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Trash the Trash

Posted: June 26, 2017

In most communities, garbage day isn’t every week. So, if you show your house on day five or six, there’s going to be some accumulation! Here are some things you can do before a viewing to make sure this situation doesn’t trash a potential sale.

  • If possible, make sure all garbage containers, including waste paper baskets, are empty.
  • Since compost and cat litter bags can smell even when tied securely, put them in a covered bin in the garage or outside at the side of your house.
  • Check around your property for accumulated debris, such as old lumber. If you’ve been planning a trip to the dump someday, today is that day.

In addition, make sure garbage containers in the kitchen and bathroom have new plastic bag inserts. You may go through more than usual, but it will be worth it.

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When Choosing a Fixer-Upper Makes Cents

Posted: June 18, 2017

Some renovations can significantly increase the market value of a home. Others can cost more than you’ll ever get back.

So, when choosing a “fixer-upper”, look carefully at the work that needs to be done.

General painting, and bathroom or kitchen renovations typically increase the resale value of a house. “Invisible” repairs such as plumbing, electrical, or heating systems do not.

Before you buy, give us a call. We’ll help you develop a market value estimate of the house you are considering as though the renovations you’re contemplating are already complete.

If the math works, go for it. Buying a “fixer-upper” can be very rewarding. But definitely don’t take a “guess”. This is what we’re here for.

Get Your Home-Hunting Ducks in a Row

Posted: June 11, 2017

Say you’re shopping for a new home. Your goal is to find the ideal property, in a neighborhood that is just right for you, within a price range that you can afford.

What do you need — at minimum — to get started?

If you’re looking for ways to get your ducks in a row, here are some suggestions:

  • A property wish list. What does your ideal home look like? How many bedrooms does it need to have? Do you require a spacious recreational room? A large deck? A pool? A nice view? Get your wish list down on paper.
  • A neighborhood wish list. Where you live is just as important as what you live in. What qualities are you looking for in a neighborhood? A nearby park? Walking distance to a good school? Hiking trails? A shorter drive to work? Write it down.
  • A pre-approved mortgage. Getting the financing handled up front takes the guesswork out of what you can afford. Home sellers will also take any offers you make more seriously.
  • Realistic expectations. 99.9% of homes sell at or near the current market rates. So don’t expect to find a bargain that no one else has noticed. We can help you understand which homes, in which neighborhoods, are available within your price range.
  • Action Realty. Choosing the right real estate professional is crucial to making your home shopping experience less stressful and more productive. It also dramatically increases your chances of finding a home that fits your needs and budget.

Looking for more advice on finding your next dream home? Call today!

Getting Schooled on Local Schools

Posted: June 5, 2017

If you have kids, the local school will be a big part of your new home buying decision. That’s why it’s important to get a school’s “vital statistics”, such as:

  • Safety record
  • Curriculum
  • Accommodation for special needs
  • Awards
  • Average class sizes
  • Extracurricular activities. (sports, arts, crafts, technology, etc.)
  • Scores on standardized achievement tests
  • Daily schedules and vacations

Even such seemingly inconsequential details as hours of operation can be important. If school starts a half hour later than you expected, you may not be able to drop off your kids on your way to work; therefore, you will need to make other arrangements.

We’ve got the scoop on Hampton Roads schools, so if you have questions, let us know!

Fresh Air Sells

Posted: May 30, 2017

The problem with household smells is that we get accustomed to them… when they are in our *own* homes. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home to know if a smoker lives there. Or even just to notice the scent of their home in general (it’s not always bad). The smell is in the air!

So when you put your home on the market, think about the common smells you might have lingering around your property. Remember, you may no longer notice them, but a prospective buyer will.

These may include:

  • A diaper bin in the baby’s room
  • Kitty litter
  • Model making glue
  • Paints, even if the cans or tubes are closed tightly
  • Food. The aroma of a spicy meal can linger for hours
  • Garbage cans. Even empty ones, if they are not clean
  • Strong smelling soaps, perfumes, and other cosmetics and toiletries
  • Flowers and other plants
  • Firewood, (especially pine)
  • Outdoor shoes
  • Ashtrays
  • Sinks
  • Carpets
  • Door mats are especially prone to stains and smells.

Try to eliminate as many odors as possible. An hour or so before a viewing, open a few windows to give your home a breath of fresh air.

Why You Should Order Your Own Credit Report

Posted: May 23, 2017

“I don’t have a problem with credit,” a potential new home buyer says. “I pay my bills on time. I never have trouble getting a loan.”

That may be true. However, according to several surveys, most people are surprised by at least one piece of information in their credit report. And it only takes one derogatory item to create an obstacle to getting the lowest mortgage rate possible, or even getting a mortgage at all.

That’s why it’s important to check your credit report before you shop for a new home.

