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JANUARY 1 - COPY & PASTE
I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' 2022 😍
If you're anything like me, you feel extra motivated and inspired at the beginning of a New Year.
So why not use that motivation to make sure this year is your best yet?!
Here are 10 ways you can start 2022 off on the right foot:
💐 Buy fresh flowers.
📃 Make a list of home projects you want to tackle this year.
🎨 Pick a room to refresh with a new paint color, throw pillows, or anything else you can easily swap out.
🤫 Make a few personal resolutions (even if you don't tell anyone 😉).
💻 If you work from home, refresh your workspace with new office supplies, accessories, etc.
🎉 Celebrate one small win that you forgot to acknowledge in 2021.
✈️ Plan a vacation or small getaway.
📲 Reach out to one friend or family member you haven't connected with in a while.
🥫 Clean out your pantry.
👔 Donate any clothing you haven't worn in 6+ months.
What would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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Did Santa’s elves forget to clean up?
Don’t worry, you're not alone. Between all the decorating, hosting, and the explosion of gift wrap and boxes, it might look like a holiday hurricane hit your home.
Here are a few ways to maintain your haven during this hibernation season:
❄️ Organize your cold weather accessories
❄️ Sort and store away your holiday decorations
❄️ Put away gift wrap and restock your wrapping supplies (tape, tissue paper, bows, etc.)
❄️ Steam or professionally clean your sofas and drapes
❄️ Shampoo your carpets and area rugs
❄️ Wash blankets and comforters
❄️ Change water and ice maker filters
❄️ Clean out your pantry
❄️ Wipe down kitchen cabinets and hardware
❄️ Organize your board games
❄️ Clean your air ducts and replace your air filters
❄️ Review and update your home inventory list
❄️ Protect pipes from freezing during cold snaps
Which task above is at the top of your to-do list? Let us know in the comments!
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What SURPRISING feature are homebuyers looking for in 2022 ❓
A LAUNDRY ROOM.
That’s right, according to millionacres.com, a dedicated place to do laundry tops the list of most wanted home features in 2022, with more than 85 percent of those surveyed reporting it’s a must-have or desirable.
What else was on the list?
🏠 New construction or remodeled properties with up-to-date amenities
🏠 Energy saving lighting and appliances
🏠 A yard/outdoor space
And get this: when it comes to kitchens, homebuyers are looking for features such as …
👨🍳 Double sinks (81 percent),
👨🍳 Walk-in pantries (81 percent),
👨🍳 Table space for eating (78 percent) and,
👨🍳 A drinking water filtration system (76 percent).
Are you planning to buy a home in 2022? What tops your list of must-haves?
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3 Things You Should Expect When You Start Your 2022 Home Search ⤵️
So you want to buy a home in 2022? GREAT!
But before you start your search, you should know that 2022 is set to be another BUSY year in real estate; there are a few situations you should be prepared for.
1. LOW INVENTORY
While we won't see a repeat of 2021, you should expect low inventory and high demand. To avoid panic-buying, be sure to know what you want *and* what you can actually afford.
2. SELLER’S MARKET
Thanks to that low inventory and high demand, you can expect a strong seller’s market. Be sure to hire a trusted Realtor to help you come to the table with the best offer possible.
3. PRICE APPRECIATION
We'll see home prices continue to rise in 2022, but don't expect another 2021!
Is a new home in your future? If so, reach out! I'd love to chat with you about what you're looking for! Shoot me a DM any time.
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Let’s get MOVING!
I don't know about you, but I want to add some FUN to my workout routine in 2022!
And lucky for us, _____ [your city] has some amazing places to try fun, new ways to incorporate more movement into your lifestyle!
Here are just a few of my favorites! 👇
_____ [Local pilates studio]
_____ [Local yoga studio]
_____ [Local pickle ball court]
_____ [Local hiking trail]
_____ [Local crossfit gym]
_____ [Local aerial aerobics studio]
_____ [Local dance fit class]
Got one to add to the list? Leave your recommendations in the comments!
