Showing posts with label selling your home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label selling your home. Show all posts

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Setting the Stage: The Bathroom

Bathroom improvements can enhance the asking price for your home. If you have already updated your bathrooms, it is important to maximize their appearance to make the best impression possible.

Evaluate the vanity - If the vanity is dated, you may be able to simply paint it white and put new hardware on the doors to update its appearance. However, it may be more advantageous to replace it with a new vanity.

Evaluate the faucets - Faucets are an important feature in the bathroom. Simply changing the faucet set on the sink and bathtub can make a difference.

Check the condition of your flooring - The condition of your flooring will make a difference to the potential homebuyer. If your flooring is cracked or scratched, consider replacing the flawed tiles. If your flooring is dated, consider replacing the floor with updated vinyl flooring.

Clean and declutter - Make every effort to clean your bathroom before each showing. Clear off all clutter, including make-up, toothbrushes, etc.

Enhance the room with decorative linens - Decorate your bathrooms with your best towels and washcloths. Warm up the room by laying down a rug.

These simple tips should help to enhance the look of your home and present it in the best way for your potential buyers. If you're not sure where to start, be sure to ask your HUNT Real Estate sales professional their opinion.

Monday, April 15, 2019

6 Easy Home Projects for Your Spring Weekend

With the weather warming up, you may start to take a critical look at your home's exterior. If you are interested in selling your home this year, your home's curb appeal may be more important than previous years. Luckily, spring is a great time to spruce up your home's exterior. Here are 6 easy spring projects that you can complete this weekend to create curb appeal for your home.

Pressure Wash. Pressure washing outdoor surfaces can remove years of dirt and grime off. What surfaces can be pressure washed? Concrete, wood, and even certain types of siding. If it isn’t practical to buy a pressure washer, you can rent one from a home improvement store. One note: It’s important that you are familiar with the correct way to pressure wash surfaces. If you use too much pressure, you can damage the surfaces you’re cleaning. HGTV has a great guide to help.

Caulk. Spring is a great time to check your window and door seals. If they’re looking weathered, you may want to redo the caulk on your windows and doors. Why should you invest the time and money? If you replace old caulk, your home will retain the warm (or cool) air in your home from your furnace.

Update your house numbers. Interested in a quick project to update your home’s exterior? Change your house numbers. There are tons of projects online that can help you achieve the style you’re looking for. House number visibility is also important for safety services like firefighters and police!

Change out your light fixtures. With temperatures on the upswing, you may be entertaining outside more often. Replace your old and outdated light fixtures to modernize your outdoor space. There are plenty of different styles available, and most are relatively simple to replace. Also, add light to your walkways so your guests so they can see where they’re going at night.

Paint your front door. Interested in a quick project that has a big impact? Try painting your front door. Outdoor paint is affordable, and the front door change can make a huge impact from the curb. Try a bold or bright color to make a statement.

Landscaping. Your home’s landscaping is important to the overall curb appeal of your home. If you don’t want to commit to a large garden, consider adding planters to add color and keep the rest of your landscaping simple.

Embrace the season and enjoy the outdoors. These projects are simple, easy, and budget friendly. They can create a more inviting look to your home, which can be helpful if you've considered listing your home for sale. If you’re ready to to spring into a new home, make sure you enlist the help of a real estate sales professional from HUNT Real Estate ERA.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Setting the Stage: The Kitchen

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms to a potential homebuyer. Improvements to kitchens can significantly raise the asking price for your home, so you should discuss the options with your HUNT ERA real estate professional. If you have a kitchen in need of updates, it is important to make the best impression possible.

