is no substitute to experience in the world of real estate.

If the realtor you’d like to hire is still a newbie, there’s no need to write them off. Just ask if there will be a team of brokers available for hands-on guidance with the process. Do not hesitate to ask this question before hiring your realtor.

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