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Monday, April 1, 2024   /   by Lynelle Blum

Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale

As you prepare to sell your home, there are several things you can do to make sure it is photo-stopping and show ready!
1.  Start with Your Curb Appeal:  A recent study shows that 100% of buyers start their home shopping journey online.  You want to make sure the photos of your home entice people to take a look in person.  Power wash your outdoor surfaces, wash the windows (inside & out), tidy up your landscaping, sweep patios, decks and walkways and make sure your door and front door mat are clean and inviting.
2.  Show that Your Home has been Cared for:  By fixing anything that is broken and touching up any scuffs on walls or baseboards, you can reduce a buyer thinking that there may be bigger problems with the home that they cannot see.  We want your home to say "I've been take care of!".  Clean your vents and baseboards, vacuum, mop and sweep floors, declutter throughout and organize countertops and closets.
3.  Make Your Home Inv. ...

  listing, real estate, selling your home, staging

Friday, March 1, 2024   /   by Lynelle Blum

Why Working with a Real Estate Agent May Beat Going Solo

If you're thinking about selling your house on your own, called "For Sale by Owner" or FSBO, there are some important things to consider.  Going this way means taking on a lot of responsibility by yourself - and that can create headaches and vulnerabilities you may have not even thought of.
A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found the two most difficult tasks for people who sell a home on their own are getting the price right and understanding and performing paperwork.  Here are just a few of the ways an agent helps with those difficult tasks.
Getting the Price Right
Setting the right price for your house is important when you're trying to sell it.  If you're selling your house on your own, two common issues can happen.  For starters, you might ask for too much money based on your emotional connection to your home (overpricing).  Alternatively, you may not ask for enough (underpricing) as you are unsure about the local market and ...

  listing, real estate, selling your home

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