Your Dream Home: Step-by-Step

It’s pretty easy for me to know what I like in a home design.

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Knowing what I want isn’t the issue, and it isn’t the issue for most dreamers. The issue is that buyers, in general, are clueless about what they need to know and do, and in which order steps are to be taken.

I mean, you thought you just dream about the property you want, choose a builder, have them build your dream home, and voila! Perfection!

Easy, right? 

Take it from Jack Nicholson, who answered this simple question with a resounding, “NOPE!” (Okay, he didn’t say that. But I bet he would!)

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Please consider the following steps…

Step 1. Have a Dream

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This looks pretty dreamy to me.

“Wait, I thought you were sort of shaming me out of dreaming, Heather!”

No, I actually want you to follow my mom’s words of wisdom:

“Have a dream, and live your dream!” (She really said that. Thanks, Mom!).

Without a dream, you’ll be spinning your wheels, never achieving anything.

Decide what you and your loved ones want in a home. Be bold and deliberate, but realistic, visualizing how you will use every room, every outdoor space, access to recreation and work, usability of the property, the details about what you are hoping for in a neighborhood and community…etc.

Start with a dream.

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Step 2. Partner with a Realtor.

One of the most important choices you can make is selecting the Realtor who will help you through the entire process of purchasing property: whether it’s an existing home, land, or a new construction home. A trusted, ethical Realtor can make or break a purchase. You want to find one who responds to you, offers you help, and treats you with respect.

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I would love to be your Realtor

Here is just a portion of what a Realtor should do for you:

  • Be on your team from the beginning. I love to meet with you and learn all I can about your goals to be the best agent I can be.
  • Listen to your dreams, and care about you and your family.
  • Advise you from start to finish, and becomes a trusted advisor in the future when you have questions down the road.
  • Connect you with the best financial specialists, escrow officers, or other professionals they know to help you through the particulars of the transaction.
  • Take action to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Show you any and all properties in which you are interested.
  • Educate you on the state of the local real estate market as changes come.
  • If you want to build your own home, introduce you to reputable builders that are the best in the field.
  • Become an extra set of ears and eyes in every meeting you would like them to attend. You’re in charge. You are not bothering your agent when you include them in meetings. They can help alert you to red flags, calm your concerns, and take notes for future reference.
  • Negotiate on your behalf, getting the most bang for your buck from any home seller, builder, or land owner.
  • Show loyalty, confidentiality and obedience.
  • Consult with you, day or night, addressing your questions and concerns to the best of his/her ability.
  • Research any information you have need of knowing. Really, this is one of those options that many people just don’t realize they can ask of their agent.
  • Keep paperwork organized, emailing you copies of all interactions. You shouldn’t have to think too hard when it comes to signing documents. They will help you understand what you are signing through the process (and there is a lot to sign!).
  • Assist you in keeping deadlines met, reminding you of all important dates.
  • Communicate promptly and often, responding quickly to your needs.
  • Advocate for you in any and all situations through the end of the process.
  • Follow up after all is said and done, addressing any new concerns or issues.
  • Field calls and struggles that arise, alleviating the pressure on your shoulders.
  • So many other personalized tasks and efforts that you will never really know about, and that’s okay! I love what I do, and it involves totally different efforts based on my individual client’s needs. Every situation is unique, and every client is different. That is what makes it so exciting!
  • Bonus: invite you to special client parties, movies, sporting events. (wink)

Step 3. Prepare Financially

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This is the part where we all want to plug our ears, close our eyes, and bury our heads in the sand. Financial stuff can be intimating for many buyers. Your agent will know who is great to work with and who to avoid. Don’t use your brother-in-law’s cousin’s neighbor out of some sort of obligation (sorry, bud)!

Shop a few lenders, to see who you want to work with, what their fees are, and to be sure you feel good about your choice. Loan officers who work regularly with your agent will put forth extra effort to stay on top of their job for them, knowing they will only receive future referrals when they do their job well.

Information that most lenders will ask you to bring with you:

(this documents list is from my awesome loan partner, Trisha Wollebaek with Citywide Home Loans in Utah. twollebaek@citywidehomeloans.com Thanks, Trisha!)

