August 2015 - Newsletter

 

It’s not just a slight difference in the weather or the season that hints that a change is coming. Sometimes preparing for a new plan or adapting to a new schedule makes you realize that change has begun. August seems to be the time of year for just that sort of sign as many of us prepare for the end of summer vacation, the beginning of a new school year, or the approach of new opportunities.

If you are preparing for or adjusting to change, I truly hope that it is positive for you and your family. And if I can help you with anything that is Real Estate related, please remember that I am here for you.

 

 

 

Top 5 Ways to Impress Home Buyers 
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Remember when you found your current home? You walked in and got the feeling it was a great fit for you and your family. Now that you’re selling your house, you need to make that same impression on the next potential buyer. Here’s how to do it. 

  1. Clean and de-clutter 
    Make sure your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors sparkle. Use old-fashioned elbow grease or call in professional cleaners to get the job done. Can you walk into your walk-in closet? Does your car barely fit into your garage? Start packing early and put your seasonal and personal things into storage. Make your rooms and cupboards look spacious. 
  2. Repair the little things 
    Put on your home inspector‘s hat and walk through your house. Make a list of the items that need attention and arrange for repairs. Focus on your entry-way, drywall, paint, sticky/squeaky doors, leaky faucets, flooring and countertops.
  3. Help buyers see themselves in your house 
    Remove your family photos and personal mementos. If you’re a collector, pack up your collection. Buyers have difficulty picturing themselves in your house when your personal items are on display. 
  4. Let the light in 
    Bright homes often have a higher resale value. Get your windows cleaned, inside and out. (Consider hiring a professional.) Pull back blinds and draperies to let natural light in. If you still have some dark spots, add floor or table lamps to the area.
  5. Groom your yard 
    You wouldn’t go to a job interview without being well groomed, so make sure your yard is groomed for viewings. Trim your hedges and shrubs. Cut the grass. Pull weeds and cut back any greenery that covers walkways. 

Need more tips on preparing your house for sale? Call today. 

 

Reading the Relevant Factors
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The more varied the opinions of economic experts, the more we are required to do our own homework when making real estate decisions for the future. This is especially true when there are varying degrees of optimism and pessimism about the nation’s economy. Many homeowners use interest rates to measure the health and viability of real estate. But the national economic outlook is not the only relevant factor in the health of the real estate market in your area.

Educated real estate investors look beyond the macro economic outlook to local factors that impact their investment. For example, the stability of local employment and consumer spending has a direct impact on the supply and demand for homes and condominiums and therefore their prices. New housing developments in a local market also impact the supply, creating "buyer’s markets". 

As you evaluate the value of your investment or try to predict the future value of a potential purchase, be sure to understand both the national economic environment and the specific factors of your local community.

 

Be “Pet Smart” When Selling Your House
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Some people just don’t appreciate pets, and all the sights, sounds, and smells that go with them. So, to keep potential buyers focused on your house, and not your pet, follow these simple tips: 

  • Wash and put away the pet toys and food bowls. 
  • Refresh the kitty litter. 
  • Check your yard for doggie doo. 
  • Use room or carpet deodorizer. 
  • Send your pet on vacation during showings. 

You love your pet. But it’s your house that you’re trying to sell.

 

notable, quotable... quotes! 

 

"Those who jump to conclusions fall to their death."

  Mark J. Ottaviani

 

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."

Japanese Proverb 

 

"The hard way is the right way."

John Alves

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Edmond Ishag

Edmond Ishag

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CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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