Joey Sweatt - A Notch Above Real Estate LLC



Posted by Joey Sweatt on 6/18/2017

Selling your home can be scary, particularly for those who are listing a residence for the first time. Fortunately, we're here to help you face your home selling fears so you can overcome them before you add your property to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three common home selling fears, along with some of the ways that you can put these concerns to rest.

1. I won't be able to get the best price for my home.

Getting the best price for a house is the number one concern for most home sellers, and for good reason. Lucky for you, there are several quick, easy ways to ensure you can maximize the value of your residence.

First, check out the housing market and see how your house stacks up against similar residences that are available. This will enable you to collect valuable housing market data that can help you price your house accordingly.

Don't forget to complete a home appraisal too. A property appraiser will allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze your house's interior and exterior. Then, he or she will provide a report that outlines your home's strengths and weaknesses so you can better understand the true value of your residence.

2. My home will stay on the real estate market for years to come.

Let's face it Ė a home seller likely wants his or her residence to sell as soon as it hits the real estate market. Sometimes, a house can linger on the real estate market for an extended period of time. And when this happens, it is easy to question whether a homebuyer will ever submit an offer on a residence.

As a home seller, it is important to ensure your house makes a positive first impression on homebuyers.

Spend some time mowing the front lawn, clearing dirt and debris from walkways and performing assorted home exterior improvements. This will enable you to boost your house's curb appeal instantly.

Also, declutter your home's interior as much as possible. By doing so, you can make it simple for homebuyers to envision what life would be like if they decide to purchase your residence.

3. When the time comes, I won't be able to relocate to a new home.

After you sell your residence, you'll need to move to a new address. The relocation process often can be difficult, especially if you have lived in a particular house for many years.

A real estate agent can help you prepare for the relocation process. This housing market professional understands all aspects of the home selling cycle, and as such, will be happy to offer expert assistance at all times.

Although selling a home may seem challenging, an informed home seller will understand what it takes to get the best results possible. And if you address your home selling fears now, you should have no trouble optimizing the value of your house and accelerating the home selling process.




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Posted by Joey Sweatt on 6/11/2017

 Buying your first house can be scary because, admittedly, there are a lot of things that can go wrong! That's one of the reasons that working with a real estate agent is such a good idea. An experienced agent can guide you through the complicated process of buying a home and help you navigate the potential pitfalls of becoming a new home owner. He or she can also zero in on your priorities and assist you in getting the most for your money. A real estate agent can help you stay on track, find the resources you need, meet closing deadlines, and locate homes that live up to your requirements. In choosing a buyers' agent to assist you in matching your needs (and budget) to the available real estate inventory in your area, three important attributes to look for are experience, knowledge of the real estate market, and negotiating skill.

When it comes to negotiating, the vital truths that many first-time home buyers forget are that "everything's negotiable" (or pretty close to everything) and that the asking price of a property is often not the lowest price a seller is willing to accept. A lot depends, of course, on market conditions and the demand for a particular property, but it pays to have a real estate professional in your corner when making offers. Good agents have a knack for identifying "bargaining chips" that can help you negotiate a lower price, gain concessions from the seller, and potentially save thousands of dollars now and over the term of your mortgage.

One of the biggest things first-time homeowners forget is that "there's more to a house than meets the eye". That insight can be viewed from both a positive and negative perspective.

  • The negative side: Even though a real estate listing may look like the house of your dreams, there could easily be hidden problems like termite infestations, plumbing repair issues, structural problems, hidden mold growth, noisy neighbors, and so on. Except for the potential problem of noisy (or nosy) neighbors, a reputable real estate inspector can help you identify a wide range of structural flaws and other "red flags" before you sign on the dotted line.
  • The positive side: One key thing that many home buyers don't always consider is the future potential of a house or property. With a little imagination, budgeting, and planning, a less-than-perfect house can be developed into exactly what you and your family want and need. Kitchens can be updated, bathrooms can have new vanities and fixtures installed, porches can be screened in, and backyards can have fences built or hedges planted for improved privacy. 
The secret to buying a home that you can grow into and "make your own" is to always look beyond surface appearances and think in terms of "How can we customize this house to make it exactly what we envision?"





Posted by Joey Sweatt on 6/4/2017

The one thing that your busy lifestyle cannot afford could be happening right now. You may be struggling to get a good, restful night of sleep. Caffeine, sugar right before bed, energy drinks and stress could be the culprits. Your bedroom, the place where you go to rest, could also be keeping you up at night.

Why your bedroom could be costing you sleep

At the top of the list of why your bedroom could be keeping you up at night is your actual bed. A bed should be firm, but not hard. It also shouldnít be spongy, causing you to lose support while you sleep. Being uncomfortable in bed could cause you to rest on the same side each night, creating sore hips and shoulders. Lay on your back at night and you may snore. People who develop sleep apnea have been known to be back sleepers.

As tempting as it is, sleeping with the TV on is not a good idea, especially if you are noise sensitive. Lay in bed watching game shows, sporting events and other programs that maintain your attention and you could start to become more alert and awakened rather than drowsy and sleepy. Try turning the TV off fifteen to twenty minutes before you are ready to go to sleep. Avoid reading and planning.Relax.

