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Getting Your Home Ready for a Spring Listing: Essential Tips for Sellers

Getting Your Home Ready for a Spring Listing: Essential Tips for Sellers

If you're contemplating putting your house on the market this spring, there's no time like the present to start the preparation process. As the real estate market gears up for its busiest season, ensuring your home stands out among the competition is crucial. Here are some invaluable tips to help you get your house market-ready:

1. Declutter and Organize

First impressions matter, and a cluttered home can easily deter potential buyers. Before listing your property, invest time in decluttering and organizing each room. Beyond mere tidying, the goal is to create a sense of space and openness, allowing potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. According to Moving.com, decluttering significantly enhances the appeal to potential buyers, making the space appear larger and cleaner.

2. Deep Clean Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

The kitchen and bathrooms are focal points for many buyers, influencing their overall opinion of the house. Ensure these spaces sparkle by giving them a thorough deep cleaning. Pay attention to details such as scrubbing grout lines, polishing fixtures, and decluttering countertops. A pristine kitchen and bathroom can leave a lasting positive impression on potential buyers.

3. Maintain Your Yard

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers see, making a good impression crucial from the moment they arrive. A well-maintained yard not only enhances curb appeal but also conveys that the home has been cared for. Spruce up your yard by mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and clearing away debris or dead plants. U.S. News emphasizes the impact of a beautifully landscaped front yard, stating that it can elevate an ordinary house into a charming home and contribute to a faster and more lucrative sale.

4. Find a Listing Agent

A skilled listing agent can be your partner in minimizing stress when selling your home. Rely on their expertise for advice on decluttering, staging, and enhancing your home's appeal to potential buyers. Their insights into market trends and recommendations for reliable contractors and stagers are invaluable. As Realtor.com suggests, a good listing agent will assist in pricing your home, recommend professionals to enhance its presentation, and ensure its visibility on the multiple listing service.

Bottom Line

By dedicating time to decluttering, deep cleaning, and enhancing your home's overall appeal, you can create a welcoming environment that resonates with buyers. These efforts significantly increase your chances of a successful sale. If you're considering listing your home this spring, let's connect to discuss the specific steps you need to take to get your house ready for a successful sale.


Unlock the Power of Home Equity When Selling Your Home

Unlock the Power of Home Equity When Selling Your Home

Are you hesitating to sell your house amidst the current real estate landscape? Affordability concerns might be playing on your mind, but assessing your home equity could provide the clarity you need. In a recent article by Bankrate, the concept of home equity is outlined as:

"Home equity is the difference between your home's value and the amount you still owe on your mortgage. It represents the paid-off portion of your home. You'll start off with a certain level of equity when you make your down payment to buy the home, then continue to build equity as you pay down your mortgage. You'll also build equity over time as your home's value increases."

Essentially, it's a straightforward equation - the current value of your home minus your outstanding mortgage. Surprisingly, your equity may have grown more than you realize, especially with the recent surge in home prices.

In recent years, the real estate market has witnessed a significant spike in home prices, consequently boosting the value of homes and, consequently, homeowners' equity. This implies that you might possess more equity than you initially thought.

Maximizing Your Home Equity in the Current Market

If you're contemplating a move, your home equity could be a valuable asset. According to CoreLogic, the average U.S. homeowner with a mortgage holds more than $300,000 in equity. What's even more impressive is that data from the Census and ATTOM reveals that around 70% of homeowners have either fully paid off their mortgages or possess at least 50% equity.

This substantial equity can be advantageous when transitioning to your next home. Here are a couple of ways to leverage your home equity:

  1. Become an All-Cash Buyer: If you've been in your current home for an extended period, the equity accumulated might be enough to facilitate a cash purchase for your next home. This can be particularly advantageous in competitive housing markets or if you wish to save on mortgage interest.

  2. Increase Your Down Payment: Your equity can also be applied to augment your down payment on the next home. A larger down payment not only decreases the amount you need to borrow but can also result in more favorable interest rates, as explained by The Mortgage Reports.

Easily Determine Your Home Equity

To assess the amount of equity you currently hold, consult a trusted real estate agent for a Professional Equity Assessment Report (PEAR).

In Conclusion

If a move is on your horizon, don't underestimate the power of your home equity. Connect with us to determine the extent of your equity and explore how it can be a valuable resource for your next home purchase.


Homeward Bound Newsletter February 2024

Homeward Bound Newsletter February 2024

The Giving it Back and Paying It Forward Real Estate Newsletter

Welcome to this month's exploration of a universally resonant topic: the importance of love. Far more than just a romantic emotion, love manifests in various forms - the familial bonds, friendships, compassion for strangers, and our connection with pets. These expressions of love significantly enrich our lives, offering emotional support, enhancing mental well-being, and fostering a deep sense of belonging.