  • Evaluate the cabinets and countertops - If your cabinets are dated, you can simply paint them white and/or put new hardware on the doors to update their appearance. Countertops can date a kitchen but unlike cabinets, they are much less expensive to replace.
  • Evaluate the faucets - Faucets are an important accessory in the kitchen. Simply changing the faucet set on the sink can make a difference.
  • Check the condition of the flooring - The condition of your flooring will impact a potential homebuyer. If your flooring is cracked or scratched, consider replacing the flawed tiles. If your flooring is dated, consider replacing it with updated vinyl flooring.
  • Clean and declutter - Make every effort to clean your kitchen before each showing. Clear any appliances not being used on a daily basis. Clear out any pots, pans, glassware, cookbooks and other items that you may not readily need and place them into storage. Organize the items left in the cabinets as homebuyers look for storage space in the kitchen.
Are you ready to sell your home? Make sure you're prepared! Reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional to help guide you through the home selling process. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Value of a Real Estate Professional

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Once you’ve made the decision to sell, it can be appealing to sell your home yourself. It can’t be that hard, right? Don’t be so sure. As anyone who has tried to sell their home without the help of a real estate professional can attest, For Sale By Owner (FSBO) sales aren’t as easy as you might think. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, only 9% of home sellers in 2017 sold their homes on their own, while 91% of homes were sold by an agent. There are some good reasons for using a professional instead of trying to sell your home on your own.

There are many challenges that people face when selling a home on their own that they may not consider. For example, did you know there can be over 20 different pages of disclosures and addendums in a closing? Your real estate salesperson will help you to not only understand these documents, but also make sure all are all filled out correctly to avoid future liability.

Selling your home on your own can also prove to be costly. While most FSBO were only on the market for two weeks, it was often because the sale was to a friend, family member, or neighbor. The median sale price of FSBO is $200,000, compared to the median sale price of a listing sold by a professional at $264,900.

You will also have to list and market your home, and that takes more than just placing a sign in your yard. With the evolution of the real estate industry and the methods homebuyers use to research homes shifting to online, digital marketing of your home is more important than ever. Real estate sales professionals have multiple sales and marketing tools at their fingertips. They will use these tools and their knowledge to set up a personalized marketing strategy for selling your home. Most importantly, agents have connections. They know other professionals who have clients that may be interested in your home, giving you a larger pool of potential buyers, which means better offers on your home!

A real estate professional offers great value to anyone looking to sell a home. The process of selling your home can quickly become complicated, and agents are there to help guide you through every step of the process with their sales and marketing tools, their connections in the real estate industry, and their knowledge of the market and what will sell your home. Get in touch with a HUNT real estate sales professional today to keep your sale stress free and so you can move onto your next adventure into your new home!

Source: National Association of Realtors

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Setting The Stage: Living Areas

When potential homebuyers make the decision to see the inside of your home, they are looking to see what your home has to offer them. To many buyers, the most important rooms are the living room, family room, and dining room, where many people spend a large portion of their time at home. Being able to relax in the living room, family room and dining room is what makes a house a home to many buyers. Ask yourself if your rooms accommodate the needs of a homebuyer the way that they appear today.

Clean and declutter - Thoroughly clean the areas. Items such as magazines, books and papers should be packed and stored. Clutter is distracting to homebuyers.

Keep it neutral - If the rooms are painted in bright colors, you may want to consider repainting the rooms. Wallpaper could also be removed.

Dress the windows - Ensure that your window dressings are clean and appealing. Also, clean windows make the room appear brighter.

Dress up the areas - Place a vase of flowers on a table. Stage the areas as if you were entertaining guests.

Evaluate furnishings - Be certain your living areas are appropriately furnished for the room’s intended use.

Brighten it up - Turn on all of the lights for showings.

Are you ready to sell your home? Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration and reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional near you today!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Small Improvements that Make a Big Difference when Selling Your Home

As homeowners begin the process of putting their homes on the market, deciding what to improve can be overwhelming. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, you'll want to concentrate on upgrades that will provide the best return on investment, as well as maximize the home's appeal to prospective buyers.

Assess the Current Situation

The first step to deciding what to do to boost the value of your home is to take stock of its current condition. Come up with a list of upgrades that would increase the quality of life of you and the other people who live in your home. Let’s look at a few areas that can increase your home’s value.

Upgrade the Kitchen

The kitchen is the one room that can have the biggest impact on how potential buyers view your
home. Instead of upgrades that focus on maximizing the appeal to a certain type of person — such as those with serious culinary skills — give the kitchen a general face-lift. You can cost-effectively increase its visual and functional appeal with a fresh coat of paint and possibly new tile.

