Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Program Allows You to Rent a Home Before You Can Buy One

Amanda and her family were relocating from out of state. We used this program to help them get into a home quickly

How did Amanda Durbin and her family find their dream home through our Home Partners’ Lease With a Right to Purchase program?

They relocated to our area from Texas, and they were looking for a home to rent because they didn’t know how long they’d be here. While browsing for homes on Craigslist, she saw our program’s advertisement.

“I was really excited because it talks about your dream home,” Amanda recounts. “That’s all anybody wants—their dream home.”

She contacted us shortly thereafter. At the time, she, her husband, and their two children were living in an apartment, but that was too small as a long-term option. Finding a house to rent in Colorado was hard enough, and prices here were different than they were in Texas. Their rental lease was up at the end of their year, so Amanda guesses they would’ve had to move two or three more times between different apartments if she hadn’t found us and contacted us. 

"I found my dream home. It was great, and you were great to work with."

With our program, you only need to commit to a 12-month lease, and the requirements for Amanda and her family to qualify were pretty standard. They owned a house in Texas, so she’d been through the home search process before. We made this search extra easy for her, though.

“You actually did most of the work for me, which was really great.”

Their down payment actually was less than what they paid for their home in Texas, despite the fact that homes in Texas are generally cheaper. After she committed to the 12-month lease and put down the security deposit, she started looking for permanent homes within her family’s budget because her husband received a promotion at his job.

With this program, once you’re in the house you lease, you don’t have to buy it, but that’s what Amanda and her family decided to do. Buying the house for them was easier than a how a typical homebuyer uses a loan because they’d become cash buyers through the program. The program gives you the cash—we just pick out the house. 

You only pay a different price for the home than when you moved in if Home Partners determines that something about the home needs to be fixed. This increase, though, only comes to 5%. For Amanda, she and her family will likely have equity in their home within the first year. 

“We were lucky. I found my dream home. It was great, and you were great to work with.”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Some of the Home Staging Tips I Offer During Consultations

What goes into my staging consultations? Let me walk you through the process.

We’ve touched on the subject of home staging in the past, but today I wanted to delve deeper into what a one-hour consultation with me looks like.

When you call me after hiring Rob Kittle, I like to come out and visit you as soon as possible. During my visit, I fill out a form that details each room of the property.

I write down notes as we walk through the home together and then leave those notes with you after our consultation ends. I also send a copy of those notes on to Rob so that we are all on the same page.

The first area I like to focus on is curb appeal. People driving up to your home will instantly perceive whether or not they can envision themselves living there. Everything after this first impression should then reinforce their already positive opinion on your home.

If someone has a negative first impression of your home, everything they see inside of it afterwards will only serve to reinforce that impression. They’ll convince themselves that it simply isn’t right for them. This is why curb appeal is so critical.

The next step is to talk about decluttering. Your home needs to have enough furniture to define the space, but not so much that the beauty of the home is being distracted from. Other basics, like cleanliness, are also important. During our consultation, we will determine whether your home needs anything from a fresh coat of paint to a good dusting.

"Buyers want to see themselves living there, not you living there."

On top of cleaning, organizing, and decluttering your home, you will also need to neutralize it. Buyers want to see themselves living there, not you living there. Religious artifacts, sports memorabilia, and other personal items should be put away during showings.

Finally, good lighting is very important. Opening the blinds to allow in natural sunlight is a great way to make everything else you’ve done to the home shine.

I look forward to working with you!

Monday, January 15, 2018

You're Invited to Our Upcoming Appreciation Event

We’re hosting another client appreciation event. Will we see you there?

Thanks to the record number of referrals you gave us in 2017, we were able to also have a record number of closings. We can’t thank you enough for the amazing year we had.

"Don't miss out! Click here to RSVP to our bowling party!"

To show you how grateful we are, we’re happy to invite you to our annual client appreciation event. We hope you’ll join us for a bowling party at Chipper’s North on February 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

You can RSVP here. We hope to see you there!

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.