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NextHome named top US real estate franchise

NextHome logo regularNextHome has been named the top real estate franchise by Franchise Business Review for 2020. According to Inman, NextHome has snagged third place overall in the Franchise Business Review for 2020, with Kona Ice earning the top spot on the overall top 50 list and MaidPro earning second place.

Franchise Business Review is a market research for all franchising industries to be studied in its satisfaction and performance.

“Of all the awards we’ve received, this is truly the one I’m most proud of,” NextHome CEO James Dwiggins told Inman in an email. “To be ranked the no. 3 overall franchise in the country, and no. 1 in the category of the real estate based upon honest member feedback, means we’re providing incredible value to our brokers and agents. We launched NexHome in January of 2015, so this is just the beginning for us.” NextHome CEO James Dwiggins told Inman.

“Our goal over the next few years is to be ranked the #1 overall franchise in the country,” Dwiggins added.

The Franchise Business Review determines rankings by surveying 27,500 franchisees across 300 North American brands. All Franchisees were asked 33 questions in which regards to their experience and satisfactions regarding different areas of the franchise. The questions were based on the training, support, operations, relations and opportunities each individual had with the franchise.

We are proud to announce that NextHome is the Top Real Estate Franchise in 2020.

Information provided by https://www.inman.com/2020/02/18/nexthome-named-top-us-real-estate-franchise/?fbclid=IwAR1rECX_j7lVCCK2hFdwK3iwInMqS4h-PkbzXnzSYN3ubz_twl5kTo1Z0pA by Lillian Dickerson.

 

3 Kitchen Remodeling Tips That Attract Buyers

Does scrolling through Instagram, seeing picture perfect kitchens have you worried about how you’re going to sell your house when all of the buyers out there probably want the Instagram version? Well here are a few tips that can help give your space a mini face lift without spending $30,000 on an Instagram perfect kitchen remodel so you can still be sure to attract lots of buyers!

#1: ADD AN ISLAND

Islands are great for entertaining and also can add a ton of extra storage space for small kitchen appliances, serving platters, and pots and pans.

The good news is that you don’t have to match the island to your current cabinets, you can have fun with it! You could look for a freestanding island on sites like Wayfair, Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel to find one that complements the style of your kitchen. You could even take it with you when you move (or it could be a negotiating tool to increase the buyer’s offer price)!

If you’re buying an island on more of a budget, consider buying an unfinished wood version and painting it yourself. You can even make it a pop of color like the trending blue and green cabinets we’re seeing lately so it stands out without changing the entire kitchen to a trendy color.

#2: ADD ACCESSORIES

Whether you’re going to be putting your house up for sale or just want to add some style to your countertops, adding accessories can make your space feel cozy and also more stylish!

You want to reduce kitchen clutter when it comes to pieces of mail, too many kitchen appliances (goodbye blender, toaster and juicer), and other junk that accumulates but you don’t want the countertops to be completely bare.

So replace those not so pretty items with stylish accessories. Consider adding items such as a nice pitcher, a vase of flowers, a plant, a wire basket filled with pretty cookbooks, an Anthropologie candle, a bowl of colorful fruit, and even your Kitchen Aid Mixer (especially if it’s a fun pop of color!)

#3: UPGRADE YOUR SINK STYLE

Is your sink comparable to the generic, shallow – stainless steel sinks you find in many apartment complexes? Or maybe it’s really scratched up and turning into more of an eye sore.

Replacing your sink with a modern style can make a big difference in your kitchen’s appearance without costing you a fortune!

If you want to take it even further, replace the kitchen faucet while you’re at it! Search kitchen trends on Pinterest or look at popular interior design accounts on Instagram for inspiration and to see what will fit your overall style best!

HOW MUCH BELOW THE ASKING PRICE SHOULD WE OFFER ON A HOUSE?