Installing a back-splash in a complementary or contrasting color provides an excellent way to provide a previously uninspired kitchen with a pleasing pop of color. If the existing tile is dingy and worn, a fresh replacement will give the kitchen the bright boost that it needs.

Create the Right Type of Curb Appeal

Most homeowners already know curb appeal plays an important role in maximizing the saleability of their property. Curb appeal is more than just adding a few colorful annuals to flower beds and keeping the kids' toys picked up most of the time.

To create authentic curb appeal that works no matter what the time of year, concentrate on the front entryway of your home. Begin by painting the front door or, if necessary, replacing it with a new door in a color that plays well with the rest of the home’s exterior.

Create a small seating area on the porch or in the yard area off to the side of the entryway, keeping in mind that the key to a successful home sale is creating an ambiance that inspires prospective buyers to imagine themselves and their loved ones having pleasant experiences in the home. Making the entryway as welcoming as possible catches attention in a positive way and makes people feel welcome.

To finish the look, add a flowerpot brimming with lush, blooming vegetation on each side of the door and an attractive welcome mat.

Dress up the Bathroom

The bathroom is another part of the house that can make or break a possible home sale. Naturally, the room should be as clean as possible. You want to try to capture the look and feel of a well-appointed restroom in an upscale hotel or spa. Replace worn and frayed towels with thick towels in tasteful solid colors and stack them on open shelves and display them on racks. Beach towels should be left in closed cupboards.

Covering the floor with a sumptuous bathroom rug, hanging an appealing piece of art, performing paint and tile replacement jobs as needed, and placing an attractive bowl on the counter full of scented soaps will complete the upscale ambiance.

As you can probably see, all of these upgrades have several common themes. None of them involve significant financial commitments, and all are designed to make the property appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. The goal should be to provide a framework for the personal needs and preferences of buyers where they can imagine their own art, furnishings, and appliances fitting in seamlessly.

If you’re looking to sell your home soon, get in touch with a HUNT Real Estate agent. Our qualified sales professionals can advise you on all aspects of selling your home.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Setting the Stage: How to Create Curb Appeal

You've heard the saying, “You can't judge a book by its cover.” No statement is more untrue when it comes to selling your home. A potential buyer sees a home’s exterior and makes an immediate judgment. Most potential homebuyers will start their search for a home on the Internet. If the pictures of the home create interest, they will drive by that home to assess the home's location and condition.

The drive-by is critical for the seller of that home, and while the seller cannot control where their home is located, they can control how the homebuyer initially perceives the home. This is done by creating curb appeal. Here’s where we need to make the most of that first impression!

Creating curb appeal is important and worth the time spent. Below are ideas for enhancing your home's curb appeal. Ask your real estate professional what improvements they recommend.


  • Depending on the severity, you may want to paint the entire exterior. If the peeling is minor, simple touch-ups will be sufficient.
  • If your home's colors have become dated, consider painting it with more neutral or traditional colors.
  • Tour a new home development for ideas on the latest color palettes.


  • Cut and edge your lawn once a week to keep it looking manicured. Be sure to rake your lawn free of leaves.
  • Keep shrubs neatly trimmed. If they are near windows, cut them down beneath the bottom of the window to allow for more light in your home.
  • Place potted flowers in your flower beds or on your porch to add a touch of color.


  • Store all outdoor toys in the garage when not in use. If you have a playset in your yard store that as well.
  • Make sure your trash cans are sealed and placed inside the garage.
  • Place an attractive wreath or decorative item on your front door to make it more inviting.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Preparing To Sell Your Home

Are you ready for the spring market? If you're looking to sell your home this spring, make sure you're prepared. Check out these 5 common mistakes homeowners make when preparing their home for sale:

Forgetting about paperwork.
We aren’t referring to your standard paperwork like title, insurance, and survey. We’re talking about documents like warranties, dates of home improvements, and permits for work completed. These documents can help your sales professional when they are marketing your home.

