I think you are talking about a "mentor" relationship. At Keller Williams all new agents are given a mentor that will oversee their work for atleast the first three deals. I agree that a program such as that is in everyone's best interests.
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I support lightly staging a property with a few furnishings and a few decor items that will soften and warm the impression. You need not place furniture in every room.
First impressions count. A clean front door, and planter boxes with flowers or shrubs at entry create a positive entry. The view the buyers see upon entry may need some furnishings. Place a few items on a kitchen counter, add placemats on the dining table, and a few towels in a bathroom.... more
Lots of people power wash buildings either via a cleaning service or as a "handyman." They do windows and the outside of the building. You can make arrangements with them to come out on a regular basis. I would be happy to provide names and telephone numbers if you email me directly.
It would depend on the buyer and the perceived value of the yard. If you are getting a property ready for sale it's important like curb appeal but not as much. You don't want the state of the yard to take away from the home but don't spend 100K on a yard with waterfalls and rock walls without making improvements to the kitchen and bath, which was the case of a house on Laidley St. some years back.
On Potrero you can enhance the value with a nice usable space as you described especially if the access flows from the home as opposed to having to climb down stairs to get there.
As I try to put a quantitative number here to answer your question I find I canâ€™t without more info but Iâ€™m asking myself some questions you can answer yourself to arrive at the value. Does the view of the yard enhance the overall impression of the home? Does it expand the usable living space? Are there additional features in the yard, BBQ, hot tub, conversation area, view, etc.? Finally how does it compare to the competition on the market at the time of sale. As you answer all of these questions ask yourself, as if you were a buyer looking at the property, would I pay 10, 15, 25, 30 K more for the property if it had these features.
Most important is do it for your own enjoyment if youâ€™re not doing to sell and if you are doing it sell then do a nice cosmetic presentation donâ€™t over express your individuality.... more
I understand where you are coming from but without knowing the property it's difficult accurately tell you. A 250k home in Iowa won't buy you a condo here so that has to be taken into consideration. Typically though kitchen and bath improvement do offer a return. You might like to look at what some of your neighbors have done as a guide. I would also call your Realtor. I frequently consult with home owners to help them make the right decisions and avoid costly mistakes.... more
Generally parking can add 30,000 to 50,0000 to a sales price, depending on the area and availability of street parking. Potrero Hill varies street to street. If you are on the edges of the hill I would say 30K, if your condo is in the heart (18th Street), I would value your the parking at 50K. Your realtor can run comparables in the area to give you a more accurate quote.... more
We were looking for kids friendly neighborhood. So we asked owner of the house about neighbors. They were nice enough to give all the information they knew about their neighbors. That really helped.... more