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Posted by Elena Langlois on 3/14/2019

After you receive an offer on your home, how should you respond? Ultimately, there are many questions for a home seller to consider before accepting a proposal, including:

1. What is my home worth?

Did you get your home appraised before you added it to the real estate market? If so, you may want to review a home offer in contrast to your home appraisal. This will give you a better idea about whether the offer is "fair" based on your home's condition.

If you have not received a home appraisal, there's no need to worry. In fact, there are many ways to assess your home to determine whether to accept or decline a proposal.

Check out the prices of comparable residences in your city or town. This will enable you to see how these houses are priced and better understand how to proceed with an offer.

Also, review the prices of homes that recently sold in your area. With this information, you can learn about the current state of the housing market.

2. Are there any other offers to consider?

As a home seller, you'll likely have 24 to 48 hours to respond to an offer on your residence. But if you receive multiple offers at the same time, you'll want to evaluate these proposals in conjunction with one another.

Even if you receive two offers for the exact same price, these proposals may differ.

For example, a homebuyer who has financing in hand will be able to streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. On the other hand, a homebuyer who submits an offer without financing in hand may require additional time to secure a mortgage from a bank or credit union.

Take a close look at all of the offers on your home. Review these proposals with a fine-tooth comb, and you'll be able to make an informed decision.

3. Does this offer meet or exceed my expectations?

An offer on your home may fall short of your initial asking price, but this offer can still meet or surpass your expectations.

Consider what you hope to accomplish as a home seller as you review an offer.

For instance, if your goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible, you may be more inclined to accept one of the first offers you receive. Or, if you can afford to remain patient, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach to ensure you get an offer that matches or exceeds your initial asking price.

4. What will happen if I accept the offer?

After you accept an offer on your home, a homebuyer likely will want to complete a home inspection.

If the home inspection goes well, the homebuyer probably will proceed with his or her purchase. If it does not, you may need to complete home maintenance or repairs to finalize the purchase agreement.

Remember, if you accept an offer, there are still several steps that will need to be completed before you sell your house. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you'll know exactly what to expect at each stage of the home selling process.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 3/7/2019

When it melts in your mouth, it tastes is so good! Men hoard it, kids always want more, women adore it, and for most people, Valentine's Day isn't complete without eating it. Wondering what that could be? It is the beloved, darling chocolate.

Chocolate is food produced from the seeds of a cocoa bean, and it is a crucial ingredient of different desserts like cake, candy, ice-cream, etc. Chocolate has some fun facts that are not well known. Here are some of them:

1. The chocolate bar is more than 100 years old. The original chocolate bar was made in England way back in 1842, by the Cadbury Company. This company still exists and is famous for its delicious Easter-themed chocolates treats amongst other different assortments of goodies.

2. Cocoa beans once served as currency. Cocoa beans were so valuable to early Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as currency. The Aztecs could buy a turkey for 100 cocoa beans, a rabbit for four cocoa beans, and so much more.

3. Chocolate is food for the gods. The botanical name of Cocoa, "Theobroma cacao" means food of the gods.

4. A chocolate bar could cost more than an iPhone X. The world's most expensive chocolate bar is the "Wispa Gold." It is wrapped in an edible gold leaf and costs a staggering $1,430 per bar.

5. Chocolate prevents heart disease. Eating dark chocolate can decrease the odds of suffering heart disease by over 30 percent. Also, dark chocolate improves blood flow and lower blood pressure. However, overeating chocolate is also bad for health.

6. A chocolate bar could weigh more than an SUV. The world's biggest chocolate bar weighed 5,792.50 kg. Created by Thorntons PLC, the ingredients used for making this massive bar of chocolate were sugar, milk, butter oil, cocoa butter, emulsifier, and cocoa mass. 

7. Africa is the new home of cocoa. Despite its Amazonia roots, nearly 70% of the world's supply comes from Africa. Cote d'Ivoire is the largest single producers providing about 30% of the world's cocoa.

8. Making chocolate is hard-work. Eating a bar of chocolate will probably take a few minutes, but making it takes time and require a lot of effort to finish. It takes four hundred beans of Cocoa to produce one pound of chocolate.

When next you are enjoying a cup of chocolate or a piece of chocolate pie, remember all these cool facts about it.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 2/28/2019

If you have been looking to give your home a bit of pizzaz, you may be worried about the cost or the time investment. The good news is that you donít need to put in a huge amount of work or money in order to make a big difference in your home. Below, youíll find some of the easiest projects that you can complete in a hurry. Youíll be enjoying a new view of your home in no time! 


Change Up The Mantel


We often grow comfortable with the decor in our homes. Itís a good idea to change those pictures and displays that you have along the top of your fireplace from time to time. For a more dramatic change, you can replace the entire mantel.  


Bring Out The Front Entryway


The entry to your home is all a part of the curb appeal. You can easily paint the front door or part of the entryway to enhance the look of the front of your home. If you want to go even bolder, try and replace the door with something a bit different than what you already have.


