Maximize Your Real Estate Success with HUNT’s Comprehensive Services

In today’s fast-paced and competitive real estate market, having a trusted partner who can handle all your homeownership needs under one roof isn’t just a convenience – it’s a game-changer. At HUNT Real Estate, we understand that buying or selling a home is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why we’ve built a comprehensive suite of services designed to streamline your experience, give you a competitive edge, and help you achieve your real estate goals.

HUNT Real Estate: One Company, Your Team

As a full-service brokerage, HUNT is your go-to resource for all of your real estate needs. Our experienced real estate professionals are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of the market, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor, or looking to sell your current property. 

HUNT Mortgage: Financing Made Easy

Securing the right financing is crucial to the homebuying process. For over 40 years, HUNT Mortgage has offered a wide range of mortgage options tailored to your unique needs. Our team of mortgage consultants is committed to finding the best rates and terms, ensuring that you have the financial foundation you need to start the buying process. From pre-approval to closing, HUNT Mortgage is here to help you get started in making your next move. 

HUNT Insurance: Customized Coverage that Meets Your Needs

Protecting your investment is a top priority. HUNT Insurance provides comprehensive coverage options to safeguard your property and assets. Our insurance producers work with you to customize policies that fit your specific needs, giving you peace of mind knowing that you’re protected against the unexpected. 

HUNT Commercial: Full Service Brokerage and Consulting Services

For those interested in commercial real estate, HUNT Commercial offers a wealth of opportunities. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or lease commercial properties, our team of commercial real estate professionals is equipped with the knowledge and resources to help you achieve your business objectives. 

Network Title Agency: Seamless Transactions

A smooth and efficient closing process is essential to any real estate transaction. Network Title Agency ensures that all legal aspects of your purchase or sale are handled with precision and care. Our experienced title professionals work diligently to clear any potential issues, providing you with a seamless and stress-free closing experience. 

HUNT Relocation: Moving Made Simple

Relocating to a new area can be challenging, but HUNT Relocation is here to make the process as smooth as possible. Our relocation specialists provide personalized assistance to help you find the perfect home and settle into your new community. Whether you’re moving across the country or just around the corner, HUNT Relocation ensures that your transition is seamless and stress-free.

From buying and selling to financing, insurance, and beyond, HUNT Real Estate is your trusted partner in achieving your real estate goals. Contact us today to find out how we can help you make a successful move. 

Get Your Home Summer-Ready: 4 Staging Tips for a Successful Sale

Now that you’ve taken care of your spring cleaning, is your home ready to be listed and hold a summer open house? Here are 4 ways to stage your home to get your home summer-ready and showcase it at its best this season for a successful sale!

Switch to summer-inspired schemes and patterns

What kind of colors do you think of when you envision a summer day? An easy way to refresh your home is to change up the color scheme. If it’s light and neutral, incorporate natural tones such as beige, tan, white, or shades of green. If summer means time spent by the water to you, incorporate blues or coastal decor like ocean glass or shells to create the feel of a waterfront getaway. You can extend these colors and ideas to your bedding, pillows, window coverings, and other decor throughout your home.

Lighten up your fabrics and textures

It’s time to put away your luxe and cozy fabrics and embrace lighter days! Sheer, breezy curtains can brighten up your living space and fabrics like linen or cotton can make your bedding feel lighter and cooler. This not only enhances comfort, but also creates an airy, open, and comfortable atmosphere on warmer days for potential buyers.

Refresh your home with summer scents

A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to transition your home to the new season is updating your candles and diffusers with summer scents. Citrus and tropical fragrances are perfect for summer. For a natural scent infusion, decorate with bowls of fresh fruit like lemons and limes. (Just make sure you choose a few complementary scents to avoid overwhelming visitors or potential buyers!)

Enhance your outdoor living space

Highlight features that make your home ideal for outdoor entertaining. Set up a comfortable seating area on your porch or in your backyard with pillows and lightweight throws. Decorate with strings of white lights or lanterns to create a cozy ambiance. For a cohesive look, tie your outdoor decor to your indoor style by using similar color schemes and an indoor-outdoor rug to link the spaces together.

