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Top Ways Shoppers Use Technology to Buy New Homes

Top Ways Shoppers Use Technology to Buy New Homes

By on Mar 29, 2017 in Real Estate | 0 comments

It’s not common in this day for home shoppers to not incorporate technology into their real estate buying endeavors. Most of them search online for what they are looking for. Owning a home is the American Dream and people will use all innovation available to find what they want.   From the Millennials to the older more quiet generations, home buying techniques involve technology like so:   Websites. The majority of real estate buyers are using websites to search and find homes for sale. Video. Roughly one third of home buyers also search for video sites to get a more thorough look into the homes they are considering. Process. Many shoppers, not only first time home buyers, choose to research the home-buying process online. Mobile. Over half of those shopping for a new home do so from their mobile device, and many also find their real estate agent the same way. If you are looking to sell your home, you may want to consider a website that can showcase your house and include a video tour through it as well. Make sure that it is mobile friendly as well.  You may want to even have some links to establishments that can help a potential buyer obtain...

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10 Things Not to Forget With Your Spring Cleaning

10 Things Not to Forget With Your Spring Cleaning

By on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog, Home & Garden, Tips & Hacks | 0 comments

With March shooing away the winter and bringing in new beginnings, we all know it’s the time to clean our kbhomes and get ready for better weather. As you are tidying up and dusting during this upcoming season change, don’t forget these key ways to help out around your house. Whether you live in an apartment or townhouse, these 10 things you didn’t originally think of for spring cleaning will freshen up your homes and your minds and welcome in the new season.   1. Enliven Your Entryway With the winter season leaving your porch more or less drab and cold, bring spring to the front door. After an overall cleaning of your entryway including sweeping off debris, dusting down cobwebs and wiping down the door, bring life to your home with springtime accessories. Clean out your welcome mat or consider bringing in a bright new one. Create a welcoming porch by carrying out big pots of bright flowers and possibly adding a floral wreath or welcome sign to the front door.   2. Window Check Say goodbye to storm windows and welcome in the screens! As you’re changing out your storm windows, make sure they’re clean and in good shape. When you bring out the screens check to be sure there are no holes or tears in them. With soap, a cloth and a duster, bring new life to your windows by ridding the dust on your blinds and clearing dirt from the windowsill.   3. Welcome in the Flowers Welcome in the season of a beautiful outdoors by making your lawn ready for spring. Rake up leaves, pull up weeds, mow the lawn and clear your yard of debris. Fix uneven stepping stones, clean out old flowerpots and have your sprinklers ready. The best way to welcome in the nicer weather is to plant tulip bulbs and other bright flowers in your lawn.   4. Smoke Alarms and Light Fixtures. An important thing to remember to do is inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure they’re working properly, change out the batteries and dust them down. Another commonly forgotten chore is to dust off and wipe down light fixtures. Change out light bulbs. Liven things up with a...

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Vital Hints to Selling a Home That has Pets

Vital Hints to Selling a Home That has Pets

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having pets is awesome. They fill our lives with love, beauty and wonder. Whether it’s a loyal dog, mischievous cat, hamster, lizard, guinea pig, ferret, hedgehog or pygmy goats – we love them. The problem comes when a potential buyer of your home sees your pets or evidence of them as they might not love them. While pet lovers may feel that buyers should see their pets as adorable, more often home shoppers see them as stinky, messy, germy, scary, or otherwise unappealing. As a homeowner, you will want to make your home most appealing to those who do come to view it. Below you will find several ways to make your home very appealing even if you have pets. 1. Review your homeowners insurance While everyone believes that their beloved pet would never hurt anyone, they could bite, scratch, or scare a potential buyer mistaking them to be an intruder of their domain. Any injury caused by your pet could leave you held liable. Ensure that your insurance policy covers any situations like these. Even so, if you have a dog, you may opt to keep him outside of your home during a showing. Especially is you have a more aggressive breed as sometimes insurance companies require more expensive coverage for such a dog.   2. Eliminate the odors Probably the biggest challenge of having pets is getting rid of the odor. Many times the family living with their pets gets used to the odor and it becomes unnoticable to them, yet guests who come in will notice it right away if it’s not removed. Try enzyme removing pet odor cleaner to extract all traces of pet urine. If that doesn’t work, you should consider hiring a professional. If the odor returns, you might want to consider replacing the carpet. Disinfect animal cages to prevent odors.   3. Clean the air Even if a buyer loves animals, they won’t like seeing pet hair on your furniture and floors. Pet hair simply looks messy. It can also trigger allergies in those looking at your home. Coughing and sneezing fits would encourage potential buyers to quickly leave your home. When you have a showing, be sure to dust and vacuum...