Love's impact extends into our mental and physical health, with numerous studies highlighting its positive effects. It has the power to lower stress, boost the immune system, and lessen the risks of chronic diseases. Psychologically, love combats depression and anxiety, providing security and bolstering self-worth. Beyond personal relationships, love is instrumental in community building. It drives acts of kindness and compassion, fostering unity and trust, and becomes a pivotal force in times of crisis through humanitarian efforts. Love also serves as a potent teacher, imparting patience, understanding, empathy, and resilience. These skills, learned through loving interactions, are invaluable in both personal and professional spheres.

In our field of real estate, this ethos is particularly pertinent. Our love for helping people navigate the complexities of buying and selling property is at the core of our professional identity. It's not just about transactions; it's about forming lasting relationships based on trust, respect, and, indeed, love.

Concluding, love is much more than an ephemeral emotion or a literary theme; it's the cornerstone of human connection. It shapes our existence, underpins our well-being, and unites our communities. In a world often fragmented by differences, love stands as a universal language, bridging divides and kindling hope. As we journey through life, the importance of cherishing and nurturing love in all its forms cannot be overstated.


Over the last four decades of helping thousands of families sell their home and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people. People like you! So your referrals, those you know considering a move, that we help – you can rest assured that not only will they get the award winning service we are known for and the guarantee to back it up, but that a solid portion of the income we receive from the transaction will go toward a very worthy cause.

OUR GUARANTEE to you, your friends, and family
Forthe month of February,anyone considering making a move that you refer to us, we will guarantee them in writing their home will sell or we’ll buy it at a price acceptable to them.
We just need to agree on the price and possession date with the seller.

If you or anyone you know is considering making a move, we would like to offer them a FREE No Obligation Market Analysisthat will give them a real idea of what they can expect to sell their home for.

Just like we are thankful for you and your business, we are confident your referrals will be thanking you for steering them in the right direction on getting their home sold!!!
And just like last year, we are still boldly on a mission to raise$10,000forGive Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort near Orlando that provides critically ill children and their families from your community and around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

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Give Kids The World Village is Making a Difference Today and for Tomorrow

Give Kids The World Village is an89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort near Orlando that provides critically ill children and their families from your community and around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost. From life’s simple pleasures to the stuff that dreams are made of, every wish family is treated to anall-inclusive experienceincluding transportation; accommodations; donated theme park tickets; all meals and snacks; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and more.
Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to our real estate sales team?

Not only will they benefit from our award winning real estate service, a very worthy cause will benefit as well. We want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move. Just contact and call us at720-463-0002.
A real estate company with experience, proven results and a give-back philosophy!
Over the decades of helping families sell or buy the place they call home we have met some of the most wonderful, loving, caring people sharing the same Go Serve Big values we do!
Refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move:
1. You can pass along our business card to them. We have enclosed a couple here for that purpose.

2. You can go tohttps://yourhomesoldguaranteedrealtyco.com/refer-a-friend.phpand enter their contact info online or forward the link to someone you know considering a move.

3. Of course you can always call us direct as well at720-463-0002.
Why we Support Give Kids The World Village
We grew up going to Disney, Universal and SeaWorld in Orlando, FL. We were able to take our kids their time and time again while they were growing up as well. Little did we know right around the corner existed in89-acre whimsical nonprofit resortprovidingcritically ill children and their familiesfrom your community and around the world withMagical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

We were introduced to kids The world by a fellow real estate broker who set up a business meeting at their facility. We watched as theymade wishes possibleat an accessible storybook home away from home, where the ice cream was as limitless as the opportunities for fun and adventure.

We were so moved, we rallied everyone at our business to pull together and go all in in supportingGive Kids the World Village facility.From life’s simple pleasures to the stuff that dreams are made of, every wish family is treated to an all-inclusive experience including transportation, accommodations, donated theme park ticket, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, daily gifts and more.

Since 1986,Give Kids the Worldhas welcomed more than188,000 familiesfrom all50 States and 76 countriesto laugh together, play together and create priceless memories away from hospital stays and medical treatments.

Our team are committed to providing outstanding results for our clients selling and buying the place they call home. We have discoveredGive Kids the World Villageshares similar commitments to the kids and families they serve, and since their services survive on sponsorships and donations, we are happy to donate a portion of our income to support them. We encourage you to visit their website athttp://www.gktw.organd check out how they are making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
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Houses Are Still Selling Fast: A Positive Outlook for Sellers

Houses Are Still Selling Fast: A Positive Outlook for Sellers

Thinking about putting your house on the market? Well, here's some encouraging news for you. While the housing market may not be as frenzied as during the ‘unicorn’ years, when homes seemed to fly off the shelves, the current scenario is still quite favorable for sellers.

