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post What to do with Wallpaper in a Dining Room

October 30th, 2007

Filed under: Smart Home Sale Tips,Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 9:59 pm

Tear it down! Yeah I know, this is a really blanket statement. As a general rule however, you should really do it. Remember mass appeal? Rarely does wallpaper accomplish this when you are selling your home. I find that many home seller like to get really “fancy” with their wallpaper selection and I picture the salesman chuckling as you walk out of the showroom with rolls of the tacky stuff curled under your arm. Now don’t take offense-take advice and TAKE IT DOWN!. The home in this video is a perfect example of how one person’s taste probably won’t suit the taste of most buyers.

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post Mirror mirror on the wall…What are these sellers thinking?

October 21st, 2007

Filed under: Smart Home Sale Tips,Smart Interior Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 9:58 pm

When was the last time you walked through Home Depot and they had a big display on full wall thin mirrors with tacky gold frames? You know why they don’t stock ‘em? Because NOBODY is going to buy them. So what makes you think that buyers want them in your home? C’mon, this one isn’t brain surgery. Personally, I don’t get a whole lot of pleasure walking into a house and looking over to my right to see a full wall reflection of my fat butt staring back at me….yikes!

Look, you have to get your home up to today’s standards if you expect to sell at all and especially if you expect to sell for today’s price. Sings of age are a sure way to reduce your home’s market value. This is a fix that will cost a couple hundred dollars max. Tear them down and paint. Watch this video to see how mirrors can even make you notice other flaws.

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post No Character = No Lookers

October 14th, 2007

Filed under: Smart Exterior Home Sale Tips,Smart Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 10:45 am

If you want to sell your home then you need to figure out how to appeal to the emotions of buyers. When buyers don’t feel an IMMEDIATE emotional “hook” they eliminate your home both when searching on line and when driving by in person. Play the video below to see an example of how these home sellers are missing the boat by not hiring painters and taking on a little do-it-yourself landscaping project. Probably would cost $2K tops to paint/fix everything that would give this home a warm and welcoming feel to buyers and the probable return would be many multiples of that number. I’ve seen homes like this sit for months with other agents and then I turn around and sell them in weeks with some good advice and minimal action on the part of the home seller.

Watch the video now to learn the little things you should not ignore…

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post What to do about Wallpaper

October 7th, 2007

Filed under: Smart Exterior Home Sale Tips,Smart Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 9:54 pm

You know, wallpaper definitely has it’s place in a home but it’s just as not as “in” as it used to be. In fact, my general recommendation to sellers is to rip it down completely and present your future buyers with a nice smooth wall with a fresh coat of paint. Wallpaper just isn’t as universally welcoming as a nice neutral color and that after all is our ultimate goal when trying to find a home buyer who will be willing to pay the highest price for your home. Remember the old theory about supply and demand. The more buyers we attract the faster your home will sell and the more you’ll likely sell it for. Half-hearted neutralizing is really one of the most common home seller mistakes that prevents even the best homes from selling. Watch the video below to see how “rich” wallpaper can overwhelm buyers and hinder the sale of a fabulous home. This seller could spend maybe $1000 or less and DRAMATICALLY improve his chances of selling.

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post You need “TRAFFIC” to overcome TRAFFIC

October 1st, 2007

Filed under: Smart Home Sale Tips — CostiganRE @ 5:25 am

Selling a home For Sale By Owner “FSBO” is not necessarily a bad thing. But when your home or situation requires an extra “push” then it is ALWAYS a bad idea to not hire an agent. The fact is that FSBOs just don’t get as many lookers or as much foot traffic as listed homes for two reasons: 1. They are published on a very small fraction of websites where buyers actually look for homes and 2. Agents, who participate in over 99% of home sales every year, avoid them like the plague. Why do they avoid FSBOs? Because FSBOs are bad for their industry and because frankly it’s a lot of work handling both sides of a transaction and FSBOs typically only offer a fee equivalent to what is normally paid to an agent for handling 1/2 of a transaction. The long and short of it is that when you are selling your home if you have something that just might make your sale a little difficult then hire a good agent. Your money will usually come back to you in the form of quicker sales (and thus less interest payments) and higher selling prices as listed homes statistically sell for more money than FSBOs.

Watch the video below to see how living on a corner lot can be one of those home selling “challenges” that would warrant hiring an agent.

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