Selling Your Home January 11, 2023

Make Decluttering Easy and Profitable

How to Quickly Lighten Your Moving Load

As you are packing to move, we have a secret for you . . . move less stuff!

It’s obvious, but it’s true. You can save time, money, and the anxiety of finding the right place for extra stuff if you take the time before your big day to declutter. While you may have things destined for the dump, the odds are you have a lot more stuff that could find a better home with someone else. So how do you quickly and easily declutter your home before the move?

  1. Start with a garage sale. The garage sale is a reliable way to offload your junk. For example, you may not want to keep your surfboard when moving to Prescott, but someone may be willing to pay top dollar for it. Another option is a “moving in” garage sale. Consider having a garage sale when you arrive. Plus, this can be a great way to get to know your new neighbors.
  1. Sell your stuff online. Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and Nextdoor are all excellent venues for finding buyers. These online marketplaces offer a fast option for many people to see what you have to sell. However, remember to be safety conscious when meeting with strangers. Beware of scammers, and instead of inviting strangers into your home, if possible, meet the buyer in a grocery store parking lot or at a gas station.
  1. App it up! There are multiple competing apps for selling stuff privately, including OfferUpGone, and LetGo. Best of all, these work directly from your smartphone, making it easy to snap pics and post ads in a hurry.
  1. Recycle: Take any electronics or paper goods to the nearest recycling center. It’s an eco-friendly way of decluttering your home and getting rid of unwanted items.
  1. Donate it! Get a tax deduction, and let someone else benefit from your unwanted items by dropping them off at Goodwill IndustriesStepping Stones, or the Salvation Army. This is also an excellent way to impact the community positively.

Don’t let extra clutter drag down your move. Set aside time before the big day to sell, trade, or donate. You may sell enough to earn a few extra bucks to buy pizza on your first night in your new place.

Are you still searching for that perfect home? I’d love to help! Or, if you need to list your home, I love listing homes and helping them sell fast. Give me a call!  Kim Shaw (928) 710-9148

Moving to Prescott?

Are you getting ready to move to the Prescott Area? Welcome to “Everybody’s Hometown!” We are excited to have you! You have picked a gorgeous town. Prescott truly has something for everyone. There are plenty of things to do in the area, making it the perfect community for people of all ages. Prescott is rated as one of the best places to retire, but our town is equally as family-friendly (and dog-friendly too!). The Prescott population is growing; however, it still offers the small-town feel the city has to offer and gives residents the best of both worlds.

Selling Your Home December 23, 2022

Tips to Hosting a Successful Open House

Are you getting ready to put your home up for sale? Open Houses are a great way to attract potential buyers, and there’s no better time than now to start planning. A well-planned open house can help get your property off the market quickly and create a positive impression on everyone who enters your door. Here are vital preparations necessary for hosting a successful and memorable open house that hopefully has people lining up in droves to make an offer!

Get the Word Out

One of the essential steps in planning an open house is getting the word out. You can start by advertising through real estate websites, print media, and local neighborhood postings. Social media can be a great way to spread the news about your upcoming open house with targeted ads that are sure to get people talking. Have your realtor connect with other local real estate agents in your area, and encourage them to share information about your open house with their contacts.

Clean Up

Before potential buyers come for a home tour, you must tidy up the space from top to bottom. This includes vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, washing windows, and scrubbing bathrooms. Give extra attention to areas where there may be a lingering smell, such as the kitchen or basement. Don’t forget to dust, declutter and rearrange furniture if necessary.

Prepare Refreshments

Providing light refreshments at your open house is a great way to create a hospitable atmosphere and leave a positive impression on buyers. Offer non-messy finger foods for guests to munch on while they explore each room in your home. Be sure to have plenty of cold drinks handy as well; water, lemonade, and iced tea are always popular options!

Make Your Home Smell

Yes, make your home smell! Make sure your home smells clean, fresh, and inviting. Remove pet scent, musty mildew smell, or burnt food odor. You can use scented candles, essential oils, or other fragrant items to make a lasting impression on visitors. NOTE: Avoid overtly floral or scented scents, as many people are allergic or sensitive to strong scents.

Greet Guests with a Smile

When potential buyers arrive at your open house, greet them with a warm welcome and friendly smile! Make sure someone is available to answer questions and provide information about your home, neighborhood, and local amenities. Allow visitors to explore the property independently while still being present in case they need assistance.

Follow Up Afterward

Once your open house is over, follow up with guests who attended. By keeping an open line of communication, you can ensure that potential buyers are kept up-to-date on any changes or updates, and ultimately help to create a sense of trust that will lead to a sale!

Follow these simple tips for planning an open house, and you’ll be well on your way to selling your home quickly and successfully. Contact me today; I’d love to help you sell your home. I will work hard to sell your home faster and at a higher price. My secret is simple . . . dedicated customer service.

Selling Your Home November 17, 2022

Market vs. Assessed Value: What’s it all Mean?

If you’re a homeowner, at some point, you’ve probably wondered what your home is worth. And if you’ve ever sold a home, you’ve likely heard of the terms “market value” and “assessed value.” But what’s the difference? And which one matters more? Here’s a breakdown of each term and why it matters when selling your home.

What is market value?

Market value is what a willing and informed buyer would pay for your home on the open market. In other words, it’s what similar homes in your area have recently sold for.

Several factors can affect your home’s market value, including its location, size, condition, and any unique features or upgrades. The current state of the housing market also plays a role. For example, if there’s high demand for homes in your area but limited inventory, your home could sell for more than it would in a buyers’ market with more homes to choose from.

To get an accurate estimate of your home’s market value, you can talk to a real estate agent specializing in your area. They’ll be familiar with recent sales of similar homes and can give you a good idea of what your home is worth.

What is assessed value?

Your local municipality sets your home’s assessed value for taxation purposes. It’s based on several factors, including the size, location, and age of your home. In some cases, the assessed value may also consider any upgrades or renovations you’ve made.

Keep in mind that the assessed value is different from the market value. The assessed value is typically lower than the market value because it’s used to calculate your property taxes. As such, it’s not necessarily a good indicator of how much your home would sell for on the open market.

In most cases, your home’s assessed value won’t directly impact your ability to sell it. However, the assessed value will be vital if you plan to appeal your property taxes.

If you’re considering selling your home, the market value is the number you should focus on. Potential buyers are willing to pay this for your home, and it’s the best indicator of how much money you’ll ultimately make from the sale. 


Call me today to learn more about how to value a home! My personalized and comprehensive service, complete support to her clients, and superior service are key to my 20 years of thriving in Prescott Real Estate. 

Our team of agents, lenders, and marketing professionals ensures that your goal of purchasing or selling a home is reached. Sellers benefit from my years of experience in Prescott and my dedication to ensuring they reach their goals. Whether working with buyers in new home sales, retirees downsizing, or first-time home buyers navigating the home buying process, I will work tirelessly to ensure a smooth transaction.

Selling Your Home October 25, 2022

Deciding How to Stage Your Home: Virtual or Real?

When marketing and selling a home, staging can be a powerful tool. Staging helps a home sell faster in numerous cases, and it can boost the buyer’s desire for a home. In this world of incredible technology, there is an alternative to standard staging. Virtual staging uses computer imaging technology to create realistic listing photos that display a staged home, even though the property isn’t physically staged. Through 3D modeling and photo editing, empty rooms transform into a staged home. The results can be quite impressive.

Styldod states, “The fundamental difference between traditional staging and virtual staging is that traditional staging showcases a property as it is, while virtual staging shows property as possible. In virtual staging, a photograph is all you need to get the room virtually staged.”

Pros:

  • Cost Effective: One of the benefits of virtual staging is its cost-effectiveness. Home sellers don’t have to pay for the cost of renting furniture or accessories, and they don’t have to pay a professional stager. Standard staging can cost thousands, “on average, it will cost you at least $7,000-$30,000.” In contrast, virtual staging “per image, it will cost you only $16-$100” (Styldod).
  • No Labor: Another cost-effective reason to use virtual staging is that there is no labor-intensive work. When you use a service to stage your home physically, this includes renting the furniture, setting it up, and then taking it down once the listing period is over. With virtual staging, you only need a digital photo of your room.
  • Not Time-Consuming: The entire process of virtual staging is not time-consuming. You don’t have to wait for the furniture to be delivered or for the stager to set it up. Virtual staging can be done quickly and easily.

Possible Cons:

  • Less Personal: One potential drawback of virtual staging is that it can seem less personal than traditional staging. When you see a virtually staged home, you see a computer-generated image. It’s not an actual photo of the house with real furniture. This could make some buyers feel like they’re not getting a real sense of the property.
  • Empty Home: Some buyers may be disappointed when they arrive at an empty home. They might have pictured the house with the virtually staged furniture and feel like they’re not seeing the “true” property.

 What Part of Your Home Should You Stage?

Below is what over 4,200 surveyed home buyers deemed as the most critical rooms in the home to have staged.

  • 86% Living Room
  • 84% Master Bedroom
  • 68% Kitchen
  • 63% Outside Space
  • 71% Dining Room

Whether you are physically or virtually staging, in either case, it’s a good idea to view staging not as an expense but as an investment. Contact me today if you’re thinking of selling soon and would like to work with a stager. I can connect you to trusted professionals who will make your home look its best.

Buying a Home September 19, 2022

Things Buyers Can Do in Today’s Housing Market

Rising mortgage rates have defined the 2022 housing market. With increasing rates, purchasing a home has become more costly.

Compared to one year ago, the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,944 from $1,265, an increase of 53.7%” (National Association of Realtors).

Is this causing you to put your home-buying plans on hold? You may want to reconsider. The good news is you can navigate today’s housing market and this rising rate environment with a few simple tips. 

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage & Determine Your Budget

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the most critical steps to take when buying a home. This will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and what interest rate you will be paying. What monthly payment can you comfortably afford? This is an important question to answer.

Mortgage calculators help you determine your budget. Enter your desired monthly payment, down payment, and interest rate, and it will calculate how much home you can afford.

Remember that your monthly budget should also include property taxes, homeowners insurance, and maintenance costs. These are often overlooked when determining how much house you can afford.

Look for Homes That Are Within Your Budget & Expand Your Search Area and Criteria

There’s no use looking at homes out of your price range. Not only will this cause frustration, but you may end up making an offer on a home that’s not affordable.

To avoid this, only look at homes within your budget, and if you’re having trouble finding a home that meets your needs, try expanding your search area or criteria.

Expanding your search location or re-prioritizing the items on your wish list can open up opportunities you haven’t considered, which could help you afford more of what you need (and want) in a home. As CNET notes:

“Area growth is likely to keep pace with the market, which means that the outskirts of town might be hopping within five years. Consider stepping out of your ideal location by searching in the nearby cities. You may find better prices and more square footage.”

Look for Grants, Gift Funds, and Down Payment Assistance

There are also many options available regarding securing the funding you need to purchase a home. One valuable resource to explore is downpaymentresource.com. As NAR indicates: 

“Many local governments and non-profit organizations offer down-payment assistance grants and loans, targeted to area borrowers and often with specific borrower requirements.” 

Work with a Local, Experienced Realtor

When you work with a local, experienced realtor, they will be able to help you navigate today’s housing market. They will have a pulse on the local market and can help you find homes that meet your needs and budget.

A good realtor will also be able to negotiate on your behalf and help you through the home buying process from start to finish. If you’re looking to buy a home in today’s housing market, following these tips will help you navigate the current landscape and find the right home for you.

 

Buying a HomeCredit and Mortgage Information August 18, 2022

Buyers Beware of these Home Buying Hazards

When you’re ready to buy a home, you must know the potential hazards that can pop up and kill your deal. Fortunately, a little attention to detail and thorough planning can save you from the heartbreak of a bad buy. Here are seven of the most common:

  1. Last-minute shopping sprees: It’s not uncommon for buyers to make big-ticket purchases just before applying for a mortgage or after pre-approval. But beware because this can ding your credit score and ruin your chances of getting approved.
  2. Changing jobs: If you’re in the process of buying a home and you switch jobs, your mortgage lender may get cold feet. That’s because they like to see stability regarding employment history. So if you’re thinking about making a career change, it’s best to do it after you’ve closed on your home.
  3. Not drilling down deep on seller disclosures: When you’re buying a home, the seller must disclose details pertaining to the property’s condition. Sellers must disclose, so you’re well within your rights to ask after anything which seems unreasonably unexplained. But beware because some sellers may not be entirely forthcoming. So be sure to have your agent review the disclosures carefully before you move forward with the deal.
  4. Not clarifying which appliances/fixtures come with the house:  Before buying a home, ask the seller which appliances and fixtures are included in the sale. Otherwise, you may be surprised when you move in and find that the washer and dryer you thought were included are missing.
  5. Forgetting about HOA dues: If you’re buying a home in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association (HOA), be sure to factor in the monthly or annual HOA dues when budgeting for your new place. These can add up, so you’ll want to be prepared.
  6. Not securing a preliminary title report: A preliminary title report is a document that outlines any potential liens or encumbrances on a piece of property. This is important because it can help you avoid buying a home that’s not free and clear. Be sure to work with a reputable title company to get this done.
  7. Insurance surprises: Homeowners’ insurance can be expensive, so it’s vital to get an estimate of what your policy will cost before you buy a home. Is the house in a flood plain? Will your rates be through the roof for hurricane or earthquake risks? It’s worth investigating early on in the process to either avoid purchasing the home or budget accordingly.

I like to help buyers navigate the home buying process smoothly, armed with all the knowledge they need to find the right home at the right price. Pay attention to the details, and work with a reputable agent and title company to help you through the process. If you keep these potential hazards in mind, you’ll be much less likely to have your home buying deal go sour.

Buying a Home July 11, 2022

Going Beyond the Numbers to Help My Buyers Win

How to Woo Sellers with Personalized Offers

If you’re home hunting in a competitive market, you’ve probably had the heartbreaking experience of losing out on the perfect house. It can be incredibly frustrating to find out the seller rejected your offer in favor of another buyer. How can you do your best to ensure it doesn’t happen again?

When a seller entertains multiple offers, it’s essential to understand that many different factors are in play. You tend to have an advantage if you’re an all-cash buyer, as cash removes potential financing roadblocks. But if you’re like most people, paying cash for a house isn’t an option. What do you do then to make your offer competitive?

First, ensure you have 100% of your financial house in order. When you are financially prepared, you have pre-qualification for a mortgage and proof of funds. Being organized and ready to go will help give you a slight edge from the start. Also, be sure you work with an agent who is highly responsive to requests. Sellers don’t need to wait around for agents to provide necessary information when multiple offers are landing in their inbox.

Beyond these factors, there’s another way to boost your offer’s profile: Personalize it.

While most sellers want to go with someone who will pay the most for their home, you should never discount the emotional dynamic of the home selling and buying experience. Though sellers are ready to move on, they often want to feel like their home is going to someone who genuinely appreciates it and needs it.

Work with your agent to craft a personal letter explaining why you love the seller’s home. What features do you love? How will this home help you personally, professionally, or with your family needs? Include a photo of yourself and your family. Have pets and kids? Bring them into the picture! Putting a human face on the offer can transform your offer from one more name in a pile of numbers into a genuine person worthy of living in the seller’s home.

Tips to Keep in Mind While Writing Your Letter

Build a Connection: Look for a connection you and the seller share. This connection could be being in the same line of work or noticing a hunting sign. Build on that connection.

