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Sneaky Ways to Save Money for a Down Payment

22 Jun 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

 Sneaky Ways to Save Money for a Down PaymentDo you dream of owning your own Loft, but feel like you’ll never have the money for a down payment? While saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task, it isn’t impossible. In fact, there are ways to begin saving right now that won’t put a crimp in your lifestyle. Here are the best sneaky ways we’ve found to save money for that down payment.

Use cash

We’ve gotten so accustomed to paying with credit and debit cards, having cash on hand can seem like a real hassle. But it’s so easy to spend more than you think you are when you’re swiping that card. Instead, opt to pay with cash. You’ll have a better sense of how much money you’re actually spending, and will spend less on impulse purchases.

Limit food waste

How much food do you end up throwing away in a typical week? If it’s more than you’d like to admit, perhaps it’s time to curtail those food expenses. In fact, according to the National Resources Defense Council, the typical American wastes a whopping 40 percent of the food they buy. Think of how much money you can save by only buying what you can actually eat.

Adjust your thermostat

As the temperatures rise over the summer, you may be tempted to crank that AC. But think about how much extra money you’re spending just to lower the temperature by a degree or two. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it so that the Loft is warmer while you’re away. Keep curtains closed on sunny days. According to the Department of Energy, you could save up to three percent on your energy bill for every one degree you change your thermostat.

Set up automatic savings

Help yourself get into the savings mindset. Instead of only saving what you have left over from your paycheck each month, decide how much to save in advance. Then set up an automatic transfer from your checking to your savings account, and watch the dollars add up.

Don’t chase trends

Is it really necessary to have the latest phone or wear the newest clothing trends? See if you can resist the urge to go shopping for new things. Instead, make do with what you already have or shop second hand. You’ll begin to see that not only will you save money, but you’ll also be happier as a result. It’s exciting to see your savings grow as you edge closer and closer to your goal.

Compete with your spouse

If you’re buying a Loft with your partner, why not introduce a little friendly competition? This is a great idea, especially if one of you is very competitive. Have weekly challenges to see who can save the most money or the largest percentage of their paycheck. The loser each week then makes dinner for the winner.

Cancel unused subscriptions or memberships

Did you get that gym membership hoping it would inspire you to exercise more often? If it’s just sitting there unused, then cancel it. The same goes for magazines you don’t read and any other recurring payments for goods or services that aren’t meaningful to you. While those celebrity tabloids can be fun to read, by giving them up you’ll realize your dream of Loft ownership a little faster.

Don’t Fall For These Real Estate Scams

15 Jun 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Don’t Fall For These Real Estate Scams

As if buying or selling a Loft weren’t complicated enough, you also need to be vigilant about scams. There are scams everywhere, and some are sophisticated enough to look real. With so much information available on the Internet, it’s getting easier for scammers to con innocent people. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for so that you don’t become a victim.

Down payment scam

In the down payment scam, a scammer hacks into a real estate agent’s email account. After reading through their correspondence, they target buyers who are about to close. Then, posing as the agent, they send you instructions on where to wire the money for your closing. Once you’ve wired the payment, it’s never seen again. The best way to avoid this scam is to either use encrypted email or get all wiring requests and instructions from your agent over the phone. Then confirm with the bank you are wiring to over the phone as well.

The inspection scam

If you’re looking for a fixer-upper, beware of the inspection scam. In this scenario, a seller agrees to a lower price on the condition that you forgo an inspection. If this happens to you, it can be a red flag. The seller may be aware of a serious problem with the property that they are trying to cover up. This could include expensive problems like issues with the foundation or pest infestations. Never agree to give away your right to a professional inspection.

The mortgage rate scam

If the rate you’ve been approved for on your mortgage seems too good to be true, it probably is. In this particular scam, a shady lender agrees to a very low rate on your loan. Then, once it becomes too late to back out, they jack up the rate. While you have the right to cancel the deal, it could cause a serious loss of time. These lenders may also charge upfront fees in order to lock in the low rate, which is money you could lose if you cancel. Don’t agree to pay fees upfront and be cautious about rates that are much lower than other lenders have quoted to you.

