Selling a Home in Autumn? What You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Ready to add your house to the real estate market this fall? Not so fast! Autumn may prove to be a difficult time to sell your home, particularly for those who are unprepared for the fall housing market. Fortunately, we’re here to help you take the guesswork out of selling your home in fall.

Here are three autumn real estate tips that every home seller needs to know about:

1. Set a Competitive Price from Day One

Many homebuyers exit the real estate market in summer, which means that the number of home sellers may exceed the number of property buyers in autumn. Thus, you’ll want to establish a competitive price for your home from the get-go to boost your chances of a quick home sale.

To determine a fair price for your home, you’ll first want to look at the current housing market. Check out the prices of comparable houses in your city or town. Also, examine how long similar houses have been available and whether home sellers have been forced to drop their prices over the past few months.

Don’t forget to conduct a home appraisal as well. This appraisal will enable you to identify your home’s strengths and weaknesses so you can price your house accordingly.

2. Clean Your Home Inside and Out

Let’s face it – no homebuyer wants to purchase a messy residence. Lucky for you, there’s still plenty of time to clean your home’s interior and exterior before you add your residence to the autumn housing market.

Assess your home’s exterior and make improvements to optimize your residence’s curb appeal. Mow the front lawn, rake leaves away from walkways and install exterior lighting as needed. By doing so, you’ll be able to make it easy for homebuyers to fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

When it comes to cleaning your home’s interior, you can mop the floors, wipe down the walls and ceilings and de-clutter. And if you need extra help along the way, you can always hire a professional cleaning company too.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker, and as such, will do everything possible to showcase your residence to the right homebuyers in autumn.

Hiring a real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert guidance throughout the home selling process. This real estate professional will teach you about the ins and outs of the autumn real estate market and ensure that you can prep your home properly. He or she will even set up home showings and open houses, promote your home through social networks and other online sources and much more.

Selling a home in autumn may seem challenging, but a real estate agent will help you streamline the home selling cycle. Therefore, it is paramount for a home seller to hire a real estate agent to get the best results possible.

Use the aforementioned home selling tips, and ultimately, you should have no trouble selling your residence in autumn.

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Advantages of a Minimalist Home Lifestyle

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

As minimalist benefits that come with a minimalist lifestyle. Remove excess items from your home and you can also get rid of outdated food and unused clothing, shoes, and yard equipment. You only fill your home with furniture and household goods that you need, items that add value to your home, not items that stroke your ego. More living space at home is, admittedly, a large advantage gained from entering the minimalist lifestyle. But, more living space at home isn’t the only benefit that you can receive after you embrace a minimalist home lifestyle.

 

Less may truly be more at home

Less clutter, ease of finding important documents and household items and improved natural light flow are other be

 

Your inner energy may also shift. For example, after you embrace a minimalist lifestyle at home, you might feel more vibrant, engaged with your life and open to positive changes. Pets that you own can play and rest easier, as they may no longer have to climb over, around or beneath furniture or boxes that you haven’t used in months. More benefits of embracing a minimalist lifestyle at home include:

  • Better air flow
  • Improved natural light – Sun rays don’t get blocked by tall furniture pieces, boxes, and clutter
  • Fewer accidents – More open space presents fewer chances to trip over cords, furniture legs or decor
  • Fresher food – Because a minimalist home lifestyle means that you’ll ride your house of unused and unnecessary items, you won’t hold onto outdated food items, including old canned food that’s only been ta 

    king up space in your kitchen cabinets.

  • More time spent focusing on life goals
  • Better budgeting habits
  • Personal financial growth

Moving toward an advantageous minimalist home lifestyle

Additionally, if you struggled with fear in the past, ideas on actions that you could take to remove the fear, replacing it with confidence, faith, and love, might spring to mind. This may happen because a more spacious house could open your mind and make room for innovative thoughts to surface in your conscious mind. Great ideas could spring up seemingly out of nowhere. In a nutshell, there is something to be shared as it regards giving yourself more space.

 

If you find yourself struggling to let go of the unnecessary, select two to four items a week that you will donate to charity. Take your time letting go of items that are merely taking up space at your house. Also, catch yourself if you start trying to convince yourself that letting go of an item you don’t use will cause you to somehow mysteriously need the item after you remove it from your home.

Minimalist home lifestyle can create major positive life shifts

For years, Eastern cultures have known about the benefits of living clutter free. Fortunately, more Western interior designers are starting to realize and embrace the benefits of living with less. When you live a minimalist lifestyle at home, you let go of the notion that filling your house with material goods makes you feel good.

Another habit that you let go of is buying more household items as a way to convince yourself that you are more than someone else. Living a minimalist lifestyle at home could help to free you from the need to compete with others, an erroneous habit that has driven more than a few people into financial debt.

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Proven Ways to Promote a House to Buyers

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

If you want to promote your house to potential buyers, there is no shortage of options at your disposal. In fact, some of the proven ways to showcase a residence to potential buyers include:

1. Home Listing

A home listing can make a world of difference for any home seller, at any time. However, it is important to note that not all home listings are created equal. But if a seller allocates the necessary time and resources to create an effective home listing, he or she should have no trouble stirring up interest in a residence.

