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Exterior Home Features-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If your home will soon be listed among South Bend homes for sale, you've probably already been busy updating its interior to make it appealing to home buyers. While making the interior of your home shine is certainly essential, your home's exterior needs some attention too, and overlooking it can be an expensive mistake. Getting your home sold quickly and at the right price means presenting a complete package to potential buyers, a home that is attractive and functional inside and out. So what can you do to make your home's exterior more appealing to buyers? Here are the 5 exterior features buyers want:

  • Exterior lighting – Outdoor lighting is the top exterior feature buyers look for as they shop for a new home. Exterior lighting is attractive, increasing curb appeal, and it's also a key feature for home security purposes. Lighting to consider includes walkway lights, spotlights to highlight landscape features, and soft pendant lighting for porches or patios.

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National Bike Month-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

Our real estate agents are proud to live in a region with such a rich variety of outdoor attractions. Michigan's Harbor Country is a destination for everything from fishing and boating to hiking and birdwatching—and now it's time for cyclists to enjoy their time in the spotlight. 

May is National Bike Month, and we can't think of a better place to enjoy it than Harbor Country. If you're in the area checking out Union Pier homes for sale, you might consider taking time out of your busy schedule to explore our area's beautiful bike paths and trails!

Get Ready for National Bike Month

Ever since it was first established in 1956, National Bike Month has given cyclists from coast to coast an extra reason to celebrate the sport they love so much. National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and in addition to throwing a spotlight on bicycle enthusiasts, it offers a great opportunity for newcomers to join their ranks and give it a try. 

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Home Inspection Issues-Cressy & Everett Real Estate

When buying a home, the seller should disclose any problems or information that would otherwise make you reconsider purchasing their home. But sometimes these things are only revealed after a home inspection.

Don't let a home inspection discourage you entirely from purchasing a home, though. Our real estate agents have been on both ends of home inspection issues and have a few tips and tricks for helping you work through them with the seller.

  • Get It in Writing
    Before you get too far, make sure that your contract has provisions for what happens if something goes awry during the home inspection. In most cases, basic contracts have wording that allows you as the buyer to request or schedule a home inspection within a number of days from the contract being signed. 

    Unfortunately, that's where most of it ends and there is very little detail outlining what happens or who is responsible for repairs if something is found to be unsatisfactory. At this point, it's up to you to negotiate with the seller to find a fair and equitable solution, or, better yet, leave this part to your real estate agent to negotiate on your behalf.

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South Bend Events for Mother's Day-Cressy & Everett

Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 12th this year, which is right around the corner. That means that it's time to think about just how you're going to celebrate the mother you hold dear. If you have just moved into the area or will be in town shopping South Bend homes for sale around Mother's Day, you may not know just where to go to make the day special. To help you find your footing in our area, here's a rundown of some interesting Mother's Day events going on around South Bend:

  1. Live Music by Eli Kahn - Ironhand Vineyard, 1025 Northside Blvd., South Bend
    Live Music by Eli Kahn is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mother's Day. It features a live performance by Eli Kahn, a popular and talented solo jazz guitarist with a style all his own. You can expect to hear a variety of contemporary and classic jazz tunes during the show, which is sure to set the perfect Mother's Day mood for music-loving Moms.

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