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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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Two Secrets To Better Curb Appeal

by Nathan Olson

Everybody knows that a visually appealing home sells more quickly than one that isn't well kept -- but exactly what does that really mean? Sure, you can guess that planting a few flowers and mowing the lawn neatly can jazz up the front entrance. But, there are a few other curb appeal tricks that aren't quite as obvious. Read on to find out two curb appeal tricks that will really wow potential home buyers. 

Wow Them With Windows

Of course, cleaning the windows is an obvious measure for any home seller to make. But have you considered what a difference a window change could make? Outdated windows can be particularly detrimental to a home's curb appeal. If your home has old-fashioned or worn looking windows, they may be making the house look older and more cramped than it really is. Consider replacing the windows with picture windows or larger window panes. This allows you to retain the same window shape while giving the home a mini facelift.

If you want to do something really unique and dramatic, consider building outwards. For example, a series of bay windows or garden windows can make the house look larger, and it really brings the outside into the home. Best of all, it also happens to draw the eyes of potential homebuyers. 

Add Drama to the Door

The front door is often overlooked when considering ways to draw people into a home, but the truth is that it can really make or break the look of a house. Choosing a beautifully crafted front door that merges perfectly with the style of the home is always a great idea. But, if you can't spend the money needed for a whole new door, consider adding a bit of drama via a new color. One popular trend in homes today is having a uniquely colored door. Consider a dark green or deep blue door on a brick home, for example.

The door doesn't even have to match the shutters exactly. In fact, using contrasting colors can add a lot of interest and make the front entrance of the home more dramatic and intriguing to potential homebuyers. Consider a neutral look for the shutters and an eye-popping shade of red or orange for the front door. 

Selling your home may not always be easy. However, between using the secrets above and working with a top real estate agent, you'll have the best odds of maximizing your curb appeal and making a fast sale.