Is there ever a question you CAN’T ask a Realtor? Never. When it’s your future and your money at stake…

Do I really need to replace my carpeting before the first open house?

If it’s worn, smelly, discolored or worn out and YOU were a potential buyer walking through your house for the first time, how would you react? Buyers think about two things when they tour a property that has not been updated or repaired: time and money.

We are smokers. Do we really have to worry about what our home smells like?

Looking at online photos of your home show one thing. Walking through the front door and smelling the smoke that has permeated your flooring, drapery, cabinets and even furniture are an entirely different experience. Many a buyer will turn on their heels right there in your entryway and head for the next listing. So yes. Be concerned. Be very concerned.

Is it okay to decorate my home for the holidays while it’s on the market?

Absolutely. ’Tis the season. But if you are prone to filling every nook and cranny with happy Santas, hanging stars and extra Christmas trees, this is the time to scale back. You’ll obscure spaces that might otherwise be considered spacious.

Does having a dog make my house harder to sell?

Not if you’ve already dealt with and remediated (1) doggie odors (2) doggie damage and (3) your furry friend’s tendency to bark or scare homebuyers.

Can I keep my displays of vintage guns, religious paintings, and my grandmother’s doll collection while my house is on the market?

If you hope to get the highest prices and sell your home in the shortest length of time, remove as many of these things as possible so the widest range of buyers walking through there will not be distracted. It’s a great idea to pack them up early and have them waiting to grace the interior of your next home.

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How will the Government Shutdown Affect you

How will a government shutdown affect the home buying process?

     Most people don’t think a government shutdown will affect them at all. And for a lot of people, they are right, it won’t have any impact on their daily lives. But for people who are trying to buy or sell a home the shutdown can drastically change the way you approach the process. 

Most loans are backed by government funded agencies such as USDA, FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. With these agencies shutdown down, the process can be severely slowed down. Most of these agencies will be running on a skeleton crew. With files piling up they will be only be able to process a fraction of the loans that they usually process.

As the seller this could change which offers you accept. Sellers will be more hesitant to accept FHA offers, because they know the process will most likely take a lot longer to complete. Getting approved for a conventional loan could be one way to avoid some of the issues that we are sure to see.