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Surrounded by plummeting prices, bankrupting banks, fickle financiers, sagging stocks, cantankerous consumers … It’s time for some frivolity.

If you, like I, show a decent number of properties and, in the process, read the displayed MLS remarks, you’ll quickly discover that the art of good fiction writing is alive and well. With the current onslaught of foreclosures and distressed properties, listing agents have become, by necessity, “creative” with their carefully crafted comments. As I read their information, designed to convey the important aspects of the home, I’d swear some of them are gunning for a Pulitzer.

And then you visit the property, read the comments again and ask, “How did we get there from here?”

As an example, a property I recently visited had remarks stating, “Needs cosmetic work.”

Translation? “Throw in a stick of dynamite and start over!” The carpets were decimated, strips of wallpaper hung peeling from the walls, all the baseboards were missing and there was SUBSTANTIAL water damage to an upstairs bathroom floor and the ceiling underneath. Read, “gaping hole.” And that was just the beginning.

A REALTOR’S job is to sell property, and what they pen is designed to get you and your homebuyer to visit. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Carl Medford on March 2nd, 2009 under Buying or Selling a Home, Realtor

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On The Home Seller’s Radar, Part 2: Home Staging

Part 2 – HomeGain’s Fall 2007 Home Sale Maximizer™ Survey

In part 1, I disclosed six of the top 10 most recommended home improvements (by real estate agents). Now here are the top four!

1. Clean and de-clutter
2. Lighten and brighten
3. Stage home for sale
4. Landscape front/back yards

In each of the four regions, West, East, South and Mid-West, all real estate agents agreed that cleaning and de-cluttering was the most valuable action in getting a home into “home selling condition.”

At a minimal cost of a couple hundred dollars, ROI of cleaning and de-cluttering your home may skyrocket into a high average of 578%. This is added home value in the range of $1,500-$2,000. The highest return on investment was in the West (837%).

Professional home staging came in second place in the South and Mid-West. On a national level, agents reported that home staging costs between $400 and $600 on average, potentially resulting in a $1,900 to $2,500 increase to the home’s selling price, and making the return on investment over 340%. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on December 26th, 2007 under Home Improvement, Home Improvement Surveys, Home Staging, HomeGain Market Data


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