Proper home selling etiquette 101

 

Maybe these are unwritten rules for what a seller should do when preparing for a showing.  But good advice nonetheless.

 

First, be gone for showings.  I’ve found that buyers will not “feel” at home if the owner stays behind and watches their every move.  Many buyers want to see if their stuff will fit in to your house.  Is there enough room in the closets?  Where will they put the plates and silverware?  Their canned goods and pantry items?  When a buyer gets what I call “touchy/feely” in a kitchen, that’s a good sign.  They want to feel at home in your house.

 

Keep your car out of the way.  Everyone wants to be able to have enough room to park.  In this day and age of two or more cars per family, that’s important.

 

Take your pets with you.  Many people like pets, some do not.  Some pets bark the entire time a Realtor is showing your house, which is bothersome.  Some have deep growls, which is intimidating.  Some hide.   Some run out the door in spite of our best efforts to keep them in.  We try not to lose too many of them though.  LOL

 

Keep out some important documents.  Sometimes a copy of the aerial map is helpful to know approximate boundaries.  If you have a copy of your utility average from the utility company, put that out.  Warranty paperwork is helpful to know about as well.

 

I’ve seen some homeowners write a letter to their potential buyer and tell them what made them purchase the house when they first bought.  Share what you’ll miss about the neighborhood.  It will make the new buyers feel at home.

Fixer Upper??

Fixer upper:  Diamond in the rough or a money pit?

So you’re thinking of a fixer upper?  Lots of people do.  You want to be able to put your own spin on the decorating, choose your own flooring and decor just like they do on HGTV.  The question is, how do you tell if it is truly a diamond in the rough or a soul-sucking money pit?

 

Not so long ago, many of the fixer uppers on the market were distressed properties such as foreclosures.  Often you’d find that they were stripped of anything valuable:  often times the furnace, a/c unit, copper wiring, let alone the appliances and light fixtures were missing or stolen.   Fortunately, the market has improved now and this is a less common sight.

 

How about the home’s basic features?  Does it have that really cool architectural or design feel?  Maybe gorgeous hardwood floors and an awesome fireplace or mantel?  Some features never really go out of style.

woodwork staircase

One of the most important features to consider is the overall structural soundness of the property.  Are the walls bowing in or out in the basement?  Are there waterproofing issues that need to be resolved?  Once I sold a house to someone who renovated the entire house before realizing that he should have leveled the floors before installing the sheetrock.  You could put a pair of roller skates on at one end of the house and with a little start be at the back of the house.  The contractor lost his shirt on this one.  (Hindsight)

 

What about location?  Location is king when it comes to a renovated house.  Will the renovation make it the nicest house on the block?  Or will others still be nicer than this one?

Of course, dealing with ANY renovation can be stressful.  There’s always more than first meets the eye.  Been there.  Done that.  Always need a contingency plan.  Many have told me the only way to make money on a renovation is to be the one to do the contracting work.  That’s usually the person who makes money on the deal.

Money Pit

Some people like the challenge of the task before them.  Others prefer to buy a home already done.  It’s individual preference, I’d say.  We at Advantage Real Estate are here to help you decide, just let us know what direction you prefer!

Spring Has Sprung! We are having an Open House Weekend!

Spring has sprung, and the agents at Advantage Real Estate are rolling out the red carpet this Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th with 20 open houses!   You can see all the details at www.AskAdvantage.com for each specific property!

 

Starting  on Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon:

 

1331 Watson - MLS 16-69

 

1331 Watson, $67,500  MLS 16-69

 

615 Weintz - MLS 15-438

 

615 Weintz, $114,500  MLS 15-438

 

505 McKinley - MLS 16-95

 

505 McKinley, $59,000  MLS 16-95

 

419 Corinth - MLS 16-43

 

419 Corinth, $145,000  MLS 16-43

 

304 S 6th - MLS 16-3

 

304 S. 6th St. $59,900  16-3

 

335 Morningside - MLS 15-363

 

335 Morningside Dr.  $169,900  MLS 15-363

 

36 Urbandale - MLS 15-329

 

36 Urbandale, $195,000  MLS 15-329

 

Starting on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm:

400 S Main Huntsville - MLS 16-85

 

400 S. Main, Huntsville $82,900 MLS 16-85

 

201 Greenhills - MLS 16-88

 

201 Greenhills Dr., $92,000 16-88

 

823 S Williams - MLS 15-11

 

823 S. Williams, $99,900  MLS 15-11

 

414 Union - MLS 16-7

 

414 Union, $76,500  MLS 16-7

 

Sunday Open Houses 1 to 3 pm

 737 W Rollins - MLS 15-239

737 W. Rollins, $76,900  MLS 15-239

 

519 Fort - MLS 15-443

 

519 Fort, $129,900  MLS 15-443

 

804 Fox Run - MLS 15-321

 

805 Fox Run, $225,000 16-60

 

805 Fox Run - MLS 16-60

 

804 Fox Run, $339,900  15-321

 

518 E Burkhart - MLS 15-358

 

518 E. Burkhart, $73,000  MLS 15-358

 

8527 Highway BB Huntsville - MLS 15-472

 

8527 Hwy BB, Huntsville, $125,500  MLS 14-472

 

1113 Bradford Circle - MLS 16-82

 

1113 Bradford Circle, $189,900  MLS 16-82

 

1052 Private Rd 1006 Clifton Hill - MLS 16-22

1052 Private Road 1006, Clifton Hill (just off Hwy 24 west of Clifton Hill North turn off.  You can see house from the highway)

$255,000  MLS 16-22

 

Sunday 3:30 to 5:30 pm:

423 S Clark - MLS 16-73

 

423 S. Clark, $45,000  MLS 16-73

Remember Your First Time?

