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There are two key things to keep in mind as you consider selling your home, first impressions and effective marketing.

First Impressions

We can offer expert guidance on how to achieve the very best first impression and can advise you on where a little money on renovations would be most beneficial.  Readying your home for sale requires a critical, impersonal, experienced eye.  Remember, your goal is to SELL in a timely manner for the best price!

 

 
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Exterior

Potential buyers will drive past a home either in a car or via the internet and make a quick (often erroneous) decision about whether they are interested in considering your home, we call this curb appeal. Be objective – try it in your own car – drive past your home and ruthlessly evaluate how it appears, including comparing it to neighboring homes.  There are many things that you can do for little or no cost to influence that first exterior impression:

  • Remove all clutter from the outside of your home, including toys, tools, discarded building materials, pots of dead plants, and any litter.  Don’t forget the back yard!

  • Keep lawn freshly cut.

  • Prune any dead limbs from bushes and trees.

  • Keep porches, walks, and decks swept absolutely clean.

  • Weed planting areas and add fresh mulch – mulch is a small investment, but it gives the impression that you’ve cared for your home.

  • Store portable barbecue grills, charcoal, toys, small planters, outside furniture that’s not in perfect condition in a garage or storage unit.  A cheap, broken lawn chair can make a potential buyer run away!

  • Take a look at shutters, doors, and overall exterior paint condition.  No crooked shutters or peeling paint!

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Interior

Start at your front door and walk through your home as if you were the buyer.  At each threshold, stop and get a general first impression of each room.  This is the time to take a box into each room and fill it with the clutter that’s been there so long you don’t even notice it anymore.  Let us help you with what must go:

  • Piles of newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and mail.

  • Restrict objects on end or coffee tables, dining tables, and mantles to just 1-3 objects.  Ruthlessly clear away family photos (just for now!).  Take a hard look at plants – any that remain must be shiningly healthy.

  • Remove all those children’s drawings, magnets, calendars, and photos from the refrigerator front.

  • Clear your kitchen countertops. Be sure that whatever remains on the countertop adds to the kitchen appeal.

  • In the bathrooms, put away toiletries.  Remove hanging wall shelves.  Be sure towels that are hanging on bars are in good condition and coordinate with the room color.

  • If a room appears crowded, consider removing, relocating, or storing some furniture.  Too much furniture is distracting.  A few well-placed pieces let your potential buyer envision his own best furniture in the room.  And less furniture makes the room appear larger.

  • Bedrooms can be the most difficult, but they should also be clutter free.  This includes storing away toys and stuffed animals from children’s rooms.  In master and guest rooms, bedside tables and chests should be cleared of anything except lamps, clocks, perhaps a book.  Bedspreads and throw pillows should be immaculate.

  • Some other important tips for making the inside of your home the most appealing include:

      • Lighting – Open curtains and shades and be sure windows are sparkling.  Good lighting contributes to a feeling of spaciousness.  Replace burned out light bulbs; dust lampshades (consider replacing frayed or yellowed shades – you won’t believe the difference!)

      • Clean away all that dust and dirt!  You know those places that you never get around to cleaning?  Potential buyers will notice right away!  Window blinds should be dust free.  Windowsills, the inside of cupboards and closets, range tops and ovens, shower doors, walls and woodwork should be spotless.  Consider hiring a professional cleaning service and having rugs and carpets cleaned.  A clean house gives the impression of being well cared for and sends the impression to your buyer that you’ve been a conscientious caretaker of all of your home.

      • Décor  Of course you’re not going to completely redecorate, but consider storing shabby furniture; eliminating clashing patterns or colors; removing worn shades or drapery; painting to eliminate outdated or extreme colors or in rooms where paint on walls or woodwork is in poor condition.

 

Effective Marketing

In addition to home condition, the most important components of effective marketing are proper pricing,
negotiating deals, and appropriate advertising.

