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Posted by Kava Realty Group, Inc. on 8/15/2018

You've sold your home, and moving day is almost here. As such, now may be the perfect time to pack an overnight bag; that way, you're ready to survive with only limited supplies until you get settled into your new house.

Ultimately, there are several essential items to include in an overnight bag, such as:

1. Clothing

It is important to pack enough clothing to ensure that you can dress comfortably until you get unpacked. Thus, you'll want to consider how long that it will take you to get settled into a new house as you prep your overnight bag.

For example, if you plan to take several days to unpack, you'll want to pack your overnight bag clothing accordingly. In this scenario, you'll likely need work clothes for the days that you're in the office, along with pajamas and other comfortable clothing that you can wear around the house.

2. Cash

If you know that you're going to be living outside a traditional home environment for a few days, it never hurts to pack cash in your overnight bag. By doing so, you'll have money available to buy food, beverages and other items as needed.

Consider how much money that you'll need to survive even a few days outside of a traditional home setting. Also, be sure to keep extra cash close to reduce the risk of losing this money while you relocate to a new address.

3. Toiletries

Shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries should be included in your overnight bag. These items ensure that you can maintain a clean, neat appearance, regardless of where you're staying.

Many convenience stores and supermarkets sell travel-size versions of popular toiletries. Therefore, you may want to purchase travel-size toiletries to limit the chance that assorted toiletries will take up too much space in your overnight bag.

Furthermore, you can pack only the toiletries that you know you'll need for a set period of time to conserve additional space in your overnight bag.

4. Smartphone Charger

Let's face it Ė no one want to lose access to his or her smartphone for any length of time. Fortunately, if you pack a smartphone charger in your overnight bag, you can recharge your smartphone at any time.

Include a smartphone charger and any smartphone cords or wires in your overnight bag. In addition, don't forget to test your smartphone charger and accessories to ensure they work properly.

Packing an overnight bag can be quick and simple, particularly for those who plan ahead. And if you include the aforementioned items in your overnight bag, you should have no trouble surviving outside a traditional home setting.

Lastly, if you need help as you get ready to vacate your house, a real estate agent may be able to provide assistance. A real estate agent serves as an expert guide along the home selling journey and will do everything possible to guarantee that you are fully prepared for an upcoming move.




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Posted by Kava Realty Group, Inc. on 8/8/2018

Evaluating the buyer's perspective is a must for anyone who want to achieve the optimal results during the house selling journey. Because if you understand the buyer's perspective, you can promote your residence to the right groups of individuals at all times. And as a result, you should have no trouble generating lots of interest in your house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you analyze the buyer's perspective before you list your residence.

1. Review Your House's Strengths and Weaknesses

Your home may be an attractive option to dozens of potential buyers. Meanwhile, if you identify your house's strengths and weaknesses, you can determine what separates your home from other available residences in your city or town. You also can explore ways to transform assorted home weaknesses into strengths.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection. This evaluation enables a property expert to analyze your home's interior and exterior. After the inspection is complete, you will receive a report that details your house's strengths and weaknesses.

Thanks to a home inspection, you can obtain comprehensive insights into any underlying home problems. You then can take steps to address these issues, and ultimately, boost the likelihood that buyers will fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

2. Assess the Local Housing Market

Take a close look at the local housing market Ė you'll be glad you did. With real estate market insights in hand, you can map out your house selling journey accordingly.

Generally, it helps to differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market. If you evaluate the local housing market, you can determine if a buyer's or seller's market is in effect.

In a buyer's market, many homes may be available, and they may require several weeks or months to sell. Or, in a seller's market, houses may sell shortly after they become available.

By differentiating a buyer's market from a seller's market, you can create a plan to showcase your residence to buyers. Once you have this plan in place, you'll be better equipped than ever before to streamline the house selling journey.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to evaluating the buyer's perspective, you may want to work with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer homebuyer insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Best of all, a real estate agent will help you quickly sell your house and ensure you can maximize your home sale earnings.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is an expert resource that you can rely on throughout the home selling journey. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them at your convenience.

Perform an in-depth analysis of the buyer's perspective Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can gain the insights you need to stir up buyers' interest in your residence.





Posted by Kava Realty Group, Inc. on 8/1/2018

When youíre looking for a new place to live, itís a valid question to ask whether you should rent or buy a property. After you take a good look at your finances, you may want to consider the following advantages to renting instead of buying: 


Less On Your Shoulders


Once you buy a home, there's a lot of responsibility that you take on. Aside from a new type of financial burden, youíll find that you have more to take care of with a home. If anything goes wrong in the house, it becomes your issue. Everything from broken locks to leaky toilets in your own home are something you must take care of. If you rent, itís your landlordís responsibility to fix those problems. 


Debt Free


Whether you own or rent, youíll need to pay a monthly fee to live on the property. The payment could be in the form of rent or a mortgage. Being without a mortgage, however, has its advantages. Renting means that youíre only responsible for the monthly rent and utilities. Thatís it! Buying a home puts you instantly in debt- by a few hundred thousand dollars that is! Youíll also need to pay taxes, insurance, and keep some money aside for repair costs. Once you buy a home, buying just about anything else using credit can be difficult as well, not to mention a bit more costly due to higher interest rates. 


No Need For A Lot Of Financing Paperwork


While youíll need to fill out a rental application to rent a home or apartment, thereís very little involved. Buying a home, however, requires you to disclose your life story in order to get a mortgage. While you may be prepared to do that, some people donít have the time or patience to wait to get approved for a mortgage. If you need to move quickly, keep this in mind.  


