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4 Ways Healthy Change Contributes Towards A Better Lifestyle

4 Ways Healthy Change Contributes Towards A Better Lifestyle

At Keller Williams, our clients are seeing very real benefits to making exciting house moves, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

Moving house can make change seem daunting at first, but oftentimes it’s these very changes which help us design the life we really want. After all, healthy change is a gateway to new things, and however you feel about that, it’s important to recognise that new experiences can, and do, magnetise plenty of positive energy.

 

Access to Green Space Improves Mental Health

Just beyond the realms of urban life lies a utopian paradise, filled with sun-splashed gardens, wide open spaces and more parks than people. These vast areas of natural beauty are often just a short stroll to local conveniences, yet they offer residents close access to natural woodlands, abundant wildlife, and the chance to see real stars from time to time.

Gardens are a beautiful way to spend more time with your loved ones. Get that dog you’ve always wanted, hang a swing from a tree, or install a hobby shed for all those untapped dreams you’ve never quite got around to realising.

A Dedicated Home Office Keeps Work Flexible

Home offices make for excellent Pinterest boards, but having the space to craft these inspiring rooms yourself at home is often less realistic.

 Most people just don’t have the right space for a luxurious office, so those with smaller homes spent much of lockdown craning their necks, stuffing a home office into the nearest nook, or finding that corner cranny just isn’t the charming, convenient space it promised to be.

 The shift to homeworking means more and more of us are now eyeing up extra space for a dedicated desk. Instagram-worthy work stations help to establish our concentration. They provide plenty of scope to expand ideas, and give homeworkers a place to balance the bustle of work with living a work-free life at home.

 Best of all, those with a proper home office really can do their job from anywhere.

The Right Home Size Nurtures Relationships

Finding the right-sized home is perhaps the most insightful change we’ve seen over the last few years.

Whether you’re rattling around in a home that’s way too big for your needs, or cramming too many people into the same bathroom in time for school, having a comfortably-sized home alleviates the pressures and stress which come from loneliness, empty nest syndrome, or accidental overcrowding.

 Smaller, more homely living spaces are easier to manage. Downsizing can mean upgrading your residential area in exchange for giving up an empty bedroom, or moving into that quaint cottage you’ve always dreamed of. You may also pocket some nice spare change from the sale.

 Large and stately homes create a sense of breathability and possibility. They stimulate our sense of adventure, give grandchildren endless capacity for wild imagination, and make having the whole family around for a delicious meal that much easier to accommodate.

Change Of Pace Is Good For Your Heart

These days, living in the city or out in the rural countryside isn’t just a location preference, it’s a lifestyle.

For some, the rush of the city can provide a creativity spark or enhanced motivation. Entrepreneurs and professionals often report that living alongside other ambitious people makes them more likely to succeed themselves.

On the flip side, life in a rural setting can bring natural relaxation, with a slower pace that lets you appreciate life’s simple pleasures in a meaningful way.

Often, rural homes in the country are just a short distance away from picturesque walks and quaint villages. Country life brings a stronger sense of community, and for animal-lovers, the chance to have those pets you’ve always dreamed of is an achievable reality.

All of these things can affect our wellbeing in ways we’d never imagine – they can reduce anxiety, improve our sense of joy, and brighten up our daily lives.

 Healthy Change Is Wholesome

Sometimes, the best thing we can do to bring about healthy change is to change our surroundings. Selling a home may have mixed emotions, but finding the right home can be life-changing.

Leafy space encourages a wonderful sense of freedom, and provides the perfect antidote to all those months on mute, while those with a comfortable home setup really can work from anywhere.

Keller Williams specialises in helping homeowners find the right home, by helping you to sell the wrong one.

Which of these healthy changes can best improve your current lifestyle?

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5 Mindful Ways To Navigate Selling Your Home

5 Mindful Ways To Navigate Selling Your Home

When you sell a property there is usually always an equal measure of both positive change and stress.

On one hand, there are new adventures just around the corner. On the other hand, there are forms to complete, boxes to pack, and of course, all the emotional ups and downs that come naturally with significant life changes.

We’ve put together a few mindful thoughts to help you appreciate the experience, so you can reap the endless rewards of selling your property long after your house sale completes.

Change Is A Positive Force For Good

Sometimes taking the first step to sell your property is the hardest, but when you commit to the process it becomes a whole lot easier.

Think of the ideal lifestyle you’re setting yourself up to attain. Perhaps you’ll enjoy more living space, either as a private garden or an extra bedroom, or maybe you’ll be in a more desirable location to better suit your needs.

