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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner, and no matter what you do for the holidays, you're sure to entertain a few guests at your home. If you’re looking to give your home a mini-makeover before the holidays, here are a few tips on refreshing your home without breaking the bank.

Paint. A fresh coat of paint can change the mood of a room. It can make your home appear clean and updated. Walls that are neutral can offer a clean, blank slate that will make your holiday decorations really pop.

Make rooms feel larger. If you have heavy drapes, try replacing them with vertical blinds that let light in, or add sheer curtains. Natural light can make a room feel more open. Adding a mirror can also make a room feel larger and brighter, and there are great affordable options in stores like
HomeGoods or Target.

Bathroom fix. While a full-on bathroom makeover may not be in your budget, a few tweaks to your existing room can make a difference. Replace an old mirror, or frame it with trim. Replace dated old fixtures with new ones. Another fun decorating tip for your overnight guests: fill up a decorative basket with bathroom essentials in case they forgot theirs!

Don’t let your kitchen be a nightmare. If you plan to cook a large meal for the holidays, you’re bound to have company in your kitchen. The problem with kitchen updates: it can be the most expensive room to update. If you want to do a quick change, swap out the hardware on your cabinets. An even easier update? Change out your kitchen towels and add seasonal flowers to the counter.

These simple and affordable updates can help make any home feel modern and put together for the holiday season. Looking to do a full home renovation? Your HUNT Sales Professional can help!

Monday, November 12, 2018

11/10 Radio Show: Robert Blake

Guest host, Jonathan Orlow, welcomes Robert Blake to the show.

Rob Blake is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Jonathan leads the discussion on the current real estate market.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

First-Time Homebuyer FAQs

If you're a first-time homebuyer, you may have a lot of questions about what's actually involved in buying a home. For those that are looking to start their house hunt, here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about buying your first home:

Question: What’s the first thing I should do when I buy a home?
Answer: Step 1 should always get pre-approved for your mortgage. Once you know how much you can afford, you can then start your search for an agent who can assist you with your home buying process. Interested in getting pre-approved? Check out to find out how.

Question: How much money should I have for a down payment on my home?
Answer: You may have heard 20% is the ideal down payment for your home. But there are loan programs available that require as little as 3% of the purchase price payment down. Check out HUNT Mortgage’s low down payment page for more.

Question: How long does it take to find a home?
Answer: The true answer is it is different for every home buyer. According to NAR statistics, the average homebuyer took 10 weeks to find their home and looked at an average of 10 houses.

Question: What does a real estate sales professional do for me as a home buyer?
Answer: A short answer: EVERYTHING! Your real estate sales professional is here to guide you through every step of the home buying process.

Question: What do I pay to work with a real estate sales professional?
Answer: Nothing. You should never have to pay to work with a real estate professional when buying a home.

If you're ready to take the first step towards buying a home, please reach out to one of our local real estate sales professionals. They will be happy to guide you through the home buying process and answer all of your questions!

Monday, November 5, 2018

11/3 Radio Show: Linda Mallia

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Linda Mallia to the show.

Linda Mallia is President of HUNT Mortgage.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the stock & market bonds.

To find out more, listen to this week's show.