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Getting Ready to List

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top four recommended projects to do before listing your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure to cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair or replace floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing it. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the inside. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges, and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel. Some potential buyer won’t even come inside if they don’t like what they see outside.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handles? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

I have a complete checklist that I go over with my potential sellers.  Give me a call and let’s go over where to start.

Marie Dinsmore

RE/MAX Around Atlanta

Experience, Passion, and Commitment to Excellence

Why selling your home during holidays can be a good thing

Most people think that spring is the best time to sell their home because everyone wants to buy as soon as school is out and get settled before the new year school year starts.  With COVID this year, you can throw out almost all the ‘normal’ statistics from the past.  As with this year, even though inventories were and are still low, it has been a record-breaking year for real estate.  This year has proven, there is no ‘ideal time’ to buy or sell.

Because inventory is low, it is definitely a seller’s market.  Typically, before a home is ever listed, we can put out a notice of ‘Coming Soon,’ and have multiple appointments for showings before it ever shows up on FMLS.  For one such home recently, I had 9 appointment showings prior to it being formally ‘listed’ and a cash offer.

So, what does this have to do with selling your home during the holidays?  Here are some reasons:

  • You have very motivated very serious buyers that possibly have had to rent temporarily until they could find what they wanted
  • Because inventory is low, you can usually get near or sometimes above the asking price, as many homes are receiving multiple offers now
  • Because homeowners decorate and make their home feel warm and inviting sometimes invokes the buyer’s emotions as to which home they choose.
  • And plus, it makes an Awesome gift to the family – so get them what they really want

There are many reasons some do not want to list during the holidays.  They are worried about showings and people being in and out of their homes.  Right now, it has turned into a very quick process with multiple showings as soon as it’s listed.  Most all listings right now are going very quickly.  Buyers around the holidays are very serious.  They are not just ‘window shopping.’  They are ready to pull the trigger when they find what they want.

Another reason some people sell and buy the last couple of months of the year, is due to job offers and transfers.  They can’t wait until Spring.  Most companies want their employees in place the first of January.  They figure that the extra holidays give time to pack and move.

Lots to think about with the new year fast approaching.  Housing costs will probably rise as well as the interest rates.

If you want to explore the possibilities, give me a call, and let’s talk.

Marie B Dinsmore
Certified Negotiation Expert
RE/MAX Around Atlanta
Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com
www.DinsmoreTeam.com
770-712-7789

Sell Your Home Faster with These No-Cost Tips

10_Simple_Home_Staging_Tips_Every_Seller_Should_KnowPurchasing a new home can be both exciting and exhilarating.  Filled with promises of new beginnings and fresh starts, the process can actually be quite fun.  However, while you might be in a hurry to imagine your life in new surroundings, the downside of the equation is that you still have to close on your existing home.

If you’re looking to move sooner rather than later, waiting all summer to get an offer on your current residence might hurt your plans, so it’s important to do everything you can to reduce your home’s time on the market.  Therefore, according to a study conducted by the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that were staged before being listed received an offer within an average of 23 days, which is 87% faster than those that went months after listing before staging.

Still, finding the money to stage your home may be a bit of a stretch, so here are five FREE things you can do to get the job done.

FIND YOUR INNER NEAT FREAK – OR ENLIST THE HELP OF SOMEONE WHO CAN.  Whether you’re already extremely tidy or you have a friend who is a master of organization, it’s time to declutter your way to a speedy closing.

Sure, it’s one thing to simply shove everything into a closet but it’s another to turn your space into an open, pleasing oasis.  Start by tackling common junk areas such as magazine racks, fireplace mantels, kitchen and bathroom counters, and tabletops, and streamline those closets while you’re at it.  Buyers want lots of storage and BIG closets, so the less things clogging them up, the better.  Potential homeowners will want to see how much space is in there for THEIR stuff, not how much of your stuff can fit in the space.

SHOULD THAT COUCH REALLY GO THERE?  Once you’ve taken the time to purge your home of disorganization and clutter, make a point to stop and look at the big picture.  Your house should invite buyers to sit and stay a while, so if they can’t walk through your space without zigzagging through the room or bumping into furniture, it’s time to rearrange a few things.

Start by putting excessively bulky or unneeded items in storage and moving things away from the walls.  Sure, you might have kept Aunt Mildred’s favorite chair out of obligation and nostalgia, but if it’s only taking up space, consider removing it from the home for a bit.  Plain and simple, buyers want to walk in and see an open—yet cozy—space that invites family bonding, so the furniture should be placed in a way which begets this vision.

If, at the end of the day, you simply have no idea where to begin, you can always utilize the services of an experienced agent (free of charge with no obligation), who can walk through your home and help you rearrange things to produce the correct effect.

CLEAN, CLEAN, AND THEN CLEAN SOME MORE.  Taking the time to clean your home before a showing should be common sense, but while many people understand the importance of presenting a fresh house, most underestimate how clean it should actually be.

At the end of the day, selling your home involves a large amount of money, so buyers want to see more than your standard tidy-up.  Preparing your property for the real estate market involves all of those minute details and corners, such as ceiling fans, baseboards, window blinds, and tile grout.  Additionally, don’t forget to clean your windows both inside AND outside.  You’ll want to let in as much light as possible, so make sure they’re nothing short of squeaky-clean!

