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Real Estate 2018: What to Expect www.ErinNewmanFineHomes.com 480-466-8193

The holidays have passed and the most common question we get currently this time of year is, “What’s going on in the market?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners always want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is the American real estate market is strong and healthy: home values are up, prices and sales are strong, and millennial first-time buyers are eager to become homeowners.  The local Phoenix Metropolitan area is continuing strong for Sellers.  The local market place in the under $500,000 range was truly to the Seller’s advantage in 2017.  As we enter the New Year 2018, we are down 12% on active listings when compared to 2017 this time this year.  This means that it will continue to be challenging for buyers as the competition is fierce!

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We often use national real estate numbers to give us a clearer view of our local market. However, real estate is local, and while statistics and predictions help us understand the overall real estate market, our local market may be different. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, or just want to know how much your home is worth, give us a call! We are happy to advise as to what is going on in your neighborhood.  Many clients are happy to see what is going on in their neighborhoods.

What to Expect in the Real Estate Market in 2018

The American housing market is stronger than ever! Home values, prices and sales had their strongest numbers in 2018, a sure sign the market is healthy and strong. According to the Home Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), property values have increased in 58 of the last 62 months and have increased more than 35 percent nationally. Homeowners continue to build equity in their largest investment—their homes. The Phoenix Metro area saw an average increase in per square foot of 6.2%.  The sales in the $200,000 priced home accounted for 33% of our market sales.

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First-time buyers are back.

Housing forecasts from the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae all predict existing-home sales will surpass 6 million in 2018, higher than anticipated sales for 2017. Who’s driving the surge? According to NAR, millennials who have put off buying a home are ready to buy. While they may have avoided buying a home due to student debt and limited employment, many are entering their 30’s, a time when their attention turns to marriage, family and setting roots with home ownership. They’re predicted to be the driving force behind home and condominium sales from now until into 2020. (Source: MarketWatch)

What does this mean to you? Renting is only costing you money! If you’re a millennial who’s been on the fence about buying, now is the time to act. Give us a call to answer your questions about the market and the buying process.

Renters are embracing home ownership

Additionally, many renters who’ve resisted buying are starting home searches due to the economic weight of rising rents. This year’s home buyers seek to take advantage of comparatively low interest rates and, in most cases, static payments each month—an advantage of home ownership. Rental costs will only continue to rise; if you’re thinking of buying, now is an ideal time to do so. Our local market has increased significantly in rent amounts as there is a shortage of leases available.  When you buy a home your mortgage builds equity into your home.  This will increase your financial worth in the long run.

What does this mean to you? Every month you pay rent, you lose the opportunity to build equity in a home of your own. Break free from the limits of renting and invest in your financial future. Come in the office and we’ll discuss your options.

Home prices are on the rise.

According to NAR, the median existing-home price not only increased 6.0 percent year-over-year in October, it’s also the 56th consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Prices are approaching the pre-recession peak.

What does this mean to you? Home prices, and subsequently home values, are increasing. If you’ve been waiting to list your home until you know you can sell it for what you think it’s worth, now is a great time to do so. We’ll be happy to give you a comparative market assessment of your home and help you get your home in list-ready shape.

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If you’re in the market to buy, be prepared to act.

Homes were on the market for the shortest amount of time recorded since 2009: 52 days. The increase of qualified buyers in the market along with the increasing efficiency of the real estate process means homes are selling faster than ever, and in many cases buyers are engaging in bidding wars and paying over the list price to get the home of their dreams.  This is why it is crucial for you to have a pre-qualification form with a local lender today.  You also need to know what our market is like prior to entering this process.

What does this mean to you? The home you have your eye on one day may be gone the next. In competitive markets, be prepared to come to the table with a competitive bid.

Looking for a new home?

New-home construction will increase to an average of 1.5 million per year to 2024, according to a report from NAR. However, experts anticipate housing starts will only increase to 1.22 million in 2017, which is less than the 1.5 million new homes required to keep up with growing demand. This inventory shortage of new entry-level homes—typically purchased by first-time buyers—may drive up prices in some areas. Home builders have been focusing on multi-family construction for the last few years, but this type of construction has begun to level off providing hope that builders will once again focus on single-family home construction. However, stricter proposed immigration policies may impact new home construction and tighten inventory.

