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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

There is more to selling your home than just opening up the door and letting prospective buyers have a look. Here are some helpful tips from PURE Real Estate of Charlotte that will increase the chance of selling your home.

Touch Up Your Walls

Over the course of time, your walls are bound to experience little scratches, nicks and dings. Plaster over any old nail or screw holes and check protruding corner for dings that need attention. In areas where problems are minor, just use a little bit of paint to touch up that area. You can also paint the entire wall for a fresher, cleaner look. 

Illuminate

Adding a little extra light to a room can make it seem to be bigger. This does not mean you have to install extra light fixtures. Simply open up the curtains and shades. Allowing more natural light in will provide an illusion of more room. 

Clear the Clutter

Remember that the more clutter there is in a room, the smaller it will look. This also applies to closet space. Try to clear out as much clutter as possible to give the appearance of an extra amount of room. 

Use Quality Photos

There is a tremendous difference in hiring a real estate photographer and snapping some pics on your phone. High quality photos can get you more showings and more interest. This tactic can truly allow your listing to separate itself from the rest of the pack. If you do decide to take them yourself remember to frame and angle your shots appropriately.

Prepare a Floor Plan

A floor plan can give prospective buyers a better understanding of the layout of your home. Floor plans also provide the precise dimensions of each room. Including your floor plan with your online listing is a major plus. 

Maintain Order

It’s easy to return to your normal life after an initial showing or two. But keep in mind that more prospective buyers could come through at any time. So it is important to put everything away and keep your home as orderly as possible. Cleanliness helps the buyer pay attention to the homes for sale in Charlotte as opposed to being distracted by clutter.
 

Create Space

Creating the illusion of more space can be done by keeping small furniture in larger rooms. The use of wall mirrors can also create the illusion of more space and more light within a room. A clean home also looks bigger in size.


PURE Real Estate can help you get your home ready for a quick sell in addition to providing valuable assistance through every step of the way. When it comes time to find the best realtor Charlotte has to offer, contact the team of experienced professionals at PURE Real Estate.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Easy Ways to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the look of the outside of a home. Since the outside of the home is the first thing any potential buyer sees, it is important to make that look as attractive as possible. Here are some simple ways to enhance your curb appeal for homes for sale in Charlotte NC.

Upgrade Your Address

There are several tasteful options when it comes to the numbers you can place on the front of your home to identify the address. A different font can provide a sleek new look at a very minimal price.

Paint the Front Door

It’s amazing how much difference a new coat of paint on your front door will make. This also provides an opportunity to add a new color and bring a little more boldness to the exterior of your home. You can even paint the accessories on the door such as the door knob and knocker.

Remember To Hide

Keep your trash containers out of sight and the same could be done for your garden hose. Those both add unnecessary clutter outside your home. Some simple lattice work can also hide your air conditioner from view. Painting your electrical box the same color as the house is also a way to hide its unsightly color. Your experienced Charlotte real estate broker can also provide you with additional helpful tips.

Buy a New Welcome Mat

Get rid of your old dirty, dingy welcome mat and spread out some color in front of your door. You can even personalize a welcome mat for a little extra charm.

Pressure Washing

Take the time to pressure wash everything in the front of your home. That includes the ground, the steps, any concrete or decking, and even the front and side of the house. It can actually make your home look much newer.

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Do a Little Yardwork

Weeds and overgrowth surrounding a home is never appealing to potential home buyers. There are plenty of sprays available to kill any and every weed on your lawn. You can also attend to them yourself with some simple yardwork. The easiest thing is to make sure your lawn is always mowed to a low level and do a little bit of edging to get a cleaner look. Planting some flowers or adding a few flower pots can usher in some appealing color.


PURE Real Estate Charlotte is a complete service that guides you through the selling or buying process with expert advice and assistance. There is a lot of competition in all the homes for sale Charlotte, NC has to offer, so it makes a difference to have a top quality real estate agent by your side. Contact PURE Real Estate today and let an experienced professional start working for you.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Why Do You Need To Use A Realtor®?

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When making such an important decision as buying or selling your home, be sure to carefully weigh the pros and cons of deciding whether or not to use a licensed Realtor® / Charlotte Real Estate Broker. Using a professional broker will insure you will have the most reliable and up-to-date tools at your disposal in order to help you make these important decisions for you and your family and your particular individual situation. Below are just a few reasons why most people insist on using a real estate professional.

