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Welcome to Nashville, we’re here to stay…

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Click here: Welcome to Nashville to see a hilarious tongue-in-cheek video about the worsening traffic due (seems to get worse by the hour) to the transplants we’ve acquired and how natives are becoming extinct.  Highlighting some of the Middle Tennessee neighborhoods and the local restaurants.

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Prepping Your Home for Sale

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015

4 Tips for Prepping Your Home for Sale De-Personalize Limit your personal pictures and family heirlooms. Don’t distract buyers with personal artifacts. You want the buyer imagine their items in the house and to be able to say, “I can see myself living here.” Organize Cabinets, Closets and Drawers Make sure you have Tupperware bowls neatly stacked in cabinets. The buyer will be opening cabinets and you don’t want your plastic ware falling out. Clean up the spices! Neatly store all of your spices on a rack or on a shelf you can insert in the cabinet. Cleaning your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher is a must, especially if you are leaving the appliances. Closets, make sure everything is hung and shoes are lined up. Stack boxes neatly. De-clutter your junk drawer. Buyers want to know everything about the storage spaces. Make Minor Repairs Make small repairs around the house: Touch up paint Replace cracked tiles Patch holes in the walls Change burned-out light bulbs Make sure all knobs and handles are on cabinets and doors Fix any kind of leaky faucets Repair doors/door knobs that do not work properly Tone down the colors (You may love your kid’s hot pink room, but neutral colors will appeal to a larger amount of people.) Rearrange furniture to make the room look bigger Here is one of my blogs about selecting paints to help sell your house. http://debraburgessrealty.com/interior-paint-colors-that-help-sell-your-home/ Deep Clean Windows Showers, sinks and toilets Vacuum Daily Dust EVERYTHING including ceiling fans Eliminate bad odors. Take out trash and keep littler boxes extremely clean. Keep counters clean and clutter free Replace worn out rugs Check Curb Appeal Follow the 20 second rule. You want your buyer to love your house within 20 seconds. You can do so by making sure your exterior is in tip top shape. I have a two helpful blogs on my website. Curb Appealing Home – http://debraburgessrealty.com/10-tips-curb-appealing-home/ Staging Your House – http://debraburgessrealty.com/getting-ready-for-open-house/   Source Sited: Debra Burgess Realty Blogs http://lifehacker.com/the-easiest-cheapest-ways-to-prep-your-home-for-a-quic-1602951130...

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Getting Ready for Open House!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013

Preparing Your Home for an Open House in Nashville Professional home staging is an established approach utilized to sell a home here in Nashville. Home staging benefits include fewer days on the market and higher selling prices. Think about professional home staging for a quicker home sale. Think of staging your house as creating a “style” for your home like a manager would do for a celebrity client. Just like creating an image gives more positive attention to a musician, staging makes your real estate more attractive on the market. Empty houses stay more days on the market. As an agent in Nashville, Tennessee, I can help you stage your house so that your home sells fast. Preparing your house to sell doesn’t have to be another hurdle in getting your home sold. It can actually be a great time to let your creative juices flow. Together, we’ll work to get an exceptional bid for your house. For less time on the market in Nashville, Tennessee, try these interior staging tips: Curb Appeal Begin with the exterior of your home, better known as your curb appeal. Take a fresh look at the exterior of your home from the view of a passerby. What jumps out at you? What wonderful characteristics seem to fade into the background? Understanding this assists us in determining what measures we can take to attract buyers from the street and into your house. If your house isn’t at its best on the outside with retouched paint and colorful garden plants we’ll need to address those issues. Follow the Curb Appeal Checklist and boost your house’s final selling price. Welcome Home Can buyers envision themselves watching a movie in your living space, reading a good book in your master bedroom or getting work done in your home office? I want your house to pleasantly accept buyers and give them a sense of easy living. I’ll help you accomplish this by recommending changes that enhance the features of your house. I’ll tell you get rid of pieces that give the appearance of clutter. Tabletops should be free and clear. Kitschy sculptures, souvenirs, family photos, and kids’ drawings should get stored away too. You need to “neutralize” the house so buyers can picture it as their new house. I know instantly where a room’s best characteristics are and how to show them off. Changes that directly affect your bottom...

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Are You Ready to Buy A Short Sale?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013

Are You Ready to Buy A Short Sale?

Are short sales bargains? Sometimes. Often times people hear the term “short sale” and instinctively think of a seller that is in financial trouble and needs to sell their house promptly to avert further financial problems. This is at times the case and can be an opportunity for a buyer to cash in on another’s misfortune. More commonly, a lender may consider a short sale even if the seller is current with their mortgage, but property values have declined. In cases such as these the “bargain” price may in fact be consistent with actual market values, not below. What’s involved in buying a short sale? Before you make any purchase offers, do your homework. Using a knowledgeable real estate agent from Benchmark Realty to support your research of a property can help you make informed decisions. We can help find out to whom the property is titled, the amount owed to the lender, and whether or not a foreclosure notice has been filed. Acquiring this information can help you make a decision about how much to offer. Use a real estate agent with short sale knowledge. The real estate agents at Benchmark Realty can assist you in expediting the transaction and make sure you’re protected. Don’t permit inexperience to impede the closing process. Let our experience and knowledge work for you. Even with an experienced real estate agent and under the best of situations, buying a short sale property will probably take longer than a typical real estate transaction. Be informed that most short sales will not close in 30 days or less. Remember that you’re not only having to satisfy the seller, but the lender must also agree to the terms of the sale. A lot of the time your offer will be presented to a committee to approve, which will add time – sometimes even 2 to 3 months. Home protection warranties, buyer credits and allowances, and closing cost concessions are typically not negotiable when buying a short sale. The lender will sell the property “as is” which means the lender will not be paying for repairs. Be sure you reserve the right to have inspections for pests, HVAC, electrical, and other critical areas. At Benchmark Realty, when I write an offer, I’m looking out for your interests first and foremost and will always recommend that you make your offer contingent upon the results of the inspections....

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