  1. 2 years most recent tax returns, personal and/or business (all schedules/ pages are required).
  2. 2 years W2/1099’s for each person listed on the loan application (K1’s if applicable).
  3. 2 most recent pay stubs covering 1 full month, must include year-to-date earnings (be sure the entire page is legible and nothing has been cut off in the margins)
  4. 2 most recent checking/savings/retirement statements (All pages, even if they are blank, are required. If you have any large unidentified deposits over $300, we need documentation showing where the money came from.).
  5. Name and contact information of the insurance agent for your homeowners insurance policy. If you do not have a trusted insurance agent, please let us know and we will refer you to a reputable insurance provider.
  6. A current mortgage statement (if applicable)
  7. Divorce decree (if applicable, all pages required)
  8. Bankruptcy discharge papers and all schedules (if applicable)

Your loan officer will offer ideas to improve your current financial readiness, if needed: suggesting that you resist new large purchases, pay down revolving debt, bring all accounts current (if there are any that need your attention), save up for closing costs and a down payment, and avoid new debts. If you play your cards right, you can receive the best financing options, such as lower rates and fees, saving you money in the long-run.

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Once you obtain the credit-approval letter (sometimes called a pre-qualification or pre-approval), include it with your offer on your dream property. This shows financial strength and capability to the seller, and will give you a better chance at obtaining an acceptance of your offer. Hooray!

Step 4. It’s all about the House

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Building? Meet the builders you want to meet with, and those your agent suggests as well. Bring your plans and ideas, staying consistent with your budget so you compare apples to apples.  After you have the main ideas and plans in place, knowing the measurements of the footprint of the home, you are ready to find your ideal piece of land.

There are several loan options with land. You can purchase the land only, and sit on it, but this will usually require a HEFTY down payment. My suggestion, if you’d like to save on the down payment, is to acquire a wrapped loan that includes the land (lot loan) and the cost of your future home (construction loan). It takes a bit more time, but your down payment can be much lower, freeing up cash for other home details, such as furnishings, yard…etc. Again, obtain professional advice from trusted loan officers before jumping in. (There are so many moving parts to home construction, this will be a topic of a future article…I just know it).

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Purchasing an existing home? Go see the homes you like with your agent. I like to suggest to my clients that they always keep their top 2-3 homes in mind, and adjust it as you find better homes, kicking off those that do not meet your expectations.

Keep in mind the 80/10/10 rule: you’ll likely find an existing home that you love 80%, hate 10%, and can make adjustments to 10% (Thank you, Creston Inderrieden, in Houston, TX, Broker/Owner of IndyQuest Properties, for this concept).

For example, you could find what seems to be the perfect home: a great floor plan, perfect neighborhood, close to your work, on a quiet street, with beautiful views. But the paint color inside is horrific and the backyard is only partially finished, and there are large power lines nearby. Take a step back, and see what of the home meets 80% of your expectations, the 10% that can be changed (paint and yard), and the 10% that cannot be changed (power lines). It still is a great choice, but you may have to live with one or two things that bug you.

Depending on the market conditions, you might be left without the luxury of “think on it” time. If a home meets your key criteria, and the 80/10/10 rule, go for it! In this market, buyers are competitive, and sellers are picky.

Your agent will assist you with your offer, and you’re on your way!

 

Step 5. Sell your current home.

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Need to sell your existing home before you purchase a new home? To learn of the best timing, work with your agent, builder, and loan officer to plan the best timeline for your situation. Some choose to list their home right away, and move in with family or into a rental property during the building/moving process. Others wait until a couple of months before completion of their new home, then list their current home. Some rent out their current home, using it as an ongoing investment that brings returns.

Consult with your team to learn what would work best for you.

Heads up: moving can be stressful. It also can be exciting and fun at times, but there are always obstacles that are thrown your way. There will be days when you are overwhelmed and tired, feeling as though you want to give up your dream.

Keep your dream at the top of your list. Hold on to what you truly want to create in your next home. Buckle up, prepare by taking the right steps, with the right team, and press on with confidence.

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Thanks for reading!

Contact me if you have any questions. heather@bhginfluence.com

For fun, this is one of my favorite houses. I like to dream, too!

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I love this house style, but I prefer a bit smaller. I dream of a stone home with black windows, nestled in the trees. It will happen one day. I know it!

 

Face it: you want to live here.

Have I mentioned that I love it here? I do. And you will, too. We have such a unique community in Saratoga Springs, Utah. People from all around the country who felt in their gut that they needed to move here. It is so common, that I just assume now that everyone who lives here experienced the same feeling. We knew we belonged here the second we walked into our current home. We just knew.

Come be our neighbors! We would love to show you why Saratoga Springs is booming. It is a lovely place to live, for many reasons. Plus: we are supposedly getting a COSTCO! Can I hear a “aw YEAH”?!

