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Testimonial: Marti was wonderful!

Testimonial: Exceeded our expectations!Thanks to this client for this great five-star review on Zillow! I helped this client sell their Maple Valley home.

“Marti was wonderful! She made sure our house had great photographs, was staged perfectly, and sold it in a weekend! She was knowledgeable, friendly, and knew the area and the business! I recommended Marti to my family and she sold my brother’s house in days as well! She’s wonderful!

~ User 56697738

Read this review and others like it on Zillow.com:  https://www.zillow.com/profile/martirealtor/

Home Sellers, Should You Stage Your Home? YES!

You’re thinking about selling your South King County home, and you’re wondering if you need to spend the time and money to stage your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. After all, it is a seller’s market, and home inventory is low, so buyer’s don’t have a lot of homes to choose from. Is home staging really necessary? To you have to do it? No, staging is not necessary, but it is recommended.

By staging your home, you can appeal to a broader base of buyers who can then envision themselves in your home, because clutter is minimized and your home is depersonalized. Still not convinced? Check out these statistics: 50 percent of staged homes saw a 1 to 10 percent increase in dollar value offers from buyers!

Should You Stage Your Home?

If you are considering selling your home and aren’t sure if staging is right for you, contact Team Marti today. We’d love to share our experiences with staging, and explain how it call help you sell your Kent, Covington or Maple Valley home.


Does Your Realtor Have a Marketing Plan?

Homebuyer Tool: Final Walk-Through ChecklistEvery Realtor should have a complete marketing plan to market, negotiate and sell their listings. The ideal marketing plan should be used for every home sale, but should also be adaptable for special circumstances.

I personally use a 23-point marketing plan to be sure my listings sell for the best price and in the shortest time possible. Here are the first five steps of my personalized plan:

  1. Research and advise on property pricing and presentation. If the home seller needs recommendations for repairman or other specialists to prepare their home for sale, I provide recommendations for trusted vendors.
  2. Supply a Comparative Market Analysis, sometimes referred to as a CMA. The CMA will show the sellers recent market activity in their neighborhood. This will help us determine the best market price for the home to maximize the chances of a good offer with the highest profit possible.
  3. Hire a professional stager for private consultation and staging services. This will help the sellers showcase the best features of their home, while also allowing prospective buyers the chance to envision how the home could be decorated.
  4. Hire a professional photographer and coordinate needed photographs of the seller’s home and property.
  5. Submit the listing to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, including photos and descriptions, and syndicate the listing to dozens of online home search websites.

To learn more about how I will market your home, see my complete marketing plan here. I adapt it to meet each seller’s specific needs to maximize profit and minimize time on the market. Have questions about marketing your Kent home? Please contact us. Team Marti is ready to help!

5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Summer Sale

5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Summer SalePeople say that spring is the best time to sell your home, but Realtor.com says that 50% of homes are sold during the summer! June, in particular, tends to be the best time to sell your home. In fact, according to Trulia, June is 29% busier than any other month when it comes to real estate.

Home asking prices tend to peak at the beginning of the season, and in our current market, demand exceeds supply so quality homes are the first to go. Summer is also a good time for families with school-aged, so children can adapt to their new environment before the school year begins in late summer/early fall.

Ready to sell? Here are some ways to prepare your home for sale:

  1. Do necessary and obvious repairs, inside and out, including repairing leaking gutters, fixing chipped paint, cleaning floors, replacing broken tile, and repairing loose deck boards and cracks in the driveway.
  2. Declutter and depersonalize. Prospective homebuyers find it easier to imagine themselves in your home if it has a neutral feel of it, so put away the kids’ sports photos, collections and crafts. This is also a good time to declutter. It will help you get organized for the move, and it will make your home more appealing to home buyers.
  3. Focus on curb appeal. Realtors® talk about this a lot, but you want your home to look its best for seller photos, buyer drive-bys and open houses. This means maintaining a well-manicured lawn with seasonal flowers, a tidy front porch and a clean and cozy entry way.
  4. Stage your home for sale. In the Pacific Northwest, outdoor living in the summertime is a great way to extend the living space of your home. Hire a professional stager (your Realtor® can recommend someone) to stage the interior and exterior of your home. For example, stage the BBQ area with a nice set of tools and other BBQ accessories, keep your patio furniture clean and organize it in a cozy seating arrangement, and consider upgrading your outdoor décor.
  5. Keep it cool. When your Realtor® hosts an open house, make sure the air temperature in your home is comfortable. If it is hot out, turn on central air, if you have it. If you don’t have air conditioning, turn on your ceiling fans and open the windows to let in the fresh air. A pitcher of lemonade and freshly-baked cookies can’t hurt either!

If you’re ready to sell your home this summer, call a trusted, local Realtor for more tips on preparing your home for sale.

7 Tips for Staging Your Home for a Fall Sale

doors-211752_640Staging your home to show off your home is an important part of selling your home. Attractive staging can help sway people as they make their final decision on which home to buy. In the fall, staging your home is especially important. Coming off a hot real estate market in the summer, you want to be sure your home is staged to sell!

