We love this five-star review from ‘Dinylynn’ on Zillow. We helped this client sell their home in Black Diamond, Washington.
“If you want to sell your home and have it shine above all other listings, Marti is the agent for you.!! She and her team knows exactly what they are doing and they go the extra mile to do so. Marti said to us, trust me, I know what I am doing and she did. I was a little leery as she told me ..if you will do what I recommend I promise you won’t regret it. So I followed her agenda and with every step she was there. Marti did so many extra things that made our home so open and pleasing for the buyer to see. She sent out flyers, her signs were bright and informational. and she was available 24/7. There wasn’t a negative moment in the whole process..from listing to closing . I would recommend Marti indefinitely. She is amazing.”
Selling your home in the winter can be a little tricky. It’s good for sellers, since there are fewer homes on the market, but it’s not the most popular season to sell. Here are some tips to make your house more appealing to buyers in the winter:
1. Make your home inviting. Don’t make your potential buyers walk through snow or ice. Make sure your walkways, entryways and driveways are shoveled. Keep more lights on during the day and the evening, and keep the house warm to show potential buyers how inviting the house is. Highlight landscape features you want to show off with outdoor lights.
2. Keep holiday decorations simple. While the kids may want to see dozens of strings of Christmas lights, you want to depersonalize your home as much as you can. Your home can be festive, but it doesn’t have to detract from the main event: the house that you’re showing. Take the decorations down promptly after the holidays.
3. Show people how your home looks in other seasons by using photos of your home in the spring and summer in your listing. If you have photos of your house in other seasons, put them on display for showings.
4. Highlight home features that could be useful in winter, including your new programmable thermostat, updated weatherproofing, recently serviced furnace, and your freshly cleaned fireplace and chimney.
5. Fill your home with warm, seasonal smells – freshly baked bread or cookies, cinnamon-scented pinecones or a real Christmas tree.
6. Be patient. Winter is a tricky time to sell, but your time will come.
7. Choose the right Realtor®. By working with someone experienced in year-round home sales, your home will have the best chance of selling during the winter.
Here’s an interesting video from an agency in San Diego on why some real estate agents are no longer sharing their listings with companies like Trulia and Zillow online. According to this video, those services often provide inaccurate information and are detrimental to the consumer as well as the agents. Please check it out.
If you want to buy a home in 2011, then you will want to start thinking about your ideal location now. Where do you want to live? Does it need to be close to your workplace? Do you need schools nearby? What other location-related features are important to you (nearby shopping, plenty of acreage, mountain or water views, etc.)?
Start by making a list of your “must have” features, along with a list of those things that would be nice but aren’t critical to your selecting a new home.
Next step? Visit my John L. Scott website to view listings, or contact me to set up a free, no obligation consultation. We can discuss your proposed time line, wants and needs for a home and next steps.