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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 12/12/2019

Todayís home buyers see hundreds if not thousands of real estate photos when theyíre in the market. Odds are that theyíll eliminate a number of homes from their search before ever even setting foot in them.

As you can imagine, that makes your home listingís photographs all the more important to securing solid leads on your house.

In spite of the importance of photographs, a number of sellers get them wrong. To ensure that your home listingís photos make a great first impression, weíre going to take a look at some of the common mistakes to avoid in your listing photography.

1. Not taking enough photos

In the age of digital photography, you can never take too many pictures. Experiment with different lighting, setups, and angles, and donít be afraid to take as many photos as necessary to get the shots you want.

2. Going overboard with the uploads

It might be tempting to upload all of the pictures you took of your home, but it could hurt your overall presentation. Sort carefully through your pictures and pick one or two photos that best showcase each room and another one to three photos of the homeís exterior and land.

Visitors to your listing will get bored and click away if you have a slideshow with hundreds of images. Make it easy for them to find exactly what theyíre looking for by limiting the number of total photos of your home.

3. Avoid close-ups

Your home should be spotlessly clean and tidy when taking photos. However, that doesnít mean you need to get up close to each object in your home to take photos. Try to take wide shots that make your home feel spacious and welcoming.

4. Look out for mirrors and reflections and other distractions

If thereís one way to ruin an otherwise serene photo of your home, itís when you spot the photographer accidentally showing up in the shot. Plan your angles so that you donít get any flashes, glare, or reflections in your photographs.

And, while weíre on the topic of distractions, itís a good idea to take your pets out of the room before your start shooting. Remember, potential home buyers donít love your dog or cat like you do.

5. Donít settle with your first shots

The different (or lack) of lighting your home receives throughout the day can make or break your photos. Try taking photos of your home at midday, when there are the least amount of shadows. Then, shoot some photos at golden hour (just before the sun sets) to capture warm tones. Finally, right after dusk, turn the lights on in your home and take some shots from outside. These photos give the illusion of a warm, cozy place where the light is always on.





Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 12/5/2019

You are required to get homeowners insurance when you purchase a home. You probably are so excited about buying a home that you neglect to learn the ins and outs of your policy. Unfortunately, there are many things that insurance wonít cover, yet many homeowners think that they are covered under their home insurance policy. Below, youíll find some things that are often not covered by your home insurance, even though you might think they are. 


Broken Pipes


While your home insurance will cover damage from water in your home (different than flood insurance), the policy probably wonít cover what it takes to fix broken pipes. Your best bet in this area is prevention. You should be sure that your pipes are insulated properly and that there is adequate airflow around the pipes in your cabinets.


Earthquakes


If an earthquake hits, youíre out of luck when it comes to your homeowners insurance policy. You typically need a separate policy to get earthquake coverage. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, youíll need to inquire about specific policies to protect your home from this type of natural disaster.


Floods


Youíll also need a separate policy in the event of a flood. Homeownerís policies do not cover damage or losses caused by flooding. You can get optional coverage and this is highly recommended, especially if you live near a body of water or in an area thatís prone to flooding.


A Sewer Backup


If a sewer backs up, youíll face some serious damage in your home. Unfortunately, your homeowners policy will not cover this type of damage. The repairs can be hefty. If you wish, you can always add this type of coverage to your policy. 


Only Portions Of Disasters May Be Covered


If a hurricane hits, any damage that has been caused by the wind will be covered by your home insurance policy. If you face flooding, however, and do not have a flood insurance policy, youíll be out of luck. Without extra coverage, some natural disasters can be a special disaster for you and your wallet. 


Keep Up The Maintenance On Your Home


Itís important to understand what is and isnít covered by your home insurance policy. When you know how to prepare for different situations, it will make caring for and maintaining your home and your financial future a lot easier. If you prepare accordingly for natural disasters as directed, and perform proper maintenance on your home, your insurance policy should act in the best interest for you. If you happen to live in an area where you are prone to natural disasters, make sure you get the appropriate additional coverage that youíll need to protect you.





Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 11/28/2019

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Your guest room can become a relaxing and inviting retreat -- instead of an afterthought -- and allow you to host visitors at a moment's notice. While decor, bedding and other pieces will help you create a comfortable and inviting space, these tips will elevate your guest room to a luxurious retreat and make you the most in-demand host in the family. 

Special Touches for the Perfect Guest Room

Go for Luxury: High quality linens, a cashmere throw and luxury soaps will make your room feel like a cozy and special retreat; invest in a few special items and you'll make a big impression on your guests. Consider adding a few small but helpful amenities, including new toothbrushes and toothpaste in the bathroom and toiletries; these welcome additions could prevent a quick run to the store on arrival day and will make your guests feel welcomed. 

Offer Info: If you live near some attractions, areas of interest to visitors or even entertainment districts, stop by your own town welcome center or chamber of commerce occasionally to pick up brochures of some top attractions. Many of these colorful guides also feature promos and coupons just for visitors, so supplying these to out of town guests makes it easy for them to get around. Replace these every year or so, or when they have been used, so you always have something on hand for guests. 

