Our favorite part about what we do is getting to walk through a variety homes and see what YOU do. We take mental notes of trends we love as we tour homes of all sizes. Here are just a few of our favorites.
#1 Mosaic tile backsplash: Nothing adds visual diversity to a kitchen like mosaic tile. This classic technique has made a comeback in modern home design. Visually, it adds color and texture to an otherwise boring wall. Practically speaking, tile is a heck of a lot easier to scrub when your tomato sauce explodes... read more
This year marks our tenth year in business as Coldwell Banker River Valley, Realtors, and that’s a milestone worth noting and celebrating. Of course, we couldn’t have gotten here without our great clients and excellent team of agents, so we hope you’ll join us in looking at ten of our top-ten lists—beginning with what we love about being in real estate and running the gamut through the top 10 pros and cons about working with family. We hope you’ll be inspired, entertained and maybe e... read more
We’ve written a lot about steps to take before putting your home on the market. And we’ve written about how seasons affect home buying. One thing we haven’t covered is how those two elements should be timed relative to each other.
Begin by choosing the month in which you want to sell. Let’s choose June for example. In a typical year, about 40 percent of all home sales in the Midwest occur between May and August. That means you’ll have a good chance of selling it quickly.
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Ah, the complexity of comps. In college, comps are stressful final exams. In restaurants, to “comp” something means to give it away to a customer, usually because of a fly in the soup. In real estate circles, comps, a shortened term for comparable sales, ultimately provide guidance for the list price and potentially for the mortgage too.
To determine comps, an agent looks at similar properties that have recently sold in your area. An appraiser will do the same. As you seek to understand how comps affe... read more
Real estate agents often become the go-to person for buyers’ questions—especially first-time buyers and people relocating to the area. What do you think I should offer? Which lender do you recommend? How quickly can I close?
Oftentimes, however, home buyers don’t think to ask about title insurance. They don’t think about all the potential issues that may botch their purchase. That’s why it’s up to agents to advise their clients on title insurance and highly encourage it ... read more