You will then have the opportunity to deal with any unexpected issues.

For example, you may discover an error, which is not unusual. If you do find there is a mistake in your credit report, inform the credit bureau immediately. They are required, by law, to promptly make a correction.

If there are late payments noted on your credit report, you can write a letter of explanation to the credit bureau telling your side of the story. This will accompany the credit information that goes to your lender. Assuming everything else in your credit report is fairly good, most lenders will accept a reasonable explanation for late payments, such as being laid off from a job, an extended illness in the family, or military service overseas.

How do you get your credit report?

There are three major credit bureaus in North America:

• Equifax (www.equifax.com)
• Trans Union (www.transunion.com)
• Experian (www.experian.com)

All have websites that allow you to order your credit report for a reasonable fee. It’s a good idea to order all three credit reports as not all companies report credit information to all three bureaus.

Getting your credit report, and checking that it’s accurate, will make the home buying process go a lot more smoothly.

Will Your Furniture Fit?

Posted: May 15, 2017

When shopping for a new house or condo, most buyers consider such factors as neighborhood, proximity to schools, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of the kitchen, and more. These are, of course, all important considerations. But there’s one question that few buyers ask – until it’s too late.

“Will our furniture fit?”

This may seem like a trivial concern. But if you’ve invested thousands of dollars in a new living room suite, you’re going to be very disappointed if it looks too crowded in your new home.

Here’s a tip: measure rooms in your current home that contain the furniture you like most. This could be the living room, rec room, master bedroom or even the patio. Then imagine how much smaller – if at all – that room can be and still accommodate the furniture.

When you view condos or houses on the market, take those measurements with you. That way, you’ll be able to quickly determine if room sizes are going to be an issue.

And don’t forget to take a good look at entry ways. If you have a large wrap-around sofa, for example, you’re going to want to make sure you can get it through the door!

Should You Accept a “Conditional Offer”?

Posted: May 8, 2017

There’s no doubt about it. The best kind of offer is a “firm” offer. The buyer offers you a certain price for your property and, should you accept it, the deal is done. Congratulations. You’ve just sold your house!

But more often than not, an offer is “conditional”. That means the buyer is offering you a price, but with one or more conditions. If those conditions are not met, the buyer can walk away from the deal.

Examples of typical conditions include:

  • Conditional upon arranging suitable financing within a fixed period of time.
  • Conditional upon the buyer selling his own home by a specific date.
  • Conditional upon an inspection of the property.

Should you accept a conditional offer? After all, if you do, the deal might fall through. But if you don’t, you might be passing up on an opportunity to sell your house for the price you want.

The truth is, it could go either way. Our realtors at Action Realty are experts on the real estate market and will help you make the right decision. Call today.

Surviving a Bidding War

Posted: May 1, 2017

You’re about to make an offer on a home. Then, to your despair, you find out that three other offers have also come in for the same property.

Be careful. It’s all too easy to get swept up in the excitement and, like a hand raised one too many times at an auction, end up paying more for the home than you had intended — or can afford.

We will drastically increase your odds of getting the home you want at a price that’s right for you. Don’t go it alone. Give us a call.

Traffic Matters

Posted: April 26, 2017

Like taxes, traffic is a fact of life. (Particularly if you live anywhere near the HRBT). So, when you’re shopping for a new home, consider how the road situation will affect your commute to work, access to shopping and attractions, and the ability to conveniently reach places you need to go.

After all, it’s difficult to enjoy your new home if you’re constantly sitting in traffic!

We know ALLLL about known congested streets and intersections, school busing routes, and access to public transit. So if you’re wondering? Just ask.

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  • We used the services of Mrs. Weddy Carter to purchase our first home in Newport News, VA in 2005 and we meet with great success in reaching that milestone. In 2007, we decided to sell that home and buy a newer home, we again went with Weddy Carter through the process and things went very well for us.

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  • Working with Weddy has been a pleasure. She sure knows her stuff! Her professionalism and her advice were essential to the sale of our home. She was very proactive and advertised our home in every media possible. Weddy also kept us informed every step of the way.

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  • Weddy carter and Action Realty were incredible in assisting us in locating and purchasing our first home. Weddy was extremely accessible and helpful, always more than willing to meet with us and answer our questions in a timely and professional manner. She was instrumental in ensuring that we found a home appropriately priced, was within our budget and more than meet our needs. Weddy went above and beyond her responsibilities to ensure our experience was fun, exciting, and successful! Weddy is an awesome person and I would highly recommend both her and Action Realty to anyone!

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  • Rachel Lane was an outstanding agent to work with as she made our first time home buying experience stress free and enjoyable. She provided us with great guidance and helped educate us on anything we had questions about. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm made our home buying experience fun and unforgettable! We recommend Rachel and Action Realty with our utmost confidence!

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