Realtor advice for a DIY kitchen remodel!

Know your apps
The market is flooded with apps that are tailor-made for designing and renovating. You can test out a paint color, schedule your timeline, have a leveler on hand and even create a 3D plan of your proposed changes.

Check in with your council
It pays to know all the limitations of your local area, such as acceptable building times, development applications and the location of water mains and electricity lines.

Plan ahead
All the pieces of the puzzle need to be organised before they are put into play. You can’t have your cupboards and bench tops made without knowing the measurements and style of your sink and mixers. Make sure that you are on top of your design so your project can run smoothly.

Recycle
If the kitchen you are replacing is in good condition, try selling it via Secondhandkitchens.com.au. You could add a few more dollars to your reno kitty!

Think efficiency
As the world becomes a little greener, appliances are quickly becoming even more energy and water efficient than a couple of years ago. Previously, energy ratings were out of six, but with appliances all passing with flying colors, the parameters had to be increased to 10. Not only are you helping the environment, but your hip pocket will also benefit come bill time.

Get a range of quotes
The current economic climate means that it’s a very competitive time for builders. Make sure that you get quotes from lots of builders so you get the best deal.

Choose appliances that suit your lifestyle
Do you really need a cook top with six burners and a huge oven? If you aren’t a frequent entertainer, make sure your space reflects your needs and personality.

Have a contingency plan
You can always stumble across structural issues or rising damp, which can put a huge dent in your finances. it is good to put aside 20-30 per cent of your budget to cover any nasty surprises.

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Just Listed in Quail Creek – 11404 Leaning Elm RD, Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Walk your kids to school at the highly sought after Quail Creek Elementary! Tons of updates 2013 as well as new wood floors and granite countertops in the upstairs bathrooms 2015/2016! All 4 bedrooms upstairs. Open floor plan downstairs includes large dining, 2 living areas and half bath. Kitchen overlooks large family room and features huge island with sink, marble counter tops and high end stainless steel appliances including commercial grade gas range. Brick wood burning fireplace in family room with large windows & sliding glass door overlooking huge back porch with ceiling fan. Yard has covered pergola & playground! Jumbo storm shelter installed in 2014. Tons of mature trees!

The features active first time home buyers are looking for!

Mid-Atlantic real estate professionals are bullish on the housing market this spring, particularly due to the growing number of first-time home buyers entering the market.

In its 2016 Mid-Atlantic Housing Market Survey, MRIS – one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services – found that 57 percent of nearly 750 real estate professionals recently surveyed expect this spring to be busier than last year. The majority of the respondents cited low mortgage rates as the main reason they believe buyers will act faster this year than last year.

Eighty-eight percent of respondents predict there will be more first-time buyers this year too. With that growth, how do you appeal to first-time buyers with your listings? Respondents rated the following home features as the most important to first-time home buyers:

  1. Updated kitchen and bath: 81%
  2. An open floor plan: 59%
  3. Low-maintenance features: 43%
  4. Walkable communities: 36%
  5. Energy efficiency: 20%
  6. Strength of cell phone service or WiFi: 19%

Just Listed in Centennial II at Iron Horse Ranch – 4816 Deerfield Drive

You will fall in love with this Coastal Charmer! Love the cottage style but want the design and efficiencies of today? This home as it all! Open concept living/kitchen/dining that is simply gorgeous! Vaulted cathedral ceiling with decorative beams in living room. Dream kitchen with huge island, quartz counters, white cabinets to the ceiling, closet pantry and owner recently upgraded SS appliances to an ultra quiet dishwasher and 5-burner slide-in range with warming drawer. Spacious Master Suite with large closet connecting to laundry room. New fabric blinds in bedrooms, Nest thermostat, and new storm shelter. Bonus room could be used as 4th bedroom/home office/media room. Beautiful wooded lot within walking distance of the neighborhood pool which is currently under construction. Gorgeous trim work throughout, designer light fixtures, unique wood flooring, mudbench, huge back patio with trees in the backyard. Plus, garage is oversized, so plenty of room for storage.

Sound advice for home buyers in a competitive market!

1. Be informed

If you have specific neighborhoods, communities, or builders you’re interested in, start researching and following them on social media, and set up Google alerts. The first line of defense is to know what’s going on so you can act fast to get the home you want.

2. Register your name on the interest list

Communities and builders reach out to those on their interest lists with news about model homes, property releases, new phases, and other updates. If you want to be among the first to know, make sure the community/builder knows about you. You also want to be aware that many new-home communities have a policy regarding real estate agent representation; you typically have to tour the community with your real estate agent on your first visit in order for your agent to receive a commission when you purchase. Which brings us to our next tip…

3. Work with a REALTOR®

REALTORS® have the inside track on new releases and in many cases will be able to alert you to important news before the public has been made aware.

4. Make a friend

It doesn’t hurt to makes friends with the sales agents in the community. They’re great resources for neighborhood details others might not be aware of.

5. Get preapproved

If you’re not preapproved for a loan when you go to buy a new home, you could lose it to someone who is.

6. Check for financing options through the builder

Using a builder’s in-house mortgage option won’t move you up an interest list, but it can provide other benefits. Depending on the builder, there may be incentives like closing cost help or upgrades for financing your home with their mortgage partner.

7. Talk to your REALTOR® about options and upgrades

This is important when securing your financing. The model home, if there is one, will likely be significantly upgraded and full of options that raise the price well beyond the base price. Having an idea of the options and upgrades you want, and the cost involved, is an important step in the process because it helps ensure you are approved for the correct amount. Finding out after the fact that you can’t qualify for the home you want because the decked-out kitchen you’re coveting has pushed the sales price out of reach would be a drag.

8. Familiarize yourself with the community and the properties

Intense community interest – the kind that incites camp outs – can breed a frenzied energy and cloud judgment. And, you never know which home sites the people in front of you in line will choose. It could be that the one you were dreaming of is gone by the time you get to the front. Knowing the community well and having notes outlining which sites meet your needs will help you make an informed choice when it’s your turn.