Spending a ton of money on improvements.
While it’s tempting to update and upgrade your home to make it more appealing and modern, make sure you don’t go overboard. Consider the estimated costs versus the estimated value increase. A few simple changes can get your home is selling shape without breaking the bank.

Keeping your neon color scheme.
While bright, bold, or neon colors may work for you, it may not work for potential buyers. You want to keep your home as clean as possible, and that also applies to paint color. If you’re into bright colors for your walls, try and paint them before listing to reflect a neutral palette. Zillow stated, “homes with light blue bathrooms and taupe colored living rooms were especially popular in homes that sold for more [money]... homes with dark red or brown colored walls sold for as much as $2,310 less than expected.”

Listing your home at a price that’s too high... or too low.
Knowing what price to list your home at can be difficult. A real estate professional has the experience, knowledge, and tools to list your home competitively for your market. Curious what your home could be worth? Make sure you check out our Home Value Estimator Tool.

Selling your home on your own.
It can be tempting to try to sell your home without a real estate professional. But did you know that those who sell their home without a real estate sales professional sell their homes for a median of $64,000 less? A real estate sales professional can add a lot of additional value to your home selling experience outside of dollars and cents, too!

If you’re looking to sell your home and aren’t sure where to start, reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional today. They can help guide you through the entire home selling process!

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Easy Swaps to Update Your Home On a Budget

Major home renovations can be costly. But what do you do if you want to change the look of your home? Here are a few quick and easy swaps that can help make your home look modern and stylish without breaking the bank.

Swap #1: Retire Your Heavy Drapes. Remove the heavy drapes covering your windows and add blinds or sheer panels instead. This will allow more light into your room and help your room appear larger.

Swap #2: Ditch the Textured Ceiling. One of the biggest things that will make your home appear dated is your textured ceilings. If you have the “popcorn ceiling,” you can always scrape and sand your ceiling and repaint it. While losing the textured ceiling can be a little labor intensive, it can make a large difference.

Swap #3: Replace Tile Countertops. While tile countertops were popular in the 80s and 90s, there’s a reason they went out of style. Tile countertops are difficult because they chip easily and grout can be a difficult thing to clean. Try replacing kitchen countertops with a solid surface. With so many options, like Marble, quartz, granite, wood, stainless steel, concrete or soapstone, you can find a replacement counter that fits into your budget.

Swap #4: Invest in New Cabinet Hardware. You may not overhaul your entire kitchen, but one way to update your kitchen on a budget is to swap out old hardware on your cabinets. New handle pulls aren’t very expensive and can transform the look of older kitchen cabinets.

Swap #5: Upgrade Your Analog Thermostat. You may not realize it, but replacing your thermostat is a great way to add value to your home and bring it up-to-date. Programmable thermostats are eco-friendly, and can save you money on your heating and cooling bill!

Just these few affordable swaps can help transform your home. If you’re ready to sell your house, reach out to a HUNT Real Estate Sales professional today.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Should You Work With a Real Estate Professional to Buy or Sell Your Home?

Are you looking to buy or sell your home this year? You may want to consider calling a real estate sales professional to help you. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the latest statistics from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers for 2018.

More Buyers and Sellers are Using a Real Estate Professional
In 2018, 87% of home buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker. A whopping 91% of home sellers utilized a real estate professional to sell their home. That means a large majority of people buying or selling their homes are using a real estate professional to get into their dream home or sell their homes. In fact, 90% of buyers and 85% of sellers would definitely or probably use their real estate sales professional for future services.

For Buyers...
The number one reason buyers said they used a real estate professional is that they wanted an agent to help them find the right home. Your real estate sales professional has the resources and the training to help narrow your search for the perfect home. They have knowledge of the neighborhoods you are interested in and can help guide you to a great home that fits your wants and needs along with your budget.

For Sellers...
Only 7% of sellers chose to sell their home on their own (FSBO). This is the lowest number of FSBO since the NAR began their report in 1981! One of the reasons for the decline in FSBO homes is they typically sell for less money than those listed by a real estate professional. In fact, FSBO in 2018 sold at a median of $200,000, a staggering $64,900 lower than the median price of those sold through a real estate professional. Real estate sales professionals have resources and tools to market your home and accurately price your home so that you can get the best price for your home.

