If you are caught up in the winter doldrums, these spring events on Hilton Head Island will put a little bounce in your step! We’ve got the perfect vacation home or rental villa even if you can’t get away for one of these spring festivals. Of course, our real estate company is standing by if you want to make it even more permanent! Happy Spring! Read the rest of this entry
The winter holidays and New Year’s have come and gone, and so have all the decorations. With no twinkling lights or festive ornaments brightening up its main living areas, your home can start to look a little bare. Not to worry! Here are a few winter home decorating ideas that can cheer you up and bring back the holiday sparkle. And if you’re planning to sell your home this season, these tips will also help you impress potential buyers with your warm, welcoming home.
A splash of color in your entryway can bring a smile to your face even on the gloomiest winter mornings. Add sprigs of holly, frosted pine cones, or a colorful bow to an evergreen wreath and hang it over your door for a fun and festive winter look. (Plus, home buyers pay special attention to your entryway, so a seasonal wreath is key to creating the best first impression.)
Get Cozy Around the Fire
Have a fireplace? Turn it on! Nothing beats a peaceful winter evening reading or sipping coffee by a crackling fire.
Spice Up Your Home
Cinnamon, vanilla, and spruce are cozy wintertime scents that can add a touch of magic to your home. The fragrances from scented candles will complement your winter home décor nicely (and create that special feeling of “home” for potential buyers).
An effortless way to transition from holiday décor to winter décor is to switch color schemes. These are color combinations HGTV recommends for decorating your living room, dining room, bedroom, and other spaces in your home:
- Gray, white, silver, and turquoise
- Red, silver, and white
- Dark brown, dark purple, and reddish orange
- Pale green, beige, and copper
- Navy, beige, and white
Let the Winter Sunshine In
Keeping the curtains closed can make your home look dreary. Brighten up your living spaces with natural light during the daytime, and light a few candles when the sun goes down. Buyers love homes that are cheery, bright, and spacious; opening the windows not only fills your home with light, it also makes your home appear larger.
Keep Winter Blues at Bay When Selling
If you’re planning to sell your home this winter, keep these winter home décor tips in mind. Home buyers want to feel cozy and comfortable in a place they’ll soon call home; a bright and cheery interior will leave the best impression. We’re more than happy to talk with you about selling your home. Contact us if you’d like more staging tips and home selling resources.
HNY! If the ringing of our phones is any indication of consumer confidence in 2017, we are off to a great start! Talking with real estate agents around the Island, it is unusually busy for January in the Hilton Head Area. We have never seen the year start off so busy. That’s because Hilton Head buyers have these benefits to look forward to! Read the rest of this entry
We cannot look back on 2016 without gratitude! First, thank you for your continued support! In 2016, our real estate company completed over 147 transactions, a new record for our company! We are especially proud that our marketing programs produced the buyer for our companies listings over 40% of the time. Now as we JUMP into 2017, we would like to share our dreams, goals and predictions for the year ahead. Read the rest of this entry
Want to visit the gym more? Finally complete the home improvement project you’ve been working on? Save money for that new watch/car/house/vacation? January 1 is the perfect time to jumpstart your goals. If you’re like most people, according to Money Magazine, you probably have “stay fit,” “spend less,” or “enjoy the most out of life” on your list of New Year’s resolutions.
Did a few real estate goals make it on your list, too? You’re not alone. Here are a few of the most popular home-buying or home-selling goals, and a few tips on how to achieve them.
Buy Your First Home
How to keep it: Buying a home is a major project. It may be easier for you to achieve this goal if you set smaller, more manageable goals, such as putting aside money every month for a down payment, reviewing your budget, and researching reputable lenders.
Make Extra Payments on Your Mortgage
If you currently own a home, you might be trying to pay it off quickly, knowing that paying even a fraction of your mortgage ahead of time can cut out a few years (and hundreds of dollars in interest). You might have even taken some time to determine how much you could feasibly pay extra every month.
How to keep it: Don’t feel like you need to make dramatic changes to your monthly payments. Instead, save up just a few dollars a week to put aside toward your mortgage.
Put Your Home on the Market
You’ve decided that 2017 is the year to sell your home. Maybe you’ve started getting rid of household items you no longer need, or maybe you’ve started making a few small home improvements. This is a great first step to achieving your real estate goals.
How to keep it: Forbes shared the secret to keeping New Year’s resolutions, and one of the top tips is to make your goals specific. If you want to sell your home for a high price, for instance, determine what amount you want for your home. Start researching which homes near you have recently sold to get an idea of market conditions and what prices are realistic. Just ask us for a Neighborhood Sold Report or a free home evaluation.