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Determining Property Value and Closing the Deal

Consulting a professional Realtor to provide a fair market analysis is essential in properly pricing your home for sale.  Be wary of websites that purport to tell you what your home is worth.  Statistics show that the majority of homeowners think their homes should be priced higher than the market will bear – incorrectly priced homes do not sell quickly.  The housing market is constantly changing, and a price that may have been reasonable four or six months ago may not be reasonable today – the current market may bring a higher or a lower price.  We are committed to helping you get the best possible price when you put your home on the market, can help you weigh the factors that will influence how long it will take to sell your home.  Do you need a quick sale or can you wait longer than some sellers?

We will provide expert guidance on handling offers, counter-offers, and sales agreement negotiations.

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Effective Advertising and Marketing

I HAVE 20 YEARS of MARKETING experience

Simply put, we know what works.  Our professional Advertising Department assists agents in identifying the advertising and marketing avenues most appropriate to each listing and each client.  We will list your home with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and determine if Open Houses will be effective.

We have an in-house video and media team to assist with the marketing of your home. We also have a dominating presence on social media and large presence across the web.

This ensures that our sellers’ homes receive maximum presence on websites best suited for marketing real estate, providing a distinct advantage over our competition.

 

“There’s no place like home” and our training, experience, market knowledge, and professional care will help you realize your dreams.  A trusted real estate partner is equipped to provide expert counsel and guidance throughout the home-buying process, helping buyers achieve their goals while avoiding potentially disastrous pitfalls.

What are the steps if you are considering a home purchase?

 

 
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Step One: Consider your Finances

Get pre-approved for your loan before beginning the home-search process.

We can assist you with this first step by helping you find a lender best suited to your needs.  When consulting a lender in the pre-approval process, you will be reviewing your credit history and score.  Your lender will look at all of your finances, including income, outstanding debts or financial obligations, and help determine the amount of mortgage you can afford, the maximum home price and maximum monthly payment.  Loan pre-approval will empower you to make the best possible, most informed decisions as a homebuyer.  Now you have a pre-approval letter!  What’s next?

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Step Two: The Search

WE will be asking you many questions to help you find your new home.  Considerations you need to discuss with your Realtor include:

  • Neighborhood

    This advice is thought-provoking and may even be startling to some buyers.  Consider picking the best neighborhood you can afford and select a house in the lower or middle end of the price range in that neighborhood.  The strength of the neighborhood will raise the value of your home and will most certainly add to your quality of life as long as you remain in that home.  Of course, things like school zones and ease of commuting to work may be factors in deciding which neighborhoods that are at the top of your search list.

  • Consider NEEDS and WANTS and distinguish between them
    Some things, like the minimum number of bedrooms or bathrooms are “must haves” or needs.  Some things like square footage, playrooms, types and sizes of lots can be extremely important.  Consider your lifestyle – do you entertain?  Do you have children or want room to grow your family? Do you have pets?  Try listing the 3 things you cannot live without(with agreement from your spouse or those who will be living with you).  Buy what you need – if you’ve found a house you like in the school district of your choice, you can always upgrade kitchen countertops or fence a yard.

  • Some other considerations
    Make sure you don’t stretch yourself too thin – it may be tempting to fall in love with a home that’s at the very maximum of what you can afford, but in calculating your budget, remember that you will need cash in reserve for the upkeep of your new home.  Here’s where your head may need to rule your heart for long-term happiness.

It’s smart to buy a home that has the potential to increase in value.

 
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Step Three: Making an Offer

it’s time to consider the right price

We will write up a contract with your offer, accepting the seller’s asking price or making an offer of a different price.  Your EXIT Realty Elite Realtor is an expert in the legal components of the written sales agreement, including earnest money, proposed closing and move-in dates, contingencies, inspections, and confirmations of financing.  The guidance of a professional who represents your interests will make all the negotiations that are a necessary part of the home-buying process much smoother.

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Step Four: Closing

It’s time to get the keys

Just prior to the closing, you and your Realtor will have a final “walk through” of your new home to be sure that nothing has changed and that any corrections specified in your contract have been completed.  The closing is the final and formal step in the home purchase process.  We will assist you and the closing attorneys in ensuring that your financing is in order and that all necessary documents are signed.

 
 

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