Showing posts from January, 2017

The 3 Benefits to Real Estate Photography

One of the most vital aspects of your real estate, when selling, is the photography. It seems like a simple process, can't you just snap a few photos with your phone and upload them? While the answer to that is "yes," you may not see the results you were hoping for. Experienced photographers know how hard it is to not only portray a home accurately but also in the best light possible. Here are a few reasons you shouldn't ever skimp on the photography or videography when selling a Colorado Springs home.

Selling for More
Beautiful photography doesn't just help the homes that are worth 1 million dollars. If your home is $200,000 or more, photography is essential in selling not only for the best price but also quickly. A study done in 2010 showed that homes that were professionally photographed sold for at least $934 up to $18,819 more than homes that were photographed by an amateur. Not only that, but homes that were photographed by a professional received 61% more vi…

7 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent

Buying a home is likely going to be one of the biggest purchases you make. Because of that, you'll want to make sure that you're not only well informed, but that your real estate agent is as well. Not only do you want the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs - you want the most experienced. Here are a few things you can ask your agent to learn more about them and if they'll be a good fit for you.

How Long Have You Been In Real Estate?
When you ask this question, you are likely wanting to know not only how long your agent has been in the business, but how that experience will benefit you. I have been involved in real estate for over 25 years, and I will bring ALL of that experience to the table when I help you buy or sell real estate in Colorado Springs.

What's Your Plan For Marketing My Property?
What you're probably really asking is, "how quickly can you sell my home?" While I can't give you the answer to the question, I can tell you that our goal…

Your Real Estate Vocabulary Cheat Sheet

If you've ever been through the home buying process before, you've probably noticed a large amount of words and acronyms that get tossed around. Buying your first home is already filled with many new things to learn and decisions to make, and can be made even more challenging if you don't know the lingo. The MacGuire team knows how overwhelming it can be to buy your first house, especially if you're relocating to Colorado Springs, so we want to make it easier on you and your family. Here are a few words you'll probably hear through the lending and buying process, as well as their meanings so you aren't caught off guard.

When you start the home buying process in Colorado Springs, one of the first things you'll want is to get pre-approved. This is an evaluation by a lender that can determine whether you will qualify for a loan. It also helps to show what the maximum amount the can qualify you for.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)
In an adjustable rate …

Protecting Your Home In the Middle of Winter

Just because winter has already hit doesn't mean that it's too late to start protecting your home against it. Your home is one of your biggest investments, and with this investment, it's also a big responsibility. At The MacGuire Team, we realize that winter can cause extensive damage when you aren't properly prepared, and after finding the perfect Colorado Springs real estate - we don't want anything to happen to it. Here are a few ways you can still protect your home, even in the middle of winter weather.

Protect Your Pipes
The pipes of your home are like the arteries in your body. They carry much-needed water from one side to the other, and though they go mostly unseen - if one bursts it can create a feeling of panic. In fact, even if your home is warm, your pipes can still freeze because it all depends on their location. With pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspace, there are many places where it could get cold enough to freeze and cause major damage to your…

Purging Your Home for the New Year

Whether you've lived in your home for one year or fifty years, it's easy to accumulate stuff that you probably don't want to hang on to anymore. Even if you aren't planning on moving in the near future, if can make a huge difference in the feel of your home to go through and purge yourself of the items you didn't need to hang on to. If you're moving, it's especially important to take care of the clutter, not just because it makes moving easier, but it can make selling easier as well. Here are a few tips to help make purging your home easier - and know what is good to get rid of.

If you walk into your bedroom (or your kids) and are constantly bombarded with clothes on the floor, thrown over the chairs, or dresser drawers not closing - it could be a sign that you need to reprioritize your room. Take time to weed out clothes that are outgrown or outdated. This also includes shoes, hats, and accessories. If you have clothes that are torn, either repair t…