Refresh The Paint


Whether you look at the inside or the outside of your home, you can easily bring about change to the look of your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Take a tired looking room and change the paint color of the space. Taking things room by room can be less time consuming than trying to take on the entire house at once. If the exterior of your home needs some fresh color, this project can be expensive, yet rewarding as the amount of curb appeal that you have will increase dramatically.       



Try Some New Lighting


Itís easy to get some new lighting fixtures. It could be as simple as switching a lamp or installing a few new light fixtures. For an even more dramatic change, add some dimmer switches or energy efficient lightbulbs. Checking in on the lighting in your home can be beneficial for both your home decor and the practical use of lights. 


Donít forget the outdoors as well. It can be very refreshing for your landscape to have some outdoor lighting that highlights the more dramatic pieces of the outdoor space. 


Plant Something New


If you take the time to plant something new, you can bring a whole new look to the exterior of your home. Whether you take the time to plant one simple bush or are able to place down a whole new flower bed, small changes make a big impact. 


However small your home improvement projects are, they are a part of working towards making your home a better place to live.     

 







Posted by Elena Langlois on 2/21/2019

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood or down a country road, seen a cobbled-together add-on and done a double-take? Historically, home additions tend to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, with each new add-on displaying the most recent design trend without regard for the original style. Thus, you'll see a typical ranch-style home with a mansard or hipped-roof add-on or a modern sunroom from an entirely different era appearing as if by magic from the side of a craftsman bungalow.

Failing to match a homeís original style is not new. Castles dotting the English hillsides or lining European rivers have jumbled wings from even different centuries, and palaces and cathedrals bear the stamp of each successive architectís desire to make a name for himself. But when it comes to your home, mixing styles and eras could be a losing proposition when the time comes to sell.

Hire a professional

Before you begin an addition, hire a licensed design contractor to discuss your home's current style and how your renovation or addition might enhance its curb appeal and carry the same theme through the complete interior and exterior of the house.

New structures should be in balance with the existing building, and although it might not have symmetry, the combination of new and old should have unity. To achieve this, bear these things in mind:

  • Windows: if the new windows are double-hung with multiple lights (several small panes or a grid), then change out the old windows to match. Donít mix aluminum sliders with wood casements (those with crank mechanisms). In other words, add some extra money into the renovation to match up the window types.
  • Exterior materials: a lovely mix of brick, stone, and stucco (or plank siding) gives a home that coveted old-world feel, but a random mash-up looks, well, like a random mash-up. If possible, extend the existing outside material to the new addition. Where that isnít possible because, for example, a brick color or style no longer is available, consider painting everything to match to give continuity.
  • Rooflines and materials: adding a gambrel roof to hipped roof or a mansard to a ranch probably wonít earn you any design awards. If the existing roofline is not what you want, have your contractor update it to match the addition. A mix of roofline styles is disconcerting and screams ďadd-onĒ rather than professional addition. And watch the mix-up of roofing materials too. A lovely new metal roof on the new part with a dated three-tab asphalt shingle on your existing roof gives your home a discordant aspect ó either roof the latest addition to mimic the old, or re-roof the whole thing. 

If you genuinely want to add a different style, consider modifying the existing home to match the new style for a unified impression. And, if you're considering an addition to increase your home's value for a quick sale, check with your real estate professional first. There's nothing worse for your renovation's bottom line than an addition that nets a loss rather than a gain to your resale value.





Posted by Elena Langlois on 2/14/2019

Selling your house should be a quick, seamless task. Yet the home selling journey varies based on a number of factors, including the condition of a seller's residence and the current state of the housing market. And if you fail to plan ahead for the home selling journey, you may struggle to achieve your desired results.

There are several things that you can do to simplify the house selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline the home selling process.

1. Craft a Home Selling Strategy

A home selling strategy is pivotal for any property seller, at any time. If you know what it takes to sell your residence, you can take the necessary steps to ensure success at each stage of the house selling journey.

Think about why a buyer may want to purchase your residence and craft your house selling strategy accordingly. Because if you understand the buyer's perspective, you may discover unique ways to help your house stand out from the competition. As a result, you could boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.

2. Establish a Competitive Initial Asking Price

The initial asking price for your home can make a world of difference. If you set an initial asking price that is too high, for example, buyers likely will shy away from your home. On the other hand, if your initial asking price is too low, you risk selling yourself short during the property selling journey.

Analyze the prices of available houses that are similar to your own in your city or town. Furthermore, it may be beneficial to look at the prices of recently sold homes in your area. Once you review this housing market data, you'll be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it Ė navigating the home selling journey on your own may prove to be difficult. As such, a real estate agent is a must-have, particularly for a home seller who is unsure about how to navigate the property selling journey. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive comprehensive assistance at each stage of the home selling cycle.

A real estate agent will help you craft an effective property selling strategy and determine the optimal initial asking price for your residence. He or she also will showcase your residence to prospective buyers, help you review offers to purchase your home and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. And if you ever have concerns as you navigate the home selling journey, a real estate agent is available to respond to them.

When it comes to selling a home, it is important to do whatever you can to keep things simple. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can move closer to selling your home and maximizing your house sale earnings.




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