How Much Is My Home Worth?

How Much Is My Home Worth?

Recent news of a positive spring market for home buyers probably has you wondering – what is my home worth and is it time put it on the market?

If you’re like most, you don’t know where to begin to determine your home’s value, so here’s some tips to help you get started:

1.      1. Use Online Evaluation Tools

Today when we have questions, we turn first to Google. A Google search of “what is my home worth?” pulls up a multitude of online home evaluation tools that combine things like public records, property transfers, tax assessments, local listing prices, etc. to offer an estimated price for your home. You can find these tools on popular real estate hubs like Zillow or Redfin, however, the predicted price is just that – a prediction – so make sure to check into steps 2 & 3 below before taking the answer as final.

2.      2. Chat with your Real Estate Agent

Working with a licensed real estate professional is important when determining your home’s worth. They will have the inside scoop on past home sale prices and comparable listings in your nearby neighborhoods. They’ll also be the ones who will put in the time, effort and research necessary to find out exactly how much your home will go for. They also know what’s selling currently, and can help you identify simple things to make your house more appealing.

3.      3. Chat with your Mortgage Pro

Don’t count your mortgage pro out of the process just yet! They can provide you with the latest scoop on current market trends and mortgage rates, and can also connect you with trusted real estate professionals as well as skilled appraisers.

 

Why Is Knowing My Home Value Important?

Knowing exactly what your home’s worth can benefit you even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon. You may find that your home value has increased giving you the chance to refinance your mortgage and utilize the cash to upgrade your home, help pay off debts or meet other financial goals. Contact your local Inlanta Mortgage loan officer today to find out how best to determine the value of your home, then get prequalified for your next home, or learn about your refinancing options!

 

 

14 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Inviting

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14 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Inviting

Do you ever stumble upon a picture of a home that looks cozy and beautifully decorated and think, “I wish my home looked like that”? Good news! Creating an inviting home is simple when you break down each element that ties the look and feel together. Here are 14 ways you can create the warm and inviting home you’ve always wanted.

 

1. Spruce up your bedding

Make sure to choose bedding that matches nicely with the room. Spring for more expensive sheets to make the beds cozier!

 

2. Add some throw blankets

Find some nice throw blankets that coordinate with your living area and bedroom. A nice throw blanket on the living room couch makes people want to make themselves right at home. Keeping a throw on your bed can give it a nice decorative touch.

 

3. Don’t forget the blanket basket

If you can’t decide what throw blanket to display, why not pick out your most stylish ones and find a nice woven basket to put them in. Keeping a blanket basket in your living room invites your guest to grab a blanket and stay a while!

 

4. Get yourself a comfy couch

Nothing says, “Welcome!” quite like a nice, comfortable couch. The couch is the staple of a living space, so choosing the right one will elevate the room.

 

5. Accentuate the fireplace

If your house has a fireplace, highlight it by decorating the mantle area with things like vases or other decorative pieces. Don’t try too hard to follow a set decorative plan for your mantle. Finding pieces you think are cool, unique, and coordinate with the room helps give your space some personality! Also, putting one big focal piece, such as a mirror or painting, in the area above the fireplace will help draw people’s eye.

 

6. Make room for some fresh flowers

Fresh flowers can make a great, inviting addition to the kitchen and/or bathroom! Visit your local grocery store or farmers market. Pick out flowers that match or coordinate with the room you want them in and find a nice vase to put them in.

 

7. Use just the right lighting

The right lighting can work wonders. If you’re having a cocktail party, you’ll want to give your room plenty of light. This invites your guests in from the outside and highlights your home’s features on the inside. When you are having a small get-together with close friends, dimmed lighting can create a cozy atmosphere.

 

8. Use light paint colors

Light, vibrant paint colors can make any room look warm and inviting. Dark colors tend to make rooms look smaller and don’t have a very homey appeal.

 

9. Make a great outdoor hangout spot

Take your living space outdoors! Comfortable chairs and a fire pit are a great addition to your outdoor space for fair weather seasons.

 

10. Let there be candlelight

Having plenty of candles and your home gives it a sense of warmth. Put a couple candles in each room and people will feel a sense of comfort no matter where they are in your home.

 

11. Hang unique mirrors

Placing a cool mirror above a dresser or table can give a room personality and reflect your style. Mirrors also give the illusion that a room is much larger than it really might be.

 

12. Get plenty of comfortable pillows

Pillows can be a great accent to a living area. Investing in ones that are comfortable and stylish takes it to a whole new level.

 

13. Incorporate a large area rug

If your living area is hardwood, a large area rug will instantly warm up the space. People sometimes like to make the area rug a focal point and choose their accessories, pillows, and paint color based on the color and/or pattern of the rug.

 

14. Create themed photo collages

Displaying pictures is a great way to let people know who or what is most important to you and also adds a personal touch to your home. Make a framed collage to add to an empty wall by choosing a bunch of pictures that have a common theme, like a family vacation or special event. You can buy collage frames pre-made or group individual frames together for added style.

 

 

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About Inlanta Mortgage

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs.

Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third time in 2015. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award and has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

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