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The St. Patrick’s Day Luck to Buying a Home

The St. Patrick’s Day Luck to Buying a Home

By on Mar 8, 2017 in Holiday, Real Estate | 0 comments

When you are on the hunt for a new home, perhaps one of the new KB homes in Tampa Florida, spotting a leprechaun with a pot of gold would be the most ideal in the home hunting. However, even without that pot of gold or leprechaun, perhaps some lucky numbers can help you find your dream home! The strategy of home pricing is influenced by numbers and your own personal connections to unlucky or lucky numbers. Whether it’s finding repeating numbers or numbers that add up to a specific lucky number, they can all have an effect in the luck factor. If you find numbers significant to you in your life, read on for what may help you find the luck you need in buying a new home.   Unlucky #: 4 The practice of avoiding any situations with the number 4 is called Tetraphobia. It literally sounds like the name of death in Chinese, and basically any number that includes a 4 should be dodged. Several buildings omit a fourth floor, and sometimes even a room number four.   Lucky #: 4 Four is lucky when it comes to St. Paddy’s day celebrations with the 4-leaf clover.   Lucky #: 7 It took God seven days to create the world, there are seven days in a week, seven colors in the rainbow, seven notes on the scale, and seven seas. Basically the number seven repeats itself in many distinct ways. Even James Bond like his “double 0 7” name. A home address that includes a seven has to be a lucky home.   Lucky #: 8 The number eight is treated as the luckiest within the Chinese society. It’s quite the favorable number. Consider all the pricing that you find ending in an eight, or double and even triple eights.   Unlucky #: 9 The sound of nine in Japanese is like the name of misery or anguish and it would be wise to stay away from it.   Unlucky #: 13 The fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia and for years there has been many superstitions related to that number. To this day many office buildings, condo’s, rental spaces will not offer a 13th floor....

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Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding

Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding

By on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog, Home & Garden, Tips & Hacks | 0 comments

Owning a home is part of the American dream! But it does take maintain and repairing to keep it in order and maintain your value. The most common national disaster in America is flooding, leading to billions of dollars’ worth of loss between the years of 2001 and 2010 alone (per the National Flood Insurance Program). Generally, your homeowners insurance policy does not automatically cover flooding in your home. You need to purchase a separate policy for flood insurance. You can reduce the possibility of damage to your home by flooding if you take some key precautions.   1. Purchase Flood Insurance One fifth of all flood insurance claims come from areas where the flood risk is low (per floodsmart.gov). It’s a good idea to call your insurance agent today and see how much flood insurance would cold you. Some neighborhoods participate in the National Flood Insurance Program allowing you to purchase an NFIP floor policy. Find out is your area participates. Neighborhoods that do agree to accept and apply ordinances that meet or surpass FEMA requirements to lesson the risk of flooding.   2. Create an Emergency Go-Bag It’s a smart idea to have an emergency Go-Bag on hand in the event that you must leave your home quickly. Especially if you live in a high flood risk area. Some items you will want to in your Go-Bag would be:         1-2 complete change of clothing for each household member         Binder or file of important documents, especially your home insurance policy and number, but also birth certificates, social security cards, banking information, contact information of family, etc.         Essential sanitation and toiletry items         Cash to get you through a few days         Water bottles or jugs         Food and snacks to tide you over for 1 to 3 days It’s a good idea to obtain a map of your area and plan an evacuation route to a pre-planned location like a family members home, hotel, or church. It’s important to remember that the safety and lives of your loved ones are far more important in times of crisis than your possessions and home. Take preventative measures if you do have to leave or fear that water will come into your home:         Shut...

