Welcome to the Synergy Properties Blog!

Whether you're a happy homeowner, looking to sell your current home, or searching for the home of your dreams, the Synergy Properties team has curated some helpful blog posts to help provide inspiration for your next DIY project, catch up on your real estate knowledge, or answer your hard-hitting questions about the home selling/buying process. Sift through our blog categories and feel free to let us know if you'd like us to cover something in particular. Happy reading!

 

 

July 1, 2024

Whole-Home Security Systems Continue to Evolve

Until recently, even the latest home security system could become obsolete overnight. Nowadays, newer whole-home integration systems are much more compatible with interchangeable parts and innovative add-ons. 
As a result, it’s now possible to have a multi-faceted security system that watches over many of the functions and activities in and around your home. For example, you can organize and control your home’s exterior cameras, motion detectors, door locks, window coverings, lighting, entertainment, appliances, and HVAC with one system.

If you’re buying an entirely new system, there are many established and emerging brands available, so consider their functions, cost, convenience, and reliability. If you want the whole-home system to manage existing utilities and appliances, things can become more challenging. You will need to ensure that your specific devices can communicate with your new hub, which means you need to identify the way they share information. Because their device compatibility is not certain, it’s advisable to identify the make and model of your existing equipment and check for compatibility before you purchase a new security hub or system.
Posted in Buyer Blog
June 3, 2024

How To Make Your Home Sale “Smooth Sailing”

 
If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you know that rough waters can result in a miserable experience. Even on modern ships equipped with stabilizers, choppy seas and bad weather can leave you stuck below deck – and possibly seasick.

In fact, the expression “smooth sailing” comes from a desire for calm waters.

When you sell your property, you’ll want smooth sailing too. You’ll want the experience to be as nondisruptive as possible, while also having plenty of qualified buyers interested in your listing. In the end, you’ll want the transaction to be completed without a hitch.

So how do you ensure that happens? Here are some things you can do to help:

  • Think of your home as a product - Potential buyers are more likely to become interested in a product that looks clean, uncluttered, and well-maintained. Make sure the front entrance is inviting and keep closets half-empty and organized. If you are in a house, make sure the exterior is appealing (shrubs and flowers go a long way with this).
  • Price it right - If it’s listed too high, potential buyers won’t come. If it’s listed too low, you may leave money on the table (potentially thousands). Setting the price will be one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when selling your home.
  • Don’t be there during showings - As your real estate agent, I will take buyers through your property and show them all the great features. If you’re there, some buyers may not feel comfortable and may leave before they have had a chance to become interested.
  • Be flexible- This is especially important when it comes to showing appointments, negotiations, home inspections, closing dates, etc. It’s okay to be firm on some things, just not everything.

With these tips in mind, you can better tame choppy waters that may arise and hopefully smoothly sail into a sale.

Posted in Seller Blog
May 6, 2024

Home Sweet Smart Home: Automating Your Home Decisions

It’s been long predicted, but the time has finally come when whole-home systems can provide a network to allow the electronic features and fixtures of your home to talk to one another. Often a family’s first such network involves controlling and sharing subscription services for movies, TV, and music among personal devices.
Smart home hubs are the next logical step beyond streaming services. They provide instant communication between household utilities. It is now possible to connect a single master control to automate decisions on your behalf regarding security, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, media and entertainment – and even monitor diet, physical activity, and personal health. 

The result is greater efficiencies and less environmental impact. This connectivity will only get more advanced with the purchase of new appliances. Your next refrigerator or stove could be capable of reading product labels, providing recipes according to the food you have on hand, planning meals, cooking, and ordering groceries.

With the convenience smart technology can add to your life and the potential increase in home value, investing in smart home technology is naturally a smart choice.
Posted in Buyer Blog
May 6, 2024

Home Sweet Smart Home: Automating Your Home Decisions

It’s been long predicted, but the time has finally come when whole-home systems can provide a network to allow the electronic features and fixtures of your home to talk to one another. Often a family’s first such network involves controlling and sharing subscription services for movies, TV, and music among personal devices.
Smart home hubs are the next logical step beyond streaming services. They provide instant communication between household utilities. It is now possible to connect a single master control to automate decisions on your behalf regarding security, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, media and entertainment – and even monitor diet, physical activity, and personal health. 

The result is greater efficiencies and less environmental impact. This connectivity will only get more advanced with the purchase of new appliances. Your next refrigerator or stove could be capable of reading product labels, providing recipes according to the food you have on hand, planning meals, cooking, and ordering groceries.

With the convenience smart technology can add to your life and the potential increase in home value, investing in smart home technology is naturally a smart choice.
Posted in Buyer Blog
March 24, 2024

4 Golden Rules to Finding a Home You’ll Love

If you want or need to sell your current home, one thing you might be wondering is, “How will we find and buy our next dream home?” Fortunately, there’s no mystery to how to do that. Simply follow the “golden rules”!
1. Create a profile. Decide what kind of home you want to buy. Consider the type of building, size, number of bedrooms, property features, and other details. When you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you’re more likely to find it. You’ll also be less likely to waste time seeing listings that aren’t a good fit.

2. Target ideal neighborhoods. Where do you want to live? What areas are likely to be a good fit with your desired lifestyle? What sort of neighbors do you want? What area features, such as schools, do you need close by?

