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Why Should You Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Miami real estate market is starting to heat up. If you have been thinking about selling your home, you are probably feeling overwhelmed with the growing list of things that you have to do. Your mind might not even be thinking about what happens when you get an offer. This actually a good time to consider what will happen when an offer on your home is submitted to you.

Typically in a real estate negotiation in Miami, the buyer will have a condition to do a home inspection. Recently there has been a growing trend of sellers having a pre-listing home inspection done. Don’t be scared. Here are a few reasons it would be a good idea for you to consider it.

Truly Knowing Your Home

Even if you have lived in the same house for 15 years, without a proper inspection, it might be impossible to know everything that is really going on in your home. For instance, you would never know that you have dormant asbestos in your attic if you've never lifted the insulation. That might sound scary, but thousands of homes have it, and it is not harmful at all unless it is moved.

Although that is an extreme example, you get the idea. It would be much better for you to get a true understanding of your home before listing it. Allow yourself the time to address the issues that arise before your home hits the market.

Negotiating Power

If you have already taken the time and energy to have a pre-listing inspection done, there are no surprises that will happen in the middle of your offer process with respect to the home.

In a typical real estate negotiation, the buyer will put submit an offer that is conditional on a home inspection. They will then hire out and perform the home inspection. The buyers will review the results with their agent. If there is anything that pops up as a red flag for the seller, the buyers would use that to negotiate either to have you, the seller, remedy the issue before the closing date, or a price reduction to compensate for the issue. This can cause a few important problems in the middle of the offer:

  1. The buyers can get cold feet and feel that you are hiding things.

  2. You can be surprised and caught off guard with having to repair or reduce the price.

These are both emotional circumstances that can derail a negotiation in the middle of the offer process. A pre-listing home inspection is an opportunity to avoid these flare-ups from happening. It can give the buyer confidence with the home as well as knowing you are being as transparent as you can be. It will allow you to be in control of negotiating the condition of your home and defend your asking price.

If you have questions about a pre-listing home inspection, or Miami area real estate, contact us now. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.


A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

You know what they say, out with the old and in with the new. With Spring here, even in Florida, its the perfect time to say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to a good spring cleaning. Here are a few ideas to help speed up and organize the process.

Clean Upholstery and carpets

The fabrics of your home have been collecting a season's worth of germs, dust, and dried skin. Yuck! They will need a deep cleaning to prepare for the year ahead. The greenest way to clean these is with a steam cleaner. This is a non-toxic way to remove allergens and dirt from your textiles. If you are using a rented machine or are shampooing the fabric, make sure to use an earth-friendly product.

Wash Those Walls

Give all the walls, cabinets, and wood furniture a good wash. Believe it or not, walls can gather dirt and dust just like any other surface in your home. Use a sponge and dishwashing detergent. For the hard to reach areas, you can use your mop. Once you are finished, do the same with your baseboards. Not only will this catch the remnants of the cleaning you just did to your walls, but baseboards are also a breeding zone for dirt.

Make Those Windows Shine

Windows are our home's eyes to the sunshine. One of the healthiest ways to get our windows gleaming is to clean with vinegar. If you don’t like the smell or prefer to use a cleaning product, aim for something organic. Don’t forget to wipe down the frames and ledges as well.

Inside The Appliances

Just like the rest of the home, winter can wreak havoc on the inside of the appliances we use. Your stove tends to produce more meals over the winter months, so it is time for deep cleaning. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water or the self-cleaning function built right into your stove. Take all the food out of your refrigerator and give the shelves a wipe. Gently pull the appliances out from the wall to clean the back of them and the floors surrounding the area.


5 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor Before Buying in Miami

Friday, April 5, 2019

There are so many things to consider when buying a new home in Miami. The best way to help get all of the information is to speak to your real estate agent. Your agent, if you’ve done your homework and chosen the right one, holds a wealth of local knowledge. All you have to do is ask the right questions. Whether you are a first time home or a seasoned pro, there is always a lot to learn from the right real estate professional.