Keep it Short: Don’t write a novel. Share your point, build a connection, and add a few reasons why you’re the best buyer.

Leave Out Remodeling Plans: If you plan on remodeling, be mindful of the seller’s protectiveness over their home. Even though they are selling their house, they still have emotional attachments to different areas of their home. They may not be fond of knowing that you want to destroy parts of it.

Have your agent personally deliver the offer:  Most of the offers will be electronically transferred and dumped into a crowded email inbox. An electronic offer can be convenient, whereas providing a beautifully prepared package with a personalized letter and picture can impact the seller.

I will go the extra mile in helping you attain your dream home.

Kim Shaw

(928) 710-9148

Selling Your Home June 14, 2022

7 Home Staging Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Staging Mistakes to Avoid

When you’re staging your home to sell, you want to do everything possible to make it look its best. But sometimes, good intentions can lead to embarrassing mistakes that could hurt your home’s value.

Here are seven of the most common home staging mistakes to avoid:

1. Personal Photos Mementos

You may love your family photos and cherished mementos, but potential buyers don’t want to see them. They want to imagine their own family in the home, not yours. So pack up those personal items before staging your home.

2. Too Much Furniture

Too much furniture in a room can make it feel small and cramped. Reduce your furniture down to the essentials and arrange it to make the space feel open and inviting.

3. Poor Lighting

Good lighting is essential in any room, but it’s critical when staging a home for sale. Poor lighting can make a space feel dark and uninviting, so open up the curtains and turn on all the lights before potential buyers come through.

4. Messy Kitchens and Bathrooms

Your kitchen and bathroom are two of the most important rooms in your home, so they must be spotless when you’re staging them. Be sure to clear off countertops, put away dishes, and declutter any cabinets or drawers. In the bathroom, hide any personal items and ensure the counters are clean and clear.

5. Unmade Beds

An unmade bed can make a bedroom look messy and uninviting. Be sure to straighten the sheets and plump the pillows before potential buyers come through.

6. Pets and Pet Messes

Pets can be a turnoff for some potential buyers, so removing them from the home during showings is best. If that’s not possible, put away any pet toys, food, and water dishes. And always clean up any pet messes before potential buyers come through.

7. Personal Items in Plain Sight

You may think your home is clean, but if personal items like mail or bills are in plain sight, potential buyers will think you’re not keeping up with the housework. Be sure to put away any personal items before staging your home.

Avoiding these seven embarrassing mistakes will go a long way toward helping you stage your home successfully and sell it for the best price possible.

About Kim Shaw

Kim moved to Prescott in 1995 and started her Real Estate career in 1998. As a mother of four, and the veteran of 5 corporate relocation’s, Kim brings a world or understanding and expertise into making a new town and a new house into a new home. Kim’s personalized and comprehensive service, complete support to her clients, along with superior service is key to her successful 20 years of thriving in Prescott Real Estate. Kim’s Testimonials Speak Volumes.  Contact Kim

Kim Shaw
(928) 710-9148

Buying a Home May 10, 2022

Remote Employment Offers Housing Benefits

The increase in people working remotely has been a game-changer in many ways. Remote jobs offer the ability to live and work from anywhere. And for people who are looking to buy a home, this trend opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Today’s low inventory can be challenging for homebuyers, especially if you’re looking to purchase your first home. But if you’re one of many people who work remotely, you may have a great opportunity to use the flexibility you have at work to achieve your homebuying goals this year.

For remote employment, instead of being tied to a specific location to be close to your job, you can now search for a home that meets your needs and lifestyle, without worrying about a long commute. So don’t let your job location limit your search – you may be surprised at what you find.

Another benefit of working remotely is that you can live and work in any location that suits your lifestyle. If you want to live in a rural area, for example, you can do so without having to commute into the city for work. Or if you prefer to live in an urban area, you can find a home that’s close to all the amenities and conveniences you need. And since your job location does not limit you, you can take your time to find the perfect home in the perfect location. It could also allow you to search for a more affordable location where you have more options in your price range.  Plus, you can easily relocate if needed.

