Find out how to up the curb appeal of your home and make a great first impression on potential buyers! Ron Wieczorek from Eagle Home Mortgage shares some insight on the importance of getting pre-approved for your home loan.

Segment 1


Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He's Thom Dallman, the co-owner, designated broker of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, that's the website for you to go to, or you can call (208) 933-7777. Thom, we've always talked about this, money makes a deal go round.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. I feel like we say that every single week. It's all about the money and the financing that goes along with home purchasing.

Dave Burnett:                    But it's true. Ron Wieczorek with Eagle Home Mortgage is with us today and we're gonna talk kind of sooner than later a better idea.

Ron Wieczorek:                Sooner than later, mortgage pre-approvals with rates still low. There's a lot of benefit in especially a primary residence with the tax incentives that you still get so the power of the interest on money and what you can be doing with your money otherwise with that tax interest or write-off, what the effective rate really is. A lot of times it's comfortable not to have a mortgage, but at the same time you can be doing more with your money still at this time. I like that talk.

Thom Dallman:                  There you go. Back on our topic.

Dave Burnett:                    Back on our topic. When I say cash is king, I think most people think of a loan as cash being given to them or being loaned to them. I know that's the way I think. Can I scratch a check for property? Yeah, that's not gonna happen in my world. I think for most people that doesn't happen. They have to finance their home or their property that they're going to buy.

Ron Wieczorek:                Absolutely. What I'm hearing, we're starting to heat up a little bit. If you look outside, the weather is starting to improve.

Dave Burnett:                    It's trying.

Ron Wieczorek:                It's trying. It wants to and it's going to. A common theme that we all hear, whether it's at Core Group Realty or once I'm talking to a client is I'm gonna wait till the spring or I'm gonna wait until the summer. That's fine if that's ... a lot of the time that coincides with kids and I know when my kids are in school, major movements aren't on the cards, but when we're talking about mortgage pre-approvals, waiting isn't always the best thing. You never know what's going to pop up, whether it's on your credit, whether it's your job stability, or whether it's how you're getting paid. There's just so many layers to mortgage pre-approval and we make it easy, but at the same time, you want to kind of know what you're up against before you get too excited about you call Core Group Realty and you get excited about a house that's on the market and then we talk and we're like, "Oh, well, maybe we have to work on this and get this taken care of first," and all of a sudden maybe the wind comes out of the sails a little. It kind of makes it an uphill battle.

Dave Burnett:                    It seems like in this day and age, I don't think that there's anyone that hasn't looked at their credit and gone, "What is that?" For me, one time I had a JC Penney a charge off that wasn't mine. I've had a Sprint telephone bill that wasn't my wife's. I don't think there's anyone that hasn't had something. Why is that so more prevalent today than it was? Are they just better at looking things up? Why is that so prevalent?

Ron Wieczorek:                I've seen it for years. I've been doing this 17 years and I have a personal experience with that. When I first went to buy a home, I was living in Jacksonville, Florida and my last name is Wieczorek and that's not ... my name's not Bill Smith.

Thom Dallman:                  Not a common name. Yeah.

Ron Wieczorek:                So I can understand how Bill Smith might have some mix up on the credit, but Ron Wieczorek, that's not a common name. So we go to pull my credit, and I'm all proud. I'm in the business, I'm in the industry, I know what I should be doing and they told me my credit score and I just sank.

Dave Burnett:                    Ron, congratulations.

Ron Wieczorek:                They're like, "Well, you have a tax lien on you for a property you owned in ..." it was like 1984. I was like, "I was six." This can't be.

Thom Dallman:                  This isn't mine.

Ron Wieczorek:                There was a doctor in my hometown in Pennsylvania that had the same name as me and somehow his tax lien was on my credit and it was preventing me from buying. I was ready. I had my finances in order. I knew I had my finances in order. I had my job stability. I had all the boxes checked that I needed to check, but I had this preventing me from getting a home. Now it was a little bit of that wind out of the sails moment where I was like, "I can't buy right now and I know I'm ready and all that's getting in my way is this debt from when I was six years old, which wasn't me obviously." So I had to wait a couple months and it took a while to get it cleared up, because that's not the easiest thing is to get something cleared up off your credit.

