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New Year’s Resolution: A Guide on Selling Your Home in 2014

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Champagne, New Year Eve, 2014, Night, Party, Gold, Showcase, Realty, Showcase Realty, Orange, Bats,Charlotte NC fall events, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC real estate, Showcase realty, Nancy BraunAfter years of declining home values, 2014 could be the year for all home sellers, especially in Charlotte, NC. So if you want to sell your home, be sure to put your best foot forward. To start, here’s a quick guide to help you sell your home in 2014.

 

Change your real estate agent. If your agent wasn’t able to sell your home this year, then you might need to change to another agent. Maybe, that simple change can make all the difference you need to finally sell your home because of newer strategies or approach.

 

Hire a professional photographer. This is considered one of the most important yet overlooked steps in property marketing. Since we live in the Internet generation, there’s a higher chance of selling your home if it is posted online or in advertisements where pictures are necessary. With the help of professional photographer, he can help make your house look great that will surely entice a lot of buyers.

 

Get help from home stagers or designers. Most real estate agents work with some excellent home designers and stagers so be sure to get their services too as they can help enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Although other homeowners believe that this is a waste of money, there are actually home stagers that charge per hour, which is an advantage on your part.

 

Screen your buyers. To save time, you need to make sure that your potential buyers are preapproved. This means that need to have their credit and employment checked to determine the amount they can borrow. This is part of your agent’s responsibility to get in touch with your buyer’s loan officers.

 

Have your property inspected. If your home hasn’t gone through inspection yet, then you must consider doing this now. You have to allot a few weeks or months so the inspector can assess and repair your home of its big and small problems. Remember, most buyers prefer to purchase a home that doesn’t need too much repairs.

 

Use other marketing options. Have you exhausted all marketing options available today? If not, then be sure to research for other possible marketing options today aside from newspaper ads or flyers. This includes using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other sites that buyers usually check. If you hired a well-experienced and reliable real estate agent, then this won’t be a problem because he should know the necessary marketing options available today.

 

Ready to take the next step? Showcase Realty is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sale of your home, we can provide honest and knowledgeable answers. Showcase Realty can sell your home fast and for top top dollar. Contact us today! 704.997.3794.

Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

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Eco Friendly, Consumption, Conservation, Enviroment, Green energy, Clean, Go Green, Charlotte NC real estate, Charlotte NC investors, Charlotte NC foreclosures, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC short sales, Showcase Realty, Charlotte NC Short Sale AgentsWith the increasing number of environmental problems these days, each of us has the responsibility to do something to help save the environment. In your own simple ways, you can help through making home improvements that do not only beautify and add value to your home, but also helps conserve the environment. Below are some of these eco-friendly home improvement tips.

 

Monitor your electricity consumption. This is made possible through buying digital displays that allow you to monitor your electricity consumption similar to a meter in a taxi. In this way, you would be less wasteful.

 

Install skylights in your roof. Installing skylights helps natural sunlight in illuminating your house, especially in those pesky dark areas in your house.

 

Use solar panels or a miniature wind turbine. Solar heating is very useful, especially in providing basic energy within your home such as lighting and heating water. The good thing about this is it makes pure and clean energy. At the same time, you can store the energy in a battery for later use. You can also install a miniature wind turbine which can also help generate renewable energy.

 

Invest in low wattage light bulbs. Such kind of bulb helps save energy easily. It’s sometimes brighter than the standard light bulbs but consumes lesser energy.

 

Improve your roof. There had been researches conducted indicating that roof color and the types of material you use in your roof can greatly lower the temperature in attics. For instance, consider using white tiles when re-roofing as it has properties that can reduce heat gain.

 

Install a motion detector outside your home. Such devices help a lot in saving energy because your light fixtures will only be activated by motion sensors or a timer.

 

Make use of low flow showerheads. These items are a worthwhile investment because they help cut down water usage and save energy expenses.

