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Some Helpful Tips When Buying

Homes that are in foreclosure may seem like a great opportunity to get a new home at a very low price. But most of these properties come with a “buyer beware” tag and are going to require a lot of work and money. If you aren’t in the business of flipping these cheap properties to sell for profit you may find yourself in over your head. Before you decide on buying a foreclosure, follow some of these tips for the process of purchasing and then fixing up your potential dream home. We experts in helping your buy and sell homes. Get in touch with Doorsteps today to learn more about purchasing your new home.

Tips for buying

  • Look past the buying price. While the low price may seem extremely appealing and easy on the budget look into what the cost for repairing will be. Depending on the amount repairs and updating need you could easily max out your budget even with the cheapest list price. It’s wise to have an inspection before you decide to buy.
  • Don’t buy sight unseen. You can purchase a foreclosure without every looking at the property in person. Unfortunately, when going this route you aren’t able to assess the amount of damage and how much work will be needed. It’s best to check out the home in person and decide if you are willing and able to commit to the project.
  • Be ready for a long purchasing process. Foreclosures unlike regular mortgages require more paperwork and longer periods of time to clear for a closed sale. If you are in a hurry to purchase a home and get settled a foreclosure is probably not for you. Getting preapproved for a non-conventional loan to purchase a foreclosed property can help make the process go smoothly.
  • The final sale is “as-is” This should be common knowledge but make sure you understand this concept. There are no contingency contracts or asking the seller to update or repair anything. When you decide to make an offer on a foreclosure what you see is what your buy.
  • Get some legal aid. You may want to have some money saved back in case there are any legal issues when purchasing a foreclosed property. Some owners can come back and try to regain possession. Having a legal representative can help to navigate these waters when and if your sale gets tricky.
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How Odd Numbers and Triangles

If you have studied anything about art and the focal point of a photograph or painting, you would have most likely heard that odd numbers and triangles are what draw your eye’s attention. No, we don’t mean literally numerals and well drawn triangles, we are talking about the arrangement of furniture, decor objects, and even wall hangings. When staging your home for sale, some important but sometimes ignored tricks involve the decorations on your mantels and the pictures or hangings on your walls. To make the most of a house showing, redecorate your home in a way that will catch buyer’s attention and make them feel as though they could see themselves living in your attractive space.

To use this focal point strategy, begin with wall hangings. Consider one larger canvas with three smaller coordinating pieces that can be hung and arranged flush next to the larger for an interesting focal point above headboards or on the main walls in rooms. If you are hanging multiple frames or canvases, remember to keep the number odd for an attractive and eye pleasing display. It is also important to keep wall hangings as impersonal as possible. Choose decorative prints with patterns or artsy designs to replace personal photos and mementos on your walls.

The triangle strategy works best with props and decor on end tables, mantels, counters, and coffee tables. Keep to odd numbers when decorating these areas as well. Imagine a triangle when arranging multiple objects and keep them in triangular formations for the best possible focal point. If you have books strategically placed, stack them in decorative piles of three or if you have vases with flowers keep the flowers in an odd number. Other decor pieces should be arranged in odd numbers as well. You can use triangles for decorating wall space as well with hangings, clocks, shelves, etc.

As with many other strategies,  it is important to keep your home as decluttered as possible. The key is a warm and inviting space without being too full or appearing messy. Keep personal effects picked up and put away making your home appear as though anyone could be living there. Potential buyers can get the feel of how the home would be if it were their own.  We’re happy to help with staging and decorating to add appeal to your home and encourage buyers to make an offer leading to a successful sale.
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