Finding a Home to Love

how to get real estate leads 150x150 Finding a Home to LoveDuring the house hunting process there can be a level of excitement in finding a home to love. This could keep one from focusing on basic home functions and features. This rush of exhilaration can be likened to an increase in endorphins. Keeping focused as well as embracing the positive feelings can lead to long term satisfaction making you happy to come home! Let’s look at some of the things to consider when finding a home to love.

  • Affordability vs. Debt: While you may have a desire to own a larger home, or one in a better community, consider current and future bills and the ability to take on unexpected financial expenditures.   It is easy to overspend when imagining yourself in a desired residence.
  • Personality vs. Square Footage: A certain square footage may be a must-have feature but if the home does not mesh with your personality how long will you be happy with that extra room? Know your real estate personality, for instance are you colonial, traditional, modern, ranch, etc.? Knowing what sparks your interest is important.
  • Perfectionism vs. Reality: Don’t walk into a home with set expectations. Not all homes are new and not all homes have been maintained. Look past the staging, fresh paint, or even clutter, to view the residence as a whole. The flow, functionality, storage, room locations, and even the laundry and garage accessibility can make a difference.
  • Long term needs vs. Today: Do you plan to expand your family or have a need for frequent guest accommodations? Do you enjoy entertaining or is your home a place of solitude? Try to envision you and your home five and ten years down the road and look accordingly.
  • Neighborhood vs. Curb Appeal: Driving up to that perfect home on the block can fill you with pride. However, consider the resources of the neighborhood. Are your areas of interest nearby, what is the crime rate, school ratings, ease of commute and how close are police, fire, and medical locations? Have an idea of close are far you desire these key areas to be.
  • Bones vs. Attire: While a home may have been dressed with popular paint colors, fixtures, flooring, and appliances the ‘pretty’ will get old if the structure of the home is lacking in meeting your family needs. Perhaps finding a home that has the perfect bones but needs a little attention and new attire is worth considering.

Gut Feel vs. Status: Walking into a home should automatically provide a reaction, a gut feeling, a communication with the home as though it is speaking to you. Just because it is in the desired location, if it does not make you feel all the right things know that there is nothing wrong with walking away.

All in all, in finding a home to love, if you have done your due diligence chances are you will be happy for a long time to come!

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Place the Winning Bid

20150210.bigstock Portrait Of Happy Young Couple 68746120 300x199 Place the Winning BidYou have found the perfect home and now you want to place the winning bid.  Ensure your strategy for submitting an offer is one that will position you in the best light as a contender.  Most buyers are aware before they start house hunting that they should be prequalified and have their finances lined up in advance as well as take advantage of utilizing the talents of a trusted real estate agent.  The following focus points take into account that you have already done both.

  • Listen and be available: When you have decided to make an offer, have honest discussions and listen to the advice of your agent.  Ensure you are both on the same page when going into the bidding process.  Your agent can be your biggest weapon during this process.  Avoid delays and frustrations by making yourself available and responsive to your agent for a smooth process.
  • Be competitive: While areas across the U.S. differ, most reviving areas are experiencing bidding wars and properties are not on the market for long.  Know the neighborhood and know your financial limit.  Make your first offer a serious offer and not one that insults the seller, be prepared to negotiate and leave some room if needed.
  • Consider Contingencies: The least amount of applied contingencies to a closing, the better.  For instance some offers include a contingency on the sale of the buyer’s current home, financial approval, or home inspection.  Only include what you feel is essential.  Going without a home inspection is not recommended.  There is a growing trend to have this done before submitting a bid thus making it a non-contingent offer.
  • Be Flexible: While the excitement to move-in as quickly as possible is normal, allow for a seller convenient closing date statement.  Arrange your schedule so that you can be at the ready for document signing and required legal reviews.  In the end, you are accommodating the seller in an effort to put your best foot forward.
  • Consider a Clause: An escalation clause is something to consider.  This would allow your agent to raise your offer by a set amount in an effort to win.  Set a limit on how high they are allowed to go.
  • Know When to Fold: For every offer made be aware that there will always be a time when it will not be a good fit for you or a good outcome for what you are willing to do.  Yes, you can walk away before you commit.

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Preparing For Your At-Home Big Game Party

20150130.bigstock Closeup of a man s hand holdin 51377647 300x300 Preparing For Your At Home Big Game PartyPreparing for your at-home Big Game party takes time and is part of the process in hosting the loud cheering, food eating company that will be invited to share the day with you!  Conversely the NFL prepares the stadium, books the halftime entertainment, plans for security and ensures game balls are properly inflated.  Leaving nothing to chance it makes sense to prepare and plan for your own event.