A real estate professional can change your entire home buying and/or selling experience. To make sure you have the best home buying or selling experience possible, reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional. Our organization provides services that make buying, selling, financing, insuring, maintaining and simply owning a home an easier and more satisfying experience.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Did You Know: January is Radon Awareness Month

January is Radon Awareness Month, so we've compiled a few FAQs about Radon.

What is Radon?
Radon is a gas and comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. It is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can only be detected by testing your home.

How does Radon get in your home?
Radon comes through the soil and comes through the foundation slab in your home.

Why is Radon dangerous?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smoke and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter of air, or pCi/L. 1 pCi/L of radon is equal to smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day. The EPA has a recommended Radon Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L, so a professional company should mitigate any reading that is at or above this level.

How can I test my home for Radon?

Companies like S.W.A.T. Environmental can help you test your home’s radon levels and install mitigation systems to help reduce the radon levels in your home. For more information, check out our vendor's list on the HUNT Homeowners Club.

Information Courtesy of S.W.A.T. Environmental

For more information or to contact S.W.A.T., please visit our HUNT Homeowners Club Vendors Page

Monday, December 10, 2018

4 Things To Consider If You Want to Sell Your Home in 2019

Are you looking to sell your home in the next year? Start off the new year right and make sure your home is ready to sell. Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to sell your home in 2019.

Make sure your home is up to code. All of your renovations should be done by professionals. For example, if your electrical panel needs fixing, make sure that your work is done by a licensed professional electrician. Need some advice on who to choose? Check out the HUNT Moving Concierge for a list of HUNT approved electricians who can help get your panel up to code.

Replace outdated appliances. Old white kitchen appliances may date the appearance of your kitchen. If it’s realistic, replace them with stainless steel, or make sure they are clean and in working order before listing. But this advice doesn’t just apply to kitchen appliances! Another important appliance in your home is your HVAC system (or boiler). Make sure you have regular maintenance on your heating and/or cooling system and keep a record.

Set realistic expectations about price. You may feel that your home is worth a certain amount, but it may not be realistic. Check out our What's My Home Worth tool and reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional. Our professional real estate team is trained to make sure your home is accurately and competitively priced for your market.

List your home outside of “peak season.” While it may be appealing to wait until the spring market, listing in the “Off-season” may actually work to your benefit. Buyers who are looking for a home during this time of year are typically motivated, and you will have less competition on the market.

Are you having trouble selling your home? Reach out to a HUNT sales professional! Our knowledgeable team will work with you to help get your home sold!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

To DIY or Not to DIY? 4 Home Projects To Call in the Pros

DIY home improvements can seem like a good idea. TV shows and YouTube videos make it look easy to do whatever you need to your home. But how do you know when to Do-it-yourself and when to call in the pros? Here are four home projects you should skip the DIY and call in a professional:

Plumbing. Changing out faucets and showerheads or hooking up your washing machine may be a job that many homeowners can accomplish on their own. However, for adding or moving plumbing, or expanding/modifying your home’s water supply or hot water system, you will want to call a professional. Without the knowledge and experience, these more complex jobs could create a flood or leak that cause damage to your home. A licensed plumber will know how to set your plumbing up safely and without leaks.

Electrical. Electrical work can seem relatively simple. You may replace fixtures around your home if you are familiar with how to do so. Any other complex jobs, including extending existing circuits, adding new ones, or wiring electrical boxes should be done by a trained professional. If you do work on your own and are untrained, you can risk electrical shock or even starting a house fire.

Trees. Cutting down the small tree in your front yard may not seem like a difficult job. But the larger the tree, the more risk is involved. Even with a chainsaw, you should not be removing any trees that are larger than 4” in diameter and over 20’. When you attempt to remove trees that are larger, you risk it falling on your house, car, or even another person.

Removing Walls. An open layout concept is popular for main living spaces, but you shouldn’t go around knocking down walls with a sledgehammer. For one, removing any walls will typically require a permit. To obtain a permit, you’ll need an engineer to review which wall you wish to remove, and if it is load bearing, how to brace the ceiling or roof properly support the house. If you remove a wall without the pros, you could end up having a collapsed roof.