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Want a WOW WORTHY bathroom?
Whether you're selling or renovating, here are 3 EASY ways to refresh your bathroom:
1. WHITE OUT
Refresh your walls with white; white paint brightens up the space and creates a fresh and clean appearance.
2. REPLACE YOUR LINENS AND SHOWER CURTAIN
Keep up the white look with bright white towels and a shower curtain.
3. ADD A POP OF COLOR
Replace your bathroom rugs–this is where you can play with a pop of color!
Would you paint your bathroom walls white, or do you prefer a more colorful space? Let’s chat about it in the comments!
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Learn from their mistakes!
As a realtor with more than _______ years of experience, here are 5 common buyer mistakes that I can help you avoid. ⤵️
1. Searching for a home before you’ve been pre-approved to buy. If you don't have that pre-approval letter in hand, sellers are way less likely to take your offer seriously.
2. Assuming you need 20 percent down to buy a home. Different loan types require different down payments, so be sure to talk to a lender about your options before you set that budget.
3. Only getting a rate quote from one lender. You should always shop around to more than one lender. Different lenders offer different loan programs, so talk to a few before you make a decision.
4. Draining your savings to buy a house. There are lots of unexpected costs throughout the home-buying process, so be sure to leave a cushion in your account after that down payment.
5. Falling in love with a house based on its design without strongly considering its location and structural inadequacies. Location is everything -- you can change the decor, but you can't change the foundation and structure of a home. Don't get distracted by that Pottery Barn furniture or the Anthropologie accents when you're house shopping.
If you want to avoid these pitfalls, you need to hire a trusted real estate agent to help you through the home-buying process.
Reach out NOW if you're in the market to buy. I'm always here to answer any questions you have!
JANUARY 8 - COPY & PASTE
HERE FOR THE HYGGE!
If you're not familiar, Hygge is the Danish and Norwegian art for creating a mood of cozy comfort to a space.
And while the holidays were a great time to add a little (or a lot!) of hygge to your home, you can still carry that mood with you into the rest of the winter months.
The best part? All you have to do is tweak your holiday decor a bit to achieve this look. Here’s how:
🥰 Keep the pinecones, but ditch the fake snow and Christmas village.
🥰 Repurpose your garland and greenery.
🥰 Swap out the green and red holiday decor with winter white.
🥰 Pile on the pillow and blankets in your living space.
🥰 Add soft, white lighting with candles (real or fake!).
What do you think? Are you all about that hygge like me? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
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This one’s for the GOAL GETTERS!
January is, of course, a time we set goals for the year ahead.
But I want to chat about your 2022 HOME goals.
Are you planning to purchase a new home or considering your first investment property? Are you looking to upgrade or downsize? Do you want to buy acreage and build your dream home?
Over the next week or so, I want to take a deep dive into different real estate goals and how you can achieve them!
In the meantime, spill it: what are some of your 2022 goals (real estate or not!) Share them with me in the comments!
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TRENDING in 2022: home ownership! ✨
If your goal this year is to buy a new home, here are the steps you can expect to take along the way ⬇️
💵 Determine how much house you can afford based on your income, savings and credit score.
💰 Save for a down payment and closing costs.
📲 Contact a lender to get pre-approved for a loan.
🏡 Find a real estate agent to help you identify your needs and wants, and set up an online search.
🔎 Begin searching for your dream home.
📄 Make an offer on the home you want to buy.
⛑ Get a home inspection and home appraisal.
🔧 Negotiate for any home repairs/credits.
👀 Do A Final Walkthrough
🥂 Close On Your New Home
Ready to get started? Let's chat and I can set up an online home search for you -- no strings attached -- so you can start looking for your next home.
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Are you down to downsize?
My clients often wrestle with the idea of downsizing; they're just not sure if they're ready to give up that space!
If you're in the same boat, here are 4 questions you should ask yourself:
1. “Can I maintain my home on my own (without the help of handymen, landscapers, a cleaning crew, etc.)”
