Tip Tuesday: Make Sure You Home Smells to Sell!

lemonYou’re selling your home and you have a showing today! Great!  Getting people in the door is half the battle so you’re on the right track.

Now is your home ready?

  • floors are cleaned…check!
  • beds are made…..check!
  • no laundry lying around….check!
  • drapes/curtains are open to let in lots of light…..check!
  • front walkway/landscaping looks beautiful to add curb appeal…..check!

It sounds like you’re home is ready to impress, but wait….how does it smell?  

  • Did you pop some popcorn earlier?  
  • Can you smell the garlic from last night’s dinner?  
  • Does the trash need to go out?  
  • Is there a dirty diaper lying around?

You may think you’d notice these things right away and if you don’t smell it then you’r fine, but not always the truth.  Someone walking into the home may smell something immediately that your nose has become neutral to.  So is your home smelling to sell?

To sell your home you want light, clean and neutralizing smells. There are lots of things you can do to neutralize smells.  For example, place all old shoes in a plastic covered bin or remove all pet cages/toys/bedding for a showing.  But, you always want to add light smells that seem inviting.  Research suggest that smells affect buying behavior.  Simple smells like lemon, orange and cinnamon encourage warmth and revisits, making the buyer comfortable and wanting to be in your home again and again.  Find out more about the research behind smells and buying behavior and what you can do to make your home smell to sell!

sip & shopAlso, be sure to visit our Sip & Shop event on August 20th from 12pm-2pm at 17 Franklin Ave, Plainville where a doTerra consultant will be present.  Buy a diffuser and some light, clean oils to help add the smell of buying to your home!

Hump Day Love: Main Street Creamery

creameryThis week’s Hump Day Love goes to the place where everyone knows your name.  It’s where family and tradition matter.  It’s where dogs are welcome.  It’s where your tastebuds will delight.  It’s Main Street Creamery in Old Wethersfield, CT.

When you walk into Main Street Creamery you’re immediately aware of how much their customers matter.  Pictures of families and children enjoying the Shop’s ice cream line its walls and ceiling.  You’ll feel a part of something more than just a local ice cream shop.  The warm, family friendly atmosphere will impress you, but the ice cream will keep you returning.  Whatever your fancy…soft serve or hard ice cream, cotton candy or classic vanilla, smooth coffee or cookie filled……they have it all.  That includes lactose free and vegan options.  It’s all delicious!  Plus, as dog owners we appreciate their dog friendly atmosphere and dog ice creams.

Recently, under new ownership, this local Ice Cream Shop hopes to continue its long

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Our youngest enjoying his ice cream!

tradition of serving neighborhood families delicious ice cream as well form new partnerships with local vendors and schools.  In addition to ice cream, the shop offers special functions such as birthday parties.

Be sure that next time you’re in the Old Wethersfield neighborhood to take a stop by Main Street Creamery and satisfy your taste buds!

Looking to purchase a home in Wethersfield?  Find homes here!

Tip Tuesday: Why Mortgage Rates Matter to Both Buyers and Sellers

Is it a good time to buy?  When should I list my home?  We hear both of these questions a lot.  Both questions are valid and both questions have multiple factors to consider. But, one common factor is what the mortgage interest rates are.

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You could be a happy new homeowner!

As a Buyer, you want to make sure that you’re buying at a time that the interest rates are low and thus, making your purchase a good financial investment.  Right now, interest rates are low.  But, will they stay low?  You’ll want to find a mortgage broker that helps get you pre-approved and be sure to ask them about how to lock-in your interest rate. But maybe you can’t get pre-approved and you need to fix some items on your credit.  So 6 months from now, will the rates still be low?  There are many things that affect interest rates and First World Mortgage of Southington has a great weekly Real Estate Market Overview that gives you a weekly mortgage rate summary.  Call a mortgage broker today before you see today’s impressive rates vanish!

As a Seller, mortgage rates will absolutely affect your ability to sell and when.  If

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Your home could have a sold sign!

rates are high, there will be less buyers out meaning that a high inventory and low buyer atmosphere may be created, leaving you struggling to sell your home because buyers have their choosing.  However, if rates are low, you’ll see yourself in a situation where there are a lot of buyers and not enough inventory (which is what we’re currently dealing with).  Therefore, a home priced appropriately for the market should sell within a great timeframe.  According to the CT Association of Realtors, homes are currently selling at a 1.8% increase from this same time last year and there has been a 6.4% increase in the amount of homes sold compared to last year.  In addition condos and townhouses, are seeing an 8.8% increase in price and 8.9% increase in total units.  In essence, sell now!