What does this mean to you? First-time and repeat home buyers agree—there are plenty of advantages of buying a new home. Whether you want a home customized to your family’s needs or you don’t want to bother with age-related maintenance, a new home has much to offer. Having a Buyer’s Representation is an important consideration when purchasing a new home. Give us a call to discuss your options.

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Affordability pressures are increasing in many markets

Housing affordability in many of the nation’s largest cities has declined over the past few years, a trend that is expected to continue in 2018. However, there is hope. NAR created the Affordability Index to measure the affordability of homes across the United States. The Affordability Index assesses whether the typical family earning the median family income can qualify for a mortgage on a typical home based on the prevailing mortgage interest rate on loans closed on existing homes from the Federal Housing Finance Board.

The NAR Affordability Index is 170.2 (composite) and 169.8 (fixed), meaning a family earning the median family income has 170.2 percent of the income necessary to buy a median-priced, single-family home. Nationally, the qualifying income is $41,616, but it varies by region. In the Northeast, the qualifying income is $45,024. In the Midwest, it’s $32,640. In the South, it’s $36,960. In the West, it’s $61,824.  Phoenix is rated as a very affordable city.  With the mean home price at $240,000 in the Valley of the Sun is a very affordable area to buy a home!BEST REAL ESTATE INFO

What does this mean to you? If you’ve had your eye on a new home, but weren’t sure if you could afford it, you may be pleasantly surprised. We may have homes in our area that meet your needs and budget. Give us a call today to discuss your home search.

 3 Things to Do Now if You Plan to Buy This Year

  1. Get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you’re like most buyers who plan to finance part of the home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage will allow you to put in an offer on a home and may give you an advantage over other buyers. The bonus: you can see how much home you can afford and budget accordingly.
  2. Start looking. While most buyers start their searches online, be sure to look at homes in neighborhoods you’d like to live in as well. Keep a notebook to write down what you like and dislike about each home you view in person or online. This will help you narrow down where to look and what to look for in your next home.
  3. Come to our office. The buying process can be tricky. We’d love to guide you through it. We can help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Give us a call to make an appointment today!

3 Things to Do Now if You Plan to Sell This Year

  1. Make repairs. Most buyers want a home they can move into right away, without having to make extensive repairs. While the repairs may or may not add value, making them will give your home a competitive advantage over other similar homes on the market.
  2. Get a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). A CMA not only gives you the current market value of your home, it’ll also show how your home compares to others in the area. This will help us price your home to sell in our market. Call us for your free CMA!
  3. Start packing. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by packing up items you don’t use regularly and storing them in an attic or a storage space. This will make your home easier to stage as well as make it easier to move later.

Are you thinking of buying or selling? Would you like to invest in property?

Whether you’d like to buy or sell a home this year, want to know how much your home is worth, or have general questions about our local market, give us a call! We’d love to discuss the market with you. Investing is a great way to build wealth; we can walk you through this process also.

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The Guide to Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent in the Phoenix Market Place www.ErinNewmanFineHomes.com 480-466-8193

 

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When you’re buying or selling a home, it’s critical to work with a qualified real estate agent.  Real estate involves big dollars; this is usually your biggest purchases and sales that you will make in your life.  You need to find not just a professional, but an amazing agent and a market expert. So how do you ensure you’re hiring an amazing real estate agent?

There are currently more than two million real estate professionals in North America.1,2 With so many options to choose from, how does a prospective home buyer or seller choose the correct agent? According to the National Association of Realtors®, trust and reputation are the top deciding factors consumers use when hiring an agent.3

But how do you measure trust and reputation … and what criteria can be used to help you make your decision?

In this guide, I have outlined the top attributes that amazing agents possess, as well as the questions you can ask to make sure you’re working with the right market expert to achieve your real estate goals.

5 ATTRIBUTES OF AN AMAZING AGENT

As I mentioned above, not all real estate professionals are the same. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and information about working with real estate professionals to buy or sell your home. In fact, many real estate markets are over saturated with agents.

