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Trish, Home Owner in Fairfax Station, VA

Our daughter's house hasn't sold. It is priced correctly. It is freshly painted. The kitchen has been renovated with fresh cabinets.

Asked by Trish, Fairfax Station, VA Fri Oct 5, 2012

It looks great. Would it make a difference if she installed granite countertops; hers are new, stylish Formica. Also her appliances are white, but very good quality.
The floors are tile, new carpet, and the flooring that resembles hardwood.
Are the countertops and appliances the problem?

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When you are selling your home is a lot of different points to consider.

- Curb appeal: First impression counts. Does your house have a great curb appeal?

- Stage your house: De-clutter, de-personalized and clean your house. Less furniture is better
and if you have pets, remove everything that indicate their presence (specially odors) and
incorporate extra lighting sources. A dark house is very difficult to sell.

- Are you working with a real estate agent (better if that agent work for a big establish real estate
company with a lot of agents and great marketing tools)

- Pictures. They speak for themself. A lot of beautiful pictures and information regarding your

- Visibility: Are you showing the house when prospective buyers want to see it?

- Kitchen and bathrooms sell your property: Granite countertops are important, but you do not have
replace it them, you can offer a credit to your prospective buyer, so they can choose the color of
their choice.

Best of Luck,

Century 21 Tenace

Maria Cipollone
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
Without having enough information really, you say it is priced correctly, may be it is may be it is not,
what is correctly. It should be price competitively acc. to the current marked conditions in your area.
In simple words if you and your daughter think that the house is priced right at 300 K, but similar homes in your area are selling for 245 K (I am making this up to make a point) then your home is
Not priced competitively enough to attract buyers, they will first check out the lower priced more market friendly homes.

Now could your daughter do some updating only if necessary, could she paint some walls in a more
en vogue color, move around furniture or remove furniture to show the home larger, and get some
professional photos taken that will encourage those buyers looking at photos on the internet or at listings their agents send them, those photos need to be very attractive, they are competing with
all others.

I am assuming that your daughter's home is listed with an experienced area Realtor, if not and if
she is selling by owner, may be then she should reconsider and work with a good area Realtor
to list, prepare, and market and advertise her home professionally.

Some curb appeal changes could also help, hard for us here to give advice as we do not know
the home, but there is a lot one can do, that is not super expensive.

Good luck to you
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
You are WRONG!
It is not "priced correctly"!
If it was, it would have SOLD.

You may argue, and stamp your feet, until you are blue;
But the proof is there; it hasn't sold.

It may look great; but the Buyers are not Offering; it is not attracting the Offers.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
Hello Trish,
It is difficult to advise you without seeing the kitchen and the home's interior. What does your daughter's listing agent say about the condition of the home? Did the agent discuss similar properties in the neighborhood that have recently sold so she will have a better understanding if she is priced fairly?

Good luck selling!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
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