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Buy a New Home or Rent in Houston?

Buy a New Home or Rent in Houston?

By on Feb 22, 2017 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Confidence is building in the Houston home builders market due to oil prices heading up. Yet with interest rates climbing and high end apartment rental rates decreasing a bit, the question arises: “It is better to rent or to buy a home in Houston?” It may all depend on how long you plan on living in your home. According to Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon report, if you plan on living in your home at least 1 year and 8 months, then it would be more advantageous financially to own rather than rent. This often is depending on location. More expensive areas across the country like LA and San Francisco, where the expense of buying high and leveled off appreciation is, would take up to a few years to break even per Zillow. New homes for sale in the Houston market appreciated 6.6% in 2016 and the number is projected to drop to 3% in 2017, Zillow says. Houston is on track with the national breakeven point which is nearly six months longer than the previous year. If you are looking for a new home in Houston, here are some things to consider for best retention of value:         Location with good schools         Location with a short amount of homes for sale         Location where prices are rising Today’s home buyers might be able to find deals on new homes while the housing market pushes through an oversupply of homes. This occurred when over 100K jobs were added in Houston before the drop in oil prices and home builders were increasing their market. It is kind of a window of opportunity for those shopping for new homes. Although there are plenty of new homes available for sale in Houston, the general amount of homes for sale is not full. The inventory of 3.3 months is much less than the 6 months considered to be a balanced inventory. If you are wanting to buy a home in Houston, the biggest obstacle is simply finding the homes. Homes ranging in price from $150k to $250k is the hottest market mainly because that is where the amount for rent is equal to what your monthly mortgage payment would be. Overall, it is still less expensive to...

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Las Vegas Sweet Spots for Gourmet Candy

Las Vegas Sweet Spots for Gourmet Candy

By on Feb 6, 2017 in Food, Holiday | 0 comments

Las Vegas is always a hot spot for a fun time, but did you know that it’s also a sweet spot for gourmet candy? If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas or looking at one of the beautiful KB Homes in Las Vegas, you’ll definitely want to plan a stop by at least one of these sweet shops and taste some of the sugary delicacies available.   1) Sugar Factory Sugar Factory is known for their gourmet “Couture Pops”, lollipops endorsed by celebrities around the world. But you’ll find quite a bit more than lollipops at this sweet spot.   2) It’Sugar Everything is bigger and better in Las Vegas, including the candy at It’Sugar. If you’re looking for giant sized lollipops, ginormous candy bars, or cereal size boxes of Nerds candies, It’Sugar is the place for you.   3) Hexx Chocolate and Confexxions The gourmet chocolates made by Hexx are so good that they’ll put a sweet spell on you and have you coming back for more. Chocolate bars, ice cream that has been called the best in America, and other tasty confections will have you believing that these treats really are magic.   4) Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier Fine, handmade chocolates in the French tradition, right here in Las Vegas? Absolutely! Jean-Marie Auboine makes fresh, handmade chocolates and candies daily. This one of a kind shop will have you wanting to move to Vegas just to have access on a daily basis.   5) Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas If ever there was an attraction dedicated to candy: Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas is it. With two full stories of treats you’ll find something for everyone in the family....

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Cheapskate’s Guide to Home Staging

