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Posted by Hillman Homes on 11/12/2018

"Motivation" could be defined as a positive energy that is applied to the achievement of a desired goal.

You may be wondering whether you, as a home seller, need to be motivated. The short answer is: "Yes! Your attitude and energy level can potentially make a huge difference in the sale of your home!"

In rare instances, the right buyer may show up at just the right time, without much effort on your part. However, when it comes to getting the best price for your house and selling it within the shortest period of time, you don't want to leave things to chance! The stakes are too high and the window of opportunity is too brief to depend on luck. Although there are several variables that are beyond your control -- such as market conditions, location, and time of year -- there are plenty of things you can do to increase the probability of a fast sale.

Choose a proactive real estate agent: The encouraging news is that there are many full-time real estate agents who are personable, focused, and results oriented. They know their business and they recognize the value of positive client relationships. However, all real estate agents are not created equal. Unless you're hiring a real estate agent based on a rock-solid recommendation from a trusted friend or relative, it's always best to interview at least two agents before making your final decision.

The real estate agent you ultimately work with will have a direct impact on many aspects of your home-selling experience, so it pays to choose carefully. Although a good rapport does go a long way toward a successful working relationship with an agent, it's vital to find one who's experienced, knowledgeable, and successful. Success is important because if they don't have a proven record of selling houses in your area -- especially ones in your price range -- then how can you be sure they'll market your home effectively?

Always put your best foot forward: One crucial thing house sellers do have control over is making a good impression. You rarely get a second chance to make a great first impression, so it's well worth your while to prioritize things like curb appeal, cleanliness, and home staging.

If there's anything about the appearance or functionality of your home that concerns you, you can be sure prospective buyers are also going to notice it. An experienced real estate agent will have a good sense of effective home staging, what might put off buyers, and how you can cost-effectively remedy problems.

Half the battle usually involves thoroughly cleaning your house, applying a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint where needed, and getting rid of clutter in and around all surfaces, including floors, countertops, walls, and storage areas. Although every situation is different, when it comes to furniture arrangement and room décor, "less is (usually) more!"





Posted by Hillman Homes on 11/9/2018

Okay everyone, this one is a can't miss event! Tomorrow is the 5th Annual Rise & Rumble Donut Throwdown! Dig in to donuts from the city's favorite pasty chefs, then vote for you favorite to be crowned the Rise & Rumble Champion. Tickets also include Post 390's brunch buffet and coffee and espresso Bar. Cash bar available for bloody Marys, mimosas, and any of your other favorite brunch beverages. Doors open at 11am and the championship belt will be passed on just before 2pm! If you can't manage to try ALL of them, feel free to send them our way, we're happy to help.

For tickets and information on this year's competing restaurants follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rise-rumble-donut-throwdown-2018-tickets-51151668016

Location

Post 390

406 Stuart St

Boston, MA 02116






Posted by Hillman Homes on 11/7/2018

 

 If you're one of those people that can't seem to turn off those addicting HGTV home flipping shows, (Fixer Upper is still our favorite,) then you've come to the right blog post! A lot of people love the idea of buying, flipping, and selling a home for a profit, but we all know those shows make it look all too easy. While there are many misconceptions about home flipping, it's actually very doable, as long as you educate yourself. Check out this article for How to Make Money Flipping Houses in 7 Steps: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/how-to-make-money-flipping-houses/

We've helped many investors and flippers achieve their goals at Hillman Homes, so give us a call when you're ready to start building your team!





Posted by Hillman Homes on 11/5/2018

The number one factor that affects the length of time a house remains on the market is curb appeal. That's the consensus of real estate professionals across the country, and was documented in a recent study by a well-known real estate website.

So if it's such a high priority, then why do a lot of homeowners skimp on that aspect of preparing their home for a fast sale? Sometimes it's a lack of awareness; other times it may be a lack of money. In extreme cases, it can be quite pricey to transform a home from "shabby" to "exquisite!" That's an unusual scenario, though, and in most cases the cost of enhancing your home's curb appeal should be both affordable and cost effective.

Where to Begin

The ideal visual (and visceral) effect you want to achieve can be summed up in ten words: fresh, well cared for, aesthetically pleasing, manicured, meticulous, updated, and clean. Perhaps a more concise way to describe the image you want to project to potential buyers is "pride of ownership." Once you're conveying that impression, people are going to make positive assumptions about the value and condition of your home. While it's not necessary that the front of your property and home look perfect in every imaginable way, it is important to pay attention to small details and overall impressions.

Some homeowners will see this goal as an overwhelming challenge, but it doesn't have to be. The first hurdle is to take care of the basics, such as making sure your lawn always looks freshly mowed and that there's no signs of peeling or faded paint on your home and garage. Pulling weeds, placing a few colorful hanging flower baskets in strategic locations, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees are also effective ways to make your property look more desirable.

An advantage of working with a seasoned real estate agent is that they can quickly size up the outside appearance of your home, and make cost-effective suggestions of ways to improve curb appeal and increase the attractiveness of your property. When it comes to selling your house in the shortest period of time, first impressions are vitally important.

One helpful tactic for getting your house noticed by house hunters and real estate agents is to take a walk (or drive) in your neighborhood to see how your curb appeal stacks up to other homes for sale in the area. Ideally, you want your home to look at least as good, if not better, than other nearby properties. Since potential buyers may be focusing their search on specific neighborhoods, such as yours, you'll be giving yourself more of an "inside track" in the real estate market by making sure your home compares favorably to others in the immediate area -- both inside and out.





Posted by Hillman Homes on 11/2/2018

Don't forget our Second Chances clothing drive! The last day to come donate is this Sunday, November 4th. Second Chances reuses and recycles clothing, shoes, and accessories so that homeless and lower-income people feel confident and valued as they take their first steps toward brighter futures and, as a community, we can minimize the amount of apparel going into local landfills.

When: Friday, October 26 through Sunday, November 4, 2018

Where: There’s a big donation box in the office at 1381 Washington Street, West Newton, Massachusetts 02465. Please call 617.527.1907 to confirm that the office is open.

What to donate: Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from any season or era, including coats, belts, hats, costume jewelry, purses, and bags. We are especially in need of larger sizes of women’s clothing, all sizes of men’s clothing, and shoes for both men and women.

How to donate: Place your clothing, shoes and accessories in a plastic or paper bag (no hangers, please).

Can't make it? Follow this link for more info and drop off locations: https://www.secondchances.org/clothingDrives/HillmanHomes2018.html

If you have any questions, feel free to email Andrea at Second Chances at info@secondchances.org or Rachel at Hillman Homes at rachel@hillmanfoy.com