Here are two beautiful residential listings that are fully finished homes, ready for you!

In Summerhill Subdivision…

5 bedroom 3 bathroom home on Honeysuckle Drive

 

View from the front porch. Utah Lake and Timpanogos.

Link to information about the lovely home above…  utahrealestate.com/1444256

 

In Hawk’s Landing Subdivision…

Beautiful beach-style home on Osprey Trail

View from the Master Suite

Link to more information about this beautiful home… utahrealestate.com/1445673

 

There are two lakefront properties left of the four we listed this spring, right on the water in Lake Cove Subdivision. One is 1/3 acre and one is almost 1/2 acre. Both are stunning, and you can bring your own builder! If you need assistance finding one, I can help you with that!

I know, right? It’s like a dream. Just reduced to $259,000 for almost 1/2 acre of lake front property. utahrealestate.com/1434528

And, right next to that gorgeous property, sits this incredible 1/3 acre lot…

Just reduced to $189,000 utahrealestate.com/1434540

If you have a home or property you would like to buy or sell, I am here for you to help provide the best service possible.

I love my clients. I really have the best! I am honored to help them achieve their dreams in real estate.  Call me, text me, or email me if you have any questions or are in need of an agent who cares about YOU. I would love to help! Thanks!

My family in 2016.

Heather Johnson, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

801-369-4841

heather@bhginfluence.com

5 Reasons You Want to Live in Saratoga Springs, Utah

Saratoga Springs, Utah, incorporated as a city only twenty years ago, is growing faster than ever before. HomeSnacks ranked Saratoga Springs as the No. 1 fastest-growing city in Utah. 

 

Here are 5 reasons you want to live here.

1. VIEWS

Located north and west of Utah Lake, Saratoga Springs is a unique city, with insane views of Utah Lake and gorgeous Mount Timpanogos across the lake.

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Photography by Niki Martins of Saratoga Springs, Utah

 

We have lived here for over eight years, and these views never cease to take my breath away. We love to have company over for a BBQ or to sit around the fire, enjoying the views. Just come see. Seriously. Come see. I know we don’t look like much from over there, but once you’re on the west side of Utah Lake, you’ll see it.

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Photography by Niki Martins

2. RECREATION

Easy access to Utah Lake for boating, fishing, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), canoeing, and ice-fishing (that one is for my neighbor, Scott) makes it convenient and incredibly fun to live here. The public Marina, located in the south end of Saratoga Springs, is getting an overhaul at the moment. They are dredging it to clean it up and make it deeper.

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Friends on the Lake. No fun at all.

If you are a runner, hiker, or ATV/UTV kind of person…we have it all. Access to Israel Canyon is easily obtained at the top of Stillwater Drive.

We love to use the nearby Jordan River Trail. You can park near Inlet Park, and jump on the trail! Paved trails follow Redwood Road through the south area of our city, used by many for running or biking with kids.

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My little fam, ready to ride on the Jordan River Trail

3. IMPROVED ROADS

About a decade ago, residents were throwing parties because we finally had a stoplight by the Smith’s.

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Okay, so this ISN’T Redwood Road, but you get the gist. Photo from The Weather Channel

We deal with a bit of traffic every morning and evening with the weekday commute on Redwood Road. We have tried to patiently wait for some changes to come. Okay, maybe we haven’t been THAT patient.

AFTER many-a-public-outcry, UDOT listened. UDOT is gearing up to build wider and smarter roads, so we won’t have to endure the extra twenty minutes of the one-lane of parking-lot-esque commuting on Redwood Road, hopefully in the near future. We are all grateful that our community is finally getting what we have needed for years.

See Saratoga Springs’ Transportation Master Plan Here

“As the City’s population grows, there are additional planned arterial roads that will assist the region to keep up with the traffic demands of large populations. There is an additional north-south arterial roadway west of Redwood Road that is planned to carry traffic out of the foothills and north to I-15. There are three planned east-west arterial and collector roads that will also connect with I-15 and should assist traffic getting through the City to I-15 to the east.” – Saratoga Springs City Website

4. PROPERTY VALUES ARE GOING UP

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Homes in Saratoga Springs are selling for 4.23% more this quarter than they did in the 1st quarter of 2016. The median sales price in the 1st quarter of 2016 was $324,200. The median sales price in 2017’s 1st quarter was $337,900. (Source: Wasatch Front Regional Multiple Listing Service).

