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10 Staging Tips for a Show-Stopping Open House

You know your home needs to be clean and tidy before showing it off, but what else is required for a successful open house? Staging your home to sell doesn’t need to be expensive or time- consuming, but it does require attention to detail in areas you might normally overlook. If you’re get ready to sell your home, these 10 DIY staging tips will increase your chance of success.

1. Declutter
Prospective buyers should be able to move through your home with ease, viewing each area without your belongings getting in their way. Pack up and store books, knickknacks, out-of- season clothing, and other non-furniture items before the open house. Pare down furniture to the essentials to create a comfortable flow through rooms.

2. Depersonalize
You want homebuyers to picture themselves living in your house, but they can’t do that if the halls are lined with family photos, and the refrigerator is decorated with kids’ report cards and drawings. Take down family photos and other personal items and replace them with interesting art prints and on-trend décor.

3. Define Rooms
You don’t want prospective buyers wondering what a space in your house is for. Bring life to each area in your home by using furniture and décor to define its purpose. Turn an empty guest room into a craft parlor, space under the stairs into a cozy reading nook, or a finished basement into a kids’ playroom.

4. Improve Lighting
Bright and even lighting shows off your home’s best side. Replace dim or harsh light bulbs with warm-hued bulbs in a higher lumens rating, liven up shadowy corners with chic lamps, and keep curtains open during the open house for a bright and airy feel.

5. Keep Pets Away
Not only do pets not belong at open houses—meaning you need to arrange boarding before the day arrives—but their accoutrements, too, should be tucked away. While you should be honest if asked, you don’t want your home to advertise that a dog lives there. Store food bowls, dog beds, and other pet accessories out of sight, and be sure to deep clean to eliminate lingering pet odors.

6. Hide Appliances
For better or worse, your kitchen will receive a lot of attention during the open house. Most buyers are looking for a kitchen that’s spacious and easy to use, so remove appliances, spices, and other clutter from the countertops.

7. Set a Scene
Whether it’s a game of chess in the library, a newspaper and coffee mug in a cozy nook, or stylish place settings on the dinner table, vignettes that make your house look ever-so- slightly lived in make it easier for buyers to feel at home.

8. Decorate Gender-Neutral
Don’t risk turning away buyers with overly frilly or masculine décor. Ensure homebuyers of any gender can feel at home by keeping your interior design gender-neutral, particularly in the master bedroom.

9. Keep Closets Empty
Everyone loves storage space, but if your closets are stuffed to the gills, buyers will think your home doesn’t have enough. Keep closets as empty as possible to create the appearance of ample storage.

10. Create a Fresh Scent

A pleasant aroma sets the mood for your open house. Whether you want your home to feel lively and clean, woodsy and cozy, or like a soothing refuge, the right aroma can set the mood for your open house. However, artificial fragrances give some people headaches, so skip the air fresheners and opt for an essential oil diffuser instead. Proper staging is key for a successful open house. While some homeowners benefit from hiring a professional home stager to tend to the details, there’s a lot you can accomplish yourself with a little time and elbow grease. Whether you DIY or hire a pro, don’t forget to check these 10
items off your to-do list.

Author
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

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The new thing in silicon valley is who can be the first to disrupt a specific industry

