Selling in the Fall

Traditional lore says that the best time to list your home for sale is spring and if it hasn’t sold by the end of summer, you’re out of luck.

Along the same lines, homeowners across the country are often advised not to list in the fall and wait until after the holidays to list.

The truth is that a great home will sell at any time of year and in fact there are some very good reasons to list in the fall, while everyone else is busy doing other activities.

4 Reasons to Sell this Fall

  1. Less Competition – As mentioned above, most sellers list in spring so as a seller, fall provides you less competition which increases the opportunity for buyers to view your home.
  2. Serious Buyers – Home buyers in fall often have a timeline to move before the holidays. They tend to take the home search seriously and move to write offers faster and avoid wasting time.
  3. Fall Appeal – Fall is a beautiful time of year and homes always seem cozier as the weather turns. Between the Fall colors, holiday feels and the scent of baking, buyers to envision being “at home for the holidays” which encourages offers.
  4. Closings seem Easier – The pace of home sales slows during the fall; as such lenders can move faster and the process tends to take less time. The last and best reason to sell this fall is that it’s the right time for you and your plans. Regardless of whether you are relocating, moving up or scaling down, if this is the right time to sell, then this is the best time to sell.

What Does “Move-in Ready” Really Mean?

If you’ve been searching for a new home no doubt you’ve seen the term, “move-in ready.”

This description sounds very appealing, but understanding what it actually means is important so you have the right expectations when house hunting.

The meaning of “move-in ready” is fairly straightforward; it means that the home is in a condition which is acceptable for immediate occupancy.

The home meets the standards of living and assures the buyer that the essential elements needed to occupy the home are present and in running condition.

For example, the home should have working plumbing, appliances, sound roof, electricity, gas and locking doors and windows.

What “move-in ready” does not necessarily mean is that the home is in pristine condition. A home that is “move-in ready” might still require updating and while systems are assumed to be operational, they might still be old or outdated. At Lake Real Estate Group, we recommend you have your Home Inspector verify the facts.

“Move-in ready” is a common phrase in Real Estate.  It is not a bad phrase, or a good phrase. It is more of a state-phrase.

Understanding that move in ready does not necessarily mean up to date, and so forth,  you can approach the listing with realistic expectations and determine if the property is worth your investment.

 

Are you ready to find your “Move in Ready” home?

 

Start your home search here:

www.LakeRealEstateGroup.com

Office: 352-227-3340

Lake Real Estate Group

 

 

Maximizing Your Home Value

Are you ready to list your home for sale?

One of the first questions you might have is, “how
can I maximize my home value?” Every seller wants to get the best possible price for their
home; fortunately there are ways to make sure your potential buyers see the true value of
your property and allow you to receive top dollar when you sell.

 

 Clean, declutter, depersonalize – The first thing every home seller needs to do is take a
critical look at the home and clear out the distractions. Cleaning the home/yard is a
must. Remove anything that can draw a buyer’s eye away from the beauty of the home.

#curbappeal

 

 Redecorate – Professional home stagers will often advise clients to remove and/or
replace furnishings. Even if you love oversized furniture, it can make the room look
small; consider renting more neutral pieces during the listing.

*At Lake Real Estate, we have a licensed home stager on board to assist in the sale of your home, upon request*

#completepackage #sellyourhome #decormatters #homestaging

 

 Perfect Condition – No home is perfect, but before you list take care of deferred
maintenance issues. Replace missing roof tiles, repaint any area that is worn or dirty,
and re-sod your lawn; remember; buyers want to know the home has “good bones.”

#pictureperfect #goodbones

 

 Update carefully – It’s not important for home sellers to have the latest countertops or
custom bathtub to get a good value for their home. Often the home
updates/improvements sellers undergo cost more than they would lose in sales price
without them. If your home is very dated, consider a seller credit instead to allow the
buyer to choose their own upgrades.

#featuresandupgrades

 

Homes retain value based on a few factors; the location, the condition and the features.
Before you list, speak with your agent at Lake Real Estate Group– then make any necessary repairs
and changes to ensure you get the best value for your home when you sell.

 

For more tips and tricks, or to see what your home is worth, call us today for a FREE consultation.

 

Office: 352-227-3340

Email: LakeRealEstateGroup@Gmail.com

Brandi Stewart, Broker/Owner

10 Best Interior Paint Colors Trending for 2019

Brought to you From Decor Aid.

best interior paint colors trends 2019Because no wall in your home should be left as a blank canvas, we’re looking at trending interior paint colors for 2019 to get you inspired before the summer season is over and we go full-throttle into fall. From which paint colors will work best in which rooms throughout your home to paint color ideas for accent walls to create conversation-starting visual interest in any room, take in the 10 best paint color ideas to try for the year ahead and beyond.

