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Move-Up America is a full service real estate brokerage that is re-inventing the process of selling an existing home while purchasing a newly constructed home from a builder. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Move-Up America has established itself as a national leader in contingent homebuyer services. With an extensive background in both new home procedures as well as residential brokerage services we are the industries leading resource in assisting families and homebuilders navigate the difficult process of selling one property while preparing to move into a newly built home.

5 Texas Events You Can’t Miss for Family Fun in the Fall

Fall is a favorite season for many. The colorful foliage, décor, comforting smells of pumpkins and apples bring a delightful and familiar comfort to many that adore the fall season. In addition to the smells and colors of fall, the cooler weather often lures people outdoors in search of events that can offer fun and bring the whole family together.

1.State Fair of Texas

Dallas, TX

September 29 – October 22

For only 23 days out of the whole year, the State Fair of Texas opens its doors to welcome patrons with open arms. Visitors from near and far travel to enjoy unique finds, like their unusual foods and beverages, only found at the State Fair. Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, kids activities and shows, and much more. With over 100 attractions featured each day of the fair, you’re bound to find fun for the whole family. Learn about the fair and get your tickets here: https://bigtex.com/

2. Wurstfest

New Braunfels, TX

November 3 to 12

Whether you’re fond of German culture or virtually nothing about it, the entire family can enjoy Wurstfest, a 10-day festival celebrating German culture. Called the best 10 days in sausage history means you shouldn’t leave without trying one! Held annually just outside of Austin in New Braunfels, Texas, at this festival, you’ll find food, music, dancing, carnival rides, games, and more! Sprechen Sie Fun? The entire family is sure to find it at Wurstfest. The best part? Children aged 12 and under receive free admittance. Find out about parking, driving directions and tickets here: https://wurstfest.com/

3. Texas Renaissance Festival

New Market Village, TX

September 30 – November 26

Ready to immerse yourself in Old World tradition, costumes, culture and fun? Claimed to be the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival, the Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes more than half a million guests to its park just North of Houston each year. For approximately 9 weekends, this Fall festival presents an enchanted world full of fanciful and interactive characters. Entertainment includes a variety of over 200 performances throughout the village. The park also includes more than 400 shops featuring the crafts and work from artisans, artists, and merchants. Those hailing from out-of-town that would prefer to camp rather than stay in a nearby hotel can camp out on their 200-acre campsite. Get ready for some ye’ old fun! Check out their website for themed weekends: https://www.texrenfest.com/

4. Oktoberfest

Fredericksburg, TX

October 6 – 8 (one weekend)

Like Wurstfest but without emphasis on German bratwurst, this version of Oktoberfest also celebrates German culture during a single weekend in October. Just outside of Austin in downtown Fredericksburg, you and the whole family can indulge in food, dancing, entertainment and more with the added opportunity to explore some of the scenic surroundings of Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. When you attend this event on the Saturday, the kids can also participate in the 8th annual Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance on Main Street!

5. Sweet Berry Farm

Marble Falls, TX

September 23 – November 8

Fantasize about picking your own Fall harvest, but don’t live on a farm? Beginning in late September at Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, Texas, you and the kids can experience picking your own pumpkins, gourds, and flowers in this fun Fall activity for the whole family. Enjoy a variety of other activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin and face painting, scarecrow stuffing and more. Visit the Sweet Berry Farm website for more details.

With the Fall season upon us, there are plenty of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy before the winter season approaches. Do you have other plans in place this fall? Is moving into a new home on your checklist? Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time and thousands of dollars in the process!

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How to Settle into a New Community After Moving

Settling somewhere new isn’t always easy. For everyone in your family, moving away from familiar places and people can leave you with feelings of discomfort and fear. After you uproot your family out of your familiar neighborhood and community, it’s important to leave your comfort zone in order to plant your family’s roots in a new community. Establishing connections and forming relationships with your community can help to make your new home – well, feel like home.

   1. Get to know your neighbors

Many people don’t take the time now to get to know who their neighbors are. Take the time to introduce yourself and learn more about them. You never know the kinds of relationships you can form with someone living right next door – or when you might need their help in a pinch. If they don’t beat you to it, take the time to bring your family next door and introduce yourself.

