Happy 4th of July

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Happy Independence Day!

Wishing You All The Best From Our Family to Yours!

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July! May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times! Stay cool and enjoy the fireworks!

All the best to you,

Bob Ashworth Remax Realty Team

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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Bob Ashworth Remax Realty Team
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Getting Ready To Sell

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How to Improve Curb Appeal

Home Selling Advice to Help You Attract Potential Buyers

Are you interested in selling your Southwest Florida home? Would you like to improve your chances of not only selling your home quickly but getting the most return on your investment? You’re in the right place! A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal—the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can help make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time working on the its exterior appearance.

It’s difficult to look at our own house in the same way that potential home buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way something looks and functions, we can’t see its faults. Decide right now to stop thinking of the property as a home. It’s a house—a commodity you want to sell for the highest dollar possible.

Curb Appeal Exercise

The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.

  1. What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
  2. What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?
  3. What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them?

Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?

Take photos of the home’s exterior. If you have a digital camera, view the color versions first, then remove the color and look at it in black and white, because it’s easier to see problems when color isn’t around to affect our senses.

Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.

  • Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
  • Stow away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
  • Clean windows and gutters.
  • Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.
  • Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks.
  • Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.
  • Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
  • Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the home’s roof.

Don’t Forget the Rear View

Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your back yard. If it’s visible from another street or from someone’s driveway, include it in your curb appeal efforts.

Evening Curb Appeal

Do your curb appeal exercise again at dusk, because it isn’t unusual for potential buyers to drive by houses in the evening.

One quick way to improve evening curb appeal is with lighting:

  • String low voltage lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near important landscaping elements.
  • Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
  • Make sure lighting that’s visible through front doors and windows enhances the home’s appearance.

Landscaping Decisions

There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can improve curb appeal, but there are other times when removing something is even more effective.

For example, we had a listing for a large brick house with large white columns. Tall evergreens, planted in front of each column, had grown taller than the roof. They obscured the columns and windows and made it difficult to see the front of the house.

We suggested that the owner remove them. She trimmed them back, but it didn’t do the trick—they were unattractive and still kept potential buyers from seeing the true character of the house.

I sold the house to a couple who could see past the trees. One of their first tasks after closing was to yank them out of the ground, instantly boosting the home’s curb appeal.

Most buyers cannot visualize changes, and often won’t take a second look at a house if the first look doesn’t appeal to them. Home buyers who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work they plan to do.

A Few Curb Appeal Tips

  • If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders for a dingy house. Drive around your town to find color schemes that are appealing.
  • Install a more attractive front door, maybe something with leaded glass inserts.
  • If you can’t justify the cost of a new door, consider replacing plain doorknob hardware with something more attractive.
  • If new hardware is beyond your budget, repaint or stain the door and polish the hardware?

If you brainstorm, you’ll find that there’s a solution to most problems—one that lets you stay within your budget. The trick is to find the areas where improvements are needed, then work on them as best you can. Please feel free to give me a call so I can offer you more tips, ideas and information on successfully selling your southwest Florida home or condo!

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at  239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Building Your Credit Score

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I’m always looking for ways to help my clients prepare for their new home purchase. Below are some useful tips I recently came across on how to better your credit score so you can get the best home loan possible! Thanks for reading and please share this blog post with anyone you feel might find it useful!

Higher Credit Scores = Lower Interest Rates

Whether you want to buy a house, a condo or a piece of property to build your dream house on, good credit will get you the loan you need at the lowest interest rate possible.

But even if you have a bad credit score from unexpected life situations that couldn’t be helped, there are still lots of things you can do to improve your score

1. Find out your free credit score

You’ll need a score of 660 or higher in order to qualify for most mortgages, but shoot for a credit score of 720 or above to get the best interest rates, which are 1-2 percentage points lower. A few percentage points may not seem significant, but they translate into thousands of dollars difference on your loan.

If you had a $300,000 mortgage for 30 years, the difference in rates could add up to $100,000 in interest. That’s a huge difference that you could save on if you had a better credit score!

2. Check your free credit report card

Pay close attention to your credit card utilization and payment history, which each account for a large portion of your credit score. Your derogatory marks is also worth your time, since an account in collections will really hurt your overall score.

3. Fix it!

If you have a large amount of debt, make an effort to pay it off. Decreasing your credit card utilization by paying down credit charges is a great way to help improve your credit score.

If you have any derogatory marks that you don’t recognize, pull your full, free credit report from Annual Credit Report and investigate. If you find something that’s not yours, get it removed.

4. Wait for it…

Your credit won’t be fixed over night, but by taking a proactive approach to fixing your credit, you can expect to see improvements in six to twelve months. In the meantime, hold off on new credit cards or loans, since the hard inquiries that come with that will ding your credit score.

You can also spend the time researching what kind of mortgage you want. I can help you with this – I can guide you through this process and help you find rates for different mortgages and a mortgage affordability calculator to see how much you can afford.

Taking the steps to improve your credit score can help you will save tens of thousands of dollars with a lower interest rate. Contact me for more details on how you can find and secure the home of your dreams. I’m here to answer all your questions and to help you get on the right track to buying or selling your home!

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth