Posted by Shawn Culhane on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / May 14, 2019Comment
What is it that gets millennial home buyers to take the dive? You may be surprised to hear that millennial home buyers are actually looking for a specific set of qualities in a home that is different than generations prior.
It’s no longer about buying a home for what it is and envisioning making it work for that family; it’s now about the proper updates and whether or not the home will serve the family properly in its current design. This means things like open floor plans and modern bathrooms are a must. Take a look at what else is going to appeal to the huge millennial home buying market right now.
Open floor plans are preferred
As mentioned, open floors plans are something millennials are seeking in a home. These create large, open spaces that allow for better communication and sense of community among the...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 25, 2019Comment
One area of your open house that you may not have put much thought into is the bathroom and what kind of impression it will give a buyer. Even though this room is smaller and may be less prevalent on your mind compared to the kitchen or master suite, you should still give every room equal attention when it comes to cleanliness and clutter.
Buyers don’t want to see a bathroom and think about the hard work it will require of them to maintain it when this is their home. Have every room, especially the bathroom, looking beautiful and appealing to buyers by using these tips.
Start with the hardest part and give your shower a good scrub down. This is the tie to replace your moldy...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 22, 2019Comment
Are you planning on selling your home this year? You may find the process struggling if you allow any of these common physical defects to remain unchecked. Those old appliances and neglected repairs are not going to fix themselves and buyers aren’t usually looking to spend the kind of money you are asking with the house in this state.
Unless you plan to sell it as a fixer-upper, you should plan on fixing the physical defects before listing at the price you plan. Which defects need addressed and which ones are something a buyer can do someday in the future? Take a look at this guide to see which ones will keep your home from selling without being addressed.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:16 PMBy Shawn Culhane / February 27, 2019Comment
Listing Your Home This Spring? Here Are A Couple Of Helpful Tips!
NUMBER ONE - FRESH COAT OF PAINT: Paint is the cheapest and easiest fix for most homes as they get ready to be put on the market. The first time people look at your property will probably be online, so make sure it's appealing to the eye and paint a neutral color, a clean slate, and a clean palette for any buyer to picture their life in your home.
NUMBER TWO - DECLUTTER: No one wants to walk into a house where every closet is stuffed to the brim, there's no sence of organization and is basically just a mess. Remove those things, put them in organizational tubs and let them reside in the garage....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 8:41 AMBy Shawn Culhane / November 5, 2018Comment
When you're ready to sell your home, it's important to look at a few things you can do to prepare. Once your home is on the market, it will be much more difficult to do anything to make it easier to sell.
Cleaning the home makes such a huge difference. If a home is spotless, it will be more attractive to potential buyers. Here are five things you should pay close attention to when getting ready to sell your home.
The Front Porch
When a buyer shows up at the home, they will wait on the front porch as their agent opens the key box. This means, they will have a few minutes to see this area closely and you want to make sure it's very clean. Take...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:22 AMBy Shawn Culhane / September 14, 2018Comment
Are you preparing to sell your home in Austin and wondering what to expect for the process in this hot market? You may be expecting a fast sale and several great offers coming in putting the ball in your court.
While this could happen, that doesn’t mean selling your house isn’t going to require some hard work and some tough decisions. Take a look at the strategies you should use to sell your home efficiently especially during a seller’s market.
Have an online presence for your home
It’s important that you have your home online for people to easily find. Home buyers will be starting their search on the web, so it’s important that you have a great listing with professional photos, detailed...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:55 AMBy Shawn Culhane / June 8, 2018Comment
When you enter into the sales process for your home, it will certainly keep you busy. You'll go through so many things from fixing it up (if necessary) to staging, to pricing to listing to scheduling tours. Several details could easily become overlooked.
The last thing you need is a security risk because you were distracted by something else. Home security is vital, even throughout the sales process. You'll be inviting plenty of strangers into your home and you need to be protected. Here are a few ways you can keep your home and family safe while selling your home.
Remove all your Valuables
Valuables out in the open or even behind closed doors are just inviting trouble during the sales process. Any jewelry, collectibles, expensive artwork or...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / May 21, 2018Comment
When you're getting ready to sell your San Antonio home, there may be a few upgrades you can do to make the process easier. From painting to new cabinet hardware to kitchen upgrades, there are several things you can do yourself without spending a ton of money to get the job done.
If you're thinking about selling your home and you want to get the most out of it, the right upgrades could make all the difference. Here are a few of the top DIY home upgrades you can use when selling your San Antonio home.
Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape and look good, you can spruce them up without doing much more than just adding new hardware. Sometimes, this little change is just enough to make your kitchen pop....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1:41 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 29, 2018Comment
Here are three tips you can use to prepare your home to show to prospective buyers.
Spring is almost here. All winter, you’ve been talking about getting the house ready to put it on the market, but now you’re asking yourself what you need to do in order actually be ready. Today, let’s take some time to talk about what you can do to ensure that you’re prepared.
1. Declutter. Everyday life in the home is different from life while showing a home. Get everything off the counters, and remove the random items that tend to accumulate. Let folks see the beauty of the house.
2. Fresh paint. As it gets to be time to put your home on the market, try painting your home with neutral colors....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 5, 2018Comment
It may not come up much with the strong real estate market in Austin, Texas, but low ball offers do happen. Many properties for sale in Austin are receiving multiple offers and some are selling for above asking. However, it's also possible to get a low ball offer as a seller and you should be prepared for this situation.
You should respond to all offers, as it's just polite, but that doesn't mean you have to accept or even consider a low ball offer. Here are a few things you should consider when faced with this type of situation as a home seller in Austin....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9:41 AMBy Shawn Culhane / December 21, 2017Comment
If you’re looking to sell your home, there are a few of things you should and shouldn’t do to maximize your return.
The holidays can be tricky enough to navigate without having to worry about getting your home ready to list in the spring. Everyone wants to get the most money for their home, and sellers will often consider updating certain property features to persuade interested buyers that their home is worth more.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 4:18 PMBy Shawn Culhane / September 28, 2017Comment
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Chris Motal from Loan Depot. After all, the loan officer is a key player in your real estate purchase.
When you purchase residential real estate, the lender or loan officer you work with can be very important. When you sign an agreement to buy a piece of property from a seller, you are agreeing to a roadmap. The purchase agreement says that you...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:36 PMBy Shawn Culhane / August 5, 2017Comment
Are you looking for ways to make your San Antonio or Austin home look great during this summer season? Once winter ends, it’s time to start preparing your home’s landscaping for the changing seasons and new maintenance responsibilities.
This means that it’s time to clean up from last season, setup for this season, and work on a schedule to maintain its beauty going forward. As you enjoy the summer season in San Antonio, make sure you work on these tasks that will increase...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:11 PMBy Shawn Culhane / May 22, 2017Comment
Today, I'd like to show you a few steps you can take to help sell your home if you are a pet owner.
If you have a pet and you're looking to sell your home, then read on for some helpful advice. The good news is, many homebuyers are looking for a pet-friendly home. Two out of three of us have a pet, and 61%...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:39 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 20, 2017Comment
You may have heard the term, "Pocket Listing" as you start searching for a new home in Austin, TX. If you've heard this term and you're confused about what it means, you've come to the right place. Below, we will take a look at what a pocket listing is and who benefits from it.
What is a Pocket Listing?
The term, "Pocket Listing" revers to an active listing not put into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) database. This is known as the ACTRIS or Austin Central Texas Realty Information Service in Austin.
Instead of adding the listing to the MLS, the listing agent will market the property to the public, usually through word of mouth or an online avenue, such as social media or email. In essence, they are...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:06 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 6, 2017Comment
You've probably heard that old real estate myth that when you sell your house, you should price it above market value to 'leave room for negotiation.' I have two examples today that show why that's a terrible idea.
When homeowners sell their house, one of the most common questions they have for real estate agents is how to price it properly to sell. I think many people believe the myth that in order to sell something, you need to elevate the price to 'leave room for negotiation.' It sounds logical on the surface, but it...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:17 PMBy Shawn Culhane / February 17, 2017Comment
When you are preparing to sell your home in 2017, it’s helpful to know what the market predictions are looking like for this year. How hard is it going to be to sell this house and can you expect a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? You’ll also want to learn about the different features that buyers are looking for so that you can prepare your home for optimal selling conditions.
Did you know sellers this year are looking for homes with smart technology installed, kitchens with everything in the color white, and master suites on the first floor rather than the traditional second floor? Take a look at these trends and more that are predicted for San Antonio’s...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:15 PMBy Shawn Culhane / January 12, 2017Comment
Are you getting ready to sell your home in Austin? You may want to rethink that home description you’ve been working on. There are a few common keywords that people tend to use in their listing that is a big no-no for reaching serious buyers.
You probably thought that emphasizing your “great location” was a must-have phrase or that you should mention the “extensive” repairs and renovations you’ve handled in the house recently, but these are a few of the top words that will turn off buyers.
Believe it or not, there are seemingly harmless words and phrases like this that sellers often mention in their home description that unintentionally make buyers...