Monthly Archives: April 2017

FINDING YOUR CLIENTS DREAM HOME

As an agent, you are going to want to know what your clients really want when they are looking for their forever home; maybe that is something as simple as having a large kitchen, or having a stand up shower in the master! Before getting their price range, and what area they plan on living in, find out the small details that are really going to make homes you have to show stick out versus the ones that do not have small details. According to realtor.com more than half of home buyers are looking for a three bedroom home, and seventy-five percent of home buyers are looking for a two bedroom condo.  Not only focusing on every day home buyers, start getting together a list of homes you can show to your investor that would be good flip properties, and good rentals. Working with investors is proactive not only because you will get the commission from representing them, you will also get a referral fee if they decide they want to transfer it over to a property management company. When you are putting together your lists of properties, make sure you are looking for key things like large back yards, garages, and upgraded kitchen appliances; also make sure you are looking at homes with easily maintained landscaping, no one wants to buy a home and have to have the entire front and back yard re landscaped. When focusing on what you clients want, take into consideration what life style they plan to live, if they are a couple with little kids, they might want a bigger back yard for them to play in, if they are an older couple they might want a porch to sit and drink their morning coffee on! According to realtor.com the most desired room in the home is the kitchen. When pulling homes for your clients check to see if the kitchen is either already upgraded, or if upgrades would not be a pain to do. The most desired home style in the Las Vegas area is modern; having beautiful flooring and stainless steel appliances will try turn your home buyers on to the home before they even see the entire home. The top goal when shopping for a home is privacy; in the new homes being built in the Las Vegas area, majority of them are built 5 feet apart, with no back yard, and rarely have a front yard. Forty Five percent of home buyers are looking for a home with a stretch from their neighbors. What is motivating people across the Las Vegas area to buy homes in 2017 are family desires; sometimes that means they have just gotten married, got a pet, or even had a baby. Not only are those things motivating people to buy and sell, people are also moving to be closed to the school they want their kid to go to, or to be closer to their work. All in all, when you are putting together your list of things your buyer or seller is looking for, getting the little details they want for their next home buy is very important.

SPRING LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE

As spring approaches quickly in the Las Vegas area, the trees are changing leaves, the flowers are booming, and the grass is getting greener; sounds like it would be beautiful, but with that, you are going to want to maintain your yard while the market is booming and you want to list your home. When people think about yard clean up, they think they will be hundreds of dollars, but in this little blog I am going to give you a couple of tips to turn your yard from drab into fab with less than a couple hundred dollars on the entire landscaping; with a little elbow grease and a couple trips to your local hardware store you raise your Las Vegas homes curb appeal with less money. Having over grown grass is one of the biggest hassles to take care of, but the easiest one to fix, and yes I know no one wants to go stand outside in 90 degree weather; but just getting the grass mowed one time can really upgrade your property and make the front really stand out to future buyers. If you are looking for a landscaper and do not know one personally, you can use things like yelp, or group on and see if you can find a deal for a one time mow if you do not have a mower yourself. You would be surprised how many people are willing to stand outside your home and mow your lawn for you. After your lawn is mowed, try trimming the bushes, flowers, and trees yourself before hiring someone to come do it, it will be a pain but it will save you A LOT of money while you are trying to get your home ready to list; if that is not possible finding a landscaper in this day and age is not very difficult; and they can usually knock out the mowing and trimmings at one time, which will save you more money. Next try power washing your drive way, even if you do not think it looks dirty, cleaning it will make all the difference and your hard work will definitely be able to tell. Even just hosing it off if you do not have a power washer, you can just hose off your drive way washing away the dirt. When thinking about outside maintenance on a home, you typically do not think about the actual home being in that picture; but doing little things  like re-painting the front door, and sweeping the porch can make all the difference when a buyer pull up to your property. With that being said, as a buyer those are also the things you will want to look for when you pull up to a home. If they cannot maintain their front landscaping, what makes you think they kept up with the inside of the home? All in all you can upgrade the front of you home with a couple of simple things, but doing those little things that might seem like the end of the world will really improve the outside of your Las Vegas home.