 

Purchase energy-efficient appliances. Investing in such items is one of the most effective ways of saving energy. Remember, home appliances use about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill so investing in energy-efficient appliances can help lower down your expenses. These appliances bear “Energy Star” logo which means they use 10% to 50% less energy and water than other standard models.

 

Save water through using certain devices. There are actually some devices you can purchase that help save water. For instance, you can use an aerator on all your household faucets to cut your annual consumption of water into half. You can also install a low-flow toilet to increase your water savings.. But aside from this, you should also do some behavioral changes that save water too.

Radio Show Recap: Renting Vs. Buying: Which Is Better For You?

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Renting, Buying, Crossroads, Charlotte NC real estate, Charlotte NC investors, Charlotte NC foreclosures, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC short sales, Showcase Realty, Charlotte NC Short Sale AgentsDid you miss our radio show that aired live last Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM? No worries, if you missed it or want to listen again you can watch the podcast available now on ITunes and coming soon to www.charlottemarketradio.com.

 

Our last episode discussed one common dilemma most homeowners face and this is renting versus buying, which is better? According to Mecktimes and Trulia’s statistics, buying a house is better than renting one; specifically if you live within Charlotte, North Carolina. During the summer of 2013, buying a home was actually cheaper by 44 percent than renting. The difference between both narrowed since summer of 2012, where it was 54 percent cheaper to buy than to rent.

 

Furthermore, by Trulia’s estimate, the mortgage rate tipping point, when renting becomes cheaper than buying, is at 13.3 percent for Charlotte. And according to Bankrate.com, the current mortgage rates are 4.12 to 4.62.

 

The benefits of owning a home were also presented, here are a few:

  • When paying money towards the principal on your loan each month, you increase the percentage of your home that you own.
  • Mortgage payments remain the same with a fixed rate loan. Rent costs, however, inevitably go up.
  • You gain from the appreciation on your home. The whole house appreciates, not just your down payment.

 

On the other hand, the downside of renting was also discussed.

  • In renting, you do not accumulate equity. You are essentially giving away your money each month. Why are you buying your landlords home?
  • The landlord benefits from the appreciation values, not the tenant.
  • The landlord benefits from your work and improvements on a house or apartment that you rent.

 

 

For first time homebuyers, there are special lending programs you can rely on like HUD homes. If you live in Charlotte, be sure to get a certificate first from attending an 8-hour Home Buyer workshop and get up to $7,500 which you can use as down payment and closing costs.

 

For those who have been hurt by the economic downturn by a short sale or foreclosure; good news because you can now purchase a house in much less time because of a recent change in the rules. FHA has loosened their guidelines allowing borrowers to get a home loan in as little as 12 months after a foreclosure or short sale.

 

Last but not the least, the 3 most common myths of buying versus renting were also discussed, which are as follows:

 

Myth #1 A bigger down payment is always better

 

You don’t need to put 20% as down payment..

 

Myth # 2 You get more for your money in the suburbs

 

Savings from lower-cost housing often are wiped out by unexpectedly high transportation costs.

 

Myth #3: Renters escape property taxes

 

Renters don’t pay property taxes directly; any business minded landlord factors in all of their carrying costs into their rental rates so it’s like they’re paying the taxes of the landlord.

 

For more information and elaboration on the topics discussed, listen to our podcast.

On the next episode of our radio show, we will discuss how to get your home ready for the market. If you have any questions or clarifications, please don’t hesitate to call us at 704-440-0007. We’re always happy to answer your queries.

Importance of Social Media for Real Estate Agents

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  1. It helps you attract buyers and sellers. Real estate agents can use social media to get more sellers and buyers as more people get to see your business advertisements. Although some real estate agents have excellent skills in offline marketing, using social media can help increase your prospective clients: making it easier for you.

Remember that approximately one billion people across the world are using at least one social media site and these are all your potential clients, you simply just need to meet them there and get their attention.

