6 Tips to Speed Up the Sale of Your Home

From proper phrasing to curb appeal, each detail you put into your listing impacts how quickly your house will sell. The buyer market is currently transitioning to appeal to the millennial generation, who will be ready to purchase homes in 2018. These tips will provide you with the knowledge you need to sell your home as quickly as possible!

  1. De-clutter and clean your home
    This step will make your home appear larger and more appealing to buyers. A home full of junk indicates to buyers that there will not be enough storage space for their items, so organizing and cleaning up will make a huge difference in perception.
  2. Lighten up your space
    By utilizing an open concept, adding mirrors, extra lighting, and light paint colors you can create the illusion that your home is larger than it is. Using framed art to decorate, rather than canvas, also helps to bounce light throughout your home.
  3. Having a backyard deck
    According to a survey conducted by Trulia, 59% of millennials included a backyard deck as a must-have feature for their dream home. Creating a cozy and cohesive backyard space can fulfill this need, as long as it is visually appealing.
  4. Focus on ROI rooms: Kitchen and bathroom
    If you’re going to remodel any portion of your home before putting it up for sale, focus on updating the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms are major selling points for most home buyers and will have the largest return on investment.
  5. Be word conscious in your listing
    According to a study discussed on MSN, these phrases can impact the sale speed of your house:
    -“Beautiful” or “gorgeous”: sold 15% faster
    -“Landscaping”: sold 20% faster
    -“Move-in condition”: sold 12% faster
    -“Motivated” or “must sell”- sold 30% slower
  6. Enhance your curb appeal
    To create a great first impression, start by cleaning up and landscaping the outside of your home! Millennials are interested in being healthy and giving back to the environment, so starting a vegetable garden will attract 40% more home buyers.

Remembering to fine tune the details of your home and to consider the target market will make your home selling more efficient overall!


5 Tips to Improving Your Home’s Value

If looking to sell your home and need a little extra help here are our five tips to make life easier on you!

Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro.
Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Our realtors will do this as a courtesy. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.

Tip 2: Inspect it.
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don’t normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home’s value. Small problems (such as a hidden water leak) can become big, expensive problems quickly; the longer you put off repairs, the more expensive those repairs will be.

Tip 3: Paint, paint, paint.
One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value. When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes. So buy a few gallons and get busy!

Tip 4: Find inspiration.
An alternative to hiring a designer is to search for remodeling and decorating inspiration in design-oriented magazines, books, TV shows and websites. Simply tear out or print off the ideas you want to try and start your to-do list. Keep it simple — when remodeling on a tight budget, do-it-yourself projects are best.

Tip 5: Cut energy costs.
The amount of money you spend each month on energy costs may seem like a fixed amount, but many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. They can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home will save you money now, which can be applied to other updates, and is a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.f

Saving for that Down Payment: 5 Easy Steps

So you’ve decided to buy a house, and now all you need to save up for that pesky down payment. Check out these tips to help you get started!


1. Know How Much You Really Need

Typically, down payment requirements range from 3.5 to 20 percent of the purchase price of a home, depending on the lender and loan type. It’s important to understand what you’re looking for – find a real estate agent who will listen to you and will give you a good estimate of how much your new home will cost. They can also help estimate how much you’ll need for a down payment.


2. Inspire Yourself

No matter the price, it will take a while to save up enough money for your payment. Make visual reminders of why you’re saving and place them around the house. Take a picture of the house you want to buy (or even photos from a magazine), put it on a big poster, and hang it up in your living rom. Write an inspiring message below it such as “My future home!” Maybe get a countdown clock or calendar that says something like “Only 1 year and 50 days until I buy my dream home.”


Although it seems silly and childish, it can actually be a powerful motivator. You need this positive reinforcement to ramp up your motivation, otherwise you’ll lose sight of what you truly want. And then you can also lose momentum in achieving that goal. Reward your hard work with some inspiration, and it will pay off in the end.


