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The What, Where, and How of Finding Real Estate Agents: 2

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

agent 4Still, where do you start finding successful real estate agents? Actually, one of the best sources you will be able to find is your friends, your family members, your colleagues, your acquaintances: the people you already know, in other words.

Find people who have worked with real estate agents in the area. They will be able to give you a solid recommendation, whether good or bad. Remember, you want an agent who is highly professional, who knows who to be aggressive, who has the killer instincts.

Checking out real estate agencies with good funding can be helpful as well, because they tend to have high standards for the agents who work there.

An agency with published standards is even better, because then you can find out what you are getting into well ahead of time.

The What, Where, and How of Finding Real Estate Agents: 1

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

agent 3When you are in the market (ha ha, forgive the slight pun) for a real estate agent, your best bet is to look for a successful one. Check around the neighborhoods you are interested in, and see which real estate agents seem to have had the most success with selling homes in that area. Typically, there were will two or three agents who are doing a lot of the selling — and closing — in the area.

Another sure sign of a successful real estate agent is the number of houses he or she has listed; the more listings, the better. For that matter, real estate agents who have full page ads also tend to be more successful.

Naturally, you want the most successful real estate agent you can find. For that reason, sorry to say, you may want to stay away from agents who only do the job on a part time basis.

Where Are You Going to Go? 2

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

moving-2Now, a lot of the information in this post may seem completely obvious, but speaking from experience, when you are trying to plan and execute a move, a lot of really important things can slip your mind. So, what do you need to check out when you move?

If you have children or plan to, you need to check out the schools in your area. Moreover, you may want to make sure the neighborhood you choose is kid friendly. Schools and neighborhoods should be as diverse as possible.

How are the hospitals where you are moving? How well are they equipped, what can they do? You never know what might happen, remember; it is worth it to be on the safe side.

How is the city or town itself? Where are the libraries, the grocery stores, the parks? Make sure that wherever you are moving suits you. If you like music in the park and cafes, look for that. If you like malls and movie theatres, look for that.

Where Are You Going to Go? 1

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

moving-1Hardly anyone stays in one place any longer these days. People tend to move around much, much more than they used to. That is all well and good — we call it progress, anyway, and whether you think of it as a good thing or a bad thing, that does not change the fact that it happens.

It is also a fact that moving can be a stressful and often scary experience. There are things you can do to allay any fears and frustrations, such as making sure your home is organized when you start to pack, that you plan things well, and things of that nature.

You also need to research the location where you will be moving to — seems like that goes without saying, right?

However, you need to know more than just where you are going to live and if the place is close to your job.

Using Landscaping to Improve Your Home: 2

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

landscaping-2In landscaping, size and scale are both hugely important factors. Idealy, you want all trees and shrubs to be sized to scale. Specifically, you want them to be scaled to your house. The right scale is crucial, because then no doors, windows, or any other important architectural features will be blocked.

Thus, clearly, the size of your house is a very important consideration. If you have a single story home, you want to stay away from shrubs and trees which are two large. For trees, stick to crab apple trees, redbuds, and cherry trees.

Two story homes, on the other hand, are able to handle a lot of large scale trees, such as sycamores, oak trees, redwoods, and things of that nature.

Do not go overboard with the trees, though. You do not want to cast too many shadows, and besides, having a huge number of trees and shrubs may make prospective buyers worry about how much it will cost to maintain the property.

Using Landscaping to Improve Your Home: 1

Monday, July 13th, 2009

landscaping-1It is no secret that, when you are selling your home, landscaping can make an enormous difference. You are marketing something when you are trying to sell, so you want to make the property look as palatable as possible. Thus, of course, the landscape can be a deal maker — or a deal breaker. Naturally the former is the ideal, and there are lots of things you can do to make sure that happens.

First of all, color is very, very important. Vibrant splashes of beautiful color can make all the difference — and it is a great idea to make them complement the current season. In fact, real estate experts recommend changing your landscaping with every season — actually, whether your house is on the market or not.

This may seem tedious and costly, but it really is not, mainly because it is best to use one or two focus points and repeat the theme. In fact, you can choose flowers which bloom in more than one season and make them the leitmotif of your landscaping. Iceberg roses — perhaps in white — with a lovely lavender is a great idea.