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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
City Lights vs. Starry Nights: Would you rather have a view of the city lights at night or a clear view of the starry sky?City Lights: Pros: Exciting view, vibrant lifestyle, convenience. Cons: Light pollution, noise, higher cost. Starry Nights: Pros: Peaceful, connection to nature, lower cost.Cons: Isolation, fewer amenities, longer commutes#bhhs #dreamhome #realestate #homeview #starrynight #citylights #auburnal
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Exploring Local Flavors: Fuzzy Taco ShopToday, I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the  Fuzzy Taco Shop in Auburn. As a realtor who loves supporting local businesses, I was thrilled to welcome this exciting restaurant to our community.From the moment I walked in, I was captivated by the vibrant atmosphere and welcoming staff. I couldn’t resist trying some of their delicious chips, guacamole, cheese dip, and salsa dip – all of which were absolutely delicious! It’s clear that Fuzzy Taco Shop is going to be a fantastic addition to Auburn’s culinary scene.As someone who knows the Auburn area inside and out, I believe that supporting local businesses like Fuzzy Taco Shop is vital to our community’s growth and prosperity. Whether you’re a longtime resident or new t...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
 A Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Ashley Harvill Luxury TravelAs a realtor deeply rooted in the Auburn community, I love celebrating the growth and success of local businesses. Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news: Ashley Harvill, a dedicated travel advisor with Travelmation, is launching her new venture, Ashley Harvill Luxury Travel!Creating Unforgettable VacationsAshley Harvill specializes in curating luxurious and memorable vacations tailored to her clients’ desires. Whether you’re dreaming of relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, setting sail on a breathtaking cruise, or embarking on an adventure-filled trip abroad, Ashley’s expertise and attention to detail ensure an unparalleled travel experience.Why Support Local?Supporting local businesses like Ashley Harvill Luxury Tr...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
When the Seller or Tenant Stays After Closing: What You Need to KnowBuying a home is a monumental milestone, but what happens when the seller or tenant is allowed to stay in the home after closing? This situation, known as a rent-back agreement or post-closing occupancy, can offer both benefits and challenges. Understanding the pros and cons, potential pitfalls, and protective measures is crucial for home buyers navigating this scenario.The Pros of Post-Closing Occupancy Flexibility: Allows the seller more time to move, potentially making your offer more attractive in a competitive market. Convenience: Can be mutually beneficial if the buyer isn’t ready to move in immediately, providing a seamless transition for both parties. Income Opportunity: The buyer can charge rent for the period ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Game Day Men’s Health: Your Go-To Men’s Health Physician in Auburn, Alabama   Are you looking for specialized men’s health services in Auburn? Look no further than Game Day Men’s Health. As a premier facility dedicated to men’s health, they offer a range of services to ensure you stay at the top of your game. Although I planned to attend their ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was unfortunately canceled, I had the pleasure of meeting their team. They were not only professional but also incredibly welcoming and dedicated to their patients’ well-being. As a realtor, attending events like these is all part of my day-to-day life, allowing me to stay connected with the community and meet fantastic people who care about our town as much as I do. Whether you’re moving to Auburn or looking to mak...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Walk-In Closet vs. Extra Storage Space: Do you value a large walk-in closet more or extra storage space elsewhere in the house?Walk-In Closet: Pros: Organization, easy access, adds luxury feel. Cons: Takes up space, higher cost, can encourage hoarding. Extra Storage Space: Pros: Versatility, can be used for various needs, declutter other areas. Cons: Less specific use, can become a catch-all, less luxurious feel. #homebuying #storage #bhhs #realtorlife #home #dreamhome #house
