The Story of Grandview

Most people want to sell their property for the highest amount and in the quickest amount of time. Complications usually arise and only the courageous can beat the odds. This is the story of a successful sale, beginning with a difficult circumstance and finishing with outcome worth noting and celebrating. My name is Shilo McGrew and I am a Realtor® in the Southern California area. I know that selling a home can be a daunting experience, and that certainly couldn’t be more true following the death of a loved one. Trust sales can be a complicated transaction, especially coupled with the emotional aspect of the client dealing with loss. My clients came to me through a good friend and trust atto

Top 14 Home Renovation Mistakes and Ways to Avoid Them

Home renovation projects, whether you go the DIY route or hire contractors to handle the work, are serious undertakings. Although the end result will be awesome, the journey can be pretty rough if you skip key steps or go into the overhaul with unrealistic expectations. An “impromptu” project started on a weekend whim is unlikely to go as easily as expected. However, if you step back for a moment and really focus on the planning stage, you can mitigate some of the inherent risks associated with renovation work. If in doubt where to begin, contact a local real estate professional for pointers! Here is a collection of common home renovation mistakes homeowners face during remodeling projects a

Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?" "How much should I list my home for?" "Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?" "What if the real estate agent overprices my home?" Last but not least, "Is this a good time to be selling a home?" is also a very common question that real estate agents are asked. As with every decision in life, there are pros and cons, and choosing when to sell a home is no different. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding when to sell a home. Many homeowners believe selling a home during the fall or winter months is not a good idea an

Secrets for Buying a Home

Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan. Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-a

Staging Your Home in Fall

A crisp chill in the air, the turning of leaves and the scent of pumpkin spice are all hallmarks of fall. There’s no doubt it’s a beautiful season, and if you’re planning on selling your home by the end of the year, you can capitalize on all the good work nature already provides when staging your home. Accentuate the Positives When Staging Your Home You want your home to stand out when you put it on the market, so start at the curb. To play up the fall feel outside of your home, clean up flower beds and rake any leaves off your lawn—the first thing buyers should notice is the changing colors on your trees, not the muddled dead leaves on the grass. Add a wreath of seasonal plants on the front

5 Tips To Make Your Bathroom Stand Out to Buyers

One of the rooms that can make or break the sale of your home is the bathroom. You can sell your home more quickly if you can create a bathroom that appeals to potential buyers. This means you will need to stage the space, at a minimum, or possibly put in some real elbow grease. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips that are sure to help you sell your house fast! 1. Clean Everything Your first step to creating a bathroom that potential buyers will be excited about is to make sure every nook and cranny is as clean as possible. This often requires more than your standard weekly cleaning, as you want to make sure there is nothing left that could deter buyers from making an offer

Should I Use An Agent, Or Can I Buy A House Without One?

Every buyer out there these days has the ability to search for homes using sites like Zillow, Redfin, etc., and now buyers can directly approach listing agents to help them write offers on these homes. From a bird’s-eye view, this seems to be a good plan. So the question is, if you have access to these sites and can go looking for houses on your own, why get yourself an agent to help you out? We’ve given you just 3 of so many reasons this plan is not necessarily the most beneficial for the home buyer. Time/Convenience The first and most obvious reason is convenience. When you’re searching for homes, it can be quite a tedious task. Looking for hours and hours, and then calling each agent, hop

Why Millennials Should Buy a Home

Purchasing a home can be an overwhelming experience, especially since it is likely to be the biggest investment you will make during your lifetime. However, more young people are taking this step earlier in life. According to TD Bank’s recent First-Time Homebuyer Pulse survey, Millennials are now the largest generation actively engaged in the housing market. This means that more Millennials are seeing the value of owning their own home, rather than just emptying their pockets each month for rent that will never contribute to building any future equity. Simplify your Renting vs Buying decision Millennials can get rid of the guess work of the rent vs. buying battle with LendingTree. LendingTre

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