Downsizing Can Be Rightsizing

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Realtors are seeing a new trend.  Instead of gravitating to large homes, people of all ages are starting to embrace a less is more attitude.  Downsizing is no longer relegated to seniors as young families are shying away from the mini-mansion craze and are starting to look for a cozy, smaller home.  Many are drawn to neighborhoods where homes are closer together and have front porches where one can sit and visit with neighbors passing by.

 

Rightsizing is a better term as it means you don’t have to make sacrifices when moving to a smaller place. In fact, it could mean quite the opposite. A smaller, yet luxurious home in a prestigious community is a smart option. Consider these benefits of a home that is the “right size” for your life:

  • Reduce expenses – mortgage payments, utilities, maintenance
  • Less stress
  • Start afresh
  • Buy new/newer
  • Boost your living/retirement income
  • Have money for adventures
  • Less stuff = less cleaning = more time to enjoy life

cozy family dinner.jpgPeople of all ages are finding that a smaller home that is the rightsized for you and your family means more money in your wallet. Your life is less stressful without paying large amounts in mortgage payments, taxes and insurance. No longer will you have to pay huge utility bills. You may even decide that you no longer need landscapers to maintain your large yard. The decrease in all those expenses will give you more money to enjoy life.

cozy-family-tvMoving into a smaller home encourages people to interact more.  You have more opportunities to sit and talk, play games, or watch TV together. Furthermore many of these smaller homes are in subdivisions with more recreational activities such as walking trails, tennis courts, pools, golf courses, and lakes – all enticing people to enjoy life together inside and out.   Your new home could inspire special bonding opportunities and create many wonderful memories.

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Looking toward the long term –  purchasing a smaller home is a wise investment. If or when it comes time to sell, your smaller home will appeal to a wider audience of buyers. You can boost the value your right-sized home offers by having it in an ideal location – neighborhood amenities, the ability to walk to stores, or near an attraction such as the beach or waterway.

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Of course, the toughest part of rightsizing will be parting ways with stuff that you no longer use or need.  Here are some tips:

  • Access your actual needs – use the one year rule. If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it.
  • Avoid tackling the whole house in one go – it’s too stressful emotionally and physically. Work on one room at a time.
  • Banish the “maybe” pile. Use the OHIO rule – only handle it once. It’s yes or no.
  • Go through every closet and cabinet
  • If it is chipped, broken or stained – toss it!
  • Determine your new storage needs/eliminate storage
  • Sell your stuff – estate sales, consignment stores, Ebay, Craigslist, etc.
  • Give family treasures away
  • Organize and enjoy

Cozy coastal room.jpgRightsizing is becoming a national trend for many reasons but the most common is to gain quality of life.  By simplifying your life and surroundings of “stuff” you will find you are free to pursue your passions such as hobbies and travel without the responsibilities and financial burden of a large home.  This doesn’t mean you can’t still live in a home that offers luxuries.  Less can be more.

 

Are you thinking of downsizing or upsizing?   I’m an experienced and knowledgeable realtor who helps people buy and sell homes in the greater Charleston area.  Let’s discuss what makes sense for your family and find your dream home!  Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or call me at 843-471-7315.

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Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

 

rent-vs-buy-matues-realtyThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. While renting can certainly alleviate many of the costs that go along with property ownership, here’s why purchasing a home can have positive monetary affects in the long run.

First let’s start with the fact it costs more to rent.  In fact according to a recent Trulia article, it costs over 50% more to rent in Charleston than buy:   Trulia article .  While this assumed a 20% down payment, there are a number of mortgage options that allow a homeowner to purchase for less than 4% down.   Mortgage rates are still low (although creeping upward) so this is an excellent time to purchase even if home prices have risen in many areas.

The Good Impacts of Inflation housing-inflation

While inflation is often seen as a dirty word, a real estate purchase can see the positive side of inflation with how your home purchase investment will grow over the years. Putting money into rent will mean that money is gone and out the window once you’ve paid for the month, but investing into a property will come back to you in future gains that are made in the real estate market. While buying a home will be more expensive in the short term, it can also provide you with greater financial flexibility and equity in the future.

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Renovations Will Increase Home Value

While changing up the bathroom or the paint on the wall in your apartment isn’t going to add any extra lining to your wallet when you move out, making upgrades to a home that you own will have the very opposite effect! Renovations can certainly be unpopular while they’re taking place, but no matter how small or large, they can mean an easier sell and a higher profit when the home finally goes on the market.  We have a number of deals in the Charleston areas that are “fixer uppers” but the investment pays off significantly.

 

 

 

The Opportunity For Rental Propertyrental-income

An apartment you rent won’t offer opportunity for investment if you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, but a home you own may serve as an ideal investment property at some point in the future. With the success of Airbnb and unique modern housing needs that may only require a home rental for a short period of time, being able to use your house as a rental property can be a significant boon for earning money you would have otherwise been without.  I recently spoke with a young man who averages almost $15,000/month on a property in Charleston through Airbnb!  It may also make sense to purchase a duplex and live in one unit while renting out the other to cover all or a good portion of the mortgage.

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Buying a home can require a lot of number crunching in the beginning that rent does not, but it can also provide significant financial benefits down the road that might not exist without such a purchase. If you’re considering purchasing a home in the near future,  contact me –  your local real estate professional for more information at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315.  You may also start looking for your dream home at Shawn-Phillips.kw.com .

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Three Handy Home Staging Tips That Will Help You Display Your Home in the Best Light

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Your home may be one of your largest assets, and you certainly want to take steps to get the highest price possible for it when you list it on the market to sell. In addition, you may have plans to purchase a new home or to take other similar steps when list your home, so you may need to your house to sell quickly. Staging your home is a great way to present it in the best possible light for potential buyers to see. While there are dozens of staging tips and ideas that you may use, there are a few that are rather simple and affordable for most to complete.

desk-bedroomGive Each Room a Single Purpose

If your home is like most, there may be several rooms that have multiple uses. For example, you may have a work desk placed in the master bedroom, or a section of the living room may be designated as a kids’ play area. While this may be functional for how your family lives and even very attractive, it can confuse buyers.

