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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 6/16/2019

As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to generate interest in your residence. That way, it won't take long to start receiving offers to purchase after you list your home.

There are many signs that homebuyers may soon submit offers to purchase your residence, and these signs include:

1. Buyers are setting up home showings.

Even a single home showing is a positive sign for a home seller. And if you find that buyers are submitting regular requests to view your residence, it may be only a matter of time before you receive many offers to purchase your house.

Typically, it helps to be flexible when you sell your house. If you make it simple for buyers to view your house at their convenience, you may increase the likelihood that the right buyer will check out your home and submit an offer to buy it.

2. The same buyers have viewed your house multiple times.

An interested homebuyer may request to view your house more than once. In this instance, you may receive an offer to purchase from this buyer sooner rather than later.

As always, it pays to accommodate as many home showing requests as possible. If you make it easy for a buyer to view your residence multiple times, you can help him or her make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer to purchase your home.

3. Buyers have lots of questions about your house.

A home showing gives property buyers an opportunity to check out your house in-person. It also may lead these buyers to reach out to you for additional information about your home.

Remember, you should be ready to provide homebuyers with as much information as you can about your residence. If you offer homebuyers the information they request, you can help them determine whether your house is the right choice based on their individual needs.

For home sellers who want to go above and beyond the call of duty to stir up interest in a house, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent. In fact, a real estate agent will help a seller navigate the property selling journey and achieve the optimal results.

First, a real estate agent will meet with a house seller and set the stage for a successful property selling experience. He or she will offer insights into the local housing market and help a seller establish a competitive price for a residence. Then, a real estate agent will schedule house showings and open house events. And if a seller receives an offer to purchase, a real estate agent can recommend whether this individual should accept, decline or counter the proposal.

Want to streamline the house selling journey? Work with a real estate agent Ė you'll be happy you did. If you employ a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to showcase your residence to potential buyers and maximize your house sale earnings.





Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 6/9/2019

Most Americans dream of owning their own home. The size of that pictured house is often spacious. As the housing market gets tighter, the prices of homes go up. The bigger the home you wish to buy, the larger the price tag. Keep in mind that the bigger the house you buy is, the more everything else will cost. That means you have to look deep into your budget and far beyond the list price of a home to understand what you have to work with financially. Some things that a more prominent home might bring are:


Higher utility bills due to more space that you have to heat and cool

Increased property tax

Higher insurance premiums

More expensive repairs

More expensive renovations

Bigger yard to landscape


These are all additional costs that you should consider before you take the plunge to buy a larger home. The longer you live in the house, the more these expenses can add up. Many things like flooring, carpet, concrete, and roofing materials are priced by the square foot. While living large can be a great decision, the additional expenses can really add up.  


If You Have Kids, Reconsider


Raising children is expensive. While you may want your child to have a large room and a lot of amenities right inside their home, there are so many other things that kids need. Consider your childís hobbies. How much of your budget do you devote to those? Do your kids hope to attend college? How much extra money in your budget do you have for vacations and other activities that you may want to do as a family? Buying a bigger house could mean that you have less money in your budget for these things. Understand all the ways that you need to stretch your money before you have your eyes set on a larger home. 


Consider The Rest Of Your Needs


A more massive home means a more substantial monthly mortgage payment. That leaves less for you to save for things like retirement, rainy day funds, and other financial goals. Donít let the fact that you have your eyes set on a big house shadow the rest of your life and your needs. A large part of buying a home is planning ahead. It will be a smart decision all around for you and your family to buy a home thatís affordable.            


Buying a larger home fulfills a dream for many homebuyers, but donít let that idea become a singular goal.       





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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 6/2/2019

Buying your first home is a big decision; one that involves a lengthy process of saving money, building credit, and planning the next phase of your life. However, owning a home comes with one major payoff: home equity.

Simply put, home equity is the amount of your home that youíve paid off. However, it does get more complicated when we bring in factors like the market value of your home and how it shifts over the years.

In this article, weíll discuss home equity and what it means for you as a homeowner. This way, youíll have a better idea of what to expect when you finally make that last payment on your home or when you decide to sell.

Home equity and market value

As I mentioned earlier, home equity is more than just the amount youíve paid toward your mortgage. Like most markets, the housing market shifts over time.

Most homes slowly increase in value over time. In the real estate world, this increase in value is called appreciation.

However, that doesnít mean that your home is simply going to increase in value indefinitely until you decide to sell. As you will find out (if you havenít yet already), owning a home can be expensive. Houses age and require upgrades. If you fail to keep up with the maintenance of your home, its value can diminish.

How to build equity

The most important thing you can do to build equity is to make on-time payments to your mortgage. Making extra mortgage payments will help you build equity even faster.

