The Triangle

How To Upgrade Your Curb Appeal Game



Curb appeal is a crucial step to selling your home. Your home’s first impression not only matters when someone arrives for a showing, but also when they’re scrolling through online listing pictures. 

Whether the listing is seen on social media, online listings, or in person, your home may lose a potential buyer before they've even stepped inside your home to see the magic of all of your updates. Upgrading your curb appeal game will get more eyes on your home and more feet in the door! 

PAINT 

If you have the funds, or your home is in need of a fresh coat of paint, doing a full paint job on the exterior will give your home a facelift, but the exterior of your home doesn't need to be completely repainted. A fresh coat of paint on the front door and a few touch-ups here and there can go a very long way. 

You can try giving a fresh coat of paint to fences, garage doors, the mailbox, or any other exterior features to give your home a cohesive look. 

LANDSCAPING

Mowing the lawn is a start, but planting fresh flowers, trimming bushes, and the right landscaping can truly transform a home. When you’re trying to sell your home, landscaping offers one of the most affordable ways to add curb appeal. Find a local plant nursery to help you decide what a great look for the season. Planting the right flowers at the right time will make your home feel fresh and full of life! 

If you’re stumped about where to begin, think “symmetry.” Planting matching plants and bushes on either side of...

7 Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Forecasts predict that winter 2020 in the Carolinas will be warmer and rainier than usual. Still, it’s never a bad time to think about winterizing your property to protect the value and integrity of your home.

There are dozens of ways to fully weatherproof your home, including hiring a weatherizing professional, but if you’re a homeowner on a tight budget, there are quick and easy steps to help shore up any potential problem areas and save you money on energy costs. 

Here are some indoor and outdoor tips to get you started on winterizing your today:


DRAIN YOUR PIPES

Inside your home, turn off the valve that sends water to your spigots. Next, turn on your spigots to clear all of the water out of them. This will prevent pipes from bursting if there is a sudden cold snap that causes water to freeze and expand inside your pipes. You can also remove your attached garden...

9 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

Whether you're selling a home or buying one in, Raleigh, or The Triangle a Realtor® is a must. There are so many good reasons to go into this massive financial transaction with an expert by your side. While you may be able to do it yourself, this type of transaction should never be treated as a DIY project.

Are you well-versed in real estate law? Do you understand any recent changes to the laws impacting real estate? Are you familiar with homeowner's associations in the area? Do you know the Triangle Area Communities like the back of your hand?

Unless you answered YES to all of these questions, you NEED a Realtor®. Here are several great reasons why you should always hire a Realtor® when buying or selling a home.

It's a Huge Financial Transaction

For most people, buying or selling a home will be one of the largest financial transactions of their life. Hiring an expert to ensure the "t's" are crossed and the "i's" are dotted is just smart. Without an expert by your side, one small mistake could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Realtor's ® are Expert Negotiators

We all like to think we are great negotiators, but you probably don't negotiate for a living. Realtor's ® negotiate real estate deals every single week and they know exactly what to expect.

Selling and buying real estate comes with plenty of challenges. One of the main challenges is making sure you can get the right deal. Negotiating is vital to a good real estate deal and you need an expert to handle...

Why Virtual Brokerages Are Not Netflix

No one denies that technology has completely changed the way we live.  It wasn't terribly long ago when having a PalmPilot meant you were on the cutting edge of the latest gadgets.  Now, within minutes of breaking my coffee pot, I can have one ordered that will arrive within hours.

Every industry has been shaken and the way we do business has to evolve.  You can either fight the change or embrace it head-on.  The same is true for how brokerages serve their agents and provide them the resources they need to thrive.  

To be perceived as more progressive, some newer real estate models are hailing the doom of brick and mortar real estate brokerages as an inevitable shift that they are ahead of.  They compare themselves with Netflix while contrasting brick and mortar brokerages as the Blockbusters that won't survive the shift.  

This is a great sales pitch that plays on the natural fear that comes from industry shifts in general. There is no doubt that an industry shift is taking place. They typically do when a customer's need is met in a new way and to stay in business companies are forced to evolve.  Again, think Amazon.  It wasn't online shopping the gave them the edge, it was free shipping.  For some reason, Walmart and Target have only recently jumped on board.

So, back to the sales pitch.  Is brick and mortar real estate on the way out?  

Let me start by saying that a real estate industry shift has NOTHING to do with a company having four walls.  In fact, Netflix also has a physical location where their employees work in Los Gatos, CA.  People having space to meet doesn't equate them being a relic like Blockbuster or Circuit City.  Those chains existed to advertise a product.  Brick and Mortar...

Why An Indie Firm May Be Better For Your Real Estate Career

What! 

You're going to work for who?  Never heard of them. 

Sounds really risky.  

There is no way they can offer what we do. 

We aren't perfect but we are better than the other firms.

Aren't you afraid your clients won't like working with a small brand?

These thoughts filled my mind when my Broker-In-Charge, mentor, and friend that was a rock star agent left for an indie brokerage that no one had heard of at that time.

What about you? 

Have you ever really considered a world outside of a big box firm? If not, I can understand.  That was my story for most of my career. 

You see, I began my career at a big box brokerage in Northern VA at the age of 23 sitting behind an office computer trying to help renters on Craigslist find homes. I didn't interview other firms. Why would I?  I liked being apart of the big box brand.  It felt great telling people I worked there.  

However, I was new, not producing, and overlooked.

Just before I died the new agent death I was lucky enough to connect with an indie firm, that had just partnered with a big box brand. This indie firm was new to the big box world so they still operated like a smaller shop. Culture is king for me so I was all in.

I hung around the office just to be around the team.  We were innovative, ridiculously collaborative, we had face-to-face training and not only what I call informational sessions.  We worked our butts off and only hired the right people who fit the culture.

The big box had blessed us with their exclusive tools and resources, which I never used because they always felt sub-par and I didn't love the idea of a big box owning my client's data. I went from being the rental master to a top producer in the Mid Atlantic...