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How Do You Prepare for an Appraisal?


There are six things you should be doing to prepare for an appraisal.

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Getting your home appraised is a necessary step of any home sale. The appraisal itself will influence your asking price, meaning that it’s really important to take care of a few things to ensure that you’re maximizing your property’s value:

1. Spackle. Any number of things can ding up your walls, so be sure to go back and spackle over those blemishes on the walls and sheetrock.

2. Paint with neutral colors. Since you’ll never cover up the areas you’ve spackled anyway, be sure to touch up areas that need a fresh coat of paint. I recommend that you go with a light color to make the square footage really pop.

3. Update your crawl spaces. The majority of the transactions that we do require an appraiser to do a head-and-shoulders inspection of the crawl space, so make sure that you’ve properly sealed around the perimeter of the crawl space with Visqueen, ensure that there’s no standing water, and otherwise remove any nasty surprises before the appraiser comes to take a look at it.



Try these tips instead of spending thousands upfront or at closing.


4. Deep clean. Go through your home with a vacuum cleaner and dust before the appraiser comes. Providing an extra level of cleanliness can give you a boost to help increase the conditional adjustments they’ll make on the appraisal.

5. Conduct additional repairs. Some of the biggest things to be called out on the appraisal are chipping and peeling paint, so go around the exterior of your home, especially by the fascia by your gutters and roof, and look for areas where your paint is chipped. Scrape it off and apply a new coat of paint. 

6. Get an early start. Taking care of what needs to be done in your home early will ensure a smooth process later. Many contractors are all booked up toward the end of August, so an early start can help you avoid unexpected delays.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and want to ensure that you’ll be appraised for its market value, try these tips instead of spending thousands upfront or at closing. For any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.

Are You Coming to Our Eat and Greet?


Join us for our Buyers Eat and Greet on Friday, July 24!

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We want to invite you to a very fun event: our Buyers Eat and Greet! On Friday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at our Madden Real Estate office at 728 Gaffney Road. This is an addition to our July Food Truck Friday event, and our Eat and Greet will be catered by the Between the Bus food truck. There will be 60 meals available—first come, first served. 

Please bring any real estate questions you have as a buyer. We’ll have listing partners, buyer specialists, lenders, and title professionals here to answer all your questions. To respect social distancing guidelines, tables located in the parking lot will be properly spaced. Masks are kindly requested. We want to thank our food sponsors: Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska and First Rate Financial. 



Our Eat and Greet will be catered by the Between the Bus food truck!


I also want to point out a few tools available to you right here on our video blog. For those looking to sell a home, there’s a free home value report link to the right of this post. If you’re looking to buy a new house, there’s a home search link to the right as well. Lastly, if you’re interested in an exciting career in real estate, we’re always looking for new talent to join our team, so click the "search available positions" button on the right. 

We look forward to seeing you at our Buyers Eat and Greet, and we’ll be ready to discuss all of your real estate needs. 

If you have any other questions about real estate, please call us at (907) 452-3000 or email us. We would be happy to speak with you.

What Can Bent Birch Property Management Do for You?


Here’s what Bent Birch Property Management can offer property owners.

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As you may know, Bent Birch Property Management is a subsidiary of Madden Real Estate, and today we’ll share a few details about this company and how it can assist you.  


Bent Birch has been a part of Madden Real Estate for about three years and is headed by Denzle Higgins, who’s worked in property management for about 10 years and has extensive experience dealing with tenants and owners. 

Roughly 55 properties are managed by this company—52 of which are currently rented. As you can see, they’re low on available rentals, but they’re still getting daily calls inquiring about new properties. Since there isn’t enough supply to meet this kind of demand, we’d like to reach out to all the property owners out there and offer their services if they’re thinking of renting out their homes. 



If you’re not sure whether to sell or rent your property or which will happen first, we can put it up for rent and list it for sale simultaneously.


One of the main benefits of working with Bent Birch is that they have a great relationship with Madden Real Estate. They have their own office inside our building, and this close proximity allows us to cultivate relationships with their renters who’ll hopefully someday be buyers. The same goes for their property owners, who’ll someday either sell or buy more property. 

Additionally, there are many options for potential sellers or rental owners because they can handle both transactions at once. If you’re not sure whether to sell or rent your property or which will happen first, they can put it up for rent and list it for sale simultaneously. This will double the property’s exposure, give you an idea of which transaction will happen first, and indicate which market is best. Also, if you’re not ready to sell but are leaving town, they can rent your property in the meantime and then have you meet with one of our listing partners afterward to see whether the time to sell has arrived. 

If you’d like to get in touch with Denzle, you can email him at bentbirchpm@gmail.com, check out their website bentbirchpm.com, or call (907) 452-3000.