  1. Social media becomes an easy method of communicating with your potential clients. Now that most individuals are members of atleast one social media site, it’s become a great venue for you to enhance your property listings through posting high quality photos and comments. It’s also a great real-time way to communicate with your potential clients especially when they have queries.

 

  1. 3.      It helps you build a credible reputation. This is made possible through creating your own blog where you share valued information like advices, tips and other details that may attract or help your prospective clients. Just remember to balance the information you provide which means providing useful information while you promote your brand.

 

  1. 4.      Social media helps enhance your business. Once your begin using the online world and start conversations with your target audience regarding your listings, you’ll get valuable feedback and insights. In this way, you’ll know what your business lacks and you’ll be able to fix to gain more clients.

 

  1. 5.      Makes it easier for you to get in touch with other professionals in your industry. Real estate agents not only gain clients through social media but it also gives way to potential career opportunities. Furthermore, it’s a way for real estate agents to learn from each other, especially from the more seasoned agents.

 

  1. 6.      Quicker way to get referrals. Social media networks have made it easier for people to refer your business to their friends and families, who are your potential clients too.

How color of a room can affect you

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Does the color blue relax and calm you? Do you feel anxious when you are in a yellow room? Well, did you know that your environment has a direct effect on your emotions and your state of mind?

 

Although people perceive colors differently because it’s subjective, there are certain colors that have a universal effect on people. Hence, it is important that you know these effects to assist you in deciding the color of your room and other parts of your house. Below is a guide to help you out.

 

Red. Red has been strongly associated with anger and intensity, which is why you should avoid using this as the main color of your room. But it also stimulates a person’s energy that promotes enthusiasm and liveliness.  Hence, it’s good to choose this color for your living room or dining room as it helps draw people together and stimulates conversation.

 

Yellow. Yellow is a color usually associated with happiness and being cheery. Hence, it’s a perfect color for kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms. However, this isn’t a color you must consider for rooms because it’s likely that people will lose their temper. Babies also tend to cry more when inside a yellow room.

 

Blue. Blue is well-known to have a calming effect so it’s one of the best colors for a room but it should be softer shades of blue since darker shades have an opposite effect. It also helps in in bringing down blood pressure and slowing down respiration and heart rate. At the same time, warmer blues have a relaxing effect in social areas so you can also use this in family rooms, living rooms, and large kitchens.

 

Green. Similar to blue, the color green also has a calming effect that helps relieve stress as it relaxes them. It’s even associated with fertility so it can also be one of your choices for the bedroom. It can also be used in other parts of the house like; the kitchen, as it cools things down, the family room or the living room as it encourages relaxation, warmth, comfort and togetherness.

 

Orange. Orange is a color associated with enthusiasm, excitement, and energy. However, this isn’t the color you should choose for your bedrooms or social areas, but it’s a great color for your workout room. It brings out all the energy you need to do your fitness routine.

 

Purple. Purple is color that conveys wealth, royalty, and sophistication. It also conveys wisdom as well as spirituality. But like the color blue, you should choose the lighter versions of purpose such as lilac and lavender if you like to use this for your bedroom.

 

White. The good thing about white is it helps make the room appear bigger and spacious, but it also makes the room seem unfriendly. It’s also described as cold, bland and sterile which is why hospitals usually use white as it creates a sense of cleanliness and sterility.

October 30, 2013

4 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe for Halloween

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Whether you like it or not, trick-or-treaters are surely coming to your home this Halloween. They’ll be dressed in different costumes like ghosts, vampires, fairies or super heroes. Although this is a fun and exciting event for everyone, there are times that accidents happen. But if you plan ahead of time, you can help make the Halloween an accident-free and fire-safe day for everyone. Take these simple effective steps discussed below.

 

  1. Keep away lighted candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from the doorsteps, yards or walkways. Yes, it really looks nice seeing lighted candles during Halloween especially at night. But if you don’t want accidents from happening, be sure to keep them away from your doorsteps, yards or walkways where any trick-or-treaters can easily brush his/her costume against the flame. Aside from this, keep away any candles from your curtains, decorations and other items that may easily flame up. Needless to say, never leave any burning candles unattended. To be safer, better use the “flameless” LED or battery-operated candles.

