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If you’re thinking of selling your home (and it’s a great time to do it), you might think a sign on your lawn is all it will take for a quick and easy sale. True, you may receive offers within days. But proper staging and attention to detail can make a big difference on the bottom line.

When I decided to sell my beloved first house in late 2009 it wasn’t a particularly good time. We were a year into the Great Recession and home prices were down. Way down. Having owned the house for 14 years and substantially improved it, I still made a handsome profit on its sale. But had I waited a few years my proceeds would have been greater. On the other hand, lower home prices meant I got a smoking deal on the house I bought, which wouldn’t have happened even a year later and would be unimaginable in today’s red-hot market.

Why do homes sell? Is it because of location? Price? Architectural style? Surely these all come into play, but more than anything else, homes sell because buyers fall in love with them. And love, generally, has little to do with location, money or architecture. People buy homes with their hearts. It’s an emotional thing.

Even though it’s almost February, 2017, I’m still struggling to polish off my New Year’s resolutions for last year. I only had three: attention to health, organization and comfort. I did manage to hit the gym more often than not, and I bought a bunch of new shoes that make my feet deliriously happy. So, two out of three ain’t bad. But organization … well, I’m still working on that one. I successfully cleaned out my closets and reorganized my kitchen cabinets and pantry early in the year, but my home office is still not the tidy, efficient workspace I know it can be. And every weekend, it seems, something more fun exciting urgent keeps popping up instead.  

When you’re selling your home, there’s so much to think about. Curb appeal, open houses, marketing your home… the list goes on. Selling in the fall means less daylight, so it’s time for you to light it up!

When you think of smart home technology, you may imagine The Jetsons, or Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. The convenience offered by such high-tech systems seems out of reach, and maybe even impossible. But advancements in digital and automated systems are moving so fast, you might be surprised what the definition of a smart home actually is. In fact, you may already be living in one. 

Our market is truly feeling the sense of supply and demand. There are not enough properties to sell! We really need listings! Inventory (supply) is very low and the pool of buyers (demand) is very high.

Apr 19, 2016

Written by:

Michael Ackerman

If you're ready to sell, you may think a quick cleanup and elimination of clutter is all it takes to get your home open house ready. But for buyers, an emotional connection is important, and making that happen may take a little more effort! 

Mar 31, 2016

Written by:

Robyne Curry
Filed Under

Selling, Decorating

Selling a house today means your buyer is likely starting his or her home search online. Gone are the days when house hunters cruised their favorite neighborhoods and grabbed a flyer from houses that looked promising. Now a home’s first impression is created on the internet, not at the curb, and it’s got to be dazzling enough to lure looky-loos away from their devices and to your front door.



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