Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/7/2019

How a home seller approaches the real estate market may dictate his or her success. For example, if a seller allocates time and resources to learn about the property selling journey, he or she may be able to plan ahead and sell a house in a single day. On the other hand, a seller who fails to showcase his or her residence to the right groups of potential buyers may struggle to achieve the optimal results.

As a home seller, it is essential to do whatever it takes to streamline the property selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you speed up the home selling journey so you can accomplish your desired property selling goals faster than ever before.

1. Improve Your House's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a key tenet of the home selling journey. If your home has amazing curb appeal, it likely will generate lots of interest from prospective buyers. As a result, your house may stand out from similar properties in your city or town, and you could accelerate the property selling journey.

To enhance your home's curb appeal, you should repair any damaged siding, mow the lawn and conduct assorted home exterior upgrades. If you need help with home exterior improvements, you can always hire professional contractors as well.

2. Eliminate Clutter

Let's face it Ė clutter is a problem that can be tough for home sellers to eliminate. Yet a seller who spends time removing antiques, paintings and other clutter can make it easy for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase a residence. As such, sellers should devote time to eliminate clutter so they can show off the true size and beauty of their houses.

Sometimes, it helps to rent a storage unit prior to listing a residence. A storage unit allows a home seller to safely store various personal belongings until his or her house sells. Then, this individual can move his or her personal belongings from a storage unit to a new residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is willing to do whatever it takes to help you seamlessly navigate the house selling journey. He or she will promote your residence to prospective buyers, offer tips and guidance during the home selling journey and much more. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you get the best-possible results during the home selling journey.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides as you determine whether to accept or reject an offer to purchase your home, either. At this point, a real estate agent will provide an honest, unbiased recommendation about how to proceed with a homebuying proposal. He or she also is happy to negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf to help you maximize the value of your home sale.

Want to streamline the home selling process? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/30/2019

If youíre in the market to buy a home, one of the easiest ways to do it is to look for homes that are move-in ready. Out of all the options that exist for buying real estate, buying a house thatís ready for you is a no-brainer. 


The problem for many real estate agents who are helping buyers find homes is that buyers arenít sure what ďmove-in ready means. It means something different for everyone. Below, weíll discuss some misconceptions and truths about move-in ready homes. 


Move-In Ready Doesnít Have To Be New


New construction homes are indeed move-in ready, but there are a few roadblocks to buying new construction homes. First, these homes take some time to get. Many times,  buyers are purchasing them and waiting months to move in. Thereís also less of a selection of locations. Most new construction homes can be found in the same area because thatís where the land is. New construction is certainly an option for people who have the time to wait to move into a new home. 


There are plenty of existing homes that may not need much work and have been constructed in recent years. You may not have been able to pick the colors on the walls or the types of countertops you have, but the house certainly isnít falling apart. 


Move-In Ready Could Mean Thereís A Little Work


Buying a fixer-upper is worlds different from purchasing a home thatís ready for you to live. Some move-in ready homes could use some work. The work involved is only cosmetic. The walls may need some painting or the house may need some cleaning up, but everything that needs to be done will be minimal. These are the types of projects that will be involved in buying a home thatís move-in ready.


The Benefits Of A Move-In Ready Home


You can enjoy the home right away

Things like appliances and other features in the house will be newer

The home will be in a sought after location

Sellers and builders will be motivated 


It's easy to enjoy the home and find newer features in a move-in ready home. New constructions homes will have the latest in everything from appliances to security. The owner will have upgraded homes that are ready to move to. More modern homes also tend to be in desirable locations. All of this not only equates to better living conditions for you an your family but better value when you sell the home at a later date.           








Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/23/2019

Life can be hectic at times. Families are always on the go with after-school activities, birthday parties on the weekend, and work. With all of this to juggle, having to plan for dinner for seven days a week can feel like youíre adding another depleting task. There are ways to get ahead of the week and not let it get a hold of you. Here are some simple tips for putting into practice.

To get organized in your meal planning, start by writing out your meals for the week. Having a written meal plan for the whole week will help you create a complete grocery list. Getting all your groceries at once means not having to go back and forth to the store to pick up something you forgot. Plus, this allows you to think creatively about what your meals will be depending on your schedule for that week. 

When planning a meal, the ingredients are the most critical part of the process. Going to the grocery store is the last thing most people want to do on a weekday. Start by designating a day out of the week that you will commit to going grocery shopping. The weekends may work better for some more than others. 

If you donít have the time or energy to deal with the grocery stores, there are online resources that can assist you in that area. Amazon has partnered with Whole Foods for online food delivery service. If you have Amazon Prime, you will receive exclusive deals and savings. You can find these savings and sales through the Amazon app and the Whole Foods app. Another online food shopping service to use is Fresh Direct. If you live in the Northeast, this is a helpful source. Fresh Direct has a minimum order delivery of $30 and a flat delivery fee depending on where you live. 

