Have you ever wanted a water feature in your garden? Here is a simple fountain that you can make to bring that beautiful sound of trickling water into your space. Sometimes a simple design is the best. There are great resources on the internet to help you choose, design and build your own little slice of heaven. So, go ahead, get outside and let your next weekend project be a simple fountain added to your front or back yard.
As I work with a lot of home buyers and sellers, I can constantly see the effect of the HGTV network and the internet. These are great forums and buyers and sellers are coming to the table much better informed than they were 5 to 10 years ago. My word of caution to you is to realize that real estate, like many economic issues, is very geographically specific. It is true that there are general trends that affect everyone, such as tighter credit criteria, more foreclosures, lower housing prices and lower interest rates, that still varies greatly from one locale to another. When I have someone come into the Fayetteville market and expect to be able to buy a foreclosure at 1/2 the asking price, because that is the way that it happens on television, I have to explain to them that is not the reality in our market. Also, as I was getting ready for work this morning, I had HGTV on (yes, I love their shows), but the couple trying to sell their home and discussing their options had a calendar hanging on their wall for 2010, three years ago. A lot changes in three years and from place to place. So my advice to you is to learn what you can from television and the internet, but find a very good real estate agent that you trust and then let them guide you through the process. They are the expert in your local market and they will be able to give you the best advice.
If you are planning to move anytime in the next 5 or 6 months, you need to be talking to a real estate agent now. We are moving into the period where there will be a lot of buyers seriously looking and you need to be ready. Find a real estate agent that you are comfortable with and ask them to show you how they will market your house. Ask them for references. Your agent should be responsive to you. If they will not respond to you quickly before they list your house, what makes you think that they will after they have it on the market. Choose an agent that communicates well with you. Having your house on the market can be stressful and you need someone that is giving you timely and accurate information. When you pick the right agent, be willing to listen to them, as they bring their expertise to the table. There are many steps to getting your house sold, but the first logical step is to team up with a good real estate agent to assist you throughout the process. And by the way, if you don’t already know a good agent, call me. I’ll take care of you.