Cheapskate’s Guide to Home Staging

By on Jan 10, 2017 in Real Estate, Style & Decor | 0 comments

The big thing in real estate buzz right now is home staging. If you’ve caught any of the home flipping shows on television in the last year, then you’ve seen homes for sale that have undergone some amazing transformations in a short period of time. Some go through entire remodels, some just get a new coat of paint, and all of them, when the construction dust settles, are outfitted in beautiful home décor so that they will show themselves well on the market. Home staging is a big business, with homeowners sometimes spending thousands of dollars to make an even larger amount in profit margin on their home sale.   However, not every homeowner has a few thousand dollars to spend on fancy decorations for their home. But home staging still makes a difference in how well your home shows. And how well your home shows has a big impact on the sale price of your home and your success in selling it. What can a homeowner do who needs the higher sale price but doesn’t have the budget for décor? Follow these frugal tips for home staging on a budget.   #1 Pack Up the Personal Your home is still yours until you sign the sale papers, but to sell your space you need to make it easy for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Spend some time packing up your personal items, making the space more neutral. And just think, you’ll be ahead on your packing when the time comes to move.     #2 Simplify the Space Clutter can make a house look smaller, hide good selling points, and make home buyers picture their life in a mess. One man’s collected clutter is another man’s junk. By taking the time to simplify your space, removing old magazines, stacks of games and books, and half-done projects, the more open and inviting your space will be. In fact, it isn’t just the extras that you should pack up. Experts say that you should pack up approximately 90% of your possessions. The openness that this will create in your space is more appealing to home buyers.   #3 Refresh and Go Neutral Nothing perks up the look...

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10 Things That Drag the Value of Your Home Down

10 Things That Drag the Value of Your Home Down

By on Jan 5, 2017 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Every homeowner planning to sell their home hopes to get top dollar for their property. But, there may be some things that are devaluing their home that they may be unaware of. Consider this list of things that affect the sale price of a home if you are planning on putting your place on the market.   #10 Too Many Similar Listings If the market is flooded with homes that are just like yours it can make your home less visible in searches. Timing can help solve this problem. If the market is saturated, try taking your home off the market for a few months and then relisting it.   #9 Rundown Neighborhood This isn’t something you have complete control over, but it is something to consider BEFORE you buy a home. The way the neighborhood looks will drastically impact your sale price.   #8 Poor Schools Do you know how your local elementary and high school’s rank in your state and nationwide? This is important information for a family looking to move to the area.   #7 Horrible Neighbors Not only is this a reason for people not to buy, it’s a reason why some people want to move. If your neighbors are making your life miserable, there’s a good chance they won’t make selling your home any easier than living by them. Unless you tell them how much better their life will be once YOU move…it might be worth a try.   #6 An Ugly Yard Curb appeal cannot be underrated. If you’ve got an unsightly yard it’s going to cost you big bucks on the sale of your home. Spend a little time sprucing it up and putting in updated landscaping.   #5 Awful Paint Job We’ve all seen those whimsical houses where a homeowner shows off their creative flair with a bold house color. Sometimes those colors work and they look amazing, but more often than not they look like a colored Easter egg left out in the sun too long. If you really want top dollar, go with a more neutral color palette.   #4 Cluttered and Unkempt Interior No potential buyer wants to wade through a mess to try and imagine what their...

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Use Photography to Help Market Your Home

Use Photography to Help Market Your Home

By on Dec 31, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

If you are a homeowner trying to sell your house, you know how important it is to market your home to the right person in the right way. Curb appeal and first impressions can make a big difference in how a potential buyer feels about your home. And how a buyer feels is the deciding factor on making a purchase. It’s important to have quality updates, clean spaces, and current repairs, but the bottom line in real estate sales is the ability of the buyer to picture themselves in your home. So, how do you tell a story about your home that lets them see themselves in your space? Here are a few suggestions for marketing your home, whether you’re working with a real estate agent or selling your home on your own.   Photography There is a rule that all photographers live by that goes something like this: You are responsible for everything in the photo you take. Basically, it means that powerful photos don’t just happen, they are created through planning and hard work. The photos you take of your home are no exception. Your real estate agent might take his or her own photos, but this is an area of marketing where you truly be effective. After all, you know all the most beautiful spots in your home, so use that knowledge to tell a story about your home. Here are some basic rules to follow when photographing your home.   Exterior Park cars out of the shot. Buyers don’t need to see your car. Make sure that the photograph is clutter-free. Remove any overgrown or wilted vegetation. Take photos when you’ll have no shade on the home. Mid-morning and early evening are usually good times to take photos. You’ll have full light, but the light isn’t as harsh as mid-day. Avoid getting the sidewalk or street in your photo. Buyers can see that on Google Street view. Emphasize the size of your home, taking long shots that show how much space you really have. If you have a panorama option, you can use it, but remember that it distorts photos, so avoid taking a full panorama. Mow the lawn before your photo shoot. If you...

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