2. “Energy costs are rising. Can I afford to keep up?”
3. “When was the last time I had overnight guests? Is my guest bedroom collecting dust?”
4. Am I willing to part with a little (or a lot!) of furniture, clothing, and other items that won't fit in a smaller home?
5. “I might need to purchase smaller furniture. Can I afford it?”
If you think downsizing is in your immediate future, here’s a hot tip: Create a solid plan for getting rid of unwanted items. Coordinate a yard sale and identify local charities that can use what you dont’ sell.
Are you planning to downsize soon? YES or NO! 👇
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Tell me if I'm right:
I bet the last time you were on vacation, you thought, “we should buy some property here."
And while vacation homes can be an amazing investment, there are a few questions to consider before you start buying beach or mountain themed decor for your dream property. ⤵️
☀️Who will maintain the home?
☀️Do you need rental income in order to pay the mortgage? If so, will you hire a property manager?
☀️Does the community or HOA allow short term rentals?
☀️How often will we (actually) use it?
Bottom line? Do your research and really think through your options before you even consider buying a second home.
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Share your recommendations in the comments!
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Buying an investment property is a big step towards generating passive income. But, in order to maximize your investment, it's important to know if you're ready to take the step from homeowner to landlord.
Here are questions to ask yourself before buying your first investment property:
1️⃣ Are you clear on your investment goals?
There are so many ways to invest in property -- are you planning to rent it? Flip it? Hold it as a long-term investment? Be sure to talk to a financial planner before you invest in real estate.
2️⃣ Do you know the local market?
If you're going to buy an investment property, you'll want to be sure you have a solid understanding of the market you're investing in. I can help you understand the local market trends, wherever you're thinking about buying!
3️⃣ Do you have enough savings to cover both of your mortgages?
If you're planning to turn your investment into a rental property, be sure you have enough savings to cover a few months of rent in the event that your property remains vacant for a few months before you can begin generating income.
4️⃣ Do you have time for the added responsibility?
Owning an investment property is a big commitment -- finding tenants, maintaining the home and managing the property can be expensive and time-consuming. Be sure you have the ability to dedicate the time and resources before you commit.
5️⃣ You have a good and reliable team.
When you own an investment property, you'll want to have a good network of real estate professionals, lenders, home repair contractors, cleaning services, and more. Be sure you have the right team in place before you become a landlord.
If you could buy an investment property anywhere in the world and have a guaranteed ROI, where would you buy it?
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Here are 4️⃣ steps to take if you're planning a "double move" this year 👇🏼
Buying and selling at the same time can be overwhelming. That's why having a plan in place is so important!
1️⃣ First, figure out your financing. Do you need to sell your home in order to buy a new one? Talk to a lender about your financing options sooner than later so that we can make a game plan and be prepared for any outcome.
2️⃣ Find out how much your home is worth. Before we list your home, we're going to want to run a comparative market analysis to determine how much you can reasonably expect your home to sell for and how much of a return you'll receive on your investment. This will inform your next purchase decision.
3️⃣ After we figure out how much we can list your current home for, it's time to break out the spreadsheets and figure out exactly how much cash you'll have when your sale is complete -- after you pay off your mortgage and pay closing costs, etc.
4️⃣ Determine your timeline. This is where we get strategic and talk about things like contingency periods and what happens if your current home goes under contract but they buyer's financing falls through. Not fun -- but buying and selling at the same time can be complicated and we want you to be prepared for every outcome.
If any of these tips resonate with you, shoot us a DM. We know that buying and selling at the same time can be complicated and want to help make this transition as stress free as possible for you!
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COME ON IN! 🏠
Today, I want to take you behind the scenes at an open house, since I'm often asked what my responsibilities are during these little home showcases!
Here’s what goes down at the open houses I host! 👇
First, I'll market the heck out of your open house! After all, what good will it do if no one shows up! I promote all of my opens on ________, _________, and _________.
