All Blog Entries by Amy Kunce-Martinez

Found 9 blog entries published by Amy Kunce-Martinez.

 

 

Are you ready to list your home for sale? One of the first questions you might have is, “how can I maximize my home value?” Every seller wants to get the best possible price for their home; fortunately there are ways to make sure your potential buyers see the true value of your property and allow you to receive top dollar when you sell.

  • Clean, declutter, depersonalize – The first thing every home seller needs to do is take a critical look at the home and clear out the distractions. Cleaning the home/yard is a must. Remove anything that can draw a buyer’s eye away from the beauty of the home..
  •  Redecorate – Professional home stagers will often advise clients to remove and/or replace furnishings. Even if you love oversized furniture,
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home inspection

 

 

Items to Check before a Home Inspection

 

Selling a home can be a stressful time, there is so much to think about; keeping the home clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings, not to mention planning a move. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Then you get that great offer and enter escrow. You’re relieved until you realize there’s a home inspection coming. Even a home meticulously maintained can have hidden issues. The good news is that you can prepare for the home inspection and make sure you pass with flying colors.

Items to Check before a Home Inspection

 Doors, windows, cabinets and drawers – check that they slide smoothly

 Run water in sinks, tubs and showers – snake any that drain

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Home Buying Myths


Buying a home can seem like a huge undertaking. You don’t need to be a first time home buyer to find the process overwhelming. There is so much information available, how can you tell what’s true and what’s a myth? Understanding the difference can help you make the best decision for you and your family goals. 

 

Top Home Buying Myths – And the Truth

  • The First Step is finding the Right House – Before you head out shopping, speak with a lender to understand your financial options and how much house you can afford.  
  • You Can’t Buy a Home Without Perfect Credit – The truth is there are many loans available which still offer good interest rates for those without that perfect score.  
  • You Need 20% Down Payment
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5 ways to organize

 

 

Once the New Year arrives, thought turns to ways to improve our health, our finances and our schedules. Getting organized in one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, along with losing weight and finding love; if it’s one of yours as well, here are 5 great ways to get organized. 

1. Create a Cleaning Schedule – Everyone likes a clean home but very few people like a huge cleaning project. Build a schedule which allows you to clean as you go – daily tasks which are quick and easy to accomplish as part of the routine. 

2. Pull out the Crock Pot – Planning meals are easy with a crock pot or pressure cooker. Start your evening meal before you leave for work. 

3. Enlist Help – Everyone in the household can help out with daily tasks. Hold a

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Winterize Your Vacant Home
 
The cold weather is here. Regardless of whether you’re packing up a vacation home for the season or simply traveling from your primary residence for a week or two, caring for a vacant home during the winter months is important. Protect one of your best assets in critical in the colder weather. 

  • Keep Your Home From Looking Vacant - Colder weather means fewer neighbors out and about. New technology, such as Alexa, can help you make the home seem occupied. Add a video doorbell and/or CCTV to allow you to “watch” your home from anywhere.  
  • Protect Your Pipes – Bursting pipes can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Drain your pipes by opening faucets and flushing toilets, and then turn off the water before
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Holiday Décor For Less

The holiday season is here. Decorating magazines and store fronts are filled with beautiful wreaths, themed pillows and festive decorations, but this can be expensive. Decking the halls doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Add some freshness to your home this season with these inexpensive ideas. 

  • DIY Ornament Wreath – Find some inexpensive ornaments and use your hot glue gun to attach to a wreath shape. 
  • Fresh Greenery – Extra cuttings from the tree or even an evergreen in your yard adds charm to your front door, table or mantle. 
  • Candles – Real or fake, candles create ambiance throughout the home. Use silver or white candle sticks and holders to contrast with fresh greens for a modern look. 
  • Candy
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We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road.


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While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white

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Source: Mile High Mamas, posted by: Amber Johnson, 21-Feb-2017

Warmer temperatures, blue-bird skies, stellar snow conditions and an itinerary packed with one-of-a-kind events and activities ensure Colorado is the perfect setting for an unforgettable spring break vacation. Whether it’s the whole family looking for downhill thrills or fun on the ranch, Colorado is the perfect destination to welcome a new season of fresh adventures. 

Ski Swim Stay (Glenwood Springs). For families with pre-teen children in tow, Sunlight Mountain Resort gives parents an affordable skiing excursion where kids 12 and younger ski free with a paying adult. After conquering the slopes, there’s no better way to après than at the world’s largest hot springs pool. The Ski…
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At ICNY, Zillow COO Amy Bohutinsky calls on the industry to rise up and tackle housing inequality

BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA, ARTICLE BY: Inman HERE

NEW YORK — After fleeing Budapest, Hungary, during World War II, Amy Bohutinsky’s grandparents and father — who was nine years old at the time — immigrated to the U.S. in 1949.

Her grandfather spoke no English and took a job as a dishwasher, then a second job to save money, and within a decade her grandparents were able to buy their first home. They saved more money and were eventually able to purchase two duplexes and a triplex to rent out.

“And soon my grandparents were making a healthy living on the back of real estate, my grandfather as a real estate investor and

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