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keysAt Selling Alabama’s Shores my goal is to provide a seamless Elite customer service experience for each and every client. I strive to provide superior customer service, utmost professionalism while not compromising personal attention, and unparallelled satisfaction with each real estate transaction that I am hired to perform.

From the time you contact me until the day you complete the sale or purchase of your home, my goal is to make you feel appreciated and heard. I work hard so that you are able to achieve success in either obtaining the premium price for your home sale, the highest return on your investment property, or the perfect fit for your needs for your new home.

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I sincerely appreciate your visit to my blog, and welcome to our beautiful area!

 

 

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HOW BIG OF A HOME DO YOU NEED?

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When buying a new house, it’s easy to get distracted by size and think that bigger is better. However, depending on your situation, the opposite may be true.

So how can you determine if your new home is too small, too big, or “just right?” You’ll want to consider these elements.

What’s Your Long-Term Goal? How many years do you see yourself in this house? Is this the place where you want to raise your kids and retire? If not, then size shouldn’t be as crucial as you think. Consider the fact that you will likely move again, which means that you can upgrade in the future if necessary.

What’s Your Financial Limit? For the most part, you don’t want more home than you can truly afford. While you may be getting that promotion in a couple of months, you can’t buy now expecting to have more money in the bank later. Overextending your financial reach is always a bad move, so it’s best to avoid putting yourself (or your family) in that position.

How Many People are Living Here? In a perfect world, everyone would be able to have their own bedrooms, but when you have kids, that’s not always possible. When thinking about this situation, consider how imperative it is to have sufficient space for everyone, and what it will do to your budget.

Overall, buying a home should be about your current needs and how you plan to grow into space in the future. Don’t buy big for the sake of showing off – in the end, you’ll probably regret it.

One Reason You Should Call Alabama “Home”

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As someone born and raised in Alabama, I’m definitely biased when it comes to my opinion on where someone should put down roots. I’m proud to say I’m from a small town and that I’ve lived in or near every large city in the state in my adult life; I love every different area and the diverse characteristics of each one.

Not only do I believe this is the perfect place to live because of its Southern charm and incredible natural beauty, but I’m also excited to share with you a reason that makes total economic sense for your investing in property in my beautiful state. Particularly in Baldwin County, of course. 

DID YOU KNOW?
Alabama has one of the lowest property tax rates in the United States. In fact, Baldwin County’s tax rate is on the lower end of the average in Alabama!

Don’t only take my word for it – check this link and see how affordable living in Baldwin County truly is.

http://bit.ly/AmberEstamponiTaxRates

When you’re finished, shoot me a text, call or message, and let’s find your own piece of “Alabama the Beautiful!”

 

251.463.9101

Want your own Fixer Upper?

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I’ve worked with a couple of buyer clients who had their sights set on properties that need a little extra TLC, and they’ve not been sure what steps to take next. Some buy and already have the budget to renovate, some spread their renovation over time as they save money after purchasing… But did you know there’s an option to both finance and renovate with one mortgage transaction?
 
You can finance and renovate a fixer upper (*that qualifies) with an FHA 203k loan. This loan is commonly called a “Rehab Loan,” and allows you to obtain financing from a lender despite a home’s initial condition. If a property is too far gone it may not qualify, and that’s why you have a 203k inspector conduct a Feasibility Report soon after finding that perfect property. This will let you know everything you need to do and if you can move forward.
 
Because your lender will track the progress of every repair, they are willing to lend money on a home that they typically would not consider. The process is a little more lengthy than a conventional loan, so keep in mind you need a little bit of time for all the moving parts to sync.
 
Connect with Amber → Find Your Home → Apply → Get Approved → Find A Contractor → Get Bids → Close the loan → Complete Repairs → MOVE IN!!!
 
If you have your heart and sights set on a home that you’d like to renovate and make your own, contact me today and I’ll help you get on track to owning your own fixer upper!

Top 5 Home Staging Props

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1. ORCHIDS & HIGH QUALITY FLORALS

Orchids are an incredibly versatile prop. They are elegant and add class to any interior, regardless of the style of home. They will pair well with just about any room. Adding high quality florals can be the perfect way to decorate any space, and a variety of flowers and arrangements can blend into any decorating theme.

2. BOOKS

Books are wonderful space fillers and can introduce you to subtle pops of color into your living space. They can also be used as risers to add dimension to your room by propping other decorative pieces.

3. BOWLS, TRAYS, & VASES

Ceramic containers can really add a calming and organic effect into a decorative scene. They are subtle, and can be the right touch to bring a room together. Vases can be used as a creative way to hold utensils in a kitchen and bowls can be used for small plants. The right container, paired with the right filler, can set the scene and create a warm and inviting space.

4. FILLERS

Fillers are the perfect compliment to the types of containers noted above. Fillers can be wicker balls, moss balls, faux lemons or other fruits, flowers, and just about anything else you can think of. Fillers can bring in a lived-in look to any space, warming up what could otherwise feel like a bare room.

5. LIFESTYLE ELEMENTS

Having lifestyle elements in your home can really set the pace for the theme you want to incorporate. Lifestyle elements are things that breathe life into any room, and prevent it from feeling too staged. These can be things such as a teapot on a night stand, a bowl of fruit on a dining room table, books on a coffee table, etc. You can even add a breakfast tray on a set bed. Use lifestyle scenery sparingly so it doesn’t come off too cheesy and over-done.

Use The Right Paint Finish

Ready to paint your home? Be sure to use the right finishes in each room to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finishes in certain spaces can backfire for home owners. Below, you’ll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied.

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– PAINT FINISHES –

Flat is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.  It’s ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings.

Matte has a low-luster, reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms and interior walls.

Eggshell Enamel has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.

Satin Enamel is great if you desire a pearl-like appearance and are painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens.

Semi-Gloss Enamel is your best choice if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen that is great for cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas, and high-moisture areas.

Hi-Gloss Enamel creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs

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Fall is in full swing and you may be thinking you’ve lost the opportunity to sell and need to wait till Spring. But let me tell you, that is far from the truth! Although it’s not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don’t want to miss them! They are ready to make a move today!

Selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That’s a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With me as your REALTOR® and your home being marketed and priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it.

Below are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers – Let’s be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the “trend” of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time.

If people are investing time to look during the fall season,
they are more likely to be interested in actually
buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition – Selling in the fall isn’t something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That’s why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn’t make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor’s house. It also doesn’t devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.

With a slower season you get dedicated attention to your
property, which increases the chance of a sale.

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home – Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make the process less stressful and everyone involved happier.

If you want a far more peaceful transaction that has a
calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

 

Call or Text me at 251.463.9101 and I’ll get to work for you today!

The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home

If you haven’t bought a home yet, you’re missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, “Finally, it’s ours (or mine)!” And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that’s a real feeling!

We often hear and read about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don’t often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own lawn, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home.

There is a sense of security and a sense of “this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment” that provide moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can’t be beat.

Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year’s Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships.

Buying a home isn’t about the dollars and cents for everyone; sometimes it’s just about the joy of owning your own place and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you’ve been longing for this, get in touch with me today and let’s make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!

 

Text or call me at 251.463.9101 and let’s get to work!