Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale from Houzz.com

Great article from Houzz.com…

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would just be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different; that’s why we’ve come up with 8 key questions to ask yourself before making any changes to prep your home for sale.

General Questions

These first three questions will help you take the temperature of the real estate market in your area and assess the competition.

1. How hot or cold is the market in your area? Are homes being snapped up after the first open house, or are they languishing on the market for months? Are homes being sold at or near the asking price, or for much lower? Are open houses bustling with people, or is attendance sparse? Get a feel for the market in your area by talking with your Realtor and checking local listings on a real estate site like Zillow. If it’s a seller’s market, you may be able to get away with doing fewer repairs and modifications before selling, and still have good results — in a buyer’s market, expect to do more work to make a positive impression on buyers.

2. How fast are you looking to sell? If you need to sell your home immediately — say, because you have already committed to buying another home or need to move because of work — it is in your best interest to do everything in your power to ensure a quick sale at the highest price possible. If you have more flexibility, and you feel uncomfortable making too many pricey changes to your home before selling, it may make more sense to focus on cleaning, decluttering and making small cosmetic changes (like painting) — particularly if the market is hot and favors the seller. If you aren’t getting the offers you would like, you can always decide to spring for a few bigger changes later and relist your home.

For the answers to the rest of these questions, including:

What is the condition of comparable homes on the market?
Does the faulty item give the impression the property has not been well cared for?
How much will you realistically need to lower the price if you don’t fix it?

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NANCY BUDD
Realtor and Accredited Home Staging Professional
William Raveis Real Estate   Exceptional Property Specialist

Home Buyer Reciprocity Explained

Broker Reciprocity allows me as a Realtor® to show and sell any home listed by any real estate company. When I am working with buyers to find that perfect home I don’t look to see who’s listing it is. It doesn’t matter. Finding the perfect home is all that really matters. I am often asked if I can show homes listed through other real estate companies and have talked to buyers who believe that if a home is listed through a certain agency they have to work with one of their agents to see it. Not true, any agent from any real estate company can show our listings.

Find the agent you like best. One that you trust to be there for you every step of the way. I like to think of myself as a trusted agent in Connecticut. Real estate companies don’t sell real estate, licensed real estate agents sell real estate and in real estate, trusting your agent really does matter. If you look at my testimonials from past clients you will see that I am a full time professional Realtor who puts in the extra time and effort to make my clients transactions smooth and successful.

For real estate agents broker reciprocity means that there are thousands of agents helping us find buyers for our listings. It also means that if we are representing a buyer we will get paid through the sellers broker, in most cases the seller pays the commission as an incentive for the buyers agent. Buyers need representation and our expertise as they go about making often the most expensive purchase most people ever make.
Call me and let me help find you the perfect home!

Some Easy and Fun Holiday Decoration Ideas For Your Home

Remember to think outside the box…create something special

1. Christmas Card Display

A fun way to display photos, Christmas cards, or children’s art. Decorate the clothes pins on both sides and use beautiful rope or ribbon.

MATERIALS: wooden clip clothespins, paint, decorative rope or ribbon

2. Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Why cut your old hydrangea blooms and throw them away? Use them to create a beautiful holiday wreath.

MATERIALS: hydrangea cut after the blooms have dried on the bush, foam wreath, floral pins, ribbon

3. Handmade Advent Calendar

A simple reminder that Christmas is coming for the entire family.

MATERIALS: kraft bags, jute twine, printed gift tags, natural wooden clothespins, treats and special small items for each bag
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