The next important question: How do you find the right professional for the job? HUNT Real Estate now offers The HUNT Homeowner’s Club. The HUNT Homeowners Club offers you direct access to all of our HUNT-approved vendors and is a complete resource for all of your moving and homeownership needs.

Friday, November 16, 2018

3 Packing Tips to Help Make Your Move Stress-Free

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.  One way to make your move easier is to organize yourself while you're packing. Here are a few tips that will help make your move more organized and stress-free.

Packing Tip 1: Pack one room at a time. It’s overwhelming to pack every room in one day. Make sure you are only packing one room at a time. It helps with your time management and helps you keep your boxes organized.
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Packing Tip 2: Make it Colorful.
To help your movers, professional or friends and family, color code your boxes. Select a color for every room, write the contents and add a sticker or patterned tape to distinguish one room from another. That way when you’re unpacking, you know exactly where the boxes belong in your new home!

Packing Tip 3: Be prepared. You will need more supplies than you think. Make sure you’re prepared so you won’t have to keep returning to the store! If you’re purchasing your boxes from a moving company, they will buy back your unused boxes, so make sure you stock up. While it’s tempting to use newspaper instead of packing paper, newspaper print can bleed onto your items, so be sure to invest in packing paper. Keep a few rolls of packing tape on hand and leave out boxes for your moving day so you have extra boxes to pack up any last minute items.

Preparing for your move can your transition into your new home easier. Reach out to your HUNT Real Estate Professional to find out how we can help get you into your dream home.

Monday, October 8, 2018

How HUNT Can Assist You With Your Home Buying And Selling Experience From Start to Finish

For over 100 years, the HUNT name has been synonymous with real estate expertise. We're more than real estate agents. We're real estate professionals. Our goal is to provide you an easier and more satisfying homeownership experience. But did you know that you can buy, sell, finance, and insure your home all under one roof? HUNT offers everything you need for your home buying transaction from start to finish through our residential real estate division and our core businesses -- HUNT Mortgage, HUNT Insurance, and Network Title -- we can assist you with your home buying experience from start to finish.

HUNT Mortgage processes, underwrites, and prepares all loans for closing in-house. Our team of mortgage professionals will expertly guide you through the entire process, ensuring a quick, easy and simplified transaction.

Offering competitive rates for homeowners, auto, excess (umbrella) liability and other types of insurance, HUNT Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency staffed by licensed insurance agents.

Network Title Agency of New York is a full-service abstract and title insurance company. Our title specialists are dedicated to their clients and will make sure you receive precise and timely support with any real estate transaction.

Interested in learning more about the home buying process with HUNT? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable real estate sales professionals to find out more.

Monday, July 2, 2018

5 Tips for Staging Your Home on a Budget

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Table with black chairs, empty glasses and plates. Wall art with colors.We’ve talked about staging your home before, and with good reason: not only will it help your home appeal to more buyers, but it can also ultimately affect your home’s sale price. So it’s definitely always important to stage your home before you sell. While some people entrust the process to a professional stager, we have a few tips here that will allow you to keep the cost down and stage your home yourself. Here are a few pointers for staging your home when you’re on a budget:

1. Create an enticing entrance. Many potential buyers will spend time passing through your entryway, so you want to make it as inviting as possible. Buy an inexpensive welcome mat and place a few plants near the door if you have a front porch, and this will provide a low cost, welcoming entry point to your home.
2. Set up your rooms for entertaining. Many people want to have a home that will be conducive to entertaining their friends and family, so make sure you take this into account when staging your home. Set your table for an elegant dinner, complete with plain white plates, cloth napkins and wine glasses, so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves entertaining in the space.
Bathtub with window, bathroom sink with mirror above and towels. 3. Make your bathroom into a spa. It’s easy to create a spa-like bathroom on a budget! Replace your old mismatched colored towels with matching white towels, place them on your towel racks and replace your bath mat with a white one to match. You can also swap out your plastic shower curtain for a white fabric one to further transform your bathroom.
4. Mount mirrors. Mirrors can help your rooms feel larger and can help lighten up a dark room. Mount them where they catch the most amount of light and use different sizes and shapes to create an interesting art piece.
5. Organize and depersonalize. A clean canvas allows potential buyers to see the possibilities in your home, so make sure to organize all of the rooms in the house and remove personal photographs if at all possible. Replace those photos with a simple art piece, or replace personal photos in frames with an artistic landscape photograph. A quick way to make the home feel organized and clean is to ensure beds have clean linens, and to keep all cabinet and closet doors closed.

