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Feb. 6, 2019

All My Single Ladies!

 

Did you know?!

In 2017 alone, 60% of women millennial buyers were single! Buying a home seems to come with the idea that it’s the step AFTER you get married and have a family - but that simply isn’t true! Not only is home buying an incredible investment, it provides stability. If you’re worried that a home is too much of a commitment, while you still enjoy travelling around the world, having a great Realtor on your side can help ensure you aren’t tied down by a home.

No one ever said your net worth is a burden. Build your net worth by owning your own dream house and recoup your investment when the day comes to sell. If you’re paying the same amount on rent as you could on a mortgage payment, doesn’t it make sense to put that monthly amount into a home you could actually get the money back on? Of course it does! Since I know you’re a smart woman, give me a call! It’s time to invest in yourself and your future.

Posted in Buyers
Jan. 10, 2019

Spring Cleaning for Listing

Simple Sprucing Tips For Your Home

 

You don't need thousands of dollars to fully refurbish your home to make it feel like new again. Instead, you can DIY a lot of features in your house to help spruce it up for the upcoming season. Whether you plan to sell your home, have guests over, or are just tired of how drab it's been feeling lately, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to refresh your space:

CLEAN + DECLUTTER
Throw out all of the junk taking up space! You'd be surprised by how much more you'll fall back in love with your home when you take out the collection of accumulated stuff that has piled up over the years and finally get to see your home's features for what they are. Store what you don't need/use in either the attic, basement, or in a storage unit. After you've decluttered, be sure to finish it off by cleaning your home. Clean windows, walls, and the floors for the best results. 

BRING IN NATURAL LIGHT
Do you have heavy curtains covering your windows? Bring them down! Not only will this make your space feel bigger by removing stuff off the walls, it'll also feel alive again with all of the natural light that pours in. 

ADD FRESH PAINT
Nothing refreshes a home like a new coat of paint. If you have dark dull colors, opt for lighter tones. Covering up stains on the walls, or drab old paint, can help your house feel brand new all over again. 

ADD TILE
Consider adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get beautiful results. Be sure you get tiles that compliment the colors in the space, so it doesn't clash and look unappealing.

ADD COLOR
Although neutral colors are always recommended as the base of any home decor, don't be afraid to compliment your neutrals with a pop of color. You can add it throughout the home by using flowers, pillows, decor, or even light curtains that are staged on the sides of your windows. 

CHANGE OUT FIXTURES + HARDWARE
You'd be surprised by how much more a kitchen can look different just by replacing the hardware on the cabinets. A bathroom or living room can come alive again by installing a brand new light fixture. If you moved into a place that still has the same stock hardware or fixtures, replace them and add a little creativity with the new pieces you have installed. 

REARRANGE FURNITURE
Head to Pinterest and get inspired for new living room, bedroom, or dining room arrangements. Most homeowners decorate "incorrectly" when it comes to standard staging rules. View a variety of furniture set-ups on social media and let it motivate you to rearrange your space. You don't have to buy a bunch of new furniture to make a drastic change.

Posted in Seller
Jan. 10, 2019

For Sale by Owner in a Tech Age

The Catch You Shouldn't Fall For

 

With the growth of online tools, companies are quickly building products to serve the real estate community. After all, it’s a lucrative industry, home buying and selling will always be a thing - even if it does slow down, and companies around the world are diving in to make as much money off consumers as possible.

What are they selling? The ease. The ease of buying or selling a home online. The catch? You actually don’t benefit from these online quick-sale services. In fact, you could find yourself out of tens-of-thousands in cost difference. If you’re in the market to buy or sell, and are considering foregoing a real estate agent for an online service, be sure you read the fine print. You’ll often times find that you aren’t benefiting at all. Will they buy your home upfront to resale, so you don’t have to worry about the headache? Sure, but you may have been able to get $50,000 more for your house using a Realtor. Can you see and purchase your dream home through said services and “save” on agent commissions? Sure, but you’ll probably be overpaying for the home anyway.