Summer is the perfect time to refresh your home or stage it for sale. If you’re looking for summer staging ideas or thinking about selling your home, contact one of our HUNT real estate professionals today!

Easy Spring Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Elevate Your Home’s Exterior

As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to give your home’s exterior a little TLC. Whether you’re thinking about selling or just want to spruce things up, boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are five simple spring projects you can tackle this weekend to give your home a fresh new look:

Blast away dirt and grime

Rent a pressure washer and give your outdoor surfaces a deep clean. Whether it’s your driveway, deck, or even certain types of siding, a good pressure wash can make everything look brand new. A note of caution – make sure to use the right amount of pressure to prevent damage on the surfaces you’re cleaning!

Seal the gaps

Take a close look at your window and door seals. If they’re looking a little worse for wear, it might be time to freshen them up with some new caulk. Not only will this help retain cool or warm air in your home depending on the season, but it’ll also give your exterior a much-needed facelift.

Light up the outdoors

With longer days and outdoor entertaining on the horizon, now is the perfect time to upgrade your outdoor lighting. Swap out old, outdated fixtures for something more modern and stylish. In addition to elevating the look of your outdoor space, improving the lighting will increase visibility and safety for you and your guests after dark.

Add a pop of color

For a quick and easy project that can completely transform the look of your home’s exterior, make a bold statement by painting your front door a vibrant new color!

Spruce up your greenery

You don’t need a green thumb to boost your home’s curb appeal! Adding a few colorful planters to your front porch or entryway is an easy way to add some life to your landscaping without committing to a full garden.

Embrace the season and tackle these easy and budget-friendly projects to give your home a fresh new look. Whether you’re planning to sell or just want to enjoy your outdoor space, a little bit of effort can go a long way. Are you thinking about making a move? Be sure to reach out to one of our HUNT Real Estate sales professionals for more ideas on elevating your curb appeal and helping you find your dream home!

Spring into Action: 5 Easy Staging Ideas to Sell Your Home This Season

Every home tells a story. When it comes to selling, you want to make sure that your house is presented at its best and tells its story in a compelling, positive way to potential buyers. Creating this pleasing environment that prepares your home for sale by highlighting its best features is known as staging

As the spring real estate market blooms, here are five easy ways you can stage your home and give a refresh for the season as you prepare to sell: 

1. Bring the Outdoors In

Incorporate colorful flowers, floral scents, and spring inspired colors throughout your home to add a touch of nature indoors. From fresh flowers on the dining room table to a scented candle to adding colorful pillows to your living room, embrace the spring season and all it has to offer inside your home for potential buyers. 

2. Create an Outdoor Oasis

With warmer weather on the horizon, make sure that buyers can envision themselves enjoying outdoor gatherings and relaxation. Arrange cozy seating areas complete with colorful cushions and potted plants to showcase the potential for entertaining during the warmer months. 

3. Declutter and Depersonalize

One of the most important aspects of staging any home is to declutter and depersonalize. Take this opportunity to clear out any unnecessary items and personal touches that might distract potential buyers. By creating a clean and neutral canvas, you allow buyers to envision themselves living in the space. Remember, how we live is not how we sell!

4. Let the Light In

Let the sunshine and natural light into your home! Open up curtains and blinds to give rooms a bright and airy feel. Not only does this highlight your home’s best features for photos, but it also creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for buyers as they look at your home.

5. Give It a Spring Clean

‘Tis the season – give your home a thorough spring cleaning to ensure it sparkles and shines from top to bottom. Pay special attention to commonly overlooked areas such as baseboards, light fixtures, and windows. A clean home not only looks more appealing, but also gives the impression that it has been well-maintained, in person and in online photo galleries. 

Spring is an optimal time to give your home a refresh, or to stage your home for sale during the season. If you’re looking for staging ideas for your spring open house or are thinking about selling your home in the future, reach out to one of our real estate professionals today!

