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Spring is in the air

We already know that Spring is one of the best times to sell your home. Winter has passed, and the colder weather is making way for longer, brighter and warmer days. The old adage is true: “Spring is in the air” and it brings about a new bloom of activity for everyone.

Now that you’ve decided to sell your home, it’s time to prep your home to a magazine-worthy level!

How do you get there? What should your priorities be? Should you refresh or go as far as remodeling or refurbishing? We have the answers to your questions with these tips for selling your house in Spring:

No room for dust bunnies

A clean home inside and out is a given – so put your back into it and apply some elbow grease! There is nothing more off-putting to potential buyers than being able to write their name in the dust. Buyers will question if an uncared-for home could be hiding other potential issues – and you never want a buyer to have a negative impression or perception of your home based solely on poor presentation. Even though you’re not always selling furnishings and accessories, consider the overall look, feel and aroma of your home.

Here’s your cleaning to-do list:

  • Clean upholstered furniture: Take cushions and pillows outside and beat them to remove dust and dirt. If needed, have pieces professionally cleaned.
  • Shine the windows: Deep clean all windows and polish the hardware.
  • Wax wood furniture: Dusting is not enough to care for your wood furniture. Use a paste wax to restore the natural beauty of your wood.
  • Polish the wood floors: Wash or wax your wood floors to protect them as well as remove dirt and stains.
  • Brighten the tile: Grout is prone to darken and fade in color, so it’s worth splurging on professional grout cleaner to brighten tile floors, back splashes and shower walls.
  • Clean the carpets: It’s simple enough to rent a carpet-cleaning machine or bring in the professionals. Coffee, tea, wine, ground-in dirt and all other unknown stains should be shampooed away.

Make the mental move

Letting go can be difficult, especially if you’ve lived in your home for many years. It’s personal, but it’s time to make the emotional break. You have to level with yourself, making the mental decision to let go of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

De-cluttering and de-personalizing not only helps with the emotions, but also makes the spaces more appealing to potential buyers and ultimately, preps the house for the next home owners.

We always suggest starting with the attic and then the garage. Determine what you don’t need to take to the new house and consider having a garage sale or donating the items. As you purge through your belongings, make room for packing boxes to be neatly stored while you’re selling your home.

As a welcome bonus, the organization and this clear out will actually make for a smoother move once you do sell.

Spruce up the curb appeal

Now that you have the inside spic and span, focus your attention on the exterior. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer seeing your house for the first time. What impresses them? What makes them remember it? What can you do to make it stand out from the other houses they're viewing? 

Remember, you only get one chance at a first impression. Curb appeal can make or break a showing. Follow our curb appeal checklist to make that impression count.

The big ticket items

The truth is, not all changes will bring the best return on investment (ROI). Before you plan a big, or small, improvement project, consider what might be the most appealing to buyers. The home improvements that generally yield the best bang for the buck include:

• Yard clean-up and landscaping

• Front door replacement

• New siding, exterior repairs and/or fresh paint

• Kitchen and/or bath upgrades, including new counter tops, fixtures and cabinetry

• Deck and patio additions, such as outdoor kitchens and/or BBQs

• Additional living space, especially bonus rooms and extra bathrooms

First and foremost, buyers can sense when a home has good bones. The single most important factor is to ensure there is no deferred maintenance. From there, you can decide which updates – if any – you want to make to give your home a fresh appeal.

Best tip

If you need a helping hand as you prepare to sell your home, contact HOMM Real Estate Services. We start with understanding your needs and expectations. Then we look at your home and its selling points…positive and painful! We can help with determining the best way to prepare your home for selling in the Spring season. We are here Helping Others Make Moves.

 

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

 

 


Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on March 26th, 2019 11:24 AM






Real Estate Investments: FLIP OR RENT

There are times when clients look to Marie Negron and her team at HOMM Real Estate Services to help them with real estate investments. There are several options that go beyond typical home ownership. For instance, clients explore second/vacation homes to own and/or rent, rent-to-own, flipping, or simply for the financial investment. Frequently, we find it comes down to a choice between flipping or rental home.

Income or Investment

Firstly, it is important that regardless of how, what or where you invest, you need to be aware when considering investing the opportunity to make money is as great as the risk to lose money.

However, the key to successful real estate investing comes with understanding what skills, time and abilities you have and your tolerance for risk. Also, to know when to bring in a real estate specialist to help you through the myriad of options, issues, and questions you are likely to have.

Only then can you choose a type of investment that works for you and whether or not you are a one-time investor or confident to repeat the model.

Quick Cash

Investors can make great profits from both flipping properties as well as holding them as rentals. The difference really boils down to a few considerations. First, what kind of income are you seeking? Active or passive? Actively buying, fixing and flipping properties is quick cash that requires careful timing and effort.

Flipping a property is not traditional investing where one buys and holds an investment. Flipping is really speculation. Flippers with construction experience and real estate knowledge tend to see the greatest success. Yet, the real risk comes from unforeseen construction and structural complications, these cause delays, increased costs and potential decrease in the property’s value. Further, there are carry costs over and above the renovation to cover mortgage, taxes, insurances and real estate selling commissions.