Oftentimes, an effective home listing includes accurate information about a home’s age and condition. The listing also should be both informative and engaging.

The ideal home listing should be shared with a seller’s family members and friends too. That way, a seller’s loved ones can offer details to lots of potential buyers about a residence, thereby increasing the likelihood of a fast home sale.

2. Social Media

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are exceedingly valuable to home sellers. These networks enable sellers to share details about their residences, as well as respond to potential buyers’ concerns and questions.

If you decide to share details about your home via social media, it often helps to include high-resolution photographs of your residence. With these photographs, a seller can showcase various areas of a home and help a buyer determine whether to set up a date and time to check out a residence in-person.

Furthermore, don’t forget to post to social media regularly. Because the more frequently that a seller shares details about his or her home across social networks, the more likely it becomes that a potential buyer will learn about the residence and schedule a home showing.

3. Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about how to promote your residence to potential buyers, there is no need to worry. Dozens of real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can guide you along the home selling process.

A real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals, as well as your residence. Then, this housing market professional will offer home selling suggestions and help you map out a successful home selling strategy.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events, keep you up to date about offers on your residence and negotiate with a buyer’s agent on your behalf. He or she also is unafraid to speak from the heart, and as such, will provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can respond to your home selling queries. This housing market professional will even educate you about the real estate market and ensure that you can make informed home selling decisions.

Ready to promote your residence to large groups of potential buyers? Use the aforementioned options, and you can improve your chances of stirring up substantial interest in your house.

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Small Budget Home Improvements That Make A Big Difference

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Small Budget Home Improvements That Make A Big Difference
Posted by Aaron Bowman, Realtor on 10/8/2017

If you’re looking to make changes to your home in a big way but don’t have the time or the budget, there’s plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank.

Look From The Outside In

Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project.

Open Some Space

Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.

Get New Windows

Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must.

Upgrade Appliances

There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if you’d like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.

Change Up The Floors

Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well.

Get Organized

Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.

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Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Fantastic opportunity!!

$179,900

Location:
290 Oak St
Manchester, CT 06040
USA

Single Family Home
4 Bedrooms
3 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 16 sqft
Year Built: 1929
MLS #: 170018289

Description

This is a Fantastic opportunity to own spacious Cape in Manchester. The property consists of amazing arched ways with high ceilings.

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Interested? See more information or schedule showing

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Aaron Bowman

Mazz Real Estate
Phone: (860) 249-0008

Listing agent/broker: Mazz Real Estate

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You Make Your Home Too Comfortable for Your Teen

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

You Make Your Home Too Comfortable for Your Teen
Posted by Aaron Bowman, Realtor on 10/1/2017

The last thing you want to admit is that your home has become a place of contention. When you recall that amazing day when you first cuddled your newborn child lovingly in your arms, it may startle you that your child and you argue daily now that your child has entered the teen years. Years ago, you swore this day would never come. You and your child’s relationship was going to be different, better than the relationship that you and your parents had.
Confronting the dilemma of growing teens and a shrinking house
The subject matter of your arguments with your teen also surprises you. Somehow the disagreements always swing around to space. There never seems to be enough space at your house anymore.
One of the quickest ways to start a heated disagreement is to cramp your teen’s space. And it’s not that teens need a lot of square footage. Teens demand privacy. It’s their way to gain independence. “Knock before you come into my bedroom;” “Don’t go near my journals” and “Stay out of my space” are common demands that teens make of parents.
Demanding that you steer clear and not encroach on their personal space isn’t the only way that teens can make your house feel far too small. To assert their independence, teens may leave dirty clothes piled in their bedroom.
As a child, they may have obeyed you and cleaned their room every weekend. Now, they treat their bedroom as if they built the room as if they paid for the room. It’s a way to let you know that you’re not calling the shots anymore. Your teen is becoming an adult. Problem is that she is becoming an adult under your roof.
Teens still need your support at home
To push you out, teens might spend hours on social media, watching TV or playing video games, all with their bedroom door closed, another “keep out” message sent to you. Much of this behavior is typical. Teens aren’t only entering adulthood. They are dealing with hormonal changes. They may feel uncertain and afraid, but they may not tell you, especially if they want to stand on their own.
This is a time when your house can feel tiny. You may wish that you had an in-law suite that you could move your teens into just so you don’t feel as if your teens are constantly angry with you. You and your teens will navigate this turbulent terrain, especially if you set clear boundaries when your children were young.
If your teens spend most of their time in their bedroom, check to see that they aren’t simply gazing out the window or lying in bed all day. If they are, consider seeking a professional’s counsel, as your child could be dealing with anxiety or depression.
Give your child space at home without removing yourself from your child’s life. Despite what teens say, they need you. Should you be years away from having teens in your home, make sure that you set clear boundaries. Also, create communication spaces in your home. The kitchen is a good spot. For generations, families bonded around the kitchen table, and not just during holidays.
Back porch swings or a den are other places that make for great family bonding areas. On their roughest days, your teens may visit these areas of your home on their own. Pay attention. It could be a signal for you to come and talk with them.