The new thing in silicon valley is who can be the first to disrupt a specific industry.  With the onset of Airbnb & Uber that disrupted the hotel & taxi/limousine industries in a matter of just a couple years, it showed that it’s not only possible but with very heavily regulated industries, at that.
Real estate and mortgages are just that, very heavily regulated. And were usually that would deter many from even trying, now a day’s it has no bearing.  So let’s look at this a little closer, The definition being – relating to or noting a new product, service, or idea that radically changes an industry or business strategy, especially by creating a new market and disrupting an existing one: disruptive innovations such as the cell phone and Uber.
One fundamental element all disruptive companies have today is technology.  So when giving credit to the disruptive companies one should actually look at the disruptive technology that makes it possible.  Well, I guess most credit would also go to the company that takes advantage of it and executes on its possibilities.
London Foster seems to have done this with their proprietary back office system and business model.  With implementing all the newest disruptive technology such as API, reg tech, and chatbots, this is the same technology other disruptive companies such as Airbnb has implemented in their business model to successfully disrupt the hotel industry not only here in the U.S. but Worldwide.  London Foster is a 100% Commission real estate with no caps.   Meaning you get 100% from day one.  You do not need to make the company  7k, 15k, 20k, 25k, ( you get the idea) before getting to that 100% level, not only do you get it from day one but with no franchise fees or any other “junk fees” known throughout the industry.
100% Commission models have been around for some time but what separates London Foster from others is this 100% model has integrated with a full service highly reputable marketing and technology company.  And with 4 locations throughout South Florida, it’s no wonder why London Foster is now the fastest growing real estate office in South Florida

LONDON FOSTER

www.joinlondonfoster.com

Bobby Mahallati
London Foster
Broker
407 Lincoln Rd. STE:10G
Miami Beach,  FL  33139
305.985.6212 Direct
866.827.4531 Fax
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100% Commission company and Christmas party at the Delano

Last Week was Miami’s influx of business Holiday Christmas parties all over the magic city. With an exciting vibe in the Air, it seems like a lot more Holiday party’s happening this Year than before.  That may be due to the optimistic outlook for industries such as Real Estate for 2018.
Companies such as London Foster Realty a 100% Commission real estate office that pays out 100% of the commission to its agents, had their Christmas party at the famous Delano hotel on Miami Beach.
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   The fact that a 100% Commission real estate office can have a Christmas party at the Delano must say something about the real estate market.  “Our company is a Family,  and we treat our Family well,” says Bobby Mahallati, a founding partner. “We also run a very efficient and tight ship, this allows us to save, and pass those savings to our realtors while continuously improving on our technology and never compromising on integrity.”
“Where is your company having their Holiday party? Ernesto, an associate of London Foster, says his realtor friends asked him
He says the manifesto here is work and play hard.  And It seems to have paid off.
   When a company grows and is successful then everyone with the company grows as well, and we all benefit from the success.  This vibe of success has taken hold in London Foster with the majority of the 250 sales associates closing deals on a regular basis. It also immediately affects the other LF agents enjoy to quickly enjoy the same success, whether they are new to real estate or making the transition from a Full-Time job.  “But it doesn’t stop there, we have networking events every Month and training every week”, Bobby was quick to point out.  “Real life “Street” training is important and nothing beats our emergent training that helps beginners jump right into real life transactions immediately.”
If you want to learn more about London Foster events and training you can contact Bobby Mahallati at 305-985-6000.

 

Bobby Mahallati
London Foster
Broker
407 Lincoln Rd. STE:10G
Miami Beach,  FL  33139
305.985.6212 Direct
866.827.4531 Fax
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London Foster is now accepting Bitcoin (cryptocurrency) for Real Estate transactions

Monday, December 18, London Foster, A technology-based Real Estate Office in South Florida announced that the company is now accepting Bitcoin (cryptocurrency) for Real Estate transactions.
“Bitcoin is a new currency that has much potential,” Andrew Schnieder, founder of Family Office Networks Association says.  “It is not just a craze, but an innovation and advancement in society.”  Family Office Association also has set its focus on investing opportunities in the famous cryptocurrency as well as others hitting the market, known as an ICO, Initial Coin Offering.  London Foster Realty which is also a  100% Commission based real estate office contributes the integration of Bitcoin to their continued effort to keep the company at the forefront of technology and ahead of the competition.
“Because Bitcoin is peer to peer And uses blockchain technology it’s most likely here to stay,” says Vasile Turcan, one of the partners of London Foster and heads the technology division.  Bitcoin has caused not only a buzz but also a disruption in the “currency market” because Bitcoin is a Worldwide payment System that is also the first decentralized digital currency that works without a central bank.  Another reason is the extreme volatility.  Even though the returns have been amazing, to say the least Bitcoin yes had its share of controversy.  With a hack that made international news to the tune of $80million in the cryptocurrency being stolen.  Though some people are skeptical, most are enjoying the returns and like the option of a non-regulated currency.
London Foster already has some successfully closed transactions using Bitcoin as the currency of choice.  According to them and many other experts, it seems like Bitcoin will continue to grow not only in value but also in demand.  If you would like to use Bitcoin to rent even short-term rental or to purchase, feel free to contact London Foster at www.londonfoster.com or 305-514-0100

