Virginia Beach Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal is without a doubt a  First Impression:

Similar to a friendship, we make first impressions of our friends and neighbors and sometimes the decision to like or not like what we see is made in a split second… whether its friends, or evaluating that dream home.  Its just not fair t make a decision by looking at the cover.  Sometimes we miss out on the very best dream home, but turning it down based on first impressions.

Now don’t mistake this, t he first impression is a very important point no matter whether you are a seller trying to get top dollar or a buyer trying to get away with a low ball offer.

Since curb appeal has a major effect on buyers we need to make every effort to make sure their first opinion is a good one.  If not it can hurt the wallet real bad.

So bottom line, we must keep the home tidy from beginning to end.  When the potential buyer first pulls up we need to be ready.  This readiness takes a lot of time and attention to detail but it is a very important point.

When the place on a casual look suggests that it is not cared for then the potential home owner suspects that many other routine maintenance items may also be going by the wayside.  This makes them look harder to find other things.  While a well kept home cuts down on the depth of inspection that the buyer will be giving you..  With a cared for home, you may get a once over… but mark my words if the home looks to be lacking in TLC the buyers will be going over it with a fine tooth comb.

Worse yet, they may just continue driving and you never get that chance for a second impression.

There are many things you can do to keep the home in tip top shape and improve the look of its curb appeal.

1. In my opinion, one of the first things a buyer looks at… following the yard is the condition of the gutters, are they full of leaves… are they falling down, are they in bad need of paint.  A nice cleaning of the gutters can do wonders for the overall curb appeal.

2. Watch out for wood rot.. this will worry them a lot, about what is the condition of the wood in areas we cannot see.  So be sure to quickly take care of any rotten wood and make sure the repair is professional looking.

3. If you have a fence make sure it is in good repair.  Either fix it up and paint it or get rid of it.

4. Do a complete touch up on all exterior pain, doors and window trim.

5. Make sure the trash container is not visible from the road and if it has an odor take care of it in short order.

A good agent will do a good inspection for you and offer suggestions which you really should heed as its for your benefit.

IF you are interested in browsing homes for sale, feel free to say on my website as long as you like.  My search engine is very friendly and is able to search daily for you and send you all the new homes coming on the market in you email each day… you can set it and forget it and be sure that you will never fail to be alerted when any new home enters the market in your neighborhood….  Below is a few homes that I have picked out for you that just came on the market today…. check them out..

Short Sales in Virginia Beach, Va

While short sales are becoming more and more common, and lenders are overwhelmed with foreclosures, it’s still far from a slam-dunk in getting one through the process.

Today we are seeing increasing short sales in every part of the Nation.  Especially here in the Hampton Roads area, including Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virgina Beach, Suffolk, Portmouth, Hampton and Newport News.  Not a single day goes by that you don’t read another article about short sales and foreclosures in our lovely Hampton Roads Network.  Here at Kefffer Realty, we specialize in the expertise and fine art of the short sale along with the foreclosure processes.  I say fine art, since without the meticulous and hard work of a short sale or forclosure expert, the process could turn out to be a long and dreadful experience.  Here at Keffer Realty, we make sure that you are with us every step of they way.  We have several videos that describe the process for start to finish.  A NON short sale expert as many agents are… can get you into a law suit that never ends.

For all of your Chesapeake Short Sale Needs please visit Chesapeake Short Sales.

That never happens to us here at Keffer Realty, as we have been over every bump in the road and then some.  It really helps to have experience when the going gets rough.  Can you imagine having a brain surgeon work on your brain for the very first time… you will hear a lot of UT oh… shouldn’t have cut that and oops… i won’t do that again.  That is never a problem with the Keffer team, as we have been there and done that and we never cut the wrong thing anymore. As a matter of fact we never allow the trainee to experiment with you in any area.

If anyone of our agents is new in the particular area of expertise, we carefully monitor him or her every step of the way.  That way you are never in the hands of a neophyte real estate agent.  We value you and we value your business.  We just cannot afford to have anyone out there bad mouthing our business.

As I mentioned earlier, the huge quantity of short sales and foreclosures out there are just simply overwhelming.  One thing for sure, none of them are a slam dunk… its simply hard work and determination all the way.

Below I will provide several important tips to consider when we handle a short sale for the seller and when we handle the short sale for the buyer.
Many of the tips are similar, however we stress the particular importance to the seller or buyer depending on which one we represent.

For all your Norfolk Short Sale Needs please visit Norfolk Short Sales.

Even as experienced short salers and foreclosure experts, we must continually study to keep up with all the changes as they occur.  It not unusual for some of the procedures to change between the last time you did a short sale and the next one… and that makes every day a challenge… and a danger of a pitfall that could get the unsuspecting seller or buyer in deep trouble.  Not to worry, in the hands of a Keffer Realty Short Sale expert that will never happen.

When beginning the Short Sale process, one of the very first things you will want to do is get a hold of any Lender Short Sale Forms… study them from front to back to ensure that nothing it the forms is illegal and second to make sure you do not overlook an important facet that could delay the short sale unnecessarly.  Remember here at Keffer Realty we pride ourselves on always keeping on top of the Short Sale and Foreclosure process.

Its important that the agent become very knowledgable about the time line of all the forms, as not only is it important, but we want to maintain our reputation as the Top short sale and forclosure experts in the area and beating all the Lender time lines will make them send us future referrals.

Pay particular attention to where the seller is in the payment process, just exactly how many payments are they behind.  The closer they are to current will make the lender more likely to accept the offer… since the lender tenda to lose less in the overall process.

It is important to be on top of the actual type of loan that the seller is dealing with… is he into a FHA, VA, Conventional  or just exactly what is his loan, as each type of loan have totally different rules for the processing of the short sale.  Be totally aware of all the details.

For all your Short Sale Needs in Virginia Beach, please visit Virginia Beach Short Sales.

Short Sales:
Quiz the seller about any leins on the home, as the seller may forget that he recently took out a loan on the house just a few weeks ago. Sometimes it slips their mind accidentally, and sometimes they just dont’ tell you about the situation afaid to make the situation worse…. believe me, if there is something you do not know about it will make the situation much worse… stress this need to be forth coming about everything to the selller… Its easier to deal with the problem up front than on the back end when ready to close.


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