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To Paint, or Not to Paint; That Is the Question

 

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The first question you might ask yourself after putting your house on the market is “Do I really need to paint?” The answer, for the most part, is often a resounding yes. A fresh coat of paint is attractive to potential buyers; it means less work and maintenance that they have to do, which increases the value of your home.

Exterior
The color of your house is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Homes painted neutral shades, like the popular “greige,” or grey-beige, saw up to $3,496 more than the expected price of the home when selling.

Kitchen
It seems like white kitchen updates are in style; from white cabinets to white countertops, bright kitchens seem to be trending. However, that trend doesn’t look like it’s going to last! Painting your kitchen a blue-gray is a safe bet and can make your home sell an average of $1,809 more! But don’t limit color to just the walls; homes with bold cabinets often sell faster.

Dining Room
Similar to the kitchen, blue-greys are all the rage in the dining room. Compared to white dining rooms, homes with more matte colors had a value of approximately $1,926 more. Stick to lighter colored accents to contrast the muted grey-blue.

Bathroom
A blue bathroom is a classic, and for good reason! Studies have shown that houses with bathrooms painted a light blue bathroom netted an average of $5,440 more than expected. Spruce up decorations with nautical or beach themed pictures.

Bedroom
If you’re noticing a trend, blue is it. Bedrooms painted a soft, matte cerulean sold higher than expected. Pair the blue with bright, white baseboards to make it pop, and add natural wood accents to create a relaxing, tranquil environment for potential buyers.

Living Room
Greige was all the trend in 2018, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon! Light beiges and greys help make homes feel cozy and welcoming and can increase your home value by $2,000. Stick with neutral accents to keep the room feeling clean and comfortable.

Blue is overwhelmingly the color of 2019, and honestly who’s surprised? The color blue has been thought to lower stress, increase productivity, and inspire a sense of tranquility. If you’re unsure what color is right for your house, Zen Living Realty can help. By developing a relationship with each client, we get to know you and what your needs are, making the Orlando realty process a breeze. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a realtor about what color is right for you and your home.

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Mistakes To Avoid On Your First Buy/Selling

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If this the first time you’re considering buying a home, or selling your first purchase, there are a lot of possible challenges you can end up facing. Having the right agent can ensure you’re able to get through these challenges, but since some of the issues are universal, let’s review some mistakes you want to avoid making.

1. THE RIGHT PRICE

Pricing a property is a science of it’s own. There are a lot of components and factors, so many small details, that ultimately lead to the value of a home. Although there are a lot of sites with estimates, namely Zillow, the technology uses on online sites to determine property values are simply not accurate. Zillow even states that their numbers can be inaccurate up to a whopping 20%. Without a background as a real estate professional, it’s virtually impossible for a consumer to be able to know the proper components needed to price a home. When you’re purchasing a home, you’re want to find a deal, can lead to stubbornness about what you’re willing to pay and what you think a home is worth. But what you WANT it to be worth is the complete opposite of what it should sell for. If you’re a first time seller, you may want to sell your home for as much as you can squeeze out of it, but this can lead to unrealistic expectations, and ultimately lead to an overpriced home that never sells. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you know what a home’s value should be. Instead, partner with a real estate agent that truly is working for your best interest, and let them provide you the tools to support home values, so you can place an offer, or price your home, at a number that makes sense.

2. REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE

If you go into a sale, or purchase, refusing to make negotiations, hard-set on what you want without exception, you’re more than likely going to cause a lot of grief and stress for yourself during the sales process. When you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you have to have an open mind about negotiations. They are a common practice within the industry, with buyers wanting to spend less and sellers wanting to net more. If neither party is willing to make negotiations, you’ll find yourself in a contract time and time again, only to fall apart before you can finally close on the home. Having a great agent will help you ensure you make negotiations that are reasonable to lead both parties to the closing table, without compromising you.

3. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Although we all have an idea in our mind what our dream home should be, sometimes the market, and your budget, don’t fit realistically into check marking everything off of your list. Find an agent that helps you look for the most important needs in your dream house, but keep an open mind to a home that fits most of your needs, but not necessarily all of them. Having too many expectations within a home can become stressful and result in never finding a home that really matches your needs. If a home has the major components you are seeking, get creative and see if the other things you want can be added down the road. Have a certain number of non-negotiable items, like bedroom/bathroom count, but then have a list of “wants.”

