Blog :: 09-2019

7 Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram If You Love HGTV

We <3 HGTV.

We also love Instagram. Instead of binge-watching House Hunters all day, we found inspiration on Instagram that will make your feed instantly better.

Below are 7 accounts we follow on Instagram that you should follow if you love HGTV.

 

1. Sherwin Williams | @sherwinwilliams

Looking for inspiration to redo a room in your home? Sherwin William's Instagram feed is all you need. They take paint to the next level, making it easy to envision your future home design. 

2. Lonny | @lonnymag

There's something wildly satisfying about Lonny's Instagram feed. Whether it's the minimalism, muted colors, or the gorgeous homes, Lonny showcases nothing but beautiful design. They also have a book, blog, and magazine if you need more! 

3. The Cabin Chronicles | @thecabinchronicles

 Longing for a getaway but now just isn't the right time? Just one look at The Cabin Chronicles feed will satisfy your travel bug. Modern minimalism is clean, but a little rustic cabin can make all the difference if your home needs more coziness. Lose yourself in the lush woods, mountain views, and waterfront oasis from all over the world.

4. The Jungalow | @thejungalow

The Jungalow is an award-winning design blog and online shop (with it's own app!) founded by Justina Blakeney. All of your wildest bohemian dreams will come true with her eccentric patterns, lush plants, and bold colors. You might even be inspired to bring a few plants into your home after looking at this feed! 

5. Like To Know It Home | @liketoknow.it.home

This account is more interactive than most. They showcase home designs from other Instagram users that you can actually purchase through their app. Simply download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app in the app store, open it and enter your Instagram information, and you're ready to go! If you like any post from their feed, they will send you an email with all of the products in the photo. 

6. Home Talk | @hometalk

This one is for all of you DIYers. Hometalk's Instagram feed is filled with doable ideas for your home. Their website also makes it easy to search for any project you're looking for. They even have real photos from other people who completed the projects, so you won't be fooled by unrealistic "after" photos. 

7. The Spruce | @thespruceofficial

This page makes anyone feel like a pro at interior decorating. The Spruce offers practical and welcoming advice for anyone who loves design and decor at every price point. You'll leave this page feeling inspired and ready to style your home because it's fun and easily accessible. 

 

Homes are popular on Instagram.

Quality images are equally as important in real estate. According to the CRD, homes with high-quality photography sell 32% faster and for more money. That's why every home we list receives both professional photography and marketing on Instagram.

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    How Long Should You Live In Your House Before You Sell?

     

    Whether you just moved in or have lived in your home for 50 years, it's common to wonder how long you should stay in your home before you sell it. According to the National Association of Realtors®, ten years is the average amount of time that a homeowner will stay in their home before deciding to sell it. 

    If you're under ten years and itching to sell, many experts say you should follow the “five-year rule” and stay in the same home for at least five years before selling. 

    This may sound like a long time and you may think you are ready to sell now, but before you make any rash decisions, we put together a few of the most important factors that you should be aware of.

    1. Your Mortgage

    One of the first and foremost factors you must consider when you decide to sell your home is your mortgage payment. If you want to make money when you sell your home, then your sale price must be greater than what’s left of your mortgage. When you first buy your home and begin to pay your mortgage, the first few years will go towards interest rather than the principal amount. This typically means that it’s more difficult to make money off your sale under 5 years. However, if you put a larger downpayment on your house, then your interest rate and mortgage will probably be smaller, making it possible to make money in a shorter amount of time.

     

    2. Equity

    Building home equity is important. You’ll want to have a lot of equity built up when you decide to sell. The amount of home equity you’ve obtained depends on any remodeling or renovations you’ve made, as well as your mortgage. If the home you bought was already in tip-top shape, then it may be difficult to build equity. If you’ve remodeled the kitchen, bathroom, redone the flooring, or made other renovations around the house, then you have most likely gained home equity. You can also increase your home equity by paying off more of the principal on your mortgage.

