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10 Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

by The Jansen Team

Current trends show that buyer demand for homes is high and rising. If you’re in the market, here are 10 common mistakes buyers make and how to avoid them:

  1. Not doing proper research and preparation – understanding your financial situation and knowing the neighborhood are two huge factors to take into consideration.‚Äč
  2. Have your loan preapproved before searching! This gives you a competitive advantage over other buyers in the same market.
  3. Don’t be influenced by the market over your own needs – have a professional agent in your corner to sort out confusing messages you might find in the media.
  4. Going beyond your budget – take the time to find the perfect home, and make sure it’s one that matches your financial capabilities.
  5. Falling in love isn’t a huge mistake – but letting the sellers’ agent know you’re in love could turn into one, especially when it comes down to the negotiation process.
  6. It’s not all about price – price is what you pay, value is what you get!
  7. Not having the right protection clauses in the contract of sale – another reason to have a professional, experienced agent on your side!
  8. Underestimating the full costs of buying a home, such as acquisition costs and ongoing costs of owning a property.
  9. Not organizing a professional inspection – Inspectors are trained to find faults, if the list is long, don’t be worried! Just focus on the major issues.
  10. Going solo – buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make – don’t do it alone! Having a professional agent on your side will give you peace of mind and make the whole process easier to understand. 

Spruce up your home!

by Jansen Team

Trend Watch: Colors that won’t die quickly

You’ve probably noticed a lot of older trends coming back in style, and now you’ll see them inside homes too! Industry experts have come up with their predictions for the top 10 home design trends gaining traction in 2018.

  1. More color in kitchens

Give the space a warm, personalized, unique feel – take risks and be BOLD!

  1. Rich colors throughout the home

Not like the 70s avocado green and mustard colors – warm grays paired with camel, rust, tobacco and brown-blacks, as well as earthy reds and yellows won’t date quickly and give a cozy feel to any room!

  1. No more white or stainless steel sinks

Modern Farmhouse trends will continue and spread to bathrooms – more concrete, stone, copper, and granite composite sinks in darker shades of gray, bronze, and black will be more prominent.

  1. Florals

Eye-catching and oversized – you’ll continue to see these everywhere!

  1. Vintage lighting

Sconces, lanterns, pendants, and chandeliers – a good DIY project when adding new technology to these more-durable retro fixtures.

  1. Trough or bucket sinks

Another modern Farmhouse trend that’s not going anywhere – these durable, low maintenance sinks maximize space and add a rustic aesthetic.

  1. Concrete accents

This affordable, versatile, accessible material is being used in unexpected ways and stealing the spotlight!

  1. Millwork feature walls and detailing

Another great DIY project – easy to work with and readily available.

  1. Wallpaper-like backsplash

Subway tiles are out – wallpaper is back in, making a great refresher for kitchen and bathroom spaces!

  1. Casual and calm modern bedrooms

Less is more! Leave the bold colors in the kitchen and keep bedrooms minimalist and opt for simple furnishings and neutral color palettes.

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Information in this article was found in a Washington Post article: "Trend Watch: Colors That Won't Die Quickly" written by Megan McDonough. Full article can be found at the following link:

http://www.omaha.com/eedition/sunrise/articles/trend-watch-color-that-won-t-die-quickly/article_a8d6d99b-cb98-5fe0-aa53-021d64ed1b26.html 

Homestead Tax Exemptions

by The Jansen Team

Looking for a way to save on your taxes? You may be eligible for a Homestead Tax Exemption! This would provide relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the valuation of a home from taxation. The percentage is based on the applicant’s income and their home valuation.

Who qualifies?

  • Seniors 65 and older
  • Disabled individuals
  • Veterans with 100% service-related disabilities or their widows

To apply, applications must be filed with the county assessor or register of deeds between February 1 and June 30 of each year. Current recipients receive applications by mail each year. If it’s your first time applying, applications can be found at the link above.

Ready to buy a home? This exemption will stay with a property until the end of the year – so check to see if the homes you’re interested in are tax exempt! 

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