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By Amy Lemert | Agent in Lawrence, KS
  • Keep It or Sell It

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Lawrence  |  January 31, 2013 8:28 PM  |  175 views  |  No comments
    A comment worth sharing from a Seller this week:  "I dont want it to be my house anymore.  I want it to be someone else's"  

    This came as we discussed the need to neutralize some of the wall colors.  This wise seller took no offense to the fact that her beautiful colors were her's.  Even if other people, like me, thought they were beautiful they still could block a buyers ability to visualize their furnishings and decor preference in that house.   Its never ceases to amaze me that one of the biggest challenges for agents is convincing a seller to neutralize home decor in order to sell.  A seller need only look at the frequecy of this subject being dicussed to understand that it is important for successful selling. Sellers must heed this advise!  Most agents will not bring it up a second time.   They will list your house the way it is, you will risk missing the maximun number of buyers, it will take longer to sell your house, and you will get thousands less at the mercy of the buyers who can see past the personalization of your decor.  Agents do not want to offend sellers and can only make an argument about what "may likely happen".  Every home is unique so we can only refer to stats and stories from other houses.  What Seller must reallize is that the total mass of stats and stories about the value of neutrallizing a home is HUGE! 

    If you want to keep it don't change a thing. If you want to sell it make it look like the clean neutral decluttered, bright houses you see in catalogues and magazines.  Don't trust my 19 years.  Trust the mass of experience of all agents over the past 60.  
  • Cost of Ownership

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Lawrence  |  January 29, 2013 10:06 PM  |  173 views  |  1 comment
    First time buyers need to consider the near term and long term cost of ownership.  Too often the focus of a home search is a home that looks and feels nice.  The financial decisions are often based on monthly payment and how is relates to current income.  The important questions to consider have to do with major expense items that might need to be repalced or repaired within five or ten years. Even if you plan on owning for the average 5-7 years some big ticket items could require major expendature before selling.  The questions to ask have to do with the life expenctancy of roof, water heater, furnace, air conditioning unit, siding, exterior drainage, concrete, and any major appliances.  Keep in mind that passing inspection often is an indication that major home systems and components work and should for 1-3 years.  Even newer homes can be in need of paint and repair within 5 years.  It is important to understand that no inspector or professional can give you absolute answers to questions about longevity of home components, but you need to assess the big ticket items in order to be prepared for repairs and repalcements.  
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