Why Spring Is A Great Time To Sell Your Home

The market is hot, and it is a great time to be a seller in Clark County. Potential homebuyers are out and about and are ready to put down roots in a new home. Spring is usually the most popular season for buying and selling a home and here’s why.

#1: Inventory is tight, and demand remains high.
Home inventory in Clark County is still relatively low, which means that many buyers are clamoring to get in the real estate game and find the home of their dreams. This means that there is more competition out there, so buyers and sellers should be prepared for multiple offer situations, which requires patience and plenty of discussion with your experienced real estate broker.

#2: The weather is great.
Garden flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is green and inviting, and the weather is getting warmer. Not to mention, the days are getting longer, and we have more daylight to work with, so that boosts the amount of people that can see the home during the day. The springtime brings buyers out of winter hibernation and they are generally excited and more energetic when it comes to looking at homes in person, with the goal of getting settled in before the summer heat starts.

#3: Kids can remain in school.
Moving in the middle of the year is a hassle for kids and parents alike. Spring is a great time to sell because kids can finish out the school year and you’ll be able to move, register for a new school district if needed, and have everything in place before autumn starts and the new school year begins.

If you’re ready to list your home this spring, or if you’re ready to buy and want to start looking, my two decades of experience as a Realtor® can help! I love working with buyers and sellers around Clark County and am happy to help you with the information you need to start your adventure in buying or selling a home.

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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Continued: 4 Housing Trends for 2015


This is the last post in my most recent blog series that covers some of the top home trends predicted for 2015. This week, I’ll be covering the last 4 trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes on the market.

  1. Grandiose garages.
    Grand garage spaces are very desirable right now. The new trends include bringing the driveway material into the garage, as well as adding sleek designs and modern conveniences into it, including temperature controls, glass doors, or large sinks for outdoor use or washing pets.
     
  2. Luxurious master bedrooms.
    The bedrooms are some of the most important rooms in your home – they are where you can really rest and unwind at the end of a long day. As the demands of work and society increase and people become more and more stressed, people begin recognizing the importance of getting great sleep and how it will affect their mood and their overall productivity throughout the day. So, homebuyers today are not only looking for bedrooms that they can turn into their oasis, but they are looking for ways to transform them into a luxurious retreat. They’re doing this by buying top of the line mattresses, luxurious bedding, comfortable pillows, and having calming scents throughout the room.
     
  3. White kitchens.
    There are thousands of options for kitchen colors, backsplashes, cabinets, and flooring, but one of the hottest trends this year is the focus on all-white kitchens. It’s common to see white cabinetry with dark gray or black countertops and white walls. The white trend gives the space a clean, fresh look to it that many homeowners desire.
     
  4. Enhanced outdoor living.
    Outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice at some of the 2015 trends in outdoor living. This year, enhancing outdoor space is very popular.  Some of the things you might see include adding an outdoor covered kitchen equipped with a sink, carving station, and grill, adding a hot tub with an adjacent outdoor shower, or providing an outside wash station for your dog. Being outside during the spring and summer months is very enjoyable in the Pacific Northwest, so expect to see people investing in bigger and better outdoor living spaces this year.

Home design trends are fun and interesting to watch, no doubt! Be sure, however, that you are mindful of what budget you need to stick to, as well as what style preferences you prefer.   Consider what ideas and concepts you’ll like or will work well for your home for years to come – not just what the passing interests are.

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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Which Home Repairs Should You Make Before Selling Your Home?


When it comes to selling your home, there is probably a checklist of to-do items that might seem endless. Cleaning carpets, purging cluttered closets, repairing odds and ends around the home – all of these types of tasks are par for the course when it comes to getting your home ready to sell.  Before you put your home on the market, it’s important to do a thorough review of your home – inside and out – to see what potential problem areas there are.  Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. What would they notice and what would they want to be fixed? Here are three most important home repairs to make before you list your home. 

  1. Leaking or damaged roof.
    If there are suspected leaks or apparent damage on your roof, it will need to be fixed right away. Damaged or leaky roofs can be potentially hazardous, as it can lead to serious water damage. If the roof isn’t leaking, check for missing shingles and have them replaced immediately. If there are shingles that are damaged or loose, fix those as well so they don’t fly off in windy or rainy weather.
     
  2. Electrical issues.
    Is your electrical panel overloaded?  This is something that an inspector will notice and tell the buyer about right away.  In addition, be sure that your wall switches, electrical outlets, or other fixtures in the home are fixed or replaced and be sure that any exposed wires are fixed and covered up so there is no risk of fire or electric shock. If you don’t have an electrical background, don’t attempt to fix all of these things yourself – a trained and licensed electrician should be the one that makes any upgrades or significant repairs to your system.
     
  3. Plumbing problems.
    If your home has problems with plumbing, this is something that should be fixed right away. Be sure that all of your drains are working well and that there aren’t any leaks coming out of fixtures or major appliances like dishwashers, toilets, or showers. This could lead to water damage in walls or flooring, which could cause rot.

It’s important to take care of the big things first. Then, take care of cosmetic fixes and get your home staged well so it’s appealing to potential buyers. Then, you’ll be on the track toward a quick and efficient selling process!

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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The Benefits of Home Staging

One of the most popular real estate trends in the last several years has been home staging.  Television stations like TLC and HGTV have showcased how important and effective real estate home staging can really be. Real estate professionals and home sellers all over the country have implemented the home staging techniques that we have seen in recent years, and because of that, homes often sell faster and for a higher amount than homes that are not staged. Not sure if home staging really works? Check out the top 3 advantages of having your home staged when it comes to selling your home.

Advantage #1:  Staged homes compete better in the market.
By staging, you are able to feature the best parts of your home.  This means that buyers will see the advantages of your home over others and sometimes it even leads to a faster sale.  It also presents a great impression when the appraiser arrives.  This all means that you have the best chance of getting into a new home faster since you will get the money from your home quicker.  This also saves you the carrying costs of maintenance, utilities and more.

Advantage #2:  Staging makes an emotional connection.
When your home is staged well, potential homebuyers can envision themselves in the space. In addition, it’s important to know that even when it comes to home shopping, potential home buyers will use their emotions to make part of their decision on which home they want. They will remember how the home made them feel when they entered and walked around that house. They will make an emotional connection with the space almost immediately upon seeing it and when they can start seeing themselves in that space, there is often a sale. 

Advantage #3: Pictures are more appealing.
Many prospective home buyers start researching homes online before they go into any homes. With unattractive pictures online, they might pass by the home quickly, simply because they don’t see the value in the home. Staging the home means that your pictures will turn out better and in turn, give you the visual edge that you’ll need to get buyers to set up showings. 

Of course, choosing an agent that will effectively market your home is key, and professional staging can enhance your competitive advantage. Reveal why your home has appeal and get your home staged today!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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