To help you understand what makes top agents and market experts stand apart from the competition, following are five key attributes of an amazing agent:

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  1. A Pricing Specialist

If an agent has their real estate license, they know the basics of the transaction process. They know what goes into buying and selling a home. However, there’s a difference between knowing the process and navigating it for an ideal result. This ideal result often means buying or selling a home for the best price.

For buyers, amazing agents have a strong understanding of market trends, competition, and how to make your offer attractive to sellers. They can help you identify and secure a deal to ensure you get the home you want, within your desired budget.  The market changes daily.  Currently we are in a strong Seller’s Market that requires knowledge in being competitive in making offers.  Many buyers are not able to buy the home that they want due to the competition in the market.

If you’re selling a home, market experts have experience pricing homes optimally for the market, and creating pricing plans to minimize the time spent selling the home. This will help you sell for your desired price, and avoid costs like additional mortgage and utility payments.

One advantage I possess as a valley agent is my extensive knowledge. My NAR certifications have added tremendous value to my clients and business practices.  As a Pricing Strategy Advisor designee, I have had extensive training on proper pricing which benefits both buyers and sellers that I work with.

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Takeaway: Whether buying or selling a home, pricing can be tricky. Market experts can help navigate best-possible pricing strategies, and also secure the home you want within your budget.

 

  1. An Effective Time Manager

It’s common to underestimate the amount of time it takes to buy or sell your home. The average real estate agent may not be utilizing the latest tools and technology to make the transaction easier and more cost-effective for their clients. Market experts have tools and strategies at their disposal to minimize the amount of time you spend on the process.

For sellers, market experts can make sure you only deal with qualified buyers (requiring documentation), not the “looky loos” who can waste your time. We also utilize the latest marketing practices to advertise and price your home effectively, ensuring it gets sold quickly for top dollar. Knowing what marketing works is essential to getting a home sold.

When looking to buy a home, inexperienced agents may waste your time by showing you homes that are not a good fit for you. A market expert knows how to prioritize your needs and wants to guide  you to the ideal home within your budget. They also know how to identify possible problems in homes.  This will help save money during the process.

Takeaway: Even a well-intentioned agent may not have the skills, tools or technology to make the experience easy for you. There are lots of hidden activities that may take up unexpected time, and a market expert will save you time and energy.

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  1. A Market Insider

While most agents can pull market stats about a neighborhood, community or city, they may not understand important trends or developments that would affect your transaction. These can include the state of the school district, issues with a homeowner association, new businesses in the area, zoning rules or trends in home prices.

Market experts live and breathe local real estate and effectively know the trigger points for buying and selling in this market. We also stay current on effective marketing and negotiation practices, resulting in our track record of success.  Using measurable scientific data is the only way to analyze the market.  Emotion and guessing does not breed success in a transaction.

For sellers, we understand what features of your home and neighborhood are assets in the selling process. And for buyers, we share a deep understanding of market factors, including school and neighborhood quality, crime statistics, speed of sales and more.

As a local native, I thrive on the market and the activity that is current.  My background is in science, so I can look at concrete data and articulate it in an appropriate fashion. Passion and excitement about our beautiful communities is also an attribute that has contributed to my happy client lists.  It takes energy to create success in our local market.

Takeaway: Getting relevant and specific market knowledge can be difficult and time-consuming, which is why many real estate agents don’t have it. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an experienced real estate agent is often the best source of information about a city, neighborhood, or even street … we’re literally conducting market research every day.

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  1. A Strong Negotiator

Amazing agents truly set themselves apart in their ability to negotiate. Unfortunately, a large portion of agents don’t commit their full-time to increasing this key skill.

Real estate negotiations can be challenging, even for seasoned professionals. It takes skill, experience and knowledge of how to fight for your client’s best interests. While any agent can enter negotiations to buy or sell a home, they may not know the effective strategies to exit those negotiations with the result you want. Protecting a client’s investment is a fuduciary responsibility.

Experienced Realtors focus on negotiation as a key skill. We understand what to do before entering negotiations (establishing the upper hand to set up the best outcome), as well as during the process (when to offer or accept concessions).