What Can I really Afford to Buy?

You have to be realistic about what you can really afford from the get-go. This is going to be imperative to allow your real estate agent to find something that is actually within your budget. You be up all night looking at listings on a variety of different website, but your agent has a wealth of information about everything that is going on behind the scenes. It is so much better to know your limits than to get enamoured with a home you actually can’t afford.

What is the first thing I need to do?

Typical home buyers will start their home search on the internet, in fact, stats say that 90% of home buyers do just that. But, depending on what your needs are as a buyer, it might be best for you to meet with a mortgage broker first. Or maybe you should sell your current home before beginning the buying process. Regardless, the right first step is to book an appointment with your real estate agent. A local professional will be well armed with the knowledge and experience to help you head down the right path.

How does this work?

Look, this is a lot of money, and it is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Instead of asking these questions as you go through the process, ask up front. When you book that first meeting, as your real estate agent to go through the entire process with you, step-by-step. Knowledge is power. And for you to be truly ready to move forward and start looking at homes, it would be best to know exactly how this is going to pan out for you.

Who pays your commission?

Don’t be scared to ask about the commission. It is a fair and valid question. Having a clear picture of how your agent's commission is paid is also going to help you be with your realistic budget. You are hiring your agent, don’t forget that. So like anyone else your hire, to solidify the business relationship you will want to discuss payment.

What Questions Should I Ask You?

After you’ve asked all the questions you want, your next question should always be” What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?”. You have so many things to think about with this process, it is highly likely that you are going to forget something. A good real estate agent will be prepared with everything you don’t know that you need to know.

Let the Global Life Team answer your questions for you. Global Life Realty offers a concierge approach to real estate. We understand that each individual client deserves personalized service and attention to detail.


How to Update Your Bathroom to Add Big Value to Your Home

Friday, March 29, 2019

It is true - most people decide to renovate their kitchen to increase the value of the home. It is, after all, the best way to boost your investment. The second way? Renovate your bathroom. You and your family spend a lot of time in that little room. And you can be certain that potential buyers are going to be taking an extra good look around. People are expecting bigger, more luxurious bathrooms now more than ever before. Here are a few ways you can get the most bang for your buck when it comes to renovating your bathroom.

Optimize the Layout

You certainly want to optimize the functionality of the space, especially if it is a smaller room size you are dealing with. If you can, avoid having the vanity right beside the bathtub. It makes space appear smaller than it is. There is also potential for water damage if they are too close. A trick for extending the space if you don’t have a lot of room to work with is to have the mirror above the sink go right to the ceiling. Don’t separate the bathtub and shower unless you’ve got a lot of extra room to deal with.

Bathtub or Shower

As of late, it has been very popular for people to switch out their bathtub for a walk-in shower. While they look lovely with their long glass doors and beautifully laid out tile, they are not a good idea for resale value; especially if that is the only bathroom with a tub. If there is no bathtub in the main washroom, you may have just ruled out families as potential buyers.

Adding a Second Sink

Adding a second sink to your largest bathroom is an excellent idea, especially if it is a master ensuite. A second sink immediately makes a bathroom feel luxurious. It is also very functional as it allows two people to get ready at the same time. Because there are already drains in place, adding a second sink is not nearly as costly as one might think. An above counter decor sink turns your bathroom vanity into a sculpture, and again, they are not that expensive to install.

Shower Heads, Faucets and Fixtures

A leaky faucet or showerhead is likely to turn off a potential home buyer. And replacing them will give your bathroom an instant facelift. You want your fixtures to match the faucets and showerheads. Today's showerheads come in so many different varieties and offer very luxurious settings. If you can see the showerhead when you walk into the bathroom, this would be an area to splurge.

To get more home selling tips or to find what is happening in the Miami real estate market, contact Miami real estate agent, Carla Oliva today.