You could also be moving somewhere cosier, safer, or better equipped to give your children a brighter future.

Regardless of why you are selling your property, wherever you go next is sure to open some valuable doors for you.

 

Cleaning And Packing Can Be Therapeutic

Once in a while you get given the incentive to actually sort your stuff out.

Moving home is one of those convenient times when you can go through everything you own… so, since you’re there, you might as well use this time to decide whether you really need all those extra cables for devices you no longer own.

Make sure everything you’ve got still sparks the joy in you. Who knows – you might even find a few treasured collector’s items that are worth a small fortune on eBay!

Looking For A New Home Makes Dreams A Reality

House hunting needn’t be a chore! Become an explorer, and stretch a little further than your mind’s eye.

Visit other neighbourhoods, view properties across the full range of your budget, and play around with any crazy ideas you may be toying with. This gives you endless choice, and may bring you something delightfully unexpected.

Moving Away Doesn’t Mean Losing Friends

Perhaps one of the toughest things people think of when moving home is the thought of losing nearby friends.

Thanks to a digital world, we’ve got more ways to get in touch with the people we care about than ever before, and we can do this in the blink of an eye.

Usually, moving house lets in a new group of friends, especially if you’re moving to rural areas where there tends to be a stronger sense of community. These new friends are not there to replace your existing friends, but instead widen your social circles, so you can feel happier and more supported in your new home.

Paperwork Is Easier Than It Looks On Paper

It’s important to stay positive, and to focus on the bigger picture of why you are selling, rather than what you are selling.

At Keller Williams, we’ve been at hand to assist homeowners through all sorts of situations. There is little we haven’t seen, and little we can’t assist with. We’re here every step of the way, with a wide net of professional support services to help you get the required paperwork done and dusted with little effort at all.

Most Importantly, Enjoy The Process

 

Whatever your reason for selling, ride the wave and make the most of it. You’ll never know just how much happiness the future will bring until you embrace it!

6 Things To Love About Being A Keller Williams Agent

6 Things To Love About Being A Keller Williams Agent

At Keller Williams, this way of thinking is fully ingrained into everything we do. We’re a close-knit team of Scotland-based estate agents, with a global family of 185 000 highly-trained estate agents and training partners located all over the world.

Being a Keller Williams agent is both rewarding and stimulating. We each put our own personal stamp on the way we do things, with the full support of a world-renowned agency looking after us every step of the way.

It is through care and support that we as Keller Williams agents have learned to create that caring feeling with our clients. We do it for the people, and that makes all the difference!

Below are the 6 things to love most about choosing a Keller Williams Estate Agent:

I'm Local To You

It doesn’t matter if you live in the heart of the city or in the far-flung corners of rural Scotland. When you sell your house with Keller Williams, you’ll have a local agent who lives just around the corner from you.

This means we can meet for a coffee, form a personal connection, and develop a deep sense of trust before putting your house on the market.

I Have Authentic Community Knowledge

Because I am local to your area, I know the community on a personal level. I understand which schools will impact your sale, where the best beaches are, and how the parking system works.

I’ve been carefully trained to explore why you love where you live, and I know just how to translate your experience into a compelling sales story that will shift your house in no time at all.

I Am A Business Owner

Each and every Keller Williams agent is responsible for their own business. This allows us to work with the client in mind, and reduces all the straight lines which often come with big businesses.

I Only Work With A Handful Of Clients

If there’s one thing that’s proven time and time again to ensure superior service, it’s to limit the number of clients I take on at any one time.

Being selective keeps my workload easily manageable, so I’m always just a quick call away. You’re welcome to get in touch at any time, be it to explore and idea, ask me a question, or just to have me pop round with the key to let the cleaners in.

 

Personal Service

Keller Williams agents work for themselves, so each and every client has a personal impact on me.

I make it my mission to really get to know you, and to develop a trusting relationship with you, so we can always be sure to have your best interests at the forefront of everything we do.

Flexible Hours

Selling a property often means thinking about your home outside of your regular working hours, so we like to keep things flexible.

I’ll fit in with your day however it best suits you. I work in the evenings, over the weekends, and during your lunch break. This keeps the process relaxed, so you don’t need to take time off work to sell your house.

Let Me Take Care Of It For You

If you’re thinking of selling a property and wish to explore your options, I’m here to assist you with my expert knowledge and sound leadership, with the experience of 185,000 estate agents all rolled into one.

Get in touch for your free home valuation, and discover just how easy it is to sell your  property with Keller Williams today!

