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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/15/2018

Looking to buy a house in the next few months? Ultimately, a cautious approach to purchasing a residence may prove to be ideal, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

There are many reasons to err on the side of caution as you search for your dream house, including:

1. You don't want to pay too much for a house.

Although acquiring your dream house may seem priceless, it is important to remember that the costs to purchase a residence can add up quickly. As such, if you're not careful, you risk overspending on a house.

Lucky for you, there are many simple ways to avoid the temptation to bid too much on a residence.

First, analyze the housing market closely and search for patterns and trends. If you discover an abundance of houses is available, you may be operating in a "buyer's" market. As a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to acquire a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.

Don't forget to get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to starting your home search too. That way, you can enter the housing market with a mortgage – and budget – in hand.

2. You want to find a house that you can enjoy for years to come.

A home is one of the biggest purchases that an individual will make in his or her lifetime. Thus, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to assess a house before you submit an offer on it.

Of course, a home showing is a must prior to the submission of a home offer. A home showing allows you to walk around a residence and envision what life might be like if you purchase this home.

After you submit an offer on a house, you'll likely have the opportunity to complete a property inspection before you finalize your home sale. This inspection is important, as it enables you to learn about any "hidden" problems that may have gone unnoticed during an initial home showing.

If you feel comfortable with a residence after an inspection, you can move forward with a home sale. Or, if you aren't comfortable with a house at this point, you can always submit a counter-proposal or remove your offer entirely.

3. You want your home to retain its long-term value.

Let's face it – buying a home is a tough decision. And if you need extra help determining whether a home purchase is a viable long-term decision, it may be a good idea to consult with a real estate agent.

Typically, a real estate agent can respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions, at any time. He or she is happy to help you explore high-quality houses, and by doing so, will enable you to take the guesswork out of discovering a residence that will retain its value.

Err on the side of caution as you proceed along the homebuying journey, and you should have no trouble purchasing a residence that matches or surpasses your expectations.




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/15/2018

Being a homeowner can be a bit overwhelming at times. It can easily become difficult to juggle your homeowner responsibilities with your family and work obligations while still taking time for yourself to relax. It's a problem made even more difficult when you don't plan ahead for things like home maintenance. Aside from keeping your home in good condition, some maintenance issues are also safety issues, making them all the more important to find time to tend to. So how can you make time to complete maintenance tasks and ensure you don't forget about them? In this article, we'll help you make a maintenance calendar that will help you hold yourself accountable to keep your home safe and in good condition.  

What should be on your calendar?

Each home is unique and will require different types of maintenance. But in general, most homes share characteristics that can be applied to your situation. We'll break up maintenance into two categories: safety and upkeep. Safety For the well-being of you and your family, be sure to add these items to your list:
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors checked (monthly)
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide batteries changed (every 6 months)
  • Fire extinguisher checked (every 12 months)
  • Test door and window locks (every 12 months)
Upkeep Many items in your home will stop working properly if you don't practice good maintenance. Some of the most important items to practice maintenance on are:
  • Inspect your HVAC filters (every 3 months)
  • Clean the drains of your sinks and shower (every month)
  • Test seldom used objects like spare bathroom sinks and toilets (every 2 months)
  • Clean refrigerator coils and vent (every 6 months)
  • Replace water filters in refrigerator, sink, etc. (every 6 months)
  • Clean your gutters and drainage system (every 12 months)
  • Repair ripped window and door screens (every 12 months)

Seasonal maintenance

If you live in an area that has significant climate changes throughout the seasons, then there are an whole host of maintenance tasks required to prepare for the change of weather. Some common tasks include:
  • Turning off outdoor water to avoid frozen pipes
  • Replacing door screens with glass
  • Cleaning, installing, and uninstalling air conditioners
  • Sealing or repaving walkways and driveways
  • Cleaning chimneys
  • Dusting off heaters
  • Inspecting your roof shingles

Creating your calendar

Now that you know what to put in your calendar, its time to decide how you're going to make it. If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere and check it constantly, it might be a good idea to use a good calendar app, preferably one that syncs with your other calendars (work, Facebook, etc.). Google Calendar allows you to categorize calendar events by colors, sync between accounts, and invite others to events (such as when you need your family's help with something on your list). If you're not big on technology, you could always keep a calendar attached to your refrigerator or in a frequented spot in the house that you and your family will remember to check often. Whichever method you choose, the important thing is to find one that works for you so that you don't forget these important items to keep your house, home, and family safe.    




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/8/2018

As a home seller, it is essential to spend some time improving your house's curb appeal. By doing so, you can boost your house's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers. Plus, an attractive home may generate substantial interest from homebuyers, making it easy for you to accelerate the home selling process.

So what does it take to transform an ordinary home exterior into an exceptional one? Here are three tips to ensure that you can bolster your house's curb appeal:

1. Paint the Front Door and Shutters

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your home's front door and shutters could make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers. In fact, adding a splash of color to your home's exterior may help your residence pop and increase your chances of a quick home sale.

Exterior paint usually is inexpensive and easy to apply. Furthermore, you'll want to select a bold color for your home's front door and shutters that stands out yet complements the rest of your residence. As such, consider all of the paint color options at your disposal and choose wisely.