New Year’s Resolutions for Homebuyers and Sellers

New year, new home? If you’re ready to make a move, there’s no better time to start planning so you can achieve your homeownership goals. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for homebuyers and sellers that can help you prepare to purchase or list a home as we begin the year.

Homebuying New Year’s Resolutions:

Resolution #1: Credit check-up

Obtain a copy of your credit report and work on improving your credit score. This will be important in determining your mortgage rates and loan terms once you start the home financing process. 

Resolution #2: Financial planning and budgeting

Create a realistic budget and adhere to it so you can save for a down payment, closing costs, and potential unexpected expenses that are associated with owning your home. 

Resolution #3: Define your wants and needs 

Make a list of your priorities in a home, distinguishing between the nice-to-haves (wants) and your must-haves/non-negotiables (needs). This will help streamline your search process and narrow down what you’re looking for in your next home.

Resolution #4: Meet with a mortgage professional

Consult with a mortgage expert to understand your borrowing capacity and get pre-approved for a mortgage. This not only gives you an idea of what your budget is for a home, but also gives you a competitive edge in the market. Our team of experienced HUNT Mortgage consultants can help you get started and provide you with your home financing options.

Home Selling New Year’s Resolutions: 

Resolution #1: Declutter and depersonalize

Streamline your living spaces by decluttering, depersonalizing, and organizing. This provides a blank canvas so potential buyers can envision themselves in the space, and highlights the home’s potential.

Resolution #2: Start home improvement projects

Identify areas that need improvement in your home so you can make sure your home is ready for photos and showings – from a coat of fresh paint, to drywall repair, to replacing light fixtures. Taking the time to provide a show-ready home drives buyer traffic and in turn, drives up the sale price of your home.

Resolution #3: Enhance curb appeal

Invest time and resources in improving the curb appeal of your home. The front entryway is a great place to start no matter the weather or the season, while projects such as planting and landscaping and creating outdoor entertaining spaces can be a warm-weather undertaking. A well-maintained exterior creates a positive first impression for potential buyers.

Resolution #4: Stage your home to sell

Presentation is a crucial part of the home selling process. Embrace the art of home staging to showcase your property in the best possible light. Enhance the visual appeal and flow of each room by thoroughly cleaning, letting in natural light, and creating a cohesive color scheme in the space.  

Homebuyers and Sellers – Joint New Year’s Resolution: 

Resolution: Partner with a Real Estate Professional

The most important New Year’s resolution you can make, whether you’re a homebuyer or a home seller, is to commit to working with a knowledgeable, seasoned real estate professional. From market expertise to negotiation skills to a vast network of connections in the industry, the guidance of a real estate professional can help you navigate all the complexities of the real estate process, ensuring a smoother and more successful experience in the new year and beyond.

Contact one of our HUNT real estate professionals today to start your homebuying or selling journey. Cheers to achieving your homeownership goals in the new year!

Preparing for a Summer Open House

If you’re in the market to sell your home, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the nice weather and hold a summer open house!

Summer is a prime opportunity to achieve a successful home sale, so it’s important to make sure you and your home are as prepared as possible to be displayed at its best. Here are a few tips to get your home open-house ready during the summer months: 

Showcase your outdoor space: If you’re looking to sell, summer is a fantastic opportunity to show buyers all the possibilities for relaxing and entertaining in your outdoor space and provide them a canvas to envision their outdoor gatherings. Add outdoor decor to your yard, porch, deck, or pool, and choose a comfortable outdoor seating set in advance of your open house – for a more streamlined and cohesive look, you can tie in your outdoor decor to the indoors by choosing similar color schemes and patterns, and incorporate an indoor to outdoor rug to effectively link the two spaces together. 

Make your home shine: In addition to doing a deep clean and declutter, make sure to keep the glass surfaces of all windows and doors in your home as clean and sparkling as possible – both inside and outside – so you can let natural light stream in for your open house. 

Consider your curb appeal: Take stock of the exterior of your home before your open house – the very first impression a buyer will have of their potential new dwelling, especially the landscaping. Keep up on any lawn, plant, and flower bed maintenance such as weeding, trimming, and watering to make sure that your home’s appeal extends from the inside out and stands out as a summer market listing.