 

 

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Buyers need to be able to walk into a room and imagine their own family living in the area. They may not have a need or use for a desk in the master bedroom, and this can confuse the use of the space. In addition, it also can make a room look smaller and more cramped than it is.
De-Clutter Your Rooms
clutter.gifIn addition to defining a single use for each room in your home, you should also de-clutter your rooms. Depending how long you have lived in your home and how significant your periodic spring cleaning sessions have been, this can be a major undertaking and you may need help.. As a good rule of thumb, items that have not been used in more than six months may need to be donated or tossed away. The exception to this rule is seasonal items, like winter coats, pool toys or holiday décor. Keep in mind that buyers may open cabinets, drawers and closets, so your cleaning session should be thorough and not superficial.

Pack Away Personal Belongings
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A final step to take is to pack away personal belongings. Everything from religious symbols like crosses to a family photo over the mantel should be packed in boxes. Your goal is to make your home look like any family could live there rather than to make it look like your home. Only decorative items that have a broad or universal appeal should remain.
 

When a home is properly staged, it may feel as though your home is not your own and even as though you are camping out in your own home. Keep in mind that staging can help you to sell your home as quickly as possible and to get the highest bid possible. It also helps you psychologically as some have a hard time leaving the memories of a home.  Therefore, your effort is well worthwhile.

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Interested in learning more about how to stage your home in order for it to sell quickly at the highest price possible?  I can help!  I am an experienced realtor with Keller Williams Realty in the Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester area.  Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315.  Just want to check what’s in the area you are interested in?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

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Getting the Most From a Home Inspection

How to Get the Most Value from a Home Inspection

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One of the most stressful parts of selling a home is the dreaded home inspection. Getting the most value from a home inspection is crucial, especially since any missed item can cause a significant amount of trouble a few years or decades down the road. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few tips on how one can get the most value from a home inspection.

 

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Keep Calm And Inspect On

Having a stranger paw through every corner of a house is frustrating. Homes have emotional value and no one wants to hear about their homes’ flaws. The key to a successful inspection lies in remaining calm. Blowing a fuse or arguing with an inspector is a sure way to lose money.

 

 

Stay calm, smile, and accommodate the inspectors. The payoff is worth it.

 

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Someone has fallen in love with your home and wants to buy it.  Congratulations!  But it would be unfair and unwise for them to invest without truly investigating what they are getting into. Buyers depend on home inspections to protect them from purchasing a money pit. They want to know what they are getting into. This means that the buyer hires the inspector, not the seller. The seller must do everything they can to present a good face to the inspector because the inspector is not on their side. Inspectors investigate every aspect of a home from the roof to the yard. They look for problems that need immediate addressing and problems that might arise down the road. Negotiations take place once the buyer receives the inspection report.

 

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Home inspections are rather like selling the house all over again. Take the time to dress for success. First impressions are very important when it comes to any sale. Dress nicely and act politely. Clean up the home. Touch up areas that need new paint and put some new flowers in the garden. Repair minor problems like loose gutters, faulty steps, and trim work. Make the inspector work to find problems instead of providing obvious issues.

 

Update The Indoors & Outdoorshome-inspection-2

Most homeowners are aware of what needs to be done. The time to take care of existing issues is before the inspection. Get electrical systems and heating and cooling systems installed. Take care of minor roof repairs. Address any plumbing issues. Not only does this save sellers money during negotiations, it also shows that they take good care of their home.

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The best way to get the most value from a home inspection is to talk with an experienced real estate agent. The next best way is a good presentation and addressing known issues prior to inspection. Inspectors look more closely at homes with obvious problems than homes that appear to be well taken care of. Don’t wait. Start preparing for your inspection today.

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Charleston area?  Please contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 .  Want to search for homes?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com  I look forward to earning your business!

 

 

 

 

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3 Renovations to Avoid

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Renovations to Avoid: 3 Home Modifications That Can Lessen Your Home’s Value

Whether or not you’ve been looking into selling your house for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the buzzword ‘renovation’ and considered how it can positively impact the value of your home. From upgrading your kitchen to painting, there are plenty of renovations that will do wonders in terms of your property’s price on the market, but there are a few that can actually have the opposite effect so you’ll want to be leery of the following fix-ups.

 

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If, at one point, you installed a bunch of brightly colored tile into your living room or kitchen to add a bit more life to your home, it’s possible this is the type of renovation you may come to regret upon resale. Often times, when it comes to purchasing a home, buyers will be looking for something they won’t have to renovate right off the bat, so a flashy feature can have a marked effect on the selling potential of your house.

 

An Unflattering Paint Color

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You’ve probably heard all about the power that painting has to revamp the look of your home, but the wrong tint of paint can actually have the completely opposite effect. Instead of opting for bright or risky colors, ensure you stick to neutrals that will coordinate in a flattering way with your furniture  and flooring. A bright color can certainly make for a memorable impression, but it can also obscure many other good features if it happens to be too much.

 

 

Adding On Another Bedroom

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It can often be considered a great benefit to have a house with multiple bedrooms. However, if you’ve condensed the size of one room to create an extra bedroom that’s little more than miniature, it may not have the impact on your price-point you envisioned. Instead of focusing on the house that you don’t have, play up the positive features of your home and the ideal buyer will come to you – and hopefully with the offer you’re looking for.

 

Renovating your home is a good idea if you’re planning on putting it on the market, but adding on another bedroom or choosing a garish color of paint might not be worth the cost you’re going to pay.

If you are planning on putting your home on the market in the near future, you may want to contact me for more information.   Shawn.Phillips@kw.com  or 843-471-7315 . Looking for a home?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

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We Have Some Great Deals!

We have some great deals on some amazing homes! Looking for a new home?  We have listings in all areas.  Whether you are looking to relocate, a larger home for the family, a 55+ community, or just ready to enjoy all we have to offer in this charming area – we have something to suit your desires.

Contact me and I’ll be honored to help you. 843-471-7315  or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com

Need to sell first? We offer a full service listing that will help you make more money, sooner,  and have less hassle.

 

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This is just a taste of the wonderful homes we have listed.  Let us help you find the one that’s perfect for you and your family.  We offer proven results and quality service!

Want to learn more about what our team can do for you?   Contact me at 843-471-7315 or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com .  Didn’t see what you liked?  Search for homes here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

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Ready to Relocate?

3 Tips on How to Set a Moving Budget That Won’t Break the Bank

Relocating to a new area can be exciting, but it can also be expensive. There are many resources to help, but most cost money.However, if you take your time and plan carefully, you can reduce the expense so you don’t start your new life with new debt. Here are three tips to controlling your moving budget.