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Can You Look at Homes Without a Realtor?It’s important to know that you can’t simply get the code and look at a property on your own. A licensed realtor must be present during showings to ensure the security of the home and its contents and to provide you with professional guidance.Providing a code to a buyer without being present is not only against the rules but could also cost a realtor their license. Having a realtor with you during showings means you benefit from their expertise, insights, and ability to help you evaluate the property.If you’re ready to start viewing homes with a professional by your side, reach out today to schedule your showings!#HomeBuyingTips #bhhs #MortgageAdvice #RealtorInsights #HomeLoans #FHALoans #VALoans #USDAloans #ConventionalLoans #AvoidPMI #RealEstate...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Should You Negotiate Furniture When Selling Your Home?When selling a home, the question of whether to include furniture in the deal often arises. While it might seem convenient to bundle everything together, it’s generally better to handle furniture negotiations separately. Here’s why and how to do it effectively.Why Keep Furniture Separate from the Home Sale Contract? Lenders’ Preferences: Lenders typically frown upon including personal items like furniture in the sales contract. They want the contract to focus solely on the real property. Clarity and Focus: Keeping the home sale and furniture negotiations separate prevents any confusion or complications that could arise from mixing personal property with real estate. Appraisal Issues: Including furniture in the contract can muddy the ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Are Open Houses Worth It? The Pros and Cons for Home SellersOpen houses have long been a staple in the real estate market, but are they truly effective in selling your home? Understanding who typically attends and weighing the pros and cons can help you decide if an open house is the right strategy for you.Who Attends Open Houses? Curious Neighbors: Often, neighbors drop by to see the home out of curiosity rather than genuine interest in buying. Unvetted Buyers: Open houses can attract potential buyers who haven’t yet been pre-approved for a mortgage, which can result in fewer serious offers. Looky-Loos: These are individuals who are just browsing without any real intention of purchasing a home. The Pros of Hosting an Open House Increased Exposure: Open houses can generate buzz and brin...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The Hidden Costs of a Home that Doesn’t Sell Right AwayWhen your home doesn’t sell right away, the financial implications can add up quickly. Understanding these hidden costs can help you prepare and strategize to minimize the impact on your wallet.The Financial Impact of a Delayed Home Sale Continued Mortgage Payments: Each month your home remains on the market, you’ll need to continue making mortgage payments, which can strain your finances, especially if you’ve already purchased a new home. Maintenance and Upkeep: Maintaining a property that’s on the market involves ongoing costs for lawn care, cleaning, repairs, and general upkeep to keep it in show-ready condition. Utilities: Even if you’re not living in the home, you’ll still need to pay for utilities like electricity, water, and ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Embracing Community: Celebrating Alabama Rural Ministries’ New ChapterAs a dedicated realtor and active community member, I was thrilled to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Alabama Rural Ministries (ARM). Founded in 1998 by Lisa Pierce, ARM began as a pilot project through the University of West Alabama Wesley Foundation and Auburn University. With a mission to support families with limited incomes in rural areas and create meaningful missional encounters, ARM has grown significantly over the years.Initially, ARM focused on home repair projects, such as roof repairs and wheelchair ramp installations. In 2001, the organization launched the Sonshine Kids Day Camp to provide summer enrichment for local children. Today, ARM serves multiple counties, including Macon, Lee, Russell, and ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Understanding Home Value: Appraiser vs. Realtor—Which is Right for You?Are you curious about the true value of your home? Whether you’re selling, refinancing, or just want to know where you stand, understanding the differences between an appraiser’s valuation and a realtor’s market assessment is crucial. Each method offers unique insights, and knowing which one to rely on can make all the difference in your real estate journey.The Value of Knowing Your Home’s WorthImagine preparing to sell your home. You get a valuation from an appraiser and another from a realtor, but the numbers don’t match. Which one should you trust? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of each approach to help you decide.Appraiser Valuation: Objective AccuracyPros: Unbiased Evaluation: Appraisers provide an impa...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
How to Make Your Home Offer Stand Out in a Multiple Offer SituationAre you ready to make a home offer but worried about competing with multiple buyers? Here’s a powerful tip to make your offer stand out: schedule the home inspection and include the appointment day and time in your offer.Show Seriousness and Commitment By scheduling the home inspection in advance and including the details in your offer, you demonstrate to the seller that you are serious and well-prepared. This proactive approach not only highlights your commitment but also gives the seller peace of mind, knowing that you’ve already taken care of one critical step.Streamline the Process Sellers appreciate buyers who make the process smoother and faster. By scheduling the inspection early, you’re removing one more thing fr...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Ranch Style vs. Two-Story – Do you prefer the convenience of a single-story ranch style home or the space of a two-story house?Ranch Style: Pros: Single-level living, accessibility, easier maintenance. Cons: Larger footprint, less privacy, can feel sprawling. Two-Story: Pros: More space, better separation of living areas, often more energy efficient. Cons: Stairs can be a hassle, harder to heat/cool evenly, more cleaning. #bhhs #home #dreamhome #onelevelhome #twolevelhome #homebuying #homeselling #realestatelife