Do you ever feel like you sweated all night when you wake? Or do you ever feel cold? If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, those extreme temperatures could be keeping you from enjoying deeper sleep. Do a little exploring and try turning the heat up or turning on a fan or the air condition just before you go to bed.Notice if you sleep better. Another trick is to wear socks to bed on cold nights or a thin pajama set when itís warmer outside. Taking a shower just before you go to bed when itís hot outside can also help to cool you off.

More ways to start gaining a good night of sleep

Early morning light can serve as a natural alarm clock. Too much light streaming through your bedroom window could find you waking every one to two hours. It could also keep you from going into a deep sleep. Workarounds include hanging darker curtains, blinds or drapes or sleeping with an eye mask on. You could also try moving your bed further away from the window or positioning your bed in your bedroom so that the head of your bed is away from outside lights.

Noise is another element that could keep you up at night. Squeaking floors, music playing in the background and noise coming into your bedroom from outside could keep you alert. So too could barking pets. You could install insulated window treatments to reduce noise and train pets to rest at night instead of staying up and barking at every sound they hear.

Drinking warm teas and relaxing for thirty to sixty minutes before you head to bed can also help you to rest better. Finishing projects, paying bills on weekends instead of on weekday evenings, eating a healthy diet and exercising, are other ways that you could set yourself up for a good night of sleep.




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Posted by Joey Sweatt on 5/28/2017

Good sleep is one of life's sweetest treats. If you've ever gone without sleep or struggled to get and stay asleep, you know how valuable the nightly ritual is.Go one week without enough sleep and you may become irritable, short tempered and confused. That's right. Lack of sleep can cause you to feel disoriented. It can also cause you to be forgetful and depressed.

How you could get hotel quality sleep right at home

If you're a parent raising young children, you might head to a hotel just so you can enjoy a good night of sleep. Spending a night in a hotel treats you to first class service. To get a hot meal, all you have to do is pick up the telephone and call the onsite restaurant. As soon as you enter your hotel room, rose petals sprinkled atop the mattress welcome you. Hotel drapes are heavy, keeping out street lights.

But, a night in a hotel cost. It's not free which is why you want to learn how to sleep better right at home. Lowering the noise in your bedroom is a must if you want better sleep at home. Don't believe it?

Keep your television turned down low on a night when you are particularly sleepy. Although you may sleep, don't be surprised if you wake midway into the night, simply because of the noise emitting from the television. Turn the television off and you just might sleep deeply through the entire night.

Another reason why sleeping with the television on can keep you from enjoying better sleep at home is because of the light coming off the television. To keep light from streaming into your bedroom and waking you or preventing you from drifting into deep sleep, turn your television off before or soon after you get in bed.

Other things that you can do to get better sleep at home

Also, close your bedroom window drapes or blinds. Turn lights in other parts of your house off. If you have a bedroom en-suite and keep a light on in the bathroom, pull the bathroom door near closed before you go to bed.

The path to better sleep at home also requires you to avoid drinking liquids several hours before you go to bed. Drinking too much before you head to bed could cause your bladder to feel, forcing you awoke and to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Definitely steer clear of caffeine rich beverages before you go to bed. This includes coffee, soda and caffeine rich diet drinks.

Pay attention to how your body responds to consuming sugar. If sugary foods make you feel jittery, stay away from these treats as your bedtime approaches. Should you have young children, let them burn off energy during the day.

This could increase the chances that your children will sleep good at night, giving you a chance to sleep deeper. Wearing a fitness watch that tracks your sleep is a great way to find out how well you actually sleep at night. Pay attention to your patterns on nights that you sleep the lightest and the deepest. Consider adjusting your patterns so you can sleep more deeply.




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Posted by Joey Sweatt on 5/21/2017

Itís that time of the year when you are spending more time outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, friends and food. Make it complete by creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space. Perfect means something different to everyone and it certainly doesnít need to mean going overboard with a $30k investment. With just a little elbow grease and a little money, youíll be on your way. Check out the tips below for making it happen. Clean: A tidy area will always look better than an untidy one. Make sure to mow your lawn regularly and water it as well. Sweep or blow off the patio or deck. Stain or paint, if needed. Wipe down outdoor furniture and clean cushions as necessary. Tidy up your garden and plant beds for extra appeal. Having a clean space will make it much more appealing and comfortable to use. Personality: Adding personality into any space is the best way to bring it alive. Do you love bold, bright colors? Purchase seat cushions and accessories that reflect this. Would you rather a beach theme to your outdoor space? Add hints of blue, seashells, stripes and anchors to your space. Outdoor Lighting: Lighting is the perfect way to Ďlight upí your space. And there are so many different ways to add lighting to your outdoor space. Choose from string lights, hanging lights, and decorative lighting with objects like lanterns. String lights are a fun way to add unique ambiance to your space. Think of the feeling you get when your Christmas lights are twinkling outside your home. Bring that feeling to your entertainment space in the summer too. With just a few simple updates you can turn your outdoor space into a great entertainment space. Whether itís just for you or for friends and family, your updates donít need to break the bank. And most of all enjoy your space. For those living in New England, there are only a few months out of the year where you can truly enjoy sitting outdoors with friends and family. Take advantage of it!




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