Adding Value To Your Home

by Administrator 28. March 2017 22:57

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Tips To Sell Your Home This Spring

by Administrator 15. March 2017 19:33

Spring is one of the best times to sell your home as more and more buyers are interested during this time of the year. Most people want to buy a home before the interest rates shoot up or home prices rise. Therefore, if you have your home at a good location and have set the correct price, the spring season can be the perfect time to make a sale.

Below are some tips that can help you to sell your home this spring:

  • Get home inspection done: Your home should be in the best condition possible before you plan to sell it. No buyer will be interested in your property if it is not maintained well. It is best to call a local property inspector who can check all the aspects of your home to ensure that it is completely safe for the future owners.
  • Pay attention to the landscape: The landscape is one of the main things that potential buyers will notice. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to this aspect and make efforts to beautify the landscape. Clean all the dead foliage and get rid of old plants, mow the lawn properly and have seasonal flowers. Spring is the season of flowers so you can plant plenty of them to make your home look attractive for the buyers.
  • Indulge in spring cleaning: Your home should be free from any kind of clutter. Cleaning your house will also fetch you a good price for your property. Therefore, throw away any old furniture items or things that are of no use. Selling off old possessions is necessary and spring season is a great time to go ahead with the cleanliness task.
  • Highlight the positive aspects: The spring season brings along plenty of fresh air and warm sunshine. So, you need to use it perfectly to highlight the positive aspects of your property. Open the windows to let in sun light and fresh air as this will make your property look more inviting. This is also a great way to showcase the outdoors to your potential buyers.
  • Decide the correct price: Pricing your home very low may make the buyers think there is something wrong in your property. On the other hand, pricing your property too high may not fetch you many buyers.  Therefore, price your home correctly so that you can attract adequate buyers.
  • Use spring colors: Replace old towels, linens, sofa pillows and other upholstery in soft spring colors to entice your potential buyers. The spring colors will light up your home and impress the prospective clients. Also, you can layer towels on bathroom racks on the counters in the shape of a pyramid to lend a dramatic touch.

If you are planning to sell your home in Killeen, TX, get in touch with Cloud Real Estate. The agents at our firm have extensive experience in selling all types of properties. For more information, call us at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Landscaping Tips That Can Help To Sell Your Home

by Administrator 17. February 2017 17:05

A good landscaping boosts the curb appeal of your home, which is an indispensable factor contributing in attracting potential buyers. An attractive yard or lawn can leave a strong first impression and add up to the value of your property. Therefore, to make your home appear welcoming to the potential buyers, it is imperative that you upgrade the outdoors’ appearance.

To refine your lawn, you may consider the following tips –

  • Edging the lawn- It will help you to clearly define the sidewalks, driveways, entrance and most importantly the lawn. To obtain a perfect shape, you may use tools like a spade or half-moon edger. Once you have defined the boundaries, do not forget to remove the extra turf. A well-defined garden also gives a sense of low maintenance to the buyers, which is one of the most important selling point of a property.
  • Weeding and mulching plant beds – This will not only make your garden tidy but is also important for the growth of the plants. You must choose a mulch utility that will improve the soil texture as well as appearance of your garden such as pine bark or forest fines.
  • Pruning or tidying up plants - A garden with overgrown shrubs and bushes makes the outdoor look messy and may be an instant deal breaker. Thus, you must prune the unkempt trees and plants properly.
  • Pay attention to the water feature – A small fountain, water bubbler or any other water feature can be a pleasant add on to a lawn. However, you need to make sure that it is free from algae and has sufficient water supply. Routinely clean it to keep it looking shiny and beautiful.
  • Take care of any irrigation issues - If the irrigation system of your house is not in a well working condition, be sure to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.  Also, if you have an automatic irrigation system, you must explain it to the buyers beforehand.
  • Add an outdoor seating area - Adding furniture can portray your lawn/ garden as a usable area. You may consider installing benches or picnic tables in the lawn. These minute improvements will help your property to stand out from others.
  • Eliminate the boredom with a big rock – If your lawn is big enough, consider placing boulder or small rocks on the grass. This will enhance the aesthetic beauty of your home and will also make it look interesting. If you aren’t sure how to do this, you may consult the professionals.
  • Install Lighting - Proper lighting in the garden and the surrounding area is equally important. You must install light fixtures to highlight the best features of your lawn and enhance the visibility. A decent outdoor lighting may impress the potential buyers who visit your property in evening.
  • Power wash dirty surfaces – If your garden is surrounded by fences or has little paths made up of marbles and stones, make sure that they are clean. In order to do so, you may use power wash tool or hire a professional for the same. You may also consider painting your fences with neutral colors.

