Category Archives: Sellers

Advantages of Paperless Real Estate Transactions

by Carrie Brown McWhorter Jerry and Tina Popphan keep a busy schedule. In addition to running their own business, Jerry’s Plumbing in Carrollton, Jerry and Tina manage several real estate investments, including some subdivision lots. Paperless transactions using Dotloop have been a game changer for the Popphan’s. “We’ve dealt with Duffey Realty many times in the past,” Tina said. “Often... Read More »

On Deck – Creating Great Spaces for Relaxing and Entertaining Outdoors

After the hot days of summer, most of us are looking forward to cooler fall days. For many of us, the deck will beckon during those autumn evenings, so now is the time to make sure your deck is ready for entertaining. Decks and porches are among the most common home improvement projects homeowners undertake. Not only does a deck... Read More »

Home Inspection: a Small Investment with a Big Payoff

A light switch installed inside a shower. Furnace vents placed outside bedroom windows. Disconnected waste pipes. Search online for “home inspection nightmares” and you will find some unbelievable and dangerous construction blunders. As a home inspector for the past 10 years, Bill Craig of Affordable Home Inspections and Services headquartered in Carrollton can tell some wild stories of his own.... Read More »

Save Money in 2016 by Stopping Home Air Leaks

Q: How much does the typical family waste every year on air leaks? a. $3.50 b. $35.00 c. $350.00 d. $3,500.00 If you guessed c, you are correct. A typical family spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget — roughly $350 — on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and... Read More »

Minimize Pet Peeves Before Listing Your Home

What would we do without our pets? Not only do they provide companionship, they are just a lot of fun to have around. Unfortunately, when it’s time to put your home on the market, the presence of a pet can put off potential homebuyers. Here are three steps you can take to minimize some common pet “peeves” of homebuyers. Clean... Read More »

5 Cost-Conscious Kitchen Upgrades for Fall

In many homes, the kitchen is the place where family and friends gather. If your kitchen is looking a little dreary but you don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation, consider small projects that enhance the existing features in your kitchen. Here are five suggestions to get you started: Revitalize woodwork Sanding and staining or painting cabinetry can transform... Read More »

Step-by-Step Series #2: Create an Irresistible Listing to Sell Your Home Faster-Price Your Home Right the First Time

The most difficult aspect of creating a new home for sale listing is an accurate property price, yet this is also the most important part of the listing, according to Duffey Realty’s Jean Waldrop. “The optimum time for a sale is when a new listing comes online to the public. A well-maintained home that is priced properly will sell quickly,”... Read More »

Step-by-Step Series #2: Creating an Irresistible Listing to Sell Your Home Faster-Expert Tips for Photographing Your Home (Hint: Lighting is Essential)

When it comes to quality photos for your real estate listing, lighting is the key, says professional photographer Paige Murphy of Lilly P Photography in Temple. Prospective buyers must imagine themselves living in your home, so the photos must appeal to viewers in a personal way. Lighting creates that kind of appeal, Murphy says. “When you allow a lot of... Read More »

Step-by-Step Series #2: Creating an Irresistible Listing to Sell Your Home Faster- Include Amenities that Buyers Want

When you list your home with a REALTOR®, your listing will be searchable according to its basic details. Viewers will see details such as the property’s location, acreage, and neighborhood, as well as the selling price and a photo. When summarizing your property, put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers. What is it about your home or neighborhood that... Read More »

Step-by-Step Series #2: Creating an Irresistible Listing to Sell Your Home Faster-Include Great Photos To Interest Viewers in a Visit

By some estimates, you’ve got less than 15 seconds to make an impression on a potential buyer who has found your online home listing. How can you create a listing that will not only hold the buyer’s attention but also motivate them to see your home in person? Quality photos are probably the most important part of the listing, says... Read More »