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Open House in the Winter? Make a Powerful First Impression

When preparing your home for an Open House this time of year, be sure to pay as much attention to the outside as you do to the inside. You want to create a great first impression, so by the time potential buyers enter your home, they are already optimistic about living there.

Here are some relatively easy things you can do to create the most inviting exterior without breaking the bank or your back. Also be aware that most buyers will ride by and check out the exterior of your home before even considering viewing the inside.  So it can be argued that the exterior is 'the most important' selling feature. 

1. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door.  Not sure what color is best?  Use a color wheel to find a color that complements the color of your siding or brick.  Here is a simple color wheel to use from This Old House:  https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-paint-colors-color-wheel.

Tax Reform Legislation Passes Today - What It Means For Homeowners

Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed tax reform legislation today, and the President is expected to sign it before the end of the year.

The National Association of Realtors worked very hard to try to preserve the tax benefits for homeowners, and although the results are mixed, the final version is significantly better for homeowners than previous versions.  

Last-minute changes to the bill include the following improvements:

Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, the current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples on the sale of a home. 

Remodeling? Consider What Younger Buyers Want

Are you planning a remodeling project?  If so, and you plan to sell your home sometime within the next few years, you should take into consideration what younger home buyers are looking for when deciding how to spend your renovation budget.

Why?  Because buyers under 35 years of age make up more than 1/3 of home buying consumers, and it is predicted that this percentage will rise.

Here are the important things that younger buyers want in a home, and they will pay a fair price to get what they want.

Congratulations To Our Top Producers For November 2017!

It is our pleasure to congratulate to our top producing individuals and teams for the month of November!  Top Listing Agent is Frank Fortino, Top Selling Agent is Alan Katz, and our Top Listing Team is the Cole Gold Team.  Their hard work and dedication is recognized and appreciated by their clients and admired by the entire CENTURY 21 Mack Morris Iris Laurie team.

Why Buying a Home in December is a Smart Move

December is usually when people are looking to deck their own halls—not buy new ones. But buying a home in December can be a smart move.

The holiday season is a 'lull' period in real estate sales, and less buyers shop for homes this time of year. Savvy home buyers should take advantage of this time if they’re serious about buying.

Why?  Here are a few good reasons to purchase your new home before the New Year.