Takeaway: Many agents can feel the stress of the negotiation process, and may agree to terms of the buyer/seller. Working with a market expert will help ensure you get the best deal, not just the fastest deal.

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  1. An Effective Closer

Closing a deal fast is often a good thing. For buyers, it means you found the home you wanted quickly. For sellers, it often means you can avoid the added expenses of mortgage and utility payments, and maximize the value of your home sale.

However, an agent solely focused on speed can make decisions that aren’t in your best interests. Top real estate professionals know how to not only achieve your real estate goals quickly, but in the right way to avoid potential pitfalls. Decisions need to be made on what is best for the client; this is essential in all transactions.

Just like negotiations, the paperwork and process of closing a real estate transaction are complicated. And they can be overwhelming for the average agent who hasn’t handled a lot of transactions. Sales contracts, property disclosures, occupancy agreements and even lead paint records need to be executed with precision. Your agent not only needs to be familiar with these, but also stay current on any changes in requirements or regulations.

Market experts have a strong understanding of real estate contracts, timelines, clauses and contingencies within the closing process. In fact, avoiding pitfalls during the closing process is where many sellers find an experienced Realtor is a huge asset.

 

Takeaway: Many agents don’t have a firm understanding of contracts. Because a real estate transaction often involves a significant investment, even a small mistake can mean serious trouble. With that in mind, it’s often best, and most responsible, to work with a true market expert.

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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT

So how do you know if you’re working with an amazing agent?

The first step would be to “shop around.” Many people work with the first agent they come across without a firm understanding of their level of experience. It’s always a good idea to interview a number of agents before selecting one. If you’ve gotten referrals from people you trust, then you may only need to interview 2-3 agents.

However, it can be tough to know what to ask in the interview process. Here are some questions that can help you qualify the best agent to help you achieve your real estate goals:

  1. Can you send me some information about yourself?

Look for professionalism and consistency. What are their professional accomplishments? Also, try to identify how they approach their work. Look for a business person who has a strategy and solid support system. If they’re a newer agent, ask about their team’s dynamic and accomplishments.

  1. How long have you been in real estate?

The average Realtor has 10 years of experience4. But while longevity is important, even more telling are the number of transactions they have closed or been involved in. So feel free to also ask: “How many homes have you sold in this area?”  There is a big difference in working with a full-time agent versus a part-time agent.  If real estate is not a full time occupation, you may not be getting what you need when you need it!

The important factor in hiring a great agent is one that knows what the current trends are in the local  real estate.  Market shifts change with agents that are not changing with changing markets and technology.

I am an e-PRO REALTOR® which is a designation that teaches what the current technology trends are to be successful in selling a home.  Technology plays a very large role in real estate today.  I know what technology is essential to create a seamless transaction.

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  1. What will you do to keep me informed?

Do you want daily or weekly reports from your agent? Will the agent be able to meet these expectations? Determine how much communication you want, and then find an agent who will give you the attention and time you want and deserve.

Communication is essential during real estate transactions.  The client should understand and be able to have questions answered in a timely manner.  Knowing what will happen next in a transaction helps both buyers and sellers understand the process and what is happening.

  1. Can you provide me with further resources I may need?

From market reports and pricing trends to school performance and crime statistics, top agents have resources at their disposal. In addition, market experts have built strong relationships with their extended team of professionals, and can often get expedient service or be able to “cash in a favor” for you should a need arise.

     5.  Seller only: Can you share with me your plan to market my property? Many agents will simply put your home in the MLS and wait for it to sell. An amazing agent should have a detailed plan of how to get your home exposure on social media, to their local networks, and more.

GET STARTED

Now that you’re armed with the The Guide to Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent in the Phoenix Market Place  and the Top Questions to ensure you work with the best possible real estate agent, you’re ready to start interviewing agents.

I would love an opportunity to win your business; I can show you how I do business that puts your needs first.  Please  schedule a free consultation with me to find out how true market experts can help you achieve your real estate goals!

