How to stage your home to sell, even with kids and clutter underfoot

There are many articles providing tips on staging and decluttering.  Most do a good job on outlining the statistical benefits of good staging and giving good practical how-to’s, as does this one.  But this one is especially good because of it’s focus on families with kids. 

 

The author roles up her sleeves and talks about the reality of a family living in a home vs. selling a home.  “… decluttering isn’t so easy when you have enough Legos to build an empire along with miniature cars and trucks to fill it.” says it all. 
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Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Prep To Sell |

Construct your dream property or renovate an existing one?

With the aging inventory of homes in the US, this decision is becoming more and more common. Should you build a new home or renovate an existing one? There are many considerations and this article lists 11 questions to get answers to which will help you qualify the best decision for your situation. All 11 questions are good, but here are some of my favs.

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Posted on July 27, 2019 at 12:07 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in General Real Estate |

Doing this one thing can help sell it faster

Let me cut to the point of the article; this is about doing a pre-inspection. I fall in the 80/20 camp on this. I think it’s a good idea 80% of the time, but there is always 20% of the situations where it may not be a great idea (ok, maybe 90/10, but you get my drift). The article gives good detail, but here are a few of the reasons to do so:

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Posted on July 27, 2019 at 9:04 am
Jim Smoak | Posted in Prep To Sell |

20 key signs that Your house value is changing

The intent of this article is to show how these 20 indicators are key signs that your home may be losing value. They are and that’s true. However, the items in this article also does a GREAT job pointing out all the things that a Realtor takes into consideration when pricing a home.

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Posted on July 27, 2019 at 8:45 am
Jim Smoak | Posted in Market Info |

8 Costly Missteps With Real Estate Investing

Investing in real estate can be one of the best long-term investments you can make. Residential real estate investments averaged a 10-11% return over the past 20-years. However, this isn’t penny stocks and mistakes can be costly. This article covers 8 good things to keep in mind when investing in this space. A notable few of the items are:

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Posted on July 27, 2019 at 7:40 am
Jim Smoak | Posted in Investing in Real Estate |

Know about what hurricane-related damage is covered

It’s hurricane season, and we often think of needed physical prep.  Ensuring that you have things like water, flashlights, extra batteries, on hand is good storm prep, but we often forget to think about th “what-if’s” if a storm hits us hard.  For us who live on the coast, one of those what if’s is the financial impact of flooding.  This is a good article on flood insurance and covers 4 major topics.

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Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Insurance |

How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate in 2019

There’s a lot of good advise in this article, both general and specific, and I agree with almost all of it. Read the whole thing, but the two things I want to point out are listed as points #’s 3 and 6 in the article. Continue reading


Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Mortgage |

Manage the stress of selling your home

I get it. Selling a home can be a stressful process. But it can be especially stressful if you are in the dark and are uninformed! This article talks about a study that showed the many reasons why home sellers were stressed. Yes, it can be a completely stress free experience, but much of what this study found can and should be reduced or eliminated. Continue reading


Posted on July 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Prep To Sell |

5 secrets to make your home sell faster

This article gives some good tips on getting your home ready for sale. It’s not exhaustive as it doesn’t include what you should consider repairing, but it’s a good list of high impact basics. A few things I would add to each category: Continue reading


Posted on July 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Prep To Sell |

The housing market is about to shift for buyers

It looks like it will continue to be a seller’s market for some time. As this article states, real estate is local, so although national numbers do add some value and context, it is only color commentary when talking about the local market. Continue reading


Posted on July 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm
Jim Smoak | Posted in Market Info |