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Ames' ACT scores above state, national averages

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

The Ames Tribune published that Ames high school students scored higher on the ACT than the Iowa and national averages. Iowa tied for second in the nation for the highest average ACT composite scores. The ACT is intended to measure students ability to succeed in a college course. Click the link for more information and actual scores. http://amestrib.com/sections/news/ames-and-story-county/ames’-act-scores-above-state-national-averages.html

Tips on staging your home during the holidays in Ames, Iowa

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Nowadays, any time of year is good for selling your home. You don’t need to wait until spring or before school starts as long as your property is clean, in good condition and priced correctly.

Many sellers question if December bodes well considering how busy people are and because so many home owners like to personally decorate their homes during this time. Holiday decorations can distract buyers and make it hard to focus on a home’s important features.

No need to forgo your favorite traditions but keep these tips in mind. And don’t forget, if the weather brings snow and ice, make sure the home is safe to enter by clearing all walks, steps, and the driveway and put down some salt if needed.

  1. Should we take our house off the market or not list it until after the holidays?
  2. Absolutely keep it on the market. While sales may go down this time of year, people who brave the weather and take time out of busy schedules, are the most serious about buying. Some buyers also like the idea of purchasing before the end of the year for tax reasons. This is also a good time to sell due to low inventory and low loan rates.
  3. What are appropriate outdoor decorations?
  4. Simple and classic. Some lights on the trees and bushes, potted plants and a wreath on the front door. Light colors should be kept to white or discrete seasonal pairings such as green and red or silver and gold. Keep in mind that during the day, the wires from lights can actually be an eyesore. A festive, warm holiday mood is all that is needed.
  5. What’s best for the inside?
  6. Avoid clutter and try to stay neutral. Be subtle with your personality, now as well as throughout the year. Good ideas would be one tree with a few ornaments and wrapped presents, one wreath, a simple garland up a staircase, a few stockings, some candles and a holiday inspired dining room table runner. Tons of holiday cards, miles of tinsel and every decoration you own may get too personal and messy. The goal is to let the buyers imagine their own holidays in the home.
  7. What about religious decorations?
  8. If these objects are very meaningful to you no one wants to ask you to change your traditions but the key is to not have too much.
  9. Music?
  10. Soft music is fine but remember, some buyers may be tired of hearing holiday music.
  11. Do cookies and candles smells entice buyers?
  12. Baked goods and fragrant candles always bring a nice welcome. It’s an emotional touch that lets buyers make a connection with the home. But of course, don’t overwhelm.
  13. Is it okay to say no to showings when having visitors or parties during the holidays?
  14. Of course you can say no but not repeatedly. If you are planning to have a lot of overnight guests and parties, it might be better to list in January. If you have a party, be sure to thoroughly clean up right away.
  15. By what time should be decorations be taken down?
  16. By the week after New Years.

And remember, seasonal good cheer is always in style!

Tom and K'Lynn Ring for Salvation Army

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Tom Randall and K'Lynn Lynn participated in the REALTOR ring day for the Salvation Army.

Your Lifestyle

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

If you are looking for a new home, it is important to communicate with your real estate agent about any special aspects of your lifestyle that will influence your choice. This information will help your agent to locate the perfect home for you and your family.

Are you a gourmet cook who loves giving lots of parties? Do you want space to accommodate hobbies such as painting, photography, or woodworking? Will your decision be influenced by the accessibility of a gym, a golf course or how close to work? Do you need a home office or an media room? Are you planning to enlarge your family?

Knowing important factors that will influence your housing decision helps the agent to narrow the selection of homes on the market.  They can show you specific parts of town or just certain types of home.  Communication is key-find an agent that is easy to talk to and is a great listener. 

Click on the link below to read about our team.

http://www.tomrandallrealestateteam.com/About

Sold

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Sold
Some things are hard to measure, and others are easy. Success in a real estate sale is easy. It occurs when the "SOLD" sign is in your front yard. And having that occur as quickly as possible is the goal of every seller and The Tom Randall Real Estate Team.

You have undoubtedly heard that old saying about the "hard way" and the "easy way" to do something. The hard way to get the "SOLD" sign up is to try and sell it yourself. The easy way is to use the services or our Team that has proven ways to get your home sold for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.

Remember, our team doesn't get paid until your home is "SOLD". And the amount we earn in commission is dependent upon the amount of the sale. That's a lot of genuine motivation to do the job right. Save yourself headaches and frustration and call the Tom Randall Real Estate Team today!!!

We also have a great page of Radon in Iowa.  Please click the link below to find out more...

http://www.tomrandallrealestateteam.com/Radon-a-Health-Risk

 

Ames 5th fastest growing small town in America.

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

An interesting article by Forbes.com came out last week naming the top 5 fastest growing small towns in America.  Ames, Iowa came in at #5.  We're holding our own and looking forward to an even better 2011.  Check it out!

http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/fastest-growing-small-towns.html

Pricing your Home is Key, great article!

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

 

I ran across this article in Yahoo Finance today(written by CNNMoney.com).  What a great article to sum up the market not only in Ames but across the nation.  Good news is they agree the market will turn around.  Bad news is they do not know when. 

They have a great quote in this article that I use everyday when I am working with someone to sell thier home.  "Wherever you are, pricing your home right is key." 

Through my 30 years of selling real estate that has never been so true. 

Please click here to see the whole article!

 

Kitchen, Does it really help sell your house?

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

There's no doubt about it!

--the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house for many prospective buyers. Smart sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real asset when it is time to sell.

Your kitchen doesn't need to be state-of-the-art to be attractive. The first step toward enhancing your kitchen's appeal is a thorough cleaning. This includes the walls, cabinets (inside and out), floors, and appliances. Keep the counter tops as clear as possible of small appliances and gadgets. Consider low-cost improvements which can make a big difference, such as a coat of paint, fresh wallpaper, or new floor covering. Be sure to keep the kitchen sparkling when the house is being shown. This means no dirty dishes in the sink or moldy cucumbers in the refrigerator. This extra effort will pay great dividends!

For more great tips call the Tom Randall Real Estate Team today!

A Good Agent is Important

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Real estate sales are complex transactions in which snags can occur. Professional real estate agents are trained to handle the many facets of buying a home. A good real estate agent is an invaluable asset to you in largest purchase you might ever make.

When you find a real estate agent with whom you feel confident, it is important to enter into a committed working relationship with that person. Concentrating your search with one real estate professional will allow the agent to become totally familiar with your housing needs, desires, and financial capacities.

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team we have great agents that can focus on you and your specific needs and find you a home of your dreams.  Call today! 515-232-5700.

Inspection Repairs

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

When you sell a house, the buyers will probably have a home inspection before they sign a contract to purchase the home. The inspector may turn up something that needs attention or repair, and after the inspection, the buyers may produce a list of items they want repaired as a condition for moving forward on the sale.

When you get the buyers' list, remember that some of the items may be negotiable. Sales contracts usually require that all the systems be in working condition. Some buyers may make requests that go beyond the normal obligations of the seller. They may ask for a new roof or certain structural repairs that you may not want to make. I can help you to assess the risks of just saying "no" to buyers who are making demands you consider to be unreasonable. You may decide to decline the requests, but the buyers may also decide to back out of the deal as a result.

When you agree to make repairs, hire licensed professionals who will guarantee their work, and give copies of the reports to the buyers. Arrange to have the repairs made as far ahead of time to avoid last-minute complications which could compromise the transaction.

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Tom Randall Real Estate Team Keller Williams Ames
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Ames IA 50010
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