These quick, inexpensive changes are easy to do and can create a more polished appearance for your home. This can contribute to your home being more appealing in photographs and in person – increasing the likelihood of your home being sold, and for top dollar!

Friday, June 8, 2018

6 Tips to Help You Hold the Best Summer Open House

After a long winter, we finally made it – summer is here! For many, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the nice weather and to list their home for sale, complete with summer open houses.

While warm weather and sunshine are definitely pluses when holding an open house, there are a few things you should consider when getting your home ready to show prospective buyers during summer months. Here are a few tips for holding a summer open house:

1. Maintain the landscaping. Summer can mean long periods without rain, which can lead to your lawn drying out. Potential buyers don’t want to see a home with a burned out, brown front lawn, so make sure you water your lawn often and keep the grass at a reasonable length. Weed your garden and trim your landscaping too!
2. Clean windows and doors. Winter can take a toll on windows and doors. Keep the windows sparkling by cleaning them both inside and outside your home. (This has the added bonus of allowing as much natural summer sunlight into your home as possible!) You should also wipe down your front door weekly during high pollen season.
3. Add light. Place exterior lights around your driveway and/or walkways to make your home's exterior more appealing. This is also a good safety measure for those walking around your property.
4. Highlight your outdoor areas. Now that the long, cold winter season is over, most of us are eager to spend as much time outside as possible. Highlighting the exterior of your home can be a great way to showcase the property to potential buyers. For example, a great way to feature your backyard and its possibilities for a future homeowner is to set up your patio with outdoor furniture, tables, and a carpet. This creates the image of an inviting outdoor living room.
5. Keep it cool. Air conditioning thermostats should be set a few degrees cooler than normal for your open house. Buyers will stream in and out of your house, meaning your doors will open frequently. No air conditioning? Make sure rooms are well ventilated and fans are running before the open house as well.
6. Keep your basement smelling fresh. As the weather gets warmer, damp and musty odors in your basement may worsen. Clean your basement thoroughly to remove as much of those odors as possible, and once clean, invest in a dehumidifier to continue keeping the musty odors at a minimum.

Taking a little time to fix up your home to its best advantage in the summer months can make a huge impact on your open house. Keep in mind the season and you’re sure to have success!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to Sell Your Home on a Timetable: 5 Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast

When you’re selling your home, timing is everything. Sometimes, though, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the perfect time to list your home on the market. So what can you do when you’re on a timetable and you need to get your home sold quickly?

Here are 5 tips to help you sell your home fast:

1. Declutter and Depersonalize. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you want to make sure your home is looking its best, both in both pictures and in person. Cleaning and removing clutter from your home makes the space appear larger, and depersonalizing your home by removing items such as personal photos or toys allows prospective buyers to view your home as a blank slate to potentially make their own.

2. The Price is Right. It's difficult to competitively yet objectively price your own home - and price is one of the biggest factors to take into consideration for potential buyers. For those reasons, and many others, it’s always best to work with a real estate professional when it comes to pricing. The experience and resources at a real estate agent’s disposal will be invaluable in determining the pricing that makes the most sense for your home so that it sells quickly.

3. Be Flexible.
It will be difficult to sell your home in a short timeframe if your home is not available for viewing! Make sure your house is always ready to show, and that you’re always ready to have it available and accessible for viewing by potential buyers.

4. Consider Incentives. You might not think that certain items you own have much value, but you never know what could appeal to potential buyers. Moving out of state? Consider leaving large furniture, like a couch or dining room table. These items may appeal to first time homebuyers, who see furniture as a major expense for their future home.