You can decorate your garden the way you want, but when you are selling your home, try to make it more appealing for the buyers.  Minor repair and improvements can add to the long term benefits and help to attract the potential buyers.

The above mentioned points will assist you to make your garden more presentable. You may also hire a property management firm to stage the interiors as well as exteriors of your home.

If you are looking to sell your home in Killeen, TX, consider hiring the professionals at Cloud Real Estate. Our team comprises of experienced property managers who will assist you in preparing your house for sale. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Valuable Tips For First Time Buyers

by Administrator 26. January 2017 18:15

When you are buying your home for the first time, you may not pay attention to some of the important factors. As a prospective buyer, it is crucial to know about the ins and outs of the shortlisted property. It will help you choose the most suitable home in your preferred location. Let’s take a look at some valuable tips for first time home buyers.

Do not rush the process

Research thoroughly to know the available options in your preferred location. For instance, if you want to buy an apartment or a duplex in Killeen, TX, you can browse through the online listings to compare the properties available. Check the price, number of bedrooms, type of property and amenities offered. This can make it convenient for you to choose a suitable home. 

Take a look at your budget

Analyze your financial condition to narrow down the options. If you plan to apply for a home loan, you should start preparing for it beforehand.  For this, you must review your credit history regularly and clear all your debts to improve your score. It will be beneficial in loan approval.

You can even start saving for the down payment to qualify for a better mortgage rate and less monthly premiums.  

Know your preferences

Location is the foremost factor that should be considered during the search for a home. Check if the home is situated close to your work place, shopping malls, parks etc. You should also inspect the neighborhood before signing the final deal.
Make a list of amenities you wish to have in your property. You should also decide whether you require a furnished or an unfurnished home. You may also look for home that provides amenities such as dishwasher, pool, modern kitchen, vanity shelves etc.

Inquire about the parking space

When searching for homes, make sure you ask the seller about the available parking space. A garage can be added advantage for you, as it can help to keep your vehicles safe. Having an off-street parking space can also be beneficial.   

Security features

You must check whether the home has security features such as alarms, fences, deadbolt lock etc. You can opt for a home equipped with CCTV cameras. You should also check if the hinges of the doors are secured with screws.   

Pay attention during home inspection

Make sure you pay attention to details while inspecting the home. You should check the condition of the roof, windows and doors. If you find any leaky faucets, you should inform the seller and get them repaired before making the final deal. You must also examine the surrounding land for drainage issues.

If it is a furnished home, you must check the working conditions of all the electrical appliances such as refrigerators, water heater, washers, dryers etc.  You should also verify the floor construction. For this, you can even call experts. Do not forget to check the exterior.  The paint of the walls should not be chipped off and lawn should be properly mowed.

Seek professional services

Hiring a real estate agent can be beneficial for you. He will not only help you in finding a suitable home but also provide complete guidance throughout the home process. The real estate agent may also help you in understanding the important clauses mentioned in the home purchase agreement. 

Read the agreement carefully

Before signing the deal, it is important to read the agreement carefully. You should also be prepared with the documents required to complete all the legal formalities. The documents include credit report, ID proof, bank statements, Tax return statements etc. 

Buying a home is a huge investment. You may face a lot of challenges if you are a first time home buyer. Follow the above mentioned tips to make your home buying process hassle –free and make the most out of your purchase.

We, at Cloud Real Estate, offer various houses for sale in Killeen, TX. You can browse through the MLS listings to easily choose a suitable home. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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Do's And Don'ts Of Selling A House

by Administrator 20. January 2017 18:29

Selling a house requires a lot of research and patience, particularly if you do not have any prior experience. Staging your home and showcasing it in the right manner can be beneficial. It can help to make your property stand out from the rest and attract a larger pool of potential buyers. Having complete knowledge about the below given do’s and don’ts can help you speed up the home selling process

Do’s

Perform a thorough research 

Before making any decision, it is important to perform a thorough research. 

  • Study and understand the current trends in the real estate market
  • See what most buyers are looking for in a home for sale
  • Consult people who have recently sold their home

Take help from a professional.

  • A real estate agent can give you an honest opinion about worth of your home and advertize it to the buyers. However, you should consider several factors before hiring a professional:
  • Make sure that he has in-depth knowledge of the current market situation
  • He should have extensive experience in the real estate industry.
  • He should be associated with a reputed real estate company 

Increase the visibility of your house by using all kinds of marketing approaches: 

  • Place a “For sale” sign board outside your house
  • Invite people for open house parties and visits
  • Advertize your home through online MLS listings
  • List your house for sale on social media sites 
  • Upload a virtual tour of your house on YouTube and other websites

Good Photographs Say It All:

Dark or gloomy images with low resolution do not provide a clear picture of the house. Therefore, you should upload an ample number of good quality images that highlights all the important features of your property 

Keep your house spick and span

Appearance of a home is one of the most important factors that can ensure its quick sale.