This is a let it all out, enjoy friends and family, and eat what you can type of party!  So yes, you should plan but do so with the spirit of fun and relaxation in mind.

  • Remember the focus IS the game – tune all available TVs to the game so guests don’t miss a down or more importantly, a commercial. Rearrange furniture for optimal TV viewing.  Designate at least one area of your home as a “game free zone” for party goers who need to chat or take a phone call.
  • Keep guests around with the food – create a main buffet with finger foods like sliders, potato skins, pizza, dips, poppers, etc. Distribute snacks like nuts and pretzels throughout the main gathering area.  Keep it simple, have a variety, and offer a healthy option too.
  • Wetting the whistle – know your guests and serve what they like to drink. As alcohol is the main choice on this day, set out bottle openers and can/bottle cozies.  Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available – a “survival station” of sorts.  Offer free rides home or a phone call to the local taxi service. You might also allocate extra space for overnight guests.
  • Set the stage – Dress in a team jersey or team colors. Decorate where you can and save on football related items by using what you have or making them yourself.  Themed paper products are a must to cut down on clean up and provide for a festive atmosphere.  Supply non-game entertainment items, such as board games, for attending guests not interested in the game.

Hopefully this will be a great game Sunday and an even better memory of the hosting job you did.  Never be shy to ask for help in planning or preparing, for guests to bring items, and to laugh out loud! Enjoy the game!  BIG GAME 2015

Did you know: 1) Both teams this year are 14-4 this year!  2) The heads / tails coin toss is 24 & 24 for the opening flip, this year will be a tie breaker!  Is it possible to have a friendly wager game at your event?

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Civil Rights and Fair Housing

Civil rights paved the way for many and sparked rapid change that among other legislative events led to the Fair Housing Act.  Enacted in 1968, as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act provided Americans with constitutional rights and continues to guide housing practices today.

In summary, the Fair Housing Act meant that you were no longer allowed to discriminate against or refuse to sell, rent or finance a residential dwelling to persons because of their race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin. In addition you were no longer allowed to advertise a preference in one of these areas nor allowed to intimidate, threaten, coerce, interfere with or even retaliate against a person or those assisting a person in the right to fair housing.  The complete Fair Housing Act can be read here.

FairHousingCivilRightsBlogP 300x225 Civil Rights and Fair HousingDid you know: A major force behind passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was the NAACP’s Washington director, Clarence Mitchell Jr., who proved so effective in pushing through legislation aiding blacks that he was referred to as the “101st senator.” (From History.com)

Since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, there have been amendments to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination against those with disability, pregnant women or the presence of children less than 18 years of age.

This Act was put in place to help all Americans.  While many strides have been made, there are still areas for improvement. As administrator of the act, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides access to information from their website titled Fair Housing – It’s Your Right.

This week: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case to consider the extent to which this Act remains vital.  Read the transcript.

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Joy, Laughter and Longing

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This time of year brings joy, laughter and longing for time with those past and present from my life.  As I grew up, the weeks before Christmas seemed like an eternity and the cookie baking, family gatherings and lights was never enough.  Now that I have aged in years I can’t seem to find the time to get everything done much less bake cookies!

We live in a very diverse and wonderful country.  Each of us can learn from one another and share seasonal greetings with those around us.  From my neighbor who lights the menorah to my fellow man that celebrates seven core principals, the traditions we cultivate and share all have a special meaning and drive a desire to be kept reverent in our families.

Here are a few of the holidays that are celebrated during the month of December and a little about them.

Hanukkah:  Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight day and night Jewish celebration commemorating victory over the Syrian-Greeks and the rededication of their Holy Temple.  Determined to purify the Temple after regaining control of it, Jewish troops began the process of burning sacred oil in a menorah and believed it to be a miracle that the oil lasted a full eight days, as there was only enough for one day’s lighting.  It is tradition to celebrate Hanukkah now with family and friends, eat holiday treats, give gifts, and to play the dreidel game.  This is a holiday steeped in rich tradition honoring faith and courage.  This year Hanukkah began on December 16.

