Each time I (Ed) go to Juarez I am reminded of how blessed I am to have you all in my life. Your generosity gave one family a home they can be proud of, a home where they can raise their children in safety. I am forever thankful for your kindness in making this possible. Thank you again for your support.
This year was a special trip as two of our daughters and our two grandchildren came with me. We made some great memories serving together and are looking forward to when we can do it again, next time with Ginny and all of our children there as well.
It's amazing to see this type of trip through the eyes of a child. Our grandson immediately noticed the need in Juarez and commented on how if he could stay for longer he could help many more people. Our granddaughter became instant friends with the little girl from the family we were serving. Children always keep things so simple, it's a nice reminder.
Here's an overview of the trip. Thanks again for your support, we couldn't do this without you.
Buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in a home. While you may love your orange wall, some buyers won’t be able to see past the paint color. Take some time to stage your home and get it sold fast!
Here are our 5 tips for making buyers buy your home:
Start packing before your home is on the market. Pack away knickknacks, books and last season’s clothes. Make sure your surfaces such as countertops, dining room tables and vanities are completely clear and your closets are well organized. Buyers are going to be opening closets and cabinets and you want them to like what they see.
Real estate contracts are full of unique terms you may not be familiar with. When you’re in the process of buying or selling a home this can be confusing. You’ll have QuinnCorp by your side every step of the way, but before you get started on your real estate journey here are a few definitions to help you along the way.
Here are explanations of 5 common parts of a real estate contract:
Working for yourself has a lot of benefits. You can enjoy a flexible schedule, control your income and do what you love. But there can be some downsides too. When you’re ready to buy a home but you work for yourself or work as a freelancer, you may find it harder, but not impossible, to get approved for a mortgage.
Here are 5 tips to help you get buy a home as a freelancer:
If you own a business and have one stream of income, this should be easy for you. However, if you work more a gig structure with multiple sources of income, organization is absolutely crucial. You will need to track down proof of employment and income, references, previous employers and landlords. It’s going to be quite the pile of documents, but it will make your life easier in the long run. You will need to convince a lender to loan to you, unlike W2 employees who have pay stubs to show. The more you have to prove you are a safe person to lend to, the better off you’ll be.
Summer is known for house projects, keeping the lawn green and the flowers growing. But have you ever thought about what projects your home actually needs? The weather in the summer offers endless opportunity to get to work on your house and prevent any problems from popping up in the winter.
Here are 5 summer home projects you need to do:
Clean window screens
Your screens have quite the job to do. We often think of them as simply keeping out bugs, but they also catch seeds, leaves and even dirt. Window screens can build up gunk on them quickly, especially if you’re fond of breezy summer nights inside. Save some time once a year to give your screens a good clean to get the most life out of them. Take your screens down and scrub them with hot, soapy water. After they have all been scrubbed down, prop them up and rinse them off with the hose. Don’t put the screens back on until they are completely dry.
Are you wanting to stretch your green thumb this summer? Whether you have acres of land to plant a garden on or a modest condo with limited space, there are gardening solutions for everyone. Although the ideal time to plant has passed, it’s still possible to create a garden. Make the most of your summer and grow some grub.
Here are 5 ideas for growing a garden anywhere:
HOAs have grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, especially in newer master planned communities. Many homeowners turn up their noses at the idea of living in a neighborhood with an HOA, but they aren’t all bad. It’s important to do your due diligence in understand the rules and regulations of the HOA before you buy a home.
Here are 3 pros and cons of having a home in an HOA:
Improved Curb Appeal
The main idea of an HOA is to prevent “that neighbor” from driving down home values by decreasing the curb appeal of the neighborhood. Depending on the neighborhood this can be as simple as planting flowers at the entrances to regulating paint colors for the houses in the neighborhood. Overall, these regulations will keep the neighborhood looking nice and prevent houses and lawns from looking dilapidated. Before you buy, review the bylaws of the HOA and decide if you are willing to living within the guidelines.
Our daughter, Audrey, and her husband, Clayton, are getting ready to put their house on the market. She wrote this piece and I thought it was worth sharing on the blog. I look forward to your comments.
My dad has been a real estate agent my whole life. I have watched him analyze the ups and downs of the market, follow real estate trends and help countless clients buy and sell real estate. Being around real estate for my whole life, I speak Realtorese fluently and thought when it came time to sell our house, it would be a piece of cake.
I have wondered over the years what my dad did to earn his commissions. What value did he bring to his clients? What benefits did they actually receive?
So you’ve heard great things about flipping properties and you’re ready to get started! Congrats, real estate investing is an intense world that can carry big profits. The challenge is setting yourself up for a successful flip and buying the right property.
Here are our 5 tips for buying a house to flip:
Home renovation TV shows have begun to skew reality for many home buyers and owners. It’s easy to get wrapped in the fantasy of a dream home, but is it actually worth the cost? Before you write the check for a new home amenity, reflect on how often you will actually use them.
Here are 7 home amenities you won’t use:
The logic makes sense, if you have a gym in your home you’ll surely use it because you won’t have to drive to the gym. Only a very few people actually use their home gym. Outside of upfront costs, you’ll also face the cost of keeping your gym updated. After about a year most of your equipment will feel outdated. If you routinely do at home workouts a home gym may be a good fit for you but it’s not worth it for most homeowners.
A bar in the basement may make some sense if you regularly host game day parties, but more times than not, the bar down there will end up collecting dust and be just one more thing you need to clean. Sit down and think about the parties you’ve hosted, how many of them have been in your basement? It sounds like a fun idea but with a hefty price tag and low resale value your basement bar dreams aren’t a practical reality.
A kitchen desk offers visions of meal planning, easy access to recipes and a place for the kids to do their homework. However, most kitchen desks end of becoming a place to stash clutter. It’s an easy place to drop mail and notes from school. Before you know it you won’t be able to find your recipe books let alone have space to sit down for meal planning. With laptops and tablets as the norm you can set up shop to work at your kitchen island or dining room table with no problem. Save the kitchen real estate and say no to a kitchen desk.
An outdoor kitchen may sound like a summertime haven, but as with many things it will likely end up collecting dust -- and in this case leaves. Most families find it a challenge it simply eat any meal together, let alone make a big fuss out of one. And with a huge price tag to build an outdoor kitchen, it’s better to invest in a quality gas grill instead of going for the whole shebang.
Form Over Function Bathrooms
Bathroom features such as pedestal sinks and open shelves may look nice, but where are you going to keep the toilet paper or other toiletries. In real life bathrooms are home to a lot of items you don’t want others seeing. Install a sleek vanity with drawers or cabinets. Instead of shelves above the toilet consider a shallow shelf or forgo hanging something there altogether if you are able to install a medicine cabinet. Storage is key when it comes to your bathroom. Style plays second fiddle.
Only the most committed bath takers will shake their head here. If you can’t remember the last time you took a bath then you won’t change your tune after installing a whirlpool tub. It sounds nice in theory to come home from a workout or a long day at the office and relax in a swirl of jets, but they reality is they are not used. Jet tubs are often noisy, don’t accommodate bubbles and will drive up your water bill -- not to mention they are expensive. If you are looking for luxury in the bathroom consider investing your shower.
Do you cook elaborate meals often enough to warrant the need for 6 or 8 burners? An oversized stove top may come in handy during the holidays, but in your day to day life most of your burners will sit unused, taking up valuable kitchen real estate. Invest in a high quality, standard sized stovetop instead.
Making the decision to install luxury amenities in your home today affects your resale value tomorrow or 5 years from now. Schedule a consultation today to get advice on how to get the most bang for your buck on home renovations.