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Cutting Moving Costs

Changing residences can be a difficult process, often having a negative impact on your pocketbook. However, there are ways to cut back on moving costs in order to ensure you have some spare change available. The authors at HGTV’s FrontDoor offer 10 tips to cut moving costs, several of which are presented below.

  1. If you don’t need it, don’t pay to move it.
    Movers base their prices on what you’re shipping, so cutting down on clutter will simplify your life and lighten up the load in the moving truck. We’re talking to you, the owner of the treadmill-turned-drying-rack. You can sell what you don’t need or donate it to charity.
  2. If possible, schedule your relocation after peak moving season.
    Most people choose to move in the summer months, when the kids are out of school. The least expensive time of the year to move is between October and April, so if it’s possible to postpone your move, you could save some money.
  3. Get at least three in-home estimates.
    If you’re hiring a professional mover to do the heavy lifting and packing, prices can vary widely between companies. To make sure you’re getting the best deal possible, get at least three estimates.

For the full list of tips, please click on the full article link below. Keller Williams agents are experts in all things real estate, and can provide you with further advice for buying or selling a home. Contact us today for more information!

Source: FrontDoor | Full Article

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How can I save on landscaping?

Ensuring that your home has curb appeal is a surefire way to attract potential buyers and enhance your chances of obtaining a quick sale. Though sometimes overlooked, a home with a well-landscaped yard can have a drastic impact on those who view it. Although professional landscaping isn’t cheap, taking the time to do the work yourself can have many benefits. A recent article posted on CNNMoney outlines several steps you can take to get your home looking picture-perfect at a fraction of the price. Several of the tips are listed below.

  1. Broaden the beds
  2. Focus on foliage
  3. Accent the architecture
  4. Trim with technique

For more information on how these steps can contribute to your curb appeal (including a full description of each of the items listed above), please click the full article link below. As always, contact us today for all of your real estate needs in Greater Lafayette!

Source: CNNMoney | Full Article

Tips For Making Your Home Saleable

For any homeowner, the idea of putting a house up on the market may seem daunting. What are the steps that should be taken in order to ensure the best possible outcome for showings and an eventual sale?

Thankfully, the folks at REALTOR.com have provided a couple of tips that can easily be followed to prep your home for sale. Additionally, they have offered some advice on what you can do to increase the quality of showings scheduled once your home is up on the market. Tips include:

  • Keep counter tops cleared
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Open all drapes and window blinds
  • Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor
  • No dirty dishes in the sink

For the full list of tips, please see the link below, and for more information on selling your home, contact us today!

Source: REALTOR.com | Full Article

 

This Month in Real Estate Video – June 2012

June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This edition’s top story concerns the most common repairs homeowners make before putting a house on the market. For the full story and more, click the “Play” button below.

For more information on the real estate market or to speak to one of our agents about buying or selling a home, contact us today!

May’s This Month in Real Estate Report

May 2012

May’s “This Month in Real Estate” report can be accessed by clicking here. Check back over the next few days for June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video, which will feature the latest real estate news and updates directly from KWRI.

Here is a snippet of the report:

The housing market and the overall economy are improving at modest rates nationally, and in some areas they have actually gained momentum. The Conference Board’s CEO confidence index is up a notable 14 points—from 49 last quarter to a current reading of 63. A reading of 50 is the threshold above which indicates an optimistic outlook and below indicates pessimism. Rapidly growing optimism is a good sign for future hiring and growth.

As always, for all of your real estate needs, contact us today!

Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall, Plummet to Yearly Low

According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage – a popular choice among home buyers – fell for the eighth consecutive week to 4.49 percent. This is the lowest the 30-year rate has been in 2011. At this time last year, 30-year rates averaged 4.72 percent.

Current rates mark a fantastic opportunity for those sitting on the fence to capitalize on a buyers’ market. For more information on purchasing a home, please contact us! An experienced agent will guide you through the entire process, helping you every step of the way.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

This Month in Real Estate Video – June 2011

June’s “This Month in Real Estate” video has been released. This edition”s top story concerns the most common repairs made to a home prior to its sale. Several market statistics for the year thus far are also included, revealing that the median sales price for homes nationally is $164,000 with mortgage rates continuing to decline. For the full story and more, click the “Play” button below.

For more information on the real estate market or to speak to one of our agents about buying or selling a home, contact us today!

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