The real estate agent scam

In this scam, an agent takes the money that is to be deposited into an escrow account, and deposits it into his own account instead. The easiest way to avoid this costly mistake is to work with a licensed agent and research any complaints that may have been lodged against them in the past.

Moving scams

Finally, even if you’ve made it through the real estate process unscathed, you need to be aware of moving scams. One scam that is common is when moving companies offer you a great price on a move, only to significantly increase that amount once the truck is packed. They may also hold your possessions hostage until you agree to pay them more money. And unfortunately, there are some scammers out there who will pack up your truck and drive away, never to be seen or heard from again. Always be sure to thoroughly vet a company before signing a contract.

Commission Fees Explained

8 Jun 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Commission Fees Explained

If you’re preparing to buy or sell a Loft, you may have questions about real estate commission fees. Who pays them? How much are they? Can they be negotiated? When are they paid? Even if you’ve gone through this process before, you may not have all the answers. Let us clear up any confusion by explaining the nuts and bolts of commission fees.

How much are the commission fees?

Let’s begin with the basics. In general, commission fees total approximately five to six percent of the sales price of the Loft. In most instances, the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent will split this evenly between them.

Can the commission be negotiated?

A seller and their agent should agree to the details about the commission in the listing agreement. The agreement will outline what services will be provided by the agent. It is possible for the seller to negotiate the fee that is paid. Some agents will agree to lower commission fees, especially if they are representing the buyer as well. Be aware, however, that some agents will not be open to negotiating.

Who is responsible for paying the commission?

Generally speaking, the seller is responsible for paying the commission fees. Buyers are usually off the hook, though they are still responsible for other closing costs. However, in a competitive market, a buyer may offer to pay for a portion or all of the commission fees in order to make their bid more attractive.

When is the commission paid?

Commission fees are paid during the closing of the Loft, when all the details of the sale are finalized.

How is the commission paid?

The commission is paid at closing to the brokers that employ the agents. The brokers then pay the agents their shares. How much the agent receives can depend on how long they’ve been with the brokerage, how much was spent on advertising and marketing, and general office expenses.

What do the commission fees pay for?

Commission fees pay for the work that the agents are doing on behalf of the buyer and seller. This includes taking listing photos, scheduling viewings and open Lofts, negotiating the contract, coordinating inspections, creating online listings, and much more.

What happens if you don’t buy?

If you end up not buying a Loft, then the agent you’ve been working with will not get paid for the time they’ve invested helping you with your search. However, if you decide to work with a different agent during the process, you may have some difficulties if you’ve signed a contract with the original agent. If you’re buying, take time to properly vet and interview potential agents.

What happens is the sale falls through?

Whether or not the selling agent gets paid even if the Loft doesn’t sell is dependent on a few things. If you decide to back out of a sale after an offer has been accepted, you are still likely responsible for paying the commission fees. If the buyer backs out, you may still have to pay the fees, but you can take legal action against the buyer. If your contract with your agent expired and the Loft didn’t sell, you usually aren’t required to pay. However, if you sell at a later date to a buyer that the agent originally found, you may have to pay. The bottom line – always read the fine print of any contract you sign.

What Stays Behind When You Sell?

1 Jun 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

When you’re selling your Loft, do you know what items you can take, and which ones you’re supposed to leave behind? While things like furniture and personal items are obvious, there are other things that may not be so cut-and-dried. If you’re a little confused about what items are supposed to stay with the Loft, read on.

Window treatments

Not sure if you can take those window treatments you love and spent a small fortune on? Here’s a good rule of thumb: if they’re attached to the window, they should stay. That means curtains, which can easily be slipped off a rod, can go with you to your new place. However, the curtain rods and blinds that are more permanently attached need to stay.

