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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. 

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team we have a great buyer specialist that will focus solely on your needs and wants. 

Click on the link below to read about our buyer specialist: K'Lynn Lynn.

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.

Curb Appeal

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Reminders and hints to keeping your home attractive to grab a potential buyer’s attention to your home and set it apart from all the rest!

KEEP LAWN & YARD LOOKING SHARP

  • Mow regularly
  • Weed
  • Put away unused hoses, yard equipment, children’s toys, bikes, etc.
  • Rake leaves, pine needles, etc.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed
  • Colored plants & shrubs are a plus!
  • Keep sidewalks and outside entryway swept
  • Try to find a place for boats/campers/extra vehicles not being used
  • If you have a backyard patio with furniture, you could put a nice plant on the table & stage it with a table cover or placemats, magazines, coffee cup, etc.

FOR THE SNOWY SEASON

  • Keep entryway, sidewalks & driveway clear of snow and ice.
  • Again, you will want to keep the yard free of unused yard equipment and children’s toys, etc.
  • To show what the backyard or patio offers in the spring and summer seasons, you may want to keep the patio and deck clear of snow and ice.  You could also have photos available of how it looks in the spring/summer.

Ames Make 100 Best Places to Live in America

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Ames Makes the 100 Best Places to Live in America.  Check out the link below and see why you would should buy a home in Ames, Iowa.  Our agents are always available to show!!!

http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/100-best-places-to-live-in-america-2010-edition

Tom Randall Real Estate Team Buyer Specialist has strong real estate education

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Our Buyer Specialist, K'Lynn Lynn, has earned the GRI & CRS designations to better serve her clients here in Ames Iowa.

CRS stands for Certified Residential Specialist, which is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field.  The CRS designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

GRI stands for the Graduate REALTOR Institute, which is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.  REALTORS with the GRI designation are highly trained in many area of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

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