Thursday, May 29, 2014

Congratulations Cullens!


Proud new homeowners!  Thank you for allowing me the chance to help you along the way.  

Take care, 
Scott Morrison

Monday, May 26, 2014

Help Wanted: Need Quality Referrals

Occasionally I'll get an email that asks me to refer someone to a handyman, cleaning service, landscaper, or (insert trade here).  This past week, it has become top-of-mind because I've received several requests and what I've found is that I need more contacts that I can refer out.

I have certain contacts that have assisted me on my own home or a client's home in the past.  I keep a contact list, but my contact list is somewhat incomplete.  That's why I'm reaching out to ask for help… 

If you, or someone you know, could be of assistance in any form (home repairs, remodeling, upkeep, cleaning, plumbing, electrical, etc etc etc..) please email me using the address below.  This is a great opportunity for me to create a partnership as my client base grows.  

I appreciate your help!

Take care, 
Scott Morrison

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Homeowners

The end of the month is always exciting because of the new beginnings that are created by a simple trip to the title company.

Closings an happen anytime, but most happen in the last few days of the month to lessen the amount that a buyer must pay towards accrued interest.  When you close on a mortgage, you pay up front for the interest from the closing day through the end of the month.  So, conventional wisdom says to close as close to the end of the month as possible.  There are some drawbacks for waiting until the end of the month, but neither the positives or negatives to the closing date are significant enough to make the end of the month a top priority.

The real reason for this post is to say:


Brandon and Kelsey just closed on their first home!  It's always a wonderful experience to help clients
take the next step in their lives, but first-time owners are one-of-a-kind.  Best of luck to the two of you as you start your new lives together!

Take care,
Scott Morrison

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Selling: Return on Investment

Return on investment.  Those are the keywords that I take away from the video below from Keller Williams Realty's Youtube channel.  ROI is spoken of in terms of staging in the video, but it is one of the concepts that I often find myself discussing with sellers when we meet to discuss the value of their home.

Everyone wants to sell their home for the maximum possible price, that is no secret.  However, one thing I find that sellers often lose track of is how much they have to spend in order to get their maximum value.  Without going through elementary examples, the advice is to be certain that putting money into a home is going to get money out of a home.  If you spend $3000 on improvements, make sure that there is no doubt you are going to get more than $3000 out of the sale. 

That sounds extremely simple, but many sellers only see the scenario where $3000 will get them $10,000+ out of the sale.  It might, but if you have to lower your list price, or fix something that is uncovered as a result of the renovations, the dangers of losing money on those improvements become more and more into play.  

Bottom line:  carefully consider all outcomes, not just the outcome that fetches the highest selling price. If you are going to put money into a home prior to the sale, it needs to be treated as an investment, and should provide significant financial gain.

Take care,
Scott Morrison

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Home for Robyn & Wes

Happy First Week to Robyn and Wes!!

Last Thursday, Robyn and Wes closed on their brand new MI Home in Gahanna!  I wish them the best as they continue to get settled and prepared for their wedding here in a few weeks… What an exciting time!

I was pleased to receive the picture above less than an hour after closing.  The shadowbox that I presented them as a closing gift was the first decoration to begin the personalizing of their home.   

Congratulations Robyn, Wes, & Brutus!

Take care, 
Scott Morrison