How to Sell Belongings for More Money Before You Move



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If you’ve ever moved from one home to the next, you know that not all of your belongings will come with you. 

Sorting old items into separate piles for things you want to donate, sell, keep, and trash is something everyone does (or at least, should do) before making a move. This not only makes the packing process easier, but it also helps give your new home a less cluttered feeling once you move in. Depending on the variety and number of items you have to sell, selling your old belongings could even cover some of your moving expenses. 

But moving, packing, and selling isn’t the focus of my message today. Instead, I want to talk about how you can earn more money for the items you choose to sell before you transition between homes. And with all the online marketplaces out there, it’s never been easier to sell your stuff. 

Without further ado, here are a few tips to help you maximize your earnings:
  1. Sell items on the appropriate platforms. Facebook Marketplace is a great place to sell smaller items, while sites like Chairish are great for selling larger pieces like furniture.
  2. Put time into your photos and descriptions. High-quality photos and thorough descriptions will bring you greater success when selling online. 
  3. Don’t rely solely on online marketplaces. In-person garage sales can be a great way to get rid of items quickly. For these kinds of sales, bundling items and being open to haggling is a must. You should also advertise your sale ahead of time by signing up for Facebook groups. 
  4. Time your sale with purpose. Like anything else, timing really does matter. And when you’re looking to sell personal belongings, a great time to do so is around the end of pay periods. This way, your customers will have plenty of money to spend. 
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

4 Reasons Why Summer Is the Best Time to Move


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For many of us, moving isn’t what we would call a joyous occasion. Even so, buyers who can maneuver a summer home purchase will find the process to be much smoother. 

Summer is, in fact, the best time of year to jump into the market, and here are four reasons to prove it:  

1. Long days with plenty of sun. Wintery conditions present all sorts of challenges when you’re moving. Rather than having to withstand the cold and snow, why not move when it’s warm and sunny out? Speaking of sunlight, summer brings longer days and more daylight, which means more time on a given day to move into and out of a home. This is especially advantageous if you decide to do the heavy lifting yourself rather than hiring movers.  

2. The children aren’t in school. Families with young children can make a summer move without all the headache-inducing disruptions to the school year and daily routines. Better still, since your kids will be on summer break, the moving process can be an all-hands-on-deck effort. 

3. Lots of yard sales. Once summer is underway, yard sales start sprouting up all over, which can be equally beneficial to sellers and buyers. As a seller, you can partner with your neighbors to get the word out that you’re holding a garage sale and get eyes and foot traffic directed toward your property. As a buyer, you’ll be able to attend as many garage sales as you want, and you’ll have a better chance of finding what you’re looking for. 

4. Summer is the peak selling season. The market is white hot at this time of year, so if you’re eager to move, know that you’re much more likely to pull off a successful home sale and purchase right now. Buyers come out en masse during spring and summer, with June being the best month to sell.  

I hope this list was all the convincing you needed to make your move this summer. If you have any further questions or need help buying or selling a home, please contact us by phone at 201-825-1266 or by email at JeffAdlerJeff@gmail.com. We hope to hear from you soon! 


6 Small Bathroom Updates That Make a Big Difference



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Bathroom upgrades bring some of the highest return of any home renovation projects, and today we’re going to cover six of the best upgrades any homeowner can make.
  1. Update your showerhead. Not only does a new showerhead offer a more enjoyable experience, but it can also reduce your energy costs.
  2. Install a soaker tub. The reign of the jacuzzi tub is over at long last. Now, soaker tubs have taken their place as the hottest trend in bathroom features today.
  3. Add a walk-in shower. These features are also popular and make a great addition during any bathroom upgrade.
  4. Swap large mirrors out for smaller ones. Mirrors that took up the entire space above a sink were once en vogue, but smaller, framed mirrors are now widely preferred.
  5. Update the lighting. New lighting fixtures can make a room look and feel brand new.
  6. Update the vanity. Swapping out certain features of the vanity to give it a more up-to-date and polished look can be a great way to transform the entire bathroom.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

4 Questions Pet Owners Should Ask Themselves When Moving


There are four questions that pet owners need to ask when they buy a home.

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Make sure to ask these four questions if you’re searching for a new house for you and your animal companions:

1. What are the local pet laws? It’s not guaranteed that pets will be welcome in your new neighborhood, so make sure that you check your city and state laws for breed restrictions or limits on the number of animals that are allowed in a home.

2. Does the house have pet-friendly floors? Carpet is bound to be destroyed by claws and dirt, so we recommend that you opt for distressed hardwood floors instead. Your pet and wallet will thank you.

