By Doug Brendel – EVP Mortgage Division,

The U.S. Housing market is still appreciating and Mortgage interest rates are at all time lows. This is a very good time to be in the market to purchase. Mortgage Professionals at BNC can assist you through the process and help you select the right loan program. There are many things to consider when you are placing your current home on the market.

1. First impressions are very important. The Exterior appearance should be clean, neat and well-maintained. Landscaping touch ups, sweep and clean walkways and driveway, touch up exterior paint especially the front door and entry way. This will help give prospective buyers a positive and welcome feeling as they drive up.

2. Interior staging gives your home added value and appeal. Make sure to remove clutter and even remove up to ½ of your furniture. This will help rooms feel open and spacious. Put away all of those personal nick-knacks. You want the buyer to focus on the home versus your belongings and for them to picture it as their own home.

3. Any home repairs or improvements you complete to bring up the value should be documented and the receipts kept. This will help support the cost during negotiations.

4. Be prepared for showings. Make sure any pets are removed during the showing. Open drapes and blinds and turn on all lights to give the home a bright and welcome feel. Try to have a pleasant smell such as a candle or potpourri. These aromas can override any unpleasant smells and make the home more inviting.

If you have any questions contact BNC National Bank’s Mortgage Division today to discuss what we can do for you.