Keep it cool: The weather is hot, as is the market – so make sure your open house stays cool for your potential buyers. If you have air conditioning, having it set a few degrees cooler than normal will help immensely as buyers come through the house. If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure the rooms in your home are well ventilated and fans are running before the open house starts to make it as comfortable as possible. 

Enhance your exterior lighting: From strings of white lights in your yard to lanterns and exterior lights in your driveway, place outdoor lights around your home to enhance your home’s exterior – and also to provide a safety measure for those walking around the property. 

Taking a little time to fix up your home to its best advantage in the summer months can make a huge impact and lead to a successful open house. For more ideas to get your home ready for an open house, or to stage your home for summer, reach out to us today to connect with one of our HUNT sales professionals!

Preparing Your Home for a Spring Sale

It’s that time of year when plants, flowers, and the real estate market begin to bloom in full – hello, spring. 

While the spring season is a prime opportunity for you to achieve a successful home sale, it’s essential to prepare as much as possible. Below are some ways you can prepare your home to have a competitive edge as the spring market gets into full swing. 

Get a head start on your spring cleaning

A decluttering and deep cleaning of your home, along with making minor repairs, is the best way to get it ready for a showing. Cleaning out your home will allow more space to display your home’s best features, showcase available storage, and provide a blank canvas for a potential buyer to envision your home as their own while making repairs and updates to your home will keep it refreshed throughout the seasons. 

For home repair needs, make sure you check out the HUNT Homeowners Club for a list of HUNT-approved vendors that can help you make your home look and function at its best!

Give your curb appeal some TLC:

It’s time to take stock of the exterior of your home – the very first impression a buyer will have of their potential new dwelling. From lawn, plant, and flower bed maintenance to updating your front door to enhancing your exterior lighting, make sure that your home refresh extends from the inside out to stand out as a spring market listing.

Safety for all seasons:

From testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, to cleaning and replacing filters on mechanicals, to inventorying major appliances in your homes for wear and tear, having a set schedule to make sure everything is running smoothly is always good practice no matter the season. 

Bring spring indoors

Refresh the interior of your home in time for the new season – open the windows to let in the fresh air and natural light, store out-of-season clothes and decor, and stage your home for spring with fresh flowers and floral or fruit-scented candles. These refreshing scents and vibrant colors can provide the perfect aromatic and visual representation of the season as you get ready to list your home. 

Lighten up your fabric and textures:  

Now that the nice weather is finally here, it’s time to change out your home’s fabrics from luxe and cozy to elegant and light. Sheer, breezy curtains will lighten up your living spaces, and fabrics such as linen or cotton will do wonders for changing up the look and ambiance in your home for a new season.

Showcase your yard/outdoor space

A well-maintained backyard that displays the possibilities for relaxing and entertaining is essential in a spring market –  make sure you give potential buyers a canvas to envision their outdoor gatherings. 

Need some help keeping track of preparations? Download our spring maintenance checklist to get your home ready for the season!

If you’re planning to sell your home, there’s no time better than the spring market. Contact one of our HUNT real estate professionals today to help guide you through the selling process so you can get your home listed and sold this spring!

Why You Should Sell Your Home in the “Off-Season”

winter home on lake with snow on roof at twilight

Technology has changed real estate and how buyers find their homes. According to NAR, the most popular information source for homebuyers was an online website at 89%. After searching for a home online, a majority of people will then walk through the homes they like. Buyers can now look at homes online year-round, so factors like snow don’t deter buyers as much as they used to before the internet.

While it is true that there will be less inventory in the market during these months, this is not a negative either. Your home will have less competition, and buyers who are active are traditionally motivated buyers. What’s more, buyers who have been searching for a home over the summer won’t just stop looking at houses because summer is over. If they were unable to find one during the spring or summer, they’ll still likely keep tabs on homes in their priced range. So in reality, your buyer pool won’t drastically shrink, even though your competition will. 

If you’re ready to sell during the fall or winter markets, here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for sale.