1.    One of the most important reasons is because a skilled real estate professional will have up to the minute property sales and market knowledge. Because of their access to their market’s MLS (Multiple Listing Service) the real estate agent can provide you with a report of recent sales of comparable homes to ensure you getting a fair and reasonable deal compared to current and historic market data.

2.    Real estate professional will negotiate for you. One of the most difficult parts of buying and selling a home is negotiating the points of the deal.  Real estate agents have the experience and the expertise in working out the most beneficial deal points for their clients when it comes to all the nuances involved in putting an offer together. Ultimately your agent will always have your best interests in mind and if/when you sign an agency agreement with your broker that relationship becomes a fiduciary responsibility to you.

3.    Real estate agents can find additional ways to find or sell homes. Many times through their relationships with other agents they can find out what homes may be coming on the market before they hit the MLS. The National Association of Realtors® studies show 82% of real estate sales, not just homes for sale in Charlotte, are the result of agent’s contacts through previous clients, friends, family and personal contacts.

4.    They coordinate and host your showings. Whether buying or selling, real estate agents can be crucial for getting open houses and showings done for you while you are busy coordinating your work or life schedule.

5.    Realtors® know how to sell homes. Prospective buyers expect professional photos and videos to promote your listing. Staging, marketing and qualifying candidates are the real estate agent’s job.

6.    Real estate agents will connect you with their trusted partners. When either buying or selling a home you will need to decipher an inspection report. Realtor services Charlotte will help you decide which repairs will be absolutely imperative to be done before the closing. They will assist you in hiring professionals such as inspectors, lawyers, plumbers, engineers, title companies and more.

7.    Real estate agents will guide you through the paperwork. Every year, throughout the year there are continual updates of contracts, addendums, disclosures, etc. that every professional real estate agent must become familiar with by mandatory attendance at continuing education classes.

Above is only a small part of an agent’s critical due diligence. All real estate professional Realtors® must abide by a preamble Code of Ethics just as we do at PURE Real Estate.

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To find out more here is the link to The Realtor® Code of Ethics: Realtor Code of Ethics and Pledge of Performance and Service

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Inexpensive Ways to Boost the Value of Your Home

When it comes time to sell your home, there are plenty of ways to boost its value without putting a major dent in your checkbook. As Charlotte Real Estate experts, the PURE Real Estate team knows which upgrades will pack the most punch, both appealing to home buyers and sellers’ wallets. Here is a look at a host of inexpensive ways to boost the value of your home.

Fresh Paint

It is amazing how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint will make in any room. All you really need to pay for is the paint. You can do the actual painting yourself as it does not require expert training. Neutral colors are best while bright colors can be a turnoff to potential buyers.

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Enhance Curb Appeal

It is important to keep in mind that many people shopping homes for sale Charlotte NC will simply drive past a property before making further inquiries. This means the home’s exterior could potentially be a deal maker or a deal breaker. This is even more vital if time is a major factor for the seller of the home.

Enhancing your curb appeal does not mean you have to make over the entire exterior of your home. Do some accessorizing by adding some potted plants and a new mailbox. You can also upgrade the look of your garage door by purchasing a hardware kit that will allow you to add some accessories to spruce it up. It’s also a good idea to landscape your front yard.

Lose Clutter

Rooms will seem bigger when they are not cluttered with stuff. Take some unnecessary items out of smaller rooms as it will give them the appearance of being bigger. In smaller bathrooms, remove items like a hamper. In bedrooms, take out things like that old rocking chair which never gets used. 

Let it Shine

A clean house looks like a more spacious house. Homeowners can take that a step further by shining every fixture in the home. That means polishing every faucet, sink and fixture you can find. Upgrading fixtures can also provide a more elegant look without having to spend much money. Keeping the floors polished with a bright shine is also recommended.

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Upgrade the Bathroom

Bathrooms are a major priority for buyers and some simple upgrades can enhance their look. Buying a new toilet seat, towel rack and faucet are all inexpensive upgrades. Also, replace any broken or damaged tiles since that is a major turnoff to prospective buyers.

Mind the Kitchen

Buyers love kitchens and something simple like adding a backsplash can upgrade the entire room. Old appliances can also be upgraded without spending a fortune. Homeowners can replace them with gently-used appliances or ones from a scratch and dent store. You don’t have to buy top-end or brand new appliances to make it look good.