   2. Join online neighborhood and community groups

Nowadays, there’s a lot less walking door-to-door to talk to your neighbors and more jumping into online forums or groups. There are plenty of neighborhood and community groups formed online these days. One of the popular online neighborhood networking platforms is Nextdoor, a private social networking for your community. Many neighborhoods and communities also establish an online presence by forming a Facebook group.

   3. Host a house-warming party or a small block party

You don’t need to host an extravagant event to invite neighbors over to get to know them. Invite a few of the neighbors on your street for a small get-together. Forming these relationships not only keeps your community safer, it brings you together. Don’t feel comfortable having strangers in your home? If the weather is nice, host it in your backyard or in your driveway.

   4. Get involved

Volunteer or donate your time and effort to a cause in your local community. There’s bound to be a few causes your family can contribute to together. If you can’t find one, create your own! Take charge of getting to know your community this way and feel great knowing you’re doing something for a good cause. Get the kids involved, too. They’re likely in need of meeting some new friends, especially if they’ve recently had to change cities or schools.

   5. Join a Club

Whether it’s a book club, the PTA, or a booster club, joining other people with similar values and interests can help you meet and bond with new people. Joining a club or lending a hand to your kids’ school activities can also help you meet other parents who have children attending the same schools and could also help your kids to make new friends, too.

   6. Attend Community Events

Attending events hosted within your community can help your family find new, fun spots and activities near home. Community events are also a great way to help you learn who is helping contribute to your community. You can also learn more about how you can help to support the local businesses in your area. Community events can also be sporting events – does your community or city have a sports team? Lend your support by attending games – fun for the whole family and an opportunity to potentially meet new people!

 

Although it may take some time for your new place to feel like home, taking action to build connections can help ease you and your family into settling in a new community. You can always start small and branch out with each new opportunity you find. While this part of the post-moving process may seem difficult, Move-Up America is here to make moving to a new community easy! Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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Backyard Entertaining Ideas You’ll Want to Steal This Summer

From the long sunny days to the evenings buzzing with fireflies and families enjoying the outdoor weather, summer is an ideal time to host a get-together with family, friends, and neighbors. With the flexibility that summer offers, it’s also one of the easiest times to plan family fun, so why not host the entertainment right from your own backyard? We have a few ideas for backyard entertainment so fabulous you’ll wish you’d thought of them yourself!

Host an outdoor picnic or dinner party

Have you stocked up on summer recipes? Plan an afternoon garden party with friends or arrange a picnic right in your backyard! Avoid the hotter day temperatures and opt to host a dinner party at dusk. Include refreshing drinks, jazzy tunes, captivating games and delightful conversation and you’ve got yourself a thrilling backyard party! You can also create a sparkling atmosphere and string some outdoor lights or lanterns from your trees!

Put your game face on

Think games can only be played on a console or at the kitchen table? Think again! Bring the competition outdoors this summer and play entertaining games made for the outdoors like life-size Jenga or Backyard Twister. You could also host a game of charades around a small campfire! Bring friends, family, and even the neighbors to get in on the competition.

Outdoor Movie Night

Break away from your routine of hosting movie night in the living room and take it all outdoors! In the warm summer air, one thing you won’t have to worry about is getting cold. Connect PVC piping or use other materials, hang a sheet to cast a projector onto and watch your favorite movies right from your own backyard. Set up a popcorn bar by including various add-ins and toppings and don’t forget to invite the neighbors! If you have a pool in your backyard, hang on to some floaties for an extra fun experience!

Heat Up Summer with a Backyard Bonfire

Although combining summer temperatures with fire doesn’t exactly sound ideal, hanging out around a bonfire or fire pit can prove to be a fun backyard activity for many families. Use your fire pit to roast marshmallows and create tasty smores or heat mini hot dogs with the kids! Spice up your experience by telling spooky (or funny) stories around the fire pit during the long evenings of summer.

