It's been a bizarre week in our country and across the world this week, certainly no one can deny that. But what does that mean for Real Estate? What does that mean for the Teresa Cowart Team? What should you do if you're in the market to buy, or are ready to sell your home?
In a perfect world, the very first home your Realtor showed you would be "The One". Then, your first offer would be accepted, the home would pass inspection with flying colors, the seller would pay all closing costs, and you would close on your home in less than 60 days. Birds would sing, the sun would shine, etc., etc.
The reality is that more often than not, your first time home buying experience will not be that easy. However, there are things you can do to avoid making costly mistakes.
It’s no secret that renovations have the potential to raise the value of your home, but which ones are worth the investment? Before you start tearing down walls and ripping out kitchen cabinets, keep in mind that some home renovations are more marketable than others. Here are some home renovations that have been proven to give you the best return on your investment:
Not everyone has the advantage of marketing stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, and hardwood floors as part of their home sale. But just because your home needs a little TLC doesn’t mean it’s doomed to sit in seller’s limbo. Oftentimes, its actually the opposite. With the right attitude and marketing strategy, you can flip your flop of a property into a DIY buyer’s dream home. Here are some of the best ways to sell a fixer upper:
Open houses are one of the many marketing efforts we use to sell a home. And when the environment is right – the house presentable and the sellers willing – it is also one of the most successful. There are countless benefits to hosting an open house, but it is undoubtably a process requiring more effort on both the realtor and the seller's parts.
When hot and cold air mingle during transitional seasons, it often means that heavy rain and occasional flooding are close behind. If you’ve had to commute between Richmond Hill, Savannah, Pooler, or Hilton Head in these past couple of weeks, then you’ve experienced some of the standing water that’s plagued our state’s streets. But rising water and problematic city drainage systems are not just a threat to your car tires and engines; water damage is the number one cause of a cracked home foundation...
Picture this: you finally find the home of your dreams. Move-in goes smoothly, and you and your family settle easily into the new neighborhood and school systems. Everything seems too good to be true, and it is. Weeks later, you notice water wicking up the foundation, leading to rot in the walls, framing members, and mold. You call a repairman to find out that your home is experiencing grade sloping, causing water to drain back towards your home.
One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the financial freedom that complete home equity provides. When you’re looking at your current liabilities–future mortgage payments or loans you’ve taken out for a down payment–achieving unencumbered interest might seem impossible. But with some time and a good amount of diligence, you can build your home equity to the rate of complete liberty from outstanding balances, liens, and interest rates.
Millennials know better than any other generation that buying a house is a huge commitment of time, energy, and finances. Between the quickly oscillating job market, rising student debt, and a generational desire to travel, millennials are less likely to buy a house in their ‘20s than any other age group.
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial steps in your life. This transition is often an investment of time, energy, and love. You might stumble across the perfect property for your needs but, as we all know, what rests inside those four walls is rarely all that encompasses the decision to close. Considering your potential home’s external environment – crime rates, convenience, and growth potential – is a crucial step in your home buying process. Here are some things to consider when looking for the right location to call home: