Archive for month: March, 2017

Buyers Rushing Into Housing Market

Agent RisingBuyers are rushing into the housing market in anticipation of higher interest rates

Staging Tips for Spring

Staging Tips for Spring    by  HGTV

Brighten up your home and bring in buyers with these easy ideas.
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Springtime brings sunshine, showers — and plenty of opportunities for home staging. Make the most of the season with these fresh updates that are sure to attract buyers.
Whip your yard into shape. When you’re selling in the spring, you need to get your yard in shape as quickly as possible. Clear winter yard debris, and get frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected if a late cold spell hits. Or, invest in silk flowers for a touch of color that you don’t have to worry about watering.
Do some spring cleaning. It’s natural to want to spruce up your space in the spring, so scrub away! A sparkling home will impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing.
Box up your winter wardrobe. Bulky winter clothes take up lots of space, so move them out as you de-clutter your closets. You’ll impress buyers with all that space.
Spruce up the entryway. If your welcome mat is covered with winter dirt, pick up a new one. A clean, pretty doorway will help set the tone for the entire showing.
Bring spring aromas indoors. Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood, so infusing scent into your decor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.
Bring out the bright colors. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.Click below for more great tips for your home by HGTV

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This blog was posted on on March 24,2017.

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Winter Is Back

Buy This Winter

We saw many hints of spring lately and the warmer weather had us convinced it was right around the corner, but winter came back this week.  The cold weather and especially the snow is a reminder that winter still has a little punch left.  We will be changing the clocks this weekend, but we still have some more cold, snowy weather to deal with this month before it’s officially spring.

Spring will be here soon, and typically in the real estate market this means more homes and a busy season.  This is great for the buyers but if you are selling your home ,right  now is the time to list your home.  Inventory is low and buyers are out looking.  Many are frustrated with the lack of homes on the market.  Winter buyers tend to be more serious and ready to buy. Listing now means less competition and less days on the market.

Clean, declutter, paint if you feel that is necessary, but act quickly and get your home on the market before the spring market hits.  Buyers do not expect the yard to be pristine at this time of year, but make sure the driveway is plowed and the walks are shoveled.  Play up the warm, cozy aspects of the home.  Have a fire burning in the fireplace, and potpourri simmering on the stove.  Use this time of year to your advantage.  Changing the clocks means more daylight hours for showings.

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This blog was posted on on March 10, 2017.

Time to Sell Your Home

Agent RisingNow is the time to sell your home.  The spring market is right around the corner but putting your home on the market right now is a great idea.  Inventory is low right now, so there is less competition. Once spring has sprung, more homeowners will be listing their homes and there will be more competition.  Buyers looking at this time of year are generally serious about buying  and ready to move ahead.

Now that you’ve decided to sell, it’s time to get your house ready for the market.   Start to de-personalize the home.  Start packing away family photos and family heirlooms.  You want your buyer to picture themselves living there.  Next, it’s time to declutter.  Put away books and knick knacks.  Clean your counters and tables.  It’s a head start on packing that you will eventually need to do.

Clean out  your cabinets and closets.  Make them look organized and neat.  Buyers will be opening up closet doors and cabinets and drawers.   The neater  and uncluttered it looks, the better.

You might want to rent a storage unit to put away excess furniture.  Just leave a minimum of furniture in each room.  The less cluttered the rooms are, the bigger they seem.  Put away any blinds or lights you absolutely want to bring with you.  This way the buyer has no chance of getting attached to them and asking that they stay.

Make minor repairs.  Fix leaky faucets, patch walls, fix squeaky doors and jammed draws. If your walls have bright colors, you may want to consider painting them a neutral color.

Then, clean, clean and clean again.  Wash the windows, so the sun shines in and keep everything squeaky clean.  A bright, sunny home is always attractive to buyers.

It’s a little early in the year to worry about landscaping, but do what you can to keep the yard shoveled, neat and attractive.

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This blog was posted on on March 3, 2017.


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