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Dress Your Home For Success

Whether it’s an Open House, or simply presenting your home in the best light, it is necessary to view it from the eyes of a buyer!  Any money spent in this area may result in increased profits and a faster sale.

Maximizing Curb Appeal
Before potential buyers even see what the home has to offer, they view its exterior.  As a result, an unkempt or unattractive view of the outside of the home could potentially result in a missed opportunity.  To show the house in its best light, consider the following:

* Move all materials, including garbage cans and gardening supplies, from the front yard and into a garage or shed

* Mow the lawn and weed and maintain all planted areas

* Replace any outdoor light bulbs that are not working

* Sweep walkways and steps, and remove all small items from the porch or patio

* Replace worn or badly stained door mats

Once a potential buyer enters the home, they need to determine if it will meet their needs and expectations.  Give them the best view of the home’s interior by following these steps:

* Remove the home of any clutter by limiting decorative objects and clearing all unnecessary appliances from the kitchen countertops

* Rearrange or remove furniture to highlight the space in a room

* Review each room and clean or vacuum if necessary

These tips can help ensure you receive the highest price possible for your home.

We just filed bakruptcy, can we get a loan to buy a house?

The answer is no.

It will take either a bad hard-money loan with lots of cash down and horribly high interest rates or to wait three to five years based on the loan type you apply for.

I am just sorry that it sounds like you were not advised of that reality prior to filing.

Many people are opting for bankruptcy by default or upon bad recommendation by others because it appears to be a quick fix to a tough dilemma. However, bankruptcy is viewed by most financial advisers as a last resort when all else – credit counseling, budgeting and other efforts have failed.

Bankruptcy has far reaching consequences which make every day life very difficult for many years. Over the next few years you will find that it will impact your credit, finding employment, impact every day tasks like renting a car, and other necessities of life. Notwithstanding the fact that whether you are allowed a loan in a few years or not, your credit report will still wear the bankruptcy label for the next seven to 10 years depending on how you filed.

Why am I going on about this? Because you are now in a position to tell someone how to avoid what has happened to you. I am certain that if those who have had to file could do it again, with better counsel, they would not file or would not place themselves in a position to have to file.

Now that you have some time on your hands while you await the bankruptcy discharge, there are great free online tools to help you in beginning again and staying on track in preparation not only to purchase but to also establish spending disciplines that lead toward a healthier financial future.

I personally recommend sites such as http://www.mint.com and http://www.crown.org – wonderful and easy to understand tools that I use myself and have referred to family and friends.

Also, please don’t go the hard money route. There is no guarantee of what the market will do and you are in no position to take such a financial risk.

My best to you,

Keisha Mathews, REALTOR
Century 21 Landmark Network