Category: Real Estate Market

How to Boost Curb Appeal to Maximize Your Property Value

All homeowners who are considering selling their homes want to know one thing: “how much can we get for our home?”

There are many factors that appraisers and sellers use to determine your home’s value. This makes nailing down the exact value of your home before the sale very tricky – if not impossible. 

However, as the homeowner, your best course of action to maximize your home’s value is to increase its curb appeal.

As mentioned in Realtor Magazine last year, Homes with high curb appeal tend to sell for an average of 7% more than similar houses with an uninviting exterior. This data is according to a joint study conducted by the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Arlington. 

How Does Curb Appeal Increase Property Value?

Curb appeal is best described as your property’s “first impression”. When guests or potential buyers pull into your driveway, what do they see? 

Do they see cracked paint and curled tiles on the roof, or do they see a beautifully landscaped front yard and a clean, well-kept exterior?

Obviously, the latter is what will maximize the wow factor for potential buyers and appraisers alike. Boosting your curb appeal doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, either. 

Here are some top tips to get your property sparkling, and ready for both appraisers and potential buyers!

Give the Exterior a Facelift

To start, make sure the exterior of your property is as clean as possible. Before diving into larger focus areas such as painting and landscaping, consider washing all of the dirt, mildew, and general uncleanliness from the outside of your home.

Removing the dust and dirt that has splashed onto the exterior due to rainy weather or sprinkler systems is an easy way to boost a property’s curb appeal. Sometimes, all this requires is a bucket of soapy water and a soft-fiber brush – especially when restoring garage doors back to their brilliant shade of white. 

For patios and paved areas that have become dull over time, consider buying or renting a pressure washer. Smaller pressure washers can be purchased at virtually any home improvement store for $100 or less. Oftentimes, larger pressure washers are available to rent at a reasonable price as well, and you’ll be surprised just how different your patio and pool area will look, after a good wash.

Maximize the Upkeep

Nothing is more damaging to curb appeal than a poorly-maintained property. Now that the exterior of your home is sparkling clean, it’s a great time to revisit your maintenance needs. 

Be sure that all of the smaller details are handled. This means no loose bricks or stone, and no clogged, sagging gutters. Flower beds should be cleared of weeds and overgrowth, and any cracks in the asphalt should be sealed. Straighten your shutters, and repair all apparent damages – such as cracked windows and loosely-hinged doors. 

Add Vivid Colors

Having colorful landscaping that is both elegant and well-executed pleases the eye of any potential buyer. Bright landscaping elements can be very attractive, but having anything that is overly flashy or gaudy is never a good thing when maximizing curb appeal. 

One way to add lots of color while maintaining a pleasing exterior is to brighten up your landscaping. Be sure that all of the colors you choose blend well, not only on your property but within the neighborhood as well. A clean xeriscape with healthy cacti and shrubs can be an excellent way to garner positive attention. 

Lastly, Assess the Larger Details

Roofing and paint are also very important to a home’s value, and it’s curb appeal. One of the biggest determining factors of a home’s value is – understandably – the condition of the roof. If your roofing needs some attention compared to other homes in your neighborhood, then it’s time to consider some serious repairs, even if it may be costly.

The paint or stucco condition on the exterior of your home is equally important to curb appeal. Even if you have beautiful landscaping, attractive outdoor lighting, and a roof that’s in perfect condition, if the look of the exterior isn’t up to par, buyers and appraisers may not notice any of the other positives. 

Assessing the larger details before placing your home on the market can be the single most important aspect of optimizing curb appeal. Though larger repairs often require hiring professionals and a greater budget, it is essential to maximizing the value of your home.

Curb appeal is one of the greatest determining factors of your home’s value. Consider it to be your home’s “handshake”, as it is your home’s first impression on buyers and appraisers alike. Therefore, it is very important to maximize its potential to show all of the most charming aspects of your property.

Local Market Update


Tubac truly is a village like no other. With three major cultures—Spanish, Mexican, and Native American—lending their ethnic influences to the town’s evolution, Tubac has adopted a distinctive eclectic cultural flavor all its own.

If you’re into the outdoors, Tubac does not disappoint. Golfers enjoy year-round golfing, with several challenging courses to choose from, all within minutes of Tubac. The scenic mountains and rustic dirt roads around Tubac offer hikers, bikers, and nature-lovers numerous trails on which to experience the desert and all of its natural wonders up close. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy bird-watching right in their own backyards.

A short drive takes you to beautiful Patagonia Lake where visitors will find a boating marina, full RV hookups, hiking trails sure to please both beginner and experienced hikers.