  • Spruce up the exteriors:  The first thing that the buyer notices is the exterior of the house.  Therefore, it should be well maintained. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, clear pathways, sidewalks and re-paint the walls, if required.
  • No clutter – Keep all the tables and shelves arranged. Do not dump anything in the wardrobes or closets. Buyers should be able to visualize the space available in the house. Also take care that all the bedsheets, curtains, mats, sofas are absolutely clean.
  • Repair– Make sure that you get all the leaky faucets, jammed doors, closets, wall cracks repaired before showing the home to the prospective purchasers. 
  • Paint the walls with neutral colors: Painting your house with neutral colors can provide a fresh look to the home and also create the illusion of more space
  • Be easy to be found: Whenever you advertize your house, mention correct contact details as well as address so the buyers can communicate and reach to you without any inconvenience.
  • Make your house accessible for showings:  Keep your timings flexible so that people interested in buying your home can easily come for a visit.

Don’ts

  • Avoid spending too much on renovations: Minor improvements may help to attract buyers but getting involved in big renovation projects may not necessarily raise its market value. Take suggestions from the real estate agent to find out whether the modifications will help you sell the home at a better price
  • No pets around while house viewings: Buyers may get annoyed or feel difficulty in viewing your house if the pet is around. Make sure that you confine your pet in the backyard while you are showing the property.
  • Do not overprice your house: Trying to sell your home at a price higher than the market value may cause you to lose prospective buyers as they will look for better options in the same budget. You should conduct a comparative market analysis to decide a fair selling price for your house.

If you follow the above mentioned tips, you will be able to sell your house within a short span of time. 

We, at Cloud Real Estate, can help to prepare your home for sale in Killeen, TX. For more information you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas. 

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Tips To Prepare The Exteriors When Selling A House

by Administrator 24. November 2016 15:38

Making a successful home sale is a mixed-matched effort of maintaining each and every part of the property. While sellers invest a major portion of their time and money on the interior, the curb appeal should not be overlooked. The exterior of a house withstands frequent weather changes. Thus, taking care of the roof, walls, garage, lawn and backyard is mandatory to maintain the overall appearance of your house.

When inspecting the property, a buyer gives as much importance to the exteriors as other parts of the house. In fact, it is the first impression that can make or break the deal. Outlined below are some of the tips that can help to prepare the exteriors when putting up your house for sale:

Inspect the roof
The roof may get withered due to harsh climatic conditions and hence, regular maintenance is essential to save yourself from unexpected repair expenses. Hire a professional to inspect the roof for cracks and leakages. Check if the shingles are loose and broken. Also check the chimney for any deposits and sloping roofs for collected leaves, snow or water. Inspecting the attic can help to identify the problem areas of the roof.

Maintain the sides
The sidings of the house may get damaged due to rain, wind and sunlight. The current condition of the exteriors can help you evaluate which side of the house has undergone the maximum deterioration so that these walls can be made more durable. Also check if the trims are secure and properly maintained.

Clear the lawns of dead plants and shrubs
The lawn should look plush and green. A well maintained lawn adds to the visual statement of the house. You can hire a professional to mow the grass and rake the leaves. The dead plants should be uprooted and new shrubs can be planted to make the area look more inviting.

Check the lights
The lights on the outside should be in working condition. Burnt out bulbs and empty breaker sockets indicate lack of maintenance. Having everything in order can add an impressive finish to the overall look of the house. Inspect the flood lights, door lamp, lawn as well as roof lights and replace the ones that are not working.

The front door is important
A worn out, cracked or creaking door does not look welcoming. Consider re-painting the door if it appears to be old. Fill in the cracks/gaps in case the door is wooden as well as oil the nuts and bolts to bring smoothness. The door should be sturdy and durable to ensure the safety of the inmates. You may want to check the doors and windows for any cracks or gaps. They may also need repainting to protect against water damage.

Inspect the fences for breakage and repair
A cemented fence doesn’t require frequent maintenance, whereas a wooden fence can be easily taken care of by painting at regular intervals. A fence lends a definition to the house, hence keeping it in an optimal condition can add to the curb appeal.

Sidewalk and driveway
If your concrete or cement driveway is uneven, has cracks or ditches, it must be repaired to avoid tripping and falling. For a quick fix, you can simply re-fill the broken and sunken areas. If you have time, you can opt for complete leveling of your sidewalk and driveway.

