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The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Bottom Line

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

When you are ready – schedule an appointment with me using the link below:

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Danielle J. Gaynor, RCC, MSRE

Residential & Commercial REALTOR®

Bennett Realty Solutions

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office: 301-459-5040

e-mail: daniellegaynorhu@gmail.com

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The Cost Of Purchasing Today vs Yesterday [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.
  • Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.
  • The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost is significant!
  • Lock in a low rate now while you can!

Mortgage Interest Rate Trends (last 3 months)

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Now that you have the information, what are you going to do? When you let me know your real estate goals, I can help you to make them happen! Schedule an appointment with me below if you are thinking about making a purchase or selling. Your local real estate expert is always happy to help you.

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Danielle J. Gaynor, RCC, MSRE

Residential & Commercial REALTOR®

Bennett Realty Solutions

work: 202-670-5471

office: 301-459-5040

e-mail: daniellegaynorhu@gmail.com

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NO DOWNPAYMENT – Homebuyers Seminar – January 26th, 2019 (Saturday 10am-12noon)

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Residential & Commercial REALTOR®

Bennett Realty Solutions

work: 202-670-5471

office: 301-459-5040

e-mail: daniellegaynorhu@gmail.com

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NEW First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program for Prince George’s County

Up to $20,000 Down Payment & Closing Costs

The Prince George’s County Purchase Assistance Program (PGCPAP) is providing home purchase assistance to eligible, first-time home buyers to purchase residential properties in Prince George’s County. Home purchase assistance includes down payment, mortgage principal reduction and/or closing costs.

  • Purchase price limit: $462,000 (resale or new construction)
  • Maximum loan amount: $15,000 for most cases
  • Buyers who are one of the following may be eligible for up to $20,000
    • Police Officer
    • Deputy Sheriff
    • Classroom Teacher
    • Firefighter
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Nurse
  • Household annual income up to 120% of the area median income (AMI) for the county
  • Home buyer(s) must contribute a minimum of 1.75% of purchase price (includes earnest money deposits, appraisal fee, inspection fees, homeowner’s insurance premium, credit reports, termite, housing counseling fee and HQS Inspection)
  • Loan terms: 0% interest, deferred payment, to be paid back when the home is sold, transferred or ceses to be the primary residence of the buyer(s) regardless of the length of residency

Guidelines and Program Manual

Program Website

REALTOR® Program Resources & Documents

Danielle J. Gaynor, RCC, MSRE

Residential & Commercial REALTOR®

Bennett Realty Solutions

work: 202-670-5471

office: 301-459-5040

e-mail: daniellegaynorhu@gmail.com

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