“Common Mistakes Made By Home Sellers” on WTXL with Rebekah Rivers!

September 28th, 2016

Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) — “Pricing the value of your home or property can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be if you avoid listening to these tips many people may hear when selling a home.

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Click Here to watch the video on WTXL!

The worst real estate advice sellers can hear:

  • “Price the house based on what you paid, plus a little extra for profit”
  • “Price the house based on what you feel is right”
  • “Add the cost of renovations you’ve made to your price”
 In this edition of Home & Garden, local realtor Rebekah Rivers helps explain why these three things are not the best way to approach selling your home or property. “

New Hunters Crossing Listing! 355 Remington Run Way, Tallahassee, FL 32312

September 23rd, 2016

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Beautiful, 2/2 custom home available in Hunters Crossing with quality updates & details galore! Exterior features include a 2-car garage, covered back patio, & manicured landscaping. Interior features include gorgeous bamboo floors, casement windows throughout, tray ceilings, recessed lighting, custom cabinetry, ceramic tile, skylights – too many to list! A built-in media center & peninsula, gas fireplace separate the family room from the main living area. Formal dining area has built-in lower hutch. Kitchen has breakfast nook with bay windows & connects to huge laundry room w storage, plus access to the pantry & garage. Bonus sunroom connects to back patio & master suite. Master bedroom has massive walk-in closet & arched, stained glass, clerestory windows. Master walkthrough bathroom can be split in two; has jetted tub, two large vanities, two separate toilets w shutter doors, two linen closets, & walk-in double shower stall. Other side connects to hallway where second bedroom is w walk-in closet. Come see this immaculately kept home today!

For more info, call the Rivers Team at 850-297-2255.

Click here for the live MLS listing.

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New Killearn Estates Listing! 4033 Brandon Hill Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309

September 22nd, 2016

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Spacious, well-maintained, all brick 4/2.5 home on over half an acre in Killearn Estates! 2-car garage w/ workshop, huge fenced in backyard, & beautiful in-ground pool with diving board, deck & patio. Separate oversized living room & family room w built-in media center and wood-burning fireplace. Eat-in kitchen has pantry, desk space & connects to the separate formal dining room. Off the breakfast nook is a mudroom w garage access, laundry room & half bath. Full bath in hall with linen closet. Large master bedroom has double closets, separate vanity & water closet. Come see this great family home today!

For more info, call the Rivers Team at 850-297-2255.

Click here for the live MLS listing.

Click here for more available homes in Killearn Estates.

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First Time Home Buyers Seminar by Rebekah Rivers!

September 21st, 2016

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How to Bring the Beautiful Colors of Fall into Your Home

September 16th, 2016

Labor Day is over, the kids are back in school, and fall is upon us! It is a great opportunity to add some touches of fall colors to your home.  Here are some great ideas I found on the Color Combos website:

“The transition from summer to fall is as much a change of attitude as it is one of appearances. School and other activities re-start. The air becomes cooler and crisper, and Mother Nature brings out her vibrant palette of deep golds, burnished coppers, yellows and rusty reds. Most people just can’t help feeling both invigorated and comforted by the predictable changes. Why leave all those lovely colors outside? Why not bring them indoors and enjoy them throughout the house?

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Adding temporary fall colors to your home is especially easy if you already have a neutral theme going on inside, but you can incorporate a touch of autumn into almost any color scheme. Bring in some faux greenery such as forest green leaves, golden gourds, orange pumpkins, multi-colored flowers, bushes, vines and interestingbranches with bright-red berries. A colorful bouquet in the foyer will welcome visitors and immediately convey the friendly ambiance of your home. Perch other autumn arrangements on the fireplace mantle, on high furniture, on side tables or even in light fixtures. How about a creative fall centerpiece for your dining-room table? For the kitchen, put out bowls of mini-pumpkins, charming little gourds, fresh vegetables, oranges and lush red apples. Don’t forget to hang a welcoming fall wreath on your front door. Buy a pre-made one ordesign your own from artificial flowers, fruit, pine cones or any other variety of nature’s bounty.

This is the perfect time to pull out a cozy throw for the sofa or your favorite reading chair. Some pillows in solid cranberry red, velvety gold, rich chocolate and deep green will provide supporting accents. If your decor allows, add a pillow or two in one of the familiar autumn patterns. You may want to consider temporarily replacing some of your wall art with more seasonal pictures and artwork displays. A well-placed piece can bring fall’s unique charm into a room in a moment. Don’t forget to change out your candles. It’s time for the reds and oranges to replace the summer pinks and whites. Switching your breezy summer draperies to heavier, textured curtains in fall colors will also add warmth to any room.