1. Find Out What’s Free

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Nothing is better than paying nothing, right? Don’t assume you have to fork out money for everything you need to move. If you have accepted a new job, ask your new employer whether the company can cover any of your moving expenses. When it comes to moving supplies, see what you can get without having to pay for it. Stock up on free moving supplies by asking your workplace, local grocery stores, and friends and family for unneeded, sturdy boxes. Instead of paying professional movers, see if you can barter with friends or family for help in moving boxes to and from the truck.

2. Focus On Essentials
moving 2After you’ve pursued every possible angle to cover your needs for free, you will likely need to pay for something. The trick is to only do so for what is absolutely necessary. Many providers will offer you help along the way, but you should only sign up for basic services. This could include moving big items such as a piano, paying for gas and tolls, or buying cartons for oddly-shaped or particularly valuable items. If you are not able to move things yourself, this could include hiring professionals.

3. Do It Yourself

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If you have the time and are physically fit, start long before moving day and pack everything yourself. Rent or borrow a truck and move your boxes yourself, perhaps with the help of a friend. Take care of disconnecting old utilities and signing up for new ones. Handle both cleaning your old home and preparing your new one. Anything you can do with a little elbow grease will mean less money out of pocket.

Moving to or from the Charleston area?  Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315 for advice on keeping moving expenses down. Ask about providers who may give you a discount for being referred by me. Remember that you are in charge of your move, so don’t automatically sign up for every service available. By using free goods and services when available and doing much of the work yourself, you can set and follow a moving budget you can afford.

Looking for your dream home?  Click here:  Shawn.Phillips.kw.com

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Market Your Community to Sell Your Home

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Home Sales Tips: How to Market the Community Around Your Home to Prospective Buyers

Selling a home is more than real estate listings and making the home appealing to potential buyers. One factor to take into account when buying a home is its location, meaning the community that surrounds the home.

For sellers as well as buyers, it’s important to highlight the benefits of living in a particular community.  After all, neighborhoods will have an enormous impact on the future buyer’s living experience.

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It’s All About Walkable Neighborhoods

According to a Portland, Oregon-based company, City Observatory, there’s a growing demand for homes located in walkable neighborhoods. A Decades-long love affair with commuting from suburban areas, to work in the city has greatly lost its appeal.

Also, the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods is fueled by people desiring convenient access good schools as well as to entertainment options like movies, restaurants, and shopping. There’s also an appeal for easy access through reliable public transportation.

Fifty-five percent of participants said they would gladly get a small house with a small yard if it meant easy access to stores, schools, and restaurants. Plus, a walkable neighborhood also significantly increases property values. So play up the nearby community benefits that would entice potential buyers.

bike pathGreat Neighborhood Amenities

Other favorable community amenities include bicycle paths, libraries and parks. These are great bonuses for neighborhoods to attract fitness-minded individuals and promote a family-friendly atmosphere for buyers with kids. Speaking of kids, living in an excellent school district usually yields higher home values.

According to a survey conducted by the Demand Institute, almost half of participants wanted a pet-friendly neighborhood. In fact, this factor ranked higher than easy access to public transportation and even public schooling.

 

Safety is a top concern for most home buyers. Although, there’s little one can do to quell neighborhood violence there are things an owner can do to make their home safer. They may want to consider studying security features on homes in their neighborhoods and adopt what they can, within reason.

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What Potential Home Buyers Don’t Want In A Neighborhood

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), fewer home buyers were least impressed with communities with golf courses, a high population, gated communities, and mixed-use communities.

Homeowners, when listing a home, seek the help of a professional real estate agent experienced in listing the best features of both the home and the community surrounding it.    Interested in learning more how we can market your home creatively and make you more money?  Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315

Want to see what is for sale in your area?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Five Ways to Tell If It’s Time for an Upgrade

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Have You Outgrown Your Current Home?

Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger homes. Is it time to pull up stakes and move on from your starter home?
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Growing Family
If you’ve added to your family in recent years, you may have more bodies than bedrooms. A two-bedroom home may have been a great idea when it was just you and your spouse, but with two kids, you’re starting to have turf wars over the play area.

 

Overflowing With Stuff

outgrown 3From an overflowing toy chest to closets packed so tightly with shoes and coats you risk an avalanche every time you open the door, your home just doesn’t have the space to keep all your things. You may have even had to move some things off-site, spending money to rent storage space to keep that antique dresser your grandmother left you or the set of state spoons you carefully collected during your college years.

No Rest For The Weary

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You’d love to spend an afternoon soaking in the tub, but before the warmth of the water can take you away, there’s a banging on the door of the only bathroom in the house and a chorus of “hurry up!” invading your quiet time. And the man cave you dreamed of? Those visions of a big screen television were shattered by the realization you needed somewhere for the kids to sleep.

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When you first moved in, the two-car garage doubled as your woodworking shop. Now, the equipment has been sent to storage to make room for the family’s second car. You’d love to take up organic gardening, but your tiny yard barely has room for a grill and a lawn chair. You’d love to host your friends visiting from out of state, but there is hardly room for their luggage, much less them.

 

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You may have opted for a starter home when you first entered the market because you had a smaller income. Now, thanks to changes in careers or promotions at work, you can afford a home with greater square footage and room for your growing family that will provide the space you need for many years of happy memories.

 

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Interest rates are lower and you can very well afford more house for the money!  Contact me  today  at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or at 843-471-7315 and take advantage of the opportunity to give your family the most space at the best price now.  Want to search for homes?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Ready to Become A Homeowner?

 

home sweet homeWith all of the creative financing available, if you can afford to rent you may very well afford to buy!  Are you ready to make that leap from living at home or renting to owning a home of your own? While everyone moves at their own pace, here are some signs that you can use to determine if it is time to own your own home. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you can use to justify your decision.

 

Are You Sticking Around?

If you plan on moving soon for a job or think that you won’t be in town much longer, it may be better to rent. However, if you are thinking about living in the same town or within the same county for years to come, it is time to put down roots. The stability that comes with home ownership may make you more prepared for a marriage and/or a family if that is something that you want. This stability may make you more attractive if you are single and searching for a long-term relationship.

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Do You Have a Steady Job?

Those who have a steady job and know that they have a stable salary may want to make the move to home ownership. As long as there aren’t any other major debts eating into your income, you can probably handle a mortgage and other costs associated with home ownership. The equity that you build in your home can help you build wealth for the future if and when you want to retire. There are tax advantages to owning your own home.  Your home may also make a great rental property in the future, which can help you diversify your portfolio and keep you solvent for years to come.