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
5 Essential Questions to Ask When Choosing a Real Estate Brokerage FirmAre you ready to take your real estate career to the next level? Choosing the right brokerage firm can make all the difference in your success. Here are five critical questions to ask to ensure you find the perfect fit. What Type of Training Will You Provide?Comprehensive training is crucial for both new and experienced agents. Ask if the brokerage offers ongoing education, workshops, and access to industry experts. Quality training programs can significantly enhance your skills and confidence. Will You Provide a Mentor?Mentorship can be a game-changer in your real estate journey. Inquire if the brokerage pairs new agents with seasoned professionals who can provide guidance, support, and valuable insights based on re...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Fireplace vs. Outdoor Fire Pit: Would you rather have a cozy indoor fireplace or an outdoor fire pit?Fireplace: Pros: Cozy ambiance, heating source, indoor use. Cons: Maintenance, safety concerns, can be inefficient. Outdoor Fire Pit: Pros: Great for gatherings, extends outdoor living season, less indoor mess. Cons: Weather dependent, safety concerns, maintenance. #homebuying #home #bhhs #fireplace #firepit #dreamhome #realestate #realtorlife
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Buying Foreclosed Properties: What You Need to KnowAre you considering purchasing a foreclosed property? This can be an exciting opportunity to buy a home at a lower price, but it’s essential to understand the unique challenges and risks involved. Here’s what you need to know before diving in:The Bank as the SellerWhen dealing with a bank-owned property, it’s important to remember that the bank is the owner, not an individual seller. Banks approach the sale purely from a business perspective. This means they are unlikely to make any repairs or improvements to the property. Expect a non-emotional and strictly professional interaction.Slower ProcessBanks typically do not operate on the same schedule as realtors. They do not work nights or weekends, which can slow down the transaction proc...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Is It Better to Fix or Sell Your House As-Is?Are you ready to sell your home but wondering if it’s worth fixing up or selling as-is? The answer might depend more on where you’re located than you think. Before making a decision, consider these critical points to help you maximize your return.Location, Location, Location Your local real estate market plays a huge role. In a hot market, selling as-is might attract eager buyers willing to overlook flaws. Conversely, in a slower market, making strategic fixes could make your home stand out and attract more offers.Weigh the Costs Fixing up your house can seem appealing, but be cautious—repair costs can quickly add up as new issues are discovered. Major fixes like HVAC systems or leaks should be addressed, but smaller, cost-effective upgrades ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Should You Ask for Repairs When Submitting an Offer?Are you about to make an offer on your dream home? Here’s a crucial tip that can make or break your deal: don’t ask for repairs upfront.The Smart Move: Wait for the Home InspectionWhen you’re ready to submit an offer, it’s tempting to list all the repairs you want the seller to make. However, doing this too soon can actually hurt your chances. Including repair requests in your initial offer can make it seem nitpicky or difficult, potentially turning sellers away.First Impressions MatterAn offer filled with repair demands can signal to the seller that the transaction will be troublesome. If your offer appears petty, full of mistakes, or isn’t properly filled out, it tells a tale about how the entire process might unfold. Sellers prefer ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Ready to Own Your First Home? Here’s How to Save Smarter!Dreaming of owning your first home? Start by mastering your savings strategy! Here are essential tips to get you there faster: Budget and Track Your Expenses  Create a detailed budget to see where your money is going. Understand your finances to identify where you can save. Cut Down on Unnecessary Spending  Eliminate non-essential expenses like luxury goods and entertainment. Reallocate those savings toward your home purchase fund. Automate Your Savings  Set up automatic transfers to your savings account. Consistent saving helps you reach your goal without the temptation to spend. Maximize Side Hustles  Take on part-time work, freelance gigs, or any side hustle to boost your income. Extra cash means faster savings for your dream h...
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