With all that it has to offer, summer is one of the best seasons to gather with friends, family, and neighbors without having to plan an elaborate or extravagant vacation. No matter which activities you choose to plan for you and your family this summer, just make sure to spend some time outdoors! If moving into a brand new home is in your plans for the summer, contact us today to find out how you can buy a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Kids During Summer Break

Temperatures are rising and schools are out, which can only mean one thing: Summer has officially arrived. While your kids are likely looking forward to three months of glorious free time, as a parent you’re probably wondering what on earth you’re going to do to prepare your home for the lengthy routine-less days of summer. Whether you’re a working parent or have the summers off, take stock of these home preparation ideas that’ll keep the kids busy and safe during the summer.

Stock up on library books and keep them around the house

Keep your kids busy this summer and keep their brains active by encouraging them to read books throughout the summer. Help your kids create a summer reading list based on their unique interests and head to the local library. Not sure what to include on their summer reading list? Find out what’s on the academic reading list for the new school year or find out what’s popular among your child’s age group. You could also explore lists of classic, must-read books suitable for your child’s age.

Buy healthy snacks so they’re not tempted by junk food

More than likely when your children tag along to the grocery store, they’re eager to pick out snacks that are tasty but not filling and most likely not at all nutritious. Make a list of healthy snack choices to leave for your kids – especially if you’re not at home during the day to supervise snack time – and head out to the store exclusively for these snacks. You can include a non-nutritious snack or two. It is summer, after all.

Create a list of chores

Want to encourage your kids to develop a chore routine or help out around the house? Design a chore chart for the kids when they’re home during the summer days. Simple chores for kids can include unloading the dishwasher, wiping off counters, taking out the trash, feeding the pets, and cleaning their rooms. For parents with kids who are addicted to using internet devices, parents can reset the WiFi code in the morning and kids can retrieve the code from you when they finish their chores.

Invest in home security monitoring

If you’re worried about solicitors or strangers stopping by while your kids are at home, it might be a good idea to invest in a security system that includes video monitoring. Popular systems involve a doorbell camera, where you can see and chat with someone at the front door without being at home. This is also an excellent time to teach your children about home safety and what they should or shouldn’t do if someone comes to the door. Although your kids may know what to do, a home security system might give you more peace of mind when you’re unable to be at home.

Parental controls

If you’re away at work during the day, you might be worried about what your kids could be watching when you’re not around. You might also be worried about the types of movies and television shows that air during the day. Ensure you have parental controls set on the cable devices and on other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This way, you can set controls to disallow them from stumbling upon something not suitable for kids.

Whether you’re working or at home during summer break, this is a great time of year to develop fun routines that also encourage continued learning. With these home preparation ideas, kids can stay safe while enjoying the fun (sometimes routine-less) days of summer break. Does your summer home preparation plan include selling your home and buying a new home? Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!

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Get into the Spring of Things with these Home Décor and Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just around the corner and that means breathing some new life into your home. It’s the perfect time of year to clean out, freshen up, and do a little bit of redecorating. With so much to do it can be daunting figuring out where to start. Luckily, we have all the tips you need to help you prepare your home for spring!

Start Spring with a Clean Slate

Start by doing some simple cleaning around your house. Mop and vacuum floors, dust shelves and counters, declutter bookshelves, tables and desks. Take the chores you do throughout the year and add a little extra time and attention for a good start to your spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to take care of semi-annual maintenance tasks as well! Here’s a quick checklist to help:

  • Replace or clean HVAC filters
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Wash your windows (inside and out)
  • Touch up any cracked or peeling paint
  • Replace smoke detector batteries

Go through and see what on the list needs to be done, and make your home fresh and clean!

 

 

Bring Spring Indoors

Now that you’ve got all your cleaning done, your home is ready for some spring decorating! One of the best things about this time of year is being able to decorate with natural elements. Pick out your favorite blooms and place them in vases around your home. If you want to get a little more creative, you could gather up some of branches, pebbles, and greenery and place them in a glass terrarium.

 

 

Freshen Up for Spring

Bring some color indoors by changing up your color palette. Think clean whites, soft greens and blues, and touches of vibrant yellows or pinks. You can do this with window treatments, throw pillows, placemats or tablecloths, rugs, and picture frames. There are lots of opportunities to add pops of spring color around your home.