5. List with HUNT.
Did you know that HUNT offers a Seller Security Plan? The Seller Security Plan provides confidence that the sale of your home will be completed in a timely and efficient manner—or ERA will buy it from you. The ERA Seller Security PlanSM (SSP) is designed for the single family home seller on the move, and if qualified and accepted into the plan, you’ll get peace of mind knowing your property will be taken care of in a finite sales period. Reach out to a HUNT Agent to learn more.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Home

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Whether you’re looking to move across the country or across the street, selling your home is an exciting and emotional time. There’s a lot involved in the process, including decluttering, pricing, and preparing for open houses, so before you place yours on the market, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to consider when you’re selling your home:
  1. DO prepare your home for sale. Step one should be to make sure that your house is cosmetically in the best shape possible. Do minor repairs, paint touch-ups, and declutter before placing your home on the market so your house can appear its best in photos.
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  3. DON’T list your price too high. It’s natural that you love your house - you’ve put a lot of time and effort over the years into making it your home! However, sentimentality and your attachment to the memories made in your home can cloud your judgment when it comes to pricing. You don’t want to list your home too high, or you could risk it staying on the market for too long. Statistics show that homes that stay on the market longer typically sell for less money. Many different factors go into pricing your home correctly. One of the best ways you can set your home for sale at the correct and the most competitive price is to work with a real estate sales professional.
  4. DON’T hang around during showings or open houses. While you may be tempted to stay and watch people tour your home, it’s better to resist the urge and to make a point to stay away during showings. The owner's presence in the home can add pressure and stress to potential buyers looking at the property, and may even cause them to feel rushed and not want to return for another look. This can also lead to inaccurate feedback because the potential buyer may not want to insult the current owner with negatives.
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  6. DO hire a real estate professional. Working with a real estate professional can change your entire outlook on the home selling experience. A good real estate professional will take away the stress involved with selling your home. Your agent will market your property, negotiate potential offers, set up open houses, and answer incoming calls and questions about your home. They market and negotiate on your behalf, so don’t take this decision lightly. Make sure your agent is not only someone who you trust, but also someone who has the knowledge and tools to get your home sold quickly and for the best price.
If you’re interested in working with a real estate sales professional, reach out to us today!

Friday, March 9, 2018

How to List Your Home at The Right Price

Pricing can be a tricky component when selling your home. In order to sell quickly and to receive the most amount of money for your property, it is important to price your home correctly. However, listing for sale at too high of a price may limit your pool of potential buyers, and pricing your home too low can deter some buyers who may question the reasoning behind the low price and whether that is reflective of something wrong with the property.

So how do you find the “sweet spot” for the price at which to sell your home?

Enlist the help of a real estate professional.
The best way to make sure your home is placed on the market at a realistic and competitive price is to work with a real estate sales professional. The insight on the market that a real estate professional can provide is invaluable in many aspects of the home selling process, including their knowledge of what potential buyers are willing to pay for a property in your neighborhood.

Price Per Sq. Ft.
The cost per sq. ft. is often a good starting point for determining your home's cost. It should never be the only factor in your home’s listing price, but can help your agent get an idea of what your home is worth in your market. Your home’s layout is also taken into consideration.

Competitive Market Analysis
A competitive market analysis is a major factor in determining the sale price at which your home will be listed. This analysis looks at three factors: the homes currently for sale in your area, homes that previously sold in your area, and homes that are not selling in your area. Each facet is a great indicator of what prices are and aren’t working. Your real estate sales professional will have a database of resources to help research these factors.

Market Conditions
Your agent will also look at current market conditions. This is where the expertise of your real estate professional will shine. Real estate agents are trained professionals working in real estate every day. They can tell you if your home is in a “hot” area, how long you might expect your home to be on the market, and whether homes are for sale by owner or if the properties are an agent listing.

A competitively priced listing, along with the assistance of a trained real estate sales professional, will help to ensure that you get the most potential offers for the sale of your home.

Interested in selling your home? Reach out to a HUNT sales professional today.