Yes, Spring has finally arrived! Soon enough, it will be time for spring clean-up and freshening up your homes curb appeal. Whether or not you are planning a move this year, these simple, affordable tips will help improve your home’s perceived value.
The first thing to do is rid your yard of its winter debris; sweep up the sidewalks and the steps. Twigs, leaves, and trash that have been blown around during the winter months can be raked away. The first cut of the lawn will give it an even, manicured look. You will also want to pull the weeds before they get ahead of you, trim back shrubs and hedges and fill them in with fresh mulch.
Next, cleaning the windows will add sparkle. Pick a nice warm day and wipe away that winter grime! Touch up any exterior painting that needs done, update the weather worn mailbox, replace worn out house numbers, and when the weather is right, add the new flowers to window boxes and garden beds.
Finally, evaluate the condition of the roof, gutters, walkways, and driveway to make sure they are in good condition.
A clean and neat exterior will give the impression of how well its kept inside.
After sitting through the first 30 hours of real estate classes, the next step was to take the test so I could move on to the next 30 hours. I started with the Fundamentals portion of the classes which included general real estate information to give an overview of the business. There was a math portion with formulas and calculations, different types of financing we may see, what to expect when you are part of an office and some of the policies and procedures they may have in place, becoming acclimated to the different terms and language we would hear-basically the foundations of where we would start in building a business. There was discussion on how to generate business, taking “phone time”, taking an office tour to see the new listings that week and office meetings. What I wasn’t taught in the classes was how to actually “do” real estate. That would come later.
When I passed this portion, there was a deep sigh of relief, “I’m halfway there”…or so I thought. The next 30 hours, the state portion, was then scheduled to begin. I was ready! I had passed the first part and was getting really excited to begin this new path I had started on. Almost everyone was excited for me as well, except for a bit of tension at home.
I was ready for this new chapter of my life. I knew where I was going to work and every time I saw one of their real estate signs I got even more excited. I started to really pay attention to the properties that were for sale, the ads in the Sunday paper (the Saturday House to Home hadn’t started yet), I popped into the occasional Open House and just kept listening to my tapes and reading my notes. I figured even though I had passed the first test I could still absorb more.
The state portion of the test proved to have much more detail than the general portion. Ethics, Fair Housing, and some of the legal terminology that we might encounter was presented to us in this class. A few of the topics that were discussed here were different types of deeds and how buyers might take title to their property. There was no Buyer’s Agency yet, so how to work with buyers and sellers with sub agency was also taught. I was still taking tons of notes and recording them so I could listen to the cassettes when I was in my car. I was determined!
Next step- pass this portion and become a Realtor!