Updating furniture is another wonderful way to freshen up your home. Whether purchasing new, moving pieces around or giving new life to older, aging furniture. Give worn furniture new life with some paint and some extra love. Picking out new wall art to display in your living room can also make for a new, fresh feel.

 

 

Add Some Spring Curb Appeal

Don’t forget the outside of your home! Get rid of all those fallen leaves and get ready for some color! If you’ve got a garden bed, planting some seasonal flowers will really brighten up your exterior and add some curb appeal to your home. Update your front door a fresh coat of paint while you’re out there, add a new welcome mat along with some potted plants to your front porch for an inviting spring feel.

 

 

The sunshine and warmth of spring are a welcome change from the dreary winter days. There is just as much fun to be had indoors as out! Take these tips and bring some of that spring joy in to your home! If you’re looking to make an even bigger change during this season and are ready to make a move, contact us to find out how we can help you get into a new home without all the hassle of a traditional real estate transaction!

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Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids

Home Décor Tips for Families with Kids
Decorating a house is an important part of making your home feel like, well, your home. When kids come into the picture, it gets harder to keep your home looking as nice and stylish as it once was. We have a secret to tell you: There’s no need to sacrifice having a fantastic looking home just because of the little ones. There are several ways to make any room look stunning while still keeping it kid-friendly! We’ve picked out some of our favorites to give you an idea of how to decorate your home while keeping those loveable mess-makers in mind.

Get Creative with Seating

If you’ve got a toddler wandering around, too-high seating areas and pointy edges might be a cause for concern. Considering replacing it with poufs or even a storage ottoman. These will be easier on the little one if any accidents happen. As your toddler grows, the poufs can provide extra seating for them and any playmates they might have over, freeing up couch space for the adults. And a storage ottoman can be great for quickly clearing toys off the living room floor before guests arrive. Poufs and ottomans are easy to move around, and can make great accent pieces to any room.

If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can take your old, rectangular coffee table and turn it into an ottoman with this handy guide!

Get Creative With Seating

Use an Outdoor Rug Indoors

Outdoor rugs are incredibly easy to clean, but they don’t just have to be kept outside. Find one that’s stylish to add a nice touch to your dining or living room. When the kids get messy during meal time or rowdy at play time, your floors will be protected and you don’t have to worry about an expensive rug being ruined!  These are also great to throw down in other high-traffic areas of your home, in case of muddy footprints or spilled drinks while your family moves about.

Use Outdoor Rugs Indoors

Window Seat Storage

For any family, storage is crucial for helping keep the home clutter-free. If you’ve got the space, why not build a window seat with storage in a family room or play room? It adds extra seating, makes for a great, cozy reading nook, and gives you another place to quickly and easily hide any clutter that occurs in your day-to-day living right before the guests come over.

Window Seat Storage  

Durable Paint and Chalkboard Walls

Walls are bound to take a beating when you have kids running around. If they’re bored, they want to bounce their basketball off their closet door. When they come home from softball practice, they’re kicking their cleats off against the baseboard. Of course, there’s also the inevitable drawing-on-the-wall experiment that everyone does once during childhood. Choosing paints that are easy to clean is a great option when you’ve got kids. If you’ve got a little artist, and you want to give them room to create, a chalkboard wall in the bedroom is another fantastic idea. You can also mix magnetics (which you can find at a home improvement store) and paint a wall in a busy hallway to hang up artwork or school work.

You don’t just have to focus on how durable furniture materials are (though that’s, of course, important). You can get fun, stylish, and creative too! There are a lot of fun ways to decorate your home that not only keep it kid-friendly, but also let’s your families’ personality shine through. Move-Up America values family needs, and our services can be very beneficial to those who are looking for the right home, especially in the case of growing families! Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your family.

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Fun Christmas Traditions to Start this Year!

Camp Out Under the Christmas Tree

The night after you’ve finished decorating the Christmas tree, let the kids camp out on the living-room floor with the tree lit up. This will really get them in the Christmas spirit!

Make Reindeer Food

Cookies and milk are the classic Santa snacks, but he’s not the only one working hard Christmas night! Help your kids make sure the reindeer get fed too by mixing oats with glitter and sprinkling it out on the yard, the sparkle makes it easy for the reindeer to find.

