We all like to believe we live in safe location; and most of us do. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be diligent in maintaining a safe-zone with your home. Crime happens and you can do a few easy things to minimize the appeal of your home to a burglar.
Houses on the market can sometimes be a bigger draw for burglaries because criminals know the property is occupied, or that you may be out more often. Making it look like you're home regularly is a key to keeping your home and belongings safe.
Of course there are always more things you can do, or ways to combat criminal activity, but these five will get you started with quick, easy-to-do tasks. Keeping you and your property safe is a focus on Vision One Real Estate. Contact Jeff at 317.490.3206, or Stacy at 317.490.6956 to get a list of contractors ready to help if you need them.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our One Year Anniversary! We had a party at our office in the Union with a lots of clients - past and present - and a few prospects as well.
Guests enjoyed facepainting by Adrienne, food from Big Hoffa's and live music and entertainment from Rhatatat. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time at the event. We are so thankful for our clients and a wonderful first year of business - we look forward to working with you, or with you again, soon!
We also had a drawing for several gift cards .. check out this video to see who won!
Congratulations to our winners!! And THANK YOU for being a client of Vision One Real Estate!
Listing your house for sale is a big step in your next adventure; and by adventure I mean, what you want to do AFTER you sell your home. But what if you have put your house on the market, had several showings and the feedback comes back negative, or the stream of buyers viewing your home at the Open House was making comments about "all the work" they'd have to do.
Listing with a Realtor is helpful here because the professional opinion we bring from being on both sides of the transaction can help you make the easiest and best changes, while keeping as much money in your pocket as possible, to make the biggest impact on your favorable review, and ultimately offer to purchase your home.
Here are a few scenarios that may happen and how we may advise clients to deal with them.
"The lighting and bathroom fixtures are all really dated."
This bathroom wasn't staged to show, but the simple lighting and plumbing fixture change makes a huge difference.
"We would have to paint this whole house."
"The carpet has GOT to go!"
Selling your house is always stressful, and hearing that people didn't like it or saw flaws doesn't make you feel good. But, with a few small changes and a clear plan of action, you'll have that offer you want. Then, if the house still needs some updates and they are noted on a purchase agreement, you can always offer the buyer a credit toward new carpet or fixtures. Getting the most for your house is your goal, as well as your realtors. Be sure to ask questions about how to put your best foot forward for showings and open houses.
Vision One wants to help you get your house for ready sale, give you tips on how to give the best first impression, and get you on your way to your new home. Call Jeff at 317.490.3206, or Stacy at 317.490.6956 to see how we can work with you to get the most for your house.
I'm sure you've heard people talk about 'staging' your home, or maybe you saw a team do it on one of the many HGTV shows recently. It's real, and it's effective. When buyers walk in to your house, you want them to see it as their home - and you have less than 15 seconds to make that happen.
When you are putting your house on the market, it's important to put your best foot forward. It's the proverbial "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" moment for your home. Listing your home before it's ready to make it's first impression may result in a longer on-the-market stint that you were hoping to see. So, let's talk about why, and how, to stage your home effectively.
It's easiest to convince you by showing you some examples along the way, so let's start with this one from Pinterest:
Bathrooms are small spaces that can make BIG impact. This staging project cost little money - in fact, you may already have the items you need in storage, or other spaces of your house. By adding a plant or two, a simple curtain and some framed photos, the difference is easy to see .. bathroom #1 is a utilitarian space that doesn't provide character, bathroom #2 will help sell your home by making an impact on buyers.
Ever wonder why Home Shows and Decorator events are always so well attended? People like to see well decorated spaces and translate them to their own homes. If yours is staged well, buyers will see how they can decorate their new home, because you've already done it for them!
This is a great graphic to understand why Staging is important .. and it has some real, hard facts about success rates and rate of return on the investment to stage your house.
FIVE things to do NOW to stage your house for sale.
Remember, staging helps justify the asking price. If you are in a seller's market and you price your home correctly, you probably won't have to haggle over the asking price. But in a market that leans toward the buyer, you need everything in your favor to get top dollar. Proper home staging can help you justify the asking price by positioning the home more favorably in the buyer's mind.
Which living room would you rather see in a listing you're thinking about buying?
The bottom line .. staging can help you achieve a quick sale for the maximum price. Call Stacy at 317.490.6956, or Jeff at 317.490.3206, to see how Vision One can help you get your house ready for a spring sale, and get you the maximum return on your largest investment.
*Photos are from Pinterest.
Selling Strategies: Pricing Your Home for a Quick Sale
Are you planning to sell your home soon? If so, you need to think long and hard about your asking price. It's one of the most important steps in the selling process.
This graphic is a great way to think about pricing, and the percentage of market shoppers you'll attract.
In the end, you can price your home in one of three ways. You can price it to sell quickly, eventually, or not at all. The first option appeals to most sellers; so let's talk about how you would achieve it.
