Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring Time is fast Approaching

Spring Time is fast approaching. Time to start thinking about those "Honey-do's". Here's a few tips to help make things a little easier:

1. Look around the house, in the closets, attic, garage and basement. Apply the one year rule. If you haven't used it, opened it, worn it in the past year, think about getting rid of it. Try starting a garage sale box, or perhaps donating the items to Goodwill.

2. Check the flower beds. Do they need fresh mulch? Pull those weeds and prepare the soil for the coming warm months. Try adding a splash of color with some beautiful blooming flowers. It's a great way to freshen up the entrance way. It makes a great impression to potential buyers when they first pull up to your home.

3. Think about cleaning the gutters. No telling what all is trapped in them from the winter. Just be careful and make sure you have someone steady the ladder. Always a great idea to have someone around, just in case.

4. Try pressure cleaning the wooden deck or fence. Once it is dry, try applying some wood sealer and weather protectant. Thompson's has always worked well for me.

Honey-do's don't have to be a chore. En-list the help of all family members and make a day of it. Maybe even plan the first backyard picnic with your family. It's a great way to keep the lines of communication open and draw families closer together.

Once again, if you're in the market to buy or sell real estate, CENTURY 21 GOLD is there to help you. For all your real estate needs, feel free to contact us at anytime.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Things to Consider When Searching for a Home.

Before deciding which house to buy, think about your lifestyle, your current and anticipated housing needs, and your budget. It’s a good idea to create a prioritized list of features you want in your next home – you'll soon discover finding the right house involves striking a balance between your "must-haves" and your "nice-to-haves." To start, consider your lifestyle. If you love to cook, you'll want a well-equipped kitchen. If you're into gardening, you'll want a yard. If you're planning your office at home, you may want a room for a separate library or work space. If you have several cars, you may require a larger garage. Use this list as your search guide. Next, think about what you might need in the future. As you consider your housing needs, it's important to consider how long you may live in your home. If you're newly married, you might not be concerned with a school district right now, but you could be in a few years. If you have aging parents, you may want to look at homes that offer living arrangements for them as well as you. It’s important to think about your new home’s location just as carefully as you do about a house’s features. Location is a huge part of any move. In addition to considering the distance to work, you need to evaluate the availability of shopping, police and fire protection, medical facilities, school and day-care, traffic and parking, trash and garbage collection, even recreational facilities. Perhaps the most important decision is deciding on the type of home you want. Do you want a condominium or a co-op? A town house or a detached single-family home? Do you want brick, stone, stucco, wood, vinyl siding, or something else? Do you prefer a new home or an older one? Through all of this, make sure to talk to your real estate professional about where you want to live. While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an agent. The agent brings value to the entire process: he or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise, and handle all the paperwork and legwork that is involved in the real estate transaction. CENTURY 21 Gold professionals have the expertise to help their clients narrow down their choices by sharing market trends and local information.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Century 21 Gold....We Are Strong

Did you know that Century 21 Gold, Richmond, Kentucky, was the strongest, most active real estate company in the Madison County Board of Realtors. Our dedicated agents accounted for approximately 36% of all transactions.

President, Broker/Owner, Thomas White says..."Our agents are dedicated to serving all the real estate needs of all individuals in and around the Madison County, KY area. They are some of the most highly skilled and knowledgeable agents in the State of Kentucky".

To learn more on how Century 21 Gold was able to achieve such great numbers in 2009, simply log onto

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's Time to Own Your Own Home

In my experience, many people who live in apartments continue to do so because they feel that they connot afford to own their own home. In fact, if you're like most people, you can't afford not to.

The advantages in home ownership can make more financial sense, in both the short and long term, than continuing to pay rent each month with nothing to show for it. By owning a home, you build equity and are able to deduct the interest from your income tax. Also, you can now remodel and decorate to suit your own tastes.

And with current market conditions, home ownership is now more affordable than ever. Now is the time to own your own home!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Planning ahead

It's hard to believe that January 2010 is half way over. Before you know it, Spring time will be upon us. Have you thought about preparing for the season as of yet. How about planning out your flower beds, getting around to the "honey-do" items that we all have. With a little thought and preparation during the cold months, you and your house will be ready as soon as the dafodils start to bloom.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why a Real Estate Agent?

For Most people, a house is the largest investment they will ever make. Yet when it comes time to sell that investment, some will choose to do so on their own, without the help of a real estate professional. These do-it-selfers; are known as FSBO's or "for sale by owners."

While it may be tempting to go it alone, many actually end up listing their home with a real estate agent in the long run. That's because an agent offers many advanatges such as:

1. Local Market knowledge.
2. Negotiating Skills
3. Exposure to listing/Selling sites
4. Ability to prequalify potential buyers

These are just a few of the invaluable skills a trained professional can bring to the table. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at anytime.