I am not sure what everybody else is doing today but having a mid week day off has really given me some extra time I had not planned on.Â So, keeping one eye on the weather channel, the other outside at the rising water in the bay.Â My plan is to finally tackle that growing pile of paper on my desk.Â There have been lots of people inquiring about the local market andÂ I plan on answeering every question personally.Â The second step is to finally go thru the house and fill a box with clothes for good will.Â I have lots of stuff that has been just sitting around and I am sure there will be needy people around after the storm passes that need stuff.Â
For those people considering selling their house.Â Today is a great day to finally declutter.Â That is a big problem with a lot of the homes that I have been showing lately.Â It is hard to convince a buyer that there is adequate storage in a home if every drawer and closet if filled to the brim.Â
It is just a great day to get some stuff done and free up the weekend to watch college football :)
The numbers are still being debated around the water cooler in the office but the facts are very clear.Â The inventory of homes for sale is in short supply.Â There are numerous prospective buyers waiting in the wings for the perfect home to show up on the market.Â I have three couples trying to find a new, larger home in this area.Â They want to take advantage of the historically low interest rates to move up in home size and location.Â
The problem we are faced with is that distressed properties are still showing up in the market.Â These properties are keeping the prices of on-market homes low.Â Many homeowners are not willing to act at these low prices.Â
My challenge is to convince the people trading up that it is a win, win at this point in time.Â Buying at a low, and selling at that same low cancels each action out.Â The challenges are minor.Â The good news is that home sales are picking up and hopefully all people in the real estate market will be satisfied.
I read a great article from the realtor magazine that listed items that will help stage a house for sale.Â All the items mentioned in the article were very low or no cost.Â They ranged from simple cleaning and decluttering up to replacingÂ or shampooing the carpets.Â It all amounts to doing the basics to present the best image for a property you are trying to sell.Â You need to be smart, let the potential buyers imagine how the property would look if their belongings were in the home.Â The outside should be addressed in the same manner asÂ the inside.Â Trim, remulch, keep it clipped.Â that overgrown landscape won't let light in and will detract from the initial viewing.Â
I really understand that you love your house and don't want to part with it.Â You are being forced to move but can't really let go,Â You have such great memories, the family, the neighbors, everything has been perfect over the last ....years that you don't want to let go.Â So what you need to do is make your property into the deep pit that no potential buyer would ever want to buy.
1.Â Keep your trash can out at the curb with the top open for the smells, make sure that your neighbors cans are there as well.Â
2, Don't cut Â your grass.
3. Make sure that there is some debris around the front door step.Â ensure that your door mat is very well worn.Â
Keep all the drapes drawn, have low voltage bulbs in all light fixtures. Have the ac down to aÂ high (warm)Â temp.
Keep counter tops full of all appliances.
Interior walk incredibly....
I am not the final expert but I have shown numerous properties and thought.Â What were the owners thinking.Â Don't they want to sell their home.
The bottom line is that you don't want to sell the prospective owners on your life style, you want them to find the room to have their own life style within the bounds of the home you are trying to sell.Â
less is more, the mind is incredible powerful.Â give them room to fill in the blanks