3. Can your pet handle the stairs? If your pets are growing older, consider whether they’ll be okay with the stairs in a multi-level property. To help your pets travel up and down with ease, look for a place with a carpet runner on the stairs.


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It’s not guaranteed that pets will be welcome in your new neighborhood, so make sure that you check your city and state laws for breed restrictions or limits on the number of animals that are allowed in a home.

4. Is the neighborhood safe for pets to roam?
Your four-legged friends need plenty of room to walk and play, so when you’re shopping for houses, make sure to peek around the neighborhood for parks and walking trails that are close by. You’ll both be very happy you did.

 If you have any questions about this or other real estate topics, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’d love to speak with you. 

Focus on These 2 Rooms When Preparing Your Home for Sale


When buyers view homes in person, their focus tends to shift toward two main areas of a home. Knowing what they are will help you maximize your sale price.

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When buyers are looking at properties, they tend to focus on two main areas of a house: 1. The kitchen. Everyone gathers in the kitchen. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home to add value before selling, focus on this area. Modern-style kitchens are very popular right now. Buyers like to see lighter shades in the cupboards and countertops. It’s also OK to add in a few traditional elements, but stay away from rounded countertops, because those have really fallen out of fashion.


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If you’re going to spend money on upgrades, spend it in these two places.

2. The master bathroom. Buyers love to see upgraded master showers, freestanding tubs, and tile flooring. If you have carpet in your bathroom around the toilet or tub area, that must go. It’s a complete no-no. It's a huge turn-off for buyers. Buyers prefer light colors here as well.

If you’re going to spend money on upgrades to attract buyers and add value to your home, these are the two main areas you’ll want to focus on. If you want any further tips or have any other questions that we can answer for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Don’t Make These 5 Common Home Selling Mistakes


What should home sellers know before they begin their journey? Here are five great tips.

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I’m here today to talk to you about common mistakes that could sink your chances of a successful home sale. Though there really is a wealth of information out there for buyers, there isn’t as much available for those looking to sell. That’s why I’m here today to share with you five common but critical mistakes sellers should avoid when it comes time to list their property: 1. Pricing your home too high. There are three ways you can price your home: You can price it above market value and hope that a buyer comes along; you can price it at market value and take advantage of the interest it generates; or you can price below market value and potentially drum up a bidding war. Typically, pricing at or below market value is the best strategy in our market. 2. Not hiring a real estate agent. Many sellers assume that they can save money by not hiring an agent. However, the commission fee is a small price to pay for the service that an experienced agent can provide. Top-quality Realtors know how to leverage cutting-edge marketing techniques to help you earn top dollar for your home.
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Ordering a pre-listing inspection allows you to get ahead of any potential issues.

3. Not making home improvements before listing. Sellers should do whatever it takes to make their property shine before putting it on the market. Decluttering, cleaning, and staging can really go a long way. If your home doesn’t make a good first impression on buyers, you won’t be able to command the price that you deserve.


4. Not ordering a pre-listing inspection. Ordering an inspection before your home hits the market will allow you to identify and possibly resolve issues ahead of time. Also, having a home inspection report ready for buyers to review can really expedite the process.

5. Being present during showings. Buyers probably won’t be comfortable expressing their honest opinions about your property if you’re there listening in. When it comes time for a showing, it’s best for sellers to be gone altogether.

We hope these tips were helpful to you. If you have any questions for us in the meantime or if you need our assistance with buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Key Trends to Watch in 2019


We’ll be seeing a change in inventory and a new generation in our market in 2019.

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There are a few trends we’ll be seeing as we make our way through 2019.

For several years, we’ve had a very low amount of home inventory in our market. More homes are coming on the market, but they’re still not enough to keep up with buyer demand. Nationwide, inventory hit the lowest level in recorded history last winter and only recently began to recover. We expect this growth to continue, but not at a large rate—we predict around 7%.

Just a few years ago, most millennials were barely old enough to buy a home. Now they make up the majority of the home buying market, and this will continue to be the case in 2019. Currently, this generation accounts for about 45% of mortgages, compared to baby boomers at 17% and Gen Xers at 37%. And the homes millennials are buying aren’t just starter homes—many are already moving up.


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Inventory hit the lowest level in recorded history last winter and only recently began to recover.


If you have any questions about the landscape of the 2019 market, need further information, or would like to talk about your home buying or selling needs, reach out to us at 201-825-1266 or send an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.