Lighting fixtures

In nearly all cases, the lighting fixtures that are attached to the wall or ceiling need to stay with the Loft. The buyer is purchasing the Loft the way they saw it on the day of the viewing. You could find yourself in legal trouble if any of those permanent fixtures they saw are missing when they move in. If you have a lighting fixture that you absolutely love, say a beautiful chandelier, you should replace it before you list your Loft for sale.

Built-in appliances

Appliances can be somewhat of a grey area. In general, built-in appliances like dishwashers, ovens, and range hoods should remain with the Loft. If the appliances are freestanding, like a freestanding dishwasher or a refrigerator, they should be specifically addressed in the contract to make it clear whether or not the seller is planning to leave them behind. This is also true for air conditioners. If you have a window unit, it’s safe to assume that you can take that with you. However, if you’ve cut a hole in the wall and installed the unit, it needs to stay with the Loft.

Wall-mounted brackets for TVs

While it may seem like you should be able to take your TV mount with you when you leave, you should probably leave it behind. The generally accepted rule is that if it requires tools to remove it, it should stay with the Loft. If you want to keep the mounting brackets it should be stated in the contract so there is no confusion for the buyer.

How to Make an Offer

25 May 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How to Make an Offer

After weeks or months of searching, you’ve finally found the Loft you love. While it’s an exciting time, it can also be stressful because suddenly the Loft buying process gets serious. It’s important to be prepared if you want your offer to be accepted. Here’s what you need to know when you’re getting ready to make an offer on a Loft.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

If you’re serious about buying a Loft, you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage before submitting an offer. This is especially true in a competitive market where the seller may get many offers. Getting pre-approved shows the seller that you’re not just window-shopping – you are seriously in the market for a Loft.

Determine your price

It isn’t always necessary to offer the listing price of the Loft. There are several factors that will weigh in on your decision. Find out what the comps are for the area, and seek advice from your real estate agent. It’s possible to get discounts on the selling price if you’re paying with all cash, if you limit your contingencies, or if the Loft has been on the market for a period of time. However, if the market is hot, you’ll want to make an offer for the full amount and do it as quickly as possible.

Prepare the paperwork

Once you’ve gotten your pre-approval and determined your price, your real estate agent will help you prepare a written offer. This purchase agreement will become a sales contract if the offer is accepted. It should include:

  • Description and address of the property
  • Price being offered for the Loft
  • Terms of the deal, for example whether or not you’re offering cash or obtaining a mortgage
  • The amount of the down payment
  • Details of the escrow
  • Target closing date
  • Contingencies such as financing and Loft inspection
  • Date of possession
  • Other requirements determined by the state, such as seller disclosures and attorney review
  • Expiration date of the offer

Submit earnest money

In addition to the purchase agreement, you will submit earnest money when you make the offer. This is a cash deposit that is a sign of good faith. If your offer is accepted, the earnest money will be placed in escrow and used towards your down payment. This money is forfeited if you decide to back out of the agreement at a later date.

What happens next

Once the document is complete, your agent will submit the offer to the seller or the seller’s agent. The seller will have one of three responses: they’ll accept it, reject it, or make a counteroffer. If a counteroffer is made, the seller will make suggestions about changes to the offer such as a modified sales price, date of possession, or removal of contingencies. Once you’ve received the counteroffer, you can accept it, reject it, or make a counteroffer of your own. This continues until either the buyer and seller agree on the terms of the sale or the offer is refused. Once the offer is accepted and both parties sign, it becomes a legal contract.


Pros and Cons of Online Mortgage Lenders

19 May 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Pros and Cons of Online Mortgage LendersYou can’t beat the ease of applying for a mortgage online, rather than going to a bank in person. But is it the best decision for you? Here are the pros and cons of online mortgage lenders that you should consider when you’re buying a Loft.

