July 2017

There are 4 blog entries for July 2017.

Smart Technology and How it can Help Sell a HomeSmart technology is a relatively new concept that has changed modern homes in the last several years. Smart products are automated devices that can be controlled remotely, usually by smart phone or by computer. These products are also intelligent enough to learn the preferences of the homeowner and turn on and off products as needed. Smart products can vary from light bulbs to locks, window shades to thermostats.

Getting Started With Smart Technology in Your Home

  1. Pick a home assistant. A home assistant is a platform for managing all of your home's smart products. Different smart products are compatible with different home assistants, so homeowners who plan to use a home assistant often choose the assistant first.
  2. Decide on your smart
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How to Decide if a Condo is Right for YouWhether you are downsizing from a large single-family home or ready to make the leap from renter to owner, you should consider whether or not a condo is a right home for you. Condominiums come in a variety of shapes and sizes from units in spacious high-rises to smaller dwellings in planned unit developments. What are the pros and cons of owning a condo?

Pro: You Own Your Home

Unlike renting, you own the condo in which you live. Ownership means that as you make payments and the property appreciates in value, you build equity in your home. Building home equity is a bedrock of financial security for most people.

Con: Your Home Comes with Restrictions

While you own your condo, it also comes with some restrictions. These restrictions should

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Selling a Home with Smoke DamageEven under the best conditions, selling a home can be tough, and selling a home that’s been exposed to years of damage from cigarette smoke can feel nearly impossible. Surveys have found that smoking can reduce a home’s value by up to 30%, and 27% of home buyers refuse to even consider buying a smoker home. To help beat the odds, here’s seven tips to help repair the damage done by cigarettes and make a home suitable to sell. 

1. Stop smoking in the home.

As soon as a homeowner knows they’re going to try to sell their home, they need to stop smoking indoors. The road to cleaning a smoke-damaged home is very long, and continuing to smoke inside is going make it all the harder.

2. Air out the home and furniture.

Open the windows and doors,

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Pros and Cons of Home StagingIn an effort to see their homes sell faster, some homeowners are choosing to stage their homes in order to make it happen. But just what does it mean to have a home staged? Much like decorating a set for a movie or play, home staging is doing the same thing for a home. A home stager will come into someone’s home and move furniture or bring in new furniture to make the space look as good as it possibly can so it entices buyers, even in competitive markets like Eagle Ridge.

Advantages

  • On average, a staged home can sell up to 88% faster and for about to 3% more than an home that hasn’t been staged, much like how curb appeal can entice buyers into the home.
  • Home staging can be helpful for home sellers who have already moved out of the home
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