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You Are Spending More Time Watching Television Shows Related to Home Ownership

You may have caught yourself recently watching shows revolving around people or couples who are looking for homes. You may also be watching programs dedicated to giving tips as to how you can upgrade your home. If you watch these shows frequently, it may be a sign that you are ready to move out on your own and take on the exciting challenge of being a homeowner.

Are you ready to be a homeowner in the near future? Only you can say for sure if it is time to make that leap. However, those who are looking for a long-term housing solution may be ready to make that move. For more information,  shoot me an email at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or call me at 843-471-7315.

I will put you in touch with a mortgage specialist who can help you determine how much home you can purchase and the various home buying plans.

Want to search for homes now?  Click here: Shawn-Phillips@kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Tips for Selling a Home with Tenants

 

Trying to Sell a Home with Tenants Still Living Inside? These 3 Tips Will Make Your Life Easier

Are you thinking about selling a home that you have rented out for some additional revenue? If so, you’re likely trying to discern how to best inform the current tenants and conduct the sales process in a way that works well for all of the parties involved.  How the tenant reacts can make or break your sale.  These three tips can make the process easier.

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#1: Review Local Laws and Your Tenancy Agreement

First, you’ll want to break out your tenancy agreement and download any state, provincial or municipal laws that apply to landlord-tenant relations. Selling a home with renters living in it can result in a number of sticky situations. You’ll want to ensure that you conduct yourself in accordance with the rule of law as you may end up in court if the process goes sour.

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#2: Communication is a Vital Part of the Process

Next, you’ll need to ensure that you’re communicating with your tenants every step of the way. Meet with them to let them know that you would like to place the home on the market, and explain how the sales process is going to work. Allow your tenants to ask questions and to state their case as they may be willing to buy the home from you if they can afford it. Be polite but firm; you don’t want to encourage any hostility but this is your property and ultimately, your decision.

Don’t forget to fully inform your tenants as to how home showings will work, as they’ll likely be concerned as to who is being provided with keys to their home.

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#3: Incentives Can Sway an Unruly Tenant

Finally, if you’re faced with some unruly tenants that are making the sales process challenging you may find that financial incentives to help the process go smoother. You’ll need their cooperation in keeping the home relatively clean and tidy, so you may want to consider offering some gift certificates or paying a portion of the rent in exchange for their help. If you’re hosting an open house over a weekend, offer to put their family up in a nice hotel somewhere in town where they can enjoy a weekend together.

While selling a home with tenants living inside is rarely easy or fun, it’s certainly doable. When you’re ready to learn more about the home selling process, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com.  I will share my expertise and guidance to ensure you get the most from your sale.

Interested in finding out what else is on the market?  Click here: Shawn-Phillips@kw.com

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Buy a New Home & Grow Your Wealth Faster

 

happy-family-sold-house.jpgThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. While renting can certainly alleviate many of the costs that go along with property ownership, here’s why purchasing a home can have positive monetary affects in the long run.  Furthermore you have the satisfaction of living in a home that reflects YOUR individual tastes.

Whose Mortgage do You Want to Pay?

Keep in mind that you will be paying someone’s mortgage – either your own or your landlord’s.  Home prices do go up and down in cycles over the short term but if you stay for a long time you are likely to see an increase in value.  Many people see a good return on their investment.

The Good Impacts of Inflation

While inflation is often seen as a dirty word, a real estate purchase can see the positive side of inflation with how your home purchase investment will grow over the years. Putting money into rent will mean that money is gone and out the window once you’ve paid for the month, but investing into a property will come back to you in future gains that are made in the real estate market. While buying a home will be more expensive in the short term, it can also provide you with greater financial flexibility and equity in the future.   In the long run, rental and housing prices have gone up significantly in recent years and will probably continue to do so.  So doesn’t it make sense to buy now and watch you money grow?

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Tax Benefits

Home ownership can reduce the amount you pay in income taxes each year. Mortgage interest and property tax payments may be deductible from your federal taxes and many state taxes.  The biggest bulk of your mortgage payment in the early years goes toward interest so the tax deductions are greater in those years and can put a significant amount back in your pocket.

Create the Home YOU Want 

Home Sweet Home!  Tired of beige walls and carpet?  Owning your own home offers the freedom to create your dream environment.  You can paint the rooms whatever color you want, change the flooring and carpeting, and own pets.  You don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission or live with a bland environment.

Renovations Will Increase Home Value

While changing up the bathroom or the paint on the wall in your apartment isn’t going to add any extra lining to your wallet when you move out, making upgrades to a home that you own will have the very opposite effect! Renovations can certainly be unpopular while they’re taking place, but no matter how small or large, they can mean an easier sell and a higher profit when the home finally goes on the market.

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The Opportunity For Rental Property

An apartment you rent won’t offer opportunity for investment if you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, but a home you own may serve as an ideal investment property at some point in the future. With the success of Airbnb and unique modern housing needs that may only require a home rental for a short period of time, being able to use your house as a rental property can be a significant boon for earning money you would have otherwise been without.

In Conclusion

Becoming a homeowner comes with additional responsibilities but also incredible rewards.  It can require a lot of number crunching in the beginning that rent does not, but it can also provide significant financial  benefits down the road that might not exist without such a purchase. If you’re considering purchasing a home in the near future, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com.  Want to start your search now?  Click here: Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Selling Your Home FAST & for MORE

This could be subtitled “You DO Want to Sell Your Home, Right?

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In many part of the United States, and certainly in the Charleston area, there is a seller’s market.  Housing costs have risen and more property is being sold compared to last year.  However this doesn’t mean everything sells quickly or at a great price.  Sometimes sellers sabotage themselves.

 

Not every home looks as beautiful as those from the iconic “rainbow row” in downtown Charleston.  Judging from some of the homes I visited recently,  home sellers can use a reminder of what does (or doesn’t) make a good impression.  Don’t forget you typically have once to create desire for your home and to obtain the best price.  So in no particular order, here are some hints.  This isn’t an all-inclusive list but it’s a good start!

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Declutter– ever notice how bare and tidy a model home looks? You are going for the same appeal.  This is the time to simplify your life.  Get rid of things you don’t want or need.  If you still have loads after throwing and giving things away, pack up almost all of your items that aren’t necessary for daily living.