Celebrated as an artist’s community, Tubac is home to painters, potters, sculptors, and carvers who produce works in every medium imaginable. An entire day can be spent strolling through the streets of Tubac visiting art galleries, working studios, boutiques, and gift shops. Tubac was also recently named the #1 BEST SMALL TOWN ARTS SCENE by USA Today!

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2021 Real Estate Market: What You Can Expect

2021 Real Estate MarketPre-pandemic, the housing market was another playing field. Experts predicted mortgage rates would increase in 2020, there would be a tight inventory for first-time buyers, and a flat home price growth. Then, just two months into the year, everything seemed to come to a ceasing halt. 

Housing rates hit new lows, causing the market to hit an all-time high. The housing market saw higher prices in nearly every region. As the world adapted to its new reality, many homeowners chose to refinance instead of sell. 

In the meantime, housing experts figured out how to predict the unpredictable. Here’s the thing – the market didn’t just adapt to the new state of the world – it thrived in it. Experts considered everything – from the state of the COVID-19 vaccine to the current lockdown orders – when calculating a prediction for the 2021 market. So, whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2021, we’ll let you in on exactly what you can expect. 

Values (and Prices) Continue Rising 

There’s no indication that the price growth will be slowing any time soon. Research by Zillow Economic shows that the sales price for new houses sold in January 2021 was up 5.3% from January 2020. They predict that home value growth could rise as high as 13.5% by mid-2021. By the end of the year, they may be up 10.5% from their current levels. Not only has the supply of new housing reached a high since the start of the pandemic, but we are in need of new homeowners to meet it. 

To put this in perspective, here are some key stats from the market: 

  • National inventory declined by 39.6% over the last year and fell below 700,000 for the first time in their records. 
  • The inventory of newly listed properties declined by 0.8% nationally and grew by 7.6% for large metros over the past year.
  • The December national median listing price was $340,000 – up 13.4% compared to last year. Large metros saw an average price gain of 8.8% compared to last year. 
  • On a national level, the typical home spent 66 days on the market in December, 13 days less than the same time last year. 

Clearly, we can expect slower economic growth next September, which will start to affect home prices. This will result in lower asking prices. There is a possibility that we might see a wave of foreclosures by mid-year, but only time will tell. 

Whether you plan to buy or sell, research points to the first half of the year as the best time to do it. Buyers do have a little more leeway, as they could have more options and less competition later on.

Construction Needs to be Considered 

 

Construction is another point to consider. At the start of the pandemic, all construction came to a halt. Now workers are playing catch up, and depending on the state of COVID-19 regulations, we can expect an increase in construction projects ahead. Housing began to pick up in October 2020, indicating that construction won’t be far behind it. 

Most construction seems to fall into two categories: Luxury and 55+ developments. What does that mean for you? If you plan to sell this year and your home is on the higher-end or in an area with 55+, the new construction could mean competition. Do some research into your area – are there any new construction projects that might impact your sale? Are there big commercial projects in the works? Commercial projects could make your property more attractive to buyers. 

Remote Work Might Be Here to Stay 

Working from home has been a staple of the pandemic for many families. While some businesses plan to return to the office in the future, others are finding that a virtual workspace is more beneficial in terms of finances and productivity. 

If your home is located in a business district, near office buildings, or downtown, this might mean a tougher sell. Homes in those areas were once attractive to buyers because of their proximity to the workplace. Work from home could lessen the demand in those areas. On the other hand, homes located near parks or recreation areas might see an increase in demand.

We might also see a rise in rural areas, due to their beauty, solidarity, and outdoor recreation options. After all, work from home does mean that people no longer have to live near a city in order to do their job. 

What’s Next?

The world’s new normal is a remote workforce, which means staging might look a bit different now. Where sellers used to stage guest rooms, they might show off office spaces. Features like smart home technologies and open and bright spaces are more sought out than guest rooms, entertainment rooms, and dining rooms. 

We must also consider that those who work from home are looking for new ways to spend their free time – particularly outside. This means that homes with large yards will be especially appealing. When staging the outdoor space, it will be important to make the area as attractive as possible. Fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, patio furniture, hammocks, outdoor media, and even pools are all ways to make that space magnetic to potential buyers. 

While we can’t predict where a remote worker might choose to relocate, we can foresee the trends. Highly populated vacation areas might become “home” to remote workers, for instance. If you live in a wonderful school district with reasonable housing, away from business districts, you can expect some new neighbors. Whether you’re selling or buying, look for resources for those moving in or out of the area. 

The pandemic has certainly affected market prices and changed the way people want to live, so this will be a fascinating year to watch unfold. As a buyer or a seller, it’s essential to be as informed as possible about what’s to come. 

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