Saratoga Springs’ growth is in such a wide array of areas: businesses, developments, parks, and much more. Take a drive out here to see for yourself. Property is a hot commodity at the moment. The secret is out, and people are moving here for a variety of reasons, but there is a lack of inventory at any given moment. You may see that there are around 100 homes on the market, and think I’m crazy. (About half of those listed are new construction). Schedule to view about 5 of them this weekend. You’ll wind up seeing only 1 or 2, as the others might be under contract by then. The good news for those who are a bit too picky for this fast-paced market: we have several new developments here if you want to build a home.

5. THE PEOPLE

Don’t be looking at the tears in my eyes as I get a bit sappy. Geez! I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful the people are in Saratoga Springs. They are hidden gems. Quiet, everyday people, who love each other and serve without need of praise or reward. We had the help of several neighbors, day after day, as we put in our yard. We have seen, over and over again, the love and kindness of these wonderful people.

Here are just a few of the good guys… and this event below is just one illustration of what our neighbors do for one another.

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Volunteers after the flooding in 2012.

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Kids from our neighborhood, thanking all who helped with the clean up efforts in 2012.

We have been through a lot more together in this new city than you might expect. In 2012, we had a horrific fire in the hills to the west of the Jacobs Ranch area. Soon after that, we had a storm that caused a massive amount of water and debris to come down the mountain, ripping through our neighborhood. (Don’t let this scare you, there have been remedies put into place that will prevent this from happening again.) Video compiled by Thomas Erickson, who is one of the reasons our city is as strong as it is.

The reason I share this with you is to give you a glimpse of how a community pulls together in the face of extremely scary situations. Miraculously, the hail stones chased kids indoors to watch out the windows from the safety of their homes. Almost a dozen homes’ basements filled up with mud and debris, but nobody was trapped or hurt. I still think about this with awe. Thousands of volunteers and donated supplies, equipment, food, love and hugs were shared over the months that followed. For those of us who were able to pitch in and help, we will be forever strengthened by the experience.

One thing that sets us apart from other cities: our grit. We stick together. We are there for one another.

You can’t place a limit on people like that. Bring on the growth.

Saratoga Springs is ready for you.

 

Written by Heather Johnson, resident of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove.

Sources:

HomeSnacks

Niki Martins Photography

UDOT

Saratoga Springs City

Goodreads

Deseret News

Waterfront Property in Saratoga Springs, Utah, Ready to Build your Dream Home

In the gorgeous Lake Cove community near the marina in South Saratoga Springs, Utah, these beautiful properties await your custom dream home. Bring your own builder. Watch this video on YouTube as well.

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Heather Johnson, listing agent 801-369-4841 heather@BHGinfluence.com

4 properties available: 3 right on Utah Lake, and 1 across the quiet road, Spinnaker Bay Drive.

See the listings on the MLS below.

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Lake Cove Properties listed by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Influence Partners, Heather Johnson, agent: Lot 1, 11, 12, 13

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Curb appeal is more important than you think.

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Improved curb appeal makes the difference.

As real estate agents, we often find a nearly perfect home for our buyer, one that we know is made for them. We pull up to the front of the home, excited to show them the home of their dreams. But sometimes, our clients say, “Nope. Drive on!” (or something like that), and don’t even get out of the car.

If I cannot convince them to give it a shot, I ask if I can take a few minutes to slip in to see the home and leave a card, so I can provide feedback for the listing agent.

I cringe as we drive away, knowing full well that if my clients had taken a few minutes to view the interior, they possibly would have made an offer on the home.

Here’s the deal. They didn’t like something about the exterior. Maybe it was a big deal, like extremely outdated and damaged stucco, but I probably would not take them to a home like that. Usually, the reasons they give for not being interested in viewing the interior are similar to the following: “it’s too plain”, “not enough trees”, or “I hate the color of the door”.

How do you know what improvements need to be made? Here is where your listing agent comes in.

You have hired us, so put us to work! This is a basic service that we love to do! It is no sweat off our back, and it is just a part of what we do. We recognize it will create a more efficient sale, so please do not hesitate to ask for our opinion. Involve us from the start, so you don’t jump into large-scale projects that may be unnecessary. We can save you effort, money and time spent by providing you a short list of what little fixes will do the trick.

Throwing it back…

When my husband and I were newly married, about to sell our first home, a small condominium in Palm Desert, California, we enlisted the help of an incredible real estate agent. (Dave is still rocking it, 15 years later… Check out his gorgeous properties here.)