Whether you’re a Buyer or Seller or both, the mortgage interest rates will affect your next real estate transaction so be sure to stay up-to-date on them.  Then, when you’re ready contact us to Buy and/or Sell!  Until then, find out your current budget affords you in today’s market….or find out what your home will sell for here.  

Making a Rental Property Profitable

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Two of our clients outside of their brand new condo that they decided to use as a rental property.

Are you thinking of taking the plunge into owning an income property?  We’ve helped clients buy and sell income properties that have turned out to be very profitable for them and we can offer our insights, tips and professional advice on steps to take to make the transaction a positive, profitable one.  Take a look at this post for some initial tips.   There are definitely costs that could tank your investment on a rental property and that’s what we want to avoid.  Check out this post for the 3 hidden costs that can tank rental property profits.    Then, come find out about what investment properties are currently on the market and talk to us because we may give you out of the box ideas as to how your purchase could become a rental property.

Hump Day Love: The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel

With this snowy Spring, it’s likely that you’re looking for a little fresh air and something that reminds you that it truly is Spring and Summer is just around the corner.  Well, we’ve got the perfect spot for you.  The Wharf Restaurant at the Madison Beach Hotel is the perfect getaway.  If you’re looking for a relaxing lunch getaway with friends, a romantic dinner with a significant other, a spot for a drink with clients, or just want to try a new restaurant then The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel is for you!  Located in Madison, CT, your meals and drinks will be complimented with views of the Long Island Sound as is it

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My Family and I enjoying our lunch at The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel

right on the beach.  Whether you’re sitting in the dining room, enjoying the fresh air on the porch, or sitting at the bar, your view is stunning!  My Mother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and I topped off a very fun girls day with lunch at The Wharf.  We had meals ranging from a classic burger to salmon nicoise salad to a beautiful tuscan chicken sandwich.  All delicious!  Service was exceptional.  Wine was oh-so-satisfying and in case we haven’t mentioned it enough…the view was stunning!  This was my second time at The Wharf and it won’t be my last.  Next time, I’d like to try a romantic evening dinner and maybe even top it off with a stay at the hotel for a perfect “staycation” weekend getaway.

Interested in finding a property in Madison?  Maybe a beach house?  Search here! 

Tip Tuesday: Spring has Sprung and So Have Home Sales!

Real Estate.Happy Spring everyone!  The Spring CT Real Estate Market is gearing up, but are you ready?!  According to the Connecticut Association of Realtors, the past 3 published months of sales (January, December and November) have all reported an increase from the previous year in median sales prices and amount of homes sold for both residential single-family homes and townhouses/condos.  This represents a fantastic trend and as soon as February is published in the next few days, we’ll report it to you.  But, the question remains….what does this mean for you?

As a seller, this means….

  1. Now is a great time to sell!  
  2. Your home may sell for more than it would have a year ago.
  3. You need to get your home ready to impress buyers as they begin to pick up their buying process.

So, what should you do?  

  1. Use a price setting tool to see what your neighborhood’s market value currently is.
  2. Begin getting your home ready to sell!
  3. Contact us for a professional market analysis and assistance with getting your home show ready!

As a buyer, these statistic mean…..

  1. That there a large amount of buyers right now who are placing competitive offers so you need to be ready to put forth a strong offer.  
  2. Your offer not only needs to be competitive in terms of number but also contingencies and financing.  

So, what should you do?

  1. Get your credit ready and your pre-approval ready.  
  2. Determine what you’re searching for.  What are your must-haves and what neighborhoods are you interested in?
  3. Discuss strategy with us.  Our goal is to find your family your dream home, at a great deal and in the right location.  We want to be sure you win your home with an offer that’s competitive but also comfortable and confident for you.  So we’ll help you with referral to a lender, give you tools on finding a neighborhood, show you what your price point can get you in that neighborhood and help you to craft an offer that is strong.