Christmas:  Observed worldwide by Christians, Christmas celebrates the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.  Written in the Bible and declared to be the Mighty God and Everlasting Father, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit to save the world and provides a path to forgiveness of sin by way of belief and acceptance of him as the son of God.  Increasingly commercialized, it is also celebrated with festive decorations, a special meal, and exchanging of gifts, especially with children who stay up late into the night in hopes that they will have been good enough throughout the year to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus leaving treasures under the Christmas tree!  Regardless of how you celebrate, family is the center of this holiday on December 25.

Boxing Day:  Mostly celebrated in Commonwealth nations like the United Kingdom, Canada, Kenya, Jamaica, Australia and others, Boxing Day is a secular holiday traditionally the day after Christmas where originally employers gifted their employees or servants with a “Christmas Box”.  Thought to have started as a way to give to the poor, servants and trades people, the day after Christmas was typically a day off where they were allowed to return to their family for a visit.  Employers would send them with a box of presents, money, and food as a way to say thank you for their good service.  There are several variations of this holiday based on what country you are in but overall it is a wonderful way to think of others.  More recently it is celebrated with sporting events!

Kwanzaa: Celebrated annually from December 26 to January 1, celebrations of this holiday began in the United States in Los Angeles, California around 1966, but it has roots in African harvest festivities called First Fruits Celebrations.  Introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa brings focus to the seven principles known as Nguzo Saba and enforces a connection to African cultural identity.  People of all religious faiths and backgrounds practice Kwanzaa.  The seven principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).  Gifts are exchanged and on December 31st those that celebrate do so with a banquet of food usually from various African countries and greet each with “Habari Gani”.

New Year’s Eve:  Having been celebrated for around 4,000 years New Year’s Eve leading to New Year’s Day is the oldest of all holidays. While the celebration date changed over the years it is now on a consistent date that is celebrated around the globe.  Taking stock of your life and all that is relevant, most individuals use this time of year to reflect, and make resolutions to better themselves or the world around them.  While traditions vary in different areas of the United States, southern portions usually have black-eyed peas for good luck and prosperity, greens for wealth, and pork because pigs root forward.  Studies show that around 40% of us make resolutions while only 8% of us achieve them.  We suggest keeping it simple and making it tangible.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

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Finding the Right Neighborhood

3D Home 300x199 Finding the Right NeighborhoodHome buying during a seller’s market can cause you to overlook some otherwise highly considered factors such as finding the right neighborhood.  While the pace to place a winning bid on your dream home may be urgent for some, neglecting to focus on the neighborhood can make the win a sour victory in the end.

You not only want the best dwelling for your money but also to be surrounded by what you consider area perks.  This can be as important as the dwelling itself as it is seen as making the new residence manageable and more enjoyable.  When finding the right neighborhood, consider the importance of what is offered in your desired location and take time to look at what may be important ten to twenty years from now.  This is, if you plan to stay a while.

Here are a few things to consider:

Schools: Even if you do not have children of your own, homes located in top rated school districts do better at maintaining their value.  If you have or plan to have children, a good education may be at the forefront of desired provisions.

Transportation / Walkability:  Is it important to be close to major thoroughfares or to have ease of driving to and from work?  Perhaps you want to go against the flow of traffic or be near a bus route.  Considering the increased environmental friendly awareness we have today you may want the ability to ride your bike or even walk to work.  Many newer communities are built and focused on walkability to and from all elements of living, such as restaurants, retail and grocery stores as well as fitness centers and night life.  Think about your habits not only during the week but on the weekends as well.

Arts and Entertainment:  Edifying venues and local art scenes may be important to you.  Everything from museums, to film, to local bands and street markets and much more fall into this category.  As diverse as human culture, being close to what feeds your creative side may be at the top of your list.

Proximity to Fire/Police Stations:  Believe it or not, the location of your home can have an effect on what you pay for homeowners insurance.  While rates vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and even on the same street, you will pay based on the risk level your area is in.  A reduction in any emergency response time is likely a reduction in premiums.

Local Conveniences:  Dry-cleaners, coffee shops and even the local Walmart or Target can be considered conveniences by home dwellers.  If driving six miles into town for a gallon of milk or commuting to the next city over for some Ben & Jerry’s is not something you would look forward to then perhaps living in the suburbs or rural area is not your forte.  On the other hand your idea of convenience may be the alluring sound of night crickets, fields of blue, or miles of nature surrounding you.  We all must judge the importance of our individual family conveniences when finding the right neighborhood.

