Home for the Holidays

Shima 0 comments 03.03.2021

In the middle of quarantine, I received a call from a lady named Ashley. She said she was searching for a Military Relocation Specialist and found my website, sellwithshima.com.

She said she would love to refer Joshua to me, who would be relocating from Hawaii. A few weeks later, I met with Josh and I was very honest with him. Unfortunately, most agents are not educated and informed about V.A. loans- which is why their offers are often not selected. I asked him to promise me he would stay patient and not get discouraged.

I am so honored to have been able to help Josh, who was truly grateful every. step. of. the. way.  It wasn’t an easy search, but it was all worth it because today, he became the proud homeowner of a spacious townhome... with 0% DOWN!!!! Congratulations, Josh, and welcome home!! Right in time for the holidays.

Thank you for your service!

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Congratulations, Josh!

Shima 0 comments 03.03.2021

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About five years ago, my old friend, Josh, from North High told me he wanted to buy a house. I periodically would check in with him to keep him accountable for his goal. Then last year, he realized that the prices of homes were not going down and that he should probably take advantage of the low-interest rates.

Fast forward to the end of 2020 ➡️ we began to aggressively look at homes. Since he was very clear about what he did and didn’t want, it helped me weed out any homes I felt he may not like ahead of time. This prevented him from getting burnt out and also, not wasting his time looking at homes that would not be for him. However, as soon as we walked into this home, he said, “This is it. I need this one, Shima.”

The pressure was on as I now had to do WHATEVER it took to get him this house. I called the agent and gathered as much information as I could and am happy to say, we beat 24 offers and several cash offers, all thanks to Josh trusting my judgment and coming in strong with very clean terms.

I can’t tell you how much this means to me to have earned your trust and loyalty. I look forward to helping you buy many more homes in the future as I know this is just the beginning.

Congratulations on becoming a homeowner!! ?? See you at the housewarming!

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Selling Tips

Shima 0 comments 05.10.2020

When selling your home, don’t forget to “stage” items behind doors, cabinets, closets, drawers, etc. Ironically, sellers will pay THOUSANDS of dollars to borrow furniture to make their homes appear more spacious and beautiful, yet leave other areas forgotten.

Remember, staging is used to capture a buyer’s interest, yet the practicality of living there is what keeps or doesn’t keep them intrigued. Buyers LOVE storage.

For example, an unorganized kitchen cabinet may imply there is a lack of space for their own pots, pans, etc. Our goal is to help them be able to imagine themselves living there, by “tricking” them into believing... there’s more than enough space!

This is easy to do by organizing and creating systems in areas with simple tools you probably already own, such as an empty shoebox. We only get one chance at a first impression of your home, and every nook and cranny matters... even those “hidden” behind doors. And trust me, buyers look. 


Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

Outdoor trees add so much valuable shade and character to our spaces, yet are often forgotten about. 

Give your neglected tree some love and dress it up! Add wind chimes and lanterns on the branches for a whimsical look.  Use the empty area around its trunk to create a finished look with flowers. 

Have a sturdy enough tree? Build your children their very own treehouse to explore, read, play board games, or hang with friends.

Adding some small decor will enhance the beauty of your trees and help them shine. 

How to get qualified for a house

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

Unless you intend to buy a home with all cash, you will need to discuss your financial options with a licensed mortgage advisor. ?? To begin the loan application process, you will need to gather several records. ?

Above are ???? of the most common documents a lender will ask for.

⭐️ Please remember, I will happily send you a list of my TOP preferred lenders that I have not only worked with and trust- but can ensure their professionalism and reliability in helping you throughout the entire process. 

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Hints of Green

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

Adding subtle forms of earth tones can make any home feel cozy. 

Different hues of green can compliment neutral interiors due to both having strong neutral undertones. Some ways to achieve this look is through wall art, a throw blanket, pillows or real/fake plants.

Keep in mind, it’s important to add this color sparingly. 

If a FLIP for me?

Shima 0 comments 28.09.2020

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Does the picture above just make you cringe? ? This is often a huge red flag for me that a home may come with lots of loose ends due to a poor flip job. ? I mean, was the builder so busy that he couldn’t properly measure this tight corner?

A flipped home is simply a renovated and aesthetically-improved version of a seemingly distressed property. ? Sometimes it’s merely cosmetic changes such as a paint, new carpet, and landscaping- which is why you’ll see a home quickly come back on the market after it’s been “flipped.” ?

Determining if YOU should buy a house that’s been flipped comes down to several key indicators, and the most critical is to assure a home has been safely built. A licensed home inspector will help us find any flaws a home may have by inspecting matters we cannot visually see — such as, does the house have a secure foundation, stable walls, consistent water pressure, etc.

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