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How Important Is Exterior Lighting?

Exterior Lighting is extremely important for your home. Whether you add in functional lighting or landscape lighting, you will quickly notice the benefits in this purchase.


The first benefit, that seems to be the most beneficial is safety. Adding exterior lights to your home, adds a massive amount of safety features. Safety features to see lurkers on your property and gives the added advantage of seeing in the dark. This can prevent you falling, etc.

The next benefit is decor. The right choice in lighting can actually become part of the landscaping. It will help to showcase aspects of your landscaping design or garden while also offering the right amount of aesthetics.

The next benefit, which is a big one, is property value. The lights are considered a value. So adding value will of course benefit you in anyway, bringing up the cost of your home.



There are so many benefits to exterior lighting, most of which are positive benefits that can increase the value of your home plus the appearance. Big or small house , it will make your home look more put together.


Soaring Prices in 2018!!

Home prices are said to soar this New Year! According to reports, sales prices already jumped up 7 percent in November. The low supply and high demand could be the fueling cause of these price jumps.


“Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that home buyers face,” said Frank Nothaft. In the nation’s top 50 markets, half of the housing stock is now considered overvalued. Without significant jumps in home construction, prices will most likely remain high and possibly move higher.


Olick, Diana. “Home prices are set to soar in 2018.” CNBC, CNBC, 2 Jan. 2018,


Looking To Sell Your Home During The Holiday’s? Here’s Some Tips!

Most people are a little afraid to sell during November thru January. Most people think you won’t sell but there are actually some great advantages. Some of those advantages are:  holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with
fewer homes being actively marketed. 

merry christmas signs for sale ; christmas-sale-1

Some tips to sell your home during the season include:

1. Price it to sell- Get a reliable agent to price your house low and well. If your looking to get rid of the house, price it right and it will sell quickly!

2. Take professional quality photos- If your photo’s look great that will benefit you and possibly save time with showings. If you have low quality phone pictures it is harder for buyers to picture it as their own home.

3. Create a video tour for the Web- Shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm. 

4. Seek out motivated buyersAnyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline.

5. Decorate the houseHomes often look their best during the holidays, but try and keep the decorations more neutral not to offend any potential buyers!


Mandatory Garages

Two-car garages are the most popular option in new homes nationwide, according to surveyors. 63 % of new homes in 2016 had two-car garages.  


Some regions of the U.S. show more preference for more garage space than others. For ex: the West North Central division—which includes states like Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska—saw garages large enough for three or more cars in 50 percent of all new homes in the area in 2016.

Having two-car garages come with more benefits than storing cars. You can store cars, you can store maybe one car and storage on the other side or you can just put storage. A lot of people need and want as much extra room as they can get!


Keller Williams- Happiest Company To Work For

Keller Williams was ranked the NUMBER ONE happiest company to work for in 2018. The Texas company has 139,000 agents across nearly 800 metro areas and claims to be the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count. A Keller Williams Realty employee wrote on, “One of the greatest benefits is how our company promotes from within. All employees are encouraged and supported to be in control of their growth and career paths.”

When you work for Keller Williams, you get:

> An experienced real estate agent with an expertise in the selling process from listing to close

> Marketing savvy and tools to get your home top-tier exposure> An allied partner looking out for you and your home throughout the selling process

> Expertise in listing, pricing, staging and selling your home to the right buyer quickly

Your needs always come first. At Keller Williams, they provide the service we agree to, in the ways that work for you, whether once a week, once a day, by phone, email or text message. That’s how we’ll do it. You’ll always be kept in the loop.




Holiday Season Marketing

Its no secret that marketing plays a big role in your Real Estate business. The holiday season is where you get to be a little more fun with your marketing. This is where you think out of the box.

With less than 100 days left in the year you should be thinking of ways to start the New Year off STRONG. The way you start is the way you finish. You should be planning now for your Jan/Feb deals.


Some ideas you can do to make yourself stand out during the holiday season is to do everything and anything corny and cheesy.

