You probably don’t think much about the trees on a home’s property unless they pose an immediate threat to the structure. But you may not be aware of how much value trees hold and how they can affect the price of your listing. John Palmer, an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, reveals the true benefits and liabilities of trees, what buyers should look for in home landscaping, and what sellers can do to protect the value of their trees.
Closing time is hectic, but you should always make time for a final walk-through to make sure
that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Here’s a detailed list of
what to check for on your final walk-through.
- Basement, attic, and every room, closet, and crawl space have been checked.
- Requested repairs have been made.
- Copies of paid bills and warranties are in hand.
- No major, unexpected changes have been made to the property since last viewed.
- All items included in the sale price—draperies, lighting fixtu...
Whether you’re building the home of your dreams or looking for an existing unit, there’s a lot of data involved in finding the right environmentally friendly dwelling. Here’s a breakdown of the different certification systems for energy-efficient homes.
The Residential Energy Services Network is a not-for-profit corporation that develops industry-wide standards and rules for energy efficiency ratings and certification systems for buildings. In addition to overseeing the HERS index (see below), RESNET certifies contractors of all ty...
Stutsman Realty is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Uptown Art Fair! Once again Stutsman Realty is partnering with the Uptown Association to bring you the Information Booth. Please be sure to visit us this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Information Booth. We will be at the top of the Mall on Hennepin just north of the Walker Library. We are giving away tote bags again this year (people love them!), and we will be holding a daily drawing for a giveaway. The Uptown Art Fair has won numerous national and international awards. It draws over 400,000 visitors every year making it the sec...
These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar.
Amp up curb appeal.
Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from the outside. Something special—such as big flowerpots or an antique bench—can help your property stand out after a long day of house hunting.
Enrich with color.
Paint is cheap, but it can make a big impression. The shade doesn’t have to be white or bei...
Before you purchase a condo, you should have an attorney review property documents for you. However, you should contact the board yourself ahead of time. You’ll learn how responsive and organized its members are and be alerted to potential problems.
How many units are owner-occupied?
Generally, the higher the percentage of owner-occupied units, the easier the condo will be to resell.
What covenants, bylaws, and restrictions govern the property?
Carefully read the bylaws to determine if you can abide by them. Also, find out if there are grandfather provisions th...
Know that there’s no “right” time to buy. If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price.
Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be ...
Stutsman Realty Inc. is proud to announce that our newly redesigned website has launched. Our new site was built by Raleigh web design and internet marketing company, TheeDesign, in WordPress. WordPress is an easy-to-use content management system that makes it easy for our team to manage and update our website by ourselves.
We have implemented an interactive navigation with a lot of cool features to help improve the user experience of our website visitors and customers. So...