To all of you who officially got to enjoy a spring break, hope your days off were filled with fun, adventure and time with good friends and family. For those of you stuck at work while a large portion of the world played—sorry. In our family Brad worked and I played.
Real Estate Agent vs. For Sale By Owner
Now this might seem a little self-serving but we thought we would talk this month about the benefits of using a real estate agent. To be sure I shared information beyond my own thoughts I researched the question and am sharing information from a number of articles including:
- Five Reasons Why You Still Need an Agent by Tara Struyk at Forbes
- Why Use a Real Estate Agent from LendingTree
- The Benefits of Working with an Agent by Elizabeth Weintraub at Balance.com
Let’s be honest, with all the information on the internet it is probably easier than ever to sell a house yourself. That said, here are some items to consider if you’re planning on selling your house on your own.
- It’s our full time job—and we are good at it! We book appointments, do searches, field countless calls, set appointments, and follow-up—again and again if necessary.
- We can negotiate—and we are good at it! We are not emotionally involved in selling (or buying) the family home so we can be non-emotional, tactful and experienced!
- We can handle the paperwork and legalities—and we are good at it! Contracts, contingencies, lead paint disclosures, escrow accounts, mortgages, real estate regulations, seller disclosures, etc., etc. etc. we can handle it all in a professional and timely manner and have resources when issues arise.
- We can set the right price—and we are good at it! We understand market trends, comparables, and have access to information and resources individual sellers do not.
So the next time you are ready to buy or sell please consider a real estate professional. That way you can be sure that all inspections are complete, legalities met, all forms are properly executed, and you got the most your money could offer.
Now, how self-serving was that???
THE BLANKENSHIP SIPS
Spring Drinks Anyone?
This month we found several spring drinks for your imbibing pleasure. The first two came from the website thespruce.com and the last one from drinkoftheweek.com. Two fun sources, if I do say so myself!
April Rain: In a martini glass mix
- 2 ounces of vodka
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ½ ounce dry vermouth
This one is half dry martini, half gimlet.
Easter Egg Cocktail: In an Old Fashion glass pour
- 1 ounce blue curacao
- 1 ounce white cream de cacao
- Then float half and half on top
I mean because everyone loves a pale blue cocktail, right?
Spring Fling: In a pitcher mix
- 1 cup fresh mint
- 2 lemons sliced
- 1 cucumber sliced
- 2 cups of vodka
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
Mix ingredients together and let sit for 30 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugars. Then chill or 30 more minutes. To serve, add 2 cups of club soda and pour over ice
Enjoy some spring fun and beverages and let us know if you have any favorite beverages to share.
Again, to our Tips and Sips friends and family, we are thankful for your continued support and referrals.
Spring is here and the housing market is hot, hot, hot!
We are enjoying the heat because of your help. THANKS!!!