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Wednesday, October 4, 2017   /   by Tom Nickley

What’s the Best Way to Stage Your Home?

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Here are three home staging tips that will give you the most bang for your buck when putting your home on the market. 


The first is enhancing your curb appeal. I can’t tell you how much of an impact this has on the value, price, and offers you’ll get for your home. It’s the first impression buyers get when they drive up to your home, so amping up your curb appeal is hugely important. This means hedging trees, trimming bushes, and manicuring your lawn or adding some flowers for color. These details are inexpensive and can make a huge difference in your home sale.

"The kitchen and bathrooms are the most important rooms to buyers." 
Second, de-clutter and depersonalize your home completely. You want buyers to be able to walk into your home and be able to envision themselves living there. They want to see lots of wall spac ...

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Thursday, September 21, 2017   /   by Tom Nickley

Buying Your First Home? Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

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Purchasing your home can be a tricky process. Today, I wanted to go over five of the most common mistakes made by first-time homebuyers.

Hopefully by going over these mistakes, I’ll be able to help you avoid making them when you move forward with purchasing your first home. Knowing what not to do can be just as important as knowing the things you should be doing.

1. Assuming you won’t be approved for a mortgage. A high credit score, a low debt-to-income ratio, and a 20% down payment are always ideal. However, not all of these things have to happen. It’s a lot easier these days to get approved for a mortgage. Confer with a local lender to find out what kind of purchasing power you have. It could be more than you think.

2. Not getting pre-approved early. Many first-time homebuyers underestimate the importance of getting pre-appro ...

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017   /   by Tom Nickley

How Our Team Avoids Appraisal Issues

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In a hot market like the one we’re seeing here in Orlando, it’s common for buyers and sellers to face appraisal issues. There’s nothing worse than being 20 days into the process with a great offer only to find out that the appraiser doesn’t agree with the price. Luckily, our team has a few strategies we use to help us avoid this and we’re going to share them with you today:

1. Meet the appraiser at the property. Our agents do this to put a name to the face and bring them a packet that contains every single comparable home that we believe supports the home’s value. Usually, appraisers look for these comparable homes themselves, but a lot of the time when we supply them with a list—they use it.


2. Give the appraiser a list of improvements that you’ve made in the last five to seven years. This will give them ...

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Thursday, August 31, 2017   /   by Tom Nickley

You're Invited to Pumpkin Chuckin' with The Nickley Group

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RSVP Today!




What can you expect as an honored guest at our Fall Client Appreciation Event?


First, let’s fill you in on the time and place. This event will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Club Lake Plantation in Apopka from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Club Lake Plantation is located at 3403 Rock Springs Road, Apopka, Florida 32712. 
 
Now for the exciting details. We have all types of activities lined up that will be fun for the whole family. We’ve got hay rides, train rides, corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, a country store, face painting, a tennis ball launch, a cow wash, and some pumpkin chuckin’. We’ll also have plenty of snack and refreshments to go around. 
 
We’d love to have you come out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with us. Please RSVP by giving us a call or emailing us no later t ...

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Friday, August 18, 2017   /   by Tom Nickley

Are You Listing Your Home This Fall? These 5 Tips Can Help

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If you’re going to be putting your home on the market this fall, there are a few key things you’ll need to know first. 
 
Fall is right around the corner. So, before you move forward with listing in the coming season, I’ve got five things for you to consider.
 
1. It’s still a very hot seller’s market. Here in Central Florida, interest rates are still down, affordability is great, and there is strong buyer demand. In fact, 40% of the homes that go on our local market are going under contract within eight days of being listed.

2. Don’t over-improve your home. It seems natural to want to put a lot of time and money into fixing up your property before you list. However, sinking too much money into unnecessary upgrades and renovations won’t always bring a high return. Things like decluttering, de ...

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