REALTOR® or no REALTOR®? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do It Alone

blogRealtorOne of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime will be to purchase or sell a home. For most people this can be both overwhelming, and exciting. The financial and personal impact this has should be taken very seriously. There should be no question whether to use a REALTOR® when selling or purchasing a home. Here is why:

Your REALTOR® Gets You The Reach

There is a misconception that advertising sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property. Giving you the peace of mind that someone trustworthy and knowledgeable is handling the process.

Your REALTOR® has the Resources and Technology

When going it alone in the search for real estate it can be very overwhelming. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties. The technology and resources that your REALTOR® can offer is crucial in the success of  selling or buying a home. Sometimes properties are not actively advertised in the market, having a REALTOR® to help you sort through the clutter is crucial in saving time and money.

Your REALTOR® Covers All the Details

There are many aspects that go into buying or selling a home that most people do not realize until their REALTOR® steps in. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. Nothnagle Home Services has a number of vendors that are reliable and available to make the home buying and selling process run smoothly. This attention to detail is crucial to  have before the purchase or sale of a property and can save you thousands in the long run.

Your REALTOR® Can Help with Contracts and Negotiations

Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing — a lot of possible pitfalls. Your REALTOR® can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process and to a smooth and easy sale.

Your REALTOR® Can Get It Done!

Lets face it, buying or selling a home can turn into a full time job. The stress, pressure, and duties involved in finding the perfect place or selling your property as soon as possible can be very overwhelming. Your REALTOR® is truly a jack of all trades, they will be there for you every step of the way, from marketing, to showing, to financing and closing there will always be someone there to give the assurance that you are doing it all right.

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®. By hiring a Nothnagle agent, you are hiring a negotiations expert, pricing specialist and overall trusted advisor with the ability to meet all of your unique real estate needs.

To read more about why not all real estate licensees are the same check out Nothnagle’s Website. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home let Nothnagle Realtors help you. Contact us today to be matched up with a REALTOR® that fits your specific needs!

Let Nothnagle Keep You “In the Know”

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As spring rolls around properties are popping up on the market daily. At any given time there are 25,000 listings or more posted in our Nothnagle Search Function.  Whether you are looking to purchase a property or just browsing, nothing is more frustrating than finding a property that you are itching to show a loved one or friend and when you go to find it later on it is nowhere to be found! With the constant change of listings going up on the market it is difficult to keep tabs on the homes you are interested in as you browse on your phone or computer. This is why Nothnagle has created MyNothnagle as a tool to make your home search as stress free as possible.

By registering for a FREE MyNothnagle account you will be provided with great tools to maximize the efficiency of your property search. You will be able to:

  • Save searches
  • Save properties
  • Have new listings emailed to you daily
  • Rate listings
  • Stay in contact with your Agent
  • Stay in contact with your Home Service Coordinator

By using MyNothnagle and the free tools we provide your search will be as quick, and painless as possible! If you do not have an agent and are looking for further guidance in the home buying process visit our Nothnagle Agents Page so we can match you up with an agent who fits your needs!

Post-Winter Check List- 5 Things to Do to Get Your Home Summer Ready

landscape2After a long, brutal winter in Western New York everyone is itching to get outside. But, before you open that pool and take out your lounge chair there are some home maintenance tasks that need to get done. Whether you are selling your property or in it for the long haul, the way your home looks from the street says a lot about what is inside. Why not get the simple tasks out of the way now so you can enjoy the hot sunny days to come!

  • #1 Get started on the lawn.

After a long winter, your landscape needs some attention. Trim the bushes, replace the tired looking mulch and stone, and add a crisp edge to your garden or flower beds. Taking the time to think about what shrubs, bushes, and trees work best in your yard will save you years of headaches.  Landscapers aren’t just good for keeping your grass and shrubs perfectly manicured; they have the knowledge to help you decide what will work best in your yard. Contact Nothnagle Home Services to set up an appointment with a landscaper.

  • #2 Add a splash of color-Without the paint.

Many people think that in order to give your house a facelift you have to do something drastic with your shutters, siding, or front door. In reality taking the time to plant some perennials or shrubs that will bloom from season to season will add that pop of color you’re looking for, without breaking the budget!

  • #3 Post-Winter Rehab.

By the time spring rolls around, your driveway, walkway, and yard are looking just as tired as those snow boots. Reseal cracked asphalt, put grass seed down where snow plows have so kindly dug it up, and focus on making the walkway to your home looking weed free and freshly swept.