I have advised sellers to have a pod delivered and use it for their packed boxes and excess furniture, etc.  They can have it taken away and then later delivered to their new home. I advise them to have the moving truck take the stuff that’s left, unpack it and THEN have the Pod delivered.  (Note: This works for messy garages too!)light bulb.png

Light bulbs – a light, spacious feeling is most attractive. You may have gotten used to the house being dark or may be trying to conserve energy.  Whatever the reason, we no longer live in caves so invest in some lights and electricity!

 

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Front door – this is crucial. You want curb appeal so trim the grass and shrubs, clean up the front porch and paint the front door!  I like bright colors – red, pink, yellow, blue – something that grabs attention.  Curb appeal is the strongest and first impression so make sure shrubs are trimmed, etc.

 

 

Paint – you would be surprised how a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color really brightens up a room. Neutral paint (and decor) appeals to most buyers.  I suggest light grey (stylish), beige, off whites.  This isn’t the time to get too grey

creative. Save your red accent wall for your new home but pops of color can really liven up a room. Remember that color trends do change and you can instantly update a house just by using the newer hues.  A beautiful grey is Silverpointe by Sherwin Williams.

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Carpet –  If a good steam cleaning isn’t touching those stains, it may be time to replace it in some rooms.  There are a number of reasonable carpet stores and you don’t have to go for the most expensive.  If you don’t have the money to replace the carpet, consider giving a carpet allowance.

 

 

Pets – it is crucial that your pets be locked away or are off site when the house is shown.  They are either freaked out or protective about having strangers there and it is distracting to potential buyers.  Make sure any pet smells are eliminated.   Clean out the kitty litter box and get rid of those doggie “land mines” in the yard!

Knobs – either clean or replace door knobs both outside and inside the house. Consider replacing kitchen knobs as needed.

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Air Fresheners – A stinky house just isn’t appealing and it leaves a lasting BAD impression.  Invest in some air fresheners and while we are on the topic, it might be time to cut down on fried foods (especially fish), garlic and onions.  I’ve seen some sellers go so far as to bake cookies (refrigerator cookies) and leave them out for the showing with a sign “help yourself”.  Ok it was overkill but it worked!

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Clean –  You have heard it said that cleanliness is godliness.  I can’t stress this enough. .  Do a thorough cleaning or hire a service.  Don’t forget to clean around the air conditioning vents and grates.  Clean the ceiling fans too (you would be surprised how often this is neglected).  Looks great?  Keep it up!  I  recommend a quick dusting, using the Swifter on tile/lineoleum, and vacuuming every other day.   Wash the dishes. Make the beds.  Put away all your hair care products, make up, etc.  I realize this is a form of tyranny but if you follow my advice, it won’t last long.

Your realtor has become an expert in what to do in order to sell your house quickly and for the most money.  If  you are interested in selling your home in the Berkeley, Dorchester or Charleston counties of South Carolina, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com.  Want to search for your dream home?  Start here: Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Relocating to the Charleston Area?

Charleston+Night.jpgHome buyers are looking for more than just a building with nice carpets. The neighborhood and community amenities have become one of the primary reasons buyers choose to buy in one area or another. Lifestyle has become more important and Charleston, South Carolina offers residents the full package. This is why home buyers are flocking to this popular location.

 

Charleston has been a thriving tourist destination for decades, but as more home owners are turning to their community to provide interesting activities and recreation, its picturesque and historic location has attracted home seekers as well. Charleston and the surrounding areas offer a variety of housing options.

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Charleston, South Carolina simply exudes Southern hospitality. The relaxed lifestyle and gracious living welcomes new residents.  It’s so easy to enjoy the city and nature here! New home owners find they can quickly settle into the pace of Charleston, make new friends and enjoy the beautiful amenities. The mild weather allows an outdoor lifestyle. Residents can enjoy the natural beauty of the Charleston area’s beaches, parks and trails. This historic community has world class shopping and restaurants as well (some you can even boat or paddle board to).

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Long considered a great place to own a second home, the community still has a mix of full and part time residents. Our booming economy attracts many who are relocating for a job.  Retirees find the perfect combination of relaxation and stimulation.  Investors can capitalize on the tourist population for short or long term rental properties and increasing property values.  Some common considerations include:

  • Historic homes
  • Near beach
  • Waterfront
  • Near work
  • Near schools
  • Community living

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Home buyers will find their housing options range from quaint cottages or townhouses to stately historic homes. Families with young children will be greeted with award winning schools and plenty of extracurricular activities. A popular retirement location, Charleston is easy to navigate and close knit community is easy to fit into.  There are several areas in and around Charleston to consider including:

  • Downtown Charleston
  • Daniel Island
  • James Island
  • Johns Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Mt Pleasant
  • West Ashley
  • Summerville
  • Sullivans Island
  • Isle of Palms
  • Goose Creek
  • Seabrook Island

 

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Relocating to Charleston, South Carolina is like coming home. It immediately feels like you’ve lived here all your life. It’s no mystery why so many home buyers are attracted to this atmosphere. Working with a relocation specialist is one key element to finding the right Charleston home for you.

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My husband and I relocated here 5 years ago and love it!  Our adult children have also moved here.  I can help you decide which area is best suited for your lifestyle and budget.  There is so much to choose from and it can be daunting!  I’ll take the time to help you decide where home is.

If you are considering a move to the Charleston area, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or Shawn.Phillips@kw.com  I’ll take the time to get to know what’s important to you and together we will find your home.  Want to start your search?  Click here:  Shawn-Phillips.kw.com

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

12309669_10153655706211068_4910153458816766635_oWho doesn’t love Spring and Summer?  New life abounds. Old trees get new leaves. The sun and rain caresses the earth and urges rejuvenation.  The light streams in my bedroom window and awakens me sweetly and naturally.  I slip on a light summer dress and some sandals. I want to feel the warmth and gentle breeze on my body.   The birds are bursting with song as I enter my garden and I smile at the brave fragility of a flower.  I  walk around my house and note that not all made it through the winter.

Some plants weren’t hearty enough to survive the cold.  Some branches on a favorite tree seem dead.  I’ll need to cut back the parts no longer healthy.  I’ll need to replahydrangea.jpgce the plants that no longer serve.  I am saddened to lose what were once favorites but recognize the opportunity to recreate my little haven in a different way.   Maybe I’ll add some purple.
Hydrangeas near the screened porch?  Climbing roses against the fence?  I think I’ll order the one that is almost giddy with color.  Gladiolus between the camellias?  I daydream. Maybe it is time to create a little English garden – perfect in its imperfection.

