The best kept secrets for selling your Knoxville home

The best kept secrets for selling your Knoxville homeKeep your pets out of sight! You might think your cuddly dogie would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your Knoxville home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

I will be happy to help you see your home and give you the personal service you deserve!

Call Christian Ousley at 865-407-5663

Realty Executives Associates
865-693-3232 office
10255 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tn 37922

Each office is independently owned and operated

What are the Seven Hottest Home Improvements for 2016?

 

10 hottest improvements  in real estate

1. Quartz Counter tops
2. Smart Home Features
3. Stainless Steel Appliances
4. Fire Pits
5. Wine Tasting Rooms
6. Outdoor Kitchens
7. Freestanding Tubs

If you are looking to buy your new dream home or sell your existing home I will be happy to help and give you the personal service you deserve!

Call Christian Ousley at 865-407-5663

Realty Executives Associates
865-693-3232 office
10255 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tn 37922

Each office is independently owned and operated

Six Reasons You Should Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

Six Reasons You Should Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

1. Without it, most agents won’t work with you.

Makes sense, too. Right? Think about it: when you hire an agent, he/she will invest countless hours showing you homes over the course of your house hunt. If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you want assurance that your hard work would lead to a favorable outcome for both you and your client?

2. You’ll know how much house you can afford.

Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. Not to mention, it protects you from the unpleasant surprise of realizing the home you fell in love with doesn’t fit your budget.

3. It adds clout to your offer.

In many markets, homes attract more than one offer. If the sellers are weighing one offer against another, they may lean towards the one accompanied by a pre-approval letter. That’s because pre-approvals instill confidence that the buyer is financially capable of purchasing their home

4. It could increase your negotiating power.

In addition to strengthening your offer when compared to buyers who haven’t taken this step, getting pre-approved may give you the upper-hand when negotiating the price. If the homeowner is eager to sell, they may be more willing to accept a lower offer from someone they’ve been assured is financially capable of purchasing their home.

5. It saves time.

Obtaining a mortgage is a lengthy process. Getting pre-approved ahead of time shortens the time between contract to close — this way you’re ready to proceed with finalizing the mortgage once you’ve found the home you want to purchase.

6. It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.

A pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate indicator of your ability to purchase. A pre-approval always carries more weight.

I will be happy to help you sell or buy your home and give you the personal service you deserve!

Call Christian Ousley at 865-407-5663

Realty Executives Associates
865-693-3232 office
10255 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tn 37922

Each office is independently owned and operated

Preparing your Knoxville home for sale

Preparing your Knoxville home for sale

Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery? It’s a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions.

Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s appeal:

Exterior
Keep the grass freshly cut.
Remove all yard clutter.
Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
Paint the front door.
Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds.
Clean windows inside and out.
Wash or paint home’s exterior.
Tighten and clean all door handles.
Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached.

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