PURE Real Estate is ready to help homeowners get the most money for their homes in Charlotte NC. Our team of experienced realtors will walk you through every detail that comes with putting up your house for sale in Charlotte, NC.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PURE Real Estate Nominated for a Five Star Professional Award for the Third Straight Year

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Article originally published 6/15/2016

For the third consecutive year, PURE Real Estate in Charlotte NC has been nominated for a prestigious Five-Star Professional Award. This award is given out annually by Five Star Professional, a research organization that recognizes that top performers in select professions. The Five Star distinction is synonymous with outstanding service and carries an elite status.

PURE Real Estate’s comprehensive approach towards real estate aims to provide five-star service to every client. That is more than just a statement, but a daily practice that has been evidenced by the Five Star Professional’s nomination for three years running.

Five Star Professional does a thorough amount of industry research as the Five Star nomination is not taken lightly. The organization also combines its efforts with regional magazines to promote the results in 45 markets located in the United States and Canada. The city of Charlotte represents one of those markets.

The award winners are then listed in these regional magazines, which is not at all a form of paid advertising. It is simply a report of that allows elite professionals to get the recognition they rightfully deserve.

The market research conducted by Five Star Professional is based a great deal on customer satisfaction, which steps to the forefront of every interaction conducted by a PURE Real Estate agent in Charlotte NC. Every customer is always treated like a top priority. PURE Real Estate has taken that integral aspect of customer service and instilled it into its everyday practices. The only way to get recognized for exemplary service is to practice it each and every day.

It is no coincidence that the mission of Five Star Professional is to assist customers when choosing a professional service. With such a wide selection of choices flooding every market, it’s good to learn who is actually the best of the best.

Five Star Professional distributes its awards to real estate agents, wealth managers, mortgage professionals, home and auto insurance professionals, and dentists. That concentrated group enables the research do be extremely thorough so that very best professionals are recognized with such a prestigious distinction.

Five Star Professional has been in existence in 2003 and is based out of Eagan, MN. Now, for the third year in a row Five Star has recognized PURE Real Estate. However, awards are not what motivates the team at PURE Real Estate. Customer satisfaction comes with providing the same high quality of service on a daily basis, something that is at the core of every interaction that occurs at PURE Real Estate.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Top Reasons to Live In Charlotte

The city of Charlotte, also known as the Queen City, has so much to offer which makes buying real estate within the city a beneficial move for people from all walks of life. Here’s a look at some of the top reasons that Charlotte has become such a popular place to live.

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Easy Travel

North Carolina's vast highway systems make road trips and day trips convenient with Charlotte as a great start point. Though, you would not have to go far to find a vast variety of events, activities, and attractions surrounding Charlotte NC real estate. Getting around the city has been made easy with the LYNX light rail system. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has also expanded and makes for an easy commute into the city. Driving has been made easier with the expansion of I-485, providing Charlotte with its own outer beltway.

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South End Neighborhoods

The historic South End of Charlotte is a hip area that caters to the younger generation. First Fridays feature the South End Gallery Crawl and other events, making it a budding scene for the arts. Saturday morning’s then bring in a farmer’s market at the Atherton Mill complex. There is a great deal of character and always something fun to do in the South End.

Ideal Weather

The Charlotte winters are far from brutal and are actually rather moderate. The summer months generally do not get too hot while spring and fall are truly sights to see with so many beautiful nature scenes, including the famed Freedom Park.

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Great Sports Scene

There is something for every sports lover in Charlotte as the Panthers have brought high levels of NFL success while the Hornets are the city’s NBA representative. NASCAR’s Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte and the city also holds major NASCAR races every year. For adventure sports enthusiasts, the city has recently added the National Whitewater Center.

Friendly People

Tourists often remark how friendly people are throughout the city of Charlotte. Manners, driving etiquette and common courtesy are on display every day in every corner of the city. You will likely notice this characteristic the first time you speak to a realtor in Charlotte North Carolina.

Quality Education

The school system from the elementary level to the secondary level is highly acclaimed in the city of Charlotte. There is also a good deal of diversity and the Huffington Post recently published an article that ranked Charlotte second on its list of 10 best cities for families to live in America.

PURE Real Estate in Charlotte North Carolina is ready to help you find the home of your dreams. Our team of experienced professionals can walk you through the entire buying or selling process and take away all your worries. Trust in our team as we offer top-quality service when it comes to Charlotte real estate.

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