Author: houstonlong1

5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home

There are some things to avoid when selling your home. These could cost you a sale and cause unnecessary stress for you during an already hectic time. As both a long-time investor and a Realtor® I completely understand the anxiety involved in the home selling process. My aim is to help home owners – especially those who have not sold many (or any) homes – understand what actions can hurt you when selling your home. Here are 5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home: Staying at your home during a showing. Seriously, don’t do this. It makes it super awkward for the potential buyer and their agent. Your...

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5 Things Sellers May Try to Hide

Buyers be aware of these 5 Things Sellers May Try to Hide! Let’s get something straight – most sellers will NOT do this, but some will.. Here are the top 5 items: 1. Leaks – Roofs, faucets, toilets, etc. 2. Pests – Be especially wary of termites in Georgia. 3. “Emotional defects” – This could be something such as a death (including murder or suicide) occurred in the home. 4. Issues with the roof or foundation – An older roof, moist basement and major cracks in a foundation can all be costly. 5. Age of home systems – I just attended some Realtor® training on 2016...

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15 Tools Every New Homeowner Needs

First time home buyers made up 32 percent of home sales in 2015. If you’re one of these excited new homeowners – or plan to join them – one thing you’ll want to have on hand at your new house (YOUR house sure sounds good, doesn’t it?) is a core set of tools. 15 Tools Every New Homeowner Needs Screwdriver set – Make sure your set has various sizes of Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers. I also like to keep a screwdriver with changeable tips around for a quick grab. Hammer – You don’t need the mega expensive framing hammer....

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7 Unwritten Home Buyer Etiquette Rules

Yesterday we talked about 8 Unwritten Home Seller Etiquette Rules.. Today let’s talk about the 7 Unwritten Home Buyer Etiquette Rules. These can help you score a contract on your dream home.. or, if ignored, potentially sink your chances. Get pre-approved for a home loan If you’re ready to buy a house this is a critical first step. Doing this lets you know how much house you can afford before you start shopping. Plus, most Realtors® and now even for sale by owner sellers require a pre-approval letter before meeting to show a home. Think of it this way.. if you were...

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8 Unwritten Home Seller Etiquette Rules

Once you’ve decided to sell you’ve most likely already assessed your home, handled any necessary repairs and updates and deep cleaned it to get it ready to show potential buyers. The next step not only involves the home, but also involves YOU! Here are 8 Unwritten Home Seller Etiquette Rules. [We haven’t forgotten about the other side.. buyer etiquette rules will be shared tomorrow!] Now, if you’re like me, you might buck a bit hearing about rules.. it’s up to you if you follow these or not, but know this – the more you adhere to these the more likely you’ll get...

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