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Budget Friendly DIY Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal
By Peta-Gay
August 9, 2017

We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but there's no such rule in the housing market. Curb appeal is the external attractiveness of a home, and if you're in the market for a house that first impression has a lot to do with your final decision. Alternatively, if you're looking to sell, it's an easy area to boost the attractiveness of your home.

Essentially, ensure your home is accessible and inviting to make it appeal to potential buyers. It's like making new friends, and how you're much more likely to approach someone who is smiling. Help your home smile by spending a little time and money on outdoor seating, open spaces and color. Note that homes that have personality make stronger first impressions, so also try to put some of yourself into the exterior of your home.

A Place To Sit

Outdoor seating inspires relaxation, providing a great first impression. Potential buyers can pause and get a sense of the community without feeling rushed. They'll take in the external features of your home in comfort, and will be primed to imagine themselves sitting out there as new homeowners, sunning or sipping tea.

An Open Entrance

Open your home up – literally. Creating an uncluttered space in front of your home will help direct and draw buyers. Use pathways and lighting (lamps, candles) to clearly guide the way into your home. A well-lit pathway is not only visually appealing, but safer – and a confusing entrance could deter buyers before they even reach your house.

A Dash Of Color

Color draws the eye. Add flowers to the front of your house, or paint the shutters brightly to attract attention from the street. This will also help your home look tidy and put-together.

A Strong Front Door

The front door is the focal point of anyone walking up to your house. Why not paint it your favorite color, or decorate it with something that gives an idea of the interior, like a funky door-knocker or a wreath? Make sure the door is clean and everything works (knob, bell, hinges) to complete the look.

A Personalized Mailbox

If you have a mailbox out front, you can give it the same personalizing treatment. Paint it, or plant it in a flowerbed. Keep it clean, functional and inviting, and it'll add to the overall impression of your house.

Choose one or all of these easy, inexpensive projects to increase your home's curb appeal. For more ideas or to get an expert opinion, contact a trusted real estate agent  who will know what works best in your neighborhood.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8096 Edwin Raynor Blvd Suite C Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent
By Peta-Gay
August 9, 2017

Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points.

It's A Lot Of Legwork

It might seem simple if you've found a house and you like it, but a lot more goes into investing in a home than just finding a place that seems amenable. While you can do research on your own end, an experienced real estate agent will have knowledge of the market and the neighborhoods you're searching in and will be able to give you the lowdown. As a result, they may be more successful at providing you with insights about the local community and the price you should be paying that would be hard to determine on your own.

Navigating The Process

Home ownership can be considered as easy as signing on the dotted line, but there are so many steps that go into making the final purchase that having someone along to assist can be very beneficial. In addition to requiring paystubs, tax returns, employment records and bank statements, you'll need to compile the information on your own and make sure you've gotten the information home sellers will need. Fortunately, an agent will be familiar with what's needed and will be able to simplify the process wherever possible.

The Right Home Takes Time

The right agent may make finding a home look easy, but it takes a lot of knowledge and experience to be able to find what works for you. As a result, it's very easy and common to underestimate the amount of time you'll need to invest in research and open houses and even negotiating to find your next home. If you don't have the time to do what's needed to find the right place for you, it may be worth enlisting the services of a professional.

It can be tempting to forego the costs of an agent when it comes to buying a home, but the right agent can save you time and help you find the right place at the right price. If you're currently preparing to invest in a home, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, CMR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8585 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent
By Peta-Gay
August 9, 2017

Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points.

It's A Lot Of Legwork

It might seem simple if you've found a house and you like it, but a lot more goes into investing in a home than just finding a place that seems amenable. While you can do research on your own end, an experienced real estate agent will have knowledge of the market and the neighborhoods you're searching in and will be able to give you the lowdown. As a result, they may be more successful at providing you with insights about the local community and the price you should be paying that would be hard to determine on your own.