Next, I'll help your home get show-ready. I’ll ________, ________, and _________ so your house shines! [Explain what you do to prep a home for a showing. Ie turn on the lights, open the windows, bring fresh flowers, etc]
During the open house, I'll serve as your home’s tour guide! But don't worry–I'm not pushy. I'll simply answer questions and be engaged and available.
And while your potential buyers are taking in your amazing home, *I'll* be taking notes! I'll listen for feedback and let you know what’s giving buyers serious pause.
Lastly, when it’s all said and done, I’ll follow up with interested buyers or buyers’ agents. While some visitors just come for the free snacks, I can tell when a buyer is serious and will follow up to make sure all of their questions are answered.
What other questions do you have about the home selling process! Drop the below or DM me. I'm happy to help!
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My TOP TIP for home renovations in 2022! 👇🏠
If you want a classic, timeless look in your bathroom or kitchen, choose white subway tiles.
You can change up the color of the grout to update the look, but the clean lines and simple texture of white subway tile is a classic versatile look that suits just about any taste.
Are you updating anything in your home this year? Share your plans with me in the comments!
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JANUARY 18 - COPY & PASTE
Don't put up that for sale sign until you read THIS!
I know, I know - you've made the decision to sell your home and you want to get started ASAP, but in order to be fully prepared when you got to market, there is one thing you should do first 👇
CALL A REALTOR!
Sure, we're in a seller’s market, but an experienced real estate agent can help you decide what updates (if any) you need to make before you put your home on the market.
And even though I might not tell you to redo your floors or renovate a bathroom, I *will* tour your home and come back with a list of suggested updates and improvements, such as ...
✔️ Clear out closets
✔️ Paint the front door
✔️ Clear clutter
A good real estate agent can also help you decide what’s next! If you sell your home, where will you go? Do you have a contingency plan in place if your home sells before you find a new one?
Bottom line? A real estate agent does more than just throw your home on the MLS. I will advocate and guide you through the entire home-selling process.
If you're even thinking about putting your home on the market this year, reach out and let's start planning.
And speaking of planning, what’s one home to-do item on your list this month?
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Did someone say “LUNCH!?”
This job has taught me how to eat on the run and has introduced me to a ton of fantastic local eateries!
Here are my favorite places to grab lunch when …
🥗 Lunching with clients: __________
🥗 Celebrating a closing: __________
🥗 Eating in my car: _____________
🥗 Ordering in to eat at my desk: _______
🥗 Bringing something home to my family: ________
🥗 When I have time to sit and enjoy: __________
Got a great local lunch spot to add to the list? Share it with me in the comments!
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No two realtors are alike!
While we all know the tricks of the trade, we each handle things a little differently.
Here’s what *I* do to help my sellers prep for a home showing:
1. Turn on the lights and open every window shade/blinds.
2. Set thermostat between 68-72.
3. __________________ [ one unique thing you do, such as turn on soothing music.]
4. __________________ [another unique thing you do]
5. Remove any clutter from the entryway (shoes, coats, etc. Even during the winter months, you need to make a good first impression, so store those items in a closet).
6. Wipe down countertops/surfaces. Your kitchen needs to sparkle!
7. Light a subtle scented candle or turn on a diffuser.
8. Put out fresh flowers to freshen the air and add a special touch to your decor!
Got any questions about selling your home? Drop them in the comments below!
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5 mistakes I've seen home sellers make (and how to avoid them) 👇
I’ve helped more than _____ families sell their homes and I've seen it all!
But here are the TOP 5 mistakes I have seen sellers make:
1. Attempting the “For Sale By Owner” route.
An experienced Realtor can save you time AND money thanks to her resources, knowledge about your market, education, and training.
2. Underestimating the cost to sell a home.
Remember: it costs money to sell a home. There’s the home inspection, closing costs, staging costs, moving costs, seller concessions, and the cost of buying your next home.
3. Overpricing your home to make room for negotiations.
There are a few reasons this is a bad idea, but here’s a big one: when searching the MLS, buyers often have a budget cap. If you overprice your home expecting to go lower, you'll likely miss out on a lot of potential buyers.
