GRAND OPENING – We are here to serve you!

On November 14, 2018, the Cullman Chamber of Commerce, our clients, family, friends, and community leaders joined NextHome Limitless Realty in celebrating our official GRAND OPENING!

On November 18, 2018, NextHome Limitless Realty celebrated its grand opening with friends, family, clients, and community members. (L-R) Cullman Mayor, Woody Jacobs, NextHome Limitless Realty Broker/Owner, Stacey Smith, Jonathan Smith
(L-R) Cullman Mayor, Woody Jacobs, NextHome Limitless Realty Broker/Owner, Stacey Smith, Jonathan Smith

We are ready to help you sell your current home or find your new dream home!  Call us today!  256-841-6767

On November 18, 2018, NextHome Limitless Realty celebrated its grand opening with friends, family, clients, and community members. Owner/Broker, Stacey Smith
Owner/Broker, Stacey Smith
On November 18, 2018, NextHome Limitless Realty celebrated its grand opening with friends, family, clients, and community members. Agent Tara Yarbrough.
Agent Tara Yarbrough
On November 18, 2018, NextHome Limitless Realty celebrated its grand opening with friends, family, clients, and community members. Agent Kim Messersmith
Agent Kim Messersmith

JOIN US Saturday 11/17 at the Homebuyer Workshop!!

Want to own your own home? In need of down-payment assistance? Don’t know where to start?  JOIN US Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at our office for our Homebuyer Workshop!  We are located at 204 9th Street SW in Cullman.  Click here for a Google Map.

We can help guide you through:

  • Choosing a Loan – The Loan Process
  • Home Inspections
  • What to Expect When Buying a Home
  • Building Your Dream Home

Don’t let fear be your holiday Grinch!  Your dream of home ownership can come true this holiday season!  Remember there is no place like HOME for the holidays.  Let us help you make that dream come true!

Home Maintenance Checklist – How to Check for Air Leaks

We are well into the fall season and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it is especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills. Here is quick guide to checking your home for air leaks.

Do an air pressure test. You can quickly check for air leaks with a simple test using household items. Seal your home by completely closing all doors, windows, and vents and turning off exhaust fans. Then pass a burning incense stick along the edges of all doors, windows, and other openings to the outside. If the smoke is forced into or away from an opening, you have a leak.

Inspect doors and windows. To check for leaks near your windows, attempt to rattle the frame. This will reveal whether there are gaps along the edges. Also check for cracks in the frame, loose screws in locks, or gaps anywhere in the window.

Door hinges and thresholds are common places for air leaks. Deteriorated weather stripping can also lead to leaks and the door itself can develop cracks that allow air to pass through.

Skylights are a little trickier to test and examine, but you can still do it yourself. Check for water stains near your skylights, which is a dead giveaway of a leak. If you suspect there is one, you will have to get on the roof for a closer inspection. Look for loose shingles, cracked roofing cement, and debris.  Use cation, or call a professional to help, if you don’t feel comfortable climbing onto your roof.

In the market for your NextHome?  I am here to help you!  Your possibilities are Limitless!  Give me a call today (256) 339-1155.

Buying and Selling During the Holiday Season

Thinking of buying a home or selling your home during the holiday season?  Yes, it is a busy time of year for everyone, but it might not necessarily be a bad idea.  Liz Alterman recently shared her thoughts on how to sell your home during the holidays in her recent post on Realtor.com.  Check it out!

How to Sell a Home Fast – Even Before the Holidays!

Need to know how to sell a home fast, even though the holidays are speedily approaching? If you’re thinking of throwing up your hands and giving up hope until the new year, we’re here to offer hope: There’s still time!

Because here’s the deal: As eager as you may be to sell your home before the holidays, plenty of people out there are dying to buy a place before the holidays descend, too. So if you play your cards right, it is entirely possible to not only find a buyer, but also close the deal and move out before Santa’s sleigh starts making the rounds.

Here are some insider secrets on how to sell a home fast, even during the hectic holiday rush.

Polish your online listing
Because the weather outside is “frightful,” as they like to say (or at least will be soon enough), buyers want to do much of their looking online. With that in mind, focus on making your home so alluring they’re willing to put on those parkas and check it out in person.