                                                I always stress the importance of even in a situation where you're 99% sure that you would be approved for a mortgage, you're in a position to do it.

Thom Dallman:                  You don't know.

Ron Wieczorek:                You never know. There's a lot of different ways to get a mortgage pre-approval and that's where technology has made our life a little bit easier.

Dave Burnett:                    But for you with Eagle Home Mortgage, it's a secure website. It's locked down.

Ron Wieczorek:                It's 100% secure and the beauty of it is there's so much available. It's a one stop shop when you go and do the online version. It's even now to the point, and I've tested out myself where it recognizes your bank, the routing number. You can put in your username and password and it will download your bank statements that are needed. Instead of having to go to ... because I've had clients that have to go to the bank, they get the teller to stamp it with the transaction history. If you go right to your bank account right from the website. Now that's not for everybody. Even though it is secure, there's still a lot of hesitation for that, but for anybody that understands that piece and is comfortable with that piece, and we're seeing more and more of that with that being a comfort level, just because we know how secure and regulated that we are.

                                                Another comfort factor for me working at Eagle Home Mortgage is we're owned by a parent company, which is Lennar Builders, so the amount of money and research that goes into any platform that we put out there is already double, triple checked and piloted by one of our builder sites, so by the time it gets to us we've worked out the kinks already. That's one of the things that I like having a parent company that's so big, but having such a small local presence is kind of the best of both worlds.

                                                Other ways to do it still, I do more and more online applications now. A lot of them are still phone interviews. I'd say it's about 40% online, maybe another 40 that do it over the phone, and then the other 20 just like to come in. I love that human interaction, and we're going to talk. You're not gonna get away from me completely no matter how much you may not wanna talk to me. There's still a lot of face to face and I welcome that as well.

Dave Burnett:                    Thom, how important is it right now with the housing market so tight that you are pre-approved?

Thom Dallman:                  Oh my gosh.

Dave Burnett:                    Because bad things will happen if you're not.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. I was just chatting with one of my agents this week that's super frustrated, who's had several offers just get rejected or outbid and stuff like that. One of them that is someone who is not quite pre-qualified yet but they still wanted to get an offer in because things are selling so quickly and so they got their offer in without that pre-qualification letter and it was rejected right away for other offers that had those pre-qualifications. Right now, sellers ... it's such a high seller market that sellers won't even entertain offers unless they have that pre-qualification letter in hand with the offer coming in. It's super important right now in this marketplace.

Dave Burnett:                    Ron, what are the steps I take if I want to get pre-qualified and haven't done it. What do I need to do?

Ron Wieczorek:                I thought you'd never ask. The first step is if you already have my contact information, then you contact me directly. If you don't, I always have my cell phone on me, much to the chagrin of probably the rest of my family, but I can give my cell phone number is (208) 869-9154.

                                                Then I would just take your preference on how you want to do the loan application, whether it is just coming into my office and having an interview, whether it's doing it over the phone, or whether it's doing the online loan application. The great thing about the online loan application, most of the time the folks are ready to talk is on off-hours, and I'm available on off-hours, but some are like, "You know, I don't want to cut into this. I'll just do it online," or, "My wife's not home right now," or, "My husband's not home. Can we do it later?" You can go back to that online application and you can kind of fill in the blanks as you go. I'll get calls and texts during it, "Hey, we just got to this part. What should we say for that?" I'm always there to assist with that if you hit a roadblock that you don't know, just give me a call and then we'll walk through whatever works for your schedule.

Dave Burnett:                    I think what's really nice about dealing with somebody local, because there are those online, and we've talked about that before.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    If you need to talk to somebody, Ron is here to talk to you, and that way there's somebody to go, "Okay, I don't get this at all," as opposed to leaving a message and maybe getting a message back or not.

