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5 Tips for Living in Your For-Sale Home

These five tips will help you live in your home while it’s for sale. 



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Here are five tips to help you keep living your life in your for-sale home and keep things less hectic:


1. Start packing now. Packing and storing boxes in the basement or garage is completely acceptable. You want to open up as much space as possible and emphasize floor space and square footage. The larger your home feels, the more money you’ll get. Buyers will truly appreciate this touch.


2. Sell, donate, or throw it away. While you’re packing, try getting rid of things you don’t need. If you haven’t touched an item in a year and it’s not an heirloom or a memory, it’s time to say goodbye to it. Try to donate items that are still in good condition. 


3. Get squeaky-clean. A clean, cared-for house can net you $5,000 to $10,000 more from your sale. Shoot for five-star hotel perfection when cleaning, and focus on bathrooms, the kitchen, windows, and floors. Just make your home sparkle!


"The larger your home feels, the more money you’ll get."


4. Maintain privacy and safety. Buyers will look through your closets and other areas people typically wouldn’t see, so make sure there’s nothing valuable or personal anywhere that they could find. If you’re unsure about an item, be on the safe side and lock it away somewhere secure. Of course, this includes, medication, jewelry, etc. 


5. Involve your kids. Nothing is better than involving your kids in the selling process, and the easiest way to get them involved is through games or a reward system so they help you clean the house and prepare it for showings. You won’t believe how motivated kids can get when there is something fun tied to a chore. 


If you’d like to know more about these tips or have any real estate questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.


How the Pandemic Is Affecting Home Preferences

Here’s how the pandemic has shifted buyers’ preferences in the last year.

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How has the pandemic affected buyers’ home preferences?


Over the last few months, we’ve seen a massive influx of people moving from the city (New York, specifically) to the suburbs. This comes in contrast to the last few decades when people increasingly preferred cities over suburbs. Studies have shown that each new generation of young people has been more and more likely to move to the cities and stay in them even after getting married and starting a family. Of course, post-coronavirus, this may well change.


Many people will continue to work from home after the pandemic subsides.



The most obvious reason why is health. Urban areas are more crowded, which means greater exposure to potential viruses. Also, shelter-in-place orders are harder to bear in an urban environment; by comparison, a house in the suburbs can offer more space, a backyard, and easier access to areas where you can exercise and spend time safely outdoors. 


Additionally, workspaces are changing. Many people will continue to work from home after the pandemic subsides. The need for commuting will be greatly reduced, so living farther out for a lower cost is certainly more appealing.


If you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.


3 Reasons Winter Is a Great Time to Sell


Here’s why winter is a great time to sell your home.

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, the winter months are a great time to do it. In fact, we usually see many home sales happen during the winter, and there are a few reasons why. 


First, there’s much less inventory than what you see during the spring, which is great for sellers. Low inventory means less competition and a better chance that you’ll close near your listing price. Additionally, since there are fewer homes available, more buyers will be interested in your home. 


Second, buyers tend to be more serious in the winter. As we always say, only the real buyers come out when it’s 28 degrees. Most people don’t want to move this time of year, but there are plenty of reasons why they might have to. Perhaps they’re undergoing a divorce, or they’ve finally saved enough to purchase. Winter also means you won’t see any tire-kickers like you’d see during spring. You’ll have fewer showings with more motivated buyers. 


Low inventory means less competition and a better chance that you’ll close near your listing price.


Finally, January is the most common month for companies to start the relocation process for their employees. That’s another large wave of people needing to buy during winter. 


The bottom line is that you should take advantage of the market now. If you’d like to talk more about selling your home in the winter or have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email. We’d love to hear from you.