We just knew he would tell us to completely demolish the bizarre roman bathtub in the bathroom, replace hardware everywhere, repaint the whole condo…etc. We were so nervous, because we did not have the resources or the time for all of the fixes we thought he would recommend for us.

Well, you know what? He walked through and suggested the most simple, small fixes needed to prep our home. He told us to add a fresh plant here, a little caulk on the cabinetry there, and repaint a small bathroom. We were shocked. That’s it? So, no major remodeling needed? Sweet!! We did exactly as he recommended. Our condo sold in three days. This experience was eye-opening for me. I realized what a huge benefit it was to have our dedicated agent at our side, through the whole process.

Disclaimer: of course, if your home is older, and in need of giant repairs/renovations, you might have a bigger project on your hands. But most homes have potential that can be found with only a handful of improvements.

Trust your agent’s expert opinion. Don’t be afraid to ask for it! We love to help you achieve your goal of selling your home, and want it to be as simple and smooth as possible.

Curb appeal counts for more than you would think. Best wishes for quick and painless pre-listing improvements!

Thanks, Heather Johnson, REALTOR ® with Better Homes and Gardens® – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

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For more tips on how to get the interior of your home in shape, check out my post here.

For some fun before and after pics of some extensive curb appeal makeovers, check out BHG’s post here.

4 Reasons Having Cold Feet in Winter is Unnecessary

“Wait until spring.”

It is not good advice, and completely misleading, yet you hear it from self-proclaimed experts all the time.

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It is freezing outside in Utah. You are ready to sell your home, but are holding off, believing that buyers “only search when it’s warm”. One problem…

You’re dead wrong.

I have scheduled most of this week to view homes in various price ranges with clients, and yours isn’t one of them. #ohsnap #sorrynotsorry

Okay, so maybe I’m a being a bit harsh, but I’m right. Why should you get over having cold feet about selling your home in the winter? Check out these 4 darn good reasons:

1. Buyers don’t have cold feet in the winter.

2. Your home will SHINE in the winter.

3. “But the weather…?” Not a problem.

4. Inventory is down. Take advantage of that fact.

Let’s explore each of these shocking realities, one at a time.

1. Buyers don’t have cold feet in the winter.

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Gather ’round, kids. Let’s have a little chit-chat about what you are up to, late at night, when you really should be asleep: searching online for your next home, or making plans for your next home….so are thousands of other potential buyers.

But do you know what those potential buyers aren’t finding in their search? Your home. They could be, and they should be.

2. Your home will SHINE in the winter.

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Many potential sellers have been led to think, “if I wait until the spring, I’ll be able to sell super fast.” However, there may be an influx of listings in the spring, adding to the pool of homes that look and feel a whole lot like yours. Jump the gun, and list your home ahead of the surge.

And, as a showing tip: make sure your home literally shines with light by cleaning the windows, replacing lightbulbs, turning on outdoor lighting for showings in the evening, and opening the curtains/blinds.

3. “But the weather…?” Not a problem.

Although the Utah mountains have been dumped on this winter, there isn’t much snow on your roof. Buyers are still looking, whether it is cold or hot outside.

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As a real estate agent, I am prepared to keep my buying clients comfortable, warm and happy through our home search days. Once your home is on the market, stage your home to feel inviting, the cold weather won’t be a problem. Shovel the pathways and set the thermostat to a comfy temperature to create an atmosphere of warmth in your home. (It will take even more effort in the spring, as you’ll have your entire yard to fuss over as well).

Also, if your agent’s online marketing strategy is effective, many buyers will be able to get a great feel for your home during extreme weather, without having to view your home in person. If your listing agent does it right, online marketing can make all the difference. If your agent does nothing but list your home with a low-quality photo on the MLS, you have been duped. There are so many possibilities and options for online marketing and other strategies to get your home in front of all who are searching.

4. Inventory is down. Take advantage of that fact.

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Numbers nerds: unite. Let’s check out some stats. The Utah Association of REALTORS® publishes Utah’s home sale statistics for the nerds in the room (me). From November 2015 to November 2016, inventory dropped an astounding 23.7%, new listings dropped 8.6%, but the drop in inventory led to a rise in the median sales price by 6.4% during that same time period. (source: http://utahrealtors.com/news-center/housing-statistics/monthly-indicators-report/ accessible to Utah REALTORS®).

If you wisely choose to list your home in the winter, your home will stand out, likely attracting the buyers who are looking for your home, no matter the weather.

