Curb Appeal; Make a Great First Impression

Curb Appeal is the buyer’s first impression of your home. Make it a Good One!

Curb Appeal; Make a Great First Impression

Curb Appeal; Make a Great First Impression

The first impression of a home is the biggest – and usually happens before prospective buyers even park their car at the curb. If you’re preparing to sell your home, be sure to spruce up the exterior. And now’s a good time to do it, because spring and summer are the busiest selling seasons.

The main goal is to add instant curb appeal without breaking the bank (or your back). Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Front door:  The quickest way to make your home stand out is by painting your front door a fun, bright color. Choose an inviting shade that complements the exterior – and for some added style, install decorative house numbers or a vintage mail slot.
  • Front porch:  Create a relaxing spot on the front porch; not only does it make use of vacant space, but instantly adds charm. Two rocking chairs and a bistro table will do just the trick, or if you’re up for another project, refurbish an old glider and side table.
  • Landscaping:  This can be as easy, or as hard, as you’d like it to be. Landscaping has endless options, which ultimately depends on the size of your home. For a quaint home, adding a few flower boxes to the main windows will quickly add some color and instant charm. For larger homes, planting a few trees and shrubs will enhance the ambiance of your home. Whichever design you choose, be sure to include some perennial plants that will come back year after year. Prospective buyers always appreciate that.
  • Accents: Small, detailed accents can make a big impact and provide a great return on curb appeal. Accentuate the architectural design of your home by adding lights along the front path, decorative flowerpots on the steps, or an ornate doorbell to the freshly painted door.
  • Remove clutter: Arriving at a home with odds and ends strewn across the yard raises an instant red flag to prospective buyers, and implies that the interior of the home is at least as bad. By keeping the exterior of your home tidy, you’ll easily draw buyers who are eager to see more great features inside.

Multifamily Housing Know the Different Types

Multifamily Housing Know the Different Types

Multifamily Housing Know the Different Types

Multifamily Housing Know the Different Types

The differences between condos, townhomes and co-ops can be confusing when you’re a buyer. Use this cheat sheet to help you sort them out.

Condominium
Description: Usually composed of multiple units that are owned by individual residents. Condos are often found in high-rise structures, although they can also be part of lower-profile buildings.

Ownership structure: Condos use a type of joint ownership of real property in which portions of the property (such as hallways) are commonly owned and other portions (the interior units themselves, for example) are individually owned.

Fees: Condo owners pay a monthly or quarterly fee to cover the maintenance and upkeep of common areas, and they usually pay as a group for utilities such as water, garbage removal and cable television.

Townhome
Description: Aside from the fact that owners share a wall or two with their neighbors, townhomes are usually two-story structures that closely mimic single-family homes in terms of physical attributes and ownership.

Ownership structure: Residents own the land under their townhomes, plus the structures themselves.

Fees: Owners typically pay a quarterly or annual fee for the maintenance and upkeep of common areas (such as lawns and swimming pools).

Co-op
Description: Co-ops look like condos structurally, but the ownership is configured much differently.

Ownership structure: Residents become “shareholders” of the corporation, and are not actually owners of the property itself. They buy shares in a housing corporation, and, in turn, earn the right to reside in the building.

Fees: The shareholders elect a governing board, which determines an annual operating budget, collects monthly maintenance fees and allocates funding for property improvements.

Not sure which is right for you? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can guide you through the entire home buying process.

April 2015 Item of Value – 3 Benefits of Pricing Your Home Right!

Are you or someone you know thinking of selling?  Spring and Summer are historically popular times of year for sellers to list their homes.  In this month’s Item of Value you will find great information on the importance of listing your home at the right price and how it can help get potential buyers to your door!

If you’re thinking of selling your home, call us for a free comparable market analysis of your property!

April 2015 Monthly Item of Value

7 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move!

7 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move

7 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move!

7 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move!

Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. The tough part is you can’t explain to your dogs and cats what’s happening. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks. Here are some things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home.

A little help from the vet
A pre-move home tour
Time to explore
The benefit of pet walks
How cats handle moves
Additional supervision
Update pet IDs

If you’re ready to start your home search for a place that’s perfect for you and your pets, call us at 813-300-7116 and Nick & Cindy Davis can guide you there. To see the complete article please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx

Why We Became a REALTOR

Why We Became a REALTOR

Why We Became a REALTOR

Why We Became a REALTOR

Cindy and I had spent 20 years in the US Army and spent many day separated from each other. So when Nick was coming up on time for retirement the choice was very easy. Retire! Now you may find this interesting Nick was preparing to get into law enforcement when he retired. He had prepared the last year by taking all the necessary tests, interviews, etc.

When he came back to Tampa there was an issue with class dates, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department said why don’t you get a job at Home Depot in the interim while you are waiting for the class to start 6 months later.

Cindy was working at Law Firm in Tampa and Nick needed a job. So he put his resume together and sent it out. Immediately he was contacted by a local company to be a Manager for a local Valet Parking Company in Tampa. He was so excited! Started his training and the first week (Still not getting paid) they wanted him to come park cars at an event on a Friday night. Now at 38 years old he did not think that he needed practice parking cars and wondered how this at all related to being a manager. So he did what Cindy instructed he quit. Honestly we are not sure that would be correct since he never got paid.

