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10 Pieces of Valuable Info to Gather Before You Sell Your Home

by Mary Ann Sawyers
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The real estate process is chock full of information. It would seem that more information is exchanged in a real estate transaction than on a national security background check. But before you even put that “for sale” sign in the front yard, there’s some information you need to put together that will help you get that home ready to be sold.

  1. Gather your receipts for improvements and repairs – This is excellent information that will help you fill out your State Property Disclosure and will also disclose any repairs made to the property. Your Property Disclosure is an opportunity to show buyers the extensive improvements that have been made to your home.
  2. HOA rules and regulations – Have a copy of your Home Owner’s Association Rules and Regulations so this can easily be shared with interested buyers or provide buyers and their agents with a link to the HOA website for up to date info.
  3. Mortgage documentation and info about any Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) – When you obtain a contract on your home, the closing office will need all of the information about your mortgage and any additional loans on the property (mortgage company name, loan #s, etc.).
  4. A 1-page home “brag sheet” – List any improvements you have made to your home whether major or minor including redesigns of rooms, new flooring, bathroom updates or anything else that you can “brag” about your home.
  5. Warranty information – If any major improvements have warranties this could be very desirable to a buyer.  For example windows with lifetime warranty or a roof with a 25 year warranty.
  6. Provide your Realtor with details about outdoor features – Pool, landscaping, irrigation systems, outdoor kitchens, fireplace, etc. These items have become very important to buyers and the more information they are given, the more excited they get about your home.
  7. Tell the story of your neighborhood – The neighborhood website, walking trails, etc. In Memphis there is special neighborhood called High Point Terrace that has a street called Aurora Circle and Mimosa.  These streets have hosted the 4th of July parade for decades and even have their own “mayor.”  Everyone wants to live on these streets because of this, so make sure tell the story of your street.
  8. Remember how it felt when you first bought your home – You wanted as much information about the home as possible.  Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and try to provide as much documentation as possible.
  9. If you are having trouble remembering any issues or repairs made to your home, walk through each room – A tour of each room and the exterior will help you remember any changes and repairs or issues that have come up while you lived there. If you have had any Homeowner’s Insurance claims, be sure and provide all documentation to your Realtor.
  10. Always remember:  disclose, disclose, disclose – Be sure not to withhold any reports or information about your home. What may seem minimal to you may seem major to a buyer.  Over sharing is always good practice when selling your home!

Setting Those New Year Goals: 20-Minute Total Body Workout At-Home

by Mary Ann Sawyers
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No time for the gym?  You can achieve an effective entire-body workout with just these four exercises:

  1. Burpee (whole body) – This is a great warmup exercise to start with because it gets your heart pumping!  Crouch down, place your hands on the ground and scoot your legs out from behind you.  You should end up in the upright position of a push-up.  Then, reverse back into the crouch position and hop back up to a standing position.  Jump in the air as high as you can.  That completes one repetition.  Continue on to perform 20 reps.
  2. Body-Weight Squat (glutes, thighs, calves) – In this exercise, stand with your feet shoulder width apart.  Lower your body as if sitting in a chair, until your thighs are parallel to the floor.  Pause for 5 seconds and slowly return to your starting position to complete one repetition.  Do 3 sets of 10.
  3. Oblique Elbow Taps (obliques, abs) – Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.  Place your fingertips on your navel and your elbows out to your sides.  Rotate your torso to the right towards the floor and tap your right elbow to the floor 8 times.  Return to an upright position and do the same on your left side.  Lie back on the floor to rest for 5 seconds, and then roll back up, and repeat the whole set 5 times.
  4. Quadruped (core, lower back, hips) – Position yourself on hands and knees.  Keep your abs tight and raise your right arm and your left leg.  Hold for 3 breaths.  Return to starting position, then raise your left arm and right leg and hold again.  Do 15 repetitions.

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Victoria TX 77901

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