Ron Wieczorek:                You don't know you need me until you need me.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And then you do.

Ron Wieczorek:                Then you need me.

Dave Burnett:                    By the way, if you didn't get Ron's phone number, you can do that very easily. Just go to coregrouprealty.com and all of that information is listed there as well so you can get it there.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Visit us and go to the service providers page to get all that contact information.

Dave Burnett:                    Get pre-qualified, pre-qualified, pre-qualified. Ron, thank you so much. We appreciate it. Eagle Home Mortgage, and what's your address location?

Ron Wieczorek:                It's 2965 East Tarpon Drive and that's Suite 190. It's in Meridian, Idaho.

Dave Burnett:                    Don't be confused by Eagle Home Mortgage, it doesn't mean it's in Eagle.

Ron Wieczorek:                Quick story, I don't know how much time we have. You usually cut me off, but when I first applied for Eagle Home Mortgage, I've been doing this 17 years, and the last three years have been in Eagle, and I lived in Idaho for six years previous, and I thought, "Oh, Eagle Home Mortgage. It's a little office in Eagle. This sounds neat. I'll go check it out, and then we're in 43 states, we're owned by Lennar Homes." I was like, "Well, this is even better."

Dave Burnett:                    Very good. Ron, thank you so much. It's the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. We'll continue on the other side. It's all being brought to you by Core Group Realty. Call today at (208) 933-7777. Find out why they say you get more with Core.




Segment 2


Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, he's Thom Dallman, the co-owner, designated broker of Core Group Realty, coregrouprealty.com, that is the website for you to go to, or call (208) 933-7777.

                                                You know, Thom, we are rapidly approaching the Parade of Homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Yes. 2018 Spring Parade of Homes, one of my favorite events of the year.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. Well, I think for homeowners, somebody who's remodeling, trying to get an idea, somebody who wanted to see what the new trends are, that Parade of Homes is so good. Because, and I didn't know this until we started doing this show, and I think it was Heather Echevarria who pointed out to me that it is required that they have at least one new thing incorporated into the home.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. So the builders have a couple requirements. One being that it has to be a new floor plan that they've never done before, and the other one being yes, they have to have some kind of new design.

Dave Burnett:                    Gotcha. I like it because it's right in the spring time. The weather's nice, a bit of cabin fever, you can get out and go parade around through the homes and see what's new. That's why I really like it is because of the time of year.

Thom Dallman:                  My personal favorite is just because I do like seeing all the new trends and stuff, and see what's happening in the marketplace as far as design and the conveniences of the home and stuff like that. Heather, herself, is so good at going and visiting other communities, other states and stuff like that, and attending their Parade of Homes, just to kind of get ideas and to see what is happening out there so she can bring new stuff into the Treasure Valley as well. It's always so much fun.

Dave Burnett:                    I think it would be fascinating sometime to talk to somebody, one of the builders, about things that were supposed to be a trend and really never panned out.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, that would be interesting.

Dave Burnett:                    Remember one time, everyone was switching over to aluminum 2x4s-

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    It was ... All homes were going to be built out of metal. That kind of went away.

Thom Dallman:                  That never really ever-

Dave Burnett:                    We're still stick built. In Heather's case, she had several homes that have been concrete built.

Thom Dallman:                  Concrete. If she had her way, she'd build every single home with concrete. Because of the efficiency and the longevity of the home and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    You've been kind of poking around a little bit, finding about some of the new things, new trends that are happening for homes. What can we expect?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. I always like kind of researching online different things that are happening out there in the industry, and one of those happens to be trends. We've kind of talked a little bit about the multiple generations. A lot of homes are starting to be built with in-law suites and stuff like that, where multiple generations are living together. Parents are moving in with their kids, their adult kids, the older parents.

