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Hey guys, as the title of this post clearly states, I have another guest post for you! My lovely Aunt Ingrid, at the ripe old age of 27, has recently made a career jump from bad-ass auditor to bad-ass real estate agent, and to spice things off she also started a blog that chalk full of all sorts of fun home-related facts and ideas. Her inaugural post, which she was kind enough to share with us, is a letter to buyers talking about how wonderful it is to fall in love at first sight with their new home. Enjoy and check out her blog and facebook page for more tips, ideas and fun facts.
Dear Home Buyers,
I remember the first time I set eyes on my future home. It was in the evening and I had been touring home after home after home. I was tired and frustrated, and then I saw her on the multiple listing service. She was built in 1923 and has a front-porch that spans the front of the house and a stunning oak tree over the front yard. I never believed in love at first sight, but that is what it was then and still is today. I called my realtor and immediately told her that we had to see it. I had a contract on my home that same day, and have had no regrets.
That feeling of “love at first sight” is the experience that I want my buyers to have. I want them to know that this huge purchase is for the right reason and for the right home for them. In my efforts to place home buyers, I try to get to know them by scheduling an initial listing appointment and asking targeted questions such as “Are you okay with a little demolition” or “Do you want to pay more for move-in ready or would you like that diamond in the rough?” After about 15 minutes of a good heart-to-heart conversation about their needs, I have a better picture of what they want and they understand that I have their best intentions in mind.
As an agent, I am here to help the home buyer and negotiate on his behalf. How can I do that without getting to know them on the front end? After all, we will be in constant contact for the next 30-60 (or more) days, depending on the first search and closing date.
From that initial appointment, I am able to personalize my home listings to the clients’ needs. Any person can pull a search of 50 homes in your target area, but the home buyer becomes numb to the flood of information. By sitting down and discussing the criteria, the home buyer and I (realtor) narrow down the prospects. It is a much more enjoyable experience and I believe leads to a happier client and happier sales transaction.
Please let me know if you have any interest in buying or selling your home. I am happy to help!
One of the first things I did when Andy and I moved into our home 2 and a half years ago was paint. The whole house was this really blah beige and frankly it was depressing. I like color, I always have. These days, since Andy has to live in our home too, my color choices are more along the lines of sages and blue-greys vs. the kelly green and tropical turquoise I picked for my college apartments. Shade and vibrancy aside, the moral of the story is I like color in my living spaces. Or I thought I did, lately I’ve found myself drawn to home decor images that feature lots of bright whites that are then accented by brightly colored furniture. Maybe it’s just a phase?
It would take a lot of coats of paint to combat the current wall colors.
Images from here.
Well, tree houses to be more specific. Right after college, my aunt let me move into her second home, a small house, on stilts, in the middle of the woods. The driveway was impassable when it rained and I had to face my intense fear of spiders daily, but it was one of the best places I’ve ever lived. There were many a Friday where I would turn off my phone, grab take out on the way home and spend the whole weekend basking in the blissful solitude. Octavian and Stanley loved it too, they would spend all day curled up on the bed in loft, or stretched out on the screened in back porch. When I saw this post featuring this gorgeous tree house retreat, it brought back all those wonderful memories.
Did you see the giant red slide?! One of the coolest things about this particular tree house is that owner Lynne Knolton used reclaimed and upcycled items to build it.
Images from here.
I am an inadvertent collector. I regularly pick up random objects that catch my fancy, and whenever Andy and I moved into the house two years ago I realized as I was packing things, how many little collections I have. And it isn’t just things that I’ve bought, my family and friends know that I like certain things like quirky mugs or long scarves, and they give them to me for holidays and birthdays. I like the idea of being able to showcase and share my collections, instead of keeping them packed away, and I was delighted to find this post on integrating your collections into your home decor. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas.
Images from here.
These flower and herb arrangements by Cupcakes & Cashmere. I’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning the last couple of days, and I’ve been thinking that our house needs a little more green. Plants, flower arrangements, terrariums…you get the idea. These herb infused arrangements are such a great idea, and since kitchen herbs are one of the few things I do really well with growing I would only have to buy the flowers.
“I always have fresh flowers around the house, mainly for aesthetic purposes, but also love the added aroma they can bring to a room. Especially in areas that wouldn’t typically house florals, like the bathroom or kitchen, I like to have petite arrangements that really pack a punch. Lately I’ve been sticking to small, one-flower arrangements, but adding in a herbs for a nice contrast and invigorating scent. “
I might not be able to do the mint infusion. I usually use the fresh mint in lemonade or tea and I think Andy would be sad seeing whole sprigs slowly wilting away with nary a cold beverage in sight.
All images by Cupcakes & Cashmere.