Friday, February 16, 2018

Home Seller Tips To Having A Successful Open House

Home Seller Tips To Having A Successful Open House
Holding an open house for your soon-to-be-listed or newly on the market home is a lot like being on a game show where edging out the other contestants in a short period of time is key. In TV game shows, such as "Jeopardy," the contestants don’t automatically know answers to so many trivia questions; they study and they plan and they make it appear to viewers like they walk around with that body of knowledge every day. Open houses need to be thought of similarly. Once your home is on the market, an open house is your opportunity to plan and strategize how you are going to win over buyers in very short time.
Even in a strong real estate market where houses sell quickly, it’s still important to ask your agent to hold as many open houses as possible until the home sells. One reason is that even buyers with agents still like to look at homes on their own without feeling the pressure of a home tour. Sometimes their agent is out of town when your house goes on the market. Many buyers are not represented by an agent and the only way for them to tour a home is through an open house. Your agent will plan the open house to include everything from signage to freshly baked cookies. As a seller, you should take the following steps:
Depersonalize
Back to the game show analogy, think of depersonalizing as studying the answers and questions before trying out for "Jeopardy." Your house is lovely for how you live in it, but buyers don’t want to see you in your house. In fact, the more your house makes it difficult to guess who lives there (age, religion, gender etc), the better. Take down personal photos, religious emblems, the cute collection of mini ceramic frogs, etc. Analyze your stuff for whether it’s morally, politically, or otherwise socially objectionable and remove all of it. You don’t want to eliminate buyers because they are turned off by your personal tastes.
Declutter
While you are depersonalizing it’s also a good time to declutter as the two go hand in hand. The more simple and understated your home is, the more likely buyers can see the home for what it is and imagine themselves in it. When you have too much stuff cluttering walls and counters and shelves, buyers turn their focus toward those things and sometimes even make the assumption in logic that if you are cluttery, then you are disorganized, which means maybe you don’t take care of the house as well or as on time as you should. A good rule of thumb is to box up or store at least half of the smaller items displayed in your home.
For example, how much is on your kitchen counter right now? Now imagine reducing that number to just three things. What would you choose to keep versus store? Some sellers are benefited by going to other open houses in their area and looking at how other people have decluttered and arranged what is left. Online pictures, such as what is found on Pinterest, can help too. Often you can get some good ideas on what works visually just by seeing how others do it. When you are all done decluttering, clean your home like never before because buyers notice dirt and grime. Hire a maid serviceif you have to.
Lure Them In
The outside of your home is as important as the inside, especially the front entry area. Before an open house, take care of simple yard maintenance such as mowing, edging and weeding flower beds. A fresh layer of mulch adds color especially in winter months when not much is blooming. At your front door, clean off spider webs, blown leaves, and place a large, colorful pot of annuals or anything you can buy in season.
Complete Your Honey-Do List
While you have the yard power tools out, dust of your workbench and take a walk around your house inside and out. Make a list of all maintenance issues such as wiggly door handles, missing fascia, paint that has chipped, etc. and repair them before the open house. Buyers see even the smallest of maintenance issues as an extension of the condition of larger items such as roofs, plumbing and major appliances and assume you haven’t taken care of the home. You might talk to your realtor about a pre-inspection to deal with all home maintenance and problems upfront, before you get into contract with a buyer.
Be Cautious
Once you have taken the above steps and you are ready for the actual open house, there’s one last thing to plan. Protecting your valuables and identity. It might be rare, but criminals do use open houses as a way to case a house or to find collateral to steal identities. Make sure indoor safes are locked and hidden. Store heirlooms, checkbooks, prescriptions, and valuable jewelry away from prying eyes. Utilize a reliable, trustworthy, identity theft protection service to see you through the entire listing and sales process.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Florida Home For Sale * $179,900 * 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath / Cape Coral, FL

This is a perfect home for an Investor or 1st time home buyer. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a 2 car garage in a really quiet area across from waterfront homes. The property has new paint inside and out, newer fixtures, upgraded well equipment in 2007, added impact glass windows all throughout the home in 2007 (save on your electric bill and very, very quiet during storms!), the roof was redone in 2004 and new plumbing in Feb 2017. Tile floors in main areas with laminate wood floor in the bedrooms, breakfast bar & all appliances. The previous owner was a HVAC contractor, so although the AC is older, it has been very well maintained. Schedule your showing today.  

General InformationML# 218006891
List Price:$179,900
MLS#:218006891Status:Active (01/22/18)
Address:2121 NW 9TH AVE
CAPE CORAL, FL 33993
GEO Area:CC41 - Cape Coral Unit 37-43,48,49
County:LeeProperty Class:Residential
Status Type:Resale PropertySubdivision:CAPE CORAL
List Price/Sqft:$161.20Development:CAPE CORAL
Property ID:34-43-23-C2-02983.0030DOM:7
Furnished:NegotiableCDOM:7
Approx. Living Area:1116 - Property Appraiser OfficeBedrooms:3 Bed
Approx. Total Area:1560 - Property Appraiser OfficeBaths:2 (2 0)
Building Design:Single FamilyYear Built:1991
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