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What Millennials Want in a Home

Millennials – or members of Generation Y – are heading into their home-buying years. Many have graduated from college and found success in the workforce, with salaries that support their desire to own their own place. Others went straight from high school into trades or other jobs and have now amassed enough money for a downpayment on a starter home and are eager to start shopping.

This generation, however, say the experts, is definitely different than generations before when it comes down to what they are seeking in the home of their dreams or – at least – the home that will eventually lead to the home of their dreams. It’s not necessarily the big back yard for the dog and the kids those baby boomers sought or the sprawling house in the suburbs

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Adding Value as a Real Estate Agents

Technology has changed the face of real estate and the role of a real estate agent, especially when it comes to buyers. With tools such as Trulia and Zillow, most potential home buyers now turn to the internet to “see what’s out there” rather than stopping by your office and asking for an overview of what’s on the market. (Remember the old days when you would pull out the most current MLS and thumb through it together?) 

As real estate agents, we know, of course, that that internet real estate sites are far from accurate. In many cases, the homes advertised have long been sold or have been removed from the market. The chances are that the buyer is probably wasting lots of time surfing through the pages of that site, only to be disappointed when

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Real Estate Listing Contracts

Putting your house on the market is a big deal. Whether you’ve been thinking about it for quite some time or even if you made a quick decision to sell, you’ll want the process to run smoothly and not drag out forever. After all, who doesn’t wish their house would sell in just a few days? 

Luckily, for some individuals, that sometimes happens. For others, it takes much longer. So, when you’ve found the perfect realtor, and you’re ready to sign that listing contract, how many months should you give that agent to sell your house? 

What’s Average? 

Most agents are encouraged by their brokers to propose a 6-month listing to their seller. This is the national average and one that seems to work for most people. 

You may find that if you have a

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Why location matters when buying a home

You’ve probably heard that ages-old answer to the question about the three most important things a property should possess if you’re considering its purchase. Of course, that answer is “location, location, location.” And while that response may elicit a chuckle from most people, the fact remains that this is undoubtedly the best advice a homebuyer can receive as they ponder which house will soon be theirs. 

But why does location matter so much? If it’s a great house on a so-so block, isn’t that a good deal? After all, you’re getting the best house available? And shopping isn’t all that far away, right? And it’s only a 30-minute bus ride for the kids to get to school! Sounds like a good choice, correct?  

Probably not. 

There are many reasons

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Things Real Estate Agents Hate to Hear

Selling and listing houses isn’t easy. It’s a job that takes a ton of hard work and eats up lots of time. Realtors certainly don’t work the 9-5 beat! Successful agents go the extra yard to make a transaction a good one, whether working with the buyer, seller, or both.

But there are always those clients that seem to know how to throw a monkey wrench in the works. They’re frustrating and can make you angry, especially if you feel as if they’re sabotaging a deal or ruining your working relationship.

Sometimes, these clients just don’t know any better, and it’s up to us – the agents – to try to educate them on the rudiments of buying and selling and on the importance of the relationship between client and agent. If you don’t take the time to do

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Staging Secrets for a Quick Sale

Staging a home that’s for sale in hopes of providing a more cohesive and enticing look used to be something reserved for high-end home sales. Realtors would recommend an expert in staging, and that person would use the owner’s belongings and/or bring in other furnishings and accessories to complete an attractive picture that would help these elegant homes sell in a timely manner. 

These days, however, upscale sellers aren’t the only ones who employ the services of a staging professional or – at least – employ the techniques used by someone who works as a stager. With the internet at our fingers, it’s possible to garner some essential staging tips by merely doing a little searching on the web and, as such, it provides sellers with the opportunity to

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Creating an Outdoor Games Area

Whether you’ve just invested in a brand-new home with a huge backyard and can’t wait to spruce it up for family and friends, or even if you’ve always had an ample backyard but were never quite sure what to do with all the space, summer is the perfect time to think about outdoor activities. How many of us can’t wait to get outdoors when the weather is nice? And, often, we can enjoy that outdoor time straight into the fall. That’s why making your yard family-friendly is money well spent for all seasons!

Perhaps you’ve got a few ideas, and maybe you’ve already got a pool or other backyard perks. But did you know that outdoor game areas are one of the biggest trends of the year? And, furthermore, they can be tailored to please both kids and adults. And

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Five Habits of a Successful Real Estate Agent

In the United States, there are tens of thousands of real estate agents. Not all are full-time agents. Many people “dabble” in real estate while others work hard to support their families. Some are quite good at what they do while others continue to struggle, even in good markets. 

So, what’s the difference between a highly-successful agent and one that continues to flounder? Often, the answer comes in one word: commitment. And with that commitment comes a number of habits that, if employed regularly, can help an agent increase their success exponentially.   

Be Responsive  

A top-notch agent communicates with clients often and effectively.  

You need to be willing to spend some time on the old telephone! A successful agent responds to

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2019 Home Decor Trends

Is your house very 1970s? Are you stuck in the last decade? Do you know you need an update but aren't sure what to do to make your home look stylish and fresh as a daisy?

Well, the folks at Houzz – a website made up of a community of more than 40 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals from around the world – have looked carefully at the trends that are…well, uh….trending for the new year, and have compiled a list of the most happenin' crazes for 2019.

So, if you're looking to make some changes, here's a short list of what's hot and what's not.

A Tiled “Feature” Wall in the Kitchen 

While we've gotten used to "accent walls" in other rooms, created by adding a particularly bold color to just one wall,

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Buying a Tiny Home

Pick up your remote control and scan through your favorite cable TV channels and you’re sure to find at least 2 or 3 different shows that tout the advantages of building and living in what has become known as a “tiny house”.

The hosts of these shows chat with us via the television camera about all the advantages of tiny house living and joke with the new owners about their new lack of space, scaling down, and all the good things they’re doing for the environment by moving into these minuscule mansions.

Perhaps you dismiss the idea with a shake of the head and a roll of your eyes. Or maybe you watch intently, thinking “we could do that”. Hmmm….

If you’ve ever given even a fleeting thought to living in a tiny house, there’s much more to know

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