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Pick Your Open House!

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Open House Bonanza!

We have something special going on all month long! During our September Open House Bonanza, you can be entered into prize drawings at every single Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty open house you attend! That’s right! If you attend five open houses, you get entered into the drawings five times! 

All the weekly entries will be entered into drawings for two $25 Target gift cards, and then all the entries for the month will be entered into one grand prize drawing for a $500 Homemakers gift card. Get the full details and rules on the contest here

Find Open Houses

Open houses are generally held on Sunday afternoons, but there are still some on Saturdays too. You can search weekly open houses right here. Don't forget, you can only get a ticket to be entered into drawings at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty open houses. 

How to Choose?

Open houses are a great way to get started with the homebuying process. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started and want to see what’s out there or if you’re planning to buy in the next few months. Everyone is welcome to attend an open house and get some ideas! Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Price Point: Visiting an open house just slightly above and just slightly below your budget is a good way to really see what you get for your money.
  • Location: If you’re unfamilair with the area, take a little extra time to walk around the neighborhood. Also, make sure to talk to the agent at the open house for information about schools or even just a local restaurant reccommendation for lunch.
  • Realtors: Open houses are great, low-stress to meet licensed, professional Realtors, and if you meet someone you click with right away, you might even end up working with them! On the other side, if you’re already commtted to an agent, the open house agent will not be offended and will still be more than happy to show you around. 

A Suite of Services Under One Roof

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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When you work with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty, we have an entire team of experts working together under one roof to create a unified and seamless real estate experience.

Our Realtors have work alongside and have relationships with professionals from HomeServices Lending, Midland Title and Escrow Services, Iowa Title Company, HomeServices Insurance, HSA Home Warranty and our in-house relocation department.

Everyone works together, so information can be shared efficiently and errors are avoided.

Connect with a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent right here to get started! 

 


School Supply Drive for YESS!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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It’s back to school time, so we're teaming up with YESS (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter) for a school supply drive. We're collecting donations through Aug. 27 at our Westown Parkway office. See the list of items below and call your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent with any questions! 


Choose Your Open House (or Houses)!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Every weekend all over Des Moines and beyond, there are hundreds of open houses! Most people don’t even think about attending an open house until they’re serious about buying, but really, open houses are a good way to see what’s out there and get a taste of the homebuying process. You definitely don’t have to be a serious buyer to attend! If you’re thinking about buying a home but it’s still a little ways down the road, here are a few open house plans you can put into action over the next few months as you narrow your options! 

New Construction Tour

Pick out a three or four builders you like and attend an open house for each one. It’s a good way to compare styles and price ranges, plus the agent at the open house will be an expert on that particular builder, so if you find a builder whose style you like, you can ask about other locations, prices, or building a custom home. Find a list of local builders here

Price Range Comparison Tour

Even if you haven’t been pre-approved, you probably have a general idea of your budget. Take that number and choose one open house right at that price, one that’s slightly below that price, and one that’s slightly above it. This will be a good way to really see what you get for your money so you’ll have a better idea of what you can afford.

Get to Know the Neighborhood Tour 

You probably have a certain area you’ve thought about living in. Choose two or three open houses in that area and make a day of it! Take a walk around the neighborhood and maybe visit a local park or coffee shop. Pick a local restaurant for a lunch break. If you don’t know where to go, talk to the agent at the open house. He or she is an expert on the area and might even guide you to a spot Google won’t tell you about! 

Now it’s time to get started! 

So, how do you find out about open houses? It’s easy! There’s a full list of open houses on the First Realty website that’s continuously updated! Simply visit: www.bhhsfirstrealty.com/homes/for-sale/open-homes. Once you’re there, you can search by price, location, and a plethora of other factors! 

 


Prepping Your Kitchen for an Open House

Friday, June 29, 2018

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Real estate experts sometimes say the kitchen sells the home. That might not always be the case, but the kitchen is never going to be overlooked during an open house, so it’s important to put a little work into getting it in its best shape! Here are a few tips as you prepare.

Clear Away the Clutter 

Countertops covered in appliances and random items can be a huge turnoff, even if that’s the way you normally use your space! Find ways to put things away and clear out the area, even if it means taking the blender you haven't used in a year off the countertop and to a friend’s home for safekeeping! 

Don’t Forget the Refrigerator! 

Potential buyers might peer into your refrigerator, and even though they're obviously not buying everything inside it, if the refrigerator is crammed full of old food, spills, and smells, it won’t make a good impression. Take some time to clear it out. 

Organize the Pantry

It's the same situation as the refrigerator. The open house attendees aren’t shopping for your food, but if it’s organized neatly in your pantry, the entire kitchen will look better. 

Organize the Cupboards and Drawers
It's the same story with the cupboards and drawers! Potential buyers will be peeking in to get a sense of the space, so you don't want them to seem overstuffed and cluttered. If there isn't any way to make things look less stuffed, it might not be a bad idea to take out a few old pots and pans to store somewhere else.

Watch Out for Any Smells 

Fully clean your sink and dishwasher to get rid of any lingering smells and make sure everything is fresh and clean! 

Depersonalize the Space
Just like you should be doing with the rest of the home, it's a good idea to take down personal photos and momentos. You want potential buyers to picture themselves in your kitchen, and taking down photos from your neice's dance recital will help with that! 

Finally ...

Talk to your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent. Your agent will walk through your home and give you personalized advice for putting it in its best light during an open house! Plus, he or she will give you feedback after every open so you know what potential buyers are looking for. 



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