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Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

Thinking of Selling your home? Get DE-Personal

If you are thinking of selling in this competitive market, one thing that’s critical to helping potential buyers “see” themselves in your homes is to remember this: It’s not about you. It’s about creating a neutral zone that allows others to envision the possibilities for their own families.

The National Association of REALTORS(R) tells us that more than 90% of buyers start their search online and list property photos as a top reason to call on -or skip-a listing. Follow these six important steps before taking those all-important photos and opening your doors to potential buyers.

1. Keep a little distance.

Packing away some of the most personal items in your home décor might take a little emotional distancing. It’s not easy, but it will pay off.

2. Safe keep your treasures.

When selling your home, a lot off strangers ( and hopefully a perfect buyer) will be roaming through your house. Now’s a great time to box up your treasured personal items, heirlooms and valuables and consider keeping them in a secure storage unit until you’re ready to move.

3. Create a neutral palette.

While your child might be all about the orange-mango wall color, it may be too outside the box for buyers. Studies show that lighter colors help buyers visualize their belongings in your house.

4. Don’t forget the ‘toys’.

Children’s playthings, sports equipment and exercise items can all create big clutter issues and personalized space as well. While we’re not suggesting you take all of your kid’s toys away, you might want to consider packing some up and super-organizing what you leave in place.

5. Make space.

Think bathrooms and kitchens. Countertops, drawers and closets. walls and shelves. If you have more “stuff” than clear space, it’s time to pare down.

6. Stay neutral.

Let’s face it. We live in a sensitive world. If you have items or art that can be construed as socially or politically incorrect or inappropriate, now’ the time to pack it up. You’ll have a wide spectrum of personalities through your home during the showing process: neutrality is your friend !

If you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the near future, call or text me today to get a free copy of my Home Staging Checklist. It could help you ell your home for thousands more !

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood

Home Buyer Resources, Buying A Home in Virginia, Finding the Right Neighborhood
Finding the Right Neighborhood

When you think about your dream home, are you seeing the house, or the neighborhood it’s in?

It’s easy to get caught up in bedroom and bathroom counts when you’re shopping for a new home, but the biggest choice you’re going to make in the process is of course the ‘where’ question. So how do you find the home that’s going to be the perfect fit for your whole lifestyle?

Here are three of my favorite tips to see if an area or a particular area is right for you:

  • Check out the basic stats.
    What is the median sale price of homes in a given neighborhood? How do the local and nearby schools perform? What amenities are nearby? How popular is the neighborhood in today’s market?
  • See what the neighbors are doing.
    Get a sense of local activities, and see if it looks like a place with frequent block-parties or if people may keep more to themselves.
  • Learn the traffic patterns.
    Knowing that you’re close to the highway or a public transportation center is one thing. You should find out if there are frequent jams at key commuting times, or if a nearby farmers’ market limits road access during weekends. You may also want to consider how much parking is available, both for yourself and for when you want to entertain.

Give me a call anytime you’d like to discuss which neighborhoods you’re considering. I love to talk about local real estate issues and market conditions you should consider as you’re building your home buying plan.

 
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New Federal Measure Would Offer Tax Deductions to Millions of Homeowners

New Federal Measure Would Offer Tax Deductions to Millions of Homeowners

U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) have introduced a measure that would allow homeowners in community associations who earn $115,000 or less in annual income to deduct up to $5,000 of their community association fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.

Expressing support for the bill, Community Associations Institute (CAI) says the legislation will benefit many of the more than 66 million Americans who live in homeowners associations, condominium communities, cooperatives and other planned communities.

The bill—Helping our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act—”recognizes that millions of middle class homeowners are struggling to keep up with rising household expenses like child care, college tuition, health care, mortgage and community assessments,” Eshoo says. “The Home Act can go a long way by providing relief from this tax burden on millions of middle class families.”

This bill recognizes the financial unfairness facing homeowners in community associations, as they pay their fair share of local property taxes along with their community assessments, and receive many municipal services from their community association, such as street and sidewalk cleaning, trash removal, snow removal and other services.

“CAI applauds Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Thompson for their efforts to make homeownership more affordable and for recognizing the inequity of double-taxation faced by homeowners in America’s community associations,” says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE.

“We look forward to working with Eshoo and Thompson to ensure this legislation is a net gain for millions of Americans who live in community associations,” Skiba adds.

While there hasn’t been a Senate companion bill introduced, CAI expects members of the House of Representatives in states with a large number of community associations—such as Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts—to support the legislation and continue a dialogue that leads to inclusion of the tax deduction in comprehensive tax reform legislation.

For more information, visit www.caionline.org.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

For more real estate information, including a FREE Home Market Analysis and Market Area Statistics, please contact me at Kim@KimKroner.com or on my mobile phone at (703) 946-2526.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

5 Tips for Tackling a Home Improvement List

5 Tips for Tackling a Home Improvement List

(Family Features) From aesthetic upgrades to practical necessities, there is no shortage of projects for homeowners to tackle. To take the stress out of home improvement, blogger and author Justina Blakeney and YP.com serve up the following tips:

  • Prioritize projects by needs, not wants. Blakeney advises making sure important projects (functioning air conditioning, for example) are set before tackling less crucial ones, like popcorn ceilings. Be realistic with your goals and always factor in 20 percent more money and time than you think the project will take.
  • Some projects are simple enough to DIY, but other projects may be better handled by experts. Honestly assess your own level of expertise, permit requirements and local regulations, your budget, your timeline and ultimate goals before deciding whether to DIY or hire an expert. Whether you need a personal organizer or a painter, a foundation specialist or a handyman, ask friends for referrals and then head online to dig a little deeper before getting a project bid.
  • Create a collection of professionals you will be working with and all the stores you will source materials from. You’ll have all of the info in one place for follow-ups, and it’s easy to share the info with friends once they start asking for recommendations. Also get a clear breakdown of all elements involved in each project, how much each step will cost and deadlines for each step along the way. A clear plan of action will help keep the budget and timeline in check. 
  • One of the best ways to save time and money is to find things second-hand. Thrift shops, salvage shops and flea markets are great places to find furniture, appliances and hardware on the cheap. Or, repurpose items you already own by moving them to a different room or by painting them different colors. Explore all of your options and resources before going out and spending that hard-earned cash. 
  • It’s okay to start small. Swap out the old hardware on your kitchen cabinets or fix the broken brick on your patio. Just start somewhere and build your way up to the larger stuff. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try setting and accomplishing one small home improvement goal every week. 

Source: YP.com
This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

For more real estate information, including a FREE Home Market Analysis and Market Area Statistics, please contact me at Kim@KimKroner.com or on my mobile phone at (703) 946-2526.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.
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