New Year’s Prediction Jar

On Christmas, have everyone write down their predictions for next year in their own or someone else’s lives and place them in a jar. Next Christmas you can open it up and see if any predictions came true.

Candy Cane Countdown

Let the kids count down to Christmas with candy canes or another Christmas treat. Fill a jar with candy and/or other holiday goodies and let them have a piece each day through December 25th.

A Christmas Eve Present

Have one present that the kids can open on Christmas Eve. A great idea is to wrap up a new pair of Christmas-themed pajamas, popcorn, and a Christmas movie they can watch before bed!
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Central Texas - Curb Appeal Ideas for Fall

 
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Favorite Natural Swimming Holes in Texas

 
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New School Enrollment Checklist

 
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Save Thousands On Your Next Move

 

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New-Century Modern: A Trending Design for New Homes

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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Your New Home

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Christmas Day is upon us!

Are you prepared for Santa? If not, no worries, we have some great ideas to bring some Christmas magic into your homes and hearts!

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New Construction Trends: A Shift Towards Larger Homes

When it comes to the size of home on your wish list, don’t apologize for wanting a spacious home with a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms. According to a recent report by wsj.com, a lot of new construction homebuyers want larger homes even though some feel fascinated by the “tiny home movement.” While first-time homebuyers tend to buy the older, smaller homes in an affordable price range, move-up buyers long for at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms to accommodate a growing family. Commerce Department data cited by the Wall Street Journal also indicates a growing number of consumers rather own a home with a 3-car garage.

Making room for mom and dad

While some homebuyers want larger homes to make room for babies, there is also a multi-generational household trend. Many homebuyers in their 40s and 50s desire new construction homes with dual master bathrooms and extra living space for their aging parents. Because there are several generations living under one roof, it’s essential to have several bathrooms and a 3-car garage rather than the standard 2-car garage. If you live on a golf course, the extra garage room is likely used for golf carts.

Enjoying the indoor-outdoor flow

Another trend in new construction is to increase the living space with more outdoor areas. Especially in the warm-weather states, builders tend to build homes with patios. Whether you want an outdoor kitchen or just an area for gathering outside, capitalize on the building trend as a consumer. You can choose a floor plan that includes French doors that open from an eat-in kitchen and kitchen area to a covered patio. If you don’t have it in your budget to include a swimming pool now, check to make sure the community allows individual pools or other outdoor features that could interest you in the future.

Living in a master planned community

A lot of buyers look for homes built in master planned communities or subdivisions with home owner associations (HOA). Even though it costs more to belong to an HOA, the benefits include lawn maintenance and upkeep. Many master planned communities have amenities such as community pools, tennis courts, cafes, clubhouse, golfing and walking trails. Lush landscaping that you don’t have to personally maintain is another perk of living in a new subdivision with an HOA. According to the Wall Street Journal, 59 percent of houses built in 2014 had HOAs, which is up from 46 percent in 2009.

At Move Up America, we help move-up homebuyers who want to sell their current homes and live in a new construction house in a new community. For more information about our Move-Up Program, please Contact Us.

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Leasing a Home

When your family gets bigger or you find the home of your dreams just where you want to live you have the choice of selling your old home or becoming a landlord and leasing your home. If you owned the home for a limited time and have not accumulated a lot of equity in it, or if your home is underwater under today's real estate conditions and you owe more than the house is worth, leasing the house has definite financial advantages.

However, being a landlord has its own pitfalls and difficulties.

•   If you want good tenants, you have to fix up the home before renting it out. This could involve major expense unless you are extremely handy.

•   Between tenants you can expect one to two months of downtime where you will have to cover the old mortgage and the new one.

•   Repairs to cover damage caused by the tenant are the owner's responsibility. This is especially true if the house is damaged in a way that involves health or safety.

•   Owners have to reserve the money to cover repairs on the spot.

•   Rental laws and taxation law regarding rentals can be complicated. People often need professional accounting or legal help in managing property.

If you decide to rent your home, at best you can change the property into a significant source of income. In order to make the arrangement profitable, however, many landowners decide to hire a professional property manager.

•   Good property managers will conduct a thorough survey to determine how much rent to charge.