Bobby Mahallati
London Foster
Broker
407 Lincoln Rd. STE:10G
Miami Beach,  FL  33139
305.985.6212 Direct
866.827.4531 Fax
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The best real estate experience by empowering the realtor with higher payouts and turning realtors into marketing machines

LONDON FOSTER HAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED THEIR PROPRIETARY CLOUD BASED PLATFORM FOR HARD CORE REALTORS

In addition to the 100% Commission payout for all associates, London Foster has released LF Agent 2.0 (available on Android app store) as a fully functional mobile office solution for realtors on the move. This unique platform sets itself apart from other 100% commission firms. Were most just require managing transactions by email or some 3 rd party that developed general functions, this platform is “bespoke” to the power associates and the way they do business k tailored to the realtor. It gives all of the solutions usually done at the office but at your fingertips.

Most 100 percent real estate firms do not offer the technology like this so its interesting to see a 100% commission real estate office offer something that the bigger companies offer without paying the hefty price. 100% real estate offices are becoming more attractive to realtors from “big box” companies that take upwards of 30-50% after the Monthly fee, franchise fee, technology fee and the percentage split.
   “We see a lot of professionals finally pull the trigger and come aboard after realizing the savings especially as this profession becomes more and more competitive” says London Foster Broker Bobby Mahallati. “London Foster is one of South Florida’s fastest growing 100% real estate firms and is expanding to Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.” Transactional fee based firms like these are sometimes looked down upon due to the immediate disruptive nature it has to the “old school” way real estate has been and currently still operates.
Because of new technology available, most companies will use it to lower costs but then pass the profits to themselves, Transaction based firms like London Foster pass the savings on to the realtor, hence their tagline “Empowered Agents”. London Foster says their Vision is to give the customer the best real estate experience by empowering the realtor with higher payouts and turning their realtors into marketing machines.

    “As a marketer, realtors need to realize their profession, they are marketers first, then realtors.” Said Vasile Turcan, London Foster’s marketing director who oversees the companies digital and social media marketing efforts.

“These are 2 majors, like when you are in college you might major in one subject and minor in another, well here you have 2 majors both equally important and the sooner they realize this the sooner they will become successful real estate professionals.”

 

Join London Foster Online: www.joinlondonfoster.com

Call: 305-514-0100

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How do you determine where to invest in real estate? By asking the right questions.

Where should you invest in real estate? If you know an area well, and have enough experience investing in real estate, you can make money almost anywhere. However, there are always places that are better or worse for real estate investments – places that have a better demand/supply ratio. Use the questions below to find them.

Demand Questions

1. Is the population growing fast? Check the US Census figures online, or ask the local government if they have the statistics. Stay away from areas that have little growth.

2. Is job growth decent? Again, ask local authorities or use the census information. You want to see job growth equal to or exceeding population growth. The people have to have money to pay for housing.

3. Decent quality of life? This is subjective, but important. Are there theaters and bookstores? Count coffee shops and cafes. Trendy areas usually have increasing demand for housing. It’s also a good indication of a high quality-of-life if people are willing to take lower-paying jobs just to live there.

4. Wealth in the area? It is always a good sign when there is some degree of wealth in a town. Count rich homes. Wealth means everything doesn’t die when the economy slows.

Supply Questions

1. How much new construction? The census figures can tell you what’s happened over the last ten years. Then check with the local authorities to see if the the number of housing units they’ve issued permits for is more or less than the expected population growth.

