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It's Showtime! What To Do and What Not To Do

The sign is up and you are ready to show your home off! In any market, a hot one or not, you need to have your house prepared to show as soon as you are live! What should you do and not do for a showing?

Upgrades and Repairs:

If your home has undergone some major changes since you purchased your home, you may want to list these out. Many people will never even look at these but if they are interested they will. Upgrading your brass knobs on your kitchen is not a big deal to the buyer,but a new furnace, hot water heater or brand new roof is. Any transferable warranty should also be noted.

The list doesn't have to be long as I've stated, most people will not even notice it unless they do and if they do, they are not going to read a long list. A simple record is fine. If a professional was called in to do work, show receipts.

Neighborhood Info:

Not everyone looking at your home is familiar with the area. Show off your neighborhood with any information you have such as if there is …

Save $10,000 for a Down Payment in One Year

Save $10,000 for a Down Payment in One Year

A big challenge to buying your first home is saving up for a down payment.The size of the down payment you’ll need depends on which type of mortgage you choose.Many need at least 3% down, but it varies depending on the which loan you choose. One thing for sure, you will need to save some money to purchase a home. 
Many things pop up at the time of purchasing a home you may not think of such as who pays for the home inspection--- you! Who pays for closing costs--- could be you. The time to save for a new home is now.
The list below will help you save up to $10,000 in One Year!! 

Skip the fancy morning coffee 


A small coffee at your favorite drive through coffee house costs around $4.00. That adds up to $1,460 a year! Buy a bag of gourmet coffee and make it yourself. I love my Ninja! I can make specialty coffee everyday and it is well worth the money upfront. 
$4.00 day x 365 days = $1,460/year


Stop Eating Out--- As Much


The average American family spends $225 a month eating away from home. Wow! That’s $2,700 a year!Search Pinterest for recipes and make your dinners at home this year. I know this can be hard especially when you work away from home and just want to eat when you finally get through with your day! Just don't make it a daily habit. Don’t forget to pack your lunch too! 
$225 month x 12 months = $2,700/year

Cut back on entertainment 

You can have fun without spending a whole lot of money. It just takes a little creativity! Television and Movies have so many different viewing capabilities these days--- Amazon, Netflix, Hulu to name a few. No need to go to the theatre all the time--- make sure you do for special occasions though. (We HAD to see Beauty and the Beast or remember when Hunger Games finally came out after all the books were made??? Yep--that is a special occasion.) Many museums and art galleries are free or offer free days. Check your local library for free classes, lectures, and book clubs. 
$150 month x 12 months = $1,800/year

Cut Back at the Holidays

Plan ahead and make next Holiday a bit smaller. No one is really going to miss not opening that scarf this year. Talk with your family and tell them ahead of time that you’d like to skip the gift exchange this year. 
$800 x 1 month = $800/year

Save JUST $25 a week from your paycheck
It’s easy to save money if it never makes it into your pocket. Set up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account to your savings account on the same day that you get paid. $25 a week will add up to $1,300 in just one year! If you can double that, you could save $2,600 in a year! 
$25 week x 52 weeks = $1,300/year

Hopefully these tips help and when it is time to talk about buying a house---- even before you start saving--- give me a call! 


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