Pro: It takes less time

If you’re busy or need to move quickly, then applying for a mortgage online may be a great choice for you. You won’t have to travel to the bank, find all your documents, and copy and fax all those documents. Instead, you’ll simply upload everything you need right on the website. The time saved can be significant.

Con: It’s easier to make mistakes

While filling out forms online can be a great time-saver, it can also lead to more errors. You could misunderstand a question and provide the wrong information. It’s also more difficult to get answers to any questions you may have while you’re filling out the forms. You may have limited access to customer service, which is generally only available during business hours.

Pro: It’s easy to shop around

Because it’s so easy to access information from online lenders, shopping around is a breeze. Shopping for a mortgage is just like shopping for anything – you should do your research to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Each lender will have its own rates and terms, and when you shop around online, you can easily compare them.

Con: There are more scams

Scams are prevalent all over the Internet, and it’s no different with online mortgage lenders. When you’re shopping around, you may come across a deal or two that seem too good to be true. That’s a red flag. Mortgage scammers will entice you with low rates or insist on some kind of fee or prepayment. If you have any doubt in your mind, do some research on the company to make sure they are legitimate, or it could cost you.

Pro: You’ll likely find lower rates and fees

In general, it’s not unusual for online mortgage lenders to offer lower rates and fees. After all, they don’t have the same kinds of operational costs that brick-and-mortar banks have. They can then pass those savings on to consumers. Even a slight reduction in your rate could save you serious cash over the long haul, which makes online lenders very attractive to many buyers.

Con: You may not qualify for those low rates after all

Online mortgage lenders attract new customers with promises of low rates, fees, and closing costs. But it’s important to read all the fine print. While they originally promise you a low rate, after you’ve filled out all your forms it may turn out that you don’t qualify. This could waste weeks of time and cause serious frustration. And you may be at the point where there’s no turning back if you want to close on the Loft, so you end up paying more.

In the end, online mortgage lenders can be a great choice for many Loft buyers. By understanding both the advantages and disadvantages of securing a loan online, you can be more confident in your ultimate decision.


Make the Most of Open Houses When Buying

3 May 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Loft hunting can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. That’s why it can be a wise move to attend open houses when you begin your search. Open houses are a great opportunity to learn more about the local housing market and to define exactly what you’re looking for. Use these tips to make the most of open houses when you’re buying.

Learn about the neighborhood

Open houses offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about the neighborhoods where you’re interested in buying. Chat with the agent about the area and get their take about what its best features are. After having a look at the Loft, take a stroll through the neighborhood and notice what you see. Do residents keep their yards looking nice? Are there any vacant properties? How close are amenities? What’s the street parking situation like?

Develop your priorities

Another great reason to attend open houses when you’re Loft hunting is to develop your priorities. Take a look at different size lofts and layouts, and make notes about what you like and what you don’t like. You’ll begin to see patterns emerge, and they will help you to narrow down just what kind of house you’re looking for. Do you want a pool or a gym? Do you respond to open concept Lofts, or do you prefer soft lofts? Is it better to have a Loft that’s all on one level, or do you like having a second-story window to admire the view?

Imagine yourself living there

As you’re walking through Lofts, imagine yourself living there. Think about what your routine is like each day. Does the layout of this Loft support the kind of lifestyle you imagine yourself having in your new Loft? Does the Loft feature the kind of amenities you’d like to have, like a laundry room that’s easy to access or an area where you can wash your dog? Think about what it’s like while you get ready for work in the morning, and also how you like to spend your time on the weekends. Will this house provide what you need to have a happy life there?

Use your senses

Sellers stage their Lofts to make them appealing to potential buyers, but don’t let them fool you. Yes, the smell of cookies baking is wonderful – but is it hiding another, more unpleasant odor? The soft music playing might add to a sense of peacefulness, but is it covering noise coming from outdoors? How are the views out of the windows? Does the bedroom face the neighbor’s backyard where young children are playing? Use all your senses to discover what it might be like from day to day living there.