Passwords and Keys: Display the Wi-Fi password and any other details in a prominent place. You can buy or make a custom plaque or sign for this purpose -- even a small, decorative chalkboard will work. This will allow guests to log-in right away and access email, work and entertainment for the duration of their stay. This is also a good spot to add a house key on a decorative ring and any other passes your guests may need. Pool passes, clubhouse tags and even gate passes or tags may be needed to get around easily in your neighborhood, and keeping them handy means you won't be scrambling to find them when guests arrive. 

Think about where guests might want to visit, how they will get around and what they might need as you set up your room. When you've finished decorating, spend a night or two sleeping in the guest room. You may discover it gets very cold at night, or that a nightlight is needed for safe access to other parts of the house. Once set up, your guests will love visiting your luxurious and thoughtfully appointed space, and you'll find getting ready for visitors a breeze. 

 




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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 11/21/2019

Many of today's fashionable life coaches tell us that cluttered environments mess with our sense of peace and calm, our focus, and our productivity. Plenty of gurus and television hosts urge us to declutter our desks and homes. And overall, they're right. Research does support the concept that a having a tidy living space and workplace is beneficial. But those messy spaces in your home or office might just inspire you in ways the clutter-free set has yet to notice.

Clutter Might Not Amuse, But Is It a Muse?

Some researchers tell us that clutter supports creativity.

They acknowledge the benefits of a tidy interior space: mainly, the pleasure of easily finding, storing, and keeping track of things. Cleaning out your space can also ensure that it is used more efficiently. And of course, minimalism is important when you go to sell your home.

But when a home is actually lived in, an uncluttered environment, for some folks, may be missing something.

Clutter is conducive to creativity. It stimulates a thought process that veers away from conventional reasoning. 

Clutter Has Its Place

You may find that filing away loose papers and neatly storing randomly scattered objects seems to hit an internal "refresh" button. You may suddenly feel more in control, calm...ready to take on all the tasks! Especially when you need to complete organizational work, your stress level should drop after a good tidying up. And if you're a chef, or working on projects requiring absolute precision, tidiness is paramount. But when you're doing work that requires creative thinking, the clutter cost-benefit analysis shifts.

In a tidy atmosphere, writer's block can get the best of you. Tasks that depend on originality and flair may stall.

When that happens, try going to a room with a lot of interesting, scattered things, with all sorts of hues and shapes and fragrances. See what happens. 

Synopsis: A Call for Moderated Clutter 

Decluttering might enhance productivity, but it can discourage creativity. Often, real creativity is unleashed during a person's least productive days.

Perhaps it's best to keep a balance. Clean when the situation calls for it. Tidy up when you need a break from sitting.

After all, the quest for perfect order can be a source of stress itself. Tidying in a more organic way can be relaxing, and it can help you rediscover unfinished projects merge well with whatever you're creating today. Let yourself appreciate the serendipity that some disorder creates. Meanwhile, take this as a stress reducer if you've been concerned about your clutter. Rather than trying to keep up with the decluttered Joneses, enjoy your environmentóyour way!




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Posted by Waypoint Realty Group LLC on 11/7/2019

When you put your home up for sale, it can be an emotional time. You need to say goodbye to a place where you have lived for at least a small portion of your life. You created memories in that home, and now, itís the job of a new family to make new memories. 


Once the home is well on its way to being sold, there will be an appraisal of the property. Itís scary as a seller to think that the appraisal has the ability to actually halt the entire sale of the home. It can be a confusing process, to say the least, to have your home appraised. You have determined your listing price and received an offer on the home already. It seems like backtracking to value the home after this part of the sale process is complete. 


The Appraisal Removes The Tension


The appraisal is one of the factors that bridges the worlds of the buyer and the seller. As a seller, the things that you think add value to your home may not be all you have hoped them to be. As a buyer, you want to be sure that youíre paying a fair price for the home. Below, youíll find some common myths about home appraisals and the truth about them. 


The Appraisal Is Not The Same As An Inspection


The home inspection is used as a tool to protect the buyer. Although the appraisal is used as a protection for the buyer, the two are separate entities. The inspector looks at everything in the home that can be a problem including leaks, cracks, and faulty electrical systems. The home appraiser is simply meant to find the objective market and the estimated value of the home in that market.


The Appraisal Isnít How Much The Buyer Will Pay


While the appraisal gives a good estimate of the value of a home, it doesnít take every single factor into account. Itís one version of how much the home should be priced at. What the appraisal does affect is the contract on the home. 


If the appraisal doesnít match the contract price, letís say that the home is appraised lower than what youíre paying for it, the lender will not make up the difference. It can become a discussion between the buyer and the seller to see who will pay for the additional uncovered cost of the home. The buyer can pay the difference themselves. The seller may decide to cover the difference themselves. Either way, this is where the home buying process can get kind of messy.


Bigger Homes Donít Necessarily Appraise For More Money


Just because a home is bigger, doesnít mean that itís worth more than the smaller home next door. A larger home could have issues with age such as an older roof, or less complex fixtures. If a smaller home is more updated, it very well could appraise for more. Donít count on the square footage to dictate the appraisal price of a home.




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