Dave Burnett:                    But it's tough to have them live right in the house.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    So they've come up with some good ideas.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. And we saw that last year, several homes that had the en suite options for parents to have their own separate space in the house and stuff like that. Or even college kids. I know that my brother, his kids are all going to college, but staying with him, for the convenience and cost savings of not having to pay for dorms, not having to pay for their apartments and stuff like that while they're going through college. So that, I think, is something that we're going to see a lot more trends in homes as well.

                                                Let's see, what else did I run across? The open kitchen shelves, we've talked about that a little bit in the past, too. People are really kind of trending to that open shelving in the kitchens and glass in the cabinets again, where your decorative plates and stuff like that can be displayed. I personally have just messy looking cabinets, so I would not want-

Dave Burnett:                    Yes. Open cabinets wouldn't work. We just recently remodeled our kitchen. We did put about half of them in with frosted glass, which there's decorative stuff, but the ones with the solid doors, don't open those.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Do not open those.

Thom Dallman:                  You never know what's gonna fall out.

Dave Burnett:                    Exactly.

Thom Dallman:                  It's kind of like in the airplanes when they say, "open with caution," because things shift around in flight.

Dave Burnett:                    So, open cabinets. That would take, honestly, that takes somebody very organized, somebody very neat and tidy.

Thom Dallman:                  But we did see that last year and I wonder if we'll see some more of that this year, for sure.

                                                Some of the other trends are rooftop decks. My own house has a rooftop deck, and I can tell you that you want to make sure it's done really, really well, to avoid leaks.

Dave Burnett:                    Because? Oh, leaks. Gotcha.

Thom Dallman:                  Because yeah, it has to be sealed just right to make sure that there's no leaking happening in that. So rooftop decks, yeah, seem to be kind of a little trend across the US.

Dave Burnett:                    I like the thought of them, to get up there and be able to sit, maybe have a small barbecue up there and-

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, and kind of oversee the houses around you, look over them and kind of see the valley and stuff like that. Because we have such a beautiful valley here. To be able to get out there and enjoy the view.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. There's some condos in downtown Boise along the river that we looked at, at one time a number of years ago, that had rooftop decks on them. And that was one of the features we really liked, the fact you can get up there, kind of get the bird's eye view on everything. So that's nice.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Super convenient for that. We talked to you about smarts, the new smart devices, the new-

Dave Burnett:                    Something new every day.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly. Exactly. So, I think a perfect example of this, we were at dinner this last weekend with some friends, and all of a sudden he's like, "Hmm, I wonder who that is," and he turned his phone towards us and it was his doorbell with a video camera, because someone had rang the doorbell, and so he could see who the person was. He had the option to actually answer the doorbell and say, "Hey, who are you? What's going on?" But yeah, 8:00 at night and some stranger's at your house ringing the doorbell and stuff, and he was able to see who it was. So the conveniences of video doorbells as well as the smart thermostats that start to learn your habits and start adjusting the thermostat for you. You know, if you happen to always turn your thermostat down when you go to bed at night or down in the morning when you leave for work, it will start kind of figuring out that average time that you do that and start doing it for you, so you don't have to worry about it.

Dave Burnett:                    You know, it's amazing. When they first came out, thermostats, you could set a hard time that it ... I thought that was great. But where the thermostat is learning your habits? That is just amazing.

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative), exactly. One of the things that I really want to look into is the ones that will open your garage door from your phone, because you think about ... If you do have anybody that has to come by the house and you can't be there, whether it be someone to come and fix something, the service men to come and service your furnaces in the springtime and stuff like that, you may not necessarily want to give out your garage code to random strangers or people coming through if you can't be there for it. So the convenience of them being able to say, "Hey, I'm out in front of your house, can you open the garage door?" And you can open it from your phone, and stuff like that, would be so convenient.

