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You Have Found the House of Your Dreams, What’s Next?

by Roger C. Pettingell

You have found your dream house. So what happens now? We have previously talked about taking steps to ensure a smooth and worry free home shopping experience. This included finding a terrific realtor that is established and trusted, securing pre-approval for financing, and making a must-have list so your realtor will know what features you cannot live without. With all that preparation completed in advance, the rest will be a breeze.

 

The All Important Home Inspection

We are almost there! Only a couple of steps remain before the house belongs to you. The home inspection is a crucial step that you will not want to skip. The inspector will go over the house from top to bottom looking for anything in disrepair. They will mainly be looking for the type of repairs that need prompt attention. After receiving the report, you will then be able to negotiate with the seller. In many cases, they will pay for all or most of the repairs.  
 

Finalizing the Loan, an Easy Step

This will be a quick and easy process because you have already been pre-qualified for financing. It is a matter of making sure the amount of the down payment, monthly payment, and interest rate are all agreeable. The lender will then complete the process. You will more than likely take care of this over the phone. We are almost finished.  
 

How Long Until Closing?

Your part is now over. The only matter left is to wait for closing. You probably want to know how long the wait will be. You will be delighted to hear that the waiting period can be remarkably quick. Typically, the lender determines the time and it generally depends on how quickly all aspects of the loan are concluded. All the preparations you made will in all probability speed it along considerably. It could even be as quick as a couple of weeks.
 

Closing Day Has Arrived!

The big day has arrived….closing day. There will be several documents to sign which is an exciting step toward home ownership. The person conducting the closing will answer any questions you might have. The most thrilling part of closing is when they hand you the keys to your home.
 
All it takes is a little planning and preparation to make home buying a memorable life experience. There is only one thing left to do. Moving day will be one of the best days of the whole experience. It is the last fun and exciting step toward buying a house and making it your home. 

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company. Photo courtesy melted_snowball/flickr.com

 

Big Cats and Big Horses for the Weekend

by Roger C. Pettingell

A variety of interesting events are happening this weekend, so if you still have time in your busy schedule, you might want to give one of these a try!

Camp Fox Lea Hunter Jumper Show
You'll be able to see some amazing competitors at this weekend's Plain Brown Wrapper Hunter/Jumper Show at the Fox Lea Farm on 800 North Auburn Road in Venice.  The show this weekend wraps up the Farm's Summer Breeze series of shows.  The event begins at 8am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Summer Circus Spectacular 2012
This is the last weekend for the Circus at the Ringling Museum of Art's Asolo Theater.  There are shows at 11am and 2pm on Friday, and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday.  Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for adults.

Summer Safaris at Big Cat Habitat
If you haven't been to visit the cats at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, you're missing a real treat.  They provide a sanctuary for lions, tigers and other big cats, as well as other animals.  The Sanctuary is open to visitors Wednesdays through Sundays from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Admission is $7 for children and $15 for adults, but free for Police officers and Firefighters and their families. They're located at 7101 Palmer Boulevard in Sarasota.  Take a look at their video below!

 

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.

Thirty Minutes to a More Appealing Home

by Roger C. Pettingell

Front Door

Real estate agents are always harping on curb appeal. It can make or break whether a buyer decides to tour your home or not. It creates that first impression that the buyer carries throughout the rest of the tour. It speaks to how well you, as the homeowner, took care of the house.

Curb appeal clues the buyer in to what life might be like living in your house.

It’s no wonder curb appeal is so important!  Sellers need to do all they can to make a home’s facade the best it can be. The big things are obvious: mow regularly, make sure exterior paint isn’t peeling... but once you’ve done all that, there are some quick and cheap curb appeal improvements that make a huge difference.

Edge between lawn and sidewalks.

Grass creeping over the sidewalks doesn’t necessarily look sloppy, but an inch or two of space between the lawn and the sidewalk makes the entire yard look neat and well-kept. A manicured lawn gives the impression of a carefully tended home.

Add space to landscaping.

Thin out plants that are creeping into the zone of other plants. Landscape style is trending toward openness and even minimalism, so space between plants and shrubs gives that airy and clean appearance that buyers value.

Refresh mulch.

Mulch fades with time, giving landscaping a drab gray base. Bright mulch creates contrast with the colors of flowers and shrubbery, giving them a healthier and more appealing appearance.

Add some color pop.

Bright flowers can do wonders for a the facade of a home, drawing the eye where you want it. Work a few blooms into the landscape if you can. Or, if you don’t want to go digging, use strategically-placed planters and hanging baskets to greet your buyers.

Paint the door.

A fresh coat of paint makes a door look brand new. Once the impression of “new” or “well-kept” is formed in the buyer’s mind, that impression sticks with him or her throughout the rest of the house.

De-clutter the main path.

Make sure the path from your buyer’s car to the entrance is free of kid’s toys, lawn care items, fallen twigs or other debris. Stepping over or around items detracts from the flow of the tour right at the beginning.

Selling your home is time-consuming in an of itself. These steps are perfect to take on when you have little pockets of time here and there. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short time.

Have you tried any of these? If you have a second to email me, I’d love to see some before-and-after photos. How much time did you spend? Were you surprised at the difference a few minutes of work makes?

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company. Photo credit: flickr.com/Christiano Betta Creative Commons license

 

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