  • Have all-season photos on hand. Once the snow falls, it can be difficult for buyers to visualize your outdoor space. If you’ve got a great backyard, make sure you have pictures from spring/summer to show its potential to buyers.
  • Make sure everything is ready to go. If you can, get your home in the best shape possible and make any major repairs. Homebuyers are less likely to want to put in work during the colder months. 
  • Maximize your curb appeal. Keep up with raking leaves and shoveling snow. Do your best to keep your pathways clear and salted during the winter months to prevent a slip or fall. 
  • Let there be light. With the colder months come less sunlight, so make sure that your home is well-lit both inside and out. Replace old or dead bulbs with bright and energy-efficient ones. 
  • Style your home for the season. Let your home reflect the season. If you’re looking for tips on how to style your home for a holiday sale, check out our blog here.
  • Use a real estate professional. If you’re ready to list in the off-season, a top-notch sales professional will help your home get in front of the right audience. Our real estate sales professionals are experts who have revolutionary marketing tools at their fingertips. Make sure you reach out to one of our sales professionals today!

Don’t fall for the common misconception that listing your home for sale outside of the busiest months is a bad thing. There are plenty of benefits to listing outside the traditional peak season.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Ready to Sell Your Home

Ready to sell your home? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you sell:

Couple meeting with agent in office

Are my finances in order?

Make sure you know how much you owe on your mortgage and take into account what you owe on any home equity loans. If you owe more than your home could be worth (check out our Buyside tool to find out an estimate), it may be in your best interest to get your finances in order before selling. 

Does my house need updates or repairs?

Make sure you finish any incomplete projects around the house. Consider painting if your home needs it, and patch up holes or cracked plaster. You should repair or replace chipped tiles and/or damaged flooring. Make sure you deep clean the home to remove any pet or cigar/cigarette odor. 

What items should stay with the house? 

Do you love your kitchen appliances? Potential buyers may too. It may be in your best interest to leave items with your home that could add value. Your real estate sales professional can be a great resource to inform you what you should leave and what you should take with you.

What should I get rid of?

Depersonalization and decluttering are important when you’re ready to list your home for sale. Consider a storage space to store items that aren’t necessary for your everyday life to help showcase your home in the best way possible. This is also a great opportunity to get rid of items you don’t want to move with you. 

Should I hire a real estate professional to list my home? 

A real estate sales professional is a major help when you are listing your home. What does a good real estate sales professional do to help you get your home sold? They offer advice on how to stage your home, can price your home competitively, market your home, negotiate on your behalf, just to name a few.

If you decide that you are ready to list your home for sale, make sure you reach out to a HUNT Real Estate ERA sales professional.

4 Questions to Ask Your Listing Agent when Selling Your Home

Agent meeting indoors on a couch with man and woman and pointing at a contract

Finding the right real estate professional to help you with selling your home can be a difficult task. This is the person who will negotiate on your behalf and will influence your overall home selling experience.

If you’re looking for your real estate sales professional, ask them a few questions to understand how they operate. You want to make sure they’re compatible with your goals and personality. Here is a list of 4 questions you can ask your real estate sales professional when deciding to list your home:

Q: How long have you been in real estate?

Your agent should be happy to share information about their experience in real estate and their qualifications.

Q: Have you sold any other homes in the area?

You want an agent familiar with the neighborhood that your home is in. Communities can vary, and what helps sell homes in one neighborhood may not be the same in another. If your agent is familiar with the area, they can help sell its perks to potential homebuyers.

Q: Will I be working directly with you or will I be working with a team?

Some agents are members of a team. This means you may not be working with only one agent, but a team of agents and administrative professionals. This is not a negative! It can allow a large pool of professionals to assist in the sale of your home. Just be sure you’re comfortable with this and get to meet all the professionals you’ll be working with during the process.

Q: What is your preferred method of contact?

Some agents love email, others love texting, others love phone calls. It all depends on the individual. Make sure you have someone who prefers your form of communication.

When you’re ready to sell your home, HUNT Real Estate has the best trained real estate sales professionals. Reach out to one of our sales professionals in your area to find out how we can help you sell your home.