4. YOU’RE NOT ALONE, DON’T GO IT ALONE

Don’t make the mistake of trying to handle the sales process all on your own. There is a reason that the real estate profession, and the laws around it, are as strong as ever. Real estate agents are a necessity during the sales process to ensure the right steps are taken to get a home sold. Buying and selling is a difficult process that requires knowledge and expertise that comes from a professional within the industry. From legal terms, to finding homes that aren’t even listed on the market, there are a lot of ins and outs un-experienced buyers and sellers may not think about, which can lead to losing value on your home or never finding the right one. Avoid the stress of “learning the hard way” and find a professional that can give you the guidance you need to get the task at hand completed and ensure you’re happy with the outcome.

 

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Eliminate Pet Odors In Your Home

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Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you’ve removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors, but won’t generally eliminate it completely. To ensure you don’t lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.

Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays

Don’t make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a reaction, like a runny nose or a headache, and will make them suspicious of an underlying foul odor. Instead of trying to mask it, locate the actual source of the bad odor and get rid of it.

Best Pet Carpet Cleaners for Accidents

We all love our furry friends, but unfortunately, they can get your home pretty smelly. Whether the smell is on the carpet, furniture, or even on the walls – it’s essential to have it removed. Most odors stem from accidents. You always want to attend to the accident right away. Blot them with a paper towel and use mild dishwashing liquid to help remove the odor. Once completely cleaned, blot again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is not recent, use an enzyme cleaner to eat the bad bacteria. Another great idea is to use activated charcoal. It is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous. You can get activated charcoal meant for pet odors at most pet stores.

Green Cleaning Products

Using natural odor eliminators is a great green alternative to most of the chemicals sold at stores. One of the most recommended products is to use baking soda. You can place an open box of it in a room to help absorb unwanted smells. It also helps to remove musty aroma in dark spaces, like a basement. On top of being used to remove pet odors, it also works great for cigarette smells. If you don’t wish to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your household.

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Top 5 Home Staging Props

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1. ORCHIDS & HIGH QUALITY FLORALS

Orchids are an incredibly versatile prop. They are beautiful, elegant and add class into any interior, regardless of the style of home. They will pair well with just about any room. You can add it into a bathroom for a spa-like feel, group it into containers for a grand entryway centerpiece, or make it the highlight of the dining room. Adding high quality florals can be the perfect way to decorate any space, and the variety of flower types and arrangements can blend into any decorating theme.

2. BOOKS

Books are wonderful space fillers and can introduce you to subtle pops of color into your living space. They can also be used as risers to add dimension to your room by propping other decorative pieces.

3. BOWLS, TRAYS, & VASES

Ceramic containers can really add a calming and organic effect into a decorative scene. They have a beautifully subtle, and can be the right touch to bring a room together. Using vases, trays, and bowls allow a lot of versatility. Vases can be used as a creative way to hold utensils in a kitchen and bowls can be used for small plants. The right container, paired with the right filler, can set the scene and create a warm and inviting space.

4. FILLERS

Fillers are the perfect couple to the types of containers noted above. Fillers can be wicker balls, moss balls, faux lemons or other fruits, limes, bread, lemons, flowers, and just about anything else you can think of. Fillers can bring in a lived-in look to any space, warming up what could otherwise feel like a bare room.

5. LIFESTYLE ELEMENTS

Having lifestyle elements in your home can really set the pace for the theme you want to incorporate. Lifestyle elements are things that breathe life into any room, and prevent it from feeling too staged. These can be things such as a teapot on a night stand, a bowl of fruit on a dining room table, little figurines on nightstands, books on a coffee table, etc. You can even add a breakfast tray on a set bed. Use lifestyle scenery sparingly so it doesn’t come off too cheesy and over-done.

 

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Do you think you know it all about Orlando? Think twice!

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Is Disney World the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ORLANDO? If, so then you must read this!

Orlando is a place that is growing and changing in all the best ways! Let me share with you some of coolest facts about our City Beautiful:

