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Spring is here, Easter is around the corner,  and the busiest "real estate" season is soon upon us! Buying and Selling activity is increasing significantly as expected this time of year 

I see people out on their own trying to find a new home. Some experience a lot of frustration and disappointment as they try to make sense of the market, search for the right properties to see, and then try to negotiate the best deal.

As a REALTOR® I understand the market, and spend countless hours focused on what sells and why. I can help make the entire process as trouble-free and rewarding as possible.

When it comes to preparing your home for sale, its presentation is vital. Staging advice abounds everywhere. Below I have included a couple of great articles on curb appeal and kitchens.

What helps buyers fall in love with a home? How can a seller assess their home? Ask - how will buyers easily envision it as Their home? How will they feel walking thru? - can they imagine living here? 

See more in the articles below and check out the latest results for our market here: March Market Stats

Check out a few currently featured listings here https://www.johnjfraser.com/homes-for-sale-featured/ 

 

 

John J Fraser, REALTOR®

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Your Home at a Glance

 
 
Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and been disappointed by your first impression? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade was worn and unattractive or for some other reason it just didn’t look like a tempting place to eat.

It could still be a fantastic restaurant - a real gem. But, your first impression has soured your anticipation. If you still walk through the front door, it will likely be with much lower expectations.

This scenario often plays out in the real estate market as well.

Buyers drive up to a home for sale and quickly form an impression based on what they see “from the curb”. That’s why you’ll hear real estate experts talk about the importance of “curb appeal”. It’s one of the most important selling points of a property.

If you plan to put your home on the market, you want your home to look as attractive as possible from the street. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to improve curb appeal.

For example, you can trim shrubs and hedges, plant flowers, clean the walkway and driveway, paint the front door and garage door, and clean the exteriors of the windows. All these projects are relatively easy and inexpensive. Yet, each can have a dramatic impact on a buyer’s first impression.

Don’t be like the great restaurant that’s hidden behind an unkept façade. Make sure your curb appeal reflects the overall value of your property. 

Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price? Call today.

 

Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

 
 
What’s one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations buyers often give for not making an offer is, “I liked the house, but I wasn’t too keen on the kitchen.”

That doesn’t mean you must do a major renovation. However, you should do what you can to make the kitchen as attractive as possible to buyers.

Here are some ideas:

First, clear the countertops. Put away the toaster and other items. You want to make the entire countertop area seem as spacious as possible.

If the cabinetry is old, you can spruce it up by installing new knobs, handles and other hardware. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling can also make the kitchen look like it has had a major renovation - but will only cost a few hundred dollars. According to an article on the website HGTV.com. “The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.”

Replacing the countertops is a more expensive renovation, but may be worthwhile if the current counters are old and worn.

Finally, when preparing your kitchen for a viewing, make sure it’s clean and tidy. The garbage and recycling bins should be empty. Buyers will open cabinets, so make sure items on shelves are neatly organized with the front labels facing forward.

There are many other ways to make the most important rooms in your home look great to potential buyers. Call today for more ideas.

 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one’s horse as it is leaping.”
Julius Hare

“The ability to express an idea is as important as the idea itself.”
Bernard M. Baruch

“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.”
Claude M. Bristol

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