Clean the pool
If your home has a swimming pool, it is necessary to be maintained. You can either leave the pool empty and clean the flooring or fill with clean water to make it look attractive. A dirty pool is a sign of poor maintenance and should be properly taken care of.

The deck and porch
The deck and porch are exposed to all the seasons alike and thus carrying out routine maintenance becomes essential. While preparing the house for sale, you can consider using a pressure washer to remove dirt and debris from the deck. You can use a chemical deck cleaner as well. In case of discoloration, you might want to consider re-painting it.

Most buyers make their decision of buying a house just by the visual appeal of the front elevation. A well maintained exterior acts as a mirror of what is on the inside. Hence, maintaining the exterior of the house is important for sellers if they want to attract the right buyers and receive the right price for the house.

For assistance in selling your house in Killeen, TX, contact Cloud Real Estate at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Questions To Ask When Buying A Home In Killeen

by Administrator 25. October 2016 01:10

Buying a home is a major financial decision. You must make sure you know the property inside out before signing on the dotted line. Asking the right questions can help to clear all your doubts regarding the property and prepare you for the buying process.

Listed below are some of the questions that you may ask the homeowner before making the final call

Q: How old is the property?
Although it feels nice to live in an older house as it takes you down the memory lane, a newer house comes with the latest technology and facilities. You can make the choice based on your needs.

Q: Is there anything I should know about the house?
Since the property is new and you don’t know everything about it, it is better to let the owner give you some crucial advice. You might get some pretty useful maintenance tips and hacks that will help you in the long run. What days do you take the trash out? How does the fireplace work? Where is the electrical shutoff? Only an owner can answer these questions authentically for you.

Q: What can you tell about the neighborhood?
The area can have shopping centers nearby, schools, restaurants, laundry service, low crime rate and/or decent neighbors. It is always good to know the neighborhood from the owner’s point of view as it makes decision making easier for you. Making an individual research is even more preferable.

Q: What are the parking options?
Ask the owner about the parking options. The property may have street parking or it may come with a garage. If it has a garage, you may want to know how big it is. Is it spacious enough for your car/SUV? Does it come with additional storage to keep knick-knacks?

Q: Were there any latest renovations or additions made by the seller?
Renovations and additions add comfort as well as style to a property and for a buyer it is no less than a treat.  These upgrades may add to the value of the house and reduce your work. You may want to get the bills for future needs and you might want to know who did the renovations

Q: What are the monthly maintenance costs of the house?
Before you buy the house, you need to check on the monthly expenditure you may have to incur. It includes the kind of power used by the house-gas, oil, electric or a combination. You can ask about the average monthly bill of each, so you can upgrade to a more economic option.

Q: Are there any additional costs involved?
You can ask the buyer about the appliances and the plumbing. They may or may not need to be updated. Both ways, it is only better to know it before hand. If it needs to be replaced, you can manage your expenses and if it does not need an immediate upgrade, you can only be happy about it.

Q: How much does the utility cost in the area?
It is important to have answers to these questions before making a decision. Your budget should allow you to afford the daily expenses and getting an average idea in advance can really help you manage your expenses.

Q: What are the options to commute in the area?
Going to work and reaching on time is not too much to ask for. Hence, there needs to be some viable options to commute. Having a train station nearby and/or relatively less traffic in the area is always an add-on.

Q: How old is the roof?
It is necessary to know the approximate age of the roof.  A fairly old roof might need repairs in future. You need to check with your budget to make sure you can afford it. If the roof is comparatively new and sturdy, you are sorted for a few years.

Q: Are the walls insulated?
Is the attic insulated? If yes, how many walls are insulated? An insulated house is energy efficient and helps keeps the coziness intact. This will save your expenses for some years after moving in.

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Step By Step Guide To Selling Your Home In Killeen

by Administrator 13. September 2016 13:19

Selling a home in Killeen, TX can seem to be a mammoth task considering the challenges involved in the process. In order to sell your home quickly and at the right price, you need to follow the following step-by-step guide.

