STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting impression that is sure to help you sell it more quickly. Here’s what you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next open house or viewing!

  1. Help them visualize it as their own. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal memorabilia, knick-knacks, and photos. Instead replace them with simple décors, such as paintings, nature images, and plants.
  2. Think sleek instead of comfy. Modern-day buyers are leaning toward modern, crisp, clean interiors over comfy, homey looks. When staging your home, keep a minimalist mindset, and incorporate bright colors and metal accents.
  3. Deep clean the small spaces. It’s obvious to say you should clean your home before viewing, but don’t forget to cover your bases by deep cleaning the small spots. Take time to scrub porous areas like grout that may hold on to stains and baseboards where small pet hairs and dust love to cling.
  4. Spruce up your landscaping. The first impression your home gives to potential buyers is its exterior. Ensure you have a freshly mowed lawn, neat hedges and shrubbery, bright flowers, and a clean driveway.
  5. Set the mood. A home is so much more than just the way it looks, so you need to appeal to the other senses. Prior to having potential buyers over, set the mood by burning delicious smelling candles and selecting an upbeat, happy soundtrack to play in the background.

Checklist: How to make an informed homebuying decision

Guaranteed Rate Affinity

You’ve got your eye on a home. Next up, it’s time to shop and compare loan products and rates. If you’re still unsure what to do here, we don’t blame you. Whether it’s your first time or not, buying a home is a huge decision that isn’t always so easy. Each option could affect your bottom line differently. So it’s important to make sure you’re making an informed decision. 

Mortgage calculators are designed to help you make this decision, but our loan officers always recommend doing your research first. Ask yourself these questions before using a mortgage calculator and think more like a loan officer:

1. What type of property are you looking to purchase?

A one-size loan does not fit all, and you may need to account for the possibility that you might be in the market for something other than a single-family home. 

2. How long do you plan to own the property?

If you’re only planning on living in your home for a certain length of time because of a job transfer or growing family, an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) might be the best option for you. 

3. What is most important to you: getting the lowest rate, the lowest monthly payment, or the shortest loan term?

Other mortgage calculators might ask if you’re interested in a lower payment or a shorter term if you’re refinancing your existing home. But you have your own priorities.

4. Are you a first-time homebuyer or a veteran?

If you’re in either category—or both!—you could qualify for loan programs that aren’t available to other borrowers. Some online tools treat VA loans and first-time buyers as a separate category, which makes it much more difficult to compare mortgage products and shop around. 

Now that you have everything you need to make an informed decision, you’re ready for the next step. Make sure to talk with an experienced loan officer and get a proper estimate of your buying power before you start shopping.

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Plano TX – Housing Market April 2020

htallos    May 19, 2020    Comments Off on Plano TX – Housing Market April 2020

Real Estate may have slowed down due to COVID-19, however its still essential and moving forward. Here is the April 2020 Housing Market Stats for Plano TX while it might not be as strong as 2019 its still good to see positive results. Contact Heidi to learn more on how to sell or buy!

Plano Housing Market - April 2020

5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer!

htallos    June 1, 2018    Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer!

5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer! | Simplifying The Market

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory has declined year-over-year for the last 35 months and is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.

Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in his or her home was six, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the average time it took to close a loan was 41 days.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has forced these markets into a buyer’s market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly, AND you’ll be able to find a premium home to call your own!

Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

5. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

 

For Sale: 4 Tips for Getting Your Home off the Market Quickly

htallos    May 24, 2018    Comments Off on For Sale: 4 Tips for Getting Your Home off the Market Quickly

Do you have a home to sell? Are you ready to get the selling process over with quickly? There is no better time than now!

Most Important thing….. Contact Heidi at 214-998-1595 (call or text)

Here are four top tips for getting your house ready to list for a ton of interest and potential bids:

Give Your Yard Attention
Cleaning up your yard and making it look welcoming will do two things for sellers: First, a beautiful yard that is free of cracks and weeds will attract more potential buyers; second, curb appeal can add as much as 5 percent value to your home.

Paint Inside and Out
Buyers want to see a fresh, clean space when they visit your home. By painting inside and out, you have the chance to apply a neutral tone throughout the home. New wall coverings mean no fingerprints or smudges—and with new paint, there are no nail holes to hide.

Price Your Home Intelligently
The right sales price for your home is often the best way to sell your home quickly. If priced too high, you may scare buyers away before they even come to an open house, but, if priced too low, you may lose out on money.

Depersonalize the Space
Buyers want to look at a home as if they are moving in. When you leave pet toys or your children’s clothes laying around, people see “you” in the home. By removing everything that’s personal, you can make way to stage the home.

Happy Spring and Happy Easter

htallos    March 29, 2018    Comments Off on Happy Spring and Happy Easter

Wishing you a Happy Easter with your loved ones!

As you enjoy the freshness of the spring season, you may find yourself dreaming of a change. I’d love to help make your dream a reality! Sometimes change is daunting – but I can help you make a plan, implement it and spring forward with ease. Happy Spring!

