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Marketing Vacant Homes
October 15, 2019 | Posted in Inspiring Homes, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

Sometimes houses are vacant when they are listed on the market; it happens for many different reasons.  And sometimes it is difficult for potential buyers to envision the vacant house as a liveable space.  A marketing tool that we have used is virtual staging.  This way potential buyers are better able to see the house as a home.

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The Rundown on Staging Your Home
May 24, 2019 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips, Our Thoughts, This + That

We are now making our way into the thick of the Spring Market! If you are looking to sell your home, you want to do what you can to increase the number of buyers your home appeals to, sell more swiftly, and of course get as close to your asking price as you can. There are three factors home buyers consider when deciding whether to move ahead on a property: the location, the condition, and the price. While you don’t have control over the location of your home, the price and the condition of your home are in your hands. Discussing correct pricing for listing homes on the market is a whole other article, but this month we want to focus on the condition of your home! One of the best ways to improve the condition of your home is through staging.

What exactly is staging? Staging is depersonalizing your...

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What to Expect When Your Home is on the Market
May 24, 2019 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips, Our Thoughts, This + That

It’s official, the sign has been placed at the end of your driveway and your home is for sale. What can you expect during this next phase of the selling process? If you read our article from last month, we discussed how it is important at this point that your home be staged, and thoroughly or professionally cleaned, so it is ready for showings. The staging process would have included depersonalizing your home (removing family photos, etc.), as well as organizing small spaces. When potential buyers come through your home, they will be looking in closets and cupboards and pantries. It is important that these spaces be clean and organized to help ensure the appearance of sufficient space for storage. Overfull and disorganized closets may give the impression that there is not enough storage space within the home. It is also important to ensure that any small issues, such as...

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Selling Your Rural Property
March 28, 2019 | Posted in In The News, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

Selling your acreage or rural property is a major life event that requires planning and forethought. If you are looking to sell your acreage in 2019, NOW is the time to give us a call. This truly is a situation where sooner is better. Sit­ting down with your Realtor and creating a game plan, as well as setting expectations for both you and your Real­tor is a very important first step. Many people think that summer is the best time to list their acreage; yards are in full bloom, manicured, and looking great. Unfortunately, many acreage buyers are out there looking for their new property earlier in the year.

The Spring Market is when the majority of the sales for the year take place. Our Spring Market is typically March through mid-July; however, in some situations waiting to list in June may be too late. A good majority of buyers...

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Pulling together a new-home binder
November 2, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

Buying and moving into a new home is a wonderful and exciting life-moment. I’d like to say the process of physically getting to that new home is equally as exciting, but in all truthfulness, sometimes the process of moving can feel a bit chaotic and disorderly.

The idea of packing up all the stuff in the old house and cutting ties with that home, and then transporting boxes upon boxes to the new place, makes the best of us feel a bit tense.

As a way to reduce stress and keep things as organized as possible, I recommend to my clients, they create a ‘new-home binder’.

Building your binder

A new-home binder is an easy and inexpensive way to keep important reminders and documents in one place when you’re moving.   To start, you’ll need a binder, dividers, a three-hole punch, plastic page protectors, and a three-ring...

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How to stage your home on a budget
October 20, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips, This + That

It’s no secret that home staging is a vital step for anyone who wants to sell their house. For a lot of people, however, this can present a challenge.

Staging a home means decluttering and depersonalizing. It means transforming your space into a place that a potential buyer can see themselves living in. It also means that you will likely have to spend some time and money to get your home ready for it’s first showing.

 

Keep this in mind

I’ve heard it before…”but I don’t want to spend any more money on this place!” If you’ve found yourself thinking this, I’ll ask you to consider the following: a staged home will get more viewers (due to better pictures in your listing), fewer days on market, and you will typically see $5,000 to $8,000 more in your final sale price.

Staging your home doesn’t mean you have to...

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Fall-themed curb appeal
September 29, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

They say it takes only seven seconds to make a first impression. In the world of real estate, this is a big deal. When a potential buyer pulls up to the curb in front of your house, you want to make sure their fist impression—their gut feeling about your home—is a good one.

Putting in some forethought, elbow grease, and (sometimes) a bit of money into improving the curb appeal of your home can mean big gains for you at the end of the day. Quicker sales and more money, now who doesn’t want that?

At first glance

When someone first pulls up into your driveway ready for their showing, what do you suppose they’ll notice first about your house? As a buyer takes their first glances around, they’ll see what your front door looks like and the condition of your eavestroughs and window frames.   They’ll look...

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How to make selling your home (with kids) easy!
September 11, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

The thought of selling your home can be a  daunting one. Getting your house up and running, to the point where you’re ready for showings can feel overwhelming at the best of times, but doing it when you have young children in the house… that’s down right frightening, right?

 

 

But guess what, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s true—kids are a lot of work and trying to keep your house to a point where it’s “showing-ready”, especially when you’re feeling overrun by toys, crayons, trinkets, and general kid-clutter, can really add to your stress levels. The good news is, however, with a few simple tricks, surviving the sale of your house, even with little ones, is possible.

Setting the stage

Staging your home for a sale is very important. It can mean the difference between a quick sale and one that...

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Sell!
March 12, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

Preparing your home to sell can be an overwhelming task. And often, time and budget are limited. The long list of renovations has turned into a short list of priorities—and you need smart, effective ways to prepare your home to give it a competitive edge in the market. Here are five tips to increase chance of traffic and profit:

Set the stage. In a previous blog, Selling Tip | Professional Homes Staging, I talk about the advantages of hiring a professional for home staging; however, some homeowners choose to take on the task themselves. Staging is really about putting your home’s best foot forward, making a strong first impression and allowing a potential buyer to really envision him or herself living in that space. What are some spot updates you could do that are budget friendly but make a difference? Often...

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