And we bet you’ll be surprised at some of the latest paint colors to make Pantone’s yearly forecast and how easily you can introduce them into your home as sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint to reenergize a room. To make it easier for you, we surveyed Décor Aid interior designers for their takes on the latest paint colors to give a go.

HAZELNUTinspiring wall paint colors hazelnut

Warm and inviting creamy shades of hazelnut paint colors are sure to never go out of style nor ever clash with existing furnishings as it makes for one comforting go-to of a hue.

For hazelnut paint color ideas in your home, take a quick survey from room to room and consider which spaces need to be brightened up and catch more light as varying shades of hazelnut are great for bouncing light off to make a room appear larger than it is.

lilac gray interior wall paint colors 2019LILAC GRAY

Though dove gray is one of the most classic paint colors when looking for modern alternatives to stark neutral paint color ideas, there’s something a tad moodier about 2019’s lilac undertone injected options.

For one, the addition of lilac works to make gray hues warmer, more gender neutral and cheery. And as some of our designers favorite home interior colors revolve around varying shades of gray, an option boasting lilac tones makes for a refreshing alternative that also happens to be subtle enough to not tire of it easy. We recently made a strong case for the hue on an interior design project in Brooklyn that came alive with a warm, minimal feel.

DARK GREENScontemporary green interior wall paint colors

Officially called ‘night watch’ and one of Pantone’s top 2019 paint colors, the hue is basically a new take on rich hunter green that hasn’t looked so viable since its last time in the interior design spotlight in the 90’s.

From muted to moody, this deep green color trend can work to emulate the feeling of lush botanicals and the healing power of nature in your home while setting the tone with a strong foundational hue.

For hunter and bottle green paint color ideas, our interior designers suggest that this trend should be reserved for well-lit, large rooms as its intensity can overpower small spaces and make them look darker. And as always, when considering bringing in the latest paint colors in your home, think about what works with your lifestyle, taste, and design direction as no paint color trend is worth sacrificing your own personal aesthetic.

inspiring muted pastel wall paint colorsMUTED PASTELS

Pastel derivatives in chalky, muted tones, have a soothing appeal that brings with them an understated vibe that’s perfect for gender neutral rooms and common areas like kitchens and bathrooms as they’ll do double duty and conceal everyday scuff marks and nicks. Plus, muted pastels make for a warm backdrop for minimalist design.

We love how the kitchen featured above combines the latest paint colors and a dramatic marble backsplash in complimentary tones that are sure to make it more memorable than a standard black and white kitchen.

Go for similar muted pastel paint colors if you’re looking for the unexpected without having to commit to a bold color trend or the latest paint colors being touted as an ‘it’ hue as you’ll tire of it in the long run, and run the risk of having similar paint colors as your friends and neighbors.

SOFT CLAYclay interior wall paint colors

Evoke the spirit of Miami with zesty hues. For those with wanderlust and an earthy spirit, soft clay paint colors are great alternatives to beiges and browns as they’ll lend any room a certain sunny zest and casual elegance. Think terra cotta, caramel, clove, and burnt orange home interior colors that have more personality than any neutral ever could.

For this interior design trend, we suggest going for the latest paint colors that boast unusual takes on clay tones to make any room a feature in your home or go for an accent wall or backsplash and see how effectively the hue can elevate a room and your mood with ease.

blue living room wall paint colorsNEW BLUES

For the traditionalist with a casual approach to interior design, charcoal blue, ice blue, gray-blue, and a very pale powder blue are great options when looking for paint colors that are far from every day yet subtle enough to not take over a room.

With an endless amount of alternative blue paint color ideas available, there’s no limit to the number of routes you can go with this exacting tone. Just be sure that any blue home interior colors you go for remain soothing and spare to avoid a heavy-handed hue that will make a room feel smaller, darker, and stuck in an 80’s nautical time warp. In general, when going for hues known to leave a strong initial impact, tone it down with a more muted, and subtle color palette to get the longest run from your selection.

MUSTARDmuted mustard wall paint colors

For those looking for a pop of color and an alternative to gold, deep mustard is great for instantly creating rich focal accents and make for smart paint colors for accent walls and even trim.

Do go for muted and moody mustard home interior colors to create provocative depth, and to highlight décor and art brilliantly as sometimes the best paint color ideas are applied in small doses.

best interior wall paint colors 2019

 

MIST

A non-color of sorts, mist home interior colors may come from a blend of muted pastel blue and green with a gray and lilac undertone, but it’s far from an easter egg hue.

Instead, think of this color trend as a blank canvas for décor of all colors and styles as its a much more interesting starting point than standard beiges and whites, plus, like muted pastels, a misty hue will work to cover up blemishes with ease.