•   Property management companies have efficient methods of collecting rent and maintaining on-time payment.

•   Property managers have long experience in advertising homes, minimizing the expensive downtime.

•   Experienced property managers are expert at finding tenants, doing security and background checks, running credit reports, verifying employment and collecting references from previous landlords.

•   Property managers will handle all aspects of the tenant-landlord relationship, both routine and emergency maintenance, and any conflict resolution.

•   Property managers usually have regular relationships with tradesmen and maintenance companies to get work done most economically and professionally.

•   Professional property managers ensure compliance with the housing regulations and property laws.

•   Having your property professionally managed means that you can invest in properties geographically distant from your home.

Move Up America is a company dedicated to seeing people upgrading their homes and lives. Please contact us for more information.

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Everything You Should Know About Home Staging: From Reasons to ROI

Many years ago, houses for sale on the real estate marketplace were often empty, especially newly constructed homes. Staging a house makes it appeal to the highest number of potential buyers, selling the property quicker and for more money.

 Statistically Speaking

 According to Home Staging Resources, in a survey of over 3,500 staged homes, 50% of them sold for an average of 11% more and obtained a 1,000% return on their staging investment. Non-staged homes spend an average of 90 days or more on the open market compared to a staged home selling in only eleven days according to these statistics.

 Why It Works

One of the reasons that staging is so effective is that a potential buyer often has a difficult time seeing possibilities in an empty environment. Vacant houses also seem smaller and less appealing without dressing and furniture. Conversely, homes filled with the owner's possessions can sometimes seem cramped, outdated, messy or cluttered even if they are not.

 Realtors Agree

 In another survey of over 2,500 realtors, they reported on their favorite recommendations for minor improvements that return big on small investments. Staging leads the list with an average $75 dollars being spent, increasing the average selling price almost $4,000, with an astounding 4,600% ROI. Often considered a part of staging, cleaning and decluttering the living space, for the same $75 investment, delivered up to $1,500 more for the asking price at a 1,500% ROI. Even using some lightening and brightening techniques delivers a 1,500% ROI.

 For more information on staging, moving up and moving on to a new home, please contact us today. Whether you're upsizing, downsizing, moving across town or across the country, we can help.

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Good Time to Sell as Millennials Create Demand for Starter Homes

If you are living in a starter home watching home improvement shows, you are likely dreaming of a step-up home with modern porcelain tile floors, quartz countertops and an overall luxurious living space. Spring and summer are good times to sell a home, but the fact that so many millennials want to own is creating even more demand. A recent article by Consumer Affairs revealed that homeowners did better than renters during the recession. If you held your home through the Great Recession, you likely came out ahead with greater net worth than that of renters. Researchers at Washington University at St. Louis reported renters had to deal with higher rents that prevented them from investing. Having dealt with the high cost of rent, many people in their 20s and 30s are looking for starter homes, while others are ready to become move-up buyers.

Giving your home a designer look

While touring new construction homes for your next home, you can get ideas for ways to improve your home to sell. Most young buyers wish they could buy a new construction home, but often can’t afford one. If you own an entry-level home, you can make inexpensive improvements so you don’t over-improve to the point that potential buyers can’t afford your house. Some ideas include replacing white countertops with laminate counters in designs that resemble granite, changing out old ceramic tile with new modern colors. Also, change out old gold door knobs with stainless steel or brushed nickel levers.

Making it move-in ready

According to a piece by Consumer Affairs on millennials embracing homeownership, most millennials plan to stay in the home they buy for at least 10 years. Because many young people have friends or family burned by foreclosures and shorts sales in bad condition, it’s important to make the repairs and improvements before listing your home for sale. Also, many millennials became accustomed to the renter’s lifestyle, which includes property management. The key is to make a home move-in ready without going over budget.

While it’s a great time to sell, it’s also nice to have a backup plan. At Move-Up America, we offer a guaranteed lease program that helps you reach your goal of buying a new construction home while renting out your current home. You receive guaranteed lease payments for two years. With the program, an accredited property manager leases your home at no charge to you. For more information about our move-up program that helps facilitate the sale of your home at substantially reduced commission rates, please contact us.

