Declutter to sell!

Decluttering your home should be at the top of your list when it comes time to getting your home ready to sell. Trust me when I say this, decluttering and organizing your home goes a long way, and doing it now will make your move easier, I promise.

When potential buyers walk into your home, they need to see your home, not your model train collection or your family pictures. These items, although loved by you, are distracting to a potential buyer. A buyer needs to be able visualize living in your space and unfortunately those adorable pictures you love so much may stop the buyer from seeing the lovely fireplace; your model train collection may distract them from seeing this room as the actual third bedroom. Your overflowing closets and cupboards send a silent message to the potential buyer, this house is too small, there’s not enough storage or space for their stuff, how will mine fit?

So now that you understand why you need to declutter, the next step is to do it! My advice is to take it one room at a time, and keep it simple, for every item you have 3 options; keep, throw or donate. Ask yourself; Do I love this? Do I use this? Do I have a need for this in my new home?  If the answer is no, it’s time to toss or donate the item. If the answer is yes but it’s a personal item or well loved trinket, pack it away. Leaving only the essential items you need to showcase each room.

And don’t forget that this can be fun! Donating items that haven’t been used in years or giving them to someone who has a use for them feels good. Throwing away that broken chair in the corner of the room that’s been stressing you out feels good. An organized and clutter free home gives the impression that the house has been well cared for and that will  make the potential buyer feel good, it’s a win-win!

We live, work and play in Kenny!

IMG_2464We live here, we work here and it turns out we play here! The Matt Engen Group came together with their families and neighbors to play in the 1st Annual Kenny Neighborhood Kickball tournament. We didn’t take home the trophy, although we came close, but we had a ton of fun! If your neighborhood has a annual get together we strongly encourage you to attend. It was a beautiful night to get some exercise and make new friends!

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The Home Buying Process

The Home Buying Process

Decide to Buy

Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home! We believe that this is a good decision. The key now is finding the right home, and we’re here to help you do just that.

Hire the Matt Engen Group

When you make the decision to work with the Matt Engen Group, know that above all else, we put our clients first. We have a strong understanding of the local housing market, we’re honest, ethical and willing to work for you!

Secure Financing

To make the financing process as painless as possible, ask us to introduce you to a preferred financing consultant. This is an important step in the home buying process. With a pre-approval status, you’ll be able to seriously look at homes and be ready to make a legitimate offer.

Find Your Home

There are a lot of homes out there, we’ll help you accurately pinpoint homes that meet your specific criteria by creating an individual MLS search that is unique to you. When you identify a home you’d like to view, call us and we’ll schedule a showing and take you through the home.

Make an Offer

Once a property has been selected, a purchase agreement is written. We present the offer with your pre-approval letter and earnest money check and start negotiations.

Get your Home Inspected

Once you’ve made an offer and the seller has accepted your purchase agreement, you may wish to have the home inspected. More and more people are electing to have a private home inspector inspect the home that they’re buying. In fact, a common way to purchase a home is to make the purchase agreement’s final acceptance contingent upon the results of a private home inspection.

Appraisal

The lender orders the appraisal shortly after the buyer and seller accept the purchase agreement.  The lender typically requires the homebuyer to pay for the appraisal at this time.

Final Approval of Loan

After receipt of appraisal and title work, the lender submits the complete file to the Underwriting Department for final approval. At this time, any additional items that had been requested should have been turned into your lender.  Upon approval, the lender provides the homebuyer with a complete closing  checklist which includes the total costs needed to purchase the home.  The loan “closing package” is created and is sent by courier to the title insurance/closing company.

Final Walk Through

Before closing we will walk you through the property to verify that the property is in substantially the same condition as when we wrote the purchase agreement. This is generally done 1 day before closing.

Closing

The buyer and seller meet at the buyer’s title insurance company. This is where the deed is transferred, final loan application is signed and checks are disbursed. Depending on the terms of the purchase agreement, this is when you typically take possession of your new home. Congratulations!

Happy 4th of July!

Whatever you do today, where ever you go, make sure you take some time to count your blessings and appreciate the gift of freedom.

Happy 4th of July!

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Front Yard Patio’s

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Creating a front yard patio with a couple of Adirondack chairs and a small table is a simple and easy way to add curb appeal to your home. Taking advantage of this valuable real estate is also a great way to get to know your neighbors and get in on a growing trend.

Outdoor Living Spaces

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Creating an outdoor living space not only allows you to enjoy your yard and these warm summer days it can also add value to your home.

Curb Appeal

Landscaping increases curb appeal and creates a beautiful first impression. A home that is well taken care of on the outside will encourage people to go inside. Taking care of your yard before you list and while your home is for sale is worth the time and the effort.

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The Colorful Front Door

When selling houses is your job, you tend to pay attention to what people in the neighborhood are doing to their homes. One thing we’ve been noticing lately is that people are using pops of color on their front doors, after years of only seeing dark red, hunter green, black and brown we’re starting to see yellow, orange and robin blue. If you like this and think you’re ready to take the leap, check out this article, the pictures alone are worth the click and they just may inspire you. http://bit.ly/1inrNjI

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Clean Windows

If you’re selling your home REALTORS® and professional stagers will tell you to clean your windows. Clean windows let more light in, they feel more inviting, and they’ll  make that fresh coat of paint we just asked you to do look even better. So why have we personally avoided this task for 4 years? Well in our defense we live in an older home and all our window are french pane windows, gorgeous yes, but difficult to clean, too many opportunities for streaks, overwhelming and well just like most home owners we tend to put of these types of tasks. So after years of saying, we should do this, why haven’t we done this, and then in desperation giving it a shot on our own, we pulled the trigger and called the guy. They’re here today and I swear I will never put this task off again, I’m calling every Spring. Clean windows really do let more let in, it looks brighter and cleaner in here and that makes us happy, isn’t that what it’s all about.

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Spring spruce up

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As we patiently wait for mother nature to fully bloom adding a few tulips, ferns and a fresh application of mulch are easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up your yard and add some much needed color.