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If you are getting ready to sell your home or buy another home, you have questions about how to prepare. LAH Real Estate wants to help. We have compiled a number of resources with helpful tips on how to do just that.

Buying A Home

Buying a home (or even your first home) stressful but not if you are not familiar with the terminology, the fees involved and knowing you if can really afford that house you have had your eye on. LAH has gathered some tips to help you be more informed and therefore, make wiser decisions. We are 100% locally owned and have 24 years of experience. Give us a call.

Real Estate Terminology for Home Buyers

buying a home“What does that mean?” When buying a new home, you are asked to fill out forms with all kinds of terminology that you might not be familiar with on a day to day basis…..ARM, Balloon Mortgage, Contingency, Escrow, MLS, PITI…..it can be a lot.

Here are some common real estate terms to know when getting ready to buy a home from nolo.com. Click here!

A list of other helpful real estate terms can be found here: http://worklife.columbia.edu/real-estate-terminology

 

 

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Financial Calculators

expense buying calculatorWhere do I start to figure out if I can afford a new home. Know Your Options has put together a list of calculators to help estimate your expenses and affordability – knowledge is power!
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Selling Your Home

Buying and selling a home can be stressful but not if you are informed. The articles below can help you be informed about what to do and what to expect. LAH has a wide array of agents that work with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. We are 100% locally owned and have 24 years of experience. Give us a call.

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10 Easy Staging Tips for Curb Appeal

No matter the asking price, simple curb appeal changes can set the scene to immediately attract buyers to a property. Data shows that a majority of home buyers look at properties online or drive by before contacting an agent. As a result, the exterior of the property is always a major selling point.

The decision to buy starts when the prospects step out of their car in front of the property. Prospects will immediately imagine what their friends and family will think when they drive up.

Here are 10 easy steps to make the most of your curb appeal. (It is well worth the expense to hire someone to make these changes if you do not have the time!)


1. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the landscaping is pristine. Keep your gardens neat and healthy, and repair visible damage.

2. Clear the yard. Remove any visible trash cans, toys, tools, rusted outdoor furniture, old lumber, or yard debris.

Click here to read more about The National Association of Realtor’s blog on curb appeal

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Open House Timeline: Countdown to a Successful Sale

Get ready for your open house — stress-free — by starting early and breaking down your to-do list into manageable chunks. Use this timeline of 35 tips and your house will stand out from the competition on open house day.

Four Weeks Before the Open House
  • Ask your parents to babysit the kids the weekend of the open house. Then book a reservation for your pet with the dog sitter or at the kennel. Having everyone out of the house on the day of will help you keep your home tidy and smelling fresh. Plus, no dogs and no kids equal more time for last-minute prep.
  • Line up a contractor to take care of maintenance issues your real estate agent has asked you to fix, like leaking faucets,                                               sagging gutters, or dings in the walls.
  • De-clutter every room (even if you already de-cluttered once before). Don’t hide your stuff in the closet—buyers will open doors to size up closet space. Store your off-season clothes, sports equipment, and toys somewhere else.
  • Book carpet cleaners for a few days before the open house and a house cleaning service for the day before. Otherwise, make sure to leave time to do these things yourself a couple of days before.
Three Weeks Before the Open House…

click here to read more about what Houselogic recommends for your open house timeline

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13 Things I Wish I’d Known About Selling A House

The process of selling your home will not be perfect. Here is a list of 13 things to know before getting started:

A sign points to a new home available for viewing.Don’t hire your friend as your agent.

Go beyond word of mouth.

Consider keeping the contract with your agent short.

Study up on comps…..click here to read all about these and more about what Today says about selling a house.

 

 

 

The 8 Top Home-Selling Mistakes You Should Avoid

It’s a challenging market for home sellers right now. Buyers have a lot of options—and they don’t have to buy what you’re selling. Your house is likely just one located in a sea of for-sale signs, so you can’t be sloppy about putting it on the market. Click here to read more

shutterstock_1118170191. Don’t … ask for too much money.

2. Don’t … skip the marketing.

3. Don’t … go it alone, unless you know what you’re doing.

4. Don’t … neglect to fix things that are broken….click here to read all about these and more about what Forbes says about selling a house.

 

4 Ways to Help a Home Seller Tackle Clutter

One of the most cost-effective ways to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, but I know for many home sellers it’s no easy task. It’s important to contain and, in fact, erase clutter for three reasons

shutterstock_29489392Gain more square footage.

Showcase the positive features in the home.

Buyers can visualize living in the space….click here to read all about these and more

 

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