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Thank You!

by Matt Ward

THANK YOU! I'm a little behind on making this announcement because we've been so busy that I haven't had the chance to sit down and write a post that was sincere and from the heart. I wanted to pause for a moment this morning and say thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016. Because of you, we were able to help a total of 62 families buy and sell their homes. This was right at 20 million dollars of real estate sold! Our team received the Outstanding Customer Service award and the Platinum award, both of which are a very high honors within Keller Williams Realty. We moved to the number 2 spot in our office of over 300 real estate agents. Out of the 62 families we served last year 30% were referred to us by our clients, friends and family. If you know of anyone that needs to buy or sell this year, please let us know. We would love to serve them well. One of our biggest achievements of the year was helping one of our clients who has stage four terminal cancer. He and his family were able to sell their home and purchase a new one so that his wife and children would have a nice home to live in after he passes. They wanted to sell their current home and be in their new home by Christmas and we made it happen. We were so glad to have the chance to be a part of making their Christmas extra special. I absolutely love what we do and how we get to interact on so many different levels with each client we serve. Another thing we were able to do because of you was partner with a non profit organization called "Buy A Tree, Change A Life". Through that, we were able to help raise almost $500K for children globally and locally. We are very proud of what we were able to help them accomplish. Seven years ago when I started my real estate business, I had no idea how rewarding it would be to help and serve so many amazing people. Thank you for all your support over the years and may God bless each one of you as you love your families and pursue your dreams. 2017 is going to be amazing!

Upgrades That Hold Their Value

by Matt Ward

     Do you have a renovation project in mind and are wondering how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results:

  • Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment of over 95%. After all, the entrance to a home is one of the first things a prospective buyer notices. 


  • Adding a new deck also adds a lot of value. Depending on the materials used, you can expect to get back three-quarters of the money invested.


  • Another high-payback project is the garage door. This once again demonstrates the importance of a home’s “curb appeal.” If you’re tackling a big project, such as a basement renovation, you’ll be glad to know that, according to the study, a project like this adds a lot of value.


  • Finally, minor improvements to bathrooms and kitchens, such as adding new countertops or cupboards, can also be good investments that mostly pay back when you sell your home.


     Of course, these figures are averages and can vary widely depending on location, type of property, and other factors. Need help determining how a particular home improvement might impact the selling price? Call today!

Easy to Miss Home Security Tips for Your Vacation

by Matt Ward

If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away. Here are some additional tips that are easy to miss:

• Tell your kids not to boast about your fabulous vacation plans, especially on social media. The fewer who know that the house will be empty, the better.

• Ask a neighbor to pick up any mail and flyers dropped at your doorstep. But don’t rely on that alone. Also call the newspaper and post office to temporarily halt delivery.

• You can buy timers to automatically turn lights on and off. However, most will stop working if the power goes out and restart with the incorrect time when the power comes back on. That’s why you should keep at least a couple of lights turned on continuously, and not connected to timers.

• If you’re leaving in the evening, or before dawn, don’t forget to open the blinds. Closed blinds during the day are a dead giveaway that the owners are away.

Finally, experts recommend creating a home security checklist, so you don’t forget anything. That will give you peace-of-mind.

What Home Buyers Love to See

by Matt Ward

Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?

One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can't change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious. Buyers also love to see a clean and uncluttered home. Think of how inviting a hotel room looks at first glance, with everything neat and organized. Of course, your home isn't a hotel, but the more neat and attractive you can make each room, the better.

One thing buyers don't love to see is potential maintenance issues. So as much as possible, get things fixed or updated. In fact, the more "finished" and "move in ready" your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to make an offer. Don't forget the surrounding neighborhood either. A buyer may not take the time to explore the area, so be sure to make a list of the most appealing features. You might want to take a picture of the brand new playground just down the street or print off a local map showing nearby shopping, theater and other points of interest. It's not about creating a false impression. Rather, it's about making your home look its best and drawing attention to its most enticing features.

Want more home selling tips? Call today! 615.838.2694

Taking the "Scary" Out of Real Estate

by Matt Ward

Even homeowners who have moved a few times can be intimidated by the real estate market in general, and the buying and selling process in particular.

First of all, making a decision to sell your home can be difficult. There are so many questions, such as:

• Is "now" a good time to list?

• How much can you expect to get for your property?

• How long will it take to sell – and what if it doesn't?

Then there's the buying and selling process:

• How do you prepare your home for sale?

• How do you find homes that meet your criteria and are within your price range?

• How do you prepare your home for viewings?