In addition to the tradition of fall house cleaning, this time of year lends itself to fresh painting and more permanent interior decorating. Without the heat of summer or the frigid temperatures of winter, you can open your windows while you work your magic with your paintbrush. The popular decorating colors for 2012 are great matches for fall decorating themes. Grays, browns and blends of these two colors are the current favorite shades. Consider the rich old-world effect of dark-brown leather furniture against charcoal walls with warm-red, soft-gold or cheery-orange accents. Peacock blue wakes up a brown-gray decor that could appear a bit tired or dull. Benjamin Moore offers a unique “Firenze” color that is reminiscent of Venetian plaster. This softened raspberry, when paired with weathered orange and lavender accents creates a newer version of autumnal beauty.

Fall is the perfect time to redress your home and yard for cooler weather. Warm colors will “cozy-up” your home psychologically and permit you to keep the thermostat down a little longer. Whether you make temporary changes or more permanent ones, enjoy the wonderful palette that this season provides. Let its reds and greens carry you right on into the holiday season. You’ll have a head start on everyone else.”

Cindy Livengood, Realtor, Buyer’s Specialist. The Rivers Team, Your Tallahassee Real Estate Experts.

The Rivers Team is here to answer all of your questions and help you get into your new home.  If you are looking to relocate to or within Tallahassee and for all of your Tallahassee Real Estate needs, call The Rivers Team at (850) 297-2255 or visit us at www.RingTheRivers.com

Ongoing Construction of 7484 Sunny Mariana Court!

September 15th, 2016

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Just Reduced! 2626 Cherith Court, Tallahassee, FL 32308

September 14th, 2016

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New Rental Listing! 1818 Ivan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

September 13th, 2016

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Coming Soon in Killearn Estates! 4033 Brandon Hill Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32309

September 11th, 2016

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Real Estate Pros Reveal How They Stay Safe

September 10th, 2016

realtor_safety“CHICAGO – Sept. 7, 2016 – Nearly 40 percent of more than 3,000 real estate professionals recently surveyed say they’ve encountered a situation where they felt unsafe on the job.

The most common situations that sparked concern: open houses, vacant homes/model homes, properties that were unlocked or unsecured, and properties in remote areas, according to the 2016 Member Safety Report, released this week by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

Forty-four percent of agents say their brokerages have standard procedures in place for agent safety; 27 percent say their brokerages don’t and 28 percent aren’t sure if their brokerage does, according to the survey.

“Knowledge, awareness, and empowerment: These are the core components of Realtor safety,” says the report.September marks Realtor Safety Month, which is an opportunity for agents, firms and local Realtor associations to review and improve their safety protocols. NAR, along with state and local associations, release resources and materials throughout the year to help guide real estate professionals on safety precautions they can take when meeting with clients.

Here are some of the protocols agents say they’re taking to stay safe while working in real estate:

Smartphone apps: Forty-two percent of Realtors say they use a smartphone safety app to track whereabouts and alert colleagues in case of an emergency. The most commonly used apps were the Find My iPhone feature; GPS Phone Track for Android; Life 360; HomeSnap Pro; bSafe; Glympse; React Mobile; and Real Alert.

Notifications of your whereabouts: Many members reported notifying a spouse, friend, or family member of their location prior to showing a home to a client.

Meet first: Most Realtors say they meet 50 percent of their prospective buyers and sellers they do not know in a real estate office or a neutral location before first viewing a home.

Self-defense weapons: Some members report carrying self-defense weapons to help them feel safer while on the job. Twenty-one percent of agents say they carry pepper spray with them; 16 percent a firearm; 8 percent a pocketknife; and 5 percent a taser.

Safety classes: Forty percent of members say they have participated in a self-defense class. More males (46 percent) have done so than females (37 percent). Nineteen percent also say they have participated in a Realtor safety course. For those who have taken part in a course, 73 percent say they now feel more prepared for unknown situations.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine Daily News © 2016 Florida Realtors”

Sean Rady, Realtor, Buyers Specialist. The Rivers Team, Your Tallahassee Real Estate Experts.

The Rivers Team is here to answer all of your questions and help you get into your new home.  If you are looking to relocate to or within Tallahassee and for all of your Tallahassee Real Estate needs, call The Rivers Team at (850) 297-2255 or visit us at www.RingTheRivers.com