Dave Burnett:                    Or even if you have a pet sitter, somebody watching your dogs or cats, and they could just call you and you just punch in the code and open the garage door.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    From anywhere in the world. You could be sitting in Cabo San Lucas and be able to open the garage door.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, so I'm really super curious to see how many of those kind of devices and things have been implemented in some of these new homes. And tankless water heaters, too. I personally am a big fan of the tankless water heaters, that's where it kind of heats the water continuously and instantly, so you're never having to deal with that, "Oh my gosh, I've run out of hot water and I'm taking a cold shower now," when you have a house full of people.

Dave Burnett:                    Anything you've found as far as color schemes and/or kind of fixtures in the house?

Thom Dallman:                  The color schemes seem to be going more towards the lighter versions of colors. Whites, contrasting colors, seem to be a big trend right now. The floorings, we've talked a little bit about, the new technology out there of the durable high-end luxury laminates that we're seeing. One thing that I did read recently was about, as far as color goes, people are trending lately towards more watercolor versions of paints, so it almost looks like watercolors are on the wall and kind of textures, as well as those bright kind of ... I guess you would say, pastel colors, almost. Subdued colors and stuff like that. So it might be a trend that will happen in 2018. So I'm curious to see if that actually happens, if we have a whole bunch of Easter egg-style homes.

Dave Burnett:                    You don't sound too excited about that.

Thom Dallman:                  Sorry. I'm not much of a pastel color type person. And then of course, the textured wallpapers. We saw that popping in last year as well. So I have a feeling we might see some more of that this year.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, the Parade of Homes coming up, starting April 28th, and the nice thing is they scheduled it so you'll have three weekends to try to take in all the homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. It goes two weeks, including the two end weekends. So April 28th through May 13th. It ends on May 13th, I believe is Mother's Day, so it ends on Mother's Day. Great day to take your mom out and kind of go do something fun. We do that, we see that a lot every year. And it's open, I can't remember the hours. I believe it's 5:00 til 8:00 on Monday through Thursday, and then I believe 11:00 until 8:00 on the weekends, or 11:00 til 9:00 on the weekends.

Dave Burnett:                    You can check their website, for sure, to find out.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, just go to the boiseparadeofhomes.com, I believe is the website. The Builders and Contractors Association of Southwest Idaho are the ones that put it on. BCASWI put it on every year and they have about 40 homes throughout the whole valley. From my understanding, it covers all of Ada County. So there's a lot of options out there.

Dave Burnett:                    As soon as those maps are printed up, the magazines, you'll have them here at Core Group?

Thom Dallman:                  Yup, as soon as they release those, we'll get a few copies here at our office on Emerald so that people can swing by any time and pick it up.

Dave Burnett:                    Get ready for that. The Parade of Homes, spring version 2018.

                                                This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, being brought to you by Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, the website. (208) 933-7777. Find out why they say you get more with Core.




Segment 3


Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. He is Thom Dallman,  the co-owner, designated broker of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, that is the website. (208) 933-7777. You want to make sure that you have a real estate company that's on top of it, that's on the cutting edge when it comes to marketing, on the cutting edge when it comes to how they get out, how they look at properties, how they get the information about properties, because it's a changing world.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Oh my gosh, it's always changing. Real estate is always changing. It's one of the the things I love about it, is that it's never constant. Every day, it seems like there's something new that's popped up that has never happened before or that you've never seen. So trying to figure that out is always kind of the fun part of real estate. And you know, currently, right now, we're in just such a unique marketplace with this inventory, this low inventory that we talk about every week, 1.7 month supply of inventory, where a healthy market, and where we've always been on average is that 5-6 months supply. That means, if we don't have another listing, come on, we'll run out of stuff in less than two months for all the buyers that are coming into town.

Dave Burnett:                    One of the other challenging things about the Boise area now, if somebody's only been here 10-15 years, they don't get it. But for those old timers, who have been here for a long time, I've been here for over 20 years, it has grown so much and it has changed so much. I was thinking, my wife and I were talking the other day. I remember sitting at Les Bois horse track. That's out in Garden City, if you don't know where the horse track is. We were sitting there when they started building homes in the foothills up there.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, really?