  • You can call or text Erin Newman 480-466-8193.
  • You can email ErinNewmanAZ@gmail.com
  • Please visit my website at Erin Newman Fine Homes

Sources:

  1. National Association of REALTORS – https://www.nar.realtor/field-guides/field-guide-to-quick-real-estate-statistics
  2. Financial Post – http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/mortgages-real-estate/canada-housing-bubble-agents/wcm/b49d4e3a-bd8d-4d1c-9566-bd3d80c8e23a
  3. National Association of REALTORS –https://www.nar.realtor/reports/highlights-from-the-profile-of-home-buyers-andsellers

4.National Association of REALTORS – https://www.nar.realtor/field-guides/field-guide-to-quick-real-estate-statistics

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Planning to sell your home? Don’t wait. Place it on the market TODAY!

You probably had to read the headline twice.  Today?  You mean, today.  Yes, we mean TODAY.  Why the urgency?  The 2017 housing market shows that now is the time to sell.  January unveiled great numbers which paths the way for a strong housing market for this year.

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Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:
“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”

And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:
“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.”

A depleting inventory leaves a challenging market.  In order for a balanced market of homes for sale and interested buyers, the inventory would require a full six-month supply of homes.  The current situation is that there is less than a four-month inventory which means a 7.1% decrease from last year.

Admit it.  These statistics are make you look a little more closely about selling.  The increasing demand and low home supply provides the perfect climate for selling your home for the best price.  I’m more than happy to help you in this process to see if the market is hot in your neighborhood.

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The Great Housing Dilemma: Practical steps to selling your old home and buying a new one.

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The steps to “moving up” or “sizing down” can be a daunting and confusing one.  Do you sell first?  Buy first?  When is a good time to talk to a financial institution about your plans?  When does a real estate agent come into the picture?  You may not know where to start.  However, I want to reassure you that a good plan can be your best asset.

Oh, the Great Housing Dilemma.  The thought of it can brings so much anxiety.  Remember that the overall goal is to maximize the selling price of your home and find a new one for a reasonable price.  However, If you sell your current home first, where will you live until you find a new one?  If you buy first, you are stuck with paying two mortgages– that is, if a lender has the ability to offer you a second mortgage.

Options during this transition may involve:

Borrow down payment money for the second house from family or friends. Point out that you need help for only a short period, and offer a competitive interest rate. Give the person making the loan a promissory note, secured by a second mortgage (deed of trust) on your new house. Try to arrange it so that no monthly payments are due until your first house sells. Be warned, however, that depending on your financial situation, institutional mortgage lenders may refuse to approve a loan where the down payment doesn’t come from your own resources.

Get a bridge loan from a financial institution. If you have no other choice, it may be possible to borrow money from a bank or other lender to bridge the period between when you close on your new house and when you get your money from the sale of your old one. This idea is that you take out a short-term loan on your existing house, using it toward the down payment and closing costs on your new house, and repaying it when your first house sells.

Bridge loans can, however, be far more expensive than regular mortgage or home equity loans (higher upfront payments as well as interest rates), and they’re not easy to qualify for — you have to have plenty of equity in your current home and enough income to pay both mortgage payments indefinitely. The requirements all but negate the benefits of the loan!

First things first, evaluate the housing market with a trusted licensed real estate agent like myself.  I can give you current market value for your home to sell as well as advise on what is on the market for your next home.  With the marketing that I can do early on, I may be able to secure a buyer while you are preparing your home for sale.  I currently have an active listing that I “pre-marketed” for 3 months and accumulated interested buyers.  Now the home is actively for sale, we have multiple offers!  Multiple potential buyers who are interested in the listing will sell the home very quickly.

I am happy to do “Seller Net Sheets” that allow you to see estimated values of what you will net.  Talking to a lender will also determine what the lender feels your budget should be.  This allows you to know what is a reasonable next purchase should you need or desire to finance that purchase.  My goal is to get all of the information and planning done upfront so the transaction is seamless when we decide to proceed.

If you still have questions, I’m here to help!  Call me at 480-466-8193.  Erin Newman

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Selling Your Home in 2016? Check These Tips Off Your List!

If 2016 is your year to move, the winter is the perfect time to prepare your home ready for the competitive market.  People can often times find this part of the process to be a daunting task but with a little work, your home can be sold in no time to the perfect buyer!