  • Marketing snow man cookies with your info on them
  • Shovels
  • Snow wipers for your car
  • Small stockings with all your real estate info inside
  • Calendars for the new year
  • Winter coupons (for your business)
  • Happy Holiday thank you cards to your referral agents

Doing these small, inexpensive ideas will make you stand out to your clients and referral agents. Especially when they are deciding between you and another agent.



How do you know when its time to drop the price?

High demand and low supply have made it a seller’s market pretty much all over the country, and especially for lower-priced homes. This does not mean your home will sell quickly. The price of your home still plays a big part. Prices are up about 7 % from a year ago, which in my opinion is good. Still, a house can be overpriced, and home buyers today know very well a good deal from a bad one. 



A home sitting on the market for too long looks bad.  Your better off dropping the price and getting it sold. If you and/or your agent are considering a price cut, first research your neighborhood, right down to the ZIP code, to see how long it takes most homes to sell. Then look at homes that sold after a price cut. Once a price is reduced, all listing websites will be able to see that, and some will send an alert to buyers. 

Olick, Diana. “How to know when you should drop the asking price on your home.” CNBC, CNBC, 27 Oct. 2017,


Low Rates – Higher Demand

Refinancers and home shoppers are coming back to lenders last week due to a slight decrease in mortgage rates. Total mortgage application volume for refinancing’s and home purchases rose 3.6 percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. However, the volume still is nearly 19 percent below the same week a year ago. Interest rates were lower a year ago.


Home purchase applications increased 4 percent last week and are up 9 percent compared to a year ago, the MBA reports. Applications for refinancing rose 3 percent, but remain down 36 percent from a year ago. However, economists say that is likely to change.


Source: “Weekly Mortgage Applications Rise 3.6% After Rates Dip,” CNBC (Oct. 18, 2017)



5 Ways To Lower A Heating Bill

Winter is right around the corner and those heat bills rack up quicker then you think.


Here are some steps to lowering your bill:

1. Find untraditional heat sources. More efficient sources of heat are available, especially if the home is in a milder climate or if the home can be broken into zones.

A heat pump can help lower your electric bills by 50 percent if you currently use electricity to heat your home. Heat pumps cost about $7,500, but will pay for themselves with reduced energy costs. Radiant heat costs between $6,000 and $14,000 if covering your whole home, but you can often install it in a single room for around $700. Paired with a heat pump, this will keep your home warm while significantly lowering your energy bills.

2. Add extra insulation. The amount of insulation that your home needs is directly tied to the type of heat source you have. Many homes are actually underinsulated for their climate and their heat source, resulting in their furnaces or radiators having to work harder than they need to and causing a spike in energy bills.

3. Take care of your furnace. Furnaces are one of the most common ways to heat large homes. Unfortunately, they often have a wide range of efficiency that could be costing you more in monthly bills than they need to. If your furnace is less than 10 years old, make sure to schedule regular maintenance to keep it running at peak efficiency.

4. Make the switch to gas. If you’re currently heating your home with electricity or oil, you’re likely spending more each month than you would if you switched to natural gas. Gas furnaces are much more efficient than oil or electric heaters, which can save as much as 30 percent on energy bills each month.

5. Complete an energy audit. Your home may be losing a great deal of the energy you use to heat it, without you even realizing it. An energy audit—or a comprehensive look at how your home uses and loses energy—will help you find ways to make your home more efficient overall.


Credit: DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS. “5 Tips For A Lower Heating Bill.” Realtor Magazine, 11 Oct. 2017,



Porches Are Returning For New Homes

New homes are now coming with front porches more and more. Sixty-five percent of new single-family homes being built in 2016+ are having porches included. It’s only the second time since tracking began that new single-family homes with porches have moved back above 65 percent. For comparison, in 2005, 54 percent of new homes had porches.

Different regions of the U.S. are showing higher preference for porches. The E/S/C (East-South-Central) region of the of the U.S. had a really high share of new homes started in 2016 with porches at 86%.

The data reports do not indicate much information about the look of the porches. But, other reports conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs, show that open front porches on new homes are more common than side porches.