6 Top Tips For A More Comfortable Home

6 Top Tips For A More Comfortable Home

I'm Local To You

It doesn’t matter if you live in the heart of the city or in the far-flung corners of rural Scotland. When you sell your house with Keller Williams, you’ll have a local agent who lives just around the corner from you.

This means we can meet for a coffee, form a personal connection, and develop a deep sense of trust before putting your house on the market.

I Have Authentic Community Knowledge

Because I am local to your area, I know the community on a personal level. I understand which schools will impact your sale, where the best beaches are, and how the parking system works.

I’ve been carefully trained to explore why you love where you live, and I know just how to translate your experience into a compelling sales story that will shift your house in no time at all.

I Am A Business Owner

Each and every Keller Williams agent is responsible for their own business. This allows us to work with the client in mind, and reduces all the straight lines which often come with big businesses.

I Only Work With A Handful Of Clients

If there’s one thing that’s proven time and time again to ensure superior service, it’s to limit the number of clients I take on at any one time.

Being selective keeps my workload easily manageable, so I’m always just a quick call away. You’re welcome to get in touch at any time, be it to explore and idea, ask me a question, or just to have me pop round with the key to let the cleaners in.

 

Personal Service

Keller Williams agents work for themselves, so each and every client has a personal impact on me.

I make it my mission to really get to know you, and to develop a trusting relationship with you, so we can always be sure to have your best interests at the forefront of everything we do.

Flexible Hours

Selling a property often means thinking about your home outside of your regular working hours, so we like to keep things flexible.

I’ll fit in with your day however it best suits you. I work in the evenings, over the weekends, and during your lunch break. This keeps the process relaxed, so you don’t need to take time off work to sell your house.

Let Me Take Care Of It For You

If you’re thinking of selling a property and wish to explore your options, I’m here to assist you with my expert knowledge and sound leadership, with the experience of 185,000 estate agents all rolled into one.

Get in touch for your free home valuation, and discover just how easy it is to sell your  property with Keller Williams today!

9 Top Tips To Get The Best Price When Selling Your House

9 Top Tips To Get The Best Price When Selling Your House

Making your house as attractive as possible will be the key to getting the highest possible price.

 Most buyers are easily pulled towards the shiny things, so if you take note of these handy tips you can easily sell your property for a few grand more than you may have originally thought, bagging yourself some useful pocket change in the process!

1 - Sell At The Right Time

Property prices are at an all-time high, with little sign of the upward trend reversing. These things are often hard to predict, but developments in your area may mean your property isn’t following Google’s market trend.

For example, if planning permission for a local attraction is just around the corner, your area may be increasing in value faster than other areas just a few streets away.

When you work with an experienced estate agent such as Keller Williams, we bring genuine market insights into your complimentary property valuation.

This first-hand knowledge lets you take advantage of trends which are not always seen on Google, and puts you one step ahead of your competition in the buyer’s game.

2 - Take Your Time

Eye-catching properties sell quickly.

It’s not uncommon for us to see a quality home sell in less than a week, so you may receive more than one offer for your property, which gives you the luxury of choice.

If you’re not in a hurry to sell, see if you can use the popularity of your property to push the price up before accepting your final offer.

3 - Redecorate

If you’re seriously thinking about selling your house you should make sure your decor is as plain as possible, so potential buyers can see what they want to see, rather than get distracted by your personal style.

This simple fix makes your home feel less like the present, and more like the future your potential buyer hopes it will become.

Neutral decor means buyers won’t need to worry about fixing anything up after the purchase is complete, which will help your property seem like less work when compared to other similar properties your prospects may be viewing.

Lighting is also important, so you’ll want to make sure the windows are in good condition and the lightbulbs all work.

You may choose to put up a few cosy lights in dingy corners, or place mirrors carefully to help smaller rooms appear light and airy.

4 - Make Sure Everything Works

When buyers see a house that isn’t taken care of at a decorative level they’ll likely look for more significant reasons to bring down the price, if they’re still interested in purchasing the property at all.

For an uncertain buyer a small issue can become a big deal if they fixate on it.

On the flip side, potential buyers who see a house in good condition will likely assume everything works, and will be willing to pay a bit more for a better investment.

You might be thinking tiny things like wallpaper tears, squeaky door hinges and broken light bulbs aren’t going to change a house price, but presentation is everything.

It’s essential to pay attention to detail before putting your house on the market.

5 - Check The Heating

Everyone wants to feel snug in their potential new home, so it’s important to take care of the heating. Depending on when your house was constructed your gas boiler might be dated, or your home may still use storage heaters.

Older technologies present an opportunity to modernise. This ensures you’re not putting off potential buyers from an otherwise comfortable property.

