With Valentine’s Day fast-approaching, there’s no denying love is in the air. Let’s think for a moment about the persons love who’s always there for you, helping to make your home dreams come true. We’re talking about your real estate agents love.
Just what does it take to make the agent who’s done so much for you swoon? There are plenty of ways to build a harmonious, lasting, and fulfilling relationship that will take you from starter home to happily ever after.
Check out this list of things that’ll make your agent fall head over heels in love with you this Valentines Day.
1. Agents love your friends and family referrals
Talking up your real estate agent to friends and family is the greatest gift you can give. Being a connector is a wonderful way to help your favorite agent build and grow their business. Go ahead, brag about how amazing your agents love is; they’ll adore you for it.
2. Make sure your open house is pet-free
Barking dogs, loose hamsters, and roaming lizards are a huge turn-off to potential homebuyers. Securing your pets or taking them off-premises will mean the world to your agent, who probably has better things to do than herd your cats.
3. Get pre-approved
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage means you’re a serious buyer, and if you find “the one” you’re good to go. Agents don’t have any time to waste. Knowing that you can come up with the funds at the closing is a weight off their minds. (It also means that you’re not just spending weekends looking at homes because you cancelled cable and can’t think of anything else to do.)
4. You’ll show your home at a moment’s notice
Because no one can predict when a buyer might want to see a home, sellers who are open to a last-minute showing make an agent’s job that must easier. Letting interested parties take a tour when it’s convenient for them may just sell your home that much faster, which is a win for everyone.
5. Commit to keeping your home clean
Nothing makes a house shine quite like keeping it clean and uncluttered. Ensuring your place is “show ready”—from the moment it’s first listed until the closing—eliminates any worries your agent may feel as buyer agents and their clients come to view your house… and that peace of mind is priceless.
6. Up your curb appeal
Recognizing that the front of the home is the first thing would-be buyers see, it’s crucial to keep the exterior well-maintained. Sellers who are on top of cutting the grass and raking the leaves make a great first impression—and as they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression of love.
7. Take your agent’s advice
Whether it’s about recommended staging, or an item that needs to be fixed before the home inspection, following the advice of your real estate agent is beneficial for all parties. After all, you’ve hired a pro, so why not heed their wisdom and reap the rewards?
8. Leave a glowing review on social media or offer a testimonial
Again, sharing the love is a big part of helping your agent gain new clients. Offer to write a testimonial for their website, or share your experience on social media and let the world know you’re crazy about him or her.
As the new year is here, plenty of homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces to keep them feeling interesting and updated. If you’re preparing to put a home on the market, keeping up with trends is key because unless your prospective buyers are flippers, stagers, or redecorating fiends, nothing can make would-be buyers turn tail faster than some outdated decor.
Check out these once-popular home decor trends that are being shown the door, and find out what’s replacing them in the months ahead.
1. Rose gold Decor loses its luster
Sorry, rose gold. You were lovely, but it’s over. This mauve metallic is out, and straight-up gold and brushed gold are back.
2. Goodbye, granite counters
Granite had a great run in the 1990s and 2000s, but this kitchen staple is being replaced by quartz, which is considered virtually indestructible. So, go ahead, set those hot plates down and don’t worry about a thing. Since granite is porous, it has the potential to trap bacteria if not cared for correctly. Removing that concern is a welcome relief in arguably the busiest room in the house.
3. Sunsetting nautical motifs
You’d think something as classic as navy and white could never go out of style, but when it comes to nautical-themed decor, that ship is sinking. Fast. Even when designing a beach house, experts are putting those sailboats, shells, and starfish out to sea and letting a mix of bold blues blend for a less-is-more aesthetic.
4. Bye-bye, Edison bulbs
Edison bulbs were a bright light on the decor scene from 2015 on, but their popularity is definitely dimming. Is it any wonder? It’s only so long you can stand to look at an exposed bulb. (Sorry, Edison.) Also, the trend was most often incorporated in industrial motifs, which are also on the way out, by the way.
5. See ya later, statement range hoods
Though some boast beautiful detail, many statement range hoods were swallowing up the room. Skinny hoods are on trend and slimming down the look of stovetops.
6. So long, all-white kitchens
All-white kitchens were all the rage. If there’s a room in the home that should appear as clean as can be, it’s definitely the kitchen. But as people spend more and more time in this space, often dubbed “the heart of the home,” they’re longing for a look that’s warmer and more reflective of their personalities. Prepare to see bright, bold kitchens, complete with colorful appliances, to be in vogue for the next few years.