Tips for First Time Home Sellers

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tips for First Time Home Sellers

Are you getting ready to sell your home for the first time? There is so much information out there for you when you are getting ready to buy your first home, but selling is a whole different story. If you are thinking about selling your first home, it is likely because of some life-changing event. Maybe you are growing your family or moving for work. Whatever the reason, there is a lot to be excited about. Here are a few tips that you need to know as a first time home seller.

Insist on Professional Photography

With so many buyers going online to look at houses, presenting your home in a professional manner is critical. This is where potential buyers are going to decide if they want to book a viewing of your home. You want to make sure that your agent is working with a photographer that has a successful history in real estate photography. It is not enough just to get a good angle; you also need to be able to show color and depth.

Price Your Home Accurately

You obviously want to do your homework and hire an experienced real estate agent. If you feel like you’ve found the right person who can help negotiate your home sale accordingly, listen to them when they give you pricing advice. Agents have details about other home sales that you don’t. When you tell your family and friends that you are thinking of selling, you are going to have a lot of people give you advice. Some people think that because they watch the market, they are real estate experts. But don’t be fooled. There is a lot more to pricing a home and the price you decide to list at is absolutely vital to your bottom line.

Be flexible with your home showings

If you think house showings demand too much of your time, consider going away for the first weekend your home is listed. You are likely going to have quite a bit of foot traffic during the weekend. The best way to show your home is to allow potential buyers and their agents through your home on their own. Allow them their own time to really look around. They are probably going to look in the closets and cabinets, but this will give them the opportunity to really envision themselves living in your home.

To get more home selling tips or to find what is happening in the Miami real estate market, contact Miami real estate agent, Carla Oliva today.


4 Staging Tips to Remember if you are Selling Your Home

Friday, March 15, 2019

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, you are probably hoping to get the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time. That's the home seller’s dream. A fact that has been proven, time and time again, is that staging a home will help achieve your goal. It’s no longer just a good idea to stage your home. As a seller, it is one of the most important things you should do. Here are the top 4 staging tips to help you sell your home.

Get your Home Sparkling Clean

According to the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 you spend on staging, the potential return is $400. With a 4x return, its time to get out the rubber gloves. A little sweat equity can go a long way. From gleaming windows to dust free cabinets, every surface and corner should sparkle. Whether you like it or not, potential buyers are going to be opening doors and drawers. They will be trying to picture all of their items in your home. Paint them a clean picture. This is the easiest and least expensive way to impact your sale price.

Clear the Clutter

De-personalize your home as much as possible. Again, the idea here is to let the buyers envision their items in your home. Allow them to place their photos on the walls and arrange their family room furniture. Remove anything that might be a distraction. Make sure surfaces have minimal and neutral decor. This may not be an easy task; it may even require off-site storage. You can think of it as pre-packing. Don’t skip the closed door areas. Clean out your closets, storage areas and basements.

Boost Curb Appeal

It is the first and the last impression that counts. And besides, most serious buyers are going to do a drive-by of your home. So curb appeal could be the only thing between a drive by and a showing. Take the time to pressure wash the driveway, siding, and walkway. Find some large, easy-to-read house numbers so buyers have no problem finding your home. Plant some fresh and blooming flowers. Have the lawn mowed. Wash the front windows. Apply and touch up paint as needed to the porch and walkway areas. Give any outdoor lighting at the front of the house and thorough cleaning.

A Little Paint Goes a Long Way

Nothing freshens up a home quicker than a new coat of paint. Keeping in mind that you want to appeal to all of the buyers that come through your door, a neutral colour palette would be best. This would not be a good time to experiment with lemon yellow, but you also don’t want it to be all white. Research the paint trends of the season and pick something right down the middle.

To get more staging tips or to find what is happening in the Miami real estate market, contact Miami real estate agent, Carla Oliva today.


5 Small Things to Consider When Renovating Your Miami Kitchen

Friday, March 8, 2019

Deciding to renovate the kitchen in your Miami home is a big one. It is all in the details. Anything from a countertop to a light fixture can make or break your vision. It can also affect the resale value when it’s time to sell. Attention to detail in your renovation will make all the difference. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your kitchen renovation without breaking the bank.

