Real Estate Blog

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


If your thinking about buying a new home, spring is a great time to do it. School will be letting out soon and you want to get settled before the next school year starts again in the fall. When Selling, you want to make sure you make an excellent first impression as potential buyers begin their quest for the perfect home. There are many factors in the selling process that you can't control, but there is a lot that you can control so let's focus on them.

I've shown a lot of houses in my 20 years as a Realtor and I've seen a lot, but I have also observed  my clients reactions as they have encountered common turnoffs. Every client is a little different but most share the same dislikes that have ultimately led to them passing over some of the homes on their list. 

1. Odors. This might surprise some of you, but strong odors are probably the #1 turnoff that buyers complain of when they visit a home. Try and neutralize the air as much as possible. If you go for deodorizer sprays, plug-ins, or diffusers, choose soft scents and not overpowering ones. Trying too hard to create a clean smell can backfire. One way to freshen up your home is to paint your entry way inside and out. 

2. Clutter. I cannot say this enough: Clutter is distracting. It keeps people from seeing the true value of your home. Start packing befoer you list your home. Back up all the knick'knacks, books, some of pictures... anything that takes away from the Buyers ability to see themselves in the house.

3. Crammed Closets. Speaking of clutter, cramming it in closets is a bad idea. It's much better to box up and store the clutter than it is to shove it in a closet. Make sure people are able to see the full potential of your closet space.

4. Overgrown Yard. If buyers pull into the driveway for the first time and see an overgrown or completely bare yard, they sometimes have the urge to keep driving. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed at all times. Don't feel like you have to spend a fortune on flowers and plants. Simply adding a splash of color to the front walkway and porch goes a long way.

5. Neutralize You might also be surprised how many times clients want to walk away from a home simply because of non-neutral paint colors or other cosmetic reasons, but it's really difficult for some people to get past those things. Unfortunately,  HGTV is not real, but it has spoiled a lot of people, do what you can to create more of a blank slate for buyers and your home will sell much more quickly..

I would be happy to step in and help you see the things that might be needed to be addressed in your home before you list it, I will help you get it ready so we can get it sold quickly! Call me today and let's get started....

...."You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265 (more Blogs and featured listings)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 05/15/2019 10:52 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Thursday, 02 May 2019

Homeowners are always asking "When should I file a claim" or "Should I file a claim"

Do you ever feel confused by the finer points of homeowners insurance (or any other insurance-related topic)? You’re not alone. Homeowners are always asking me should I file a claim?

Aftere talking with Jennifer Bourne at Martin & Zerfoss she has given me some great advise to pass along to my friends and clients.

The most familiar terms also tend to be the most commonly misunderstood. If you want to make the most of your policy and avoid surprises down the road, it might be time to test your knowledge with a quick quiz.

True or False? 

Can you answer the following questions with confidence? Let’s see how much you know about your coverage.

A premium is a one-time fee you pay to instate coverage. 

False. Premiums can be paid on an ongoing monthly or yearly basis and are priced based on the type and amount of coverage you choose. 

A deductible is the amount you will need to pay out of pocket before your coverage will kick in. 

True. Double-check the amount of your deductible so you’ll be prepared if you ever need to make a significant claim.

A claim is submitted to your insurance company when you’re requesting money to reimburse you for damages covered by your policy.

True. Have questions about how and when to submit a claim? Reach out anytime.

“Actual cash value” only takes into account the current market value of your home.

False. This term also refers to the amount needed to replace your possessions (minus wear and tear since you bought them). Note that actual cash value policies and replacement cost insurance offer different benefits -- check in if you’d like to learn more. 

Very few people really need “floater” policies.

False. Floater insurance can be added to your current policy to protect valuable items that can be transported. Typical examples include sporting equipment, musical instruments, jewelry and cameras. 

How did you do? If you still have questions, please contact Jennifer Bourne at Martin Zerfoss Inc. 

615.297.8500 (o) 615.260.4741 (m)


..... "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265  (more Blogs & featured Homes)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 05/02/2019 7:10 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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