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Home Selling in Gladwyne : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 9, 2012
Gwen Janicki answered:
HI Edward,

If you’re looking for a higher sales price with fewer days on market, you'll absolutely want to consider home staging to create that powerful first impression. Typically, potential Main Line area buyers have made up their minds in just a few seconds after entering in the front door. Actually, they were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway! In a buyer's market like in the Main LIne real estate market, curb appeal, over all good condition and selective updates are especially important. For a minimal investment you can increase the perceived value of your home dramatically.

Remember, most Buyers are buying a “lifestyle” and some just can’t imagine what could easily be done to a plainer home.

Home staging isn't a new concept, but for many homeowners and agents, professional home staging has become an essential marketing tool to promote a home in today's real estate marketplace. I use this tool often with GREAT success. I help Sellers identify the factors that will help sell their home and I often recommend that in order to get a home into selling condition in a timely manner that they engage the services of an experienced stager to supplement what they can do themselves. Stagers will work with the flow of a home, eliminate clutter, edit, arrange what is already there and even bring in furniture if necessary.

Staged homes generally sell faster and at a higher price. While home staging starts with clearing the clutter and rearranging the furniture for a better showing presentation, it also can mean strategic updates, fresh paint and landscaping changes.

By staging your home, you will motivate buyers to reach a decision sooner and you'll encourage offers earlier in the process.

Hope you find this helpful. For more specific ideas you can visit our home staging page
Gwen Janicki
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Wed Dec 12, 2007
Donna Saylor & Carolyn Mitchell The Power of TWO! answered:
According to the Multi-List System(MLS) the home was purchased in 1998 for $2.3 million. Renovations were done in 2000 and the house listed for sale in Jan. 2005 for $5.4 million. It stayed on the market unchanged for about 7 months and was then withdrawn. Almost 2 years later, in June 2007 it was again listed, this time at $5.7 million. Less than one month later it was posted as "temporarily off the market" in the MLS. That status remains at this time.

The reasons to move could be one of many....death, divorce, relocation or change in financial status are just a few possibilities. Only the owner or someone close to them could speak with certainty. The listing agent should know, but due to confidentiality, should not forward the information. From looking at the timing of the listings, we would hazard a guess (and that's all it is) that the owners were enticed by the idea that they could possibly make a tidy profit on the sale. It would be difficult for many people to turn away from $3 million if it was offered. Just our thoughts.
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