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Home Improvements for Under $1,000 That Give You the Most Return on Investment

Posted by Tim Weisheyer on Jun 30, 2016 1:34:39 PM

When you watch shows like Fixer Upper, the intention of “fixing the home up” is for the homeowners to love their home for years and years to come. Not all home improvement projects are for this purpose, though. Some homeowners go into home improvements with one thing in mind: selling their home in the near future. When this is the case, you should get solid advice from your REALTOR® to ensure these projects will pay for themselves in the end.

There are a handful of projects that will not only pay for themselves in the long run, but will help sell your home in Central Florida when the time comes.

Paint your house.

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to improve the appearance and curb appeal of your home -  this goes for the interior or exterior of the home. If you’re going to give your home a facelift with a new paint job, we recommend choosing a neutral paint color. We’ve pinned some of our favorite interior neutrals on our Pinterest account. If you're in need of some inspiration, Pinterest is one of the best places to look for trends in exterior color palettes, too!

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Topics: Listing Your Home, Selling your Home, Home Tips, Selling 101

Central Florida Homeowners: How Much Equity Do You Really Have in Your Home?

Posted by Tim Weisheyer on May 3, 2016 2:57:21 PM

Figuring out how much equity you have in your home is sometimes the determining factor in whether you're ready to purchase your next home.

More often than not, there's only a number of reasons you're looking to purchase your next home...

  • You've outgrown your current home and need something bigger (which most likely means something that will cost more than you originally spent on your first home).
  • You're relocating to a new area for work, family, or a change in lifestyle.
  • You're downsizing, maybe later in life, as you prepare for retirement.

If you're looking for a larger home or even relocating to a new area (maybe a more costly area than you currently live in), knowing how much equity you have in your home is important. Your home equity is the difference between the appraised value of your home and your current mortgage balance. The more equity you have, the more options you'll have.

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Topics: Selling your Home, Home Tips

The Mover's Guide to Packing Everything

Posted by Tim Weisheyer on Dec 11, 2015 11:14:48 AM

When we say "The Mover's Guide to Packing Everything", we don't actually mean a professional mover. We mean we're bringing you tips from a REAL Dream Builders Realty customer. You know, a person just like you who recently bought a new home and had to move her family from one house to the next. This mover has the real packing tips and tricks that you are looking for.

Without further ado, here are some moving tips for you…

  • Weed out as you go. Make a pile of things to donate or sell while you are packing. This ensures that you don't take anything with you that you truly don't need anymore. Whether you are downsizing or upgrading, there are always going to be things you don't need to take with you when you go. 

  • Organize your boxes. You can organize your boxes in a number of ways. You could buy an assortment of colored duct tape and color code each room, sealing up the boxes for the room with the corresponding color you've assigned it. On moving day, you can put a piece of tape on the wall of each room in your new house and any family or friends helping you will know exactly where each box goes. Another idea? Number each room starting with 100 and counting up by hundreds. Every box in one room will be labeled with a number in that set, and you can keep a list of what is in each box for easy unpacking.
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Topics: First Time Home Buyer, Good Ideas, Home Tips, Buying 101

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