How to Price Your Home to Sell Quickly
Real Estate Agents can help. They are specially educated and trained to know how the market is performing and give you the best advice on pricing, staging, and selling your home. Agents bring valuable tools to the table to help you most accurately price your home, and give you an educated estimate on what to expect from the sale of your home.
Value of a Real Estate Agent
Price is what houses are listed for on the market. Accurate price is what makes houses sell. If your goal is to sell your home, working with an agent has many benefits and Vision One Real Estate would love to help. Call us at 317.490.3206 to talk with us about pricing your home to sell.
1. Start the Mortgage Process with Yourself
2. Check Your Credit
3. Get Pre-approval from a Reputable Lender
4. Save Money for Home Loan Expenses
Buying a new home is exciting! Knowing what steps to take, and when, will help make the process smoother and stress-free. Vision One wants to help you navigate the map and can help you enjoy the process a bit more. Call us at 317.490.3206 to talk about how we can get you on the road to a new home!
House Hunting: 10 Tips for a Smoother Home Search
House hunting is one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process. But it's also where a lot of first-time buyers, and even those moving up in the real estate market, make mistakes. Without a solid plan in place, the house hunting process can be a lot of effort with little reward. That's where this checklist comes in!
Here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your house hunting experience.
1. Create a Realistic Checklist
2. Be a Proactive Hunter
3. Get Web Savvy
4. Play Detective
5. Validate the Asking Price
6. Test the Drive
7. Look into the Future
8. Take Photos
9. Do Your Research
10. Listen to Advice
House hunting is exciting, but it brings stress, too. Avoid the preventable stress by being prepared to search with a little help from Vision One Real Estate. Call us at 317.490.3206 to schedule an appointment to visit homes in the area.
There is a lot of talk in the current real estate market about short sales, and how a buyer can get a great deal on a property that is worth more than they can typically afford, but priced to entice a purchase. Knowing what you're getting into and navigating it with a knowledgeable and experienced agent can help everyone get the outcome they want.
Why Buying a Short Sale Requires Patience
If you are planning to buy a short sale home in order to get a good deal, you need to have two things in abundance -- patience and understanding. First, you need to understand how the buying process works with short sale properties, because it's different than a regular real estate transaction. And you'll need guidance, navigating the short sale process without a Real Estate Agent will be even more frustrating for everyone involved. This is one big place where experience is critical.
You also need to pack your patience, because the process of buying a short sale can be a long one. The process also varies from one state to another, and even from one lender to another. So you don't always know what to expect, and there is almost always a curve ball in the mix.
What Exactly Is a Short Sale Anyway?
In simple terms, a short sale is a technique used to sell a home for less than what the homeowner owes on the mortgage loan. The homeowner's lender agrees to accept less than the full amount owed to them, in order to sell the property (and possibly to avoid a foreclosure). So a quick sale is the ultimate goal of this process.
How Long Does It Take?
The short sale process varies from state to state. In fact, the process can even vary from one home to another, depending on the lender that is involved. One real estate agent who specializes in short sales referred to it as a "box of chocolates" (a tribute to the movie Forest Gump), meaning you never know what you're going to get. Buying a short sale is typically less predictable than a regular real estate transaction.
The key reason for this complexity and unpredictability (and the lag time that often results from it) has to do with the number of parties involved. When you buy a home through a traditional real estate transaction, your offer simply has to be approved by the seller. But when buying a short sale home, your offer might have to be approved by several parties -- the company servicing the loan, anyone who has invested in the loan, and perhaps even the mortgage insurance company. Basically, anyone with a corporate responsibility or financial interest in the loan has some degree of input. It can get convoluted. You must also consider that, in a short sale, the lender is generally accepting less than the full amount owed to them. So they will exhaust their other options first before that comes to pass.
Knowing What to Expect is Key
If you are serious about buying a short sale home, you should find out exactly how the process works in your state, and seek the help of a real estate agent who has experience with the process. By knowing what to expect before you get into the process, you could avoid a lot of frustration. Buyers who don't understand the process often become frustrated and disenchanted. They expect everything to go smoothly and are baffled by long wait times, which often isn't the case. There are a lot of moving parts in a short sale transaction - including the lender's efficiency, workload, and willingness to cooperate - but the reward can be worth the process.
If you'd like to talk about how Vision One Real Estate can help you with your short sale purchase, or hear what properties we know about that are coming up, call us at 317.490.3206.
Over the years, real estate investments have been male dominated. However, women have begun to push men out of the arena as they gain financial independence. Women have been moving rapidly into the real estate market and below are a few reasons why they make wonderful real estate investors.
It make sense for women to want to own a home because it is a long-term investment and they tend to be more comfortable with longer-term investing then men.
Single women want to purchase a home because it is an asset they understand.
Because a woman’s home is a metaphor for security, her mortgage is likely the first bill she will pay monthly.
To read more about why women make great real estate investors click here.
Jeff is the Managing Broker/Owner and has over 11 years of Real Estate experience. He has handled all types of transactions including; new build, traditional buy and sell transactions, short sales, investor properties and relocations. He is ready to help you with the next step in your life. Contact Jeff directly at 317.490.3206.