Invest in Your First Property
Have you been thinking about investing in real estate to make extra money? Because this type of investment requires a little more real estate and financial knowledge, you might have already started doing a little research before you begin. Knowing common terms, understanding the basics of investing, and having a good handle on your finances can save you time and effort down the road.
How to keep it: Maintain detailed records of your finances. Do your research. Give yourself a deadline to have your down payment and cash reserves (if you don’t have the cash to buy the property outright). Determine how much money you want to make. Then, set aside the time to meet with a real estate agent to talk about your goals and which properties would be best for you.
We’ll Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Goals
Whether you’re buying or selling a home in 2017, we will do everything we can to help you with your resolutions. You can take the first steps now by viewing the resources available on our website, or you can contact us directly to talk about your plans.
If you’re planning your own New Year’s real estate resolutions, you might be researching 2017 housing market predictions to figure out when you should sell your home and what tomorrow’s home buyers are searching for. After all, you’ve invested your time and money into your property. Don’t you want to see your hard work pay off?
Here are a few real estate predictions for 2017 that may come into play when you sell your home.
Buyers Want the Best of Both Worlds
If you live in a suburban community that’s surrounded by urban amenities, chances are good that your location will be a selling point for buyers. MarketWatch predicts that buyers want “surban” homes just steps from shops, restaurants, schools, and parks.
These Home Features are “In”
Formal dining rooms and dark kitchen cabinets are out. Open layouts, white kitchens, and first-floor master suites are just a few of the “in” real estate features of 2017, according to Builder Online.
Don’t have any of these features in your current home? Don’t worry. We can help you add value to your home so you can sell for the most money possible (no costly renovations required).
Sustainable and Smart Homes are a Priority
Even though green homes aren’t a new idea, the trend will likely continue into 2017. Since many buyers are eager to save money on monthly energy bills, energy-efficient home features and “smart” home systems are inching toward the “needs” column on buyers’ wants and needs lists. REALTOR® Magazine’s 2017 design trend predictions include more efficient HVAC systems, low-E window film, and even circadian lighting.
Thinking about making “green” upgrades to your home? We can help you determine which energy-saving features will give you the highest return when you sell.
Determined to Sell Your Home in 2017?
We can help you check “home selling” off your list of New Year’s resolutions. We offer invaluable resources on our website about preparing your home for sale, understanding the current market, and pricing your home. Contact us and we’ll help you get started.
On October 8, 2016, Mathew blew into Hilton Head Island. Despite major pruning and damage to some homes, the Island as a whole weathered the storm remarkably well. Considering we all left the Island for at least 7 days or 25% of the month our pending sales on the Island were only down 15% over last October.
A great time to buy Hilton Head Real Estate
If you have been dreaming someday of owning property, now is a great time to visit and find some awesome Hilton Head Properties. Contact one of our agents today to find out about some of the special buys we are seeing in the market! Thank you.
Maybe the thought of moving to a smaller, low-maintenance home has only briefly crossed your mind, or maybe you’re seriously considering downsizing. But before you trade your too-large house in for, say, a cozy condo downtown, there are a few things to consider.
Downsizing requires quite a bit of planning: You may need to figure out what to keep and what to discard, choose between the love seat and the sofa for your new living room, and determine which furniture pieces can serve multiple functions.
Here are a few downsizing tips to help you prepare to sell your current home.
Start Reducing Your Possessions Now
The sooner you are able to get rid of furniture, household items, and knickknacks you no longer use or need, the better off you’ll be. When you do decide to sell your home, you will thank yourself for spending a few hours a week decluttering now rather than waiting to do everything all at once.
If You Can, Sell Instead of Discard
Many homeowners choose to downsize to spend less money on a mortgage and more money on fun experiences. If you are able to start decluttering weeks in advance, you will have the time to sell unwanted possessions and save the money for future vacations. Consider hosting a yard sale, posting items for sale online, or having high-end items appraised.
Have a Plan
- Make a checklist of possessions you cannot live without in your new home.
- Create a checklist of wants and needs for your new home.
- Determine which items you can pack now and which items you need to keep handy.
- Start packing your nonessential belongings.
Get Started by Working with a Real Estate Expert
One of the biggest mistakes home sellers make, whether or not they’re downsizing, is not hiring a real estate professional to make the most of their investment. An agent’s experience and knowledge will help you sell your home for the most money possible, allowing you to use the proceeds to purchase a smaller home.
Are you thinking about downsizing? Start the process by requesting a market analysis for your property. Contact us to learn more.