4. Neglecting to disclose major home repairs.
This is a big one! A good home inspector will be able to identify any major repairs you’ve made to your home. It’s better to be up front right out of the gate.
5. Only considering the highest offer you receive.
Sure, the sale price is a big factor, but there are also other things to consider, such as timing, concessions, closing costs, and more.
What’s the best way to avoid these mistakes? Hire me! 😉
And enough about mistakes! Let’s talk about something GOOD! Share one thing that’s going right for you today in the comments!
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There’s nothing sad about these winter blues! 💙❄️💙❄️
Nothing says cool and calm like these beautiful shades of blue!
If you want to add a pop of color to your walls this year, consider one of these dreamy blue shades to brighten and refresh a room.
Which one above is your favorite? Mine is definitely __________.
JANUARY 23 - FILL IN THE BLANK / CUSTOMIZE
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, it's time for some real talk 🗣
As a licensed real estate agent, there isn't much that I won't do for my clients. But there are some questions that I am legally unable to answer for you, such as:
🚫 What type of people live in the neighborhood?
🚫 Is this a good place to raise a family?
🚫 Is the neighborhood safe?
🚫 Are the local schools good or bad?
🚫 Does this neighborhood have a large _____ (cultural/religious) population?
Although most people ask these questions innocently enough (i.e. "we're planning to start a family, do the neighbors have kids?"), there are federal, state and city fair housing laws put into place to prevent discrimination in real estate. For example, race and gender are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act. Under the same law, families are considered to be a protected class.
Instead, here are a few ways that you can get to know a neighborhood:
⭕️ Research the neighborhood's census reports on the city website -- you can find things like local school ratings demographic data.
⭕️ Take a walk through the neighborhood at a few different times throughout the day to observe the daily comings and goings.
⭕️ Get to know the town -- visit the local coffee shops, have dinner at a local restaurants, visit nearby parks or playgrounds.
Questions about what I can/can't answer? Drop me a message any time and I'll be glad to clarify.
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If last month’s electric bill left you feeling 🤯, this post is for you!
It’s not uncommon to see a major increase in your utility bill in the winter months, and this can be especially overwhelming for new homeowners in a larger space.
Here are a few ways I suggest cutting down on energy costs this winter:
💡 Make sure the seals on your windows, doors, and appliances are in tact and properly placed.
💡 Fix any leaky ductwork.
💡 Take shorter showers and replace your shower head with a more energy efficient model.
💡 Speaking of H20, avoid washing your clothes in hot water.
💡 Invest in energy efficient appliances.
💡 Ask your utility company about discounted rates.
My challenge to you? Pick at least one task above to tackle this weekend! Which one will you try first?
JANUARY 25 - COPY & PASTE / CAROUSEL POST
7 costs associated with buying a home 👇
📣 2022 home buyers, listen up! You already know you need to save for a down payment, but have you budgeted for the ancillary costs involved with home buying?
In a competitive market, the more prepared you can be upfront, the better chance we have at winning a multiple bid situation! So, swipe to read about the other costs that are involved with home buying (and be sure to save this post to reference back, later!).
If you're ready to start your search, let me know and I can connect you with one of my trusted lenders to get the process started.
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🎵 Party in the city where the heat is on... (except …when the furnace breaks 🥴)
WHY does the furnace always go out on the coldest day of the year!?
Before we talk about the next steps, remember: the average lifespan of a quality home furnace in our climate is anywhere between 15 and 18 years.
⏱ If your furnace is over 15 years old, you should have it cleaned and inspected for safety, which can also help identify issues before they arise.
And if your furnace *does* call it quits during a cold snap 🥶 call an HVAC specialist–they're used to getting these calls!
I recommend ___________ or ___________. [Fill in the blank with your favorite local HVAC company/person]
Next, warm up!
🔥 Find that old space heater, fire up the fireplace, and bundle up!