Don't forget to paint the trim around your home's exterior, either. Painting the trim often can be done quickly and will further enhance your house's curb appeal.

2. Replace Exterior Light Fixtures

Adequate lighting ensures that you'll be able to display your home during the day and at night. Thus, you'll want to replace defective exterior light fixtures as soon as possible.

Exterior light fixtures serve as affordable options to brighten up your home's exterior. In addition, vintage light fixtures are available that can provide a home's exterior with a timeless look and feel.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to finding innovative ways to improve your home's curb appeal, there may be no better option than working with a real estate agent.

Many real estate professionals are available across the country to guide you along the home selling journey. These real estate agents can offer recommendations to ensure that you can revamp your house's curb appeal without breaking your budget. Also, real estate professionals can offer insights into how to establish a competitive price for your house, how to respond to an offer on your residence and much more.

Ultimately, your real estate agent is a housing market expert who is happy to assist you in any way possible. This real estate professional will support you in good times and bad and provide honest, unbiased feedback as you search for ways to maximize the value of your residence.

Your real estate agent will provide answers to your home selling concerns and questions as well. That way, you can make informed decisions as you navigate the home selling process.

Collaborate with a real estate agent – you'll be happy you did. By employing a real estate professional, you can discover the best ways to enhance your house's curb appeal and ensure that your home generates plenty of interest from homebuyers.




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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/8/2018

For home sellers, there is no need to let your house linger on the real estate market for weeks, months or years. Instead, you can set yourself up to accelerate the home selling process today.

What does it take to speed up the home selling process? Here are three tips to help home sellers do just that.

1. Offer a Competitive Price.

Evaluate the prices of homes currently available in your area that are similar to your own. Also, assess the sold prices of comparable residences in your city or town that were purchased recently. With this housing market data in hand, you'll be able to determine a fair price for your house.

Although you should try to price your house competitively, it is important to remember not to sell yourself short as well. Fortunately, if you perform sufficient housing market research, you can better understand how you should price your house to streamline the home selling process and optimize the value of your home.

2. Clean Up Your House.

Homebuyers will be attracted to residences that feature pristine front lawns and dazzling interiors, along with houses that will not require any major repairs in the near future. Comparatively, homebuyers likely will shy away from houses that look messy and cluttered.

Devote time and resources to clean up your house's interior and exterior – you'll be happy you did. If your home looks great inside and out, you can boost your property's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers. As a result, your home may prove to be more attractive than other residences on the real estate market, ensuring you should have no trouble generating significant interest in your house.

You may want to consider staging your house too. With staging, you will need to remove your personal belongings from your home and declutter your residence. And ultimately, staging your house may help you further accelerate your journey through the home selling cycle.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent.

A real estate agent has one goal in mind: to help you sell your house as quickly as possible. Thus, your real estate agent will do everything possible to guarantee that he or she can promote your house to the right homebuyers, at the right time.

With an experienced real estate agent at your disposal, you can improve your chances of generating substantial interest in your home in a short period of time. Your real estate agent will use many platforms to promote your residence, and by doing so, ensure you can speed through the home selling cycle.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent will keep your best interests in mind throughout the home selling process. Therefore, if you want to get rid of your home quickly, your real estate agent possesses the skills and know-how to help set up a fast sale without sacrificing the value of your residence.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you accelerate the home selling process in a buyer's or seller's market.





Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 7/1/2018

When moving one of the room most families dread packing the most is their child’s. Overflowing toy boxes, stuff crammed under the beds, and who know’s what in the closet. It’s an epic task to take on, usually with just as much cleaning needed as packing. But with a move comes a new room and a clean slate. 

Here are my top tips to keeping an organized child’s room (and for longer than 2 hours):

The most important step is to downscale the amount of stuff your child has. Toys are usually the number one culprit when it comes to a child’s clutter. Plan a day to have a massive clean sweep with your child where you work together what toys stay and which need to go. The more you can clean out the less you’ll have to move and the easier it will be to organize at the new house.

As you decide what stays think about the different categories the remaining toys fall into it. Which does your child reach for the most? Do they like to play with trains and action figures at the same time but just legos by themselves? Asking yourself these questions will help you to create organizational categories that make sense to your child.

Once you have some categories decided on, think about how to organize them. What systems do you already have in place and how do they work for your child? One of the biggest stumbling blocks families face in maintaining an organized home with children is a lack of understanding for how much a child can handle.

Keeping things simple with baskets and buckets toys can be placed in can make a huge difference in how tidy a room stays. Zippered, closed, sectioned or stacked containers, especially for young children, are harder to manage. Paired with piles of toys a child can become quickly overwhelmed at cleanup time.

By cutting down on the number of toys your child has, organizing them in a way that makes sense to how your child plays with them and opting for open containers sets your child up for cleaning success. The simpler you can make it the easier it is for them to take on the task. Pairing this setup with learning habits like cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to another will keep your child’s room tidy for months, and even years, to come.

And the biggest secret to avoid clutter from building up again? Before each birthday, holiday or gift receiving event go through your child’s toy collection and clean out what they no longer use to make room for new toys. If you want to go even further, encourage friends and family to gift your child experiences instead of material goods for celebrations.




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