Refine expectations

Visiting open houses will also help you to refine your expectations. After seeing many houses, you’ll have a much better understanding of how much loft your money will buy. You’ll see where you may need to make some compromises and what kinds of features will be deal-breakers for you. It will ensure you’re that much more confident about making an offer when you find the loft you truly love.

Make Your Loft More Luxurious

27 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Make Your Home More LuxuriousDo you want to make your Loft look like a million bucks without spending a fortune? You can, with a little bit of creativity and know-how. Here are the best tips we’ve gathered from designers and stylists to make your Loft look more luxurious on a budget.

Banish clutter

The first step to making your Loft look more luxurious won’t cost you a dime. In fact, you might even make a little money off the challenge. By de-cluttering your Loft, you’re drawing attention to your favorite pieces and allowing space for your eyes to rest. You can re-organize your decorations to fit a theme in each room, which will also add a layer of luxury.

Add crown molding

What is it about crown molding that makes a room look more sophisticated? It’s the finishing touch that adds architectural interest to any room. It signals sophistication and elegance, yet can be installed very inexpensively. Even a simple style of crown molding will elevate any room and make it look more upscale.

Install ceiling medallions

Along with crown molding, ceiling medallions add a touch of class to a room. These decorative additions were common in Victorian Lofts to draw attention to light fixtures. While price points vary, you can find a beautiful medallion that is easy to install for $20 or less.

Decorate with plants and flowers

A simple way to add some life to any room is with plants and fresh flowers. In fact, any kind of natural element will elevate a room, including a bowl of fruit, a vase of twigs or even a bowl of acorns. For a few dollars, a bouquet of fresh, colorful flowers pack a powerful punch and make everything look more expensive. The best way to pull off the look is to either have a very full vase, or a single, elegant stem. Avoid sparse bouquets that don’t quite fill the vase you’re using.

Update lighting

Nothing kills a good vibe faster than terrible lighting. If you’re relying on overhead lights, it’s time to switch it up a little. Floor and table lamps arranged around the room create a nice, flattering ambience. For overhead lights, choose fixtures that add a decorative touch and install dimmers on light switches so the light doesn’t overpower the room.

Choose large-scale art

Luxurious rooms have a focal point, and this can easily be achieved by having a piece of large-scale art. Whether it’s a large canvas or a sculptural piece, a sizable piece of art will create a wow factor in your room that simply can’t be duplicated with several smaller pieces.

Coordinate finishes

If you really want to create a pulled-together look, then coordinate all the finishes in a room. This works especially well in a bathroom or kitchen and can make a room much more luxurious for just a little bit of cash. Replace hardware, faucets and other accessories with coordinating finishes that will make your room look both polished and luxurious.

How To Fall in Love With Your New Neighborhood

20 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

How To Fall in Love With Your New Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood can be a little like dating a new person. There’s the get-to-know-you phase where everything seems foreign. That’s followed by the honeymoon phase where life is so exciting and you couldn’t imagine being happier. Hopefully, you’ll then make it to the in-it-for-the-long-haul phase, where you’re committed, even after the shiny newness has worn off. If you want to know the secrets of how to fall in love with your new neighborhood, read on.

Research the cool places

It doesn’t matter where you go, there is always something fun to discover in a new place. Before your arrival, do a little digging. Hit up websites like Yelp, and do some searching on Facebook and Instagram. Do you love Indian food? Find the nearest restaurant that serves Tikka Masala. Are you hoping to take a tango class? Look up dance studios in the area. Need a great place to get a little work done? Find out where the best local coffee shop is. By making a list of all the neat places you can visit, you give yourself something to look forward to. It also gives you ideas when you’re not sure how to fill your down time in the beginning.