A High-end Faucet

This may seem like a silly place to start, but often times the sink is a focal point of either the back wall or the kitchen island. The faucet always stands out. Upgrading to a higher quality faucet can help the overall space feel luxurious. It is also a great place to add some contrast. If the kitchen is white on white, a dark faucet would add some warmth to the room. Or, if the kitchen has dark tones, a nice brushed gold piece will give the space a pop of color.

The Cabinets

While it is true we all love the idea of custom-made cabinets, our budget doesn't always agree. If you want something a little more modern but don’t have the budget for a full custom cabinet installation, consider leaving out the upper cabinets. Adding a larger island for storage and forgoing the upper cabinets can help the kitchen feel open, airy, and modern. Furthermore, leaving the upper cabinets without doors can create a similar effect.

Cabinet Hardware

An often overlooked feature of the kitchen is the hardware. Finding statement pieces can make a 20K reno look like a 50K reno. It may seem like a small item, and it is. But upgrading to statement hardware completely changes the look of the cabinets, therefore, changing the look of the whole kitchen.

Light it Up

Lighting can make a huge impact in your kitchen, and wow potential buyers, should you be considering a sale. First, under cabinet lighting won’t break the bank and really makes an impact. And second, a well-lit working area makes all the difference. Make sure there is extra lighting pointing towards the prep area, sink, and stove.

Go with the Granite

No matter of the price range of your home, buyers want to see granite countertops. And even you are not thinking about selling today, you might be in the future. If you choose a different material, try to find one with a pattern that mimics the look of granite. There is no need to go for the most expensive slab out there. Often times stone companies have their remnants on sale.

Renovating your Miami home kitchen shouldn't be overwhelming. It would be beneficial to take to a professional. Contact Miami real estate agent, Carla Oliva today. Carla can give you some custom advice for your kitchen renovation.


Paint Colors to Avoid in Your Miami Home

Monday, March 4, 2019

No matter if you are updating your recently-purchased home or you are trying to make an immediate impression on homebuyers as they walk through your house, a fresh coat of paint can make a difference. This is a simple upgrade that is usually inexpensive, but it gives off the impression that the home has been well maintained and cared for. To truly reap the benefits of new paint, it is important that you choose your paint colors wisely. The wrong color can send buyers running away. Here are several paint colors to avoid in your Miami home.

1. Dark Colors

Many experts agree that when it comes to your Miami home’s interior walls, you should stay away from dark colors such as blacks, grays, and browns. These colors can instantly make a room feel dark and gloomy. They are difficult to paint over and they don’t pair well with much home decor. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to stay clear of these paint colors all together. In fact, by painting your front door a shade of black, you can increase your home’s value by $6,000. Kitchen cabinets are another popular area in the home for these darker colors.

2. Trendy Colors

Remember that trends come and go. What is trendy today may not be as popular in a few months. You should avoid painting multiple rooms throughout your home trendy colors as your home will quickly seem out of date. If you are painting, it is best to choose timeless, neutral colors such as tans, light grays, light blues, etc. If you really want to incorporate trendy colors throughout your living space consider home décor accessories such as curtains, throw pillows, rugs, etc., that can easily be replaced if needed.

3. Colors that Bring Out the Wrong Emotions

Did you know that colors are associated with various emotions? For example, blues and greens can make you feel calm and serene while red evokes feelings of power and rage. As you think about the colors you want in a space, think about the emotions you are trying to display. In a bedroom, you may not want bright reds that make you feel more overwhelmed and anxious but lighter blues which help bring a more focused, calm feeling.

You should not choose your Miami home’s paint color on impulse. There are many paint colors to avoid when updating and decorating your home. For more home-staging tips or if you are ready to sell your home, contact real estate agent Carla Oliva today.