The real estate industry is heavily regulated for licensed professionals to ensure the consumer is always getting the best representation for the best savings. These online services don’t require regulation and licensing, therefore, they can get away with fine print “scams.”

Be sure you do your research. A Realtor is there to make YOU the most money. Quick online services are focused on making their business the most money - not focused on how much you can sell your home for or how much you can save when you buy. Licensed professionals exist for a reason, be sure you don’t lose more than you can afford to by using a gimmicky online service that dubs buying and selling an “easy” process. Any good agent will make the process easy, minus general lending issues that may arise.

Then there is the whole privacy concern. Most "free services" are in the business for one thing. Your data. We all know of the big breach in security for Facebook, that led to the accusation that personal data was used to sway a presidential election. Let's not think that Facebook is alone in this issues. Anytime you enter your personal information online more than likely your personal data is being sold to 3rd party companies so other businesses out there know how to market to you. Zillow being one of the biggest sites used for home buying is no exception, they take your data and not only sell it to Realtors but other companies looking to offer you marketing material and other services.

Ask me how Keller Williams Realty is embracing the tech industry and protecting your data! Maybe we can even throw in a listing appointment and kill two birds with one stone.

Posted in Seller
Jan. 10, 2019

The Drawback of Renting

You're Making Your Landlord Rich

While you’re fussing over your bills, did you realize you’re making your landlord rich? Rentals are the most lucrative business to get into. It turns ordinary people into multi-millionaires. The next time you’re afraid of committing to a mortgage, keep in mind that you’ve already committed to paying off the mortgage of someone else - every single month you rent. The only time home buying doesn’t make sense is if you’re still living with your parents rent-free. Or you prefer to live out of an R.V. or tent. But if you prefer to live in a home, or a condo, it always makes the most sense to buy.
Stop making your landlord rich and start building your own net worth. You can still enjoy owning a home - even if you don’t intend to stay in an area for long. You can always resell your home, most often for more money than you put in, or turn it into a lucrative side business by hiring a property management company to rent it out on your behalf. Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid of a mortgage commitment - you’re paying one regardless. Now ask yourself, do you want to make yourself money or make your landlord money?
Posted in Buyers
Dec. 15, 2018

Columbia Falls Real Estate Satisfies

When in the Columbia Falls real estate region stop by Backslope Brewing. This is the go to joint for a quick bite or a leisurely brew. A tantalizing aroma surrounds the building as delicious undertakings are happening in the kitchen. Handcrafted beers are made for savoring amid a tale or two. The folks here “love to swap stories over beer,” and the friendly atmosphere is apparent when stepping through the door.

In the taproom friends are known to gather and linger. Warm sunny days are great for basking on the patio and gorgeous winter scenery is enjoyed in the colder months. Beers overflow with bold flavors and are thoroughly satisfying. Seasonal offerings intermix with classic IPAs, stouts, blonds and porters.

Hangout with the Gang on Columbia Falls Property

The kitchen menu was designed to compliment the array of beers brewed on the Columbia Falls property. Palate pleasing, diverse selection appeal to all sorts of taste buds. Small plates seriously satisfy. Favorite tidbits to munch on include fried pickles, wings, steak tacos and gnocchi. The burgers served here are mouthwatering and worth coming back for time and time again. Other options include barbeque pork sandwiches, salads, chicken sandwiches and bowls. Children have their very own menu to choose off. Selections are kid size and parent approved. Popular dishes for the youngsters are cheese quesadillas, macaroni and cheese and chicken and rice bowls.

Residents of the Columbia Falls real estate region name Backslope Brewing as a favorite hangout. A lively vibe keeps energy hight. Weekly events stir things up. Big thinkers come on down on Mondays for Trivia Night. Tuesday evenings are set aside for community benefit nights. Local musicians strut their stuff on Wednesday nights with live music.

Backslope Brewing is easily found at 1107 9th Street. When hunger strikes and stomachs are growling make your way here. You can satisfy your thirst too.

 

Posted in News
July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates