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5 Reasons Buying a Home is Better Than Renting!

Purchasing a home offers amazing financial benefits. Renting a home offers amazing financial benefits for the owner of the property you are renting from. Keep that in mind the next time you think about staying in your rental.

1. You Are Paying For A Home Regardless if You Rent or Buy

Some will argue renting eliminates the costs of property taxes and home repairs. All renters should realize that all the expenses your landlord must incur (property taxes, repairs, insurance and etc.) are rolled into your rent anyway along with profit margin.

2.  Home Ownership Is a Form of Forced Savings

Studies have shown homeowners have a net worth 44X times higher than a renter. It was recently estimated that a family buying a average home this past January could build more than $40,000 in family wealth in the next five years.

3. Owning Is a Hedge Against Inflation

Home values and rents tend to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation. When you own, your home's value will protect you against in…

Home Staging Checklist--- The Easiest List

"The Way You Live In Your Home and The Way We Market and Sell Your Home are Two Different Things"  Barb Schwarz

When it is time to put your house on the market For Sale, it is helpful to think about it as a product. Just like any product on the shelves at your local supermarket the prettiest one usually grabs your attention first. Just like any other product, it has its features and benefits and it also has its competitors. To gain an edge you must win both the beauty contest and the price war. One of my favorite sayings is "Pack Now, or Pack Later." The fact is when you sell, the next step is moving. When you move you must pack. So why not think about Staging as getting a jump on packing early. It's a little bit of work but if you are going to do it anyways, you may go ahead and do it now so you can benefit for a higher sales price and a quicker sale!


The Easiest Staging List:


  • Walk through your house as a buyer- Assess EVERYTHING
  • Most Carpets NEED to Cleaned. High a professional. If they need to stretched, do it now before someone asks for it to be done.
  • Unless your home is a "Fixer Upper" badly worn, stained or out of date carpets should be replaced. Offering a credit to pick out their new carpet is very ineffective and some lenders do not allow for it. Choose a neutral color and style or call me and I'll send you a couple of ideas.
  • Check all light fixtures. Are they working properly? Replace burned bulbs. Increase wattage.
  • Use lamps in dark corners and make sure they are on for all showings. 
  • Repair and paint cracks on walls and ceilings.
  • Replace broken light switches and switch plates and make sure they are clean.
  • Remove all items from the Refrigerator
  • Remove most pictures from the walls. 
  • Keep all curtains and blinds open for showings.
I have way more to share with you soon! Any specific questions, ask me! 

Thanks for reading!

Leigh Ann Fisher

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