  1. Boost your curb appeal. Your kids may like the leaves falling from the trees, but others may not. Rake leaves out of the way to let your lawn shine. Add seasonal flowers – but not too many, a busy garden could detract from potential buyers, and make sure your home is a neutral color.
  2. Accentuate the light. With fall, the days are getting shorter, so light is important. Open curtains, pull up the blinds and use light colors when decorating to make your house seem light and inviting.
  3. Paint walls a neutral color. You may love the pea soup green walls in your living room, but that lively shade of green might not be attractive to potential buyers. Use a lighter, more neutral color instead.
  4. Accentuate your home’s features. Clean your custom fireplace, sand and restain your hardwood floors, and powerwash your fabulous deck and patio!
  5. Don’t overwhelm home shoppers. If you bring too many of the fall colors and smells indoors, it could scare off potential buyers. Keep accents light, and remember to put personal items away. If you want to use room spray or burn candles, use light, neutral scents.
  6. Remember to keep your home cozy. People want to buy a house they can see themselves in. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature, add some seasonal décor, and tie in the smells of fall.
  7. Present a welcoming entryway. Whether you have a small porch or an elaborate entryway, the entrance your home will set the tone for prospective buyers’ visits. If it is warm and inviting, buyers will start off the home tour with a positive impression.

No matter what the season, good home staging is important. The tips above are a good start to home staging, but you will want to check with your Realtor® too. She’ll have more great ideas – and contacts – to help you with more elaborate staging. Good luck!


DIY Home Décor: 9 Ways to Update Your Home’s Style Today

Painted FurnitureWhether you are staging your home for sale or are just ready for a fresh, new look, we’ve got nine easy, affordable decorating ideas for you to try.

  1. Give your front door a new look. Consider repainting it a bold color or update the hardware with something fresh and fun like satin brass locks, knobs and hinges.
  1. Clean up the clutter. Consider adding a dresser or other useful, but attractive piece of furniture in a hallway or entryway to store frequently used items like spare keys, dog leashes and umbrellas.
  1. Rethink interior shelving. Shelves are, of course, great for displaying books, photos and other collections, but they can add beauty to your home too. Give a boring, staid room a splash of color by repainting a bookcase.
  1. Cozy up any room with dark colors (e.g., paint, furniture, wall and floor coverings, etc.) and subtle lighting.
  2. No more matchy matchy. Once upon a time, matching furniture was all the rage, but not anymore. Pairing a wooden table with plastic chairs, or glass table tops with wooden chairs is a fun way to bring the unexpected into your home – while also reusing and recycling well-loved materials. The same is true for rugs, pillows and other fabrics throughout your home. Mix it up a bit for a fresh look.
  1. Update your lampshades. Changing out lampshades or trying different shades with different lamps is an easy and affordable way to give your home a new look. Look past the off-white pleated shades and stark white barrel shades and go for something dramatic – maybe a colored shade or a neutral tan or gray.
  1. Paint something unexpected like the inside of a wooden curio or buffet, the back panel of a bookcase, a wooden staircase, or a kitchen table.
  1. Create an intimate space by cordoning it off with curtains or another type of visual separation.
  1. Change light fixtures to give your home a new look. Focus on one bold piece like a chandelier in your entryway or dining room, or redo all of the fixtures in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Need inspiration or ideas? We love combing through design magazines, but Pinterest and Instagram are great options as well. You can also ask your Realtor® who has probably staged a home or two along the way!

Sources: Sunset: 8 Ways to Refresh Your Home’s Style & My Home Ideas: Style Updates You Can Do Today

Home Staging Secrets by HGTV

Open up your living space by pulling furniture away from walls.If you are planning to sell your home this year, I suggest you start thinking about how to best present your home for sale. This is also called staging, and is an important part of the sales process. Staging helps make your home more inviting. Here HGTV offers some tips on how to stage your home and, of course, you can always consult with your favorite realtor – ME! I’ve got lots of handy tips too.

  1. Remove clutter including excess furniture.
  2. Furniture can open up rooms when pulled away from walls.
  3. Repurpose a room to make it more attractive to potential buyers.
  4. Improve the lighting in your home to make its best features “shine.”
  5. Experiment with color, such as adding an accent wall to your dining room or bedroom.
  6. When accessorizing, group things in odd numbers – like three.

For more tips and photos, visit the original article on HGTV.


Helping Sellers Maximize Their Profit Potential

Here’s a great article by Cyndi Sadowsky Berardi on how to maximize your home’s profit potential using professional staging techniques:

Top 5 Ways to Boost Sales Appeal

1.  Curb Appeal – Seasonal color, well maintained lawn & landscaping & a freshly painted front door are inviting to prospective home buyers.

2.  First Impressions – A home’s entryway should be welcoming.

3.  Kitchens Sell Homes – Clutter-free, updated kitchens are a hit with prospective buyers.

4.  Bathrooms – Updated fixtures and clutter-free counter space make a home live-in ready.

5.  Furniture Placement & Flow – Pare down the furniture for a clean, open look.

Click here to read the full article on maximizing a home’s sales potential.



Top Resales in Q2 of 2011 – John L. Scott, Kent-Covington

I am excited to have received the award for being “Top in Resales” for the 2nd quarter of 2011 from John L. Scott’s Kent-Covington office! It is hard work, but I love what I do. And it is clients like this that make it all worthwhile!

Testimonial posted to Zillow.com by “donanesb” for whom I listed a Kent home that recently sold:

Rated ***** in all categories

“Marti gives class A+ service. She is on top of the transaction every step of the way. We followed her recommendations regarding improvements, staging, pricing and the house sold within days of listing. She knows her business, follows through on things immediately, is professional and very nice to work with. Without hesitation we would recommend her for your real estate needs.”

If you have a home to list, I can help you too. Contact me today!