2. How many homes for sale? A lower supply of homes for sale means upward pressure on prices. This indirectly drives up rents as well, which makes for better investing.

3. Rent and vacancy levels? Are rents high enough to justify investing? Are vacancies low? When we first came to Tucson, every building had vacancies, and we saw a man holding a sign that read, “Apartment – $250 Per Month.” Great place for renters, but not a great place to invest in real estate.

4. Available land that is buildable? Less is better for future appreciation. When the land runs out, the prices start accelerating upwards.

Use these questions to compare various towns and cities, and you’ll see the differences more clearly. You’ll see how housing demand compares to supply in each. Finally, you’ll see where it is better to invest in real estate.

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First Time Buyers Program – Down Payment

Homeownership is one of the pillars of the American economy. To keep it propped up, there are many programs to help first time buyers make down payments.

First Time Buyers Program – Down Payment

Are you a home buyer looking to buy your very first home? Do you believe you can make the mortgage payments on the home but just donít have enough cash on hand to make the down payments? Are you not able to buy the home because of this mortgage down payment problem? If this defines you, then donít be worried. There are many programs out there that can help you to make the down payment and move in to your very own home.

Firstly, check with the FHA – the Federal Housing Association. The FHA often offers many programs to various people who canít make the down payment on their home. The Department of Housing and Development is another organization that has many programs in place to allow first time buyers to be able to buy their very own home and get over the hurdles of down payment costs. Both of these organizations should be sought out right away and you should contact them and see what sort of programs and assistance you might be eligible for.

For minorities and low income families in particular, there is another big program in place that can be of great assistance. If you fall into one of those categories, you may be eligible for the American Dream Down Payment Initiative. Passed in 2003, ADDI allows for eligible first time home buyers to receive as much as $10,000 in assistance for making the down payment on their home.

In addition to these organizations, there are also many programs in place by states that seek to encourage first time home buyers. These programs often offer grants and other assistance to first time home buyers so that they can meet the down payment requirements for their home. Make sure to do an internet search for the housing department in your state to seek out information on programs relevant to your location.

First time home buyers who canít make their down payment should not worry, there are many programs in place that can help them. If you are a first time home buyer and need assistance, you can seek out many of these different groups so that you can be able to make the down payment and be able to move in to a home of your very own.

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How do you find a real estate agent that will do a good job for you? Start with these tips.

 

It’s easy to find a real estate agent. Just put a for sale sign in the yard and wait for the phone to ring. The question is, how do you find a GOOD real estate agent? You can start with London Foster Realty.

Open in your browser www.LondonFoster.com – and start looking for all the homes for sale in your area. You can also collect a few real estate guides to look through. Browse the listings to find properties similar to yours. If you are selling a cabin, you want to look for cabins for sale. If you are selling a lakefront mansion, look for those.

When you find similar properties, note the names and numbers of the agents that are selling them or you can request more information directly from the website . The idea here is to find a real estate agent that has experience with your type of property. An agent that has all the million dollar homes may not be the best to sell your mobile home, for example. You want agents that have sold or are selling several properties like yours.

What To Ask A Real Estate Agent

1. When you call the agents – and it’s best to call several – you want to verify that they do have experience selling properties like yours. Ask for examples.

2. Ask what they do to market a property. Any agent can place an ad and put your home in the multiple listings. Do they have existing leads – people looking for properties like yours? Do they let other agents know about your property?

3. Do they show their listings very often? Many agents just list real estate for sale and let others sell it for them. It’s more profitable for them, but not for you. If they are a good salesperson, you want them to be going through the house with potential buyers.

4. Do they do their own closings? Again, it may be better for them to delegate this part of the process, but it isn’t better for you. You want the same person to be there through the whole process. You want one person to call. Things go wrong all the time in real estate, so don’t complicate it further by having more people involved.

