Tag Archives: home listings

Free software for doing a home inventory

If you need to do a home inventory for insurance purposes, check out WhatYouOwn.org  This free software allows you to do a room-by-room inventory from your jewelry to your couch.  It’s also not a bad idea every few years to just do a videotape of each room in your house.  That way if something happens, you can inventory your loss.  FYI, the What You Own software actually lets you add photos and receipts for items.  This product is from M-One Studio in New York.  646-202-1630

Keller Williams Mobile launched!

Are you standing in front of a home with a Keller Williams sign out front? Do you have a smartphone? Go to mobile.kw.com and you can very quickly get information on the home. Here’s what you can do:
Search by MLS number.
Search by address and minimum / maximum list price.
Scroll through listings sorted by price ascending / price descending / open houses.
At a particular proprerty, you can get more email, send the info to a friend and conctact the agent by email or phone.
You can also get directions, see a map of the property area and view more photos.

Six Home Sale Pitfalls to Avoid

Most of the time, after the purchase contract is signed, it’s smooth sailing through the closing, right? Not so fast, my friend.

Here are six hurdles that a professional Realtor can help you overcome.
1) Buyer fear
2) Financing falling through
3) Low appraisal
4) New lending, closing regulations or underwrite requirements slow things down
5) Defective title
6) Poor home inspection / inspector or picky buyer

Not only do I work to combat these up front, but I’ve got strategies to work through them as they come up. I’ve even let a buyer terminate & release an agreement so they can feel like they’re in control and have assuaged their fears. Then, we came back 2 days later and made an offer to the buyer. 30 days later, we closed the deal and everybody was happy.

Eight Camera Tips to make a room look larger

1) use a wide-angle camera (28mm or less), but don’t use a fisheye lens
2) fill up empty spaces, so a little staging can help
3) use mirrors to show more of the room and create volume
4) remove area rugs, open up the floor space
5) change around the furniture arrangement if there’s a cluttered room. Sometimes making a table smaller by collapsing the sides or removing a leaf
6) lighten up the room by turning all the lights on, opening the blinds and possibly adjusting the brightness in a photo program
7) remove clutter such as artwork, fridge magnets, stuff on counters or desks, etc.
8) shoot at angles, say from the very corner of a room to show the longest wall

With digital photography, don’t skimp on taking photos. You never know which one will look best once you start looking at it on your computer.

If you need to sell your home in Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia, why not hire a professional Realtor who knows all the tips and tricks for effectively marketing your property? Call or text me at 404-444-3446 or email me at Hickman@KW.com