Selling Your Home? 5 Easy Must Do Tips

Are you thinking of selling your home? Or is your home already on the market and your just not getting the feedback you desire? In Northwest Arkansas we have a great source in Donna Schoby, Ready, Set, Stage, who has given us five great tips on things you can do when selling your home to give it the edge.

How many times has this happened to you while having your home listed? Your home shows and the feedback is not negative the new prospective buyers didn’t not like your house but there was just something……..

It’s hard for most people to visualize anything other than what they see when viewing homes, so if you have a room that serves several purposes (i.e. a home office/exercise room or a guestroom/playroom, pick one purpose, and stick with it when staging your home.

Confused Rooms = Confused Buyers
It’s hard for most people to visualize anything other than what they see when viewing homes, so if you have a room that serves several purposes (i.e. a home office/exercise room or a guestroom/playroom, pick one purpose, and stick with it when staging your home.

Things To Do:
• Keep in mind that master bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing, not for ironing, exercising, or gift wrapping. Make sure your master shows the potential buyer this will be a great place to unwind and relax.
• Remember that the dining room is one of the first rooms the buyers will see. Be sure to stage it as only a dining room, and not a craft area, study or catch all for toys and homework papers.
• Remember that the garage’s primary purpose is for parking cars. Empty the garage as best you can and show that at least one car can be parked in there.
• If you have a large space that has different purposes (i.e. a game room that serves as a play area for kids and a scrapbooking area for mom, set up clear zones to delineate the t.v. viewing area, the craft area, the game playing area, etc.

Sell Now? But….but…

I thought this was a very good article from the National Association of Realtors that addresses the issue of why to sell your home now.

4 Reasons to Sell Now

Selling a property in this tough market can seem like a challenge. Here are four factors that actually make this a good time to post a For-Sale sign.

1. Sell low and buy low. Because all property values are down, the sellers’ loss on a property is really only a paper loss because the next property they buy also will be a bargain. If they buy smartly, when prices come back up in a few years, they’ll be in better shape.

2. Down-payment help is widely available. While nothing-down loans have disappeared, it is easy to find down-payment assistance for lower-income and first-time home buyers. Programs vary all over the country, but one good way to find them is to search online for “down-payment assistance programs” and the name of your region.

3. Your uncle has money to share. Besides the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit and the $6,500 move-up credit, there are an array of energy tax credits that can make home improvements pay off in cash.

4. Good help is available. Really talented real estate practitioners, contractors, and designers are available and eager for business.

READY, SET, STAGE!

Are we headed for Broadway?

Not exactly but we are going to look into the art of staging your home.

With over 90% of home buyers searching online for a new home your home must make a great first impression. The first impression is a lasting impression! In a buyers market sellers compete with sellers. If buyers are not impressed what they see online they will move on to the next listing. Ready, Set, Stage! works with you and your Realtor to put your home on the “must see” list for today’s home buyers.

What is Home Staging?

Home Staging is the art of preparing your home to sell. It is not about decorating; Staging creates a lifestyle that buyers are looking for and helps them make an emotional connection to your home. In today’s competing market this is essential.

Why should I Stage my home?

When you make the decision to sell your home it becomes a product. Staging sets your home apart from competing homes on the market. Today’s buyers are looking for “move-in” ready homes. Staging is a marketing tool. When added to your Realtors marketing at plan you have homes that sells faster and for more of the asking price!

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Exit Pro Real Estate is “Rarified”

Okay so I admit, I had to look up the meaning of the word “RARIFIED”. So what does it mean.

2. [a] of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style ; “an exalted ideal”; “argue in terms of high-flown ideals”- Oliver Franks; “a noble and lofty concept”.

3. [a] reserved for an elite group .

Now that I know the definition, I feel better about the statement that was made about Exit Pro Real Estate. After a meeting a couple of weeks ago, there was a reference that Exit Pro Real Estate was rarified. In this reference I now understand that this person was paying Exit Pro Real Estate a huge compliment. Once a person hangs around Exit Pro Real Estate a little while they start picking up on the idea of being positive and understanding the lofty concepts of success that we at Exit Pro Real Estate aspire to accomplish. Here is the challenge for agents at other real estate companies that might be considering make a change. Are you a potentially rarifed real estate agent. Are you looking for an opportunity to be a part of real estate company that holds agents to a high moral standard, who has new and relative ideas flowing up and down the halls.

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  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths in 3,800 square feet
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  • Large eat in kitchen
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Bella Vista: Did You Know

Karen Freser is no Ponce de León, but the retired school nurse from Chicago seems to be the one who discovered the Fountain of Youth. On a hot August day, she’s wearing a charismatic smile and a black swimsuit, ready for a dive into one of three swimming pool complexes in Bella Vista, Ark. She’s here at least every other day—when she’s not on one of the town’s seven 18-hole golf courses or three walking trails. Then again, she could also be on the eight tennis courts, or fishing and boating on the eight stocked lakes, or exercising in the two recreation centers.

Freser, 81, thinks living in this idyllic village set among the trees and bluffs of the Ozark Mountains has “added 10 years to our lives.” In Bella Vista, it’s not uncommon to see a 75-year-old working out with a tennis pro or to hear that your 90-year-old neighbor just bought a new set of golf clubs. Enter the Branchwood recreation center, and you see a bulletin board overloaded with fliers for activities and clubs. Enroll in dance classes. Join the Ozark Hill Hikers, the Bella Vista Men’s Chorus, or the Cycle Riders. Competitive senior softball teams tour the region, and swimmers race in the Senior Olympics. For a slower pace, you can join bowling leagues, book clubs, bridge clubs, and bingo nights.

Enjoying Arkansas’s mild winters, recreational offerings, and reasonable cost of living. A low property owners’ fee helps pay for all the golf courses and other facilities and gives the residents low-cost and nearly exclusive access (guests are welcome but pay quite a bit more) to what Bella Vista has to offer.

“Too good.” Retired accountant and Kansas native Tom Pyle, 61, considered ritzier places in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas when retiring a decade ago. Arkansas was last on the list. He and his wife, Biddy, came through on a Saturday, and they bought a place on Sunday. “The economics are too good,” Pyle says as he heads to the practice green of the Bella Vista Country Club. The lifestyle isn’t bad, either. “People play golf in Bella Vista until they can barely walk,” he cracks.

Count Duarde and John Becky of Decatur, Ill., among them. With a red golf cart out front and a scenic view of the 15th fairway of the Highlands Golf Course out back, their house on a bluff “was our dream, and we finally accomplished it,” Dick Beck, 69, says. The two say they will golf till they drop. That’s a common sentiment in this retirement town where

What New Home Buyers Are Looking For

Better Homes and Gardens recently revealed proprietary research and insights on what consumers are looking for in their next home and overall priorities guiding current and future home improvement projects.

In a speech at the NAHB International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, Better Homes and Gardens Executive Editor Home Design, presented the results of the Next Home Survey along with reported trends from a nationwide network of field editors, the magazine’s Home Improvement Challenge and editorial coverage.

The survey of nationwide potential new home buyers and existing home owners who are planning improvements in the next few months found top priorities to include price, energy-efficiency, organization and comfort.

“Not surprisingly, we continue to see a ‘cents and sensibility’ approach when it comes to buying or improving a home, with practicality and price being top priorities,” said Nusbaum. “Today’s homeowner is also looking for a home that fits the entire family–from a multi-tasking home office, to expanding storage space needs, to a living room that can adapt to advancements in home entertainment and technology.”