“Make sure that your home has an online listing that’s up to date and has optimal photos available, since buyers usually don’t like to go out in cold weather,” advises Ray Sturm, CEO and co-founder of AlphaFlow.

“Most home buyers vet potential homes through online listings before reaching out,” Sturm continues, “so ensuring your home is presented in the best light online is a good way to attract potential buyers.”

Play up the holiday features
Buyers want to envision themselves settling into a home in time to celebrate that first Thanksgiving or Christmas, says home expert Lauren Mak, who has appeared on TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and ABC’s “Fab Life with Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen.”

Mak suggests accenting architectural features such as a fireplace or sweeping staircase to showcase how great your home could look for the holidays.

“Add twinkle lights to a fireplace or table decorations to your dining room to help potential buyers visualize their future home,” she says. “If you have something like a bay window where a Christmas tree might be, clear the clutter before showing your home.”

Suzy Minken, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway, agrees. “For sellers with a spacious dining room, the table can be decorated for holiday entertaining,” she says. “This is an ideal opportunity to create that ‘wow’ moment among buyers, so sellers may want to consider purchasing new tableware and accessories that are trending in home design. This gets buyers excited about making the house their new home just in time for the holidays.”

Home decor aside, Gill Chowdhury of Warburg Realty recommends writing a property description that highlights the features that really count during the holidays. For example, “spacious dining room, ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner” will appeal to a buyer’s emotions.

But don’t overdo the holiday decor
While it’s good to be jolly, don’t go over the top, says Dawn Houlf, real estate coach and owner of EXIT Realty Number One in Las Vegas.

“Homes do look their best during the holiday, but simple is best,” she says. “Too big or too many adornments can crowd your home and distract buyers.”

Be flexible with showings
If you want buyers bidding for your home, they’re going to want to check out every nook and cranny, so you’d better be ready and willing to let ’em.

“The best thing that sellers can do during the holiday search is keep the home clutter-free and stay open and available for last-minute and short-notice showings,” says Shayna Goldburg, broker and chief human resources officer at SetSchedule.

“What I have noticed is that it is harder and harder to view homes during the holiday season,” Goldburg says. “Oftentimes homeowners go out of town, guests come to visit, or owners have their own entertaining schedule, and prefer not to have showings to interrupt this time. At the end of the day, the more open, available, and flexible you are as a homeowner for showings, the more your home will be seen and greater your chance for a sale.”

Make sure your home is move-in ready
Having your home pre-inspected before you list can accelerate your sale in three key ways, says Steve Wadlington, president of WIN Home Inspection.

It makes your house more marketable: Buyers feel safer making an offer on a home thats an open book during the home-selling process.
It can save you money: Once you know what issues need to be fixed, you can have those problems taken care of before you list. The cleaner and more issue-free you can make your home, the faster its likely to sell, which can save you money in the long run.
It allows you to highlight your homes assets: New flooring or granite counters installed? Electric wiring redone? Brand-new appliances or furnace? “These are huge selling points, and your home inspection report will reflect all of the improvements and upgrades youve made,” Wadlington says.

Make curb appeal a top priority
“As the leaves begin to fall, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important,” says Houlf. “Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters, and spruce up the yard. Paint the front door, hang a decorative wreath, and [add] a decorative welcome mat. In addition, keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice, and leaves.”

And don’t forget to highlight the outdoor features buyers can enjoy year-round. If you have a fire pit or hot tub, show it off.

Offer incentives
While competition is greatly reduced around Thanksgiving, that alone may not be enough to encourage offers, notes Sophie Kaemmerle, communications manager for NeighborWho.com.

“Incentives put you ahead of the pack,” she says. “Offer what you can, ranging from updated appliances to paying closing costs, offering extras like TVs, and be flexible with negotiations.”

Plan a themed open house
“Since you are so close to the holiday, why not host a Thanksgiving or holiday-themed open house,” Kaemmerle suggests. Think: an early tree-trimming, or offering up some homemade holiday treats.

“Not only is this a fun way to show off a home, but also you will stoke buyers’ holiday and home-buying excitement,” she says.

Just keep in mind that timing is important this time of year, Kaemmerle adds: “Not many people will ditch family dinners for an open house on an actual holiday.”