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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
How to Make Your Home Irresistible to Buyers: Key Tips for Home SellersAre you looking to sell your home? In today’s competitive market, giving buyers a compelling reason to choose your property is crucial. With many neighborhoods featuring homes with similar floor plans, it’s essential to ensure your house stands out. Here’s how you can make your home attractive to buyers and increase your chances of a successful sale.Meet Buyer Expectations: Location, Condition, and PriceLocation: Buyers prioritize a good location. Highlight the advantages of your area, such as nearby schools, parks, shopping centers, and public transportation. Emphasize any unique community features that make your neighborhood desirable.Condition: Ensure your home is in excellent condition. Conduct necessary repairs,...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Watch Out for Wildlife: Protecting You and Our Furry Neighbors in Auburn and Opelika! Ever wish our local deer, raccoons, armadillos, and opossums could use crosswalks? Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to train them yet, so we need your help to keep our roads safe! Alabama sees an average of 2,242 animal-vehicle collisions each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. In Auburn and Opelika, wildlife can appear anywhere, but be especially vigilant in wooded areas and near waterways. Tips for Safe Driving: Scan the road from side to side. Avoid distractions while driving. If you see an animal, brake but stay in your lane. If you find yourself in an animal-vehicle accident, contact the Auburn Police Department—dial 911 in emergencies or use the non-emergency line at 334-50...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
 Happy Father’s Day! To all the incredible dads out there, thank you for your unwavering dedication and love. As a realtor, I know that a home isn’t just a place—it’s where memories are made, and there’s no better time than Father’s Day to appreciate those cherished moments. Looking to create new memories in a new home? Let’s find the perfect place for your family’s next chapter. Contact me today to start your journey toward a dream home!#FathersDay #bhhs #DadsAreTheBest #FamilyFirst #DreamHome #HomeSweetHome #RealEstate #NewBeginnings #MemoriesMadeHere
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The HOA Dilemma: Love Them or Hate Them, They’re Here to StayWhen it comes to Homeowner Associations (HOAs), most people find themselves in one of two camps: you either love them or hate them. As a realtor with over 35 years of experience, I’ve seen how HOAs can be both a boon and a bane for homeowners. Let’s dive into what makes HOAs tick and why they might just be the unsung heroes of modern neighborhoods.Why Do HOAs Exist?HOAs are becoming increasingly common, especially in newer developments. Their primary purpose is to enforce covenants and restrictions, rules, and bylaws designed to maintain the integrity and aesthetic of the neighborhood. This can include guidelines on everything from paint colors and types of shingles to the construction of sheds, pools, and fences. The goal? To...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Why Now is the Perfect Time to Buy a Home Despite Low Inventory Are you hesitant to dive into the housing market because of low inventory? You’re not alone. Many potential buyers are waiting for mortgage rates to drop, but this unique moment offers hidden advantages. As a seasoned realtor with over 35 years of experience, I’m here to tell you why buying a home now could be the best decision you make. Seize the Opportunity: Lower Competition Equals Better DealsWith many buyers sitting on the sidelines, those who enter the market now face significantly less competition. This means fewer multiple offers, reduced bidding wars, and less pressure to make offers that remove contingencies or pay well above the asking price. By acting now, you position yourself to secure a home at a potentially ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Mimms Trail Neighborhood in Auburn, AL Are you dreaming of a home where community charm meets modern convenience? Welcome to Mimms Trail, one of Auburn’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, located just off South College Street. Located near the scenic Chewacla State Park and adjacent to the popular Ward Bike Trail, Mimms Trail offers a perfect blend of nature and luxury. Its prime location, right off Interstate 85, means you’re just minutes away from the vibrant heart of Auburn, Fountainview Mansion, and the Auburn Links Golf Course. Mimms Trail’s newest addition, The Waters at Mimms Trail, elevates community living with its stunning features and planned amenities. Picture yourself strolling along the walking trails around the serene lake, entering through a picturesque cobblestone entranc...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Moore’s Mill Golf Club and Moore’s Mill NeighborhoodsAre you searching for the perfect home? Look no further than the beautiful Moore’s Mill community in Auburn, AL. As an award-winning realtor who has lived and worked in this area for over 35 years, I am here to guide you through the journey of finding your dream home.Established in 1992, Moore’s Mill is a  neighborhood located along Moore’s Mill Creek, offering breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere. Imagine waking up to the sight of the creek and the beautifully manicured Moore’s Mill Golf Course. The community boasts a private pool with an open-air cabana and a green space perfect for outdoor activities and family fun.Moore’s Mill offers unmatched convenience with easy access to Interstate 85, downtown Auburn, and Tiger Town sho...