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Trends in New Homes: New-Century Modern

A lot of people grew up in mid-century modern homes from the 1950s or ‘60s. Some new home builders today build homes inspired by simplicity, clean lines and angled roofs. New-Century modern homes provide homebuyers with a lot more square footage since many original vintage homes have only 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of living space. It’s a great time to sell your mid-century modern or other older home and become a move-up home buyer. Interest rates are still extremely low. According to a recent article by freshhome, there are easy ways to bring the mid-century modern flair to your home. When staging your home to sell, consider buying modern furniture you can use now and take for your newly built home.

  • Using real wood

To get the look of new-century modern, you can use engineered hardwood floors or porcelain tiles engineered to look like real wood grain. However, when selling a vintage home, you should let real wood take the center stage. Some of the popular wood used in mid-century homes, according to freshome, include walnut, oak, teak and rosewood.

  • Installing pendant lighting

Modern pendant lights are trendy in a new-century modern home that you can have built by a reputable new home builder. When staging your starter home to sell consider using vintage pendant lights and fixtures with an artistic edge such as stunning globe lights in bold colors.

  • Showcasing the bar

To create an authentic mid-century modern feel in your home for sale, include a built-in bar for mixed drinks. If you don’t want to spend the money, consider a bar cart. When decorating a new home, a modern twist on the 1950s bar is a coffee bar for making homemade gourmet coffee.

  • Reflecting with mirrors

Mirrors were a popular way to accessorize and make a mid-century modern home appear larger. Use mirrors as part of your staging, especially if you can show a landscape in the distance. Other important décor items inspired by the 1950s and ‘60s include shag area rugs.

When you buy a new home, you get the chance to sit down with a new home consultant and designer to talk about your design choices for flooring, bathrooms and kitchens. Some ideas for a new-century modern décor include cork floors, flat panel kitchen cabinet doors, stainless steel and marble countertops. Keep it simple, clean and uncluttered.

At Move-Up America, we use an innovative system that reduces transaction costs when home selling. Becoming a move-up home buyer is exciting for families who are no longer underwater on their mortgages and ready to move forward. For more information on affording new homes in any architectural style, please contact us.

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How to sell a home in 4 easy steps

Buying a newly constructed home is great, but first you have to sell your old home, and stories about homes on the market for months or years with ever-increasing price reductions can make this idea pretty scary. Figuring out how to sell a home in today’s market is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The following 4 steps can speed up the sale of your old home and get you into that new construction sooner.

Step 1 is the most important step of all; price your home strategically. To do this find a real estate agent who can compare your home’s size, features and condition against recently sold homes in the same market, and determine how to price it at the best value in its price range. What is strategic pricing? Check out this article from the Houston Chronicle. Overpricing a home will cost you potential buyers, and result in lowered list prices and more time on the market, until ultimately selling for less than it probably should.

Step 2 is to make a great impression, and this is one step most people already know about, although making a great impression on the greatest number of people may require some tough decisions. Much that makes your home a home can also get in the way of selling it to someone new. Toss or store non-generic items like decorative flags and lawn ornaments, art, toy, or other collections you proudly display, magazines and newspapers, toiletries, clutter, and any evidence of pets. Your goal is to create a living space other people can picture themselves living in. When in doubt, ask your real estate agent for advice.

Step 3 is to invest time and money on small projects, like re-grouting tile, repainting, refinishing the basement, or getting a new front door. This step is easier after you complete step 2, because removing personal items (like the five shampoo bottles on the edge of the tub) can reveal potential projects (like removing the mold on the grout between the tub and the wall). Don’t get carried away during this step though, because you may not get the returns you expect from big renovations. Check out this link on Today.com for 8 tips to sell your home this spring.

Step 4 is remembering that people buy homes, not houses, and this means they want to establish an emotional attachment. While step 2 set the stage for your potential buyers to begin to see themselves in your home, step 4 is helping buyers see themselves in your neighborhood and community via social media. What is the school system like? What restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls are nearby? The Chicago Tribune article entitled Quirky Twitter account helps sell Mount Prospect house tells a story about one man’s innovative marketing idea using Twitter. Your real estate agent may already be leveraging social media, as the article recommends. Contact us to find out more about selling your home.

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