The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s market, the buyer is saavy in finding a home. That’s usually the easy part. After you find a home you like, there are many pieces to the puzzle in negotiating not only the price but the entire transaction. Many don’t realize what goes on behind the scenes… As a Realtor, it’s my responsibility to protect you and reduce the potential stress that comes with buying a home.

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes Learn More…

What Makes a House a Home For You?

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons are the more powerful or compelling ones.

No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of a home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the emotional reasons why we choose to buy our own homes are typically more important to us than the financial ones.

1. Owning your home offers stability to start and raise a family

From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchase may have this in the back of their minds as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase.

2. There’s no place like home

Owning your own home offers you not only safety and security, but also a comfortable place that allows you to relax after a long day!

3. You have more space for you and your family

Whether your family is expanding, an older family member is moving in, or you need to have a large backyard for your pets, you can take all this into consideration when buying your dream home!

4. You have control over renovations, updates, and style

Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments that you saw on Pinterest? Tired of paying an additional pet deposit for your apartment building? Or maybe you want to finally adopt that puppy or kitten you’ve seen online 100 times? Who’s to say that you can’t do all of these things in your own home?

Bottom Line

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in your life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.

Keeping Current Matters

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

For many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment.

It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which made your dreams come true) might not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of your dreams. The good news is Learn more…

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

We love our furry family members! An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

Let’s keep our families safe!

Get the Help You Need

Many homebuyers don’t know exactly what they’re looking for when they start their search, which might lead them to spend more money or not get what they actually want! A local real estate agent is the key to finding everything they’re shopping for. Share this video to help your prospective clients understand that a real estate agent is their best resource.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Include Your Pets in Your Emergency Prep Kit

Because many homes include pets, it’s important to include them in your emergency prep and evacuation plan. Our family members rely on us, so let’s keep them safe in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Pet Kit:

  • Select a pet-friendly emergency meeting place
  • A week’s worth of food and water
  • Pet’s medical records and photos
  • Prescription medication
  • Sanitary items: catbox/litter, potty pads, trash bags
  • Leash, collars with contact info
  • Crate or Carrier and blankets
  • INCLUDE:  Order FREE ASPCA Pet Safety Pack and get your free magnet and decal