 

If you have any questions about the current market or wanting more information about how you can buy and sell a home, don’t hesitate to call, text or email me.

 

I will be around this weekend so if you would like to see a home or get a free market analysis of your home, just let me know.

 

Have a great weekend

 

HeidiTallos MRP, CSP
REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Heidi Moves, LLC
Cell: 214-998-1595 (call or text)
Heidi@HeidiMoves.com

Heidi Tallos Referral Program

htallos    February 23, 2018    Comments Off on Heidi Tallos Referral Program

 

Referrals are an important part of my business. For every referral you give me and I close with in the State of Texas, I will give you at least $100 in a Visa Gift Card after closing!

A referral could be a buyer or seller in the DFW area. Depending on your referrals final home price you maybe eligible for more money.  Who couldn’t use more money!

Message me with your referrals information or have them contact me at 214-998-1595!

Coldwell Banker – Plano, TX Office – 2018 Leaders

htallos    February 8, 2018    Comments Off on Coldwell Banker – Plano, TX Office – 2018 Leaders

Heidi Tallos is proud and honored to be one of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Plano TX Office – September 2017 Top Producers 2018 Leaders!

2017 was a great year and 2018 is starting off good. I am always here to talk to current and future clients about their real estate needs.  Give me a call or text at 214-998-1595, and I would be happy to learn more about your needs.

The Three Most Important Responsibilities Buyers Have

htallos    February 5, 2018    Comments Off on The Three Most Important Responsibilities Buyers Have

The American dream of owning a home is something everyone should have if they want it which buyers have three important responsibilities. You should be able to live where you want and enjoy the features of your environment that help you relax, entertain, play, and do more of the things you enjoy without the restrictions imposed by a landlord.

You can own a pet, build a treehouse, paint the walls your favorite color, and play music and videos as loud as you like without disturbing your neighbors. That’s the essence of the dream — independence.

For most first-time buyers, it’s better to accept that for dreams to come true, you have to do the groundwork. Yes, you will be far more independent than you would as a renter, but you will still have some very real responsibilities to make homeownership work. Here are the top three responsibilities you’ll have as a homeowner.

Financial responsibilities

You owe your lender timely payments. Paying on time helps you build your credit. With great credit, you can take on more projects such as remodeling, or you’ll be able to buy furniture, cars or other things you want with lower interest on your payments.

Your debts should never be more than 40 percent of your income. If you get overextended, you’ll have problems meeting the minimum payments. Instead, limit the amount of credit you actively use and pay off balances every month. Don’t add new charges until you’ve paid off your balances.

You should also be in a position to save money, which you can do several ways. You can put money in your 401K, you can pay extra on your principal every month, or you can buy bonds or invest in the stock market, according to your tolerance for risk. You can put money in a safety deposit box or under the mattress as long as you are saving rather than overspending.

Common wisdom is to build six months of cash so you can continue to make your house payments if you lose your job or become ill. You need savings for emergencies, large expenses such as student debt, and retirement.

Neighborhood responsibilities

When you buy a home, your household becomes part of the neighborhood. You can influence whether or not the neighborhood prospers or declines simply by the way you treat your neighbors and your home. It’s up to you to uphold or to set a higher standard for the neighborhood by keeping your lawn and trees trimmed, your home freshly painted, and toys and trash picked up from the entry.

This is the way you can protect your investment and those of your neighbors. It’s one of the reasons many neighborhoods have homeowners associations — to protect values by standardizing safety and maintenance for the community.

To get the benefits the HOA provides such as higher and consistent home values, you have to pay your dues and obey the covenants. You can volunteer to help or you’ll have to abide by the decisions others make. Before you buy a home in a HOA-managed community, read the covenants so you’ll know what you’re getting into. If not being able to use certain exterior paint colors bothers you, then don’t buy the home. Find something else.

Household responsibilities

You owe yourself and the other members of your household the best life you can possibly provide. Buying a new home is a great time to step up your lifestyle and enjoy what your new home and the community has to offer.

Your home should help you be who you want to be. That’s the purpose of shaping your environment. You have control over whether you entertain like Martha Stewart, paint in your studio like the next Picasso, or grow a lawn as sleek as the Augusta fairways.

Choose a home that meets as many needs as you can within your means. Separate bedrooms for the kids may be doable, but you may have to compromise on a Jack and Jill shared bath. This is an excellent opportunity to teach your older children about prioritizing, delayed gratification, give and take and winning and losing gracefully.

Make sure the area you select offers amenities that your building doesn’t have. If you don’t have a yard for the kids and the dog, make sure there’s a park and playground nearby.

Think about how far and how long it will take you to get to shopping, work, and other friends and family. Think about how a long commute will affect your family. Would you rather be sitting in traffic or attending your son’s ball game?

You and your spouse may want the prestige of living in a certain area, but if your house-payment is too high, you’ll introduce problems into the relationship you don’t need. It’s about making choices that make sense. Better to buy a smaller home in a great neighborhood and keep the arguing down.

Buy the best home you can that’s within your means and it will see you through years of comfort.

Written by Blanche Evans

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