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. Before that, it was just all desert-y-

Thom Dallman:                  Just the desert, mountain-y.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. It was nothing. It's like, man, they're building ... One of these days, it's gonna be all homes up there. And little by little, that has happened.

Thom Dallman:                  That has slowly happened. Yeah, now it's just homes across the foothills. As we continue to kind of hit all these charts of the best to live in the United States, safest place, the most affordable place, all these charts that we keep-

Dave Burnett:                    Best place to retire.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly. Best place to retire seems to be the big prevalent one, because it does seem like a majority of the people that are moving in from out of town are usually people who are either retiring or people who want better schooling and stuff for their kids.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep.

Thom Dallman:                  Seem to be the big trends.

Dave Burnett:                    If you're thinking about selling your home-

Thom Dallman:                  It's a great time to sell right now.

Dave Burnett:                    It really is, you're gonna get top dollar for your property.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    But you need to prepare for that. You should be ready to do that.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, we always try to sit down with people and kind of consult them a little bit, walk through their homes and say, "If you're wanting to sell, here's some helpful hints and things to think about doing to make sure that you're ready for that," things like de-cluttering your home. Going through and taking out a lot of your personal items, so that buyers can kind of get that feel that the home ... You still want stuff there to show the use of rooms, and the best way to use rooms, but you want to kind of take that personal stuff out so that people can envision their own style, their own taste.

Dave Burnett:                    You want to make it neutral.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Very neutral, very neutral. If you have a home that has lots of very unique colors, you might want to think about kind of going through and painting some neutral colors in there.

Dave Burnett:                    There goes the purple bedroom.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly. You know, think about the viewpoint of the buyer, if you're the buyer coming through the house, that they want to be able to know what the room's used for, but they want to also be able to visualize their own tastes in there as well.

Dave Burnett:                    Do you think it's a good idea, if somebody's thinking about selling their home, that they start by going out and standing on the curb, looking at the house?

Thom Dallman:                  Yes. Enhance your curb appeal. That's your first impression when people pull up to the house, is the curb appeal and how that looks.

Dave Burnett:                    How many times have you had it, where you've driven by a house and a person goes, "Nah, don't even bother to stop."

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah, it's happened. "Oh, look at that dead grass. No, I'm not really interested," or, "Oh gosh, there's no landscaping whatsoever on the house."

Dave Burnett:                    Or, "The trees are all overgrown."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly. So yeah, spend a weekend trimming your trees, trimming up the bushes. Maybe plant some flowers. Maybe if you don't want to actually plant flowers, maybe do a couple of flower boxes. Just give it some livelihood and some color. You know, and maybe look at the siding on your house. Does it need cleaning, if it's vinyl? Does it need a new coat of paint, if you have wood siding or anything like that? So, really kind of remembering that that is the first impression. If you have gutters full of leaves and twigs sticking out of it and plants actually growing in it ... people are like, "Oh, yeah, that's gonna be an issue," so get out there and clean your gutters and ...

Dave Burnett:                    This is the time of year, too, that the big box stores all put their bark mulch on sale. So you can go get it fairly inexpensive-

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah, super inexpensive.

Dave Burnett:                    But it'll freshen up and really make your yard look good.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, back in the day when I was flipping homes, that was one of the quickest ways to make the curb appeal so much nicer, is just going out and spending $50 bucks on some new mulch and throwing that in the flower beds. It just changes the look and feel of the house so quick. If you have pets, we always recommend starting to think about trying to make sure that the pets aren't in the home, obviously, when you go to show them, but starting to de-smell the house.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. Let's be honest, you may be, I love the term "nose blind," you don't notice the fact that Fido smells like a wet dog.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    If anyone walking through the home does, then you don't want that negative experience.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And on that rare occasion that you have someone that has the allergies to animals, you don't want them to be discouraged on the house and stuff. So I usually tell people, go out and rent a shampooer, or even better, if you have the opportunity, use ... One of our vendors is Oxi Fresh (Carpet Cleaning) to go through and actually clean the carpets. There's other vendors out there, there's a whole bunch of different vendors and stuff. But get the carpets cleaned, and get rid of some of that pet dander and pet smell and stuff like that.