Most real estate agents will probably argue these points. That’s okay, but be aware that there are other things they won’t tell you too. For example, did you know that open houses are primarily a prospecting tool for real estate agents? In fact, new agents (not the listing agent) are often given the job of hosting your open house, so they can find buyers to work with. It isn’t expected that they will sell your house in the process.

Also understand that when you see ads for homes for sale, and they don’t have prices, it is a prospecting technique. When that buyer looking for a $100,000 home calls on your $300,000 home, the agent isn’t going to make him able to afford your home. The whole point was to get him to call so he could sell him ANY home. Meanwhile, other potential buyers for your home skipped over the ad – there are enough homes WITH prices to look at (insist that ads for your property have the price listed).

Trust your intuition when choosing an agent. If you don’t feel comfortable with an agent, it’s possible potential buyers won’t either. And ask the right questions. You don’t just want to find a real estate agent you like. You want to find the right agent for your property.

 

Broker Bobby Mahallati

London Foster Realty

Office: +1 305-514-0100

www.LondonFoster.com

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BE A PART OF THE FASTEST GROWING 100% COMMISSION INNOVATIVE REAL ESTATE OFFICE IN MIAMI SOUTH FLORIDA

    Why іѕ Lоndоn Fоѕtеr thе fаѕtеѕt grоwіng Real Estate frаnсhіѕе in Miami? It’s ѕіmрlе, wе gіvе our agents thе bеѕt compensation package іn thе іnduѕtrу, period! Our agents mаkе 100% commission. For оur сlіеntѕ thіѕ mеаnѕ уоu hаvе a highly motivated аgеnt on уоur ѕіdе, wіllіng tо do whаt it tаkеѕ tо make ѕurе уоu fіnd thе home уоu want. Fоr оur аgеntѕ it mеаnѕ that all thеіr hаrd work іѕ rеwаrdеd, not ѕрlіt wіth thе аgеnсу.

   We hаvе сrеаtеd an environment оf mоrе knowledgable, аnd better compensated agents. Whеn wе ѕtаtе it is 100% соmmіѕѕіоn real еѕtаtе, thаt іѕ thе wау іt is. Nо оthеr dеѕk or mаrkеtіng fееѕ ever. Iѕn’t it tіmе уоu wоrk wіth a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl brоkеrаgе whо wants tо HELP уоu MAKE MORE MONEY?

   Lоndоn Fоѕtеr offers mоrе dіrесt brоkеr ѕuрроrt wіth nо frаnсhіѕе fееѕ, nо ѕрlіtѕ аnd nо hеаdасhеѕ fоr our realtors аnd уоu can sign up and be іmmеdіаtеlу rеgіѕtеrеd аnd receive our frее mаrkеtіng оffеrѕ whісh іnсludеѕ prоfеѕѕіоnаl headshot рhоtоgrарhу, buѕіnеѕѕ cards, free IDX website and much more. Our Fanatical broker suрроrt is always there tо hеlр with yоur transactions аnd cоmрlіаnсе questions.

   Mееt оur brоkеrѕ аnd mаrkеtіng tеаm. Get fаmіlіаr wіth your offісе аnd other aѕѕосіаtеѕ. If уоu аlrеаdу knоw hоw to gеnеrаtе your оwn lеаdѕ and business, аnd уоu аrе tіrеd оf sharing thоuѕаndѕ of dollars оf your hard earned commissions wіth уоur brоkеr, London Foster hаѕ thе bеѕt 100% аgеnt commission рrоgrаm that уоu lооkіng fоr. Thіѕ is thе BEST rеаltоr job орроrtunіtу іn Miami!

   Our office is іn thе hеаrt of South Beach lосаtеd оn Lincoln Rd. You would be able to come wіth your сlіеntѕ for mееtіngѕ, listing рrеѕеntаtіоnѕ аnd сlоѕіng dеаlѕ.

   Stаrt оff mаkіng 100% commission fоr аll agents. Yоu pay оnlу $199 реr dеаl. No quоtаѕ, no yеаrlу rеѕеtѕ.

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