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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/28/2020

Homeowners put a lot of time, money, and effort into maintaining, updating, and decorating their homes. So, when itís time to sell it can be frustrating to receive a lowball offer on your home.

Many sellers arenít sure how to react to a low offer. However, with so much at stake itís important to go into selling your home with a plan.

In this article, weíre going to talk about how to handle a low offer on your home so that you can capitalize on even the less-than-ideal prospects when selling your house.

Every offer deserves a polite response

So, youíve gotten an offer on your home that you consider to be way too low. The first thing you need to do is to detach your emotions from the situation so that you can formulate a polite, but appropriate response.

It is the custom of many people around the world to negotiate. And one common practice in negotiation is to start with a low offer. Therefore, donít be offended if you receive an offer that is low as it likely isnít meant as an insult to you or your home.

We understand that selling can be frustrating, so if you need to vent, talk it over with your family or agent. Together youíll be able to get past the initial frustration and come up with a quick, practical response to the offer.

Counter the offer anyway

Even if you think thereís a small chance that the prospective buyer will raise their offer to fit your requirements, itís still worth providing a counter offer. This will make it clear to the buyer that you have received their offer and considered it.

Failing to provide a counter offer could mean you miss out on a serious offer in some cases, so itís worth the small amount of time it takes to provide.

Donít waste too much time negotiating

So, youíve sent a counter offer and have received a response that still isnít getting anywhere close to what youíre looking for. Now what?

In this situation, itís best to send a concise and cordial message to the buyer that you wonít be able to adjust your offering price any further and then thank them for their time. After this point, it likely isnít worth your time to continue negotiating.

Low offers can be helpful

If youíre getting a lot of low offers and none in the range you hope for, it could be time to reconsider a few things. You might want to try a new approach, such as staging the home or highlighting certain details that you may have missed. If your listing photos arenít up to par you can upload new ones that are higher quality with better lighting.

Next, see if the comparable listings in your area have gone down in price. A substantial change in the local market since the time you listed your property is, in some cases, enough to influence the offers you receive.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/21/2020

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Those who have lived in the same home for an extended period of time may be thinking about renovating their house. This is a chance to update the space to fit more contemporary styles while also increasing the value of the home itself. With this goal in mind, here are a few home improvement trends to try this year.

The Addition of Subway Tiles

In the world of interior design, the popularity of subway tiles has already skyrocketed. This is a glamorous tile is used to bring urban vibes right into the comfort of one's home. These tiles can be used to add a little bit of sparkle to any room. Subway tile can be used to create visual interest without drawing attention away from the structure of the room itself but they can also stand as a design centerpiece. Look for accented subway tiles that will beautifully bring out the features of the room. These details may come in the form of different colors, understated texturing, or setting the tiles into unique patterns.

The Use of Open Shelving

Open shelving used to be thought of as a fringe idea; however, it is here to stay. They are often designed to be a slightly different color from the rest of the kitchen to highlight the minimalist design aesthetic that has become popular in recent years. While proving easier access to stored items, open shelving also creates an opportunity to add a punch of color or pattern at the back of the shelves without updating the whole wall. Many people also like to accent open shelves with handmade ceramics or collectibles. The flexibility and versatility of open shelving have made this a popular trend.

The Expansion of the Bathroom

Many homeowners are looking for updates that will bring a sense of luxury and convenience to their bathrooms. You may look for ways to make the space bigger and incorporate some new technology. You may consider adding heated toilet seats or jets for the bathtub. Create built-in seating in the showers, install adjustable showerheads, and create storage alcoves in the shower itself. Adding counter space and dual faucets is another popular and timeless upgrade.

The Advantages of Home Improvement

Home improvement projects aren't just a way to elevate living spaces. They are an opportunity to invest in your home and add value to it. Why not take a look at some home improvement options for 2020?





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/14/2020


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If you're like many modern homeowners, your ideal of an ideal outdoor living space is one that serves as a personal oasis. Perhaps you've cultivated a thriving culinary herb garden complete with classically inspired statuary or maybe you've carved out a serene space in the middle of a flowering thicket. Whatever type of sanctuary you've created in your outdoor living space, you probably want to be able to enjoy it as often as possible, and there may be nights when you find yourself reluctantly heading indoors as the sun sinks below the horizon. However, with the right type of outdoor lighting, you can relax or entertain in your outdoor living space no matter what the time of day. Following are just three ways to light up your night:

Water Feature Lights

If you've got waterfalls, fountains or ponds in your outdoor living space, consider using lighting to add a dramatic effect. Backlighting works well on waterfalls and fountains, and in-ground lighting highlights and defines ponds. If you're lucky enough to have a stream running through your property, you can place solar lights on the bank for added visibility. 