One method of paying extra on your mortgage that many people are adopting is to make bi-weekly payments. Twenty-six bi-weekly payments comes out to 13 full payments per year, the equivalent of making one full extra monthly payment.

The second method of building equity is something that you have less control over: appreciation. However, if you stick to a maintenance schedule for your home and keep it in good repair, youíll most likely benefit from appreciation over the lifespan of your mortgage.

What can I use home equity for?

The most common way to use home equity is as a down payment or full payment on your next home. First-time buyers who donít have a 20% down payment saved often buy a starter home and then later upgrade as their family grows and their needs change. In the years that they own their first home, they build enough equity to make a full down payment on their second home, avoiding fees like mortgage insurance.

Many homeowners planning on retiring in the near future use their equity toward their retirement home, often turning a profit in the process. If you plan on downgrading for retirement and have fully paid off your mortgage, you can often use your equity to pay for your next home in cash.





Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 5/26/2019

Curb appeal alludes to the visual attractiveness of your property by way of the road or sidewalk. When it comes to curb appeal, you can look to many places for inspiration. Entire magazines are dedicated to the topic, and many television shows, YouTube channels, and online blogs will give you unending advice on how to improve the look of your property. You can explore anything from simple DIY to large structural elements.

Keep it Clean

Curb appeal always starts with a piece of property that is clean and tidy. Pressure washing the exterior of your home and the driveway is a great start. Make sure your yard is mowed and edged with any debris cleared away. Trees and shrubbery need to be pruned up and in healthy condition. You will want to wash the inside and out of all the windows. Repair anything that may need attention such as loose siding, pavers or door handles for example. If your property has fencing, you will want to check the entire perimeter for any maintenance.

Pretty as a Picture

The landscaping choices and exterior elements of your house are the main pieces that make up your property's curb appeal. The layout of the yard can create a picturesque view for onlookers that sets a welcoming tone. Bear in mind the style of your home and the surrounding neighborhood. A simple pathway leading to your front door beckons; welcome. Well-manicured lawns and interesting plantings can speak volumes to the passerby. The way you play with different heights of plants, trees, and any architectural features can draw onlookers to take a second look. A wraparound porch with rocking chairs and some hanging baskets of colorful flowers on a farmhouse-style home invites you to pull up and sip some lemonade. A craftsman home with a beautiful pergola is a striking image that can create a porch-like feel in a small space.

In Living Color

The color combinations are a big way to make a statement. From the color, you choose for your house to the flowers and leaf colors in the yard the entire palette needs to work together. The front door color can make the whole front porch area pop. Trim colors can add dimension so can shutters, awnings, and gables. Placing a few containers strategically near the front entryway can add a lot of color and drama but doesn't take too much time, effort or money. You can keep the containers seasonally up to date and reap the curb appeal rewards all year long.

Tour some local open houses this weekend and note what elements of the curb appeal you enjoy most.




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Posted by Waterfront Realty Group on 5/19/2019

Many behavior problems in a dog are as a result of boredom and excessive energy, which is justifiable because this animal is supposed to be physically active. Some owners breed domestic dogs for specific purposes like protection, farming, hunting, etc. On the other hand, wild dogs are more active because they only hunt and scavenge for food.

Whether dogs are helping us at home or hunting for their food, we should be aware of the fact that physical exercise keeps their brains and bodies active. Therefore, a practical way to enrich the life of your dog is engaging them in physical and mental practices. In addition to that, your dog benefits a lot when you spend quality time together. Here are some fun activities that will keep your dog active mentally and physically:

Get moving 

You should never disregard the significance of taking a good walk or jog with your dog. Walking and jogging are beneficial to your dog in that it gives him or her the privilege to explore the world. To ensure your dog benefits a lot from this, take different routes when jogging and visit new places as much as possible. 

Games to play

Games are an opportunity to enhance the relationship between you and your dog. However, it is essential to play games that will be enjoyable and safe for both of you. An example of some games that will exercise your dog's body as well as the dog's ability to chase, search, and grab are:

  • Tug-of-war. The tug-of-war is a game that you can use to engage your dog in a rewarding physical activity while at the same time teaching the dog some vital lessons. This game will allow you to train your dog on how to listen to you when it is excited and so on.
  • Fetch. Teaching your dog how to fetch is also a significant advantage. Your dog needs to exert a lot of physical effort to carry out this game. It can be used to teach your dog how to pick and drop things at a particular location. It's also a perfect way to train your dog on how to find hidden items.

Your dog is a special member of your family; so itís imperative youíre mindful of his or her physical state. The weekend is almost here, take your dog to the nearby park for a stroll or fun game of fetch.




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