🍪 Oh! And turn on your oven! While you should NEVER use it as a heat source, you've now got a great excuse to make a batch (or 5) of cookies! 🍪
🚰 To keep your pipes from freezing, turn on the faucets at a slow drip.
🧯 And if you have them, place space heaters where pipes are vulnerable, such as in the basement. But never leave them unattended!
💨 Lastly, open cabinets, closets, and other spaces that contain plumbing to help circulate warm air.
📄 Once you've done everything you can to stay warm and protect those pipes, take a look at your home warranty (if you moved in within the last year.)
And if the broken furnace is related to a weather event, your homeowner’s insurance might be able to cover it!
Have you ever had a furnace go out in the middle of winter? Let’s commiserate in the comments!
JANUARY 27 - COPY & PASTE / CAROUSEL POST
6 costs associated with selling a home 👇
Selling your home can offer great financial benefits, but there are a few up front costs you need to consider before putting your home on the market.
Swipe to read about a few of the big ones and let me know if you have any questions!
And, speaking of moving – would you hire movers, or would you rather handle it yourself? Share your opinion in the comments!
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So, you bought a home that needs a little TLC 🏚
Approaching a home renovation can be overwhelming, so today I'm breaking down the project I always suggest my clients do in order of importance:
➡️ Always fix any structural or safety issues first. If there are items from your home inspector that your seller didn't fix, focus on the safety related ones first, no matter how small they seem. The smallest chores, like changing an HVAC filter or cleaning your dryer vent, can become big headaches if you put them off.
➡️ Replace essential appliances before you make cosmetic updates. No, you won't get the same gratification from a tankless water heater that you'll get from remodeling the kitchen, but where you can live without a smart fridge, you need hot water! Do the big stuff: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, before the fun stuff.
➡️ Focus on the room(s) you spend the most time in. Kitchens and bathrooms are big ROI drivers, but they're also the rooms you spend the most time in and will probably get the most use and satisfaction out of.
➡️ Decide what you can DIY and where you need a pro. If you need contractor or handyman recommendations, I'm always happy to give you some names -- I know all the pros!
➡️ Consider seasonality. If you're moving in now, your landscaping and backyard renovation can probably wait until spring, but you're going to want to have a cozy bedroom and living room to make it through the winter!
Now I have a question for you: if you were going to renovate your current home, which room would you do first: kitchen or bathroom?
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Q: How long should I think about a home before I put an offer in?
My tip? If you like a house, don’t overthink it!
Homes are moving SO quickly in this market, so if a house checks most of your boxes, you need to move FAST–ideally within a few hours of seeing it.
I know it’s overwhelming, so let me break it down for you:
Before you even start looking for a new home, have a pre-approval letter in your hands. You’ll be taken more seriously when you’re ready to make an offer.
Next, find a Realtor you trust. You’ll need someone in your corner to advocate for you in a competitive situation.
And know what you want! I often suggest my clients make a list of their must-haves as well as definite no.
Have a budget in mind - including a high end/will you consider an escalation clause in a competitive situation.
Lastly, make a budget that includes a high end. ________________.
Speaking of must-haves, what’s a non-negotiable for your dream home? Mine would be __________.
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Should you try to sell your home FSBO?
🚫 Spoiler alert: don't do it! 🚫
You might be hearing a lot of stories about friends selling their homes FSBO. But before you go that route, I’d like to share a few ways I can help you sell your home.
I can …
… Market your home. I'll not only use social media, the MLS, and other traditional avenues, but also my large network of other agents and interested buyers. I also know how to write a killer listing so that potential buyers will come running when your home is listed.
… Negotiate on your behalf. I know how this works, so I can negotiate offers that will get you top-dollar for your home.
… Analyze market trends and price your home.
… Stage and prep your home for sale.
Most importantly, I'll be your counselor! The home selling process can be stressful and overwhelming, but I'll be there every step of the way to guide you.
If you're ready to sell, reach out! I'm happy to talk to you!