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By Helene Jeanette | Agent in Morristown, NJ
  • Prepare Now for the Spring Market

    Posted Under: Home Selling in New Jersey, Remodel & Renovate in New Jersey, Design & Decor in New Jersey  |  March 3, 2014 12:45 PM  |  233 views  |  No comments
     If you are thinking of selling, think of making one of the lowest cost, highest return-on-invesment improvements you can.....paint.

    Learn some key ways to improve the value of your home.!

    So roll up your sleeves, throw open the windows, and show your artistic heart- nothing beats a fresh coat of paint to convey the feeling that the house is clean and fresh.
  • You Can LOSE WEIGHT By Staging Your Home to Sell!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  February 9, 2013 5:56 AM  |  168 views  |  No comments
    It sounds very strange but in addition to your home selling faster and for more money, you can lose weight!  Not because of the work of cleaning your home, but it's psychological!  The problem is not organization, it's what we value and hold on to.  

    'A January 2008 article in The New York Times, “A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves,” quotes Lynne Johnson, president of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization, who says, “I think someone decides, ‘I’m not going to live my life like this anymore. I’m not going to hold onto my stuff, I’m not going to hold onto my weight.’” 

    She adds, “I don’t know that one comes before the other. It’s part of that same life-change decision.” One of Lynne’s clients, for example, cleaned out her home and lost 50 pounds.'

    So value where you are moving to and remember, if you are living in the past, you're homeless in the present!

    For a limited time I am offering a free home staging consultation for sellers.  Studies show that staged homes sell for 6 to 13% more money in 40% less time.  Sounds good to me!


  • How to Make 6% to 13% MORE Money When Selling Your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  January 28, 2013 9:12 AM  |  134 views  |  No comments
    Did you know that the National Association of Realtors, the House Builders Association, and HDTV all agree that by staging your home, you can sell for substantially MORE $$$ and LESS Days on Market?  That's like hiring a Realtor for free and still making a profit!  Want to know how I can do that for you?  Call me at 973.207.9803
  • Want a 586% Return on Investment When You Sell?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  January 9, 2013 11:57 AM  |  135 views  |  No comments

    According to a major Home Staging company, only 10% of buyers can visualize a home.  That means they don't see the potential and possibilities which is why it is important to professionally stage your home to sell.

    I provide that for all my clients whether it's a million+ home or a $300,000 home because I believe it's that critical.  Why would I pay for that?  Simple, it gives my clients the edge in how their professional photos are displayed and a 2009 Home Gain survey shows that there is a 586% return on investment.  That means if I pay $150 for a staging consultation, I expect a nice return on my investment when (not if)  the home sells.  What can you buy today that has a 586% ROI?

    If you need recommendations for a professional home stager, feel free to contact me for a referral!
  • What Good Is "Staging"?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  November 27, 2012 6:16 AM  |  118 views  |  No comments
    First of all, don't confuse "decorating" a home for "staging" a home.  In the former, it is done for you, your lifestyle, your enjoyment, your personal taste.  Pictures of children, grandchildren, exotic trips may line the walls, your Pink Flyod collection may be overflowing the bookcase, things are placed for convenience and the way you live.

    Staging a home is not for YOU.  It is for the buyer.  It de-personalizes and is meant to highlight the best attibutes of the home so that you get top dollar on the sale.  Gone are all the family pictures, the collectible dolls, the abundance of plants (especially the artificial ones) which drape from every nook and cranny.  Closets are thinned of out of season clothes and packed away. Accent colors are used to enliven.  Yes, it looks like a cover of Home & Garden magazine and yes, it is not easy to live in that environment because it is meant to be a showcase, not a home.

    So why do it?  Because it works.  It will net you more money and a faster sale. Of course "staging" a home is useless if you are not going to have a plethora of pictures on the internet, you don't want to be the best kept secret.  Buyers look at pictures to weed out the ones they don't want to see and then prioritize the rest.  You want to be at the top of that list because chances are good that after the first twelve homes, yours will not be seen no matter how well it's staged.  

    You've staged it, now show it off!  I like to use the services of a professional photographer despite the fact that I majored in photography in high school.  I'm a firm believer in utilizing the strengths of others.  My strength is marketing and negotiating, combining my strength with the strengths of a mortgage broker, stager, photographer, attorney, etc. who are powerhouses, makes us all a great team.

    If you are interested in recommendations for certified stagers, feel free to contact me.

    Leni
    TeamHelene@KW.com
  • 10 Practical & Easy Things to Do to Sell Your Home Fast

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  October 23, 2012 8:16 AM  |  121 views  |  No comments
    Here's the TOP THREE "MUSTS"
    1. Use decorative baskets (in moderation) to conceal small items such as shampoo bottles and makeup
    2. Bookshelves should be only 1/3 full
    3. Use the "Rule of Three"
      1. Three accessories of different heights e.g.: on an end table, place lamp (high), small plant (medium), book (low)
      2. No more than three colors in a room
    For the additional seven, please click the link for Selling Your Home
  • What's Cookin'?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Morris County, Remodel & Renovate in Morris County, Design & Decor in Morris County  |  October 18, 2012 10:53 AM  |  134 views  |  No comments
    When I was a little girl, I remember doing my homework on the kitchen table (we didn't have computers then), playing board games (still no computers) and cards, and just hanging out. 

    A kitchen is probably the most utilized room in the house excepting for the bedrooms but unlike bedrooms, it multi tasks.

    Like the Food Pyramid, there's a Kitchen Pyramid.  The sink, refrigerator, and stove.  (I'd include the dishwasher in there too) which is considered in a kitchen layout for efficient work flow.  
    Which is at the top of the pyramid depends upon your kitchen. There are four distinct kitchen layouts, and within each of them the work triangle remains a constant: the galley, the "L" shape, the "U" shape and the "G" shape or peninsula.

    Learn more about kitchen design, enhancements and the value of lighting.
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