Ribbon will turn any home bid into an all-cash offer

The tech startup, backed by a Trulia co-founder, is live in Charlotte and plans to expand into 12-15 markets in the next year

A new startup wants to make sure homebuyers never lose out to all-cash offers again. Ribbon, launched in Charlotte, North Carolina, last month, promises to turn any homebuyer into a guaranteed all-cash buyer.

The company pulls financial data and analyzes mortgage products to determine what kind of home financing a buyer would eventually be able to secure.

Then, often before that financing is complete, Ribbon backs a buyer’s offer with its own funding up to that amount. Importantly, Ribbon first conducts a “quick, fair valuation” on a buyer’s target home before extending its funding (it also pre-qualifies some homes and lists them on its website).

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How to Properly Clean Your Painted Walls

Whether you see it at first glance or not, your walls in your Charleston Home become covered in oil residue, dirt and dust without you even knowing it.

In fact, your walls are not as clean as you may think. Try removing a picture that’s been hanging on the wall. Yep, that square is what clean looks like. That’s what your wall looked like on the day it was painted. Time to re-paint? Depending on how long ago you painted, and the particular color, you may be able to get a fresh look by cleaning the walls. And you’ll be pleased to know it’s much easier.

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Before You Clean

Determine the paint’s finish so you’ll know how hard you can scrub. Some sheens are hardier than others. Semi-gloss and satin, to a lesser extent, will stand up to heavy-duty washing, but you’ll need to be gentle with eggshell and flat paint finishes. They’re apt to rub off if you scrub too hard. And never use an abrasive cleaner — period. Next, you need to remove surface dust so you won’t streak the walls. The easiest way is to vacuum, using the brush attachment. Lastly, spread rags or newspaper on the floor to soak up the excess water.

Better Slow and Safe, than Sorry

The best way to test the hardiness of the paint is to start with a gentle liquid cleaner. If it doesn’t live up to the task, move up a notch with a mixture of warm water and dishwashing detergent. If you’re still not happy with the results, take a cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of vinegar in a bucket of warm water. If you come upon a stubborn stain, spread a paste of baking soda and water over it,  leave it a minute or so, then give it a final rub and rinse clean.

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The Wash and Rinse Cycle

Now that you have found the optimal cleaning liquid, you need to concentrate on the task at hand, working carefully and methodically to avoid leaving streaks on the walls. Gather two buckets and two sponges, one set for washing, the other for rinsing. You’ll also need several towels. Wet the first sponge in the washing liquid, wring it out until it’s just damp, and work from ceiling to floor in straight sections. Follow the same procedure with the rinsing sponge, using plain water. Then dry the section with a towel before moving on to the next.

Cleaning your walls may not be the most exciting job in the world, but keep at it. You’ll be rewarded with a fresh, clean room that looks almost as good as if you’d painted it. Are your walls too far gone, and you think you might be in need of a new coat of paint? Contact the pros at Charleston Realty Painting and they can help!

Upstream launches… hopes to service 250,000 agents by the end of 2018

Upstream, the MLS data management system designed for agents, is finally on-line after long 2 year wait

Upstream, an online platform for real estate data management, officially announced that it has launched today after a long development period, two years behind its original goal.

“You don’t have to look very far into any news feed to find a story of data breaches, unauthorized or misuse of data or entities gaining disproportionate gains on the sale of data,” said Dan Elsea, Upstream’s chairman in a statement.

“Our industry, of course, is based on data, so it is imperative that each broker and real estate practitioner be able to manage and control their data,” he added. “Upstream provides that opportunity for our industry, and it is wonderful to have our rollout underway.”

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Strange bedfellows: NAR and Zillow agree on antitrust, sort of

A white paper published last month has the trade group and tech company both supporting the current MLS structure, though for different reasons

There are few entities in the real estate industry that loom larger than real estate giant Zillow Group and 1.3 million-member trade group the National Association of Realtors. And while they have sometimes been at odds over the years, when it comes to real estate competition they seem to agree on one thing: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Alexa-powered smart homes coming to Charleston soon

Amazon and Lennar are partnering to put smart home tech into thousands of new homes, starting with model ones

It won’t be long before Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated artificial intelligence assistant comes pre-programmed into new Charleston homes.

On Wednesday, Amazon and Lennar announced they were partnering on a new series of model homes around the U.S. filled with Amazon’s smart devices, where customers can come and see how the technology works in a living space. Even more important: Lennar says it will begin building all of its new homes with “built-in Wi-Fi, smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights — all controlled by Alexa,” according to USA Today. That means 35,000 new smart homes by the end of the year.

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3 pros (and cons) of joining a real estate team

It all comes down to professional preferences and personal characteristics

Many in the industry love to talk about the benefits of joining a real estate teamright now. It’s true that there are pros to being a team agent. But some agents will find that the pros to working on a team are outweighed by the cons.

If you’re thinking about joining a team, weigh your options by looking over the pros and cons of real estate teams below.

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How The Color of Your Nursery Affects Your Baby

Blue for boys and pink for girls, right? These may be the traditional colors parents paint the nursery, but there is no reason you have to feel stuck with only these two choices.

Color therapy experts believe the colors which surround us have a strong influence on the way we feel and behave. Why not try to incorporate some of the theories of color therapy into your decision of what to paint your baby’s nursery?

Understanding The Influence of Five Colors

Yellow is a bright and cheery color. It is hard to feel bad in a room the same color as the sun. Color therapists suggest softer shades of yellow promote concentration and emotional well-being. You may want to stay away from bright shades of yellow because they can overstimulate and increase the frequency of insomnia.

Green represents the natural world. It is a very calming color and can to help settle a fussy baby as well as soothe a stressed-out parent. Green promotes sleep and relaxation. It is also a great color to increase the ability for people to study, so keep it around even after your baby enters school.

Orange is an extremely warm color. This cheerful choice makes people feel instantly better and gives them a strong sense of safety. Some color experts claim orange promotes communication between people; this may help parents and children bond. Stay away from brighter shades of orange which can make it harder for babies to fall asleep.

Purple may be a regal color, but it is also a good choice for your baby’s nursery. Shades of dark purple are calming and promote sleep.  This color is also perfect for helping to free a child’s imagination and creativity. Lighter shades of purple, like lilac and violet, encourages selflessness and compassion for others.

Brown is not the first choice for many people to use for a nursery, but it has a few advantages over more lively options. It reflexes a strong familial bond and a sense of responsibility. It can help instill in your child values of honesty, dependability and a love of nature.  Dark furniture and light brown walls offer a rich, classy look.

Color can really alter the way you feel. Maybe it is time for a change? Charleston Realty Painting serves Charleston home owners and rental properties throughout the Charleston lowcountry. They provide a wide range of quality painting services. Call the experts at Charleston Realty Painting (843) 640-5892 to arrange a free in-home consultation.