7. Questioning the wisdom of word art
Designers suggest homeowners look beyond their walls for inspiration and motivation. If you want your walls to make a statement, decorators suggest the use of wallpaper or hand-painted murals.
8. Barn doors, you’re back out in the cold
There’s no debating it, barn doors had a moment. Adding them to bathrooms or closets brought the rustic charm of the country indoors, no matter your locale. But, as farmhouse-chic style wanes, barn doors are being put out to pasture in today’s decor.
9. Chevron prints are no longer on point
Chevron prints were all the rage for a while there, appearing on everything from clothing to wallpaper. But this pattern has been overdone. Replacing it are geometric shapes and tropical prints in decor.
10. Shiplap gets docked
Wood on the walls peaked for a few years. It’s time to pack up that paneling and move on. As farmhouse decor loses its appeal, it’s no surprise this trend is starting to feel outdated.
If you’re hoping to make a home feel as current as possible, considering removing these decor duds and replacing them with on-trend alternatives.
What Does The Fall Time Change Have To Do With Real Estate?
Millions of people adjust the fall time change on their clock now that daylight savings is ending.
But what’s weird is that it’s not done everywhere; also, the actual date of when the fall time change occurs is different in some areas of the world.
It isn’t universal.
Adjusting to the time change is confusing enough for people on a local level. So, forget about trying to make sense of it nationally, or globally.
Why does it exist? Is it still useful? Why doesn’t it get observed everywhere? All questions people may ask, but none of them really matter. It isn’t worth debating…
Because, on a local level, the only thing that matters is that you have to adjust the your clock in order to be in sync with everything and everyone around you.
It’s similar in real estate in Oakland County Michigan…
The overall process of buying or selling a home is pretty similar from one area to another.
But there are regional differences in how the process works, the rules, regulations, and laws. And all of these things change quite often.
This is usually a bigger issue when someone is moving from one area to another. A typical statement real estate agents hear is, “That’s not how it is done where I come from…”
That might be true. And the way it is done in another area may even be better, or make more sense. But it doesn’t matter. Because the only thing that matters is how things are done wherever you happen to be buying or selling.
Which is why hiring a local real estate agent who is on top of the local process, rules, regulations, and laws is so critical.
P.S. Remember to adjust your clocks. It’s “fall back” in the Fall. So we gain an hour of sleep.
But, if you’re thinking of buying or selling, don’t sleep on it! Just give me a ring. I’m on top of all the local processes, rules, regulations, and laws.
When you’re in the business of helping people buy and sell homes — arguably the largest investment of their lives — it goes without saying that there’s a lot at stake. While real estate agents are typically unflappable pros who, in many cases, have experienced just about every scenario you can imagine, there are still some things that strike fear into their hearts.
The Housing Confidence is at an all time high, this is great for home sellers that are looking to sell or downsize or cash in on their equity. With plenty of reasons to buy a home, but one of the main reasons is to build wealth. And if you own a home, chances are good that your wealth has gone up a few notches in the past year.
According to the most recent Home Price Index Report from CoreLogic, home prices nationwide increased by 7% from March 2017 to March 2018. According to an April 2017 article from the National Association of Realtors, the median home price in March 2017 was $236,400. This means the average homeowner has gained nearly $17,000 in wealth from their homes over the past year.
Housing Confidence Cause and Affect
The major increases in home values are due, in large part, to the national inventory shortage which is creating serious competition and driving up home prices. But this seller’s market can’t last forever, and most experts predict the increase in home values will slow in the upcoming year.
Feeling pretty confident in the housing market? You’re not alone.
Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI), which draws from their National Housing Survey data to assign a number to consumer’s home purchase sentiment, rose 3.4 points in April 2018 to 91.7—up 5 points from April 2017 and an all-time high for the survey.
The survey saw five out of six HPSI components rise in April, with an especially strong increase in people reporting that now is a good time to sell (up 6% from March). Other factors that play into consumer confidence in the housing market include the share of Americans who report not being concerned about losing their jobs (76%, an increase of 5% over March) and people reporting a significant higher household income over the previous year (18%, up 1% over March).
You’re not likely to find more confidence in the market then we’re experiencing at this moment in history. So if you’ve been thinking about making a move to buy or sell, now’s the time.