EXIT Realty Key Group is a relatively new name in town when it comes to the world of real estate, but Tiffany Carlson and her team have a combined 17 years of experience in the field. Tiffany is originally from Benton and she graduated from Murray State with a political science degree. She then went on to get a master’s degree in paralegal studies. After working for law firms for 14 years, she began to want more flexibility in her work schedule. She attained her real estate license and started working as an agent for a local brokerage in 2017. Working as an agent for a few years made her realize that she wanted to get her broker’s license and have her own firm. She started attending Kentucky Realtors meetings and the Kentucky real estate convention, which is where she met a regional owner for EXIT Southeast. The owners encouraged Tiffany to join EXIT Realty, but she wasn’t ready to commit just yet. Meanwhile, Tiffany and her family went on vacation to Gatlinburg and while they were there she saw several EXIT Realty signs. She took that as a (maybe literal) sign from God that this was where she needed to be. After many conversations with the owners of EXIT Southeast, she started the process of opening up her own brokerage firm under EXIT Realty. Tiffany’s office in Draffenville opened in the summer of 2022 and she has four other agents in the office with her. They are the only EXIT Realty office in our area and Tiffany is excited to bring their high-standard business to the people of Western Kentucky. The EXIT Realty team works with buyers and investors to help meet their real estate needs, as well as manage rental property for owners. Tiffany’s favorite part of her job is working with sellers; learning why they want to sell, helping them get ready for photos, giving suggestions for decluttering, and giving advice on repairs or remodels. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market to sell, here are some of her top tips.
Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell:
-Get as many things off the kitchen counter as you can. Buyers want to see as much counter space as possible and want to envision their own stuff there.
-Declutter and pre-pack anything you can ahead of time. It reduces the amount of stuff in your home for showings while also helping you get ready for the move.
-Cleanliness! Your home shouldn’t be a museum…it’s meant to be lived in. But keep table tops, floors, toilets, and blinds generally clean for buyers. Sometimes just a simple dusting spruces things up enough.
-Tone down the paint colors. If you don’t want to re-paint, be willing to give a paint allowance. Bright paint colors make it hard for buyers to envision their own belongings in your space.
-First time home buyers like home warranties, so consider providing one for the first year. The buyer can renew the warranty themselves after the first year if wanted.