Flowers for instant curb appeal
The experts all agree that curb appeal is one of the most important aspects to consider when selling your home.When selling, it's the appearance from the street that will very often determine whether potential buyers come in to see the inside, or never get out of their cars.
Flowers are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make the front of your house look inviting and instantly increase the curb appeal of your home. Without any real landscaping at all, flowers can transform a rather drab and dreary looking front yard into one that looks colorful and lush. Especially during spring and summer, you should take advantage of the season by planting pots and flower boxes.
You should choose colorful flowers that will be in bloom during the time you're selling your home. Planting the flowers in planter boxes and pots is easier than planting them in the ground and lets you more easily place them where they can have the most visual impact. You don't need to have a green thumb, or spend a lot of money to get great results either. Visit your local home improvement center or nursery and they will be happy to advise you of the best flowers and plants for your purpose. You can put together several very nice planter boxes and pots of flowers for well under $100. And it's easy!
One of the nice things about using flowers in this way is that you'll see the results immediately. And so will buyers visiting your home!
Winterizing Your Home
Old Man Winter is settling in for a long chilly season. Before the temperatures dip too far south, follow these simple guidelines to winterize your home and save money on utilities.
Inside Your Home
Outside Your Home
Both Realtors® and real estate agents have received the required license to legally perform real estate transactions. However, being a Realtor® means so much more. Only Realtors® follow the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Code of Ethics, which is a strict set of guidelines by which Realtors® work and live.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
What is the MLS, and how does it work for you? The MLS is a database of properties currently on the market in the area. Brokers participating in the MLS (which includes virtually all Brokers in the area) list all the homes they have for sale and agree to share in the sales commission of the properties. This means that if I list your property on the MLS for you, but another
agent finds a buyer for your house, that other broker or agent is entitled to part of the commission. The big advantage to you, as the seller, is that every single broker and agent participating in the MLS has an incentive to sell your home. This effectively puts every agent in the area to work selling your home! The first place a buyers agent looks is always the MLS. There is simply no better way to gain instant and widespread exposure for your home than listing it on the MLS.
So, the first thing I'll do as your agent is get your home listed on the MLS! When another agent is searching for a home to meet the needs of a buyer, the agent will search the MLS based on the buyers criteria for price range and features. So I'll enter all the important information about your home, such as the size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and any special features. I'll also take photos of your house and include them with your MLS listing. Agents and buyers alike are always more likely to look at listings with photos.