Area Sounds/Smells:  Fall is here and you have found the perfect home at a price that seems just right for you.  Did you take the time to look at what is located in the miles around you?  Once the summer sun shines down you may be shocked by the downwind whiff of the local plant tending to things not so desirable to your nasal perception?  Or you could be near a local bakery that sends you into a huger frenzy every time they kick the ovens on?  Get to know the local plants, factories, and even landfills or natural oddities located in the area.

Crime Rate:  This is usually one of the first things that home buyers look at when they are contemplating a neighborhood.  Take the time to look deeper though.  What type of crimes are they, will you have registered sex offenders nearby, is there a neighborhood watch program, is there a known home with repeated incidences, and how active are the police at patrolling through this area?  Surface reports may not tell the whole story.

Neighbors:  If you are able, take time to talk to the neighbors.  Drive the area both during the day and at night.  Do not neglect doing so both on a week day and weekend.  Do they seem to be active? Does everyone take pride in keeping their yard maintained?  Are there parks and places of desired worship nearby that may be important to you?  How about the traffic flow through the street?  Your neighbors will have some level of effect on your overall experience.

Demographics:  Consider the population of where you want to live.  What is the average residence age, household income level, education level, age of the home, vacancy rate, turn-over rate, commute times, average tax rates, and even how many people rent versus own their home. Some of these factors may be irrelevant to you and some may important to what you consider an appropriate long term comfort level.

What is important to you in finding a neighborhood will differ almost always from others around you.  Overall you will not find every desire met but if you list what is the most important and look at homes in the areas that fit closest to your parameters you should have an enjoyable residency with little to no regrets.

Here are a few sites that can assist you when finding the right neighborhood: Sperling’s Best Places, Find The Best, Crime Reports and Area Vibes.

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Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Becoming RE Agent.jpg 150x150 Becoming a Real Estate AgentAfter a down turn in the real estate market when things start to look brighter you will see more interest in becoming a real estate agent.  There is a false conception sometimes that all you need to do in order to collect a commission check is to show a home and have the buyer sign on the dotted line.  There is a vast amount of education, dedication and hard work involved in becoming successful in this career.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, found on the U.S. Department of Labor web site, the basic duties of a real estate broker and a sales agent are:

  • Solicit potential clients to buy, sell, and rent properties
  • Advise clients on prices, mortgages, market conditions, and other related information
  • Compare properties to determine a competitive market price
  • Generate lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features
  • Promote properties through advertisements, open houses, and listing services
  • Take prospective buyers or renters to see properties
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration
  • Mediate negotiations between the buyer and seller
  • Ensure all terms of purchase contracts are met
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements, and deeds

Look closely at these, you will notice that under the high-level descriptions there is analysis, comparisons, communication skills, marketing, mathematics, geography, history, knowledge of current law and exceptions, continuing education, organization, attention to detail, proactive works, and the list goes on.  This job is one that takes a charismatic and knowledgeable person who is not afraid to work for success.  Often typical ‘office hours’ for agents or sales persons do not exist, especially if they are just starting out and building clientele.

After considering all this, if you feel it is the right career path for you, explore your state requirements.  Take time to explore all the career opportunities available, not every real estate worker is an agent.  A real estate career can be not only challenging but rewarding and lucrative when you are able to find your nitch.

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Real Estate Terms – Guide to Understanding the Lingo

HomeInHand.Naypong 150x150 Real Estate Terms – Guide to Understanding the LingoBoth buyers and sellers of real estate can at times feel less than knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the lingo and following the use of real estate terms that occur during a real estate transaction.

From beginning to end a good agent will tell you that an informed client is one that is better adapted to the ever-changing course of purchasing or selling a home.  Knowing some of the key terms and lingo utilized by brokers and agents can help buyers and sellers of real estate be more informed about the process and ultimately help them feel more confident during their real estate transaction.

Below is a guide to understanding the lingo, which highlights commonly used real estate terms.  By no means is this an all-inclusive list, but helpful nonetheless.

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Part 4 of 4: Outdoor Planting Decor – Decorating with Style

PlantingDecor 200x300 Part 4 of 4: Outdoor Planting Decor – Decorating with StyleMost of us have or are thinking about decorating with style for that first lazy summer evening under the stars or perhaps for the first neighborhood barbecue by the grill.  This is the time of year when outdoor activity is heightened and gatherings ensue.  When it comes to updating your outdoor space, we tend to go about it in one of three ways, 1) become a DIY achiever and work to create an oasis that reflects our style, 2) hire a landscaping company, or 3) sporadically place gnomes around knowing that it is the go-to in an acceptable style for many.  Focusing on the first option following are some creative DIY achiever ideas that can make any gardener a decorator as well.