Call me for a consultation on the listing of your home in Utah. Thank you for stopping by!

heather-9Heather Johnson, REALTOR® with Better Homes and Gardens – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

801-369-4841

heatherjhomes.com

 

Some helpful links about selling in the winter:

http://time.com/money/4083196/winter-home-sale-tips/

https://www.veteransunited.com/realestate/5-tips-selling-a-home-in-winter/

http://bhgrealestateblog.com/staging-winter-home-sales/

http://www.ferrispropertygroup.com/blog/ways-to-stage-your-home-in-the-winter/

Photo cred of the beautiful home in the main pic above… http://skonahem.com/inspirerande-hem/vintervackert-modernt-sekelskifte/

The 3 Most Overlooked Ways to Impress Buyers

Your home is for sale. Congratulations!

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As a seller, you probably will stress every day to keep your home clean. I have been there. It is not as easy as it seems, especially when you still occupy the home, or you have kids or pets. You have to stay ahead of the mess. Every. Single. Day.

It happens, what you’ve been waiting for: your real estate agent schedules a showing.

Panic-mode.

Simply *cleaning* is not enough. What more can you do to be sure that the time you spend before a home showing (prepping, cleaning, gathering up kids/pets and leaving for a few hours) is worth it?

Try out these 3 tips to drive up your potential buyers’ positive impressions:

1. Hide away all dirty laundry, clutter & garbage.

2. Put away most of your family’s pictures.

3. Bring out the good scents. 

Let’s take a closer look at these…

Number 1. Hide away all dirty laundry, clutter & garbage.

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When you are used to living in your home, you may not be thinking about the way others may like to live, or see the way you live, relative to cleanliness. A filled laundry hamper or overflowing garbage will likely be off-putting and gross to potential buyers. View your home with different, scrutinizing, eyes. Look for the most effective ways to de-clutter shelves, surfaces, and floor. Limit small knick-knacks, even if they are your favorite items.

Number 2. Put away most of your family’s personal photographs.

ts-78486658_collection-of-framed-pictures-on-console_s4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-966-725Potential buyers should be able to easily feel comfortable and welcome in your home. If there are any personalized photographs or artwork that detract from the buyer feeling that this could be their “home”, you may lose them on the first look.  HGTV agrees. Check out this article.

Number 3. Bring out the good scents.

home-scentsThis one may be one of the MOST valuable tips you can receive when preparing to show your home. No matter how perfectly pristine your home may appear, a nasty smell will completely shut you down. Pet owners and parents with small children should be especially conscious of smells that you may have grown accustomed to, but home buyers are not. Eliminate ALL signs and smells of pets or stinky diapers. Have freshly-baked cookies on the counter, with a note that states, “please take one, thank you for visiting our home,” spray every room with a gentle air freshener, or simmer seasonal potpourri on the stove prior to the showing (turning off the burner before leaving). Here are 15 yummy home scent tips from “Homestead and Survival”.

These tips will take some time, energy and effort, but it could mean the difference between a sale, enabling you to move on to your new home, or having to fight your way through dozens more showings that only end in disappointment.

Thankheather-9.jpg you for stopping by. I hope this article was helpful to you. Sincerely, Heather Johnson
Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
heather@BHGinfluence.com

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The Beauty Around Us

Living in Saratoga Springs, I get to see this view. Every. Day.

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(photo credit: Niki Martins Photography)

Okay, so we might not see double rainbows every day, but come on. That mountain and lake. You cannot tell me that you don’t want to see the view from here. It is insane.

I have lived in Saratoga Springs for almost 8 years. We moved here in the Spring of 2009.

The housing market has changed immensely since that time. We had no neighbors. All of the homes sat empty for years. So many people were trying to tie up a short sale or foreclosure, and get into homes for cheap.

Now, the market is looking great, and my neighborhood has filled in nicely, with some of the most diverse, genuine, and helpful neighbors. My kids love it here. It is not just about the views. It is the people of Saratoga Springs that have made our family so grateful to live here in this lovely community.

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Choosing a neighborhood can be challenging. So, how did we know this was where we were supposed to be?

The answer was simple: we could feel it as soon as we walked into our home. Really. Jonathan and I looked at each other and didn’t even have to say a word. We just knew.

You may not know yet exactly what, where, or why you are looking for a new home. I would love to make it easier on you.

If you don’t know where to start, just call me. I’m so happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you to pinpoint exactly the home you dream of having. I’ll do my best to protect you and watch out for you at every turn.

Contact me at 801.369.4841

heather@BHGinfluence.com

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I want to help you to see the beauty around you, wherever you want to be.