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Highlands Neighborhood in Auburn, ALAre you searching for the perfect blend of luxury and convenience in Auburn, AL? Look no further than the Highlands neighborhood, it was established in 2006 and offers upscale finishes.Located off Farmville Road and close to Highway 280, the Highlands boasts not only stunning homes but also a prime location. Residents enjoy effortless access to the Auburn University Golf Club, making it an ideal spot for golf enthusiasts and those who appreciate serene, picturesque surroundings.One of the standout features of the Highlands is its inclusion in the prestigious Auburn City Schools zone, ensuring top-tier education for families. Additionally, homeowners can relish the perk of yard maintenance included in the HOA fees, allowing more time to savor the commu...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Lundy Chase and Lundy West Neighborhoods in Auburn, ALAre you searching for the perfect family home in a community that offers both charm and convenience? Look no further than Lundy Chase and Lundy West, two delightful neighborhoods located off Richland Road. With over 200 residential lots, these communities provide a variety of home sizes and styles to fit your family’s needs.Lundy Chase, established in 2008, boasts homes ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet in the initial phase, with larger homes from 2,400 to 3,000 square feet in the second phase. Meanwhile, Lundy West, developed in 2010, offers cozy yet spacious homes between 1,200 and 2,000 square feet.Both communities share wonderful amenities, including a neighborhood pool and playground. These features create a safe, family-o...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The Cotswolds Neighborhood in Auburn, ALAre you looking for a home that combines the charm of a small English village with the modern conveniences of a thriving community? Welcome to The Cotswolds!. Conveniently located off Richland Road, near Richland Elementary School and Yarbrough Tennis Center, The Cotswolds offers a unique blend of timeless elegance and contemporary living.Established in 2007, The Cotswolds features European-inspired architecture with homes ranging from 2,500 to 4,300 square feet. Each residence showcases energy-efficient designs, ensuring your home is both beautiful and sustainable. The neighborhood’s picturesque setting and thoughtfully designed homes create an atmosphere that’s both welcoming and sophisticated.Living in The Cotswolds means enjoying the best of b...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Why Low Ball Offers Often Miss the Mark: Understanding the PitfallsAre you considering making a low ball offer on your dream home? While it might seem like a savvy move to save some money, the reality is that such offers are often not received well and can come with significant downsides. Here’s why you might want to think twice before going too low on your initial bid.A Costly MistakeImagine finding the perfect home, only to lose it because your offer offended the seller. This scenario is more common than you might think and highlights one of the major pitfalls of making low ball offers.Why Low Ball Offers Can Backfire Offending the Seller: Sellers have emotional attachments to their homes and often a good sense of their property’s value. An offer significantly below the asking price c...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
8 Foundation Plants to Boost Your Home’s Curb AppealWant to elevate your home’s curb appeal? The secret lies in foundation plants—trees, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers that frame your home and create a lush landscape. Here are eight top picks to enhance your yard:BoxwoodBoxwoods are hardy, classic, and versatile. They form a dense backdrop for other plants and can be shaped to fit your landscape design.AzaleaAzaleas are known for their vibrant blooms that come in various colors. They start blooming in spring and some varieties continue through summer and fall.SpireaSpirea is easy to grow, pest-resistant, and offers a long bloom time. This fast-growing shrub adds beauty without much hassle.SalviaSalvia, resembling lavender, brings bright color and attracts pollinators like hummingbir...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Giving Back: A Day in the Life of a Realtor at the East Alabama Food BankAs a realtor, my days are usually filled with showing properties, negotiating deals, and helping families find their dream homes. But one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had recently was volunteering at the East Alabama Food Bank. It’s amazing how a few hours of your time can make such a big difference in your community.Volunteering at the food bank is not just about giving back; it’s also incredibly fun and fulfilling. From sorting donations to packing boxes of food for families in need, every task brings a sense of accomplishment and joy. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to meet new people and work alongside others who are passionate about making a positive impact.I encourage everyone, especially my fellow realt...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