                                                If you've lived in your home for ten years and have never done that, it's just a good idea to do it anyway.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, it is. You know, one of the other things when it comes to pets, look in your back yard. Has your dog made a path? I mean, honestly, if I look at my back yard, my dog has a path. And there is a beaten path to it.

Thom Dallman:                  I have a path.

Dave Burnett:                    That's something you may want to get done, over-seed your lawn, get that path ... Get rid of it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly. Yeah, there's so many different things when it comes to pets that you just want to make sure ... I was looking at my dog door this week, thinking, "Ugh, I really need to clean that thing." From their wet nose and their wet paws and stuff, going in and out of those dog doors, those can get pretty grimy and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    It's easy to let stuff get away from you.

Thom Dallman:                  Right, oh yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    And when you're trying to sell your home, you're trying to make it look the best you can to get the best top dollar you can out of it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    While the person wants to visualize what it'd be like for them to be in the home, they don't have to overlook grime.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a nice way of putting it. So, a little elbow grease, a little soap, doesn't cost you a lot, it just takes a little effort.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. Now's the time of the year to think about your lawn furniture too. If you have lawn furniture, making sure that it's cleaned up and in place-

Dave Burnett:                    Not duct taped together?

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. If it's got duct tape on it, you might want to get rid of it.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, it may be time. I guess, really, when we're at this time of year, people talk about spring cleaning. If you're getting ready to sell your home or to list it, kind of put that spring cleaning on steroids and really go dig into it. Maybe even hire a company, hire a service to come in and do the cleaning.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, yep. I highly recommend going to coregrouprealty.com. We have great service providers for everything from HVAC to cleaning and everything that can come out and get your house up to par and ready for being listed and sold. Because there's not a lot of listings out there, but you still want to be the best listing out there for people to want to put an offer in on your house. People just assume that, just because we're in this low inventory, that they can just list their house at whatever price, whatever ... However it looks and stuff, and still get top dollar. But there's still houses that kind of sit on the market because they're overpriced or their condition is such that people just don't want to buy them.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, if you don't ... I don't know, I'm not an expert on this, but correct me if I'm wrong ... If you want to avoid that counteroffer that's way below what you're asking, if your home is in great shape, you're not as likely. Because I know some people go, "You know what? The carpets need to be replaced, it needs to be painted, you need to clean the gutters. Let's offer them this much," and it's gonna be a lot less than what you could get.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Yep, that happens still, even in this marketplace where you keep hearing, "Oh, it's a seller's market, you can sell your house for whatever you want." That's not 100% true. You still have to have some work into the house, as well as make sure that it's priced correctly for the marketplace.

Dave Burnett:                    And this is the time, spring cleaning. Put it on steroids and really get that house ready to sell.

                                                Thom, if somebody wants to get a hold of you at Core Group Realty, how do they do it?

Thom Dallman:                  Give us a call at (208) 933-7777, we have someone on the phones pretty much 24/7. Maybe not at midnight or 2:00 in the morning, but usually-

Dave Burnett:                    You can go on the website-

Thom Dallman:                  Yes. You can go on coregrouprealty.com and check out all of our different pages there. Like I said, the service provider page there has our list of trusted and tried vendors that we work really well with and have had good luck with for our clients in the past. So, you can check that out. Check our blog site, where we talk about all these things, home repairs, things to think about, as well as ... This radio show's posted on there as well, so you can go back and listen to and read, because we transcribe them, our past blogs and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    And if you're thinking about selling your home, give Core Group a call. Sit down and talk with them and see what they can do for you to help you get top dollar for your home.

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