Monthly Archives: January 2018

8 Tips for Summerville Real Estate Buyers

Whether you are a first time home buyer or have a half dozen home purchases under your belt here are 8 tips to help make the home buying process smoother:

  • Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.
  • Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.
  • Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.
  • Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.
  • Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? Do you have a home you have to sell? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.
  • Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
  • Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.
  • Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you.

We love assisting homebuyers with the purchase of their new home. Contact us today to schedule a free personal consultation to go over the home buying process. We work closely with all of our clients so you won’t go through the process alone.

Sherry – 854 444 0772

5 tips for a quick Summerville area real estate sale


With the prime selling season just around the corner here are 5 steps to help you sell your home quicker!

1) Price it right from the start

Pricing really is part art and part science. A Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) is the starting point which will tell us what properties like yours have recently sold for, which we compare and contrast your home to and then get an idea of what your home’s value is. The art of pricing is knowing the local market, knowing the housing trends on a local level and knowing the current local demand so we can adjust the CMA price point to maximize your profit. Pricing is one area where hyper-local expertise is essential so you can get the greatest price possible without risking overpricing your home and missing out on potential buyers. Overpricing leads to inactivity which often makes potential buyers think there is something wrong with the home even if the price is adjusted latter just because of the number of days it has spent on the market compared to similar properties. The third piece of the pricing equation is your expectations. Once we have all three factors in place we can intelligently discuss a pricing plan that will lead to a successful transaction in the time frame you require.

2)Enhance your home’s curb appeal

Curb appeal is everything. The best way for you to decide what to do is drive up to and walk around your home as if you were a potential buyer of your home. How does it appeal to you?  What looks good about it and what are some things that you need to change? Whatever you notice you can rest assured most potential buyers will as well. Remember you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

3) Update the interior and exterior

A fresh coat of paint inside and outside as well as new updated fixtures are relatively inexpensive ways to make your home more appealing.  These small projects can pay off huge in final sales price and time on market so if you can add a fresh coat of paint and some updates go for it.

4)Clean, store or donate, depersonalize

Start with a complete cleaning top to bottom. The mantra for preparing your home for sale is “Less is more.” Remove your favorite collectables, other knick knacks and that oversized couch that takes up your entire living room. Your goal is to make your home look less cluttered and in effect larger to potential buyers . Lastly take down family pictures, religious items and political posters to allow potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living there.

5)Good photos and good video

Make sure the absolute best features of your house are clear and obvious to potential buyers & utilize the emotional impact visual mediums provide to generate the right reactions. Just snapping random pictures with a smartphone is nowhere near enough today. Busy buyers needs to be motivated to want to see your home, don’t risk getting eliminated from their list of potential homes because of poor quality photos. Photos and video have an impact that words in the description simply can’t compete with. So make sure the promotional images make your home stand out in the Summerville Real Estate market.

For more tips and ideas to get your home sold quickly feel free to contact us today.

Sherry 854 444 0772