  • #4 Your home needs a bath.

The cars aren’t the only things that need a serious bath after the blustery winter. Take a bucket of hot soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush to your siding and shutters, you will be surprised at how bright and fresh your home will look.

  • #5 Prepare your deck, patio, and porch for BBQ season.

Our decks, patios and porches take quite the beating over the winter. Checking for cracks, popped nails, and molding is important to avoid further damage. Some simple repairs are easy to do on your own, but rotted boards or animal infestations require the help of a professional. Being proactive will help you beat the rush and get any problems fixed ASAP! Contact Nothnagle Home Services for any repair work needed.

These tips are the perfect way to get your home ready for the beautiful weather to come. Getting the small tasks done now will allow you to enjoy your summer days worry free!  If you need professional assistance with any tasks in and around your home call Nothnagle Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

Spring into Cleaning… Even if it Feels like Winter, still.

Cleaning suppliesThe brief break in winter weather this week seems like a cruel joke when snow is forecast for this weekend.  Will Rochester ever actually experience the Spring season?  But, even if it doesn’t feel like Spring, it’s the right time of year for SPRING CLEANING!  And who knows, maybe Spring really is just around the corner so don’t miss out on the nice weather and get your cleaning done now.

  • Clean Windows: Let the sunshine in! For a quicker and more effective method, use rubber-edged squeegees.  Dampen the squeegee and draw it down the window from top to bottom.  Once the snow finally stops, get the windows professionally washed for a more in-depth cleaning.  Some contractors will also offer gutter cleaning services.  For more information on reputable window cleaners, visit our Home Services Page.
  • Dust Lightbulbs: Wipe away winter’s grime – unscrew the lightbulbs and gently wipe them with a moistened microfiber cloth (avoid getting the metal base wet). To clean the bulbs in recessed fixtures, use a telescoping lamb’s wool duster.
  • Banish Stains: After all the indulgent winter holidays and long list of dinner guests, it might be time to clean tablecloths and other household fabrics from stains. Martha Stewart Living has an incredible chart listing common stains and how to remove them.
  • Dust & Reset Ceiling Fans: With the warm weather approaching, you’ll soon want to use your ceiling fans. If you haven’t been using them in the winter, take a damp rag and dust the blades.  If you have been using them, change the direction of the fans: the standard counterclockwise direction provides a breeze in warmer months while the clockwise direction creates an upward draft redistributing the warm air in cold weather.
  • Tidy the Fridge: Sometimes the fridge turns into a black hole where food items go and are never seen again. If your fridge is packed to the brim, break this task into steps.  First, take the time to do a thorough purge of all expired and questionable items.  Make a habit of throwing out old food once a week; then, every few months, wash the interior—shelves, drawers, etc.
  • Attend Overlooked Surfaces: Once a year, make a habit of giving all the surfaces in your home a thorough scrubbing. Wash your baseboards, door frames, and walls with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water. Don’t stop there… move your sofa and roll up area rugs, then vacuum the floors.

Danielle Riley Receives National Recognition, Named to REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for 2015

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Rochester, NY – Nothnagle REALTORS® is proud to announce that Danielle Riley was selected as one of REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 under 30” honorees for 2015.

REALTOR® Magazine, a publication of the National Association of REALTORS®, recognizes annually the achievements of young professionals who excel in various aspects of their real estate career, including professional leadership and community involvement. Danielle’s photo and profile will appear in the May/June issue which will be distributed to over 2 million people nationally. An article by Erica Christoffer, consulting editor for REALTOR® Magazine, stated these professionals “hail from all parts of the country and their specialties are diverse. They are salespeople, team members, leaders of teams, and company owners. As a group, these 30 practitioners demonstrate some of the best traits the real estate industry has to offer.”

Danielle, a Licensed Associate Broker in the Irondequoit branch, was chosen from applicants from all over the country.  Licensed since 2007, she sold her first two houses at age 19.  Danielle and her business partner consistently rank among the most productive agents at Nothnagle, closing nearly $13 million in 2014.  Recently Danielle was installed as Secretary of the Rochester Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

“Danielle is a very dedicated agent with an ambitious spirit,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President & CEO. “Her commitment to the real estate profession and our community is admirable and her recognition is well deserved.”

