First impressions will make or break a sale

First impressions will make or break a sale

NEW OLEAR BANNEROver the past couple few weeks we’ve been sharing some fairly common sense tips to help home sellers ensure a quicker sale. Today we share some additional advice that can help make or break a sale.

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, your house and property need to be ready at all times because you never know when a potential buyer or Realtor may drive by or even stop for a quick conversation. Therefore, it is most beneficial to keep the place it tip-top shape. By that we mean everything from cutting the lawn cut to keeping the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms clean! You’ll feel better, and so will potential buyers.

And finally, always keep in mind that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Remember that during the selling process, both you and your home are being constantly scrutinized. If the flowers outside are dead, dirty dishes fill the sink and yesterday’s clothes clutter the floor, there’s no doubt you’re making a poor impression.

The professionals at The Olear Team have successfully assisted hundreds of clients through the home buying and selling process. For a free consultation, please contact our office today!

First impressions will make or break a sale

Tools for assessing a senior’s quality of life

NEW OLEAR BANNERHere’s an undeniable fact of life: The American population is growing older. Today, people age 65 or older make up more than 14 percent of our population, compared to 12.4 percent in 2000 and just 4.1 percent way back in 1900.

As a result, more and more seniors every day are re-evaluating their housing needs and questioning whether they’d be better off maintaining their current home or transitioning to another residence such as a senior community or an assisted-living residence. Close family members are often brought into the situation to offer their opinions and assistance.

The internet is a handy tool for educating yourself on quality of life issues as they pertain to seniors. With a little web surfing, you should be able to find interactive tools set up to aid families in assessing numerous care-giving challenges. For example, there are specific tools that can help determine the best housing situation for a senior. That may include maintaining their current home with the help of home care services, or perhaps moving into a senior apartment, assisted-living facility, nursing home or another suitable option.

The Olear Team offers a variety of resources for older homeowners. For more information, please visit https://olear.wpengine.com/older-home-ownership or call us today at (716) 880-4442.

Americans believe real estate is the best long-term investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Americans believe real estate is the best long-term investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

STM-ENG-1-1046x1464Some Highlights:

  • Real estate outranks stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans.
  • Real estate is ranked as the best long-term investment among all age groups.
  • Millennials rank both real estate and savings/CDs at 26% when it comes to the best long-term investment.

For more information on real estate as an investment, please contact The Olear Team today!

First impressions will make or break a sale

Tips for sellers: Upgrade the kitchen, downgrade the personal stuff

NEW OLEAR BANNERWhile the key to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, the key to selling a home is often through the kitchen!

Do your countertops appear outdated? How about your appliances? If you answered yes, then it’s probably a good idea to spend a few dollars for an upgrade before putting the home on the market. How do the walls look? A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color can also go a long way. Fortunately, of the money you spend to freshen up the kitchen, you’ll probably get 85 percent of it back in the sale price … not to mention the other benefit of a quicker sale.

Another tip to help sell your home more quickly is to remove a lot of your personal items — such as family photos and heirlooms — so that potential homebuyers can easily picture themselves living there. You may also want to enlist the help of a professional home stager for pointers on getting the full value of your home when you decide to stick the “for sale” sign in the ground.

The Olear Team is extremely knowledgeable of the home selling process and can share numerous tips that will help ensure a quick and profitable sale. Please contact us today for more information!

WNY to host free concerts, festivals

WNY to host free concerts, festivals

Concert stock photoSummers in Western New York are full of free concerts, festivals and events. Don’t miss one, thanks to the summer concert calendar provided courtesy of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson. 

Here’s a small sample — download the full calendar on our site here!

6/24/2016
5 p.m.
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys with Black Rock Zydeco
Larkin Square, Buffalo

6/24/2016
6 p.m.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Gratwick Park, North Tonawanda

6/25/2016
Festival
Taste of Diversity
Buffalo

6/25/2016
12 p.m.
Lancaster Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra
Larkin Square, Buffalo

6/25/2016 – 6/26/2016
Festival
Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale
Buffalo

6/25/2016 – 6/26/2016
Festival
Roycroft Summer Festival
East Aurora