Fort Wayne Realty Blog

Planning the Perfect Open House

April 17th, 2014

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OK, I admit, the headline of this blog post was somewhat misleading; despite everything you and your Fort Wayne REALTOR do to prepare for your open house, the weather or a major local event may inhibit attendance. Despite this unavoidable factor, you and your REALTOR should prepare to put your home’s best foot forward.

Since you and your REALTOR should have done all repairs and staging of your home prior to listing it, your home should be pretty well ready for the open house. An little extra sprucing up and cleaning should be all that is required. Some of this “exra effort” should be focused on cleaning the inside of appliances and de-cluttering kitchen cabinets, drawers and the pantry. Buyers will open cabinet doors and drawers. If yours are stuffed to the gills, buyers will assume your kitchen lacks enough storage space. Clean the windows to let in the most light possible. Open all the curtains and blinds and turn on the lights in the house. Buyers like bright homes. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the walks are swept. Put away yard clutter like hoses, toys, or pet water bowls. Clean the fingerprints off the storm door. First impressions count. Remove shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and other personal items from the bathtub, shower, and sinks in all the bathrooms. Store them in a shoebox under the sink. Removing personal items makes it easier for buyers to see themselves living in your house.

You have done your work, now get out of the house and let your Fort Wayne REALTOR® sell it! Potential buyers will be uncomfortable discussing your home if you’re loitering during the open house.

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Inexpensive Outdoor Improvements for Your Home!

April 15th, 2014

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I just love this time of the year! The spring rains wash away all of the dirt from the snow and salt and make the world seem so pure again. I love to see the little green shoots from the daffodils and hyacinths sprouting up from the landscaping beds.

Now is the time to prepare your landscaping beds for when the final threats of frost are gone so that you will be ready to plant additional flowers or shrubs. First, you should clean up all of the leaves and dead growth from the last growing season and pull out any weeds that have begun to emerge. Then, a freshly edged garden bed is ready for mulch. While you are at it, edging along the driveway and sidewalks adds an extra touch. (I used to call this edging “no cost home improvement”, but now I hire my son to do it so I can’t say that anymore.)

Once your garden beds and yard are ready, it is time to visit your local landscaping store for annuals to augment your perennials and fill your flower pots. My mother always says that you cannot plant these flowers in Fort Wayne, Indiana until after Mother’s Day or they will be endangered by frost, but I just can never wait!! (I usually end up covering the flowers at least once to protect them from the frost and me from hearing “I told you so!”.)

Lowes is an excellent place to find great ideas for your garden AND you can ask your North Eastern Group Fort Wayne REALTOR for a 10% off coupon!

There is no better or less expensive way to improve your home than to freshen up your garden beds and add a pop of color!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

3805 Oakhurst Drive, Fort Wayne, IN VIDEO TOUR

April 11th, 2014

Check out this 3 BEDROOM home located on the northeast side of town! This home offers plenty of space to entertainment with 2 LIVING AREAS. The BACKYARD offers a great shade in the evening. Looking for a FIREPLACE? This home has one! The KITCHEN and DINING ROOM flow together. The KITCHEN countertop has room for barstools. Newer RANGE/OVEN. Updated FLOORING in the KITCHEN and upstairs BATHROOM. New COUNTERTOP in upstairs bathroom. The exterior is newly painted. Many of the rooms in the home are freshly painted. SHINGLES are newer. Newer FURNACE, A/C UNIT and WATER HEATER. Newer ALARM SYSTEM. Snider School district. Close to major shopping and many restaurants.

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Easy Spring Curb Appeal Enhancers

April 10th, 2014

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Adding pizzazz to your home’s front entrance is an easy, low-cost way to up your home’s curb appeal. Try painting your door a pretty hue that coordinates with your home’s color. Make sure there is a contrast between the front door and the rest of the home for “pop”. For example, if your house is a neutral color with black shutters, consider painting the front door red or green. Other ways to beautify your home’s exterior are adding appealing house numbers to your entrance and hanging a pretty wreath on the door. Do not neglect a potted plant or two by the front entrance either!

Approximate cost: A gallon of paint for the front door will cost as little as $25. Metal house numbers can be purchased for less than $4 each, while a potted mini evergreen like boxwood or a dwarf Alberta Spruce could run you less than $20.

This small investment will add real value to your home when your are trying to market it for sale! North Eastern Group REALTORS® are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.
North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.