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Baby Proofing Basics For Safety In Your Home

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

You always want to be safe in your new home, but bringing home a new baby brings your safety protocol to a whole new level. In the first few months of life, the baby won’t be getting into too much trouble. By the time the baby can crawl, however, it’s a whole different story. This is why you want your home prepared before the baby even gets there. You should keep your home free of hazards. No more boxes in the way on the floor. The glass coffee table may need to be put away for a time. The nature of your home will certainly change once your little bundle of joy arrives. Below, you’ll find some of the most basic baby safety measures that you can take around your home in order to bring it from normal home to “baby proof.”

You’ll want to look at your home from the level of a child. Anything that you feel he or she could get into when you’re on the floor on your hands and knees is fair game.

Lock Drawers And Cabinets

Both drawers and cabinets should be locked in the bathroom, kitchen, even in your office. You never know what a baby can get himself into! This is especially important for drawers and cabinets that have sharp objects like knives, scissors, or tools. Any cabinets that have chemicals, heavy pans, or anything else you don’t want a child getting into should have a lock on them. Locks for cabinets are available in both the interior style or exterior style safety lock. Both types of locks can be easily installed in cabinets and drawers in order to prevent children from opening them, yet giving the adults in the house continued access to the things that they need. 

Outlet Covers

These small plastic fittings come in a variety of types and styles. Some insert into the outlets themselves while others cover the entire outlet plate. Some snap onto the outlet while others open like a door. You’ll want to choose a type of outlet cover that will work best for your needs. You don’t want an inconvenience when you do use the plug and you also don’t want a lot of small plastic pieces hanging around the home to be just another hazard to your child. 

Gates

Gates are one of the most valuable safety items that parents can install for their kids. Gates can be installed in doorways where the child shouldn’t have immediate access. These safety measures are also important at the bottom and top of each stairway in the home. Baby gates come in all shapes and styles, so you’ll want to decide what works best for your needs in the home. Some gates are mountable while others are detachable and portable from room to room. Some gates even have extension pieces that are available to be installed along with them to fit rooms of all sizes. 

Bumpers

Bumpers get their name because they prevent exactly what the name states-bumping! You’ll want to put these bumpers and corner guards to cover any rough or sharp edges around your home. Consider covering the following areas of your home:

  • Fireplaces
  • Counters
  • Coffee tables
  • Wood Stoves

 Anything with a sharp corner or edge needs to be covered to prevent your child from injury.    

Baby Proofing can be a difficult task, but with the right tools, you’ll be able to protect your precious little one from harm around your other big investment- your home.  

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Why Should a First-Time Home buyer Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Want to make your homeownership dream a reality? Get pre-approved for a mortgage, and a first-time homebuyer can move closer than ever before to acquiring his or her ideal residence.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to receive pre-approval for a mortgage, including:

1. You can establish a realistic homebuying budget.

Entering the housing market for the first time can be challenging. In fact, many first-time homebuyers struggle to establish realistic expectations before they begin their home search. And as a result, these homebuyers may end up spending too much for a house.

Fortunately, getting pre-approved for a mortgage enables a home buyer to enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. This ensures a homebuyer can avoid the temptation to overspend on a residence.

Pre-approval for a mortgage also allows a homebuyer to map out his or her homebuying journey. With a plan in place, this homebuyer may be better equipped than others to acquire a top-notch residence that matches or exceeds his or her expectations.

2. You can speed up the homebuying journey.

Although a first-time homebuyer can always submit an offer on a home without a mortgage in hand, doing so may be tricky. In some cases, it may even slow down the home buying process, especially if a homebuyer has to allocate significant time and resources to find a mortgage lender.

On the other hand, a homebuyer who gets pre-approved for a mortgage should have no trouble accelerating the property buying cycle. This homebuyer will know exactly how much money is at his or her disposal, and as a result, can speed up the homebuying journey.

3. You can gain a competitive advantage over rival homebuyers.

In many instances, a home seller may be more likely to accept a proposal from a first-time homebuyer who has been pre-approved for a mortgage versus an offer from a buyer who still needs to obtain a mortgage.

A homebuyer who has a mortgage likely won’t have to wait too long to acquire a house. Conversely, a homebuyer who needs to apply for a mortgage after an offer has been submitted may need to wait many weeks or months to complete a home sale.

Clearly, there are many great reasons for a first-time homebuyer to receive pre-approval for a mortgage. For homebuyers who want to ensure the best results possible, it certainly helps to collaborate with an experienced real estate agent too.

An experienced real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and will do whatever it takes to help a homebuyer streamline the property buying journey. This housing market professional will set up home showings and negotiate with a home seller on a property buyer’s behalf. Plus, he or she is happy to provide honest, unbiased recommendations to help a homebuyer make his or her homeownership dream come true.

Take the next step to acquire your dream residence – get pre-approved for a mortgage today, and a first-time homebuyer can get the necessary financing to purchase his or her ideal house.

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