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Posted by Blue Horizon Realty on 9/20/2018

If you plan to sell a house, you should allocate time and resources to remove clutter from the attic. By doing so, you can show off the true size of your house and increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

Ultimately, there are several best practices to help home sellers declutter an attic, and these practices include:

1. Separate Clutter from Items That You Want to Keep

Your attic may be filled with a wide range of items. As a home seller, you'll want to differentiate attic items that you want to keep from those that need to be removed from your home.

With items that you intend to keep, you should package these items safely. Then, you can store these items neatly in your attic. Or, you can move these items into a storage unit.

For home sellers who encounter a massive collection of attic clutter, there is no need to worry. You may be able to sell or donate excess items that work properly and are in great condition. Furthermore, be sure to dispose of any damaged or broken items immediately.

2. Get Plenty of Help

The temptation to tackle attic cleaning on your own may be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that Rome was not built in a day. Thus, if you try to remove attic clutter on your own, you risk myriad problems along the way.

Attic clutter can range from small and lightweight to big and heavy. If you're operating on a strict timeline, you might struggle to quickly get clutter out of your attic if you work alone. And if you're forced to remove large items on your own, there is a risk of injury as well.

When it comes to decluttering an attic, caution is key. As such, you should enlist the help of family members and friends to ensure you can remove attic clutter quickly and safely.

In addition, if you want to avoid the hassle of decluttering your attic, you may want to hire professional help. With friendly, knowledgeable cleaning professionals at your side, you should have no trouble eliminating clutter from your attic.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Clutter is a major problem in many attics, and few h





Posted by Blue Horizon Realty on 9/13/2018

There are a lot of real estate agents out there to choose from. It might be hard to tell one from another. Thereís so many ways to find an agent these days including recommendations from friends and family to simple online searches. You want an agent that understands your needs from the neighborhoods that youíre looking to buy a home in, to the layout of the market that youíre selling in. Each agent has different specialties from relocation needs to foreign languages to FHA approved property searches. Below, youíll find some tips to help you find the perfect realtor for you. 


Pick Someone Who You Can Have Straight Talk With


Youíll need to like the person you pick as your realtor, but youíll also need someone who you can talk business with. You donít want a family member who you donít feel comfortable knowing your financial picture, or someone who wonít understand your desire for a certain location or neighborhood. 


Match Your Personality


Youíll be in touch with and will be spending a lot of time with your realtor. You want to find a realtor who can work well with you. Match your personality with theirs. Do you like someone who is a bit aggressive? Would you rather have a realtor who is a bit more easy-going? How often do you want to be in touch with your agent? Just remember that if you donít like your agent, thereís a good chance that other people may not like your agent either! 


The Choice Is Yours


Remember that the choice is yours when youíre looking for a realtor. You want to find a realtor who you know youíll work well with. You also want to know that your realtor will work for you. Itís important that your realtor be ethical, communicative, and be a part of your team throughout the process of buying and selling. Hereís some questions that you should ask your realtor in order to help you understand if theyíre a good fit for you:


  • Will I be working with you exclusively?
  • Are you a full or a part-time agent?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • What broker do you work for?
  • Have you closed homes in this neighborhood before?
  • Do you work with any lenders or have a seasoned team to help us through this process?

  • Asking these questions can help you to get a better understanding of who your realtor is and how they can help you to buy your dream home or sell your current property. This way, youíll have a better idea of what to expect throughout the process.





Posted by Blue Horizon Realty on 9/6/2018

Selling a home is a big decision with far-flung ramifications. If you're on the fence about selling your house, there is no need to wait. In fact, there are many reasons why now may be the right time to list your residence, and these include:

1. You can upgrade or downgrade.

Although your current home has served you well for many years, now may be a good time for a change. Fortunately, you can sell your residence and move into a bigger or smaller home that will suit you perfectly.

It often won't take long to transition from one home to another. In many instances, individuals simultaneously sell their current house and search for a new home. This generally enables an individual to seamlessly relocate from his or her current house to a bigger or smaller residence.

2. You can move closer to family members and friends.

If you find your current home is far away from family members and friends, don't stress. For those who sell a home, it may be only a matter of time before you can enjoy convenient access to loved ones.

By selling your current home, you can explore houses in cities and towns where your loved ones reside. Then, if you purchase a house close to family members and friends, you can visit these loved ones without having to worry about a long commute.

3. You can receive plenty of support throughout the home selling journey.

Listing a home may seem virtually impossible, particularly for someone who previously has never embarked on the property selling journey. Lucky for you, help is available to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly sell your home and maximize its value.

