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Sat Mar 28, 2009
I actually work with a Landscape Designer who "stages" the yard for my clients, to increasing curb appeal and home value. She a great designer, who understands real estate and what improvements have the best return.
Hilary Bullock here's her Linked In profile:
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Sat Mar 14, 2009
Ellie Shorb answered:
Since you already know the sq footage, you really do have the dimensions, but here is what I think you may be after:
If you are planning to mulch for example, take the length x width (in feet) x Depth I
f you are planning to have 3" of mulch do LxWx .25 or for say, 4" of mulch LxWx .33
Now you have the cubic feet. Take cubic feet and divide by 27 for cubic yards needed (of mulch or peat moss or whatever! Good luck!
Ellie Shorb, Realtor
Long & Foster, DC, MD, VA
cell 240-338-8919
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, If you are going to restore the exterior, the historically correct way of doing it is whatever the original siding is. Another example is if you change windows put the wood framed double pane windows, not vinyl. On the other hand vinyl siding is very practical and easy to maintain and in Yonkers doesn't need a permit. Aluminum siding does because it has to be grounded, that is just an FYI. I don't think it would be a mistake to use vinyl these days, especially if they replicate the original Victorian siding. Let's face it the amount of buyers looking for something historically correct are much less then those looking for practical these days.


Christopher Pagli
Associate Broker
Legends Realty Group
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Sun Feb 15, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:

Right now it's difficult to tell. There may internal motivations to push things foreward but then again the bank may want to wait to se what shape the "bail out" package is going to take and how it will effect them.

Our recommendation is that if you don't hear anything for a week have your agent contact them for a status check. There is a reputation of banks losing important documents. AND " the squeaky wheel gets the oil."

Good luck
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Wed Feb 4, 2009
Sharon Roark answered:
Steve, it sounds like what you need is a consultation with a home stager to get a fresh set of eyes on your home. He/she will make recommendations about which, if any, paint colors should be altered and whether rearranging or removing some of your furniture would show off your rooms better.

Having said that -- unless your home is very unusual, after being on the market for over a year, it's almost a certainty that it's overpriced. If a house has some incredible stand-out feature that will take just the right kind of buyer to appreciate -- and I mean something NO other house in your area has like an indoor atrium or center courtyard -- it can occasionally take a specific buyer to truly appreciate what the house has to offer, but usually, it's just plain priced too high. If it weren't someone would have made an offer by now.

If you've had offers but disregarded them as too low, you may want to reconsider your belief that your home is worth more than it really is. I run into it all the time -- sellers who simply can't accept their home's true value or, as referenced in the beginning, can't see that their home isn't showing well because of some cosmetic issues that buyers aren't finding appealing. if it's the latter, an experienced home stager will finally shed some light on the issue at hand and help you correct it.
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Wed Jan 28, 2009
Julie Brittain answered:
Hello Railynn. This home is available for Lease/Purchase. Asking price is $550k. I've attached the link to the home so you can view multiple photos. The location is perfect! If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give me a call - 404-966-3328.

My website is

Talk to you soon.
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Wed Dec 24, 2008
Terrence Charest answered:
And there are hunters in the American culture who hang their deer for a few days, depending on the temperature.

The best thing to do is to have someone translate a letter written from you to your neighbors and you give it to them. In the letter, just politely ask that for the time being, please don't display any carcasses and tell them that you are trying to sell your home. Or you could go to them with a translator. Invite them for coffee or anything else that will set a nice tone to the visit.

Other than that, you could put up a privacy fence. But that entails a good bit of funds.

Back to the "positive" feedback. Have you received any complaints from the prospective buyers about the "view"? If not, the only concern I would see is the listing price of the home, don't you think? Speak to your agent about the concerns, unless you're selling on your own. In which case you should contact a real estate professional.

Hope that helps.
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Fri Jan 2, 2009
Sandra Hordos answered:
My husband Tom can re-build/re-paint an entrance sign. Here is his contact number 404-358-3702. Call him and he can give you an estimate. Have a great day!
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Thu Dec 11, 2008
PH answered:
Is your home currently for sale? If it isn't then the curb appeal (or lack thereof) is only temporary and look how it will impact your home in the future! A brand new house, that's not a bad sign. It says people still have interest in and appreciation for your neighborhood. If it is for sale, pretty much the same thing. You can't be sure when it will be finished but brand new will help sell your neighborhood. It's growing, it's fresh, maybe even trendy? I'd show it off as progress. Unless you know for certain the house is never getting finished, the time it takes them to put up the house is irrelevent to your property value. While I am from back east, I no longer live there. I do have enormous resources in your area though. Would you like me to find a fellow realtor to do a competative market analysis of your home to see what yours would sell for? Would you like to see what the trend is in prices in your neighborhood. Feel free to drop me an email, I can help you. ... more
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Thu Dec 4, 2008
Antonio Vega-Pacheco answered:

That home is new construction and it went under contract mid October, will close end of December. There are no pics other than a line sketch available.