Freedom!


When youíre renting a home or apartment, youíre free after the terms of the lease are up. You can move wherever you want once you have met the agreement. Thereís no strings attached! The best part is that you donít need to find a replacement tenant. Itís the job of your landlord or rental company. Thereís no need to go through the stressful process of selling your home while youíre still trying to find a new one.  


While buying a home gives you equity and a type of financial backing, renting can be advantageous for many reasons. This is especially true if youíre not planning on staying in an area for more than a few years. Being a tenant gives you the freedom to allow you to lead a more flexible lifestyle. When youíre considering your living options in a new city or town, think long and hard about your lifestyle. While buying a home may seem like the ďresponsibleĒ thing to do, itís not for everybody!





Posted by Kava Realty Group, Inc. on 7/25/2018

Although property buyers fall in love with a home for different reasons, there are four factors that generally cause people to prefer one house over another.

For sellers, the cost of making their home more appealing to buyers can vary widely. It depends on how recently they've painted, updated, and made improvements to their property -- both inside and out.

When it comes to owning and maintaining a residential property, one thing's for sure: Deterioration is going to happen! It's also human nature to postpone taking care of needed updates, minor repairs, and issues like fading paint. Even though the condition of your home may feel comfortable to you, prospective buyers will see things through a different lens. If you think you're "too close to the trees to see the forest," your real estate agent can provide you with valuable tips and an objective point of view.

While there are a lot of qualities house hunters look for when they're sizing up a house, here are a few key factors that can make the difference between a quick sale and a home that lingers on the market for months or more.

  • Brightness: Inadequate light -- both natural and artificial -- can have a negative impact on the impression your home makes on potential buyers. If you're fortunate enough to have newer windows that let in lots of natural light, then the look and feel of your home will be much more appealing. Heavy drapes can detract from that effect, as can overgrown bushes and trees. Lighting fixtures that are noticeably outdated or glaringly bright will also work against you. Since one of your objectives as a seller is to make your home as appealing and cheerful as possible, proper lighting is a feature that's well worth keeping in mind.
  • Cleanliness: A factor that comes in "a close second" to brightness is cleanliness (Some might even put it in the number-one spot). Visible signs of dust, dirt, spills, or smudges can make an otherwise attractive home unappealing to prospective buyers. Undesirable odors can also turn off most, if not all people that come over to check out your house. A solution for some sellers is to have their house cleaner stop by more often to help them stay one step ahead of dirt, grime, and household messes.
  • Freshness: There are a lot of ways to create a feeling of freshness in your home, including opening windows (weather permitting), adding a coat of neutral-colored paint to scuffed walls, and displaying fresh flowers in a couple rooms -- especially the kitchen. Baking soda can also help eliminate unpleasant odors in your refrigerator, sink, and garbage disposal.
While all homes for sale have different needs, in terms of staging, decorating, cleaning, upgrading, and repairing, a seasoned real estate agent can point out strategies, ideas, and improvements that will help you put your best foot forward!





Posted by Kava Realty Group, Inc. on 7/18/2018

Having a cat turns a house into a cozy home. The mess they bring with them, however? Not so much. If only they could keep your house as clean as they do themselves. Iíve got six of tips for you today to keep your home clean so you enjoy your catís company without resenting them for the disorder they can create.

1. Start with a little pampering for your feline friend. Groom your cat regularly if not daily to stay on top of shedding fur to ensure it ends up in the trash instead of all over your furniture. You may also want to trim claws regularly or invest in a set of claw caps to prevent your cat from scratching up furniture or snagging on fabrics. 

2. Vacuum your carpets, drapes, and furniture weekly to prevent hair from building up on every possible surface. You may even want to vacuum high traffic areas a few times a week to maintain your carpetings condition. Investing in a handheld vacuum is a great way to easily swoop in on messes throughout the week without lugging your main vacuum out several times a week. 

3. Dusting regularly is also ideal to cut down on fur and dander from building up on surfaces. Dusting one room per day is an easy way to stay on top of the chore. Keeping a microfiber cloth tucked away in each room makes it even easier to get the job done and keep surfaces clear of debris.

4. Wipe down counters and tables regularly with disinfectant. While you canít guarantee your cat isnít strolling over your counters when you arenít looking and wiping surfaces down at least daily ensures they are clean. Keep germs at bay especially from paws that may have just recently left the litter box by keeping disinfectant on hand at all times.

5. The litter box. The source of the most dreaded of cat messes. Obviously, scooping daily and doing a full clean out every two weeks cuts down on odor. But putting a litter mat underneath the litter box catches litter outside the box right away and prevents your cat from tracking it throughout the house. Some clever placement can also keep cat litter from finding itís way throughout the house. Place the box in the furthest corner from the door and in a low traffic area.  

6. Clean up hairballs asap. Pick up solid messes with a towel and scrape any excess off with a butter knife. Youíll also want to use an enzyme based odor neutralizer to prevent odors from settling into carpeting. Grooming your cat regularly is a not only a great way to keep hair from clinging to every surface as mentioned in tip number one but also prevents hairballs from happening in the first place.

Owning a cat is such a rewarding experience. The messes they leave behind, however, can feel anything but. With a regular cleaning schedule and the right tools, you can keep a tidy home in a manageable way so you can get back to snuggling up with your cat faster.




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