Go for a walk

While driving around your new neighborhood will give you a good feel for the lay of the land, walking will give you a different perspective. So lace up those walking shoes and head out the front door for a stroll around the neighborhood. Notice what the Lofts and gardens look like. Say hello to anyone walking by. Stop and chat with a new neighbor and introduce yourself. Ask your new neighbor what one of their favorite places in the area is. Pay attention to the small details, like how the afternoon light filters through the trees, or the sound of kids playing in a nearby yard. Take some deep breaths and start seeing your neighborhood with a different pair of eyes.

Get involved

It’s easy to feel a little intimidated in a new place, especially if you don’t know anyone. The only cure for that is to get out and meet people. But how do you do it?

First, you could sign up for a class. Learn how to make macramé, sweat it out with some bikram yoga, or attend a seminar on a subject you find interesting. Be open to talking with the people you meet there. You never know – they could become friends.

Second, let your network know about your recent move. Ask if your friends know anyone in your new neighborhood. There’s nothing like a personal introduction from a mutual friend to get the ball rolling on a new relationship.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to play host. A Loft feels more like a Loft when friends and loved ones are in it. Throw yourself a Loftwarming party, and invite your new friends and neighbors.

Just like any long-term relationship, falling in love with a new neighborhood takes time and commitment. By giving yourself fun things to try and paying attention to all the little ways that your new place can delight you, you’ll soon find yourself crushing hard on your new neighborhood.

Buying a Loft Near a School

13 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Buying Near a School

After weeks or even months of searching you’ve found the Loft you love. The trouble is – it’s located next to or near a school, and you’re wondering what that might mean down the line. Is buying near a school a good idea, or could it be inviting trouble? Here are the pros and cons you should weigh when deciding whether or not to buy a Loft near a school.

Pros of buying near a school

One of the biggest perks of buying near a school is the boost to your property value. But be aware that in order to get that extra value, it needs to be a high-performing school. Other advantages of living in close proximity to a school include:

  • Being within walking distance: If you have kids in school, it can be a huge plus if they live close enough to the school to walk. It’s comforting to know that they are close by, and it can make mornings less hectic knowing you don’t have to battle traffic to get there.
  • Having access to school amenities: Do you like to run or play sports? Living near a school often means having access to running tracks or sports fields. Many schools allow members of the community to use these facilities before and after school.
  • Living in a safer neighborhood: In general, the areas around schools tend to be safer. They are more likely to have regular police patrols and crossing guards for busy streets.

Cons of buying near a school

When considering the disadvantages of living near a school, the type of school matters. An elementary school generally causes less of a disturbance than a middle or high school. Older students are more likely to cause trouble, vandalize property or loiter. Other cons to think about include:

  • Traffic: The number of cars and busses passing through the neighborhood at the beginning and end of the school day can increase dramatically. More traffic can also cause more traffic noise, like the sound of idling cars and busses.
  • Parking: More traffic means more parking-related issues. Once the school parking lot is full, parents will be parking on the street, which could impact the parking situation in front of your Loft.
  • Limited number of potential buyers: When it comes time to sell your Loft, you may find that there are fewer buyers interested in purchasing a Loft near a school.
  • Noise: In addition to increased traffic noise, you will likely also hear other noises from the school. This could include school bells, football games and even band practice.

The bottom line

Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to buying next to or near a school. To get a clear picture of how the school might affect your daily life, you should visit at different times of day. Notice what it’s like on a Monday morning compared to a Friday afternoon. Research crime statistics and see if more acts of vandalism are reported during the school year. Talk to neighbors to get their thoughts about living near a school. In the end, you can feel good about your decision once you know all the important information.

Can Music Sell Your Loft?

6 Apr 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Can Music Sell Your Home?While it’s true that music can help soothe your soul, the question is – can it help sell your loft? Are there ways in which you can use the emotional power of music to nudge potential buyers into making an offer? The answer is yes – and here’s how to do it.