I sip my coffee and philosophically consider the changes.   It strikes me how analogous this is to our lives.  Not everything in my garden needs to be changed.  The core is good.  Maybe cleaned up a bit but not a total revamp.  There is no need to rush.  In fact the situation calls for contemplation, consideration, and anticipation.  I need to slow down.

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How often do you stop, get quiet, and rethink your own life?  I love a saying, “You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion”.    Realize your worth and that your core is perfect.  Remember when you were a child and your life seemed full of possibility?  It still is!  Then ask yourself is it is time for you to trim back portions of your life that no longer fit the garden that is your purpose?   Are you living authentically and fearlessly?  Are you allowing the world to see the beauty of your soul?  Are you joyful?  Are you taking time to have intimate conversations with friends and family? Does your body, perfect in its imperfections delight you?  Can you imagine casting off the anxiety that haunts you and trusting that it will turn out fine, albeit not quite as planned?

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The Divine made you perfect and you were born with purpose. In our hearts we know that the Divine is deep within the earth and in the cells of our bodies. You are sacred and perfect.  It’s just that sometimes we get so busy doing that we forget to contemplate where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go.  We feel a longing that we can’t define.  We worry about what others think of us.  Some of us retreat to food, alcohol, etc. to feed the hungry soul.  Something isn’t quite right but we can’t put our finger on it.  An elusive memory of hope and joy hides in the shadows.   So we continue living the same way, not knowing what or how to change it.   The beauty is that we can choose to embrace our uniqueness, our sensuality, our exquisiteness.  Nature reminds us of this choice.

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My advice?  Get off the speedway of life. Slow down.  Walk away from distractions.  This is you time! 

 

 

Spend some time contemplating the garden of your life.  Reflect on the memories that have brought you happiness.  Find the core of what fuels your passion.  What metamorphosis do you need to experience for empowerment and delight?  After you have stilled the noise and listened to the wisdom in your heart, it is time to take some action.  Trim back the dead, weed as necessary, add beauty in whatever colors suit you, and rejoice in your perfect imperfections!  Trust me, we can’t wait to see what grows and blooms.

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Looking to buy or sell in the Charleston area?  Let me help you!  I carefully listen to what is important to you and together we make the magic happen!  Contact me at Shawn.Phillips@kw.com or 843-471-7315

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

 

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Transformation and Evolution

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This article just appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Focus on Fabulous magazine which concentrates on revealing the unseen beauty in today’s woman. 

 

I awakened this morning thinking about punctuated equilibrium. Evolution is a slow, gradual process but it isn’t entirely smooth.  Small changes occur over time until a large difference occurs in a stepwise fashion.   Punctuated equilibrium is an evolutionary theory that explains the rapid change one can find in the fossil record followed by long periods of stability.   And since evolution presumably happens physically and behaviorally, one can assume that this has happened with the behaviors that help the species survive.

A rather nerdy introduction, I know but stick with me.   Think back on your life.  How did you get where you are now and where would you like to go?

I know in my life I have experienced periods where things were relatively stable and changes were very small and then suddenly there was a rapid burst of change.  I might have been doing some self-exploration, reading motivational books or learning more about spirituality and then suddenly I had a revelation that encouraged a jump in my consciousness. My relationships could have been toxic and I was surrounded by negative people for years and then I recognized that I wanted a different life and needed to move on and get new friends.    An area could no longer feel like home and I moved a great distance away.   A job could no longer be fulfilling despite a good salary and I decided to take the plunge and become an entrepreneur.   Over the years there have been huge transformations – marriages, births, divorces, moves, career shifts.  I suspect this could be said for many of us.

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From the outside it would appear that these abrupt alterations with little thought but internally there were a number of imperceptible modifications until finally there was little choice but to burst out of a cozy rut and revamp life.  Once the huge change was made, there would be rocky period when everything seemed off kilter and then gradually an adjustment to the new. It became the norm.  During this period one makes small, incremental modifications.  These are the basis of creating lifelong habits.

For instance a year or so ago I could not even fit my “fat clothes”.  I have been making small modifications in creating optimal health.  There is no question that over time there have been positive results but I am not where I want to go and I am prepared to take one of those huge jumps.  I know that a clean me is a healthy me and I am planning to kick off my weight loss journey with a TLS 21 Day Challenge .   The first 7 days will consist of detoxification to curb my cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods to renew and replenish.  Next realizing a lean me is a better me, I will accelerate my program for 14 days to burn the fat so to repair and reshape my body.  This will allow me to shed some stubborn fat and shed extra pounds to feel better physically and emotionally.  From thereon I will continue to eat “clean” and to schedule daily exercise. After this dramatic change my plan is to make small, simple modifications toward optimal health.  My goal is to create life-long healthy habits.

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Back to you – are you in a period of stasis or equilibrium?  Spring has been a time of renewal, hope, growth throughout cultures and history.  Take time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Take walks in the park, hike through a forest, and walk along the beach, lay in the grass.  As you do so pay special attention to all the new beginnings around you – plants, animals, insects, birds.  Meditate on the natural cycle of change and replenishment.  Now look within. This is a season of great promise and renewal. Life is visibly continuing and yet there are alterations.   Is there something you need/want to dramatically adjust in your life?  Do you need a rekindling in one of more aspects?  Is something or someone making you feel unfulfilled or even sapping your soul?  Have you accepted someone else’s view of what you and your life should be rather than following your path?  If so I challenge you to start your plan toward regeneration.  It is easier to live with the status quo but you were born to be special and you owe it to yourself to manifest a wonderful life and reach your highest potential.    So look within and determine what is holding you back and what needs modification.  It could be physical, emotional or spiritual.   Be bold, be brave.  It may be time to empower yourself and make a transformation –  your own punctuated equilibrium.

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I had submitted this article in January and have completed the TLS 21 Day Challenge.  I’ve lost a total of 15 lbs and feel wonderful!

 

 

 

Interested in learning more? Please email me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn

 

 

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TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR EVENTS

 

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Wonder how to use social media to promote your events?  While this is not the only way, social media can be a potent tool.  However before we begin you need to start with the obvious:

 

 Create and Use Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook and other accounts – This takes a bit of foresight but you need to be taking advsocial_media_strategy111antage of these free social media accounts.  Post frequently (at least daily), import your contacts from your email address books, and make it personal, not just sales oriented.  (Hint:  Join online and actual clubs and networking organizations and ‘friend” those people too.)  I find it helpful to use the online service Hootsuite to manage and efficiently post to various social channels.  Once you have these active accounts, you have an engaged and friendly audience.