MUSHROOMcontemporary mushroom living room wall paint colors

An update to the popular 70’s era mousy browns and rust paint colors, mushroom looks fresh again thanks to a newfound appreciation for everything natural yet moody.

One of our favorite fashion and paint colors for 2019, shades of mushroom are also gender neutral, timeless in appeal, and unique enough to have guests taking note for their own homes. Plus, it looks great with natural furnishings and finishes as seen in the room above.

pewter wall paint colorsPEWTER

The perfect gray-beige and a rich alternative to all white walls, pewter paint colors provide an almost blank canvas that’s anything but bland.

Though it should have been a standard before it was shortlisted as one of the best paint colors for 2019, this is one color trend not to be underestimated. In fact, our interior designers suggest taking pewter paint color ideas throughout your home rather than just one room as its one shade that works with everything, everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING WAYS TO USE THESE COLORS

Now that we’ve gone over the best paint colors for your home, here’s a look at unique ways to make them stand out.

USE THAT FIFTH WALLbest bedroom colors 2019 ceiling

Sometimes all over color can be visually distracting while making a room look smaller than it really is. So if you’ve got a small space that’s short on room-defining color, consider painting your ceiling as an alternative.

By doing so, you’ll make your ceilings look higher while adding more depth and visual interest in a space. And you can always create graphic patterns that’ll really make your walls sing, especially with room-lengthening stripes.

PAINT YOUR DOORS

Painting your doors and trim is another great alternative to painting all of your walls with a color that you may tire of all too soon. Plus, painted doors will make for a unique accent in any home and they’ll hide every day stains and wear and tear.

ADD DEPTH WITH AN ACCENT WALL

Create more depth and a sense of drama with an accent wall that you can easily paint as seasons and trends pass for a quick room refresh.

SECTION IT OFF

By creating sectioned off contrasts on the upper half of your walls you’ll also be able to make your space look larger and your ceiling higher.

 

 

Need help getting your home market ready? Our in house home stagers and designers would love to assist! Call us today at Lake Real Estate Group to see how we can help you with Everything Real Estate and More!

“What’s my home worth?”

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner.

HowToTrackYourHomesValue1

This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home by researching similar homes in your area.

The goal is to track for sale and sold properties that closely resemble your own. The asking price (or sold price, if available) on similar properties will give you a better idea of the value of your own home at different points in time.

To begin, navigate to the property search on this site and fill in the search criteria and property characteristics that closely match your home, while setting the price ranges at “Minimum” for the low range and “Maximum” for the high range. Remember that you are trying to find other properties that are as similar as possible to your own. Thus, be sure to include location, property type, beds, baths, square feet, and garage spaces. If you live in a newer home, you may also wish to include a year in the “Year Built” field to filter our older homes.

As you continue to select criteria, you will notice that the number of matching properties will continue to decrease. When you are done entering your property criteria, there should be a reasonable number of similar homes matching the criteria you selected. If not, you may wish to remove some of the less important amenities or add geography to your search in order to establish a better pool of similar properties.

Once you have selected all criteria, run your search to view homes similar to yours. Reviewing the prices of these homes will begin to help you develop a sense of your own property’s value. You may also wish to save your work by saving your searches for future reference. You can also elect to receive email notifications when new ‘like properties’ hit the market.

HowToTrackYourHomesValue2To use these tools, simply save your search and give it name such as “Comparisons to my home.” You can save your search on the main search page after selecting your criteria by clicking the “Save Search” button. Alternatively, you can save your search on the search results pages by clicking the button “Email Me When New Listings Match This Search.” Both links will take you to the same screen where you will set up your saved search name and email notification preferences.

As you track home values in your area over time, you will also begin to develop a sense of market trends in your area. For instance, if you notice that the selling price of homes similar to your own are increasing, you can typically conclude that the value of your property may be on the rise. If homes similar to yours are on the market for longer lengths of time and have a lower selling price, you could infer that the market value of your property may be decreasing. But, please remember the results of these searches are indicators–not hard science.

These easy, but important steps will empower you to stay informed regarding the value of your home and on the changing marketing trends in your neighborhood.

 

 

Need help? Let us do the work for you! Call us at Lake Real Estate Group today and we’ll create a personalized CMA for your property!

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Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a powerful advantage, especially in tight real estate markets. Those who find properties first gain an edge by being the first have a chance to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, this first to market knowledge pays off.

CaptureThis post will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria.

It’s important to first point out that this website offers you the most current, up-to-date property information available. In fact, the listing inventory on this site comes directly from the local MLS and is updated multiple times throughout the day. Having access to current and accurate information means another advantage for you.

New Listings

Set Up E-mail Alerts

These tools give you fast access to new listings as soon as they become available. Enjoy the first to market advantage and happy house hunting!

Need help setting up your home search? Call us or stop by today, we’d love to do the work for you!

 

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