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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Oct 7, 2014

What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles? If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put the property on the market, you’ll be on your way to a successful sale. We will help you to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter the home in order for it to show larger and brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers. These steps will provide you with an advantage over the competition. Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for moving. This is important and should be considered as merely giving you a head start on the move to your new home. The list of things below will help your home show larger and brighter and give a more spacious feeling to potential buyers, giving you an advantage over the competition. General Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker. If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned—or if they really need it—now is the time to do it. Bare floors should be waxed or polished, as well. Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood maintenance product such as “Old English” or “Liquid Gold.” Replace or clean A/C filters. Clean all A/C vents and intake grids. Keep A/C set no warmer than 75 degrees and heat no cooler than 70 degrees. Interior Upgrade the wattage in all light fixtures to the highest level safety will allow. Dust/Wash all light fixtures and fans. Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges. Remove any cobwebs inside and outside. Clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors. Take screens off before washing and leave off front of house. Keep all blinds/shades pulled up/open and draperies removed to allow maximum light. Carpet Steam clean if not replacing. Bathrooms Clean all tubs, toilets, and sinks. Then polish the sinks with lemon or vegetable oil. Polish all hardware to a shine. Store unused...

Stage Your Home To Sell

Stage Your Home To Sell

Aug 27, 2014

  Selling your house and moving is an emotional process, and can be overwhelming. Home staging is about setting a scene, creating a mood, and implementing some quick fixes and improvements to create a positive first impression. The goal is to create a feeling in your house that makes buyers want to come in and stay. Here are some tips and tricks to help your clients sell their homes quickly and for top dollar: 1. Have the windows professionally washed. 2. Remove dated window treatments. 3. Install new lighting. It does not have to be expensive. 4. Remove little throw rugs and area rugs if you have hardwood floors. 5. Remove air fresheners. 6. Update pitted and grimy faucets. 7. Get rid of ALL fake plants. 8. Declutter!!! Less is almost always more. 9.  Hire a professional to regrout and recaulk bathrooms and kitchens. Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break a deal. 10. Paint with current, neutral paint colors. A professional Realtor will help you. Call to schedule an appointment and it will be a pleasure to meet with you to discuss staging your home. We will work together to transition your home for sale in just a few easy steps. By highlighting the best features your home has to offer, you will sell your home more quickly and with less anxiety. CONNECT WITH TATYANA LADD-THOMAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA...

This Month In Real Estate

This Month In Real Estate

Aug 20, 2014

Tip of the month: Separate your clothes by season. If you have a tall closet with several rows of hanging rods, place the current season’s clothes on the lowest level, and move out-of-season clothes up to the tallest rods. Categorize your clothes by purpose: Work, casual, cold- or hot-weather wear and...

Tips for Selling Your House

Tips for Selling Your House

Apr 2, 2014

Price it right. Find out what your home is worth, and then reduce 5 to 10 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market. Half-empty closets. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy. Light it up. Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable. Find the right agent. A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold. Don’t over-upgrade. Quick fixes before selling always will pay off. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Take your home out of your house. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal...

This Month in Real Estate

This Month in Real Estate

Jan 9, 2014

Total existing home sales were down in November when compared to the previous month and were also down from November of last year. However, distressed sales made up a much smaller portion of the total in November than they did the previous year and by comparison conventional sales appear to have increased. Less-distressed sales are a positive sign for the market and should help potential sellers who no longer have to compete with as many discounted homes as they would have in recent years. Prices continued their modest seasonal decline in November, while still increasing compared to the same month of the previous year. Recent Federal Reserve policy changes will likely mean slightly higher interest rates moving into the New Year; however, market reactions so far have been positive and rates have edged up very slowly. Those considering purchasing a home may wish to take advantage of the current break in price gains and lock in mortgage rates as they continue to trend upward. In December, the Federal Reserve announced it would begin to curtail its purchases of non-traditional assets, also known as quantitative easing. As the Fed tentatively draws back its level of asset purchases, mortgage rates will likely continue to slowly increase. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following, figures: 30-year fixed-rate, 4.48%; 15 – year fixed-rate, 3.52%; 5/1- year adjustable rate, 3.00%. According to the National Association of Realtors, the seasonally adjusted rate of home sales declined 4.3% from last year to an annual rate of 4.9 million homes. The rate of home sales is down 1.2% from the rate reported in November of last year; however, the decline in the portion of sales made up of distressed properties, from 22% last year to 14% this year, means we likely are still seeing positive year-over-year gains in conventional home sales. As banks begin to implement new lending regulations, credit tightness is likely hampering home sales and may continue to do so in the beginning of the New Year. Median home prices dipped slightly from October to November, dropping 0.6% from $197,500 to $196,300 according to NAR. Year-over-year home prices continue to post significant gains with prices up 9.4% from last November. However,...

Home for sale in Suwanee, GA

Home for sale in Suwanee, GA

Nov 30, 2013

$175,000 in Suwanee! Great location! Who doesn’t want a house in cul-de-sac! Awesome sun room and deck. Unfinished basement spanning full length of house. New siding (2 years) new gutter with guards (1-1/2 years), roof (7 years), Redone kitchen with stone countertops(10 years). Screened porch has outdoor speakers and the den is wired for surround and cable from either window wall or inside wall. The stove is electric, but there is gas connection. MOTIVATED SELLER! All serious offers considered. School ratings 9 – 10. Only 15-18 students per teacher. Listing #5224623 Website: http://postlets.com/s/maple-ridge-ct-suwanee-ga-30024/10120212 Contact: 770-367-9744 or...