5 Tips for Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Tis the season to bring out the decorations and hang the festive lights. If your home is on the market, however, there are a few considerations to keep in mind this time of year. While it’s certainly okay to embrace the holiday spirit, the key is to do so in a way that feels luxurious. Here are a few tips for decorating your home in a way that’s sure to please any potential buyers.

Keep it Simple
“Less is more” is one of the golden rules of staging and that certainly rings true during the holidays. It’s essential not to go over the top with extravagant decorations and lighting displays, as that can be overwhelming. Instead, try going for an understated feel that’s festive and inviting without being too personalized. Remember, it’s important that your home feels appealing to as many high-end homebuyers as possible.

Holiday Curb Appeal
Greeting guests with some holiday cheer at your front door is always encouraged. If you’re the house on the block that takes pride in an elaborate display each year, you might want to rein it in this time because a simple lighting arrangement and wreath will do the trick.

Tasteful Touches
You can create a cozy ambience throughout your home with just a few touches, like a bowl of pinecones in the foyer, a garland around your banister and stockings hanging from the mantle. The dining room table can be a fun place to create a holiday centerpiece that buyers can envision themselves gathering around.

Seasonal Scents
In addition to candles and essential oils, there are other ways to capture the most alluring seasonal scents in your home, such as making your own pomander with cloves and oranges or boiling a pot of cinnamon sticks and orange peels on the stove.

Maintain Balance
When you’re decorating, it’s important to do so in a way that complements your interiors. Keep a sense of space and harmony by using colors that go well with your current palette and a tree that’s well-portioned to the size of the room.

VA, Conventional, FHA, USDA? Which Loan is Right For You?

Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned home buyer, there are several loan options available. I chat with local lender Todd Zimmerman of Finance of America to breakdown the details of some of the more popular loans including FHA, USDA, VA and Conventional loans. Let’s take a quick look!

Call, text, email or contact me on my website and I’ll be happy to help you start your home search. I work with some of the best lenders in the area to make sure you’re taken care of every step of the way. Excellent customer service is at the HEART of what I do!

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How to Start the Lending Process

Starting the lending process is the first step to owning a home. Did you know you can buy a home with NO MONEY DOWN? Did you know that starting the lending process is FREE?

I enlist the help of an experienced lender to explain the basics of lending and common misconceptions about the home buying process.

Send me an email, text or give me a call and I will be happy to answer all of your real estate questions and recommend some of my most trusted lenders to get you on the path to homeownership.

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Real Estate Market Report – Q2

HEALTHY GAINS

The second quarter of the year marked a healthy springtime market for Eugene and Southern Oregon. New listings and active listings surged, the average for days on market narrowed in most cities and even if closed transactions inched downward, pending transactions for the second quarter showed signs of seasonal promise.

DAYS ON MARKET

Average days on market in the second quarter of 2019 was 42 days, a 6.7% decrease from year-ago figures. In Sweet Home, days on market surged 44% to 46 days, while year-over-year averages fell in Albany, Lebanon and Roseburg.

CLOSED TRANSACTIONS AND PENDING SALES

The number of closed units dropped 6% this quarter from 2018. Pending sales fared better this quarter, jumping 18.4% from the same time period in 2018. Closed transactions fell year-over-year in Albany, Roseburg Sweet Home and Leb- anon, with the latter city experiencing a 21% dip in closed sales from year-ago figures. Pending sales fared better this quarter, jumping 18.4% from the same time period in 2018.

AVERAGE SALES PRICE

Average sales price posted a moderate first quarter, up 2.6% year-over-year in the region to $300,783. Prices for homes in Corvallis were up 10% this quarter, landing at $408,960, the highest average price in the region.

NEW LISTINGS

As with most markets this quarter, Eugene and Southern Oregon saw a boost in both new and active listings. New listings soared year-over-year by 63.5% to end the quarter at 1,442.

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The Seller Advantage

We can help you make informed decisions.

Informed Sellers Can Make Better Decisions

It’s simple math… the more people who see your listing, the greater the chances for a fair and timely sale of your property.

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we have one of the industry’s most comprehensive strategies for ensuring maximum exposure of a property to buyers searching in your area.

We also keep our sellers informed about current market trends by providing them with an overview of the competitive selling landscape. This helps you, the seller, make strategic pricing decisions to quickly sell your home at an agreeable price.

Here is what you get with our Seller Advantage:

Listing Presentation Report

Our Seller Advantage program gives you the information and decision-making tools throughout the home sale process. Here’s how… Our Listing Presentation Report will show you exactly how many potential buyers are searching a specific neighborhood for homes similar to yours.

Listing Activity Report

Then, once you’ve listed with me, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agent, you will get our Listing Activity Report. This details how many times your home has appeared in potential buyers’ search results and how many times your listing has been viewed.

Market Activity Report

Last, but not least, we offer a market activity report. Perhaps your not ready to sell, but would like a sense of buyer interest in your neighborhood and in homes like yours. The Market Activity Report will show you just how many people are searching in your neighborhood for a home like yours. You’ll gain specific market updates including new listings, price changes and status changes.

Such comprehensive information, combined with the global reach that only Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices can offer, will give you unmatched advantages when you list and sell your home.

Contact me to set up your free home evaluation now. Let me help you get the most money for your investment!

Your Local Real Estate Expert

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Your Real Estate and Lifestyle Planning Guide

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

A home is one of the most important assets that a person will ever buy. For most, it’s their largest investment. No two people have the same lifestyle needs or financial situation. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive workbook to help you determine your lifestyle needs and goals, review your lifestyle options and develop a lifestyle plan. Think of this as the first step on your homeownership journey.

From Fixer Upper to Fabulous

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

From Fixer Upper to Fabulous! We’ve all seen the shows on HGTV. It’s trending nationwide and there’s a reason for it. Home buyers get the customized home they want for less and typically have thousands of dollars in built-in equity by the time the deal closes.

In Lane County, 80% of the homes on the market are 15 years or older. With a lack of housing, and a lack of affordable housing in general, renovation loans are a perfect option for buyers who want more bang for their buck.

“Putting families in, with an equity base, is a great place to start for them.”

Alan Martin, Branch Manager, Stearns Lending

Did you know there are loans out there that allow home buyers to couple the purchase of their fixer upper with a renovation budget to customize it into their dream home? Well, there are!!! These programs have been around for a long time, they’ve just been under utilized.

What if you could take a house from this…

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

To this…

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

The first step is to find a real estate broker, like myself, who can help you find a great deal on a home that needs some work, or even A LOT of work. With the current loans available, no job is too BIG, so long as the house appraises. Depending on the scope of the project you could walk away with anywhere from $10k to $100k in built-in equity by the time it’s completed.

Unfortunately, in this market, getting into a starter home can cost you $250k, but what if you found a fixer upper for $150k and put $100k in renovations into it to create your dream home? It’s possible. I have a network of lenders and potential contractors that can turn a fixer upper into your dream house before you ever move in.

And, you have to admit… the before and afters are amazing!

Kitchen

Bath

Outdoor Space

If this is something you’re interested in learning more about give me a ring or drop me an email and we can chat about your options and getting you into your dream home.

Aimee Hartwig: aimeehartwig@bhhsrep.com or 541-579-9213 or aimeehartwigrealestate.com.