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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 32 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2014, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  In the most recent REALTrends 500 survey, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com.

10 Things to Do to Prep Your Home for the Market

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  1. Minimize Things – Buyers are looking for places to store their own belongings. If your home looks cluttered and the closets are overflowing, it will give the buyer the impression the house is too small.
  2. Maximize Light – Remove heavy drapes to allow natural light to flow in freely. Change lampshades and replace bulbs with ones of higher wattage.
  3. Depersonalize – Buyers need to imagine themselves living there. Remove family photos, memorabilia, and keepsakes (this will also help achieve #1).
  4. Paint – A neutral hue can open up a space and is typically more appealing to the majority of buyers than dark or flamboyant colors.
  5. Update your Kitchen – Most buyers look at how functional the kitchen will be for them. No need to invest thousands of dollars, but modernizing a dated space will only benefit your goal of selling.
  6. Curb Appeal is Vital – Buyers will undoubtedly judge homes by the exterior; don’t let your home be overlooked based on first impressions only. Do some landscaping by planting inexpensive shrubs or trimming existing foliage, replace the front door, reseal the driveway, etc.
  7. Clean Everything – Don’t let decades of dust and grime make the space look dingy. Take a couple weekends to do an intensive cleaning (floors, windows, appliances, insides of cabinets and closets, steam the carpets, organize workbenches, etc).
  8. Relocate Fido & Felix – Strangers won’t love your pets as much as you do. Plus you don’t know what allergies potential buyers have.  If you can’t take your pets with you during every open house or showing, ask a friend or family to pet sit. Don’t forget to remove feeding dishes and litterboxes.
  9. Tame the Toys – You don’t have to evict the kids, but cut down the toys by half, when possible. This goes along with #1. Start packing toys early (donate ones they’ve outgrown) and organize bedrooms or play areas so they look kept not unruly.
  10. Do Minor Repairs – Don’t let potential buyers think there are problems with your home.  Make a list of all the little repairs you’ve been avoiding and get things in tip top shape.  That leaky faucet in the bathroom? Time to stop ignoring it!

These tips are a great starting point, but for definite ways to set your home apart from the competition, ask a professional. If you do not have a Realtor, contact us and we’d be happy to match you with someone who can offer recommendations on how to bring your home to the next level for a quicker sale.

6 Things To Do When Moving into a New House

As any new home owner knows, there are more than 6 things to do when moving in to a new home.  But here is a list of 6 things that might slip you’re mind when compared to other more prominent ‘to do” tasks.  If you need assistant from professional contractors, let our Home Services Department recommend trusted, local on our list!

1. Change the lockBoxes-colors!

Think about all the people who you have given keys to your apartment or former house.  Truth is, you don’t really know how many people have keys to that home you just bought.  The best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family is to change all the locks.  You can do this yourself or call a locksmith.

If you need a locksmith, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

2. Steam clean those carpets

Do this before you even think about moving in your furniture.  Once your furniture has been set up this will be a trickier task.  Cleaning the carpets is like giving them a clean slate and your home a fresh new start.  It’s the best way to eliminate dirt, stains, and allergens that have accumulated in the fabric of the carpet.  If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, hire a professional.

If you need a carpet cleaning service, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

3. Wipe out all cabinets and closets

Now that you’ve cleaned those carpets and moved in your furniture, it’s time to unpack those boxes.  But before you organize your kitchen ware, arrange your clothes in the closet, or stock the bathrooms, you’ll want to give all the surfaces a thorough cleaning using a non-toxic cleaner; also, consider replacing contact paper if applicable.

If you need a residential cleaning, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

4. Acquaint yourself with the circuit breaker

Take the time to figure out which fuses control what parts of your home so that you’re not caught unawares if the power goes out.  Make sure to label them accordingly – enlist the help of a family member or friend to confirm the locations powered by each switch.

5. Verify your safety devices work

Check the batteries in all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Verify the devices are correctly installed, at least one per floor.

6. Exterminate the vermin

No one likes a freeloader! If your new home came with ‘pets’ you didn’t foresee, evict those pests that aren’t paying rent.  For DIY methods, you can buy poison packets, traps, and bait specifically targeted for the vermin you’re trying to remove.  However, if you have small children or pets, be extremely careful with where you place those devices.

If you need a professional to assist with pest extermination, call Home Services for a recommendation and free quote: 1-866-295-MOVE

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