Category Archives: Housing

Most Common Regrets of the First-time Homebuyer

  • 62% outgrew their homes quickly and wished they had purchased a larger home
  • 40% feel they paid too much or should of put more down
  • 38% were surprised by how much it costs to maintain a home
  • 34% wished they had negotiated more or found a better mortgage rate
  • 25% found out after moving in that they didn’t like the neighborhood
  • 24% have regrets related to their yard
  • 17% dislike their parking situation

Source: HouseHunt.com

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What Amenities Are Important to Home Buyers?

Here are the results of a recent survey of more than 1,000 people ages 25 to 65:

  • 64% say they prefer a move-in ready home
  • 51% say they want their next home to be larger than their current home
  • 29% say the kitchen is the most important feature in a home
  • 22% say the master bedroom is important
  • 18% say the living room is important

Here are some things that buyers are willing to give up in order to get certain amenities:

  • 41% are willing to give up a location near public transportation
  • 35% are willing to give up better schools and proximity to entertainment and shopping
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6 Essential Home Buyer Tips

These tips came from a survey of 400 real estate professionals. These items are listed in order of importance, from most to least.

  1. Get a home inspection to evaluate the safety and overall condition of the home
  2. Before you start your house hunting, get pre-approved for a mortgage
  3. Direct all communications with the seller through your real estate agent
  4. Get all agreements with the seller in writing
  5. Include important contingences in your offer, such as, financing and inspections
  6. Come up with realistic expections for a house based upon your budget

Source: Market Leader.com

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Gatlinburg Chalet For Sale

Looking for a weekend getaway? This property offers all of the charm and character that you would expect in a mountain chalet, plus it offers a host of outdoor activities. You have unlimited hiking and sight seeing possibilities in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, swimming and tennis at the nearby club. This property can be placed on a nightly rental program to offset your cost of ownership.

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10 Home Staging Tips

•Remove the clutter – put small things away
•Brighten areas up with light – open drapes and blinds, add lighting
•Re-purpose rooms – add some new furniture and paint
•Vary wall hangings – try different groupings
•Bring nature inside – add plants and fresh cut flowers
•Group in threes – odd numbers are preferred when grouping accessories
•Give areas a face lift – add new counter tops or cabinet doors if dated
•Add some color – paint with warm tans, honeys and soft blue-greens
•Beware of layout – pay close attention to the traffic flow of each room
•Clean – this is the cheapest and easiest way to improve the look of your home

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