3. Pre-arrange any required financing. Will you need a mortgage? Make those arrangements in advance. That will give you peace-of-mind in knowing you’ll be able to buy the home you want. Also, a pre-arranged mortgage makes your offers stronger.

4. Get on an alert list. Not all new listings are advertised or posted online right way. So, arrange to be immediately alerted to new listings that match your criteria. That way, you’ll be first in line.

Following these tips will go a long way toward getting you into the home of your dreams.
 
 
Posted in Seller Blog
March 24, 2024

Should You Get a Pre-Sale Home Inspection?

Unless you’re in a seller’s market where you can expect many offers, quickly, it might make sense to get a pre-sale home inspection.
It can give your listing a competitive advantage.

What is it? It’s simply a professional inspection you get done on your own home. Assuming only a few inconsequential issues are identified, the passed inspection becomes an appealing selling feature of your listing. Buyers are likely to be more confident in making an offer when they know an inspection has been done.

What happens if an inspection reveals a concern?

Well, that issue would likely have been discovered by the buyer’s inspection anyway. At that point it could cause a potential problem with the deal. Now you can be proactive. You can either get the issue fixed, or factor it in during the sale. The point is, it doesn’t come as an unwelcome surprise to you or the buyer.

Getting a pre-sale home inspection is, in most cases, affordable. You’ll likely recover the cost, and then some, when you sell.
Posted in Seller Blog
March 24, 2024

Why Bargain Hunting is a Bad Idea

It seems like every month there is a new website offering deals on everything from electronics
to travel. In fact, the “coupon industry” is booming.
This trend has conditioned people, more than ever before, to look for bargains and become determined to pay well below the market price for merchandise. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all want a deal!

But when it comes to shopping for a home, bargain hunting can be a bad idea.

First of all, the real estate market is competitive. The overwhelming majority of homes sell for a price that is at, or close to, their respective market values. Your chances of finding a property that is listed significantly below its market value is slim to none.

Secondly, if you become fixated on finding a bargain, you may not notice all the great properties on the market that are within your price range and meet your criteria.

In other words, you may inadvertently pass on what may, in fact, be your next dream home. So when shopping for a new home, focus on finding the right property at the right price, not on finding a bargain.
 
Posted in Buyer Blog
Feb. 1, 2024

When You Can Only See a Property Once

If you’re searching for a new home within a tight time frame or searching for an out-of-town property, you may not have time to make multiple visits. In fact, you might only get a chance to view a property once before deciding whether or not to make an offer. In that case, you’ll need to be sure to get all the information you need from that one viewing. The trick is to be prepared.

Before viewing a property, make a list of all the things you want to know about the home. If it’s an older home for example, you may want to know about possible maintenance issues. So, you’ll have questions about when you should expect that the roof, furnace or air conditioner will need to be replaced. If you’re concerned about bedroom space, you’ll want to bring a measuring tape and confirm the dimensions of those rooms.

Then, when you schedule the viewing, make it clear to the seller that you may need more time than the average buyer. Depending on the property, you may need an extra 30 minutes to an hour.

During the viewing, spend time exploring each of the rooms, especially those that are most important to you. Bring a notebook or use your smartphone to make notes. And, don’t forget to ask all of your questions.

Posted in Buyer Blog
Feb. 1, 2024

Pricing Psychology and Selling your Home

Have you ever seen a product at a store and thought, “Whoa. That price is outrageously high. It’s just not worth it!” Conversely, you might have also reacted to another product with, “That’s awfully cheap. The quality must not be good.”

Welcome to the psychology of pricing!

According to research, people tend to draw conclusions about a product based on its price. If it doesn’t reflect the perceived value of the item, people become hesitant to buy. This occurs whether the item is priced too high or too low.

What does this have to do with selling your property?

When you set the list price, you want it to help attract the right type of buyers... buyers who are looking for your kind of property, in your neighborhood, and within that price range.

If you set your price too high, you risk having buyers see your listing as too expensive relative to comparable properties.

If you set the price too low, you might attract more buyers. In fact, in some circumstances, that can be a strategy for generating quick interest in your listing. But, you might also cut out otherwise qualified buyers who are searching within a higher price range.

So, when selling your home, consider the importance of pricing psychology.

Posted in Seller Blog
Feb. 1, 2024

How to Make your Home “Picture Perfect” for Viewings

Have you ever had a formal photo shoot? Perhaps you’ve had one for work or arranged one for your family. If so, chances are you dressed up and made yourself look your best.

That’s the right mindset to be in when selling your home too. You want to make every room look as attractive as possible because, these days, many buyers will view pictures of your listing – usually online – before they actually come to see it.


So, how do you make your home look “picture perfect”?

An effective technique is to walk around your home with a camera. You don’t need to take any pictures, at least not yet. Just visit each room and view it through the camera lens. Look at the room from different angles – as though you were a Hollywood director planning a shot! Then, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will the room look cluttered in a picture?

  • Does the room appear to be spacious and comfortable?

  • Is there anything in the shot that stands out as distracting or negative?

  • Will removing, adding or re-arranging furniture and other items make the room look better in a photo?

  • Does the room look better at certain times of the day?

  • Are there any other changes you can make to the room to make it look better in a photo?

After you’ve gone through this exercise, you’ll have a clear idea of what changes you need to make to ensure your listing looks its best in photos and video.

Posted in Seller Blog