In part one of this series ‘Spring Gardening’ we discussed the necessity of pre-work.  A great way to make additional use of that work is to recycle anything that may be used for your new décor.  For instance, if you cut down a tree, convert it into stepping stones by cutting three to four inch cross sections and placing them in an area perhaps void of much grass.  If you have extra wood or poles, use those to create the base of wall art or area yard dividers.  Remember the climbing vine floral plant we discussed in part three of this series ‘Floral Gardening’?  Take your extra wood or metal material and create a large frame that can be placed above the planted vine.  Weave wire through the open areas to encourage the vine to attach and grow.  The resulting colorful walls of growth can be placed next to a wall or fence as art pictures or even placed as dividers in the yard.  Always try to imagine new ways to use old and discarded items.

Throughout your decorating with style process, step back to view the different areas of your yard.  Ask if they are complementing each other in theme or story told.  For instance, you would not have bold flowers and linear décor in one section and delicate shabby chic in another.  If you must have both, then find a way to blend them by giving each section its own identity along with acknowledgement of the other style by mixing in subtle tributes pulling in like-style from the opposite areas.  Your outdoors should seamlessly flow from one section to another.

Perhaps the best part to any garden or outdoor space is the final touches, the little things outside of gnomes that add personality.  Tying in the furnishings with the set theme or reflected style can be done with smaller accents.  For instance, if it looks too perfect it may not have a welcoming feel.  Don’t be afraid to use items that have formed a patina coating.  Even repurposed porch lanterns, wine barrels and fun ceramics can liven up an area.  Finally, one of the most popular final touches in garden décor is a water feature. Better Homes and Gardens published a step-by-step guide to creating a Fountain in a Pot.  With the ease and simplicity of this project having several strategically placed fountains will add not only a talking point to your garden décor but a little relaxation ambiance as well.

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Part 3 of 4: Floral Gardening – Planting Color

ColorfulChrysanthemumFlower.2 300x196 Part 3 of 4: Floral Gardening – Planting ColorThere are so many varieties of gardens that sometimes it is just fun to experiment with floral gardening and planting color.  From earth tones to bright sunshine day colors there is a large gamete of expressions that could emote from your own floral garden.  Just think of all the spaces around your yard that can benefit from a pop of color.  Don’t be shy about where you can add your floral arrays either.  From climbing vines, potted blooms, hanging baskets, shrub lining, to beds of flowers, there is really no area that would not be appropriate and since size and color is never ending, let your imagination run wild.

You can begin one of two ways; know what you want to plant or know where you want to plant.  Each decision has an effect on the other.  As noted before in ‘Vegetable Gardens That Satisfy’, there are basic steps to follow when deciding where and what to plant.  The amount of sunlight, soil preparedness, ample drainage, sufficient hydration, and heat tolerant levels are all things to consider.  Understanding your heat tolerant zone is easily done at USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, once you know your zone you will find it easier to choose the correct plants for your area as most soil tabs will state acceptable zone tolerance level.

Here are a few suggestions on different types of floral plants.  Your climbing vines would include Golden Trumpets, Wisteria sinensis, Morning Glory, Honey Suckle, and Pretty Passion Flowers to name just a few.  Examples of the better potted blooms would be Chrysanthemum, Pansy, Zinnia, and Calibrachoa.  Hanging baskets are very popular and include such flowers as Lobelia, Dracaena, Brachyscome, Bacopa, and Impatiens.  When highlighting an area with an outline of floral gardening try such plants as Dianthus Fire Star, Apple Blossom, Pink Creeping Phlox, Vinca Minor, and of course the ever popular Petunia.  Remember that with any of these you can mix in non-floral plants to add contrast and backgrounds.  The décor of your garden is like fashion, you want to make sure your colors complement one another.  An additional item to think about would be fragrance.  Many floral plants have great fragrance, but you should be mindful of the amount so as not to overwhelm or compete with plants in the local vicinity.  Mix and match, half the fun is in the experimentation.

When deciding what to plant, consider that there are two different types of flowers.  A way to try something new each season would be to select some annuals, those that have a life span of one growing season.  Otherwise you could consider perennials which typically return to life each spring.  Trying something new each season is a great way to incorporate trending colors of the season into your garden.  Bonnie Plants is a very thorough gardener’s website with great suggestions on planting color with annuals.

In part 4 of our series we will examine outdoor plant decor.

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