Make the music match

While it’s true that music can help sell your loft, it does have to be the right music. Choose your music based on the style of your loft. If your loft has a Zen-like, minimalist quality, you might opt for the kind of music you’d hear at a spa. Also consider the time of year and the weather. If you’re showing the loft on a cold, rainy day, choose music that makes it feel warm and cozy inside – perhaps something you’d hear at a coffeeloft on a Sunday morning. Conversely, if it’s the middle of the afternoon on a hot, sunny summer day, go for something more upbeat and energetic.

Choose safe genres

Musical tastes are very personal. Even though one person may love country music, another may absolutely hate it. It’s hard to second-guess exactly who is going to come through the door, so play it safe with musical genres. Instrumental jazz or classical music often set the perfect mood. Stay away from polarizing genres like heavy metal or religious music, unless you know you are targeting a very specific kind of buyer who would respond favorably to it. You can search streaming sites such as Spotify and Pandora for existing playlists for your open loft. Just be sure to preview the songs before playing them, to make sure they strike the right tone.

Keep the volume low

Unless your open loft is meant to convey a party vibe, keep the volume of your music at a lower volume. You want to be able to hear the music without it being overpowering. If you’re having trouble being heard over the music, it’s too loud. But you want it to be just loud enough so that well-known tunes are recognizable. Music helps people feel more comfortable chatting with each other as they walk through the loft. Silence can be very intimidating.

Go for variety

If you’re showing a larger loft, you can even experiment with playing different music in different areas of the loft. While you may want something slightly more upbeat in the living room and kitchen area, it could make sense to play music that is more relaxing in the bathroom or bedroom. You’re trying to create a mood and help a buyer imagine what it will be like living there. Playing the right kind of music in each room will make those visualizations easier.

Get a second opinion

Once you feel you’ve got just the right music to set the tone, give it a test run. Invite a trusted friend or neighbor over to take a walk through the loft with the music playing. How does it make them feel? Is the volume too low or too high? Make any adjustments that are needed, and you’ll be ready to experiment with your musical selections the next time you show the loft.


Loft Hunting During Spring Break

30 Mar 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

House Hunting During Spring Break

Do your plans for Spring Break include looking for a new Loft? Well, you’re in luck! Spring is an excellent time to buy a Loft. This is the season that the real estate market starts to heat up, and you’ll find more Lofts for sale then you did just a month or two ago. In order to maximize your Loft hunting over Spring Break, this is what you need to know.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

It always bears repeating – before you begin your Loft search in earnest, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage. Now that the real estate market is gaining steam, there will be more buyers competing for the same Lofts. When you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you signal to a seller that you are serious about buying. Not only does it help you get all your financial ducks in a row, it gives you a leg up over the competition.

Check out the neighborhood

There’s nothing like seeing a neighborhood in person, which is why it’s so great to use your time off over Spring Break to search for a Loft. But keep in mind you won’t have unlimited time, and you’ll want to use it wisely. Gather as much information as you can online before visiting a potential new neighborhood. You can find out so much valuable data, such as crime rates, school reviews, and distance to public transportation, shopping and other amenities. When you do this research before you arrive, you’ll be able to narrow down which Lofts are real contenders, and which ones you can mark off your list.

Make your wish list

Another way to make the best use of your time is to decide what you’re looking for in a Loft before you see them in person. Sit down and make a list of what you need, what you want, and what you wish for. Understand your priorities and make an agreement with your spouse or significant other about what aspects of a Loft are most important to you. How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want to be in the city or suburbs? Is a pool a must-have or a would-be-nice-to-have item?

Plan time for fun

If the kids will be joining you on your Loft hunting adventure, make sure to plan some down time to have fun! Find out what some of the great places are in town, and set aside an afternoon to check them out. Visit the local park, grab lunch at a popular restaurant, or play a round of miniature golf. Give the kids a reason to get excited about their new Loft.

Connect with a trusted agent

Lastly, make the most of your Loft search by working with a trusted agent who is an expert in the local real estate market. Put out the word on social media to find referrals in the area, search online reviews and make some calls. Choose an agent with whom you have a good report, and have them begin scheduling appointments for you.