If interested I could sent you a new search of homes currently available in celebration. Just send me an e-mail with the details of what you are looking for and price range.
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Fri Nov 21, 2008
Brian L. A. Wess answered:
Hi Kim :o)

I don't know what is the most receptive way to market to agents because not every agent likes the same things, however I would probably recommend that you first try taking flyers for your service to the broker offices and ask to have them distributed to the agents. This wil lprobably be the most cost effective way to get in front of a lot of agents.

You can also try sending an e-mail flyer through one of the companies like Iannex ( that are used by agents and thoise trying to market to agents via e-mail. Some agents have opted out of services like these, but it's also a cost effective way to reach a good number.

One suggestion - Make sure your flyer and service come across as professional. Testimonials mean a lot - testimonials we can call and speak with mean even more. We get inundated daily with people wanting to sell us things or have us recommend their services to our clients. Show why your service should be considered above the others.
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Wed Nov 12, 2008
Chris Merman answered:
Heather, I need to know what home you are talking about. If there is a virtual tour, you can look on my site and imput the address or search all Colorado listings. There you can see more pix and virtual tours if aval. Go to or if you are inquiring on one of my Trulia listings click: ... more
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Tue Apr 28, 2009
Wavebk answered:
Did you get an answer? If not I can assist.
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Sat Oct 18, 2008
Keith Sorem answered:
Sorry to hear of your concerns and your wife's cancer.

My suggestion would be to talk with a Realtor that knows three things:
1. Your home
2. Local market trends and values - what buyers are looking for in a home
3. Your personal situation.

I would be happy to refer you to a top Realtor in your area that could help analyze your situation and offer your options, pros and cons, then your family can make the decision that is best for you. No cost or obligation.

Best of luck to you.
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Wed Oct 15, 2008
Scott Godzyk answered:
definately could, value is perceibved as what someone is willing to pay for something and it goes both ways. Think of the smells, noise and potential varments or animals. pick another unit or ask them to move them ... more
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Wed Oct 15, 2008
Shonda Campanaro,REALTORĀ® answered:
In my opinion, no. A community pool does not effect the value of a home, however some buyers may find certain amenities to be more appealing.
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Tue May 19, 2015
Maryann Lawler answered:
Marion - you might want to call a few different companies that offer concrete stamping. You would receive a similar effect to pavers without the risk of them not holding up to the steep incline; also, the process is generally less expensive. Usually they are able to repair the cracking that exists and lay a thin layer on top. They then can add color and "stamp" patterns into the concrete.
Good Luck,
Maryann Lawler, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
(941) 586-8257
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Mon Sep 1, 2008
Vicky Chrisner answered:
The link below should help you. If you are looking to buy or sell, I am happy to refer you to an agent in that area who can give you more specific direction. Are you looking to build? Commercial? Residential? Let me know what your needs are, and I will happily put you in touch with someone that works that type of real estate. ... more
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Mon Nov 24, 2008
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Sat Aug 23, 2008
Heather O' answered:
Hi Jennifer,
If you aren't planning to move for a few years, then it might make your life easier, and save you money to consider drought resistant plantings. It will not "raise the market value" as appraisers are not allowed to give a lot of value to landscaping (past hurricanes that destroyed landscaping made that happen). Decks, and patios will add value, and their size is factored.
Of course curb appeal is always important and will help you sell your home faster by making it more attractive and competitive. I would make it as attractive as possible for the least amount of money as a general rule. That also means keeping in mind whether you will have to replace what you plant today in several years when you go to sell!
You are so smart to ask first! So many people don't, especially when it comes to home improvements. If you are considering other improvements, be sure to ask first. I always hate having to disappoint clients after they have spent $$ by telling them that they didn't increase their value/won't recoup that investment!
Feel free to contact us if you have other questions. We would love to help you!
Best of luck!
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