Global Homes Group Blog

Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Global Marketing

Five Staging Secrets to Sell Your Home

Are you staged to sell? Staging your home makes a big difference to potential buyers. Here are five tips to make your home stand out.
1. Store personal items. It's best to keep personal items and photos tucked away. This allows a buyer to envision themselves in your house. If your house is appealing, it may lead to bigger price returns.
2. Minimize furniture. A great way to show off your spacious home is to store extra furniture pieces or rearrange living spaces. Less furniture or rearranged furniture can showcase your home's unique details and charm.
3. Avoid fragrant smells. It is a good idea to keep candles or fragrances neutral. Some buyers may not like a strong vanilla smell, while others may enjoy it. To keep your home open to all buyers, stick to neutral scents.
4. Show off storage spaces. Clean out closets and cabinets. Decluttering these spaces shows off your home's storage size and capacity.
5.  Invest in your home's curb appeal. This aspe ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019   /   by Global Marketing

Seven Myths That Keep You From Buying A Home

What myth stops you from buying a home?
1. "I can't afford to buy a home now."
FACT: If you're paying rent, you can buy.
2. "I should wait until the real estate market gets better."
FACT: The long-term factors, not the short-term market, are what make real estate one of the most stable investments.
3. "I don't have money for a down payment."
FACT: Many options are available to make a down payment, some as low as 5 percent.
4. "I can't buy a home because my credit isn't very good."
FACT: A loan officer can help resolve credit challenges and explore your options.
5. "I can't afford to buy my dream home."
FACT: Buying a home and building equity puts you closer to that dream home than if you hadn't bought at all.
6. "I should wait to buy a home until I get married."
FACT: Again, getting in the game is key. If your future spouse doesn't like the home, rent it or sell it and put your incomes toward a new one.
7. "Buying a home seems way too complicated."
FACT: That's where a Gl ...

  home buying, tips

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   /   by Global Marketing

Three Ways to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

It can be tough searching for your perfect home, especially when you are also looking for the perfect neighborhood. How do you know which neighborhood is right for you?

Here are three ways that we'll work together to find the neighborhood of your dreams:

Each neighborhood has their own personality. The best way to discover the neighborhood is to visit and walk around. There are well established communities with unique architecture to newer, more modern subdivisions. Taking a few minutes to cruise around before looking at a potential home gives you an idea if the neighborhood meets your needs.
Calculate your commute. It is crucial to take into account travel time to and from your workplace. Knowing the distance and time to your work can play a huge factor in finding your home. Consider an amount of time that you are comfortable traveling everyday. If public transportation is important, look at homes that are in close proximity to transit stations.
Know the amenities. Commud ...

  home buying, neighborhoods, tips

Monday, January 21, 2019   /   by Global Marketing

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1. Amplify your homes outward appearance!

     This is important because in a buyer’s eyes, the first look is the most important! To do this, add planters, a new mulch, paint the front door, etc! Your homes Curb Appeal is very important!

2. Have your listing on online sites!
     At the Global Homes Group, your listing is not only put into Tuscaloosa MLS, but it is also put on our website, which then goes to 94 other websites through Keller Williams like Realtor.Com and Zillow! Your listing also should be promoted on Social Media Platforms, so that your friends, and friends of their friends can see that your home is for sale! However, at the Global Homes Group, we do all of this for you!
3. Make sure there is LOTS of quality pictures and videos of your listing!

     If you have unfocused, pixelated, and distorted pictures of your home, it may just scare buyers away! Hire a professional photographer to take the photos so that they are clean, professional, and attractive. However, if   ...

Monday, January 21, 2019   /   by Global Marketing

Global Homes Group Real Estate Blog

Why is it so hard to choose a realtor you may not personally know?
A little over a year ago, when the Global Homes Group of Keller Williams Tuscaloosa came into existence, it was initially hard to establish a name in which people could recognize. Of course, people knew the few realtors we had at the time, Jeremy Dobbs, Adam Beams, and Britt Payne, but it was still hard to build a platform in which people could trust.

Why is that?
Well, for one, many people stay within their comfort zone, and tend to choose the same realtor who maybe they have known for years. Or, they choose an agent who may be in their family. Some people may even choose their realtors based on the company for who they work under. However, many people do not know the many options that different realtors or companies have to offer.
The reason for why I bring this up is simply because some people do not know where to start. People fear the drama and stress behind selling or buying a home, but most importantly the stres! ...