How to find real estate deals (Cyber Monday thoughts)

Cyber Monday has become a great way to avoid the crowds of Black Friday. You can even shop while you’re at work! (As long as your boss doesn’t catch you! LOL)

It’s also a great way to find some deals. Who doesn’t want a deal!? The Internet has also changed how people look for real estate. It’s made finding the perfect home quite easy — the minute it comes on the market. But actually getting the house isn’t as easy as just clicking a button and heading to the next screen to checkout. Beyond that, if you’re looking for a real estate deal, there’s going to be others who are looking as well.
Houses aren’t like mass-produced products we buy for presents. They are one-of-a-kind. They are limited. So when they’re a “deal”….
…it’s important to be ready to jump. And even then, you’ll probably be competing against other offers.
The real trick to finding (and actually getting) a real estate deal is to look through the ones that aren’t obvious deals. And that’s not easy for the untrained eye to see. Luckily, I have a well-trained eye! (I sent it to obedience school.) So, when you’re looking for a great real estate deal, don’t just look at the obvious deals. Look deeper. More importantly, have me looking as well. Because there’s a good chance I’ll see something you’d probably overlook.

Contact your favorite agent at Advantage Real Estate!

 

Black Friday is like real estate buyers going after a hot listing

Black Friday basically begins on Thursday these days.

You’ve probably driven past a big box store on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner and seen people with tents set up, waiting in line for the store to open. They all want to be first into the store, or at least one of the first…because the deals are first-come, first-serve. You want the latest, greatest, must-have item, or the best deal? You better not linger at Thanksgiving dinner, and get yourself in line. It takes a ton of forethought, desire, and dedication to even have a shot at getting one of the deals.
It’s kind of the same with the best real estate listings. But not just one day a year…all year.
When a great deal pops on the market, or a house many people want, it’s like the frenzy of people streaming through the doors of a big box store on Black Friday. Buyers flock fast and furiously.
But, with a great real estate deal, or great house, the big difference is that only one buyer gets it.
Here’s the good news…
  • You don’t have to be first in line to see the house. You don’t need to set up a tent on the owners lawn and wait to be the first one in to see the house. (In fact, that might hurt your cause more than help it!)
  • Heck, you don’t even necessarily have to be the one who offers the most money for the house! (Although how much you offer does matter!)
  • Crafting and presenting the best offer, when you’re trying to buy a house with lots of interest, is an artform that can get you a house even when there are higher offers. (I consider myself quite the artist when it comes to multiple offer scenarios…so you’re in good hands with me!)
I wish you luck on getting any deals you’ve got your eye on this Black Friday! But when it comes to getting the house you want, I won’t wish you luck…I’ll wish you work with us at Advantage Real Estate. That should do the trick! LOL

6 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in November

It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak.

With guest season (also known as THE HOLIDAYS) coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

Here’s how to make that happen (along with a few other timely tips):

#1 Wash Bed Pillows

A bed with white lines and fluffy blue-green pillows
Image: Laura W.

You love your trusty, old, perfectly-snugged-to-your-head pillow. But guess what’s also snug against your head? Fungus — 4 to 16 species to be precise. Gross!

With fall being the height of guest season, you’ll want your guest pillows fresh, too. Pop them in the washing machine and dryer for an all-over clean feeling. (But check manufacturer advice, too. Some pillows shouldn’t be washed, but replaced instead.)

#2 Clean the Mattress, Too

A pink note attached to a mattress
Image: Anne Arntson for HouseLogic

Sleeping soundly gets even better when you know you’re lying on a clean and fresh mattress. The yuck factor: Skin cells and sweat get into the mattress, then dust mites show up for a dinner party featuring those tasty skin cell morsels.

You’ll want your guest mattress to be at it’s freshest. It’s easy to do: Vacuum it and then wipe it down with a cloth dampened with an upholstery shampoo. But be sure to let it dry; otherwise, you’re inviting mold. Also, be sure to rotate it 180 degrees to help keep it lump-free.

(Another option: if you’ve got a flippable mattress, go ahead and flip it. That, too, can help kill the yucky mites.)

#3 Insulate Windows

A living room with couch and blue roman shades on window
Image: Nick Smith, photographer | Clare Gaskin Interiors, designer

Bone-chilling drafts seriously detract from the cozy vibe you want. Keep it cozy by hanging drapes as close to your windows as possible to help you keep the heat inside.

You can even add clear Velcro strips or dots to the back of the drape and attach to fasteners on the wall to help insulate. Be sure to cross one drape over the other when you close up for the night. Insulating shades can do the trick, too.

#4 Stock Up on Snow Supplies

A man in a blue coat using a snow blower in a neighborhood
Image: Chiyacat/Getty

If snow is a given where you live and you’re lacking supplies, take advantage of seasonal sales now to make sure you’re not the one rushing to the hardware store at the last minute — only to find out they just sold out of ice melt.

If you have a snow blower, be sure to have it serviced and fueled up before the first winter storm arrives — and with it, price hikes on all the snow stuff.

Related: 3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling a Snap

#5 Trim Tree Branches

A woman with a green short-sleeved T-shirt trimming branches
Image: Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto/Getty

The last thing you need is a winter storm loosing the wrath of that mighty tree whose branches are angling over your roof. Long limbs invite pests to explore your roof for excess water to seep into cracks in the roof or siding.

Keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from the house. Plus it’s easier to trim branches after leaves have fallen. (If it’s an evergreen, well, sorry about that. It’ll be a prickly job, but the bonus is you’ll have greenery for the holidays!)

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#6 Get a Chimney Sweep to Inspect the Fireplace

A woman sitting on a couch with two dogs by a fireplace

It’s time to dust off and sweep the chimney! Best to hire someone who knows wood-burning fireplaces. A professional chimney sweep will ensure your wood-burning fireplace burns more efficiently and will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter. So yeah, it’s pretty important.

Tip: If you don’t already have a chimney cap, this is also the time to add one to stop wild outdoor critters from crawling down it — and (yikes!) into your house.