It’s time to de-clutter

Many real estate professionals will agree that when you are getting ready to sell your home that decluttering is key.  Your home should be spacious and beautiful as possible but it’s hard to see the beauty when a pile of old books and papers reside in the corner and staring at everyone walking through the door.  Take an inventory of your home as you walk from room to room and eliminate the “eyesores”.  Spend a weekend creating a pile for trash pick-up, donations, or to be placed in storage.  This includes organizing your closets and pantries because- believe it or not- prospective buyers open these doors, leaving no stone underturned.  Best of all, it will less packing for you when the day arrives to move out!

Curb appeal

According to bankrate.com, curb appeal is important to 71% of potential home buyers.  71%, people!  When selling your home, your goal is to get them through the front door (and, of course, to make an offer) but this means you might have to invest time and money.  By no means do you have to spend a small fortune to make your lawn look like it’s a photograph from a magazine.  However, it may require tasks such as pressure washing the house, driveway, walkway, and mailbox.  Make sure old plants and flowers plants are removed and weeded.  If life is too busy to maintain your lawn especially during the warmer months, hire a service to cut and edge your lawn to keep it spruce.  Feel free to add finishing touches such as a bird feeder or a rocker for the front porch.

Squeaky clean

A dirty home is one of the most popular factors of turning off buyers.  This is probably one of the most challenging parts of placing a home on the market.  At any given moment, you can receive a call of your next showing.  The constant housecleaning can make anybody exhausted but start off with a thorough deep cleaning.  If cleaning isn’t your forte, then hire a cleaning service to make your home sparkle. This includes steam vacuuming, polishing hardwood floors, cleaning your windows and baseboards, and dusting from floor to ceiling.   Light housekeeping throughout the week such as taking care of dirty laundry and dishes, cleaning the counters after every use, and a quick sweep through the bathrooms are essential.

With this being said, the cleanliness of a home should also bring attention to odors such as cigarette smells, pet dander, and unpleasantries that may make people stop dead in their tracks at your door and deter them from entering.  A thorough cleaning and air-out (and investing in clean-smelling candles!) will help in this area.

Freshen up

If you’ve lived in your house for years, then it may be time to look at home decor through new lenses.  The best starting point is leafing through home magazines to see the latest trends.  Research popular paint color.  Throw a new rug under the dining room table.  Replace the yellowing lamp shade with one of a vibrant color.  Put away (temporarily) lots of photos of family and friends- you want people to feel like this could be their home!  Switch out outdated hardware and light fixtures.  These small changes can transform a room.

Home sellers can become a little overwhelmed and concerned at expenses when it comes to updating kitchens and bathrooms.  Look into more affordable alternatives for updates such as concrete or soapstone countertops opposed to granite.  We all know that hardwood floors look fabulous in any home and you can still get the hardwood look without the steep prices.  Luckily, flooring has come a long way in recent years with more natural approaches. Bamboo and cork flooring are great alternatives.

Functional yet comfortable

Staging a room can often times require looking at it from a different perspective.  The goal is for the room to be inviting yet provide functionality and space.  If you are unsure of where to start, enlist the help of a friend or professional to give you advice.

Whether it be furniture or decor, the pieces in a room don’t have to match but it should create an environment that plays well together.  Bring personality by showcasing a dramatic fireplace or playing up exposed wooden beams or a speciality window.   Lighting can either be your friend or enemy!  Remember that providing the right amount of lighting through natural light and fixtures can bring out your home’s best features or spotlight the dust collected on the mantel.

Use a high-quality digital camera to take photos of each room for marketing purposes.  Be mindful of angles and remember that homebuyers want to see your kitchens and bathrooms!

Fix It

If you need the professional help of a contractor or handyman to make necessary repairs, consider hiring them during the colder months.  January and February tend to be slower months and may offer reduced rates.

Check your home value

Want to know the value of your home?  Consult a licensed real estate agent in your area.  They will be able to give you advice and lead you through the process.  If you live in the Valley of the Sun or surrounding area, contact Erin Newman at 480-466-8193 for a consultation.