3. Defeat that Budgeting Downfall

Now that you know how much you need, and now that you’re inspired to go get it – now all you need is to just start saving money in every possible way. Reflect on your spending from the past two-three months and identify which categories of spending can be reduced substantially. Maybe you’ve been eating out three times each week, or maybe you’ve been making a few too many trips to the mall. In examining your spending habits, you can make a plan for minimizing them, which in turn, increases your savings.


4. Earn Extra Cash

Side jobs can help immensely. Especially those found on the internet. Sites like Elance.com or oDesk.com connect freelancers to people all over the world who are willing to pay for certain services. For example, people are making money as virtual assistants, writers, designers, transcribers, and more. While working from home even! These types of jobs, or even traditional side jobs (babysitting, house-sitting, tutoring) can really boost your savings, earning you a few extra hundred dollars per months.


5. Don’t Give Up!

It’s a long and hard process to save up enough money for a down payment. Set small and achievable goals for each month, and then celebrate once you’ve accomplished them! Allow yourself a meal at your favorite restaurant when you reach every say, $5,000 instead of $30,000. You’ll never lose sight of what’s ahead if you have these rewards to look forward to. Make it fun, and it will help you overall.


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10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In

Ever wondered which cities are cheapest to live in? Look no further – BuckBuys Houses gives you the information for the top 10 most inexpensive U.S. cities!

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10. Idaho Falls, ID

Cost of Living: 12% below average

City Population: 57,646

Median Household Income: $45,990

Median Home Value: $146,900
9. Conway, AK

Cost of Living: 12.1% below average

City Population: 60,470

Median Household Income: $44,745

Median Home Value: $147,400
8. Springfield, IL

Cost of Living: 12.3% below average

City Population: 117,076

Median Household Income: $48,022

Median Home Value: $114,100
7. Pueblo, CO

Cost of Living: 12.9% below average

City Population: 107,577

Median Household Income: $34,750

Median Home Value: $118,400
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6. Wichita Falls, TX

Cost of Living: 13.6% below average

City Population: 103,931

Median Household Income: $42,559

Median Home Value: $90,500
5. Fayetteville, AK

Cost of Living: 14% below average

City Population: 75,102

Median Household Income: $35,970

Median Home Value: $177,990
4. Memphis, TN

Cost of Living: 14% below average

City Population: 652,050

Median Household Income: $37,072

Median Home Value: $99,000
3. Norman, OK

Cost of Living: 14.4% below average

City Population: 113,273

Median Household Income: $46,595

Median Home Value: $147,100
2. McAllen, TX

Cost of Living: 14.6% below average

City Population: 133,742

Median Household Income: $39,193

Median Home Value: $105,300
1. Harlingen, TX

Cost of Living: 18.2% below average

City Population: 66,122

Median Household Income: $35,267

Median Home Value: $77,900
List based on the Council for Community and Economic Research’s calculations of living expenses in 307 urban areas. Cost of Living Index measures prices for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Cities with populations below 50,000 were screened out.


To read about the top 10 most expensive U.S. cities, visit the Heaton Dainard LLC blog at: http://www.heatondainard.com/archives/1552


Numbers and Statistics: Kiplinger.com


Expensive & Unexpected Things That Happen to Your House

For most people, a home is one of the most  valuable assets they’ll ever own. Unfortunately, there are some major perils  that can befall a house and put a serious dent in the value of that asset. Many  of these perils are much more insidious than a fire or natural disaster. Read on  to learn about some of the most expensive damage that can occur in your home,  how much it costs and how to avoid it.

