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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

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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!

Keller Williams Lafayette – Red Day 2012

Each year, thousands of Keller Williams Realty associates participate in RED DAY, a time of service in which agents give back to their local communities. This year, KW Lafayette agents worked on a Habitat for Humanity home located in Lafayette. Below, please find video of the event.

As a company dedicated to our clients, we are extremely excited each and every year to give back to those who help make our profession so wonderful. We can’t wait for RED DAY 2013!

Video Courtesy of Scott Brown

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!

Distressed Properties: Working with Buyers

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Keller Williams offers world class training for its agents. Today was the second of three short courses on Distressed Properties designed to explore Keller Williams University’s online complete course for Distressed Properties. Each of these brief introductory courses offer a free downloadable student manual of over 100 pages per topic. Topics include: Listing REO’s, Working with Buyers, and Listing Short Sales. Keller Williams gives our agents the tools they need to master the Market of the Moment. It’s a great day at Keller Williams!

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

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