Wednesday, December 5, 2018 / by Francisco Latimer
The most critical things to do to increase your home’s value before putting it on the market.
As a smart seller, you'll want your home in tip-top shape — but you don't want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements. You won't be around to enjoy them anyway. The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar you spend supports a higher asking price.
"Smaller and less expensive updates in combination with good staging will have a great return," says Colorado Springs agent Susanna Haynie. But how do you know what things to do before putting your house on the market? Prioritize these updates — and consider letting the rest go.
#1 The Most Important Repair to Make Before Selling: Fix Damaged Flooring
Scratched-up wood flooring; ratty, outdated carpeting; and tired linoleum make your home feel sad. Buyers might take one step inside and scrat ...
Monday, November 26, 2018 / by Francisco Latimer
Tips for shopping around for a mortgage — even if you think you don’t qualify.
Think you’re not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the financial hurdles are too high? You may be short-changing yourself. Many of the things renters believe about home-buying are myths.
Here’s the real deal.
Myth: I Have to Put Down 20%.
Saving 20% of the price of a home in many places isn’t just a challenge; it’s a roadblock. And it’s not a must-do. Roughly 60% of home buyers put down less than 6%. How can you become part of the less-than-20 club?
FHA Loans: The Federal Housing Association (FHA) is an old friend to first-time buyers and others who are ready to become homeowners with less than a 20% down payment. If you qualify, you may be able to get a loan with as little as 3.5% down.
DownpaymentResource.com and NeighborWorks: Some local and state agencies sponsor down-payment assistance programs that help prospec ...
Friday, November 16, 2018 / by Francisco Latimer
The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. (I DISAGREE!!!) While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. (BINGO!!!) First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.
1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations.
2. Hire ME as your reliable Realtor.That means, I will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas ...