Blog

What is Appraised Value?

It’s an objective opinion of value, but it’s not an exact science so appraisals may differ. For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value—what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include insurance value, replacement value, and assessed value for property tax purposes. Appraised value is not…
Read more

Twenty Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

Make your home more appealing for yourself and for potential buyers with these quick and easy tips. Trim bushes so they don’t block windows and cut down on light Buy a new doormat. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch. Put new doorknobs on your front door…
Read more

Six Items to Have on Hand for the New Owners

Owner’s manuals for items left in the house Warranties for any items left in the house A list of local service providers—the best dry cleaner, yard service, etc. Garage door opener Extra sets of house keys Code to burglar alarm and phone number of monitoring service if not discontinued. Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online by…
Read more

Moving Tips for Sellers

Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually 2-4 weeks ahead of the move. Notify our charge cards, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address. Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move. Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and…
Read more