According to data sourced from Realtor.com, the graph illustrates the median days on the market for every January from 2017 to the latest available numbers. The term "days on the market" refers to the duration between a house being listed for sale and its closing date or removal from the market. This metric provides valuable insights into the pace of home sales compared to typical years:

When examining the most recent data in green, it's evident that homes are selling faster than the usual pace shown in blue. Remarkably, the only years where houses sold even quicker were the extraordinary ‘unicorn’ years, as indicated in pink. According to Realtor.com, homes spent an average of 69 days on the market, three days shorter than the previous year and over two weeks shorter than the pre-COVID-19 pandemic period.

So, what does this mean for potential sellers like you? Well, the accelerated pace of home sales is a result of increased buyer interest, driven in part by lower mortgage rates. However, the supply of available homes hasn't kept up with this surge in demand. Mike Simonsen, Founder of Altos Research, notes that 2024 is off to a stronger start than the previous year, with demand steadily increasing each week.

In essence, if you're contemplating selling your home, the latest data strongly suggests that now is a favorable time to do so. The housing market appears to be defying seasonal norms, presenting an opportune moment for sellers. To stay updated on the latest developments in our local market, let's connect and navigate the exciting dynamics of the current real estate landscape together! 🏠📈 #RealEstate #HomeSelling #MarketTrends


The Importance of Having Your Own Agent When Purchasing a New Construction Home

The Importance of Having Your Own Agent When Purchasing a New Construction Home

In the current real estate landscape, where the supply of homes for sale is limited, newly built homes offer an attractive alternative for potential buyers. However, navigating the process of buying a new construction home involves distinct considerations, making the presence of a personal real estate agent crucial for a successful and informed homebuying experience.

While builders typically have on-site sales agents, these representatives work for the builder, emphasizing the need for homebuyers to bring their own agent into the picture. As Realtor.com points out, having your own agent provides essential representation, aiding in negotiations and ensuring your interests are protected throughout the transaction.

Here's why having your own agent is key when buying or building a new construction home:

Local Area and Market Knowledge:

Your agent possesses a deep understanding of the local area and market trends. They can advise you on upcoming communities and developments, offering insights into potential future changes that might impact your decision, such as new highways or infrastructure developments.

Construction Quality and Builder Reputation:

Real estate agents are well-versed in the construction quality and reputation of different builders. They can provide valuable information on each builder's track record, customer satisfaction, and construction practices, empowering you to choose a builder known for delivering high-quality homes consistently.

Assistance with Customization and Upgrades:

The allure of new construction lies in the ability to customize your home. Your agent will guide you through the customization process, offering advice on upgrades that can enhance your home's long-term value. Their expertise ensures you allocate your budget wisely for maximum return on investment.

Understanding Builder Negotiations and Contracts:

Builder contracts can be intricate, requiring a keen understanding of terms and conditions. Your agent acts as a skilled negotiator, advocating for you and helping you comprehend the complexities of the contracts. They review agreements before you commit, ensuring that you are not unknowingly agreeing to terms that primarily benefit the builder.

In conclusion, if you are considering buying or building a new construction home, having a dedicated and knowledgeable agent by your side is invaluable. Their expertise in the local market, builder reputation, and negotiation skills can make a substantial difference in securing the home that aligns with your preferences and needs. If you're ready to embark on this journey, initiating a conversation with a trusted agent is a crucial first step. Let's connect and explore the possibilities together.


February 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

Beyond the usual health insurance benefit, there is often a long list of other benefits your employer may have available for employees. In today’s Service For Life!®Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn about some of the benefits you might have overlooked.

You’ll also learn abouta few ways you can improve your home theater setup, and the best savings and investment accounts to start for children – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Finally, I want you to knowthat you may call me for any reason. And please let me know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional to help in buying or selling.

I truly appreciate your friendship and referrals. Enjoy your issue!

Warmest regards,

Bill Watson
President | Managing Broker

Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - The Watson Group
6155 S Main Street, Suite 270
Aurora, CO 80016

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They may be people needing to move in the next 6 months, and you can tell them about my Free Consumer Report: “Make Your Home Show Like A Model Without Breaking The Bank.” They’ll thank you because this informative guide has a checklist of inexpensive ways to make buyers instantly attracted to a home. To request a copy for a friend, simply call me at:

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Overlooked Employee Benefits

The array of employee benefits your workplace offers may be more expansive than you’d think–and learning about your benefits package can save you quite a bit of money. Beyond the baseline of medical insurance coverage, some companies offer tax-free healthcare spending accounts (like Healthcare Spending Accounts- HSAs and Flexible Spending Accounts- FSAs) that you can take advantage of. Your employer may even make contributions to it for you. You probably are aware of employer-matching programs to maximize contributions to your 401(k). Some companies, though, go above and beyond with a variety of less familiar benefits you can (and should) make the most of. Here are just a few of them.