Then the quest was on. What does a 38 year old retired infantry soldier do? Cindy had the idea; she said why don’t you get your real estate license? She had her license since 2000 but it was voluntarily inactive. Now remember Nick joined the Army when he was 17 and turned 18 in basic training so he said Sales? What do I know about sales? But off he went. While waiting to get his license Cindy was notified that she was being deployed with her Reserve Unit to Fort Jackson SC to be a Drill Sergeant for up to 18 months.

We have to go back in time now. 1988 we were stationed at Fort Benning GA. Cindy was pregnant with Nicholas and we were trying to get out of apartment living and into a house. We looked and looked and nothing. We came across a home that was being built and called the Realtor® ironically she was a RE/MAX agent. We looked at the house and fell in love with it. Then we found out we did not make enough money and could not get a mortgage at that time. So a few weeks passed and then we got home and checked our answering machine. (Remember 1988) and she left us a message to call her back; she had some news. So we called and there was a program under FHA that we qualified for and so we purchased our first home. She could have just written us off; but she did not and we were so grateful for what she did for us.

Fast Forward: On April 1, 2005 Nick passed his test and received his real estate license. We listed a home of one of our friends and it went under contract before it ever went into MLS. These were days when homes were selling almost as fast as they hit the market. He started the business as an individual agent and excelled really quickly.  When Cindy returned from her deployment we decided that the time was right and we wanted to have our own Family Run Business, so she joined Nick as an Active Realtor®.

We always say that we are here to provide service to clients in all capacities. We have been a baby-sitter for some, been there to help pack up or unpack the moving trucks. We love what we do and would not trade it for anything. One of the most significant things we have experienced is while working with a couple that had lost their home to a Short Sale; due to loss of job; a true hardship. We got to assist them in purchasing their new home in 2014. We were so honored that they called us back and we got the chance to be a part of their new home purchase.

In wrapping this up. We believe our Mission and Vision Statements summarize who we are and why we became a Realtor

Mission Statement:

Through unwavering commitment, unparalleled service, professionalism, experience and trust we will ensure your home buying/selling is like no other.  We are dedicated to our family, community and country and forming long-term relationships that go well beyond the transaction.  Our client’s needs and interests remain our first priority and our goal to passionately exceed expectations.

Vision Statement:

Nick and Cindy Davis intend to cultivate a community in the Tampa Bay area honoring the values, training, experience and service they acquired while serving their country in the United States Army for 20 and 24 years, respectively. As veterans now committed to a local community filled with past, present and future clients including home buyers, sellers and investors serving in whatever capacity the Real Estate market requires. Education, training and experience are obtained in the dedication to service and providing value to the customer while building a Real Estate business that extends to property management services that focus on maintain value for our homeowners whose needs have changed, investors and relocated military clients who are not ready to sell. Always growing personally and professionally.

Please feel free to visit our website to learn more about us. www.TampaHomesSold.com

 

7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

Spring is here!

When it comes to preparing to sell your home, the best place to start is clearing the clutter. Clutter includes all of those things we have a tendency to save that we no longer use that just lie around or take over extra space in our homes. We all are guilty of saving things in our homes, garages and basements that we forget we even still have. However, the more you declutter, the cleaner and more spacious your home will appear to prospective buyers and the quicker it will sell. If just thinking about it makes you feel overwhelmed, here are a few easy steps to get you started.

Step 1: Set a schedule

Step 2: Do one room at a time

Step 3: Create a deadline to finish

Step 4: Start small

Step 5: Categorize your clutter

Step 6: Letting go

Step 7: Pack it up

We will go more in depth into each area; you can see the full story at www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-blog.aspx 

 

Did you know that Energy Audits are Available?

Did you know that Energy Audits are Available?

Energy Audits are Available

Energy Audits are Available

Is your home more than 7 years old? You may want to call your local Electric Company and see if they offer an energy audit.

Cindy and I live in a home that was built in 1990, we have maintained the home throughout our 15 years of home ownership. AC was replace, roof, hot water heater, etc. So just a few weeks ago our son said “it is Hot upstairs!” We also noticed our electric bills were increasing and so we went online to our Electric Company (TECO) and they offer several options for Energy Audits.

Tampa Electric offers three convenient ways to help you identify and evaluate cost-effective energy-saving measures for your home.

  • Online Energy Audit:Take a few minutes to complete this web-based audit and you’ll receive a complete overview of your home’s energy consumption. A final report that you can print from your computer will include efficiency tips and the approximate savings you’ll acquire when using them.
  • Phone-Assisted Audit:Call the number for your area listed below to speak directly with a Tampa Electric representative. Like the Online Energy Audit, you will receive a final report that will include efficiency tips and the approximate savings you’ll acquire when using them.
  • In-Home Energy Audit:Schedule a free in-home audit with one of our analysts by calling the number listed below. Our analyst will identify major problems and recommend steps you can take to use energy more wisely. After the audit is complete, you will receive a report that provides recommendations regarding your thermostat settings, air conditioning and heating units, ductwork, insulation levels and more. This free audit takes about an hour and can provide long-lasting benefits.

To see the complete story please visit www.TampaHomesSold.com/Nick-Cindy-Davis-Blog.aspx