Home Showing 101: Cleaning Tasks You Need to Accomplish

Monday, February 25, 2019

When potential buyers walk through your Miami home for sale, you want to impress them. You want to create a space where they can envision themselves living and settling down. While there are many ways you can do this, one of the most effective and important things you should do is clean the house. Let’s talk about several cleaning tasks you need to complete prior to showing your Miami home for sale.

1. Scrub Your Windows

One home-selling trick is to open all your curtains and let in as much natural light as possible. This makes a room appear bright and large. However, when you expose your windows, this means that the potential buyers can see all water spots, dirt, and fingerprints that are covering these surfaces. Take the time to thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior windows. If you have windows that are up high, it may be ideal to hire professional window cleaners to ensure the job is done well.

2. Declutter Countertops

Cluttered kitchen and bathroom countertops are major eyesores for potential buyers. They make these rooms look messy and disorganized. Only keep four to five items on your kitchen countertops and handwashing essentials on bathroom counters such as soap and a hand towel. If you choose to store items on your kitchen counter, make sure these are items you use daily. And If you want to store appliances, such as a coffee maker or a microwave, make sure they are clean and aesthetically-appealing or they will detract from the beauty of your room.

3. Clean Your Cabinets and Closets

As potential buyers tour your Miami home for sale, they will look in every nook and cranny. This means you can’t throw all of your belongings in a closet or a cabinet to get them out of the way. You need to spend time cleaning out these spaces. If possible, begin packing these areas and remove approximately 50% of all belongings. This will help these areas look more organized and large, both of which will impress potential buyers.

4. Focus on the Floors

No matter what room you may be cleaning, focus on the floors in the space. Pick up all unnecessary items and remove any clutter that may be piling up in the corner. Take the time to clean baseboards, wipe down floor vents, and vacuum or sweep the flooring. When the floor is dirty, it gives off the impression that the rest of the home is dirty and only the basics are taken care of.

If you are ready to put your Miami home up for sale, contact real estate agent Carla Oliva today. She can help you sell your house quickly and ensure you have an enjoyable experience.


Looking for Something to Do? Here are 4 Best Miami Beaches You Need to Visit Today

Monday, February 18, 2019

No matter if you are a long-time Miami resident or you have just recently relocated and now call Miami your home, this beautiful Florida city boasts numerous beaches for surfing, relaxing, and swimming. And while there are dozens of beaches in Miami and the surrounding area, it can be hard to choose your favorite. Here are just four local Miami beaches that you need to visit today.

1. Lummus Park Beach

If you want to enjoy a very classic beach environment with beautiful blue water and surfers and swimmers everywhere you look, this is the place to be. Lummus Park Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area and you’ll definitely notice right away. There is always something to do and see at this beach.

2. South Point Park

At the tip of Miami Beach is South Pointe Park Pier. This beautiful beach is perfect for the entire family with a large 17-acre park and playground area, a fishing pier, walking paths, and more. Sit back and take in all of the beauty of this Florida city and enjoy a nice afternoon out in the sun.

3. 46th Street Beach

From 46th street to 63rd street, you can kick back and enjoy the rolling waves and the sound of the ocean. This is one of the more quiet beaches in the Miami area. It is perfect for a more relaxed afternoon or one with your family. Parking and settling into this beach are easier than many others but you don’t get all the beautiful views as you do with other beaches in the area.

4. Crandon Park

If you are looking for the perfect place to spend an entire day, you’ll find it at Crandon Park. This park area does not only feature a beautiful beach, but it has golf and tennis, a walking path, and more. A nature center is also located here along with self-guided nature trails and a fossilized reef overlook. Not only can you relax, but you can also spend the day enjoying the captivating Miami wildlife.

Whether you are looking for a fun and exciting day in the sun or you want to just sit back and relax, you can find it at one of the many Miami beaches. For more information on the Miami area or if you want to purchase or sell a home in this gorgeous Florida city, contact Miami real estate agent Carla Oliva today.


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