Everyone remembers their firsts– first kiss, first car, first job, first house.  Here’s another one: my first listing.  I remember it well.  Actually it was my first listing with Advantage Real Estate.  You see, I had been licensed with another major franchise prior to that, but that’s another story.  My first listing was a rundown 3 bedroom house in a not-so-expensive part of town. (In this photo, it’s been fixed up a bunch since 20 years ago…)   Word got back to me that “we had found our niche.”   We eventually found the right buyer for it; the wife’s aunt lived right down the street.  Funny thing how “family” brings people back to our town!

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The folks who sold that house bought another one, a much nicer “move-up” house.  And there begins our saga with Advantage Real Estate.  During the first year our office was in business, I kid you not:  someone either called or came by the office in person EVERY DAY Monday through Saturday for a year to say that they were glad we were here!  They told us that this town needed some competition because the ones in business weren’t providing the service they expected.  My step father, who started our office in Moberly had three real estate offices at one time in Houston, TX (before the oil recession), brought a concept with him that we still use today.  It’s a service satisfaction guarantee.  We want folks to know we are serious about good communication.  Serious enough to put it in writing…

 

Back to the “first” story though.  As time went on, we sold the listings we had, many of the sellers moved up to larger homes.  We have grown to represent many, many homes in varying price ranges.  They are ALL important to us.   We always try to value any home we work with as that person’s castle.  It’s the most important thing that family owns.  And we don’t want to forget it.  It’s what our company is based on.  Tell the truth no matter what.  Be nice.  Stay in touch.  Give feedback.

 

Our footprint in this market is continually growing!  In 2015 we represented 275 sides of sale (which means either a seller or a buyer).

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If you know someone who needs advice on how to sell their home quickly and at the best possible price…please give us a call!  660-263-3393

or find us on the web at www.AskAdvantage.com.

 

Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

It’s always nice to get a big chunk of money back on your tax return.  How should you spend that money though?

Instead of hitting the mall, here’s some ideas to consider…

 

  1. Update your home’s fixtures.

Updating fixtures goes a long way to giving a modern “look” to a house.  Making the light fixtures and the ceiling fans all match is  what they do in new construction.  How about replacing door handles, hinges, faucets, and bathroom light fixtures to match modern home design trends?

 

  1. Trim and Mouldings

Installing crown moulding, baseboards, or wainscoting is a sure fire way to create a more refined look.

 

  1. Make Kitchen Repairs

Focus on making repairs like a new kitchen faucet, eliminating burn marks on the countertops, maybe repainting your cabinets and installing new hardware with a modern finish.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot.

 

  1. Spruce Up the Exterior

Keep in mind that the curb appeal is the first impression for many buyers online and in person.  Invest in some fertilizer to green up your lawn, even some chemical to get rid of the dandelions!  Trim the shrubs, paint the front door, clean the windows till they shine, set out some seasonal flowers in a flower pot.  These all go a long way to impress!

 

  1. Upgrade the Bathroom

Rather than taking on an expensive renovation, make sure your bathroom is tip-top clean.  Clean the tub and shower (make sure there’s no grungy mildew or soap scum), regrout the tile if needed, and install new fixtures.  Invest in some new towels if it’s been awhile.

 

Whether or not you’re getting ready to sell, these tweaks are cost-effective, and will result in a new look.  They may be small, but will make a huge impact!

The H.P. Jennings Mansion – Moberly, MO

Hey there, I’m enjoying the sun trying to come out from behind the clouds and thought I’d take a few minutes to show you some shots of a magnificent 1893 mansion restored with quality and character!

This is the entry foyer, complete with fireplace and the inside of the front turret. 

There are a total of 6 fireplaces in the house.  All in original condition with excellent care through the years!

Lovely grand staircase leading to the second story.  This comfortable and solid 3-story yellow brick Victorian has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a 2 door detached garage plus a gazebo.

Spacious front “music” room with beamed ceilings and oak flooring.

Large dining room with fireplace. 

Modern kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space.

3 bedrooms on the second floor.  This master bedroom has awesome wood floors and beamed ceilings.

It is reported by the Missouri Historical Society in Columbia that the renowned Missouri architect, Ludwig Abt designed the second floor bathrooms.  There are two that are side-by-side, both with square tubs

There’s over 5300 sq ft in this wonderful home.  Call Advantage Real Estate at 660-263-3393.  We’d love to take you on a personal tour!

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