6 Red Flags That Can Scare Off Potential HomebuyersThe housing market is hot for sellers, but certain red flags can still turn off potential buyers, even for their dream homes. Here’s what to watch out for and how to fix these issues to ensure a smooth sale.Major Renovations NeededWhile some buyers love a fixer-upper, most are put off by homes requiring significant renovations. According to Self Financial, 62.7% of buyers avoid homes needing major repairs. Ensure your home is in good condition to attract more interest.Water and Mold IssuesMold and water damage are major concerns, with 47.9% of buyers wary of damp homes. Mold can lead to health risks, structural damage, and higher insurance costs. Make sure your home is mold-free and address any water issues promptly.Problematic Location...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
3 Ways Home Sellers Unknowingly Give Away Their Leverage in Negotiations When selling your home, every detail matters. However, certain seemingly minor signs can tip off potential buyers and give them an upper hand in negotiations. Here are three common oversights that home sellers make without realizing the impact they have. The Subtle Signs That Could Cost You Empty Closets Hinting at Divorce If it looks like two people once lived in the house but only one set of clothes remains in the closet, it could indicate a divorce. Buyers may perceive this as a sign that the sellers are eager to sell quickly, potentially lowering their offer. Fresh Paint with Dirty Vents A freshly painted home might look appealing, but if the air vents are dirty and dusty, it suggests the homeowners have done a...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Auburn FixIt: Your Direct Line to City Services!   This innovative online/mobile app streamlines your access to city services, making it easier than ever to request assistance and report non-emergency issues directly to City staff. With Auburn FixIt, you can: Request City services. Report non-emergency concerns. Track the progress of your issues from start to finish. This app is designed with you in mind, offering accessibility, transparency, and convenience. Ready to experience hassle-free city service? Download the app on your mobile device or create an account online today! #berkshirehathawayhomeservicespreferredrealestate #AuburnFixIt #auburnal #CommunityFirst #bestauburnreators Stay connected and let me know how I can help you!
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The Pet Predicament – Should Pets Stay During Home ShowingsWhile we all love our furry friends, having pets present during showings can be a major turn-off for some buyers. Here’s why: Allergies and Phobias: Many people have allergies or phobias related to pets, which can make them uncomfortable or even prevent them from fully exploring the home. Distraction: Pets can be curious and unpredictable during showings, distracting both buyers and their agents from focusing on the property’s features. Safety Concerns: Some buyers may be uneasy around unfamiliar animals, especially if they’re large or energetic. Removing pets ensures a safer and more comfortable experience for everyone involved.  Arrange Pet Care: If possible, relocate your pets during showings to ensure a distraction-free and ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Auburn City Zoning Ordinance and Residential Occupancy: What You Need to KnowCertain areas of Auburn, or zoning districts, limit the number of unrelated people at an address to help reduce overcrowding and preserve neighborhood character.There are three zoning districts in Auburn which limit to two the number of unrelated occupants living in a dwelling in those zones. Those districts are Neighborhood Conservation (NC), Limited Development District (LDD) and Development District Housing (DDH).How many unrelated individuals can live in a single residence? Here’s a quick breakdown: Traditional Residential Neighborhoods: Typically, these areas allow no more than two unrelated people to reside at one address. Other Neighborhoods: Many of these neighborhoods permit up to five unrelated indivi...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Avoiding Wire Fraud: Essential Tips for Home Buyers In today’s digital age, buying a home involves numerous online transactions and communications. Unfortunately, this convenience also comes with risks, particularly the growing threat of wire fraud. As a realtor, it’s crucial to educate home buyers on how to protect themselves from these sophisticated scams. What is Wire Fraud? Wire fraud is a deceptive practice where criminals manipulate electronic communications to steal funds during a financial transaction. In real estate, this often involves scammers intercepting emails with fraudulent wire instructions, tricking buyers into sending their money to the wrong account. The results can be financially devastating, turning a dream home purchase into a nightmare. Key Prevention Strategies ...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Why Leaving During Home Showings Boosts Sale Potential Are you planning to sell your home? Then you know the importance of presenting it in the best light possible. While you might think your presence during showings can be helpful, it could actually hinder the process and deter potential buyers. Here’s why it’s a smart move to vacate your property during showings, and why ensuring your pets are off-site can make all the difference. Why Leave? Comfort is Key: Imagine walking into a stranger’s home and trying to envision yourself living there while the owner is watching your every move. It can be uncomfortable for buyers to explore freely and envision their life in the space with the current owner present. Distraction-Free Exploration: Buyers need the freedom to fully explore the propert...
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