spa bathBuyers today seem to be willing to pay extra for some of their favorite amenities. If you have been thinking of listing your home, here are the top 5 that buyers are looking for, and even willing to give up other draws in order to get!

1. His and Hers closets in the master bedroom (no more arguing over drawer space!).  31% of buyers say this is very important to them.

2. Spa-like master bathroom (take a deep breath and relax…). 23% of buyers listed this as their top feature in a home.

3. Large eat-in kitchen (all the more easier to entertain). Another 23% said this is crucial for them, and especially if there is an island as well.

4. Screened-in porch (for our hot and buggy summer weather!) This is particularly popular here in the South.

5. Having at least one bathtub in the home. A staggering 54% listed this as a priority for them in making a house purchase.

It seems that the trend of home buyers today is looking out for these specific amenities, and they are willing to give up other draws to get them! 35% of those surveyed said they would give up better schools and close proximity to entertainment and shopping in order to get the home of their dreams, and they are willing to pay more for their favorite amenities. If you have been thinking of selling your home, it’s good to keep in mind what the buyers are looking for and willing to go the extra mile for!

Date posted: December 5, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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trickortreatersWhat a beautiful fall it has been so far, and I can’t believe that Halloween is right around the corner!

I love having Trick or Treaters at my door, and seeing all of the fun costumes and excited kids. Did you know that last years most popular Halloween costumes included Batman, the minions from Despicable Me, and characters from the hit TV show Duck Dynasty? I can’t wait to see what is in store for us this year…..

Many of you have children who may be trick or treating this year, so here are a few ideas to keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween.

  • Always accompany young children, and put a name tag on your younger kids costume that includes your phone number, in case you get separated.
  • For older kids going alone, make sure that they carry a cell phone if possible and stay with a group.

Talk to them about never going into strangers homes or cars..

Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries, or for more fun have them wear glow sticks as a necklace or bracelet.

Limit trick or treating to your neighborhood or the homes of people you know.

Make sure that costumes fit well and avoid any oversized shoes or heels to prevent trips and falls.

Check their candy at the end of the night. Throw away anything not in its original wrapper, or looks like it was previously opened.

And most importantly, have fun! I can’t wait to see the little ghosts and goblins at my door!

Date posted: October 22, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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negotiationGone are the days of real estate transactions that naturally tip to the side of the buyer or seller. As a result, the best negotiations are ones that end in a win/win where all parties feel like they received a fair deal. With that in mind, here are 5 strategies for negotiating to “yes”.

1. Begin with a fair asking price and a fair offer. Overreaching on either side simply won’t get the job done. If you overprice you likely won’t receive any offers. If your offer is too low, you risk insulting the seller and stopping negotiations before they even start.

2. Put yourself in the other side’s shoes. Keep in mind that you both have the same goal. The seller wants to sell his house, and the buyer wants to purchase it. Try to determine the priorities for the other side and what will sweeten the deal for them. Do they need to close around a certain date? Does the buyer need help with closing costs? Work towards a deal that makes you both happy. You may have personal contact with your seller or buyer at a later date either during the negotiations or after, so negotiate as if the other side is your friend rather than your foe.

3. Be prepared to give up something you want. Neither party will have it all. What are you willing to let go of? Negotiate with your priorities in mind and don’t sweat giving up the small stuff.

4. Know what and when to negotiate. Price and terms of the contract come first. Negotiating repairs usually comes after all the inspections have been completed. That said, if the buyer knows there’s an issue that must be resolved to purchase the home, write that into the contract. If the seller wants to take something with them, like that heirloom chandelier, specify that in writing as well.

5.  Don’t become emotional in negotiating.  Remember, winner takes all is not the goal.  Nor is accepting a deal that won’t work for you out of fear or the excitement of the moment.  Know your limits and stick to them.  There will be other buyers.  There will be other homes.  As Kenny Rogers sang, “Know when to hold ’em.  Know when to fold ’em.”

Date posted: May 27, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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