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.