Evansville IN Real Estate Blog


By Wayne Ellis, CRS

So much has changed in real estate sales over the past 5 years - especially with all of the technology that is now available to assist in marketing homes. But I would argue that one of the biggest changes in real estate sales is due to the huge popularity of HGTV.

HGTV not only has programs to help with creative ideas to decorate a home but they also have programs such as "House Hunters," "20 Ways to Add Value to Your Home," "Designed to Sell" and "Get it Sold." These programs, and others just like them, are great tutorials on how to effectively prepare a house for sale. The best part is that people in the Tri State area not only watch these shows, but they also take them to heart and the end result has been homes that are staged and show better than ever.

A few years ago, Realtors would work with customers on cleanliness, lighting and availability of homes for showings. This process is much more extensive today. Many homeowners are actively working in conjunction with their Realtor to stage their homes for sale in order to gain a competitive advantage over the competition. The great news about this is that it works!

So, if you're thinking about making a move in the near future, you might want to check out HGTV for some great tips on getting your home ready to sell. Then as the time approaches, call your favorite F.C. Tucker Emge sales associate to let them assist you in staging your home for sale.


Owners and Renters Agree: Owning a Home Is a Smart Decision

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011 - A substantial majority of both homeowners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That's according to the results of a National Association of REALTORS (R) survey of 3,793 adults conducted online by Harris Interactive.

The American Attitudes About Homeownership survey found that in today's challenging economy, 95% of owners and 72% of renters believe that over a period of several years, it makes more sense to own a home. In addition, an overwhelming majority of homeowners are happy with their decision to own a home - 93% of owners surveyed would buy again.

"Homeowners and renters agree that homeownership benefits individuals and families, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation's economy, said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, RI. "The results of this survey illustrate just how important issues related to homeownership are to people in this country."

The survey uncovered some differences between homeowners and renters, as well. While more than half of owners are "very" or "extremely" satisfied with the overall quality of their family life, only one-third of renters report the same levels of satisfaction. Similarly, 43% of homeowners are very/extremely satisfied with their community life, compared with 30% of renters.

A majority of renters-63%-said it was at least somewhat likely that they would purchase a home at home point in the future. Among this group, young adults (18-29 years old) have the strongest aspirations for homeownership...

Moving Tips

By Donna Koring, Relocation Director

Planning and Organization

Make a list of what you need to do and when you need to do it. The best approach is to make a calendar of events for your moving timetable.

Unplanned events can happen during your move so be prepared. For example, whether you are buying or selling a house or renting an apartment, coordination of vacancy and occupancy dates can be a challenge, so be prepared with a contingency plan for temporary storage of your goods.

Become Involved

When you talk about moving, you really mean relocating. It's a process that usually takes anywhere from 90 to 120 days. If you and your family become involved in the process, you will find it can be a well-organized, efficient experience. The key is your effort to control each aspect of the relocation.

You cannot be passive. Moving is not something you can stand back and watch. It involves everyone! The responsibilities of relocating need to be shared...amongst you, your spouse, children, friends, employer, Realtor, and, last but not least, the moving company you select.


When is Renting the Best Option?

Written by Kyle Bernhardt, Property Management Director

There are many people out there who will tell you renting is just "throwing money away"; however, for some it is truly the best option for their situation.

Many people today are in the need of a quality place to live that will allow them the flexibility of a lease and the ability to qualify with less than perfect credit.

The flexibility a lease offers is the ability to move quickly to another part of town, transfer due to employment, or increase/decrease the size of your home without the potential difficulties of selling your home. This flexibility is perfect for those who might be new to an area or just in need of a temporary arrangement while they are building the home of their dreams.

Recently, for some, home ownership has ended very negatively and has taken their credit down with it. The ability for those individuals to find quality, affordable housing is a necessity. Renting a home can allow for the fresh start they need in order to get their family's lives and finances back on track.

Although, as a general rule, owning your home is a better investment than renting, renting a home will always remain a good option in certain circumstances.


Staging Sells...Sell your home quickly and for TOP dollar!

Helpful tips to stage your home:


Remove objects that your potential buyers won't be able to identify with. For example, political and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot "imagine" your home as their home.


They say you can only make one "first impression" and people usually form their first impression within 30 seconds. What potential buyers see when they drive up to your house will make a lasting impression.


The first glimpse inside your home should give potential buyers positive, uplifting feelings. Make your entrance as light and bright as possible. Leave all the lights in the house on.


Kitchens sell homes, so the importance of making your kitchen appealing can't be underestimated. Clean and de-clutter! Anything taking up counter or floor space must go! Anything displayed on the refrigerator must go. If your cabinet knobs are old or out-dated, replacing them can be a relatively inexpensive face-lift.


Have a dirpping faucet or a cracked tile? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. Getting them fixed before you put your house on the market is a smart idea.


The "50% Rule" requires that you eliminate the clutter in your home by at least half. This may be the hardest rule of all! We love our clutter, but it doesn't sell homes! Clutter makes homes seem smaller and disorganized.


Neutral colors sell. It's a fact. Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality. Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles and color they would never select, you've just turned them off.


Your home must "Sparkle!"


Curb Appeal...First Impressions are Key!

They say you can only make one "first impression" and people usually form their first impression within 30 seconds. What potential buyers see when they drive up to your house will make a lasting impression.

What you can do to spruce up your curb appeal with minimal cost:

-Replace the house numbers next to the door with much larger black numbers to add drama.

-Relocate your trash bin to the back, sweep all the leaves in the yard and on the driveway and trim trees.

-Pain steps, railing and/or door.

-Install a brass kick door to give the entry a more elegant look.

-For color, place a large clay pot, planted with a small green fir and flowers, on each side of the front door.

-Plant bushes under the front windows, but keep their height well below the bottom ledge. For a more finished look, add ground cover, such as red cedar bark under the bushes.

-Drastically trim back large bushes so that they are not covering the front windows. On the sides of the house, bushes should be no higher than the start of the roof.

-Add window boxes under the two front windows. They should extend the full length of the windows but not reach under the shutters. In season, fill the boxes with ivy, green plants and red flowers.

-Cut down the barren tree in the front yard and replace it with grass. Fertilize the entire yard to make the grass greener, trim all lawn edges.


How to Prepare Your Home for a Showing in 10 Minutes!

YIKES! You have only 10 minutes before a showing!

How to prepare your home in 10 minutes or less:

1. Put the dishes in the dishwasher (or quickly wash them)
2. Make the beds
3. Wipe the counters
4. Empty the garbage
5. Hide dirty clothes in the washer
6. Take a deep breath
7. Run a quick vacuum
8. "Windex" bathroom mirrors
9. Put toilet seats down
10. Turn on the lights
11. Leave the house before the showing
12. Smile!


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