Working with a real estate agent typically is a good idea for first-time and experienced home sellers alike. With a real estate agent at your side, you can get the assistance you need to achieve your property selling goals.

A real estate agent understands the assorted pitfalls that a home seller may encounter. As such, he or she works with a home seller to help this individual address potential problems before they escalate. A real estate agent will collaborate with a property seller to craft a house selling strategy. Next, a real estate agent will put this plan into action and do everything possible to promote a house to prospective buyers. And if a seller receives an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will help this individual review his or her options and determine how to proceed.

In addition, a real estate agent provides a housing market resource unlike any other. He or she is available to respond to a seller's concerns and questions. Plus, a real estate agent is happy to provide home selling recommendations.

Take the guesswork out of selling your home Ė hire a real estate agent, and you can receive extensive support as you navigate the property selling journey.





Posted by Blue Horizon Realty on 8/30/2018

If youíre on the hunt for a home, youíre undoubtedly excited. You might be eager to ask a lot of questions and get all the information that you can. Youíre also probably eager to share quite a bit of information about yourself and your home purchase. While this is a great approach, this isnít the case for everyone youíre involved with in your real estate transaction. When youíre dealing with the sellerís agent, more information isnít always better. You donít need to share as much information with them as you may think you do. Your agent as a buyer is your advocate. They do know a lot of information about you, and they should. Your buyerís agent knows everything from your budget to your needs and wants. The sellerís agent doesnít need to know any of this! This is why you hire a buyerís agent in the first place. Hereís what you shouldnít divulge to a sellerís agent and why:


Your Opinion Of The House


Youíll want to be as neutral as possible when it comes to how much you like or dislike a house. While itís perfectly fine to let the agent know that you feel at home in the space and are interested in putting in an offer, you don't need to get into too many details. 


On the flip side, if you have a few things that you donít like about a house, you should keep those to yourself. You donít want to decide to put an offer in on the home, only to be seen as a less than serious buyer. In hot markets, you should always give yourself the upper hand. 


Your Budget


You should never let a sellerís agent know how much youíre looking to spend on a home. If sellers know how high or how low youíre willing to go on a home purchase, both the buyer and the seller should get a fair price for the home. Your goal as a buyer is to have your offer accepted at the best possible price. 


Let Your Agent Do His Job


While it can be hard in the midst of excitement, you should really let your agent do most of the talking when it comes to a home purchase. Your agent can help you through everything from negotiations to working with your lender to navigating you through open houses. Your agent may even be able to attend quite a few open houses right along with you. This way, youíll have someone else to do the talking for you. Just remember the tips above in case youíre flying solo through some home tours. While itís great to be eager on your home search, itís never to your benefit to be overzealous.





Posted by Blue Horizon Realty on 8/23/2018

If youíre planning to stay in your home as you age, or "age in place", itís wise to begin planning to renovate your home for your future self sooner rather than later. This will save you money and headaches down the road. I know itís not an exciting topic of conversation to discuss aging and how to make your home more accessible. However, itís certainly an important one. And even if you never use these features yourself, they are great to have in a home even if just for visitors, such as your parents.

Renovating before retirement ensures you have the cash flow to fund each change you make to your home. By making these changes now when you donít need them, instead of as you go, allows you time to do research on best pricing and how to add features that will look seamless in your home. Just because you are ďsenior proofingĒ your home doesnít mean it has to look like an assisted living facility.

The best, and arguably most important, place to start is in the bathroom. This is also a room that accommodations can double as accessible and chic. For example, a lipless walk-in shower, also known as the European Wet Room, eliminates the need to step up which can result in tripping. But it also opens up the room to appear more spacious and allow natural lighting to reach every corner. When renovating choose dimensions that leave enough room for a wheelchair to enter.

You may also want to consider adding a built-in shower bench. This could be a seamless tiled addition styled like a window seat or a chic wooden seat that folds up and out of the way. Grab bars donít need to be an eyesore either. There are so many options on the market for bars that integrate with your bathroomís style instead of looking like an afterthought.

When house hunting for a new home, look for one-level open floor plans. Open floor plans are very on trend and a feature many buyers are looking for anyways. They come with the added bonus of having plenty of room for someone in a wheelchair or walker to get around. If a home you are looking at has any hallways measure them to make sure they are wide enough to be accessible for these kinds of mobility aids.

Choosing a home that is a one-floor plan is another subtle way you can ďsenior proofĒ your home. Stairs can become troublesome when mobility becomes limited due to arthritis for example. A lack of a staircase to climb also means never having to buy a chairlift down the line. Potentially saving your future self-money and the integrity of your homeís decor.