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) may include things like free or discounted financial advice, legal advice, counseling services, substance abuse treatment, and help with estate planning. There’s a huge range of other discounts and free benefits that can fall under the EAP umbrella, such as hotel stays, rental cars, gym memberships, public transit passes, and mobile phone plans.
  • Parental leave is common these days, for both mothers and fathers. Additionally, some companies offer benefits for family planning services like fertility treatment and adoption assistance. You may also have a medical leave benefit, which you can use to care for an ailing family member.
  • Getting time off for both vacation and illness is fairly standard. Some companies offer employees time off for volunteer work, meaning you wouldn’t have to use vacation time to volunteer. And, if you work in a field that encourages and supports sabbaticals, you may have the option for an extended break from work—and still have a job to return to.
  • Many organizations recognize that furthering an employee’s education and training benefits the company as much as the employee. Even if your workplace doesn’t subsidize tuition for advanced degrees, they may cover or reimburse the cost of training programs, certifications, and other professional development opportunities. If it isn’t listed in your initial offer, ask! If the development is relevant to your job, the company may agree to pay for it even if it’s not standard.

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3 Tips For Home Theater Setup

Having a home theater makes everything you watch more enjoyable, whether it’s an Oscar-winning movie or your favorite reality show. But even if building a high-end theater system isn’t in your budget, there are a few things you can do to greatly enhance your current setup.

  • The size of the room matters. Not only do you need to ensure adequate distance between the seats and the screen, but you also need to consider how sound travels through the space. The room’s shape matters, too: Rectangular rooms are better than cube-shaped rooms for home theater sound. This article explains the “golden ratio” for acoustics in a home theater, which you can apply to your own space:https://thehometheaterdiy.com/home-theater-room-dimensions/
  • Sound system improvements are among the easiest enhancements you can make to your existing setup. Soundbars are relatively inexpensive and simple to use, and they don’t require much space. Experts suggest choosing a sound bar with three or more channels, which acts more like surround sound with multiple speakers. Most budget options have two.
  • Being able to control light in a home theater is important. Blackout curtains on the windows are a great start, but don’t overlook the color of the walls and ceiling—dark colors are recommended.

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Saving Accounts For Children

Starting a savings or investment account as an adult is good, but starting one as a child is better. You can start saving for a child’s education or even retirement as soon as they’re born—whether the baby is yours, a family member’s, or a friend’s. Here are a few ways to save money for kids.

  • College savings plan:A 529 college savings plan is the easiest way to save for a child’s education. These allow money to grow tax-deferred—and if it’s spent on the specified list of education-related expenses, the withdrawals are free from federal income taxes, too. You can contribute to an existing one or set one up on behalf of the child. Learn more about 529 plans here:https://www.savingforcollege.com/college-savings-201
  • Roth IRA:A retirement fund for a baby might seem strange, but starting a custodial IRA early means even small contributions will grow exponentially over time. It can be a great way for children to learn good financial habits. Learn more about custodial Roth IRAs here:https://www.investopedia.com/open-a-roth-ira-for-someone-else-4770855
  • Savings account:Any adult can open a good old-fashioned savings account for a child, provided a parent or guardian is the main person on the custodial account. This kind of bank account grows with the child as they begin to earn their own money and is another good way to build positive money

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It is our pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of the new clients I have had the honor of working with recently, and also offer special thanks to those who referred them. Our business would not be where it is today without your help!

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Real Estate Corner . . .

Q: What other options do I have besides refinancing my home loan if I’m struggling to make payments?

A: If you’re “underwater” on payments, you may decide to move out of your home. Here are some options to consider:

Rent the property.This will help you make your monthly mortgage payments but you’ll still pay for maintenance on your property.

Do a short sale.This involves selling your home for less than you owe on the loan. The bank may forgive the difference between what you owe and the final sales price the buyer pays.

Do a Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure.You give your home back to the lender in exchange for forgiveness of the mortgage.You may still have to pay the difference between what the bank sells the home for and what you still owe, plus legal fees.Many banks won’t consider this until a short sale has been attempted.

Before you do anything, talk to an expert about your problem, including a REALTOR®, a foreclosure counselor, a tax expert, a credit counselor and/or an attorney.To learn about more options for struggling homeowners, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called“10 Options To Avoid Foreclosure.”I’ll send a copy right to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 720-463-0002. Perhaps I'll feaure your question in my next issue!

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