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You’re getting ready to start the home buying process, browsing through all the real estate websites to see what’s out there and have started your new home wish list. You’ve probably been getting advice from friends and family members about how to get a good deal and things you should do to avoid overpaying. Now you’re wondering how much do you actually offer on a house? Is there some kind of magic formula to follow or do you just throw out a number that you’re comfortable with? Here are a few things to consider before determining how much to offer on a house:

Know the Market: Before even considering how much to offer on a home, it’s important that you’re familiar with the market you’re going to be looking in.

The market can vary between cities and price ranges so you’ll want to meet with your Real Estate Agent before jumping into the actual search process so you can learn about the current market of the cities you’ll be looking in.

The ability for you to submit an offer below the listing price will entirely depend on whether you’re in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market. Typically if you’re in a buyer’s market you’ll have more flexibility on price because the number of homes available is high and they tend to sit on the market for longer. The opposite is true if you’re in a seller’s market where inventory is low. This can lead to multiple buyers being interested in the same property, which would mean you wouldn’t want to lowball at all but instead offer at or maybe even above the list price. Again, it depends on the property.

Check the Number of Days on the Market: The second factor you’ll want to consider is how long the home has been active on the market to get an idea of the demand for the property. For example, if you want to write an offer on a house that has only been on the market for 2 days you probably won’t want to offer the seller way below the asking price if you hope for them to at least counter your offer. On the other hand, if the house has been sitting for sale for over a year, you’ll probably have some more flexibility to go in with an offer lower than the asking price.

Remember that even if a house has been sitting for an extended period of time, you’ll want to use market stats to back up your offer. This is something your Real Estate Agent can help you with. If you really want the offer to be taken seriously, you’ll want to avoid completely offending the sellers so make sure you’re not just blindly throwing numbers around.

Check the Comps: You also don’t want to overpay for the home so it’s important to look at neighborhood comps and see what other homes in the area have been selling for. Then compare the difference in features, square footage, updates, and any other major factors. The comps are what you can use to justify your offer price when you first submit an offer. This will back up why you’re offering the amount you’re offering instead of just appearing like you’re trying to get a deal.

Ask Yourself – On a Scale from 1-10, How Badly Do I Want This Home? The last thing you should determine is how badly do you want the house. Ask yourself – if your offer were to be rejected, will you regret not coming up in price or can you easily move on to the next house.

Try thinking about the home on a scale of 1-10. If you finally found everything you’re looking for, would it be worth losing for X amount? Decide what X is. If you lose it for more than what you’d regret losing, then it’s probably for the best!

There isn’t one answer on what you should offer on a home and there also isn’t a magic formula. You should work with a Real Estate Agent who you trust to guide you in the right direction and make the best decision for you.

Tropical Storm Barry

So the past 3 to 4 days have been a lot of waiting and a lot of speculating. We are happy to say the damage from this storm has been minimal. There have been some down trees, power outage in some places and minor flooding. Ww will continue to watch the water and wind over the next 24 hours as the end of Barry passes through Acadiana. Our agents and office are here for any resident who needs assistance. 337-484-1184. God Bless and be safe.

Why you need me as your Agent.

I will prove my worth and insight if you give me the chance. Throughout college, I worked for several different agents. I quickly soaked in information and moved up from Assistant, to Executive Marketer, to Transaction Coordinator. I observed million dollar agents complete the home buying and selling process. In those 3 years, I fell in love with the real estate industry and the excitement that comes with it. Working under these agents, I picked up important details and learned from other people’s mistakes and systems. After getting my license, I practiced at Keller Williams, the largest Agency in the world. Months later, I transferred to a new agency in Acadiana: NextHome Cutting Edge Realty. I was drawn to this brand because we specialize in consumer focused marketing and technology. While keeping my clients first priority, I graduated from The University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business. I excelled in Marketing and Negotiating classes which proved useful in my career. With first hand experience, youth, and education, I ensure quality service. Our brand is modern, clean, and we have the most adorable, memorable mascot: Luke the french bulldog! I am itching to implement all of these fresh ideas and can’t wait to work with you.

Additionally, most people don’t realize, a buyer’s agent is free for the buyer. The salary I earn, comes after I find you a home, out of the sales price. That falls on the seller of the home. So I can start giving you information about the process and sending you homes whenever you’re ready.