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HAPPY NOWRUZ!

Here are some fun facts about Nowruz:

·       Also known as ‘The Persian New Year’

·       Nowruz = ‘New Day’ in english

·       Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years

·       It is the first day of the first month of the Iranian calendar in other words January 1st in the western world 🙂

·       It is the exact moment the Sun crosses the equator and can be calculated to the minute in 2019 Nowruz is celebrated at 5:58pm on March 21st.

·       Jumping over bonfires and singing my yellow is yours, your red is mine are Nowruz traditions

·       They include the ‘Haft Sin’ table, which includes seven symbolic items starting with the Farsi letter “S.” They include wheat grass, herbs, dried food and vinegar, all representing various hopes for the new year, including health, wealth and prosperity.

“From our family to yours we wish you a Happy Nowruz and may all your dreams come true in the new year.”

Advice for First Time Home Buyers

Hans Ohrstrom

Navigating the real estate market can be a complex endeavor. With so many essential components to consider, it’s easy to drop the ball. However, those who fail to perform the necessary research may purchase impulsively, negatively impacting their long-term financial objectives. Experienced real estate agent, Hans Ohrstrom, provides his tips for first time home buyers.

Get Pre-Approved First—Then House Hunt

When you’re in the market for a new home, it’s easy to focus on tracking down the perfect house that fits your taste and style. But before you get caught up in the search, it’s important for first-time buyers to ensure they are approved for a mortgage. With this being a lengthy process, get started early and speak to several mortgage companies before obtaining a letter with your pre-approval.

Research, Research, Research

A home is a significant investment, so it is imperative that individuals perform the necessary research throughout the entire search process. Like any profession, the real estate landscape is full of jargon that may seem foreign to new home buyers. Look things up, ask questions and consult with individuals who have been through the process.

Think About Home Insurance

Home insurance is critical! But it’s also another expense to work into your budget. Before purchasing, do your research. Even if you have auto, renters and travel insurance with one company, shop around for home insurance and consider all of your options. Prices vary between companies and it’s always best to check at least 4 to 5 companies before you settle on it.

Find Out What Repairs You’ll Need to Make

If you have a $500,000 budget and see a great home for $450,000, it may seem like you’re saving a large chunk of money. However, additional costs have a way of adding up quickly. Make a list of renovations the realtor and you think need to be completed. Also, make sure to have an idea of how much contractors charge for these repairs. Replacing a couple of windows won’t break the bank, but a new roof, septic tank and flooring might.

Remember: Save For Closing Costs

When you’re setting money aside for a down payment, remember you’ll also need to allocate money for closing costs. The average closing cost is about 3 to 4 percent of the purchase price, which covers appraisal, attorney fees, home inspection, credit report and more. Make sure to save for closing costs as soon as possible to ensure you have the funds to finalize buying your dream home.

According to Hans Ohrstrom, even though being a first-time home buyer is stressful, it’s important to follow these vital tips for smooth sailing. These tips will help make your home buying experience exciting.

For more information on Hans Ohrstrom check out his website at http://www.hansohrstrom.com/Profile.htm

5 ways to Increase Curb Appeal on Your Home

Hans Ohrstrom

First impressions are everything—especially when you’re trying to sell your home. When a potential buyer pulls up to your house, they’ll form an opinion of the exterior in the first 10 seconds. And when people are driving by and see a “For Sale” sign, they’ll have even less time to make up their mind. Thus quality curb appeal is essential! Here are 5 easy tips to boost your curb appeal.

1.     Get Out the Mower and Cut the Lawn

Going out on a Sunday and taking care of your front lawn may seem like a mundane task. However, it is essential to ensuring your lawn is aesthetically pleasing. Raking scattered leaves and trimming down weeds won’t take all day and will enhance your home’s exterior. Similarly, homeowners can embrace symmetry by creating focal points through the use of yard décor or plants on either side of their lawn, making their home look put together.

2.     Paint Your Front Door

For you, the front door is an entrance to your home. But for a potential buyer, it’s an entrance to their future—so make it appealing. A fresh coat of paint on your front door is inexpensive and will make buyers want to come in and check out your beautiful home.

3.     Upgrade Your House Numbers and Mailbox

Remove old, archaic-looking numbers hanging on your home and replace them with eye-catching figures. Make sure to choose a font that reflects the style and architecture of your home. And while you’re at it, give your mailbox a makeover! If your mailbox is rusting and falling over, replace it with a state-of-the-art box that’s stylish and enhances your curb appeal.

4.     Give It A Fresh Wash—A Power Wash!

Because you see your home every day, you probably don’t notice filth building up on siding, porch, walkway and driveway. But it’s there. A quick power wash will eliminate the dirt and grime that has built up and allow you to bring out that original, new home look. 

5.     Add Some Front-Yard Accessories 

Whoever moves into your home is going to decorate with their own style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some life to the front of your house to provide a familiar feel. A brand-new welcome mat with bright colors and a charming message, next to a small wooden bench and plant are three easy ways to affordably accessorize. If you don’t have a front porch or are limited with room, opt for hanging plants. Front door decor works too: Spruce up your curb appeal with a wreath that gives your home a springtime look.

According to Hans Ohrstrom, curb appeal is more than giving your home a good look. It’s also about making your home marketable—and that’s why it’s important. When you’re a seller, you have to think of your home as a product by putting yourself in a buyer’s shoes. What would you want to see when you first pull up to a home you might by?

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