Curb Appeal Your Home’s First Impression

Do you realize that many people make a judgment about your home in the first few seconds that they see it?  It’s true you only have a few seconds to make that all important first impression.  Your house may be beautiful inside but if it’s not appealing on the outside many potential buyers will never cross your threshold.

Here are some great ideas that any homeowner can do to make potential buyers want to come inside!

Curb Appeal Tips from HGTV’s Scott McGillivray

Never neglect the importance of curb appeal when selling your home. First impressions are hugely important and you want potential buyers to be impressed right from the start. Here are some curb appeal do’s and don’ts to make sure you maximize your home’s exterior.

Curb appeal can have a dramatic influence on the selling price of your home in some cases as much as 17%!  Now that I”ve got your attention take a look at these hot new trends for 2016.

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016 | RISMedia’s Housecall

Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its value by as much as 17 percent, the Texas Tech researchers found. They say curb appeal ranks second only to home size in weighing a home’s value.

Think you have to have a big budget to improve your home’s curb appeal?  Think again!  Here are 16 budget-friendly ideas that just about any homeowner can do.

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do

The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. We’re going to get you rolling with some great ideas to accomplish that mission, while not having to break the bank.

These projects are DIY friendly and are sure to boost your home’s curb appeal.

If you’re thinking of selling your house begin with the first thing a potential buyer is going to see – the outside of your house.  Remember it’s so true that you only get one chance to make a first impression!


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Don’t neglect your home’s curb appeal!

Curb Appeal – Prince William Living (press release) (blog) Curb appeal is potential buyers’ first impression of your house. Think of it as “eye candy.” You want them to like your house and want it before they even go inside. First, look at it from a buyer’s point of view. Colorful flowers, freshly cut grass …





Add curb appeal with a project you can do yourself – The Killeen Daily Herald What makes this project enjoyable is the huge curb appeal it creates for less than $50. It also does not require any detail work which makes it go faster. The whole process took about three and a half hours with two coats. And since you have all of the … For Adding ‘Curb Appeal’ To Your Home – Huffington Post Whether you are trying to sell your home or just want to spruce it up to make it unique, there are now a million ways to add ‘curb appeal’ to your property. Many people choose to move into a house and then live without changing anything for years but …

 curb appeal is first step for selling your home – Common curb appeal upgrades include a fresh paint job and repaired gutters, but there are a few simple projects that you can do to boost curb appeal without calling in the professionals. Many of these upgrades can be done over a weekend, so consider …







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Despite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability — real estate. According to the 2016 Emerging Trends in Real Estate, which was released by the Urban Land Institute earlier this year, trends such as “18-hour cities” and millennial parents increasing moving from urban areas out into the suburbs signal that real estate as an industry is gaining strength every passing day in 2016. One lending officer at a large financial institution even went to far as to say that “the next 24 months look doggone good for real estate.” Continue Learning

How weather and time of year affect selling your Berea home

Seasonality in Real Estate: How Weather and the Time of Year Affect Housing!

Weather and the time of year have a big impact housing activity, and in every housing market there are times of the year when fewer homes sell. For most, that time of year coincides with the winter months, and in much of the U.S., that’s the case right now.

But no matter where you live, it’s important to know how seasonality affects the housing market. So let’s look at the current housing numbers, how seasonality affects them, and what it means for you if you’re looking to buy or sell.

With few homes available, sellers are in pole position

Last year, limited inventory dominated the headlines for the real estate industry, and that trend looks to continue this year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), inventory dropped 12.3 percent from November to December, falling to 3.8 percent lower than December 2014. That equated to just a 3.9-month supply of homes.

Generally speaking, a 6-month supply of homes (meaning it would take six months at the current sales pace to sell all the homes on the market) represents a balanced market, one in which there are enough homes to meet demand. For much of 2015, inventory remained well below a 6-month supply, and will likely remain so for 2016.

Why is inventory so constrained? Part of the sharp drop in December is due to the seasonal slow down in many states. Cold weather and holidays keep many buyers out of the market and many sellers waiting for demand to pick back up. Additionally, new home construction came to a standstill when the housing market crashed, so there are fewer new homes available. Existing home inventory is low as well. A combination of factors, such as locked-in low interest rates and a sense that home prices will continue to increase, are keeping current homeowners from listing their homes.

If you’re thinking of selling, this market is very much a seller’s market. When inventory is scarce, buyers are forced to compete over the few homes for sale. Homes are selling faster, and in many markets bidding wars drive home prices up well above asking. At the very least, you’ll be in a strong negotiating position.

Economic Conditions and Home Affordability Continue to Sideline Buyers

For buyers, the market is tough, and the low number of first-time buyers illustrates just how tough it is. In a separate study conducted by NAR, first-time homebuyers in 2015 made up the lowest share of the market in nearly three decades.

Many factors are keeping first-time home buyers sidelined. Despite a strengthening economy and job growth, wages have remained relatively stagnant. At the same time, rent prices have skyrocketed and continue to rise. Combined, these factors are preventing millennials from saving enough for a significant down payment.

At the same time, home affordability continues to suffer. Home prices have risen quickly over the last three and half years, again outpacing wage and job growth. Prices are expected to rise more modestly this year, somewhere around 4 to 5 percent.

These factors combined with limited inventory are making it difficult for buyers to find the home they want at a price they can afford. However, if you’re thinking of buying, it is important to start looking sooner rather than later…

Mortgage Rates & Increasing Finance Accessibility

In February, mortgage rates remain near record lows. According to Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Survey, the average mortgage rate for a 30-yr FRM was just 3.65%. Despite tough market conditions, these rates present an excellent opportunity if you’re thinking of buying.

In a piece of good news for buyers, it should be easier to get financing in 2016. Fannie Mae’s fourth quarter 2015 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey™ shows that lenders expect to ease mortgage credit standards for GSE-eligible loans and government loans over the next three months, opening the door for more buyers to get financing.

If You’re Thinking of Buying, Act Sooner Rather Than Later

If you’re thinking of buying a home, it’s important to act sooner rather than later. As the year goes on, affordability will continue to suffer. With home prices expected to increased around 4 to 5 percent this year and mortgage rates expected to rise to around 4.5 percent, the longer you wait to buy, the less home you’ll be able to afford. Even small increases in mortgage rates and home prices can have a large impact on your future monthly mortgage payment!