How to Survive in Your Home While It’s for Sale

If you’re selling your home while you’re still living in it, we’ve got a few great tips to help make things easier on you during this time.

 

If your home is for sale on the market and you’re still living in it, here’s what you need to do. First, have a professional walk through your home to help you declutter, take down personal items, and get a head start on packing that stuff away. Make sure that your home’s space is maximized.

We also tell our clients to remove any pet items. Finally, have patience if a buyer or agent is late to a showing because those are often the times when your home actually gets sold.

If you have any questions about getting your home ready for sale or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Home

If you’re planning on buying a home soon, you need to do these five things.

 

If you’re considering buying a home, here are five things that you’ll need to take into account:

1. Get a pre-approval letter. This is important in today’s competitive market.

2. Work with an experienced professional. If you’re looking in a certain area, your agent needs to know about it and its market.

3. Ask the right questions. Years ago, I didn’t ask the right questions and bought a home where the driveway faced north on a hill. It was difficult to get up in the winter and my kids couldn’t ride their bikes.

A home warranty is a good insurance policy to have.

4. Hire a great inspector. Your real estate professional should be able to recommend a trusted inspector. You can do your own research online as well.

5. Ask for a home warranty. It’s a nice insurance policy that gives you the comfort of knowing you won’t have any expensive maintenance bills.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

To Help Kids Acclimate to Your Move, Get Them Involved

Here are a few choice tips to help your children get as excited as you are about your next move.

 

Even though I knew moving was going to be good for my children, the actual process of moving from one neighborhood to another was very traumatic for them. I knew that it would work out; the only challenge was coaching them through the process.

To help your children cope with the idea of moving to a new home, it’s best to get them involved with the process. Let them go with you to view the home so they can see their future bedrooms. If you’re changing school districts, take them to visit their new school so they can see what they have to look forward to. If you’re moving to a new city, spend time with them as you look for things in the community that they could get excited about—sports, dance, recreation, or whatever interests they have.

Take the time to help them feel like a contributor to the transition so they don’t feel so powerless about the change.

Moving can be a tough process, especially for older children. However, we all know that it will work out and that it’s best for everyone. Just take the time to help them feel like a contributor to the transition so they don’t feel so powerless about the change.

If you have any questions about buying a home, moving, or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you. Until then, have an amazing day!

Are You Better Off Buying a Resale or New Construction Home?

Here’s what you need to consider when deciding whether to buy a resale or new construction home.

 

Are you better off buying a resale or new construction home? To answer this question, there are three factors you need to keep in mind: price, location, and condition. If you buy a new construction home, it will offer advantages in terms of location and condition. You may pay a higher price, but you’ll get exactly the type of home you want. If you buy a resale home, it will offer advantages for location and price, but there may be some things you don’t like about its condition. However, that can be easily remedied.

If you’d like to talk more about this subject or you have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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3 Reasons to Purchase a Home in the Fall

If you’re on the fence about when to buy a home, know that there are three good reasons to purchase in the fall.

 

The fall market isn’t as hot as it is in the spring and summer, so why should you consider purchasing in the autumn? There are actually three good reasons to do so:

1. There’s less competition. There are so many buyers out in the spring market who are ready to make offers on homes. Since there are fewer in the fall, that means you’ll have fewer competing offers to try to outbid, if any at all.

Since there are fewer buyers in the fall, that means you’ll have fewer competing offers to try to outbid, if any at all.

2. Fall sellers are serious. If a seller chooses to list their home in the fall, there’s probably a reason behind it—they might be transferring to a job out of the area, they might have a home under construction somewhere else, or some other reason that makes the timing of their fall home sale important. Most of the sellers we know here in Omaha are motivated to sell their home before the snow begins to fall.

3. Interest rates are low. Traditionally, interest rates tend to dip down towards the end of the year, increasing in the spring when activity picks up.

If you have any questions about buying a home in the fall or need an agent to help you accomplish your real estate goals, reach out to us. Find out what’s different about NextHome Signature Real Estate.

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5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

Here are five tips for listing your home for sale in the fall season.

 

If you’re thinking of listing your home in the fall, there are five key tips you’ll want to keep in mind:

1. Price your home correctly. There are many ways to come up with a price for your home. First, look at what other homes in your area have sold for. I’m not huge on comparables (it’s like comparing your kids to other kids), but you should still look at comparable home sales because appraisers certainly do.

2. Perform inspections; make sure your home is clean. We compete with a lot of new construction properties, and we’ve found that it’s very important for you to put everything away, deep clean, and have your home look as fresh and new as possible. You’ll have to pack anyway if you’re selling, so you might as well start sooner than later. Also, if you can do a pre-inspection, then you won’t have to wait 10 days to get the results back from the buyer’s inspection. That way, you can make any important repairs before the buyer ever comes to your home.

I highly recommend that you listen to your listing professional on how to get your home ready to sell.

3. Embrace the fall season. Fall colors are so warm and the smells are so amazing. Though we don’t recommend putting a lot of Halloween decor up, highlighting the appeal of the season can make your home seem very inviting.

4. Clean the exterior. Oftentimes, homeowners are so focused on getting the inside of their home ready to on the market that they neglect the outside. Make sure your gutters are clean, rake up leaves, and spruce up your landscaping.

5. Prepare your home for showings. I highly recommend that you listen to your listing professional on how to get your home ready to sell. This could include taking down personal photos, decluttering, repainting some walls in a more neutral color. This stage of the process is very important; many buyers who watch HGTV expect to walk into a home and see that it is immaculate.

If you have any additional questions about preparing your home for the market or are just curious about your home’s value, please reach out to us. Come find out what’s different about NextHome Signature Real Estate.

Have You Been Out to Bluewater Yet?

I’m coming to you today from Bluewater, a gorgeous development in Valley with pretty homes and even prettier views.

I’m here today at Bluewater in Valley, Nebraska, where you can live and play. An unrivaled lifestyle awaits in this modern majestic home retreat. Incredible 23-foot ceilings, a towering fireplace, and expansive windows offer views of the lake. If you have any other questions for me in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.