Finally, after youíve done all the shopping, start by preparing your meals. You can cook all the meals on the same day or prep the ingredients for the upcoming days. If your family is not big on eating leftovers, cook the first couple of meals for the next couple of days. Then, season or prepare for the rest of the meals for the remainder of the week. If youíve got kids, have them assist you in food prepping and make it a weekly family affair. 

By preparing ahead of time for your meals, you will make healthier choices and make room for things that are important to you. Check out some of the sites listed in the article to see how you can make meal planning a part of your weekly routine.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/16/2019

Everyone loves to admire those homes with excellent curb appeal as they drive into a street. When you want to sell a home, curb appeal is one factor that plays a significant role in attracting a buyer. If the curb appeal is excellent, then attracted buyers are inclined to see what is inside the home. 

Curb appeal also has other roles to play in a home. If you are not listing or selling, then curb appeal is equally important to have a beautiful exterior you can be proud of and that makes your neighborhood attractive to other buyers. Here are some easy ways you might accomplish curb appeal for your home.

Paint the front door

Sometimes, adding a splash of color to the exterior is a simple step. Paint the front door with a bold or bright color that guarantees it stands out and is impossible to ignore. Also, make sure that the color you pick, matches the rest of the house. This way everything looks creatively beautiful and organized.

Invest in the landscape

The landscaping around your home defeats your efforts to achieve good curb appeal if not taken care of. Invest in some fully-grown trees, and pretty plants or shrubs. These contribute to a green landscape that makes any home look unique, eco-friendly, and homey. 

Don't forget the roof

When making efforts to achieve curb appeal, you may let the things at your eye level carry you away. It's easy to forget the roof, but that is a mistake you want to avoid. Check the roof of the home for any repairs, replacements, cleaning, or maintenance needed. The roof matters more than you know, so be sure to keep it in good condition.

Landscape lighting

Outdoor lighting ósometimes referred to as landscape lightingóinvolves light fixtures that highlight your landscaping are suitable for outdoor use. Landscape lighting serves as security, a source of illumination, and a great curb appeal in the evenings. 

Colorful plants

You can improve the exterior appearance of your home by planting a few cheerful plants. Avoid artificial flowers because they scream fake, and do more damage than good. However, make certain that the plants you choose can grow favorably for a few months. Having dead plants outside the home will do nothing good for curb appeal.

Try these easy tips to enhance your home's curb appeal and receive compliments from the neighbors or make a quick sale. For more curb appeal techniques, talk to your real estate professional.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/9/2019

The rent vs buy dilemma is something that Americans have been facing for decades. Both options have their benefits, and itís really a matter of timing and preferences when it comes to choosing which is best for you.

However, there are a lot of things to consider before making this decision. So, in todayís post weíre going to break down some of the benefits of renting an apartment and of buying a home. That way you can make your decision with a clearer picture of what each situation looks like.

One thing to note first, however, is that it isnít always as simple as buy vs rent. Some living situations draw on the pros of each type of living. For example, living in a condo might be a good option for people who want the privacy and independence of owning their own home, but who also donít have the time or desire to keep up with maintenance.

So, as we compare buying and renting, keep in mind that the features of each are not mutually exclusive.

Renting an apartment

Most people who are living on their own for the first time start off renting. For younger people just out of school, renting offers the first taste of independence without the prerequisites of homeownership.

When you rent your first apartment, youíll learn the skills associated with budgeting for your monthly expenses, making your rent payments on time, and will start learning some of the skills that it takes to run a household.

In terms of monthly costs, apartments can vary greatly. Depending on where you live (and how luxurious the apartment is) you could end up having rent and utility payments that are much lower or much higher than mortgage payments for a house.

However, apartment leases often come with the benefit of utilities, trash removal, and other expenses built in. They also typically require the landlord to maintain the apartment and the land it sits on.

Live in the northern part of the country and hate shoveling snow? Make sure your lease specifies that your landlord will provide snow removal.

One technique that many renters take is to find an apartment that is small and affordable while they save up for a home. In this case, itís worth living with fewer amenities if your end goal is saving for a down payment.

But, what if you want to own a home someday but havenít quite decided where you want to settle down? Maybe your work keeps you moving from place to place or youíve always wanted to move away to somewhere new.

Renting is typically a better option for those who arenít quite sure what their plans are for the next coming years. They can have a stable place to live while they figure things out and plan their next move.

Buying a home

Once youíve rented a home for a while, you might become increasingly aware that you want more space and more control over your home.

Youíre also likely noticing how much money you spend on rent each month that is essentially a net loss.

When you buy a home, your mortgage payments might be going to the bank, but someday the money youíve paid toward that home will be yours in the form of equity. You can then use this as a down payment for another home.

This financial benefit cannot be understated. Since house values dependably increase over time, owning a home is a great investment toward your future.

So, those are the main pros and cons of renting vs buying a home. Think about your circumstances and determine which one makes the most sense for you right now. Then, start planning for the future.




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