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How to Talk to Your Parents About Downsizing

I’ve had a couple of clients approach me recently asking how to talk about downsizing with their aging parent(s). And while they had different motivations and were in very different situations, they are some general themes that can help with these conversations. Determine Your Motivation First and foremost, determine YOUR motivation for wanting to discuss this with them. Are you concerned about them being able to keep up with the maintenance of a large home? Are you wanting to help them minimize and declutter so they can move to a smaller home? Do you want them to be able to access some of the equity they’ve built up in their home to help with retirement

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Should I Sell My Home? How to know if you should sell your home or not

Should I Stay or Should I go? Thinking about selling your home but not sure if it’s a good idea? There are a few things to consider including your life circumstances and current financial situation. You’ll also want to understand the current market, the costs of selling your home, and your ability to finance your future living goals. Determine why you want/need to sell your home Most of the time, the decision to sell one’s home is due to a life change. You may be moving to a new city for a job change, downsizing once you become empty nesters, or you may need more space as you grow your family. It could be that

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How to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

What is curb appeal? Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes. It includes anything that can be seen from the street; your home’s exterior, the garage, the driveway, porch, walkways, the yard, gardens, etc. Why does curb appeal matter? Many potential buyers know whether or not they even want to look at the home based on the first 15-30 seconds of seeing it. This means that if your home doesn’t look very nice from the street, it’s unlikely they will go inside to see the rest of the home. Your goal is to convince buyers your home is worth looking at. My home looks ok, how do I know what improvements to make?

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Repairs Worth Making Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Why would I want to spend money on a house I’m selling? When you finally decide it’s time to sell your house, many of us just want to get the for sale sign in the front yard and be done with it. But, taking a little time to prepare your home for sale can go a long way in having it sell quickly and for more money. Most importantly, your home will show better and go through a better home inspection meaning potential buyers are more likely to put a serious offer on the table. Show Better By taking care of a few minor repairs, your house will look well-maintained and desirable to potential home

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Depersonalizing Your Home for a Quicker Sale

Depersonalizing your home is one of the most important steps in the home staging process. As potential buyers walk through your home, they are trying to imagine their future there. Depersonalizing is all about neutralizing or removing your personal taste from your home décor so that buyers can mentally see themselves moving in. I know, I know, you’ve spent many years lovingly adding personal touches to your rooms and you finally feel like it’s You. Unfortunately, other people don’t need or want to see “you” all over their home.  And having photograph after photograph of your family on the walls, animal furs, ornate gilded paintings, or a shrine to your child’s achievements can alienate buyers

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