Walkway Lights

Walkways of all types, from winding garden paths to basic concrete walks leading up to your front door can benefit from ground-level lighting. Walkway lights increase aesthetics as well as provides a layer of protection against slip-and-fall accidents, making them ideal if you like to do a lot of outdoor entertaining. 

Another lighting option when you want visibility on walkways or other ground-level spaces is downlighting from posts placed alongside the walkway. This is a great option when you want the area to be extremely well-lit at night. 

Specimen Plant Lights

Specimen plant lights showcase individual trees and shrubs that feature particular visual interest. Monkey puzzle trees, for instance, make good choices because of their unusual appearance. You might also choose to have specimen lighting options installed for the purpose of backlighting your favorite flowering shrubs. Specimen plant lighting is also instrumental for those who want to create architectural balance after dark. For instance, if you've got two tall arborvitaes flanking your front entryway, specimen lighting backlighting each one provides a classically elegant appeal. 

Overhead Fairy Lights

If midsummer soirees are a part of your seasonal entertaining agenda, consider bringing an ethereal accent to the picture by stringing fairy lights in tree branches. You can also use them on hardscaping features such as gazebos, railings, pergolas and arbors. 

Whether your favorite after dark activity in your outdoor living space is enjoying an al fresco dinner party with friends or soaking up the serenity in the company of a good book, outdoor lighting helps enhance the experience. 




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/7/2020

Sure, it's possible to find a home with a fully equipped exercise gym, an Olympic size swimming pool, or a couple tennis courts on the premises, but who wants to spend that kind of money! Fortunately, there are house features you can look for that will help you stay in shape without having to win the lottery first! Here are a few ideas to consider when searching for the ideal home:

  • Proximity to a park: Whether you're looking for a home in the city or nearby suburbia, most communities have bike paths or public parks where you can walk, jog, inline skate, bicycle, take your dog for a stroll, or play tennis. Parks with playgrounds are also a great resource for keeping your kids entertained, physically active, and engaged. Having a park or walking trail located within a mile of your house is ideal because if it's convenient, you'll be more inclined to go there frequently. While it may not be at the top of your house-hunting "wish list," proximity to a park, nature preserve, or walking trail can be instrumental in helping you and your family stay healthier and more energetic. Doctor-approved, regular exercise is also a proven way to counteract the effects of stress, elevate your mood, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods: One of the advantages of buying a home in a quiet neighborhood is that it offers a safe and relaxing environment for taking daily walks. Going for walks near your house can also be a good way to get to know your neighbors and check out the latest yard sales. Although sidewalks can be a nice feature for homeowners who enjoy neighborhood walks, quiet streets with mostly local traffic is all you really need for favorable walking conditions.
  • A finished basement or extra room: The problem with putting an exercise machine in your bedroom or even the family room is that, sooner or later, you're going to get sick of looking at it! Until somebody creates a treadmill, exercise bicycle, or elliptical machine that has aesthetic appeal as well as functionality, it's never going to complement your decor! More often than not, exercise machines are an eyesore and a source of clutter. The solution is to create a dedicated exercise space in either a finished basement, a rec room, or a spare bedroom. Half of a two-car garage can sometimes provide a good area for weights and exercise machines, too, but that's only if you're willing to park your second car in the driveway.
Three factors that facilitate staying fit and healthy are convenience, proximity, and access to resources. When parks, exercise areas, and equipment are just "a stone's throw away," the likelihood of you starting and staying with a fitness program is much greater.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/1/2020

Welcome to 6 Glen Court! This one owner home has been lovingly cared for and it shows! The cul-de-sac location is perfect for commuters or people working from home! The exterior was just painted last year and also offers a brand new septic system, young roof, 2 car detached garage as well as a 2 car under garage, large back deck and private backyard. Once you step inside you are welcomed with a versatile first floor that includes a fireplaced family room, 4 season sunroom, formal living and dining rooms with hardwoods and an eat-in kitchen with granite counters, updated appliances and pantry. The second level boasts a master suite with a second fireplace, double closets and master bathroom. The other 3 bedrooms are nicely sized and main bathroom is sunfilled! A bonus is the finished basement complete with laundry. You are going to want to call this house home!

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