Listing as the Summer Ends


It won’t be long before summer ends and school starts back up, but there’s still time to get into your dream home as you are stockpiling pencils and crayons for your back-to-school command center. If you’re looking to make a move, find tips to place a winning bid or get your home open-house ready below!  As always, The Sullivan Brothers Team of RE/MAX Choice Properties are here to help.


5 Ways Buyers Can Make the Winning Bid

In a tough market, it pays to be prepared. Make sure you’re ready to pounce once you find your dream home with these five tips to help you place the winning bid.

1. Down Payment
There are plenty of low down payment mortgage options that can help you get into the home of your dreams, but saving up a larger down payment gives you leverage to offer more for your home in case you find yourself in a bidding war. Just remember to keep in mind how much home you can realistically afford when you’re considering offering more for a home.

2. Get Pre-Approved
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the first steps to buying a home.Not only will it give you a solid idea of what you can afford to pay for your home, it will reduce the seller’s risk when choosing your offer over someone else’s in a multi-offer situation.

3. Know What You Want
Time is a critical factor when placing an offer in a tight market. While you sleep on your decision to put in an offer, other buyers could be making their move. So, as soon as you’re sure you want the home, take action!

4. Minimize Contingencies
The fewer conditions you add to your offer, the more appealing it will be to the seller. If you love the house, but hate the carpet, consider a renovation loan instead of requesting the seller install new flooring. Pick and choose your contingencies carefully.

5. Be Flexible
Most buyers have a very specific time frame they’re hoping to move during – one that lines up neatly with the end of their current lease or sale of their current home. If you can create some flexibility on when you need to close to better accommodate the sellers, it could give you a serious advantage.

Creating Your Back to School Command Center

Keep your family organized this school year with a back to school command center. It will help your family keep track of important dates, events, and school items! Some things you may want to include in your back to school command center include:

  • Calendar with important reminders
  • Clipboard to attach items for signatures
  • Hooks for backpacks and lunch boxes
  • Homework and chores lists
  • Morning/afternoon/evening checklist
  • Basket for shoes/extracurricular activity accessories
  • Bucket of pens/pencils
  • Folder holder

You can take your back to school command center a step further and include cubbies where you can pre-plan each day’s outfit for the week to keep your kids even more organized and efficient in the mornings.

3 Ways to Get Your Yard Open House Ready

An open house is a great way to drum up interest in your home, but you want to make sure your home look its best before your first buyer pulls up to the curb. Here are some steps you can take to make your yard shine.

1. Tidy Up
Keeping your yard neat and clean is an important step to making your home as appealing as possible. Pick up any toys, leaves, sticks, or other debris scattered about your yard. Also take time to clean out the gutters and power wash your home’s siding and lawn furniture.

2. Landscape
Keep your bushes neatly trimmed and mow your lawn the day before your open house to keep your yard looking nice. Remember to blow away any extra grass clippings around the edge of your lawn to make the edges of your lawn look nice. Consider hiring a lawn care service while your home is on the market to ensure it consistently looks its best.

3. Details
Small details can make a big difference to your home. Oil any squeaky screen door hinges you have, replace dead light bulbs and torn screens, and add some touch-up paint to the doors, woodwork, or exterior of your home. Also consider adding a nice pot of flowers to add a pop of color to your porch or deck.

If you or someone you know is thinking about making a move, let me know! I have the resources you need to minimize the stress of moving and get you the best deal possible!

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