     

    3. Market Conditions 

    One of the more common reasons you’re eager to sell your home is to make money on your property. There are a few things to look out for when deciding if it’s a seller's market and whether or not it's time to make your move. If you notice the price per square foot in your area is increasing, chances are that homes stay on the market for a shorter time. You should also take note of homes near you that are selling. It might seem time-consuming, but don't worry! We always keep track of recent home sales in the area and can send you over an up-to-date market report.

     

    Request A Market Report

    We have exclusive access to past sales close to your home and we know what the market currently looks like. Get your free report

     

     

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      The Right (and Wrong) Way To Host and Attend an Open House

      Open houses are a huge part of both the buying and selling process. You might be hesitant to host or attend one because they can be painfully awkward. Walking around your potential new home with a real estate agent following you from room to room isn't the most comfortable experience, especially if there are parts of the home you don't like or the home is in not-so-great condition. 

      As a buyer, this is your time to finally see what that home you bookmarked online looks like in person. 

      As a seller, this is your moment to make your home look special and showcase what you have loved most about your home over the years.

      When done right, open houses can lead to on the spot sales, bidding wars, and can open your eyes to what you're really looking for in a home. We took a few stories from Andrew Dorn of realtor.com, who visited seven different open houses in one weekend, to show you the right (and wrong) way to host and attend open houses.

      Buyer Tips

      If you are a potential buyer going to open houses in hopes of finding your next home, you'll need to be prepared for a few red flags to look out for. You should also go into the open house with a few pointers and questions to ask.

      If the home you're going to is one you have been looking at online, then you probably already know a little bit about the property. Even if you've lived in or around the same town the home is in, there are still a few questions you should have prepared to get a true sense of the house and the area.

      Get The Positives & Negatives

      Ask the real estate agent what the positives and negatives are about the home that you should know. If they are honest (which they should be!), knowing potential problems about the home or neighborhood are better to know upfront than later down the line.

      Learn More About The Neighborhood

      Ask them what they think of the area - is it up and coming, more of a younger or older community, what service prices or HOA fees are there? This real estate agent is the local expert of the area. Let them share their expertise with you. Ask questions about the history of the neighborhood, what it's like now, and what the next 5 years will look like.

      Ask About Other Properties

      Finally, you should always ask the real estate agent if they know of any similar properties in the area that you might be interested in. If this isn’t the one for you, but you’re looking for a home with the same amount of bedrooms, the agent should be able to help you out.

      Seller Tips

      Whether you're selling your home on your own and hosting an open house, or working with a real estate agent to host one for you, there are a few tips that can make or break how your home looks in the eyes of potential buyers.

      Clean up! 

      As Andrew approached one of the seven homes, right above the front door was a little perch where birds could sit. It's a great thought, but when he looked down there was bird poop all over the concrete that enters into the door. 

      “It makes me sick. I actually had to kind of take a hop step and jump over it so I wouldn't get the bird stuff on the bottom of my shoes.”

      This is your homes first impression. If potential buyers get a bad taste in their mouth from the front porch, then the expectations are set before they even talk through the door.

      Remove Any Signs of Pets

      Almost everyone loves pets, but that doesn’t mean that everyone likes to see where they live -- and go to the bathroom. As Andrew walked into a bathroom in one of the homes, he saw what he thought was a trash can which actually was a kitty litter box. After an even closer look, he noticed a mark left by the kitty. 

      In the kitchen, there was a beautiful vase of flowers on the counter. It was a great and simple touch to add to the open house; however, next to the vase was a small Tupperware container with what seemed to be little brown round things - which again belonged to a cat. It was cat food. 

      “If you look at it, I promise you, I think some people would pick it up and say I wonder if this is chocolate.”

      Stage Your Home!

      Buyers expect tip-top shape and for your home to be show-ready. Out of the seven open houses that Andrew attended, only one or two of them seemed to be actually ready for potential buyers to look at. Stage the home accordingly to make it look liveable. If it’s a home for a family, stage it to look like a family would live there, but also make sure it's neat and clean.

      Open Houses Can Be Awkward.

      If you'd rather avoid the awkwardness all together,
      we can schedule a private showing of your dream home. Let's Talk! 

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