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Info on Minneapolis Cities Homes, Condos, Townhomes and more!

By Susan Hofflander | Agent in Minneapolis, MN
  • Sellers in Minneapolis - Know What it Takes to Sell!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Minneapolis, Design & Decor in Minneapolis, In My Neighborhood in Minneapolis  |  February 2, 2011 5:58 PM  |  465 views  |  No comments
    It's a tough time to be a seller. In a less than robust real estate market, it's imperative for sellers of homes for sale in Minneapolis to get it right.  The best approach is to begin to remove yourself emotionally from your home and begin to see it as a property.  Here's a Top 10 List of things to do when selling a house for sale:
    1. Disconnect your emotions
    2. Make your house anonymous
    3. Get rid of odors (i.e. smoking, pets, strong cooking odors, etc.)
    4. Fix up the inside (i.e. fresh paint, clean carpets, clean everything spotless)
    5. Fix up the outside (i.e. fresh paint, fix the roof, fix brick or stucco, clean up shrubs and yard, etc.)
    6. Get rid of ALL clutter
    7. Start in the kitchen and make it shine
    8. Fix bathrooms and make them shine
    9. Entry way is your first impression, make it inviting
    10. Closets and everywhere must be militaristically neat

    Real Estate, like any other financial market, is a numbers game.  The key is to assess the odds and know what it takes to make the property appealing to the broadest spectrum of buyers in the market place.  Following these guidelines will help sellers achieve that appeal and favor the odds.

    What if sellers don't have what it takes to make their house attractive and ready to show?  That's where stagers come in.  Staging isn't new, but many people are still unfamiliar with what it means to "stage" a house.  It's NOT redecorating.  It IS making a house inviting and sensible enough to give buyers enough mental room to see themselves living in the property.  The Star-Tribune ran an article last Sunday illustrating the great job stagers can do.  The results speak for themselves when their changes result in a sale!!!

    Get smart sellers - admit what you don't know how to do in order to achieve a larger goal.  Need some advice?  Contact me for a free consultation today!!!

    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.

  • Keep Your Minneapolis Home Bright!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Minneapolis, Design & Decor in Minneapolis, How To... in Minneapolis  |  October 22, 2010 1:37 PM  |  443 views  |  No comments
    As the days grow shorter, there's less opportunity for natural light to appear in your home. There's a great article from Parade Magazine by Vern Yip that givesyou several tips to bring and keep more light in your home as the darkness of winter approaches. No need to be in the dark for 3 months! Try this:

    • Hang mirrors on walls opposite windows - Mirrors will take whatever natural light is coming in and bounce it right back into the room. The larger the mirror, the more light you’ll get. And you don’t have to stick to the framed kind: Try mirrored end tables, coffee tables, buffets, and consoles… Just be sure to use them sparingly.
    • Frame familiar faces - Add new photos to your decor - Brightening a room sometimes has as much to do with your perception as with the actual light level inside a space. Use the change of seasons as a cue to reframe or add new photos of family and friends. And since fall coincides with the indoor entertaining season, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy your updated frames.
    • Use candle sconces - Sconces are an inexpensive, dramatic way to add elegance, warmth, and comfort while keeping the flames out of reach of pets and kids. If you want to take safety a step further, look for battery-operated “candles” that have wax exteriors and internal flickering lights. You’ll be able to fall asleep to their cozy glow without worrying about starting a fire.
    • Embrace white - A little bit of white—a fresh coat of semi-gloss paint on moldings, a vase of white flowers, or a white bowl filled with shiny green apples—can make any space feel fresher. My personal favorite: white bedding. It always looks crisp and clean.
    • Install brighter bulbs - Most incandescent bulbs emit a yellow glow that dulls a space and visually drags it down. Consider switching to halogen bulbs designed to emit a pure, white light that mimics natural daylight; they come in almost every style and size. Ask the lighting department at your local home-improvement store for recommendations. I use PAR20 bulbs and MR16 bulbs. Both emit a clean, pure white light that makes a room feel sunny inside.
    • Toss in some pillows and throws -  Combat the cold and dreary weather by adding pillows and throws to your living room, family room, and bedroom. Pick colors that play up shades you already have in artwork, rugs, or curtains. Or, if a room has mostly solid upholstery, bring in pillows and throws that are patterned or made of textured fabrics in cotton, velvet, mohair, or wool. The contrasting elements will make everything pop visually.


    Susan Hofflander is a seasoned real estate professional, providing real estate consultations for home buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities since 1994. Susan specializes in homes for sale in Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Plymouth, MN, Minneapolis Western Suburban Cities and Downtown Minneapolis Lofts.
 
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