Yes, there's a lot to think about. That's why finding a good REALTOR® who is an expert on the local market is so important. A good REALTOR® will help you understand the market, the current market value of your home, and what you can expect should you decide to list. A good REALTOR® will also walk you step-by-step through the home selling and buying process, and work hard to make sure everything goes smoothly. So if you're considering buying or selling a home, take the time to find a good REALTOR®. It makes all the difference. Looking for a good REALTOR®? Call today! My number is 615.838.2694

Avoiding Moisture Problems in the Home

by Matt Ward

There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mold. To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:

• Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least a half hour after a shower.

• Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring.

• Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)

• Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months.

• Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. On hardwood floors especially, water can seep through and become trapped.

• Repair leaking faucets, toilets and pipes immediately. A drip can quickly become a shower.

Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.

Childproofing Tips For Your Home

by Matt Ward

If you have young children, or expect a visit from friends or relatives with little ones in tow, it pays to ensure your home is free of hazards. The last thing you want is an injury that could have easily been prevented.

Here are some basic childproofing tips.

• Remove everything that is toxic, hot or sharp, from within reach of a child. (For example, the leaves of some types of house plants are toxic.)

• If possible, keep children out of the kitchen while cooking.

• Install plug-in covers in electrical outlets. (These are inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.)

• Block or gate off areas where kids may fall.

• Remove "pulling down" hazards, such as a heavy plant that a child can pull off a table.

• Make sure there are screens on all open windows.

• Finally, watch your pets. Even the most gentle dog or cat can act unpredictably around children – especially if they're not used to them. 

4 Home Hazards You May Not Know About

by Matt Ward

You have smoke detectors. Your doors have good locks. The bathtub has a slip-free pad. By all accounts, your home is a safe and secure place for your family to live. However, there are some hazards that many homeowners don't consider or even know about. For instance:

1. Blocked Eavestroughs. Eavestroughs clogged with leaves and other debris can cause rainwater to overflow next to your foundation and create a basement leak.

2. Clogged Dryer Vents. High temperature air combined with lint is a near ideal condition for a fire. Check and clear the dryer vent at least once a year.

3. Dirty Faucet Heads. Kitchen and bath faucets often have built-in screens to spray the water evenly. Unfortunately, dirt and other contaminates can build up on these and, possibly, affect the quality of the water. Clean your faucet heads regularly.

4. Tripping Hazards. You could step around a loose section of carpet for years and then one day, in a moment of distraction, trip over it and fall. When you see a potential tripping hazard in your home, don't ignore it. Fix it.

Being diligent about home safety takes a little more time. But, if it prevents one injury or illness, it's worth the effort. 

Types of Lighting For the Home

by Matt Ward

You probably don't think buying a lighting fixture for a room is all that complicated. It isn't. However, it does require you to consider which types of lighting you may need. According to the Lighting Association, there are three types:

1. General lighting. By far the most common, this is the type of lighting that is designed to create a functional brightness that spreads throughout a room. A good example is a main ceiling light.

2. Task lighting. As the name implies, this type provides extra light needed for a specific task, such as working at a desk or chopping onions on a kitchen countertop. A bedside lamp used for reading is another example of task lighting.

3. Accent lighting. This type is designed to set off a particular feature of a room, such as a painting. It creates some practical light, but its main purpose is to add to the overall decor.

When choosing lighting for a room, it's important to consider these three types. First, decide how best to light the space generally. Then think about any special lighting you might need for specific functions, such as reading. Finally, consider how accent lighting might add to the overall look.

Getting the Most From an Open House

by Matt Ward

Have you ever attended an "Open House" advertised in your area or in a community you like? Most people have. Even if you're not serious about moving, viewing a few properties in a neighborhood you like is a great way to get a sense of the market. Who knows? You might stumble upon your next dream home! To get the most out of an open house, follow these guidelines:

• Most open houses will have a handout available containing the list price and other property information. Be sure to keep a copy.

• Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entire property, including the backyard.

• Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (or whoever is hosting the open house) questions about the property. 

• Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby? Where is the nearest park or playground located?

• Ask about potential required repairs and renovations. For example, if the furnace is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced soon.

• Walk around the neighborhood. Try to get a sense of what it's like to live there. If possible, chat with a neighbor.

Finally, if you become interested in the home, be sure to advise the listing agent that your own REALTOR® will be following up. Otherwise, the listing agent might assume that he or she will be representing you. 

Looking for a good REALTOR® to have by your side? Call today! 615.838.2694

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Matt Ward
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin TN 37067
Mobile: 615-838-2694
Fax: 615-690-7657