Heating isn’t necessarily a cheap fix, but it can be a deal breaker or a reason to negotiate the selling price downwards, so it is sometimes worth spending a little money to fix it, if it means you will make more money off the final sale price.

6 - Add Some Special Touches

Sprinkle in a few bonus features to really stir your audience’s imagination.

You may like to include a dishwasher, add coat racks, or install a full-length mirror in a built-in wardrobe. These are smallish things, but it’s all about the inspiration.

Even if your potential buyers want to bring their own furniture and white goods, at the very it least it shows that you have space for these facilities, and the extra touches can really showcase the desirable lifestyle your property offers.

7 - Take Gorgeous Photos

Property photography is not nearly as difficult as it used to be. Most smart phones now have the ability to produce near-professional level photography with a few clever tricks.

Try to photograph your house in the hour before dusk with your curtains open, so you let in those brilliant blue hues from the sky. Switch the lamps on to make it feel soft and warm, and stand in the corners to make your rooms feel as large as possible.

A few carefully placed cushions or props will pop on camera. Always shoot from waist level to let your ceilings feel high and elegant, and use a little post-production editing to brighten the colours.

If your budget allows, a professional photographer can help your home stand out in the online property listings, so this is worth the investment in a crowded market.

8 - Market Your Property Correctly

When you sell your property through Keller Williams, we’ll take our time to understand why you love your home, and how someone else may benefit from purchasing it.

We then craft market-trendy phrases to make your house seem like the home of dreams, and place our adverts in all the right locations to turn curious eyeballs into genuine prospective buyers.

9 - Ask The Keller Williams Property Experts To Assist You

Securing the best price is about turning as many viewers into serious bidders as possible, and that means not turning off your buyers with the small things.

The exact advice you need likely depends on your personal situation, so if you’re thinking about putting your house on the market soon and do wish to put your best foot forward, it’s always best to get in touch with an experienced estate agent to explore how you can prepare your home for a quick, successful sale today.

How Does Selling A House At The Right Time Raise Your Wealth?

How Does Selling A House At The Right Time Raise Your Wealth?

When it comes to selling a house, sentiment can sometimes get in the way but selling at the right time can also create a lucrative source of income for you and your family.

House prices have been steadily on the rise for over a decade, and are generally-speaking reaching all-time-highs. There’s certainly an enviable profit to be made from the right sale.

So, How Much Untapped Money Might You Be Sitting On? 

Firstly, let’s take a look at some key factors in the current property market. You may be surprised by how much your house has increased in value with time.

Headlines About House Price Crashes Are Long Gone

If you bought your property a while ago, you may remember the house price crisis from the late 2000s. You might even have bought before that, and watched your house price dip before it rose again. It was tough for a lot of people, but those days are now over, and house prices have been moving steadily upwards for years.

At the end of 2021, the Scottish Government reported the average house price across Scotland increased by 10%, which is by no means out of the ordinary. If you’ve had your home for the last 10 years or more, you could see a total property valuation increase of up to 50%. It’s well worth taking a look at what your property is worth now.

When you sell a property, the profit made typically allows homeowners to put down a larger deposit on a more valuable home, which then sees the same exponential rise in value over time, allowing homeowners to move up the property ladder quickly and easily.

Demand For Property Is Soaring 

Today’s younger generations are the prodigies of those who bought their first homes early in life, so the desire to get onto the property ladder is ingrained in the average person’s life ambition. 

The rise in property value is making it challenging for young people to buy a house, which is causing a shift in ingenuity when it comes to buying a first home. 

Parents and carers are seeing the need to purchase a flat for students, rather than run up hefty rentals and long-term student loan debt. Investors are also getting savvy, and are becoming masters at buying up the best deals before others get to them. 

Everybody is looking for more space, more freedom, and more choice. An easy sale is a real gift, so if you live in a popular area you might be astonished at how many people would jump at the opportunity to purchase your home for an attractive price. 

Selling property to people who are competing to own it, such as worried parents or active property investors, means you can leverage the increased demand to fetch a higher price.

Mortgages Are Becoming More Flexible

Buying a house brings financial security, and mortgage lenders know that providing a good mortgage for their customers will boost their reputations. Mortgages are also a long-term source of income for lenders, so getting your money into their pockets is highly desirable.

Because of this, the mortgage market is competitive. Lenders have been forced to become bendable when it comes to finding new ways to offer brilliant mortgage deals. Consumers demand choice for releasing equity, switching lenders, or re-mortgaging their property.

The sale of a property nearly always means you can negotiate a new, improved mortgage, with lower interest rates, flexible terms, and easy repayments.