May 10, 2017

Why Bother with Buyers?

Why be concerned about buyers in a sellers’ market? Two reasons: Today’s buyers become tomorrow’s sellers and, clients and customers are more willing to share a “bad” experience with others looking to buy or sell. Recently, I came across an article from a year ago, 3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Fast-Paced Real Estate Market by Andrew Fortune. It helps focusing on what needs to be done in a market like the one we have today. The first two tips – “Set up instant property alerts,” and “Move fast” are hallmarks of all of you seasoned agents. The third tip […]
October 19, 2016

5 Tips on Staging Your Home During the Holiday Season

Selling your home often comes down to how well it is staged and presented. Key elements of staging include removing clutter and even buying matching bathroom towels and flowers to put on the dining room table. The holidays, however, present special challenges to staging your home. Here’s how you can pull it off while keeping your holiday traditions intact. 1. Stage First, Decorate Second The most important point is that you should stage as you normally would: Pack up any knickknacks. Touch up (or replace) exterior areas such as faded doormats and mailboxes. Trim trees that are overgrown. Only with […]
September 20, 2016

Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?

Sometimes, moving is inevitable. Whether you own your home or are still paying a mortgage, a time may come when you suddenly have to move. Keep reading on to learn more about whether you should  sell or rent your home. The Facts of the Market As of July 2016, the median price for a single-family home in the U.S. is just over $244,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s up 5.3 percent (or about $13,000) from the same time last year. That increase is pretty indicative of the trajectory of home prices over the past several quarters.  It’s […]
August 5, 2016
Steps to buying a home

5 Steps to Buying a Home: Home Buying Process Explained

While buying a home can be a daunting process, there is plenty of help to assist you along the way. There are a lot of moving parts in today’s real estate market so most homebuyers hire knowledgeable professionals – agents, lenders and appraisers – to assist them in this exciting yet challenging endeavor. While professional assistance is key, personally understanding the purchasing process is just as important. Americans will move nearly a dozen times in their lifetime and equipping yourself with the following information is essential to your success as you search for your next home: 1. Prepare Yourself for Ownership […]
July 16, 2014
How to remedy mold

What to Do If a Home Inspection Finds Mold

“Mold” is the last thing you want to hear when you’re making an offer on a house. While this could be unsettling news, mold doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, as Michelle Hopkin ProTec Inspection Services explained to Realtors at a recent visit to Central Properties. When mold is suspected, a home inspector certified to test for mold should visit the property to determine the scope of the problem, and to recommend a course of action for remediation. Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? Talk to us: we can help!   [] 1 Step 1 […]
July 2, 2014

REALTORS: Discover The Secrets of Branding to Boost Business

Realtors who attended the Central Properties Mentors Series event on “Branding for Success” were treated to a crash course on the importance of defining and positioning their personal brands in real estate. The presenter, Dave Mangan founder of Idea House, explained that branding is shorthand for what people think of you, and that managing your brand is a way to influence how you’re perceived in the marketplace. Personal branding is tied to your reputation and to the perception of others. For better or worse, “branding” is happening whether you think about it or not. So it’s a good idea to […]
January 24, 2014

5 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Sale

If one of your goals for this year is to sell your home, here’s five easy ways to improve the odds of getting the offer you are looking for: 1. Price it right First thing is to set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. A home that’s priced right for the market attracts serious buyers. An overpriced home may miss out on the all important first few weeks of showings, after which time the listing will appear stale. Have more questions? Need help buying or selling your home? Talk to us: we can help!   […]
January 6, 2014
First Time Homebuyers

5 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Are you thinking about buying your first home this year? It has been said repeatedly that this is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. It’s both an exciting and nerve-racking time for perspective homeowners. Setting realistic expectations is a must; rarely do first time home buyers purchase their dream home. That may happen on the second or third purchase. The first step is to save! According the National Association of Realtors, 32% of all buyers cut spending on luxury or non-essential items. Twenty-six percent cut spending on entertainment, 20% cut spending on clothes and 13% canceled […]