Don’t wait till next Summer to sell

unnamedSummer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you’ve lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that’s far from the truth! Although it’s not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don’t want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That’s a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it. Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers – Let’s be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the “trend” of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition – Selling in the fall isn’t something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That’s why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn’t make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor’s house. It also doesn’t devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.

With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale.

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home – Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don’t feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

5 Smart Homeownership Tips

Turning a key into your lock that no other even landlord has access to, choosing that bright exhilarating color to paint your kitchen or even getting lost in a book in the hammock you fashioned last weekend is fist-time homeowner bliss. Getting swept up in all the excitement is great, but can also distract from responsible home ownership. Following are five tips every savvy homeowner should know.

canstockphoto2312678Address important maintenance items

One of the major expenses new home owners tend to overlook that accompanies home ownership is making repairs. You no longer have a landlord or property manager to call when your roof is leaking or plumbing is backed up. Avoid neglecting any problems that put you in danger or could get worse and costlier over time.

Differentiate between repairs and improvements

Unfortunately, not all home expenses are treated equally when it comes to determining your home’s value. For example, the IRS considers repairs to be a part of home ownership which doesn’t necessarily increase the home’s value like an improvement would. Improvements such as replacing the roof or adding a central air unit increase your home’s value and decrease your future tax bill when you sell said home.

Seek help with your taxes

Even if you’re broke from buying your new home and loathe the idea of spending more money on hiring an accountant when you can normally do your taxes on your own, you won’t regret enlisting a professional that will ensure you’re your return is completed correctly maximizing your refund. Also, getting your axes done for the first year gives you a template to use in future years if you wish to continue finishing your return on your own.

Keep home improvement receipts

In line with distinguishing repairs from improvements and seeking help with your taxes, you should be vigil at racking all costs for your home improvement efforts. You can then use these costs to increase your homes worth which helps you maximize tax-free earnings when selling the home.

Avoid overspending

Whether you are a first-time or seasoned home buyer, money is often tight after you’ve just forked over a portion of your life savings for a down payment, closing costs and moving expenses. Avoid adding to the agony by limiting spending on furniture and remodeling. Both of which can usually wait a bit after initial purchase. Instead of trying to improve and upgrade everything at once, space out your spending and projects to help you stick to an affordable budget.

7 Books to Read This Summer

read-369040_1280Sometimes there is nothing like sitting outside on your patio, an iced drink in front of you, and getting lost in a good book. This year, as you enjoy your flowers and the warm weather, here are a few book recommendations worth looking into:

  • Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Truth or Die by James Patterson
  • Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

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Spice Up Your Home With These 3 Projects

Are you in the mood for some fun DIY projects? Maybe something to do with kids? With the warm weather, 4th of July, and all the family things in between, here are a couple of projects that might interest you:Small flowers

Build your very own terrarium. This is a perfect project for the whole family because you can add your own personal style to your terrarium. Add colorful rocks, seashells, and other trinkets for contrast. The possibilities are endless.

Patriotic candleholders. With the 4th of July right around the corner, these DIY scented candles are a great decor to add to any celebration. With rice, food coloring, and essential oils, these will be a hit at your next gathering.

Self-watering planter. These can make perfect housewarming gifts, wedding gifts, or add some fun decor to your home. Made out of wine bottles (or any glass bottle) these planters can be grown during both the summer and winter seasons.

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