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By Tonia Vickery | Broker in 85308
  • Color Your Home To Sell!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Glendale, Curb Appeal in Glendale, Design & Decor in Glendale  |  November 4, 2013 9:15 AM  |  354 views  |  No comments

    A recent article in Realty Times, Can Color Help Sell Your Home? really hit a note for me. As a Realtor, I’ve taken countless buyers to and through homes and when I saw this article title I yelled “YES, IT SURE CAN!”

    I think we’ve all seen that differently colored house, maybe on our own street, that made us wonder what the seller was thinking. I remember a house years ago that was owned by die-hard Phoenix Suns fans. How did I know? Well, the house was painted team colors; the house itself was orange and the garage door purple with the shooting basketball that was the team’s logo back then.

    The home may have been a loving statement of the owner’s passion, but can you imagine trying to sell it that way? Unless a potential buyer is a fellow Phoenix Suns fan, most prospects wouldn’t even give the home a second look. I speak from experience; I’ve been with plenty of buyers who were immediately turned off by the paint colors of homes, whether it be exterior or interior.

    If a seller is looking to make his/her home as attractive to buyers as possible, most experts suggest keeping to neutral colors for exterior, taking other homes in the neighborhood into consideration. This Realty Times article suggests white as a good exterior color, as a large percentage of people polled responded they like white houses, although beige is another popular color. White or beige also makes for a good base on which to play with color a bit (not TOO wild though!) as far as trim goes, so one doesn’t need to resign oneself to a monotone home! Of course, some HOAs have restrictions on exterior paint color choices.

    As far as interior paint goes, buyers tend to be a bit more forgiving and homeowners can get a bit more bold as long as the colors don’t leave the rooms feeling closed in. The article suggests grey tones for a designer feel. It is still neutral enough of a color to have wider appeal. In my experience, buyers tend to prefer light and open feeling spaces, so although a homeowner can be bolder in the interior, it is still not a bad idea to keep things more towards the neutral side.

    Regardless of what colors you might decide to paint your home, if you put it on the market make sure the exterior and interior look fresh. It might just take a good cleaning to make those walls sparkle again, but if you decide a fresh coat of paint is needed, you might want to consider a professional painter. A poorly applied coat of paint can be as much a turn-off to potential buyers as unusual colors!

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  • Remodeling your house? Think twice!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Phoenix, Curb Appeal in Phoenix, Remodel & Renovate in Phoenix  |  August 20, 2013 11:58 AM  |  756 views  |  1 comment

    With our economy recovering and more families purchasing homes, home sellers wanting to maximize their homes’ sale prices often wonder if remodeling projects can increase their properties’ values.

    The answer appears to be “it depends”. According to the report “2013 Cost vs. Value Report” released by Remodeling Magazine, there are no remodeling projects that will repay 100%. Kitchen and bathroom remodels have been favorite projects, and according to this report they pay back around 60% - 76%, depending on the complexity of the project.  On the other hand, projects that improve a home’s curb appeal, such as door and window upgrades, new siding, etc. can yield respectable returns of around 58% to 68%. Of course, the returns depend on the quality of material and workmanship. Poorly done remodeling projects can actually cost the home owner when it comes time to sell. I’ve seen cases where room additions were done without the benefit of professional experience and without the appropriate permits and inspections, and ended up costing the home owner at selling time because the new owners didn’t want to buy homes with unpermitted improvements.

    The take-away, to me, of this report is that home improvements are usually best done to make the home more pleasant for the owner’s family, and probably not a good idea from a strict investment standpoint. If you want to, say, remodel  your kitchen to create that dream space you’ve always wanted, that is good. If you want to remodel your kitchen in order to make your home more sellable, you may want to think twice, perhaps even consult with professionals to see it makes financial sense.

  • Maricopa County Home & Garden Show

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Glendale, Curb Appeal in Glendale  |  March 1, 2013 7:16 PM  |  343 views  |  No comments

    West Valley homeowners won't have to travel far to visit the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show, being held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale AZ on Glendale Ave & Loop 101. If the warming weather is making your green thumb itch, or if spring cleaning includes a major remodel (and even if you don't have a green thumb or major remodel in your future!) this weekend's event is just the answer. Held March 1-3, there are too many great features to list but they include landscape vignettes, a plant sale, and even a chance to win a $15,000 yard makeover!

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