Now you are ready!

  • hashtagCreate a Hashtag: Create a short hashtag that you are going to use across all media.  It should be on everything including your infographics.  This makes it easy for people to find what you are sharing and the comments others have too!
  • Pictures: Posts with pictures are 150% more likely to be viewed.  Have pictures of presenters, items that will be sold/discussed, etc.  Take fun pictures at events and use these in marketing next events. having fun at conference Switch it up so people aren’t bored.  Wonder how others make such amazing posts?  Canva.com is a great website to create visuals including infographics for web or print.
  • Use videos: Visual images convey the enthusiasm and energy in a highlight reel from prior events, audience testimonials, and even snippets from your presenters.  These videos can consist of a slide show from previous events.  Make the benefit of attending your event clear.  Don’t forget to post it on YouTube!

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  • Blog: Here is your chance to elaborate.  I use WordPress as it is relatively simple to navigate and you can embed videos and other media.  This is your webpage that should have all the branded information.
  • Leverage Shareable Information to Fans, Attendees, Teammates, and Affiliates: Send them the information in the form of infographics, links, etc.  Let them help you convey the excitement and enthusiasm.  Ask them to post it and email it to others.
  • Create a Facebook Event Page: This way you can invite your friends (I target specific areas rather than invite everyone.)  You can boost the event for $10 and reach thousands in your target area.   An event page allows your attendees to easily share the information with others.  Do keep in mind that a relatively small amount of people who say they are coming actually do so don’t depend on this alone.fb event page

 

  • Use Email: Do you have any idea how many emails most of us send out daily?  Add a paragraph at the end of every email to let people know about the event.   Send information to your supporters and ask them to send it to people they think would be interested in the event.
  • Don’t forget the personal touch: Call and email people and ask them to attend.  Thank those who have responded they are coming and encourage them to bring others. call people

 

  • Post your event on online community calendars: Many newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations have community calendars where you can post events for free. And don’t forget Craigslist! They list events and classes, too.

Use all of these social media tips to promote your next event and see your attendance soar.

This article was included in the Mirelli Entrepreneur Training for Women newsletter.

Interested in learning more about how you can be a successful entrepreneur – in business for yourself but not by yourself?  Drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we can set up a time to discuss your opportunity.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn

 

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Beauty Starts From Within

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All women have their own form of beauty.  However whatever that beauty is, it must start from within.  If you aren’t healthy, no amount of skin care products or make up is going to make as lovely as you could.  The winning trifecta is a combination of supplements, skin care and Motive Cosmetics.

For optimal beauty and health I recommend four supplements to help women look their best.  These are to be taken in addition to the 5 key products I always recommend – Isotonix Multivitamin, Isotonix B Complex, Isotonix Calcium Plus, Isotonix OPC-3 and Heart Health Essential Omega III with Vitamin E.   In this article I’ll discuss all four beauty supplements that I recommend to enhance your natural beauty and their benefits.

The Winning Combination for Beauty

For general skin nutrition I recommend Isotonix OPC-3 Beauty Blend, NutriClean Complete Greens and Ultimate Aloe.  In someone worried about the effects of aging on their complexion, I add Timeless Prescription’s Oxygen Extreme.

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Isotonix OPC 3 Beauty Blend is formulated to help maintain skin elasticity, support normal collagen production, replenish essential vitamins and minerals for the skin, and provide the skin and body with an antioxidant defense. This isotonic product helps maintain skin health at the cellular level nourishing and rejuvenating skin cells with some of the finest antioxidants available today.   It supports a healthy, smooth, soft and even-toned complexion.  Because it promotes healthy functioning of the skin at the cellular level, your skin will look healthy and vibrant.  It also plays a role in maintaining elasticity of capillaries in the dermis, which helps maintain healthy blood flow and minimizes the appearance of spider veins. The main ingredients are:

  • Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) 40 mg- is a powerful antioxidant, selectively binds to collagen and elastin protecting from breakdown. Mild anti-inflammatory benefits, promotes hydration and skin elasticity
  • Hyaluronic acid– helps maintain skin moisture. promotes healthy cell production and attracts moisture to the skin and helps retain the moisture within the skin.
  • Biotin– helps promote strong healthy hair and nails, necessary for healthy skin.

Beautiful AsianDigestive Health is Key

Perhaps you have heard it said that digestive health supports overall wellness.  There is an intimate relationship between your gastrointestinal tract and your immune system.  Some surprising signs and symptoms of digestive health dysfunction include: congestion, sinusitis, anxiety, depression, fuzzy thinking, acne, dermatitis, migraine and other headaches, joint inflammation including arthritis, and hypertension.

NutriClean Complete Greens® and Ultimate Aloe®   help with overall support to your digestive health and immune system, thus making your complexion clear and glowing.

Complete GreensWe all know how important it is for our health to consume the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day, yet a world full of fast food and processed meals have led people to choose less healthy alternatives. This leads to deficiencies of the nutrients that are needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Poor diets of unhealthy, processed foods, sweets and fats, help set the stage for health risks. A vegetable-rich diet is a smart way to start looking, feeling and living better. NutriClean Complete Greens offers a diverse range of benefits from green vegetables and natural grass fibers that are low in sodium, fat and calories, contains no cholesterol and are a good source of iron, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium. Greens helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract, with natural enzymes, and provides nutrients to the body’s organs. Adding natural grass juices and other natural vegetables and fruits to your diet regularly, helps provide the body with the means to cleanse itself. Naturally-produced grasses and other fiber-rich greens can enhance diets which may lack the correct amount of fruits and vegetables needed as a part of a daily regimen.  While Complete Greens has a unique blend of over 50 ingredients, these three are key in keeping you healthy and looking great:

  • Soy Lecithin 549 mg: supplies an exceptional source of choline that is a major component of cell membranes. It is important because it supports essential nutrients in entering and leaving cells.
  • Barley Grass 98 mg: contains many nutrients that help the body to stay healthy. Has health-promoting functions. A common use of barley grass is supporting digestive health.
  • Wheat Grass 110 mg: contains nutrients and amino acids that are essential for health. It also supports digestion.