Long Haul

Alternatively, if you’re in it for the long haul, rental properties offer passive long-term income which accumulates over time. Additionally, if properly managed and maintained, the property value should see an increase. The downside is that the owner has to invest time in property maintenance and tenant management. The reality is the most successful landlords overcome this by working with property management specialists. We’ve already addressed the good, the bad and the taxing of being a landlord which outlines the benefits of working with property management specialists HOMM Real Estate Services.

Both types of investments can bring profits and a steady stream of income. Determining what’s best for you and your talents is important in choosing the best option for your financial goals. Plus, recognizing when to bring in the experts. Allow us to use our experience, know-how and resources to help protect the value and condition of your real estate investments.  Visit HOMM Real Estate Services Property Management to learn more about these services.

 

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

 

 


Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on January 30th, 2019 11:08 AM

Military Moves

Moving to a new home is a decision we all make to meet life’s demands – careers, families, lifestyles, location and the list goes on. Still, buying, selling and relocating homes is an overwhelming endeavor for anyone, regardless of how many times you’ve done it. Together with the excitement and anticipation of new beginnings, we all deal with an emotional stress that can be hard to articulate.

MANEUVERS

Add active military status to mix and an already stressful situation becomes even more taxing. Regardless of rank, length or type of service active military members know all too well that moving can be last-minute news. With destinations often unknown, military moves can be fraught with uncertainty.

Military or not - moving involves countless decisions and planning. But for the military, relocations can be a carefully executed maneuver.

ATTENTION! THAT’S AN ORDER

The real issue is that you never know when the order will be issued. PCS (permanent change of station) orders are sent at any time, with little to no consideration for the school calendar, an impending birth or a big birthday celebration. Further, the orders may arrive late, involve deployment, require leaving a spouse to handle the move single-handedly or even demand an overseas relocation.

Military career paths often dictate the length of an assignment and the likely next location. This means it is common for active military to know the destination of their next move. Regardless, it’s still quite the mission to make any kind of house move.

Once you’ve received your orders, you will need to get into gear!

Here’s some advice on acting on such an order:

DRILL DOWN YOUR PLAN

Realizing you may or may not have the luxury of time to plan the mission, there are a few checklist items you can quickly handle to drill down your plan.

First, find a good REALTOR®. This has to be your first decision - especially if you’re relocating. Ask for referrals. There’s a very good chance you have a friend or colleague who has already made a move or two. Interview the agents and build a relationship. Since you’ll most likely be moving out of state to a new city, consider your agent the ally. A solid relationship with your agent will be a major factor to a successful move.

You’ll know the date of the new duty, so work backwards from that key date. Take note of logical move out dates, keeping in mind commitments such as school semesters, packing and relocation dates and times and a spouse’s new job start date.

It’s also a smart move to seek advice from your base transportation office. Each branch of the forces offers a multitude of resources. Take this as a chance to better understand possible relocation assistance programs.

AT EASE

There are many resources available to our military once they’ve received orders. (Helpful PCS information courtesy of Military.com can be found at here.)

We’d like to offer you the assistance you need from a HOMM Real Estate Services REALTOR®.

Not only are we 20-year plus Tampa bay veteran agents, but we also offer you first-hand experience of military moves. As veterans, military spouses or military children, our REALTORS® understand the experience from their own countless moves.

They understand what makes military buyers’ and sellers’ needs different from other moves. They “talk the talk,” understanding terminology and acronyms with no need to explain the urgency and strictness of deadlines.

In fact, Broker/Owner Marie Negron founded HOMM Real Estate Services as a result of these very same experiences. Helping Others Make Moves. It’s the HOMM mission.

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on November 23rd, 2018 2:16 PM

Established March 2018

In early 2018, Broker/Owner John & Judy Styles of Styles and Styles Real Estate in Brandon, Florida announced that they would be retiring and folding the brokerage unless they could find a buyer.

As a local Tampa Bay Real Estate Agent of Styles and Styles for almost 20 years, Marie Negron was faced with making a tough decision – quickly.  She knew that she could be that potential buyer.  Marie was used to making important life-changing decisions under tight deadlines and pressure.  As a former Military spouse of 20 years, Marie had experienced her fair share of moves, and quick moves at that.  This situation appeared to be no different. Similar to her many relocations, Marie knew how to look at the opportunity presented and turn it into a positive.

EXPERT DECISION

With that, the decision was made.  The opportunity for Marie to purchase the brokerage, from the Styles, was too good to pass.

Styles and Styles specialized in REOs (Real Estate Owned), Property Management and General Real Estate.  Marie, while concentrating more so on property management and general real estate nonetheless knew the business inside and out.  After all, she had been trained by experts and was enjoying tremendous success.  More importantly, Marie recognized this opportunity could be turned into another positive move.

With an innate understanding of what it takes to share her experiences with her clients, Marie had the fundamentals and wherewithal to establish a new brokerage.

VISION

Marie’s vision of Helping Others Make Moves was born into HOMM Real Estate Services.

This boutique-style full-service real estate agency offers a personalized real estate experience.  Marie has attracted a team of top-notch professionals and invested in the very latest cutting-edge technology.

As the leader of HOMM Real Estate Services team, Marie has instilled a philosophy to provide customers with personal attention, close interaction, solid advice and a commitment to Helping Others Make Moves.

Marie maintains a company goal to always create quality, personal and profitable transactions that deliver exceptional results and a five-star experience. 

Welcome to HOMM Real Estate Services.

Established March 2018!


HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on October 19th, 2018 3:52 PM