The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home

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!

Don’t Replace Your Agent With the Internet

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With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn’t a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are “attempting” to be applied to the real estate industry.

We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike, but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery you’ll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional’s input, but it’s fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But therein lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. At the end of the day, no matter the amount of research you conduct, you truly need a professional diagnosis.

Although a real estate agent isn’t quite like a doctor, the industry in its legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional’s guidance come after the initial contract is written up and the hard work begins to actually make the home your own. It is the same for sellers; if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you’re not being taken advantage of on the price? Even more importantly, how do you know you’re not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Remember that there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number.

The next time you’re digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market – a very general idea. After you’ve found the perfect house or you’ve decided that the numbers make sense for you to sell, call me and I can give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. It’s going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart or negotiations can’t be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it’s amazing resources, but don’t let it replace your agent. We aren’t in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can.

5 Biggest Regrets of Home Buyers

Investing in your home or home away from home is a huge commitment. Not only are you invested financially, but this purchase will dictate how the other facets of your life play out while you own this property. Will you have the financial freedom to enjoy what you do now? Will it tie you down to a tight budget or free your funds up to be used to travel? The most important factor in purchasing anything is making sure that your commitment suits your desire for how the rest of your life plays out. Will you be happy?

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Click here to read the regrets of other buyers in a survey conducted by financial website NerdWallet.com.

 

When you are ready to discuss the steps you need to take to move toward purchasing your home or investment property, please contact me here. I’ll work hard to ensure that you are happy with the decision you make and the property that you purchase.

OWA Spells “FUN!”

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Living in Baldwin County has been an incredible experience, and it comes with so many exciting opportunities to enjoy living on the coast. My family is always looking for activities to make the most of being able to enjoy being outdoors, and OWA will not disappoint! Along with the amusement park, sports complex, restaurants, hotels, etc., this development brings with it excitement! How fun will it be to have a place to make the memories with our families and friends we will be able to make?

 

I grew up in north central Alabama and every Summer we would travel to the Gulf Coast for vacation. Some of my favorite memories are jumping the waves with my Nanny or watching my little sister jump in the pool with her floaties on at under 2 years old. She was a little fish! But along with those memories are those of the rides, games, and fun at Miracle Strip in Panama City Beach. I loved riding the cars with my cousin, playing games and eating way too many snacks.

 

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One of my favorite pictures of my grandfather, my Papa, is the one above and it was taken at Miracle Strip when I was around 3 years old. I treasure this photo and the memory that comes to mind every single time I see it – he was making that popping sound by putting his finger in the side of his mouth and popping it out – no clue how else to explain it. In my 3 year old mind, it was magic!

 

As the time comes for the opportunity to make these memories with my own husband and daughter, I get more and more excited! I know it means more traffic, and I know it means growth in our small towns, but how amazing is it that we get to watch it happen, Baldwin County? We get to watch more people move to the area that we all love and experience the life that we get to live every day.

 

There’s plenty of room for all of us! And if you need help moving to or away from the growing areas, then by all means let me know! I look forward to seeing you at OWA and helping you find your home near the shores!

Events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

One of the most exciting things about living within minutes of the Gulf Coast is that you live within minutes of the Gulf Coast! I’m always on the lookout for resources to find activities for my family to enjoy, and this site is one of the best I’ve seen thus far!

Click the image to find out more!

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6 Reasons Your Home Won’t Sell

Are you ready to sell your home and want it to have a great first impression on the market? Or maybe your home has been listed for a few weeks or months, you can’t figure out why it won’t sell, and you know your agent is working hard to market it. We’ve listed below the top 6 reasons your home may not make a good impression and end up stagnant on the market.

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  1. IT’S OVERPRICED

To be clear, an overpriced home is the #1 reason a home won’t sell. We often times want our homes to be worth a lot more than we may see based on the data, but if you put your home on the market for the number you wish it will bring instead of the price it actually needs to be, your home can sit on the market for months without getting a single showing. If you’re thinking you need to price high to leave room for negotiations, statistics show that views for your property, for buyers in your price range, can drop a whopping 90% if it’s priced too high. Discuss with your agent what the market says the value of your home is, then price it competitively to potentially get a bidding frenzy instead of low offers or having it expire.

  1. LOW SHOWING AVAILABILITY

Making sure the house is clean and having to leave on a daily basis for buyers to tour the home may get a little overwhelming, but it is crucial to have open availability to have your home shown. You could end up missing out on the perfect buyer if you decline too many showings. The longer it sits on the market, the less value buyers will see in it. Talk with your agent about having a 24 hour notice period if the extra time is needed, but make sure your home is available to be shown as often as possible.

  1. CLUTTERED SPACE

Buyers want to walk into a house and envision their lives in that home. This is difficult to do if your home is cluttered with personal belongings. They are instantly given the feeling of invading someone else’s personal space, instead of the satisfaction of being able to see a future in your home. Make sure your property is clutter free before putting it on the market, and make sure to store away any family photos.

  1. UNPLEASANT ODORS

If you smoke or have pets it’s easy to get used to the smell to the point that you don’t even notice it anymore, but it’s important to understand that the scent can be picked up by new people visiting your home. It can really turn them off from making an offer. Before a showing, make sure to dispose of any garbage, don’t cook fish or other strong smelling food, and ensure the home is freshened up so there are no pet or smoke odors.

  1. UNWILLING TO MAKE REPAIRS

Selling your home as-is may sound appealing at first, but being unwilling to make repairs could make you responsible for more mortgage payments that far exceed the cost of repairs. If you refuse to work with the buyer on their requests, then your home goes back on the market again. It’s wise to be open to repair requests, and simply go over with your agent what you can afford to do and make a reasonable counter offer during the repair negotiations. 

  1. UNWILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH BUYERS

It’s important to have an open mind about requests that will come from buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. These requests can come in the form of price negotiations, repair requests, or even requests to cover closing costs or home warranties. With your agent on your side advising you of the best steps to take, it’s best to be open to working with the buyer’s on some of their requests to ensure a successful closing.

 

Home Consultation on the Go

Did you know that as a REALTOR® I can provide instant detailed reports directly to you from a mobile device? Within minutes I can pull information from city, county, MLS, and other records to provide you with a quick snapshot of what your home is worth and the market activity in your area. This is just one of the resources available to you when you contact me for a consultation about your home’s potential in today’s market.

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This is just one way that I will make the process of selling your home as simple for you as possible. Let me spend the time and money on researching, photographing, marketing, and managing the sale of your home, and you relax knowing that I will provide the most current technology in the real estate industry while providing you with speedy information and proven data throughout the transaction.

 

I look forward to working with you, and this tool means a quick response to your request for a complimentary consultation. Call or text me at 251-463-9101 and let’s get started today!