Navigating The Process

Home ownership can be considered as easy as signing on the dotted line, but there are so many steps that go into making the final purchase that having someone along to assist can be very beneficial. In addition to requiring paystubs, tax returns, employment records and bank statements, you'll need to compile the information on your own and make sure you've gotten the information home sellers will need. Fortunately, an agent will be familiar with what's needed and will be able to simplify the process wherever possible.

The Right Home Takes Time

The right agent may make finding a home look easy, but it takes a lot of knowledge and experience to be able to find what works for you. As a result, it's very easy and common to underestimate the amount of time you'll need to invest in research and open houses and even negotiating to find your next home. If you don't have the time to do what's needed to find the right place for you, it may be worth enlisting the services of a professional.

It can be tempting to forego the costs of an agent when it comes to buying a home, but the right agent can save you time and help you find the right place at the right price. If you're currently preparing to invest in a home, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, CMR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8585 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

3 Ugly Truths You Will Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent
By Peta-Gay
August 9, 2017

Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points.

It's A Lot Of Legwork

It might seem simple if you've found a house and you like it, but a lot more goes into investing in a home than just finding a place that seems amenable. While you can do research on your own end, an experienced real estate agent will have knowledge of the market and the neighborhoods you're searching in and will be able to give you the lowdown. As a result, they may be more successful at providing you with insights about the local community and the price you should be paying that would be hard to determine on your own.

Navigating The Process

Home ownership can be considered as easy as signing on the dotted line, but there are so many steps that go into making the final purchase that having someone along to assist can be very beneficial. In addition to requiring paystubs, tax returns, employment records and bank statements, you'll need to compile the information on your own and make sure you've gotten the information home sellers will need. Fortunately, an agent will be familiar with what's needed and will be able to simplify the process wherever possible.

The Right Home Takes Time

The right agent may make finding a home look easy, but it takes a lot of knowledge and experience to be able to find what works for you. As a result, it's very easy and common to underestimate the amount of time you'll need to invest in research and open houses and even negotiating to find your next home. If you don't have the time to do what's needed to find the right place for you, it may be worth enlisting the services of a professional.

It can be tempting to forego the costs of an agent when it comes to buying a home, but the right agent can save you time and help you find the right place at the right price. If you're currently preparing to invest in a home, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, CMR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8585 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

Cashing Out: How to Ensure You Sell Your Home for More Than It Is Worth
By Peta-Gay
August 10, 2017

Whether you're enlisting the help of a real estate agent or not, getting the ideal price for your home can seem like a dream come true. But, have you ever thought about getting even more than you're expecting for your home? If you're getting prepared to sell your home and are looking for ways to get a better offer than your ideal price, here are some ways that may help you sell your home above its appraisal price.

Do The Small Stuff

They may seem minor to you, but a keen buyer is going to notice any small issues with your home and they can end up costing you big in the end. While a jamming door or a draft coming through the windows may not seem like much, it's worth setting aside time to do any minor repairs before the Open House. If you're looking to snag more for your home, there will be no room for error when it comes to the home inspection.

Focus On What's Unique

Many home sellers shy away from what makes their home unique because it may not attract their ideal buyer; however, the right kind of unique feature can be an instant draw for some interested buyers. Whether you have a beautiful claw-footed tub or an interesting tile design, make sure to play up these features and use them to your advantage. While it's best to upgrade any outdated home features, if something's truly unique it may be worth keeping.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

It may seem like the deal is almost done when you receive an offer on your home, but in truth, the negotiating has just begun and it's important to be ready. While you'll want to make sure you keep potential buyers in the loop, it's important not to give any interested parties the idea that you're in a rush to sell your home. By standing by your price and believing in your home's value, you're more likely to get the enviable offer you're looking for. 

The ideal offer for your home can be a cause for excitement, but you may be able to get more than you planned on by handling the negotiate successfully and making sure you've done the minor repairs. If you're planning to buy soon and are getting ready to put your home on the market, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, CMR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8585 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com