SET THE TABLE.  The top thing buyers want from a home is to picture themselves living in it, so you need to put an effort into making sure they can do that.  You can start by setting the kitchen and/or dining room table, since nothing represents family life quite like a beautifully staged dinner table.

To set the right mood, arrange your dinnerware like you’re preparing for a big holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Bring out your good china and linens, but keep things slightly simple by setting 2-4 places and adding a decorative centerpiece.

LET THE OUTSIDE COME IN.  I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating.  Most of us appreciate the beauty of the outside world, especially when it’s in full bloom.  So, make a point to fill your home with favorite picks from your garden such as roses, zinnias, peonies, lilies, or fresh fruit and vegetables.  If you’re short on vases, utilize the services of that old antique pitcher or Mason jar stashed in your cabinet.

If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks or would simply like some advice on where to begin, I’d love to offer my services, free of charge.  Please contact me!

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Featured Neighborhood: Fieldstone Preserve by Lennar Homes

Magnolia-C-elevLocated in Cumming, just minutes from GA 400 and GA 20, Fieldstone Preserve is positioned within a scenic wooded setting that is perfect for families who desire a fun-filled lifestyle.  With expansive homes starting in the low $400s, this upscale community offers both resort-style amenities—to include a clubhouse and fitness center, as well as five swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, basketball court, walking trails, and a private lake—as well as gracious executive homes ranging from 2,886 to 4,353 square feet.

Built by Lennar, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, this beautiful community boasts homes that are bedecked with classic exterior features such as traditional brick and three-car garages, as well as poured, reinforced concrete foundations, rear patios or decks, and professionally landscaped yards.

Inside, all homes come standard with crown molding, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, recessed lighting, spacious walk-in closets, and energy efficient construction.  In addition, buyers will be pleased to discover elegant two-story foyers, hardwood flooring, brushed nickel fixtures, and cultured marble vanities in all full secondary baths.

For families with school-aged children, Fieldstone Preserve is located within Forsyth County, which features some of the best schools in Georgia.  The closest schools include the award-winning West Forsyth High School, as well as Vickery Middle School, and Kelly Mill Elementary.

While perfect for buyers looking to live away from the bustle of Atlanta and everyday life, Fieldstone Preserve is still conveniently located within a few miles of a host of restaurants, shops, and recreational activities, to include The Collection at Forsyth, Northpoint Mall, Vickery Village, and gorgeous Lake Sydney Lanier.

If you’d like to know more or are interested in scheduling a viewing, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I’d love to show you the neighborhood and hopefully help you discover the home of your dreams!

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Appraisers vs. Online Automated Valuation: Know the Difference

AVM-copyBig news came down the wire last week when it was announced that Zillow had acquired Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock options.  While a lot of people may not see how this merger will directly impact their life, for home buyers or sellers, it’s always a good idea to understand the difference between “zestimates”—home value estimates taken from Zillow—or Automated Valuation Models (AVM) and real people.

When it comes to AVM’s, they tend to work best on “cookie cutter” homes where most of the properties look relatively similar to one another.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that very few lenders rely solely on AVM’s for loan decisions since they can’t always accurately value unique properties such as those sitting on Lake Lanier, various upscale golf courses, and homes with a great deal of acreage.

Therefore, the following is a list of things that an automated or non-appraiser valuation (such as the kind you would find on Zillow) won’t tell you.  Before you consider purchasing a home based on these types of online valuations, it’s important to understand the difference.

1.)    IS THE PHYSICAL HOUSE STILL STANDING WITH ACCURATE SQUARE FOOTAGE?  Sites like Zillow obtain their information from courthouse and property data regarding location and square footage, which means it’s not based on an actual appraiser’s home measurement.  If you’re considering a house, you’ll obviously want to know for sure that it has things like four walls and a roof; therefore, it’s not always smart to assume that a computer is the best source for up-to-date data.

2.)    ARE THERE UNIQUE FEATURES WHICH MIGHT ADD OR DETRACT FROM THE PROPERTY VALUE?  Sure, the computer might value a property at $300,000; however, that number might be subject to extenuating circumstances such as the train tracks just down the road or the desirable parks right outside the neighborhood.

3.)    WHAT VARIABLES IMPACT COMPARABLE SALES?  While a computer might compare your property to similar, recently sold property a ¼ mile away, it doesn’t mean all of the other variables are in line.  The properties might be in a different school district, sit on different roads, be flood-prone, or have been sold under duress.

4.)    ARE THERE MARKET FLUCTUATIONS?  Since automated online systems utilize data from recent, nearby sales, they may not account for neighborhoods that are beginning to experience upturns or downturns.

5.)    IS YOUR APPRAISER QUALIFIED?  When you work with an appraiser, you’re generally aware of the person’s qualifications and whether they will complete your project with professionalism, solid ethics, and judgment; however, when it comes to free online services, you have no idea who is behind the values and either way, they will never compare to the work of a physical, on-site appraiser.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Specialist | The Dinsmore Team | www.dinsmoreteam.com | 770-712-7789