Home Upgrades Made Easy

In the real estate market, homeowners need to be aware of what home upgrades are going to give them the best bang for their buck if they decide to run around and sell their home. Most good realtors know what to recommend, but there are some upgrades that future sellers can add that will retain and add value to their sale price. We go over these below. Enjoy!

  1. Bathroom remodels. You can either do this yourself or have a contractor do it, but on average, 100% of the money spent on a minor or major bathroom remodel will retain it’s value. So, spend $15K, get back $15K when you sell your home.
  2. Window Replacements. Adding curb appeal is so important when you have potential buyers coming to look at your home. Adding something like a bay window is a great touch to add to your home, and you can do that with a little insight into what a contractor might need to do from a construction standpoint. Normally, window companies like this one: www.ftcollinswindows.com can give a contractor specific instructions on what the dimensions need to be inside a home in order to add a bay window.
  3. Landscaping. We’re talking curb appeal again. If your front or back yard are in need of a bit of maintenance, or you need to green up the grass, having a landscape or lawn care professional come in to add some beauty to your garden or yard will help you get top dollar when you sell. Follow this link to find some tips and tricks to make your landscaping look much better.
  4. Paint your home. Painting inside and out can give your home a fresh look, and enhance the way buyers see it when they walk through. Freshening up each room so you have a new coat of eggshell or bright white can give you the appeal you are looking for when it comes to showing your home. For some tips on painting, visit this Popular Mechanics link.
  5. Give your appliances a facelift. If you look around and all you see are appliances that are old and outdated, consider getting all new stainless steel appliances for your home. A new dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove/cooktop can up the ante when you talk to your realtor about listing your home. You don’t have to go crazy spending on the most expensive appliances, but buying everything new gives you a better chance of attracting higher offers when your home is on the market.
  6. Knock down some walls. Creating extra space in your home is probably the best way to make it sell quickly. If you could easily knock down a wall that is not serving any purpose (meaning it’s not weight-bearing), and you won’t have to spend much to upgrade that space, this might be a no-brainer for you. Also, if you have storage that could be expanded into areas that are not being used, all buyers look for great storage space when they are shopping for a home.

Check out this YouTube video outlining some great tips on getting your home ready to sell.

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We hope this was beneficial for you, and come back again for more information on the real estate market.


Homebuying made easy

In this day and age of social media, home buying has been made a bit easier by the ability to search for either a real estate agent or for a home via social media. Never before have homebuyers had more access to good real estate agent reviews, or the ability to communicate with agents than on social media. If you are looking for a real estate agent, you can simply ask your friends via instant messenger or by posting on your wall, and you are sure to get a lot of responses telling you who to go with.

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Real Estate agents are spending more money on social media than ever before targeting buyers, and trying to get them to visit their webpage to search for homes. We have spoken to multiple brokers who have used Facebook to kickstart their business. Colorado Real Estate Pros is one that posts regular updates about helping homebuyers search for homes. You can see their stellar page by clicking the link here: Colorado Real Estate Pros.

Every morning, on my drive to the office, I listen to the radio, and hear Real Estate agents, who must spend thousands upon thousands of dollars advertising their services every month, talking about how they will sell your home within a certain time frame, and if they don’t, they will either buy the home, or pay you cash! This is a new tactic that we have never heard before, but there’s agents like Rob Kittle, Chad Madlom, and a few others that have a ‘fast sale guarantee’.

The only problem in working with agents like that is you are rarely guaranteed to actually speak with Rob or Chad. You are more than likely to speak with their assistants or brokers that are working under them. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but if you are looking to speak with one agent and one only, you might want to consider going with another realtor who actually will be with you the entire step of the way. Our guess (and this is just a guess), is that you won’t really do much work with the head brokers that get all the publicity.

Either way, Rob, Chad, and multiple other brokers will surely take care of you, and the market right now for homes is so good for sellers, and buyers alike. Other than Facebook, there are multiple other social media sites that you can search for homes, or real estate agents. Yelp, Google Plus, Yahoo Local are three great ways to find real estate agents. If you are searching on Yelp or Google Plus, make sure that you check out reviews of brokers (if there are any posted on their pages), as that will normally give you an indication of how those brokers were received by their customers. A lot of realtors will also have twitter pages, where they will post regular updates on their services, and let homebuyers and sellers know what to expect in the coming months.

