April, 2010 Archives
by Shar Sitter in Home Staging
How this client did Home Staging correctly in St. Paul, MN.
Many of my clients think they should wait to do Home Staging. They think that the best plan will be to put their house on the market, see how it goes, THEN if it doesn’t sell or if it gets negative feedback, they’ll have it staged. Please, Stage your Home correctly from the beginning! You’ll never get back those potential buyers who came through when it was a hot new listing.
So, what did my client in St. Paul do correctly? They knew Home Staging was important. They had me come through their home, give them advice on what was needing to be done, changed, and upgraded. They worked hard and did all the necessary improvements.
They took down dated wallpaper, updated lighting, repainted, made necessary repairs, and most importantly Staged It. The client truly saw the value of having their Home Staged Correctly.
This home was vacant as it had been a rental property for them. They knew without a doubt that to have the home show to its full potential it couldn’t be shown cold and uninviting without furniture. They followed my advice and staged the most important rooms of the house. Staging a vacant home and especially Staging the Home Correctly is so important.
Home Staging of a vacant property may seem expensive and you can easily talk yourself out of the need to stage it. But have you considered the costs if it doesn’t sell timely? Additional mortgage payments, insurance, utilities…….
After Staging this Home I received an email a few short weeks later and do you know what it said?? That the house sold and with multiple offers, due in large part to the wonderful Home Staging. Yes, multiple offers in this market.
So, do you think the time, effort and money they spent to do Home Staging correctly was worth it? They didn’t have to keep making house payments, they didn’t have to drop their price, and they got to put a SOLD sign up immediately.
Stage Your Home Correctly from the beginning, it does make a difference.
by Shar Sitter in Real Estate Market
MinneapolisREALTORS — March 17, 2010 — Where has the Twin Cities real estate market been and where is it heading? This monthly summary provides an overview of current trends and projections for future activity. Narrated by Cari Linn (Secretary of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®), audio recorded by Zach Foty and video produced by Chelsie Foty.
by Shar Sitter in Home Improvement
“A family room addition returns an average of 65% of its cost at resale, as long as the improvement is in line with other homes in the neighborhood” says houselogic.com, a website giving ample advice on making improvements to your home. That rate of return may be even less for those of us in the midwest, more for homeowners on the west coast. HouseLogic is a site provide by the National Association of Realtors. A lot of helpful information is provided on any addition you may be thinking of making to your home, even a second story!
To see more on this article go to: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/family-room-addition-return-investment/