 

  1. Get rid of any obstacles from your yard or pathway. We have to remember that trick or treating happens usually at night so all trick-or-treaters will be visiting your decorated house when it’s dark. To be safe for everyone and to avoid accidents from happening, get rid of any obstacles from your yard, steps, or porches. This includes cleaning up your garden hoses, yard toys, lawn ornaments, and other items that you think might cause accidents. You should also sweep your sidewalks and steps from any wet leaves.

 

  1. Make use of LED pathway markers or glow-in-the-dark tapes. Rather than using candles in lighting any pathway, steps or a small rise in your driveway or porch, just use LED pathway markers or glow-in-the-dark tapes to help trick-or-treaters in finding their way to your front door where candy awaits.

 

  1. Keep your pets inside your house or away from the backyard. As much as possible, if you have pets like dogs, keep them first in a safe location away from the area where trick-or-treaters would possible pass. Remember, dogs are a territorial type of animal and they can bark or even snap at someone in defense of their surroundings. On the other hand, other pets like cats get anxious when they hear loud people or noise and that might cause them to run away.

Charlotte Home Prices Continue to Fall

Home prices have continuously fallen in 18 of 20 US States over the past year. This statistic was found by a report made by Standard & Poor’s Case-Schiller Home Price Index released early this month.

The Mecklenburg Times published an article on this data last week. According to that article, home prices in the Charlotte meto area fell 4.8 percent in January from the same month a year ago and the area’s home prices were down 1.1 percent from December to January.

“Keeping with the trends set in late 2010, January brings us weakening home prices with no real hope in sight for the near future,” David Blitzer, chairman of S&P’s index committee, said of the U.S. housing market.

“These data confirm what we have seen with recent housing starts and sales reports,” he said. “The housing market recession is not yet over, and none of the statistics are indicating any form of sustained recovery. At most, we have seen all statistics bounce along their troughs. At worst, the feared double-dip recession may be materializing.”

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Showcase Realty’s New Website!

All of the agents and staff here at Showcase Realty are very excited to introduce our brand new website! Same url: www.showcaserealty.net but different layout!

We hope to add to it as we go and continue to supply  all of the viewers with as much information as possible to help make your buying or selling journey a successful and smooth process. Please feel free to check it out and look around.

If you were signed up for a listing alert you will need to sign back up through the new site – and if you weren’t signed up for a listing alert this is the perfect time to do so! You will get email updates on new properties according to your search criteria, you can save your searches and mark favorite listings.

So go ahead and take a look: www.ShowcaseRealty.net

We look forward to sharing our information with you!

February 3, 2011

Half of U.S. Families Can Afford Homes on the Market

According to an article published on February 1, 2011 in DSNews, a study done by Movoto.com, a real estate site based in California, more than half of American families can afford to buy a new home based on income levels and listing prices. The following is an excerpt from the article which gives insight on the reasoning behind this statistic:

“While the site’s user search statistics show high interest in affordable price ranges, the company says buyers find it difficult to purchase short sales and foreclosures and banks are still reluctant to lend.

With 2010’s median family income at $64,400, at least 50 percent of families could afford to buy a home priced at $150,000 or higher, according to Movoto.com.

A person with an annual salary of $64,400 could reasonably afford a $215,000 home with a 5 percent down payment, an interest rate of 5 percent on a 30 year mortgage, and property taxes at 1.25 percent, assuming a monthly mortgage payment to monthly income ratio rate of 25 percent, the company explained in a statement.

However, these numbers do not add up to more home sales.

‘According to the numbers, buyer interest, affordability, and home price inventory have aligned,’ said Henry Shao, CEO of Movoto. ‘Median income levels can support mortgages at the most readily available housing prices, but we have yet to see a corresponding jump in sales.'”

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