Foundation If you have bowed basement walls, cracks in  walls or floors or a tilting chimney, you may be aware that these are signs of a  problem foundation. But many people don’t realize that difficulty opening and  closing doors and windows can also be early signs that your home is shifting.  And whether you have a new home or an old one, foundation problems often require  major repairs – and a big cash outlay. According to the Concrete Network, a  consumer website devoted to concrete services, foundation problems can be caused  by the type of soil the house is built on, an improperly laid foundation or  drainage problems. Whatever the cause, a bad foundation is bad news and,  depending on the severity of the problem, can cost the homeowner well over  $10,000.
How to prevent  it: Assuming your home was properly built, the most you can do to  prevent problems in your foundation is to ensure that your home has proper  drainage. This means that gutters and eavestroughs should be kept clear and in  good repair, and your yard should be properly graded to ensure that water runs  away from your house.

Mold Unlike major water damage, such as that caused by  flooding, minor or hidden water damage in your home, perhaps from a defective  water pipe, hot water heater or window seal,  can cause just as much damage – and you may not notice it right away. Similarly, if your home suffered through a  flood in the past and did not adequately dry out, mold can also thrive.

  • A 2005 study by the National Resources Defense  Council showed that New Orleans homes that had been flooded or were even near  areas of flooding showed extremely high levels of mold spores that could pose  health threats to residents, even in the homes that had been repaired and  treated for mold. And the more humid the area in which you live, the harder it  will be for you to get rid of mold and keep it from coming back. According to  the Environmental Protection Agency, if the mold growth in your home is larger  than 10 square feet or was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, it’s  time to call in a professional. Although home insurance may cover some of the  costs depending on your policy, the cost of mold remediation is about $3,000 per  wall, according to Environmental Solutions Group, an environmental management  company that inspects homes for mold – and that doesn’t include the cost of  replacing any mold-infected materials such as drywall, carpet or ceiling  tiles.
    How to prevent it: Mold can’t grow  without moisture, so it’s important that you check for and fix any leaks in your  home immediately, use fans in kitchens and bathrooms to vent moisture outside  and clean up any mold growth immediately to prevent it from spreading.
Water Damage If your home isn’t water tight, this isn’t  something you can ignore. Beyond the possibility of mold, long-term water damage  can cause rot, which can lead to all kinds of expensive repairs to the structure  of your home. It’s difficult to estimate the cost of this type of repair, but it  can easily run into the thousands depending on how much wood needs to be  replaced and how intrusive the repairs are.
How to prevent  it: Be vigilant about water damage in your home; if you find leaks  or areas that tend to be damp, have them repaired before long-term damage  occurs. If you find rotten wood in your home, repair the problem before it gets  out of hand.

Bedbugs If you’re a homeowner rather than a renter, you  may think you’re immune to this one. Not so. According to Bloomberg, a recent  nationwide infestation of bedbugs has seen the little blood-sucking critters  popping up all over the place – including movie theaters, office buildings and  hotels, making it very easy for anyone to bring the infestation home. And,  because many of the most effective chemicals for killing bedbugs have been found  to be dangerous, eliminating the spread is harder than ever. According to a July  2009 story in the New York Times, paying more than $5,000 to eliminate  a bedbug infestation is not uncommon.
How to prevent  it: Avoid bringing home used furniture, mattresses or bedding. If  you travel, inspect your hotel carefully for bed bugs (even upscale hotels have  suffered from this problem), and avoid placing your luggage on the floor. If you  find bed bugs in your home, contact an exterminator.

Sewer Line Problems The portion of the sewer line that  extends out from a home and onto city property is often the homeowners’  responsibility when it comes to repairs. Sewer line problems are most common in  older neighborhoods, where the line may have sagged or has been damaged by tree  roots. If you have slow running or gurgling drains, frequent backups in your  plumbing system or sewage smells outside your home, these may be indications of  a problem. Again, your home insurance policy may cover this cost, expect this  doozy to cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for a 100-foot sewer  pipe.
How to prevent it: If you experience  signs of sewer problems in your home, have a professional inspect your lines.  Clogs and tree roots can often be removed at a lower cost, without complete  replacement of the pipe.

By preventing these  problems, you can protect the value of your house, which will help you sell your home faster in the future.

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