  • 3rd most competitive U.S. location for business (KPMG, 2014)
  • 2nd fastest growing major metro in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013)
  • Top 10 “American city of the future” (Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine, 2015)
  • #5 leading metro in job creation (Gallup, 2015)
  • Friendliest Florida city for small business (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation & Thumbtack, 2014)
  • 4th happiest place to work in the nation (Forbes, 2014)
  • More than 500,000 students within a 100 mile radius
  • Top 10 state for talent pipeline (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Enterprising States, 2014)
  • Home to 35 post-secondary institutions including:
    • University of Central Florida | 2nd largest university in the U.S. | Ranked by IEEE among the top universities in the world for the number of patents awarded;
    • Full Sail University | Recipient of Apple’s “Innovators in Education” Award;
    • Rollins College | #1 MBA program in the state (Forbes, 2014);
    • Seminole State College of Florida | #1 college system in Florida – RN Graduate Licensures;
    • Valencia College | #1 community college in the nation (Aspen Institute); and
    • Lake-Sumter State College | voted national learning center of the year (National College Learning Center Association, 2012).
  • Top 10 large city in the U.S. for infrastructure (Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine, 2015)
  • Orlando International Airport: 5th best airport in America (Travel + Leisure, 2014)
  • SunRail and Interstate 4 Improvements – largest public works project in Florida’s history
  • Home to the 7th largest research park in the U.S. by number of employees (Central Florida Research Park)
  • Home to the world’s leading software developer – Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA Games) and other powerhouse companies including Oracle and Golf Channel
  • Headquarters of numerous international corporations including American Automobile Association (AAA), Tupperware Brands Corporation and Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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If you are considering finding your new home, buy an investment property (rentals are SUPER HOT in Orlando right now!) or sell your home, contact your favorite Realtor (ME!!!) for a free consultation!

 

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2019 Can Cost You Ten’s of Thousands

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“I’ll hold off buying a home until next year.” If you’ve thought of purchasing a home, but don’t want to deal with the process now, you’ve probably had this thought cross your mind a time or two. A pretty common tendency to hold off things on our to-do list, especially the ones that seem like a lot of work. But would you hold off the task if I told you that waiting could make a difference of tens of thousands of dollars? Meaning it could cost you a $10,000-$50,000 (or more) difference to get the home you want today, in 2019’s market.

It’s anticipated, by the national historical trend report, that homes are on the rise by over 5% each year. That house you’ve been eyeing online, listed for $225,000, could be listed next year for $236,250. That is over $10,000 more just for waiting till 2019. This isn’t even bringing into question the rising APR rates for mortgages, that can increase your monthly payment amount on a home pretty significantly, as well.

I get it, the home buying process can seem pretty intimidating. But with an experienced agent on your side, it can actually go pretty smoothly. Let’s get in touch. It won’t hurt to connect you with a preferred lender and run the numbers through to see what you qualify for. The right time is always right now, I want to help you save the money you deserve to keep, by avoiding the wait.

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How to Maximize Your Home’s Online Exposure

 

blog pic- 7-30-18Your home is now in pristine condition, you’ve set the ideal price, and now you want every potential buyer to step inside. How do you spread the word that your home is for sale? With today’s real estate technology, I can help showcase your home to thousands of potential buyers, showcasing its best qualities. I specialize in the representation of homeowners and my marketing expertise and knowledge of our local neighborhoods in Central Florida will ensure the successful sale of your home.

According to the National Association of Realtors 92% of homebuyers used the Internet as an information source. 76% of Internet homebuyers drove by or viewed a home they saw online. 43% of buyers first found their home on the Internet. Traditional marketing tactics are still important, but the digital age can put your home “in front” of more buyers than ever before. I provide my customers with tried and true digital marketing strategies that will help your home sell for the highest possible price, in the shortest amount of time. Some of these strategies include:

  • Professional Photography to Make Your Home Stand Out from the Crowd. High quality images are a “must” to grab a buyer’s attention. They will promote your home’s best features and selling points, simultaneously sparking the imagination of buyers’ minds to see your home’s potential.
  • Descriptions and Captions that Generate a Buzz. Listing descriptions and captions that accompany each photo tell an important story to potential buyers before they step inside your home. Done well, they can entice a buyer to come and see your home in person. They highlight the best features of your home, and surrounding neighborhood amenities. Buyers want to hear about great schools nearby, convenient locations for shopping, and other local attractions.
  • A Multifaceted Approach to Marketing. I can put your home into the pockets of thousands of potential buyers through social media, e-blasts, and a massive network of listing sites that will make your home stand out from the crowd. I monitor all of the inquiries and zero in on those buyers with serious interest.

I am happy to prepare a complimentary report on sales activity in your community, and would like to help you sell your home. I possess the tools and experience to provide you with the stress-free experience you deserve.

Whether you are considering a sale at this time or in the future, I can show you how my marketing strategy can sell your home for the highest price in the shortest time, and would love the opportunity to speak with you. If you require the services of a real estate professional now or in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes from your favorite Realtor,