Angie Spangler is a great real estate agent in the Fort Collins area, who has taken advantage of all the social media outlets to get the word out on her services to the northern Colorado region. Angie sells about 50-60 homes per year, and you will only deal with her or her assistant on each transaction.

When it comes to social media, you certainly have your pick of the real estate agent population, and you can find out much more than from just visiting a simple old website.

We hope that you visit tsurch.com again for all of your real estate information and needs!

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The most expensive cities to live in

According to this Denver Post article, Boulder is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. It’s ranked 27th, to be exact. According to the article, the average cost of a 4 bedroom home is now over $1million. The price of any home in Boulder could be much higher, depending on where you want to live, but residents would be hard pressed to sell their homes and find anything that would be comparable within Boulder City limits.

The other 26 cities that are above Boulder in terms of cost per home? Hawaiian cities, California cities, and small towns such as Carmel, and some other places in New York State.

What someone would pay for a home is certainly up to them and their budget, but what would you pay for a 4 bedroom home? Do you pay for location? Do you pay for size? What are your must haves when it comes to residential real estate? Do you want a new home with all the current furnishings, or are you okay with a fixer upper that has a bit of old character to it? Do you need a large backyard, or just a large home with small front and back yards.

We are always curious to hear about what you are experiencing in your home search, or what you like in a home. So contact us, or complete the contact form below, and let us know what are your ‘must-haves’ when it comes to a home.

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Buy a House In Just a Few Steps

Looking for a house might seem complicated enough, but the truth is that things are not how you think. If you ask some people, they will say to you that it took them a long enough time until they have found the perfect house for them. It can be true indeed, if they didn’t know what they wanted in the first place, but it’s also true that you can’t make up your mind by simply seeing three houses.

House HandIf you want to find the house of your dreams, there are a few things that you have to pay attention to. Let’s take each one at a time and see what it means.

The Budget

This is the most important step, because based on this you will know what to look for. If you have cash money, you need to know how much money you can use. If you don’t have enough to buy a house, there is always the possibility to go to a financial institution or a bank and ask for a loan.

They will deduct the sum of money that they can offer you as a loan based on the advance that you can offer and the salary that you take each month. It’s also important not to have other credits or even a credit card, because that can decrease the sum of money that you can use for the house.

The Ideas

Whoever thinks of buying a house definitely has at least a few ideas about how the house should look like. Note down everything that you want the house to have – one, two or three bedrooms, one or two baths, a storage space, a small yard and so on.

LancasterRealEstateApart from this, think of the location of the house. There are some neighborhoods that are more expensive than others, while in other places the houses don’t have such a big yard. No matter what you want for, make sure you check out everything that you find available for selling. You don’t have to necessarily buy the house, but you can make an idea if you see more than just a few of them.

A Real Estate Agent

Now that you have some ideas, contact a real estate agent and present him or her with your requests. Also, mention them to take you to see more than just a few houses. It can take up more of their time, but you can make your own suggestions about location and other details that you want to be respected, like having a school near the house, a reasonable price to fit within the budget and so on. Each of your requests should be respected by the agent.

Inspecting the House

It’s best to ask for a professional house inspection before you sign the papers, because that is necessary for the bank also. The house inspection will tell you exactly what the house is made of, what materials where there used and other details regarding the construction.

The written report will help you determine if there are required any future investments, which could increase the price of the house once you buy it. If this is the case, then you might want to look for another house in another area of the city.

The Lawyer

Search-Colorado-Springs-MLS-Homes-for-SaleIt’s adequate also to look for legal help from a lawyer specialized in real estate. This is because the real estate domain is wide and it has plenty of rules and regulations that have to be respected. Apart from this, the lawyer will make sure that your contract is in good order and the papers of the house are properly kept.

The selling contract will also go the bank or the financial institution, so it needs to be perfect and the house shouldn’t have any problem regarding the legal aspect of the documents.