Monday, October 23, 2017

Don't Replace Your Agent With The Internet

With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry. 

We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional's input, but it's fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But there in lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. The same way it oversimplifies medical diseases and surgeries, you'd still expect to get a professional's diagnosis.

Although a real estate agent isn't quite like a doctor, the industry in it's legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional's guidance comes after the initial contract is written up and the hard work comes into place to actually make the home your own. Same for sellers, if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in the price? But most importantly, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Because there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number. 

The next time you're digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market. A very general idea. But after you've found the perfect house, or after you've decided that the numbers make some sense for you to sell, call your favorite real estate agent and make sure they give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. Because it's going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart, or negotiations can't be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high, that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it's amazing resources, but don't let it replace your agent. We aren't in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that's far from the truth! Although it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don't want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it. Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers - Let's be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the "trend" of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition - Selling in the fall isn't something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That's why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn't make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor's house. It also doesn't devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.

With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale. 

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home - Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don't feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

35 Perrine Rd Plainsboro NJ

35 Perrine Road, Plainsboro, NJ

For Sale

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1760 SQUARE FEET

Move in Ready 3 bed 2.5 bath home in highly desirable Princeton Collection. West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools. This home has been tenderly loved and modernized for its new occupants! Recent upgrades include new carpets, fresh paint, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops , new windows, upgraded deck, landscaping, and more! Home faces picturesque farmland.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Home Trend Tuesday

I thought it would be fun to start a new series where we review real estate trends. You have all seen the shows that feature a trend that everyone then copies. After a few years it either becomes a household staple that you continue to love in your current or future home, or a fad of the past!

Help me decide on this week's feature: Black interior doors

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house of hepworths

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The Yellow Cape Cod

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Making It Lovely

I have to admit, this is a trend that I have considered for my own home. What's your take?

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Real Estate Ad!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The makings of a pantry

When we moved to New Jersey, we rented a large home in a great school district. We LOVED that house! We lived in it for four years, which is the longest we have ever lived in one place since we have been married.

The one thing that I would change about that house, if I could, is to build a pantry. Having lived in the "south" for all of my married life, pantries were standard in any home, but it is not so common here in New Jersey. As was the case when we purchased our fixer upper.

 We set out to find a place to put one in. In my mind it was beautiful, stocked full of supplies for our busy household.

 At first we thought about replacing the non permitted half bathroom off the kitchen with my pantry. But, once we demoed the half bath, we discovered that it was actually built over an old stoop and thus it was structurally unsound.

Under that window, were some steps that came down from the original stoop. The current back door had some pretty steep and unsafe steps off of it that needed a railing. We decided to enclose the back door and "bathroom door, and open up a new door that comes directly out of the kitchen onto the stoop.

We then added a door to the "hallway" to complete our pantry. 

We definitely feel that the pantry fits much better with the flow of the kitchen and that it was the right  choice for this house. As an added plus not only did I get my pantry, I got a walk-in pantry! 

Stay tuned to see how we finished the inside of the pantry to what is now our farm house pantry!

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Favorite Paint Color of All Time!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that we had a little paint incident when we started painting our main living area. We headed over to Home Depot and had one of our favorite paint colors mixed for us. The color was Sherwin Williams, Universal Khaki. We have used this color many times before in different houses, and loved it. We were sure that the fact that our main living area had so many windows and can lighting, it would not be too dark for the area.

We were WRONG. I think there were a number of factors why this color did not work for this house.
1) The ceiling is not high enough
2) The color it self was mixed darker and more caramel than the sample we brough in
3) The color made the home look out dated instead of airy
Luckily, we had only painted the foyer when we realized this color was not going to work!
At this point we did not have many options. We had analyzed color after color before deciding on Universal Khaki and did not really have a back up color in mind, but we were eager to paint over our foyer as soon as possible!
We decided to just grab the same color we did in our kitchen because it was not too dark, it was gray but it felt warm and it seemed to go with every color we put against it.

And we are sooo glad we did! The color is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and I have to say it is my favorite color of all time. It looks a little ligher in the kitchen, and just perfect in the main living area. It goes with EVERYTHING and I think it makes our little ranch look sophisticated yet cozy.

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