  • Know your current financial status: If you have a pending home loan, you need to notify your lender that you are planning to sell your house. Repaying the loan earlier than the specified term period may involve penalties. Discuss this aspect with your lender and add it to your expenditure. In addition to this, you also need to have a rough estimate about the worth of your property.
  • Hire a real estate agent: Although you can conduct the home selling process on your own, hiring a real estate company can reduce your responsibilities manifold. Compare the local real estate companies in terms of the services offered and client reviews. Choose a company that best fits your requirements and budget. Note that the agent will not only help you sell your house, but also guide you in handling the paperwork involved.
  • Set the correct price for your home: One of the most difficult tasks is to set the right price for your home. Research the Killeen real estate market and consult your real estate agent before arriving at a decision. Buyers are most likely to negotiate the asking price. Thus, you need to keep this fact in mind before fixing a price for your home.
  • Prepare your home: Staging your home is one of the crucial aspects in the home selling process. You need to make sure the home is thoroughly cleaned and free from any kind of clutter. You can apply a fresh coat of paint on the interior as well as exterior walls. Also, get rid of bad odors and fix all the damaged faucets, appliances or electrical fixtures.

Once you get appropriate offers for your home, discuss with the agent and choose the most suitable one. Complete all the legal formalities, exchange the duly signed contracts with your buyer and hand over the keys to him. Make sure you leave the property in exactly the same condition as specified in the contract.

To sell your home in Killeen, consider hiring the services of Cloud Real Estate. We provide extensive online listing of homes for sale across the city.  For more information, visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 or call at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Tips To Buy Your First Home In Killeen, TX

by Administrator 19. August 2016 19:50

Many homebuyers face the situation where they want to purchase a property but are not sure about how to begin with the process. Moreover, if you are buying a home for the first time, there may be a lot of things to ponder. Amidst the excitement of owning your new home in Killeen, TX may cause you to overlook certain important aspects of making the real estate transaction.

Listed below are important tips that can help you buy your first home in Killeen:

Find an agent

First and foremost, it is important to work with a real estate agent while buying a home. They will not only help you save time but also make sure that you get a fair priced deal. The agents have complete listings of the homes available for sale across the city and can help you shortlist a few properties according to your requirements. They will scrutinize the homes on the basis of parameters like location, price, occupancy, amenities etc. to suggest only the ones that fit your search criterion.

Get A Loan

Another most important part of buying a home in Killeen is to set a budget. Consider getting a pre-approved loan to know the exact amount that you are eligible for so you can set a budget accordingly. Aside from the actual price of the home, also evaluate other associated costs such as taxes, home insurance, loan repayments, maintenance charges, utility bills etc. Once you have a definite budget at hand, you can begin your home search accordingly.

Finalize A Suitable Home

Once you have shortlisted some of the homes, request the agent to schedule visits to the properties. Make sure you view and compare maximum properties before making the final decision. Evaluate your requirements in terms of pro

perty location, type, neighborhood, distance from work or kid’s school, proximity to transportation services etc. Also, decide if you want to buy a furnished, semi-furnished on unfurnished home.

Carry Out A Home Inspection

Carefully insect the home you want to buy to have an idea about its condition. Check for any signs of damage, such as leaky faucets, cracked roof, inoperable windows, peeled off paint etc. You can ask the seller to get them repaired before signing the deal.

Cloud Real Estate provides extensive online listing of homes for sale in Killeen, TX. We can help you find a suitable home in your preferred location across the city. For more information, visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 or call us at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Guide To Selling Your House In Killeen

by Administrator 6. May 2016 16:07

The process of selling a house in Killeen can prove to be a tiresome job as you do not want to lose out on the profits. If you are looking to sell your home and buy a new one, it becomes all the more imperative to know if you will be able to afford the new place. Carefully scrutinize your options to evaluate the ways that can fetch you the maximum returns from the home.

Below is a guide that can help you in selling your home in Killeen:

  • Take a good look at your finances: Check your unpaid mortgages and assess the financial value of your house according to the present market conditions. You need to have a clear idea about the money you will be left with after clearing all your mortgage payments. Also, get in touch with mortgage lenders to know how much loan amount you can be approved to buy your new home.
  • Prepare your home for sale: Your home should be in the best condition before you open it for the potential buyers to visit. A beautiful and presentable home can attract more buyers as well as quicken the selling process. You can increase the value of your home by making certain improvements renovations such as repainting, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, repairing faulty fixtures, removing any clutter etc.
  • Fix the price: It is crucial to decide on the most appropriate selling price for your home. Do not aim for an extremely high price because this can draw away the potential buyers. On the other hand, pricing your home too low can lead to financial losses. Therefore, you should understand the local real estate trends and conduct thorough research before fixing a particular price. You can also contact a real estate agent to know the worth of your property.
  • Hire a real estate agent: A real estate agent can provide expert guidance throughout the process, right from preparing the home for sale, advertizing it, screening the potential buyers and handling paperwork. Get in touch with a credible real estate firm in Killeen to get the maximum value for your property.

Contact Cloud Real Estate for any assistance in selling your home in Killeen, TX. You can call us at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543 for more information.

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