Author: Michelle Klippert

Renter Beware! Renter Be Aware!

  Many people rely on social media or internet sites to find rentals these days. I want to warn you about a scam on Craigslist that could potentially cause a great loss in money for people seeking rentals. Currently there are people who steal listing information off of sites like Zillow and and Trulia. They are taking information, pictures and sometimes even sellers’ names and creating a separate post on Craigslist for the home as a rental. Then they post a for-rent on the Craigslist site. They post fake rental fees per month and deposits too. The rental fees are usually much less than market rent. Because of this reason they get many calls about the property. Most often they tell some sort of story of why they are out of town and renting the property. They also require the renter to send money to secure the property. During this time frame the property is actually for sale. There is a sign in the yard and contact information for the sale of the property. Many times people will be instructed to walk around the property and decide if they want to rent it. As you can imagine this invites many a phone call to the listing agent with a distressed potential renter who has sent money and is wondering how to get it back. Renters beware! These scams...

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The Other Talk

During the Holidays is a good time to get together with our elderly parents and discuss their futures. The discussion of “the other talk” is due to the results of our elderly parents living situations that effect our personal and many times our financial lives. Baby Boomers are taking over the world by numbers. Our parents are living much longer in retirement than ever before. Life expectancy is up however quality of life has been much the same a certain ages. Our parents have harder times seeing as well as physically being able to care for their current home situations. “The other talk”, encourages you and family members to look at parent or elderly relative’s current situation and physical demands. This will enable you to evaluate future moves, if any, as well as modifying current homes so that our elderly can “age in place”. Aging many times comes as a rapid decline. Your real estate professional can counsel you on how to talk to our aging relatives as well as expectations of moves in the future. Look for the designations of SRES associated with your real estate professional being a Senior Real Estate Specialist. This specialist can help you with all kinds of resources who will make this transition of our elderly easier for you and with compassion for all...

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Getting your home “Buyer” ready prior to putting it on the market

Preparing you home for all kinds of buyers should be a priority when considering putting your home on the market. Often sellers do not prepare enough prior and it many times costs them not only extended days on the market compared to others but also many times costs them actual dollars lost on the devalue of the home. Buyers are savvy! They no longer are uneducated in the process. They compare your home with all other homes in the area as well as in the price range. To retain value in your home you must paint the best visual picture representation of the home to the buyer and have that visual compare with other listings. Here are some things that you can do to prepare your home for listing. 1. Re-arrange your furniture and re-energize your rooms. So many people use the rooms in their homes for unconventional uses. Examples might be to use a dining room as a work out room with exercise equipment. When listing your home you will want to redo the home for conventional uses so that when a buyer comes into a home they realize what each room is for. Consider storing excessive furniture and keeping with traditional rooms for the best visual of the home. 2. Paint it! Paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to may a substantial change to your home. Neutral colors will lighten rooms and make the home less- personal and more attractive to all...

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