Night Vision

So, I probably sound like a broken record to my clients most of the time. But when it comes to ‘night vision,’ I am a very firm believer in visiting a home at night before you consider buying. Just like checking out that dress in your bathroom mirror and in your bedroom mirror before you head out for the night, looking at a property during the day and at night will give you a full picture of what you can expect from a potential home. You’ll want to get a feel for the neighborhood at night: is it too quiet, too loud? Is the neighbors’ behavior different than during the daytime? Is it safe? Furthermore, you can get a feel for a nighttime commute to and from the office, nearby restaurants, or the kids’ school. Here are several more reasons in detail for visiting that home at night before you buy.

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Question & Answer

We’ve all been in a job interview, right? One where you wish you had just enough time prior to the interview to study and plan out your answers to the questions inevitably thrown your way. We all have an idea about the types of questions we might receive, yet, when we’re in the heat of the moment, sometimes answering them isn’t so easy. When we’re in a tense high-stakes environment, it’s usually more difficult to execute proper responses and appropriate stature. Similarly, when we’re in a hot housing market like we are today, buyers can throw questions at sellers that may just kill or seal the deal. Since we have the advantage of studying these common questions beforehand, it should certainly help to be proactive to speed up a sale.

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A ‘Value’able Lesson

So, you’ve made the investment in purchasing a home. To ensure that your investment yields a high return years down the road, it’s important to maintain your home’s value from the start. Simple concepts like daily, seasonal, or annual home maintenance will do wonders for your home in the long run. Other things like investing in proper and well-executed landscaping and gardening around your home adds a curb appeal that will increase your home’s value. Doing big repairs the right way by never sacrificing quality and paying what it takes to get the job done properly by a highly-trained and reputable professional will noticeably add value and appeal to potential buyers.

Overall, you can easily maintain your home’s value by making sensible improvements and getting into a habit of effective routine maintenance. Don’t overlook these key areas which generally have a significant implication on your home’s overall value.

The Responsible Homeowner

Entering the ‘homeowner’ phase of one’s life carries with it much more than what’s seen at face value. Sure, you are the proud owner of your very own home and now possess the key to one of the best investments man can make. There are three additional responsibilities that come with homeownership that are worth looking into including household responsibilities, neighborhood responsibilities, and of course, the financial responsibilities.

Your household has become your domain and thus, you have both the freedom and the responsibility to make it the best it can be, from how your outdoor space performs for your family to more aesthetic and functional choices within the home’s layout, you are now in charge of how the home supports you and your family on a daily basis.

As a neighbor in the ‘hood, it is within your “neighborly duties,” to maintain your home’s appearance, follow the regulations of your HOA, and as a result, add critical value to your property and your neighborhood, pushing it to prosperity.

Though the financial responsibilities may not need an introduction, it’s important to note that making timely payments will increase your credit score, meaning you can take on more household projects like remodeling or buying furniture. One thing to keep in mind is that your debts should never exceed more than 40% of your income. The responsibility to maintain your financial standing is work, but well worth the effort.