In a recent report, Arch Capital Services explains how the ongoing trend of remote work can open up more options for homebuyers:

 “. . . This will enable those who are able to work from home on a part-time or hybrid basis to move slightly farther away from job centers. . . . For workers who secure full-time remote jobs, their place of residence will be determined by affordability and personal preferences.”

Remote work doesn’t just give you expanded flexibility for your career as well as for your home. If you’re no longer tied to a location because of your office, you have a great opportunity to expand your housing search. Let’s connect to explore how this can open up your options. Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be a location that’s perfect for you – and your remote work set-up. I can help you with your search today and enjoy all the benefits of working remotely.  

Kim Shaw

(928) 710-9148

Buying a HomePrescott Arizona April 21, 2022

Live on the Links in Prescott

Prescott, Arizona, is a desirable place to live, but it is also an incredibly popular place to play golf!  The Prescott area is home to numerous award-winning golf courses. 

Live on the Green

Many people move to Prescott to live in a golf course community. Below is information on some of the more popular golf course subdivisions in the Prescott quad-city area. If you would like information on any of these areas, contact me, and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Antelope Hills Golf Course – Prescott

Antelope Hills is a small golf community located on the 36-Hole Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Arizona. This quiet community, conveniently located at the crossroads of Highway 89 and Highway 89A, is just minutes from historic downtown Prescott, the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Antelope Hills residents can enjoy the nearby hiking trails in Pioneer Park, Watson Lake, and Heritage Park.

Hassayampa – Prescott

Copper Canyon Village is tucked away in the tall pines and granite boulders of Prescott, Arizona. The gently rolling terrain, the panoramic views, and the tall Ponderosa pines are just a few of the many reasons Copper Canyon is a popular community in Prescott. Copper Canyon is located on the southwest side of Prescott and is minutes from dining and the quaint shops on the historic Prescott Courthouse Square. There are only 102 lots in this custom subdivision, with several lots still available to build.

Prescott Lakes – Prescott

Prescott Lakes is a master-planned Residential and Private Golf Community in the heart of Prescott. This popular community is comprised of 13 gated and non-gated neighborhoods. The Arnold Palmer Golf Management Group manages the Hale Irwin Signature Championship 18 hole private golf course winding throughout home sites in Prescott lakes. Condos, townhomes, patio homes, custom-built, and estate homes surround the par 72 golf course. Residents can enjoy swimming indoors and outdoors with 30-meter lap lanes, a large open swim area, and a 169 square-foot whirlpool Spa.

Quailwood – Dewey-Humboldt

Quailwood in Dewey/Humboldt, Arizona, is a premier master-planned community located a few miles east of the town of Prescott Valley. This growing community has beautiful views of the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountains. Homes in Quailwood offer townhomes and site-built homes ranging in size from around 1200 sq. ft. up to about 3200 sq. ft. Quailwood offers Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, an Outdoor Pool, Spa, a Hot Tub, a Workout Room, Community Kitchen, Meeting Rooms, Horse Shoes, Volleyball Courts, a large covered patio, and two Children’s Play Parks.   

Prescott Country Club – Dewey-Humboldt

In Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, the Prescott Country Club is nestled in the golden panoramic valley between the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountain Ranges. This popular subdivision is located at the Fain Intersection and Highway 69, a few miles east of Prescott Valley, minutes from the Prescott Valley Event Center, and only a few miles from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center. This well-established neighborhood is home to one of the top-ranked golf courses in Northern Arizona. Prescott Country Club offers amenities like a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, restaurant, tennis court, and low monthly HOA dues.

As you can see from the list above, Prescott offers excellent options if you want to live on or near a golf course. Let me know if you want more information on Prescott Real Estate, and I would love to help.

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Kim Shaw

(928) 710-9148