Ultimate aloeBecause the typical diet consist of many foods unintended for digestion, maintaining a healthy digestive tract is important to the overall health of the body. Ultimate Aloe contains over 200 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including 13 of the 17 essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion, supports a healthy immune system and helps to provide digestive comfort.  Ultimate Aloe® Juice has the IASC (International Aloe Science Council) seal that certifies the aloe content and purity. The aloe vera in Ultimate Aloe is harvested and processed according to sanitary manufacturing practices that use specific time and temperature guidelines. This preserves the natural properties of the aloe vera plant so you receive the maximum benefits of the product. Ultimate Aloe Juice contains three times more polymers than aloe gel and 50 percent (50%) more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally. Ultimate Aloe Juice delivers superior results, which our customers can depend on time after time. There is one main ingredient in Ultimate Aloe: 

  • Whole Leaf Aloe Vera: aloe vera contains nutrients, amino acids, enzymes and water which are all vital to optimal health and the formation of certain key enzymes.

For Anti-Aging

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Oxidative stress caused by free radicals accelerates the aging process and plays havoc on our skin.  Some free radicals arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune system cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. The best way to fight free radicals is with a collection of antioxidants. There is not one single antioxidant that is most effective. In order to be effective, there must be a team of antioxidants all working together. When you supplement with a team of antioxidants, you will find that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Your skin – much like the rest of your body – can be negatively affected by free radicals.

Oxygen ExtremeBy combining both botanicals and vitamins in a single product, Timeless Prescription™ Oxygen Extreme provides strong antioxidant protection.  It supports healthy immune function. This supplement helps maintain cardiovascular health and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It promotes a healthy digestive tract and supports a healthy liver. It promotes eye and vision health as well as cognitive health. It supports healthy reproductive systems. Finally it promotes your skin’s health with both an antioxidant and herbal defense. No other product combines the variety of ingredients in Timeless Prescription Oxygen Extreme. The main ingredients are:

  • Vitamin A: Beta Carotene is converted to Vitamin A to maintain health.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Oxidation causes aging of the skin. This acts as a free radical fighter, Vitamin C helps the body maintain its youthful qualities.
  • Vitamin E: Promotes a healthy immune system. Works to protect skin from free radical damage.

MotivesCatalogCover.14591626_std (1)In summary how our skin looks is important to most of us.  A healthy, youthful, glowing complexion is the cornerstone of beauty.  No amount of skin care products or Motives cosmetics are going to make you look good if you aren’t healthy.  While it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods with a rich supply of vitamins and nutrients, it is almost impossible to ingest everything we need to support our overall well-being and support our skin and digestive health.  In addition to the 5 key products I recommend to everyone, I highly suggest other supplements to enhance health.  If you are concerned about beauty, you should add these supplements daily.

You may learn more and purchase these products by clicking on these links:

OPC 3 Beauty Blend

Complete Greens

Ultimate Aloe

Oxygen Extreme

Want to learn more about our products or opportunity?  Contact me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we will set up time to talk.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Be well and dream great,

Shawn

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Look 20 Years Younger?

Yesterday I was having lunch with a nurse who wanted to learn more about our products, services, and the business.  As one does in any introductory situation, we spoke of our backgrShawnounds, our careers, our hobbies, and of course our families.  She told me she had teenagers and we laughed about teen antics (our own included) and then asked me the ages of my children.  When I told her they were 39, 29, and 25 her eyes grew wide.  She politely suggested that my eldest two must be my stepchildren and that my husband was much older.  Of course I told her that no, all three were mine and that I was 62 she looked absolutely shocked.  She blurted out, “I thought you were my age – in your early 40’s!”

I’ve always been told I look younger than I am although some mornings the mirror doesn’t agree.  So what do I attribute my fountain of youth?  Well several things.  I don’t smoke. I drink very moderately. I use sunscreen and don’t sunbathe.  I take our daily essentials kit (Isotonix multivitamin, B complex, Calcium Complex and OPC 3) , omega III’s and aloe every morning.  And I use Lumiere de Vie skin care.

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The Lumiere de Vie skin care line uses the power of the sea and the earth to help provide vitalized radiance providing that youthful glow.  It has  powerful age reversing ingredients to help turn back the hands of time.

I use these products daily and they have truly transformed my skin.  But the miracle product yesterday was the Lumiere de Vie Needle Free Serum.  This serum is amazing!  It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, smooths out the skin making it look firm and smooth, and it hydrates so your skin truly looks youthful.  The Needle Free Serum contains collagen and elastin filler.

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Upon aging, cells are no longer able to produce collagens and elastin effectively. By providing a new source of bio-energy this production is reactivated. Needle Free Serum contains Neodermyl® which boosts your skin’s fibroblasts .  Neodermyl is a nLumiere de vie needle free 3ew source of bio-energy which recharges the skin’s beauty.  How? Neodermyl leads to an increase of collagens I and III (youth collagen) synthesis. Thus you see an improvement of skin density and firmness. The increase of elastin production leads to improvement of skin elasticity. Bottom line?  A visible reduction of wrinkles’ depth and volume in only 15 days. Of course the longer you use it, the better the results.

Interested in trying Lumiere de Vie Needle Free Serum?  I highly suggest you purchase the Lumiere de Vie Full Regimen set  to get the best results and save a bundle!  This kit contains 8 products which work together to create youthful looking, luminous skin.

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You can order this amazing kit for only $295 by clicking on this site: Lumiere de Vie Full Regimen Kit  (http://tinyurl.com/p7ze4sp).

I can’t promise you someone will think you are 20 years younger but I can promise you that your skin will look and feel wonderful and yes, you will look younger!  As always if you have questions about our products, services and/or the network marketing business, please drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com .

Be well and dream great!

Shawn






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Network Marketing Changes Lives

I see it all the time.  From the single mother working two jobs and just scraping by who now can spend time with her children , to the construction worker who can’t count on his body or the work to sustain his family who can now rest easy at night knowing his family is taken care of and children will be able to attend college, to the immigrant who arrives on these shores only to find their language is a barrier and finds that through this business they can achieve the American dream, to the person who worked for 40 years and still didn’t have enough to comfortably retire but can now.  Network marketing changes lives.

I’m not saying it will be easy. I am saying it can be worth it.  We work hard  to change lives, beyond their own. Your pour your time and talent into those you mentor, to help them find their purpose.  This is no hobby. It’s an honorable profession and it takes education, time, commitment, and a passion to help others succeed. By doing so, we succeed too.

I loved this  touching video.  I hope you do too!

If you know you were meant for something better and want to change your life and those of others around you, please drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we will set up time to talk.  There is no reason you too can’t be a success.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn






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