Recipe for How to Sell a Home Fast

Recipe for How to Sell a Home Fast

My list to sell track record has always been above average, but we just put a house on the market that sold in two days. Yep - this one takes the cake! We're going to use it as our recipe on 'How to Sell a Home Fast'. Of course all the ingredients for a quick sale were there: A great house. It was a one level ranch in a great neighborhood. You can see our listing here. A perfect seller. This seller did everything right: Pictures. Last spring, when she knew she was going to put her ... [Read more...]

Intentional Communities Near You

Intentional Communities Near You

Intentional Community is a planned residential community of people with a shared vision. If you thought intentional communities were only on the west coast or somewhere in Europe, you might be surprised to learn that they’re also right here in North Carolina. For instance, Carrboro has two - Pacifica and Arcadia Cohousing. If you start looking, you’ll also find them in Pittsboro, Durham and Chapel Hill. Intentional communities are as diverse as the people who choose to live in ... [Read more...]

What Curb Appeal & Unappealing Bathrooms Have in Common

What Curb Appeal & Unappealing Bathrooms Have in Common

Have you ever gone into the restroom in a restaurant - and then decided that you'd rather eat elsewhere? "Oh, yuck. If the bathroom is this gross, what does the kitchen look like?" You take a look at the area you can see, and make an assumption on how clean the kitchen is. Prospective buyers do the same thing for houses - they gauge a home's interior by what can be seen at the street. It's called "curb appeal". People look at the outside of your home and subconsciously decide how well the ... [Read more...]

Selling Your Home. Stuff You Shouldn’t Sweat

Selling Your Home. Stuff You Shouldn’t Sweat

In the last post, I talked about how small fixes can help sell your house - things that are worth the sweat equity you have to give. There are some improvements, believe it or not, that you shouldn't sweat - things that don't add enough value, or things that actually take away from sale-ability of your home. Here are a few. 1. Major renovations. Most of the time, you won't sell a home faster because of major renovations. Adding a bedroom, creating a gourmet kitchen, or installing a hot tub ... [Read more...]

Selling Your House. Sweating The Small Stuff Pays Off!

Selling Your House. Sweating The Small Stuff Pays Off!

When it comes to selling a home, ignore the old adage. You really do need to sweat the small stuff. From Durham to Hillsborough to Chapel Hill - every home has little things that need to be fixed - things that detract from the value of the home. Little things that need to be fixed will make the value of your home go up - along with your asking price. It may be easy for you to overlook cracked tiling in the kitchen, holes from your son's errant baseball, that dripping faucet in the laundry ... [Read more...]

Another House Under Contract!

Sorry I'm tooting my own horn - but this news is too good not to share. :) Last week I was very excited about listing a cute little house for sale on Trawick Court in Woodcroft. Today, I'm even more excited. After some real negotiating, the house is under contract - today. (No coincidence that today is the deadline for the tax rebate!) This house was an expired listing. Someone else had it listed for seven months. After I was listed as the new agent, I did a home staging. Because the ... [Read more...]

Home Staging – How Your Entry Way Can Lead Buyers to You

Home Staging – How Your Entry Way Can Lead Buyers to You

Congratulations! You've made an important decision. You've decided it's time to sell your house. With a little forethought and a few simple adjustments, home staging can lead to a contract in any market. Everything starts in front of your house: 1. Walk this way! Familiarity can impair our vision of our home. Stand on the curb and assess your curb appeal. Pretend it's the first time you've seen this house. What does the woodwork look like? Does it need repair? How does the roof look from the ... [Read more...]

Staging Your House For Sale – How to Keep Your Bathroom Perpetually Fresh

Staging Your House For Sale – How to Keep Your Bathroom Perpetually Fresh

REALTORS® see lots of bathrooms - of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Some bathrooms have themes and some have style. Some need lots of work, and some need a good cleaning. Although individual styles and looks can vary greatly in bathrooms, everyone agrees on one thing: they need to smell clean and fresh. What's the secret? When it comes to staging your house for sale, I don't keep secrets from a motivated seller like you! 1. Start with a scrupulously clean bathroom. Clean smells clean. ... [Read more...]

Staging Your Home for Sale: Come in! Come in! What’s behind your front door?

Knowing what you want is more than half of any battle – and you know you want to sell your house. Congratulations, you decisive person, you! Now what? Let’s walk in your front door and start staging your house to sell quickly. 1. Look up. Let there be light! This is no time to close the curtains and protect furniture from the effects of sunshine. Open up your curtains and take advantage of all the natural lighting you have! If you don’t have the advantage of natural light, be sure your foyer ... [Read more...]

Staging Your House: 5 Steps to Whip up a Sale in Your Kitchen!

It's official: you're selling your house, and the time is now. Let me tell you a secret: staging a home for sale starts in the kitchen, the heart of the home. It doesn't matter that you're more likely to have the Chapel Hill pizza delivery service on your speed dial and the last time you cooked an honest-to-goodness homecooked meal was….it's okay, you don't have to give a time or a date! It's really okay! Yet you want your kitchen to welcome any potential gourmet or gourmand who's a strong ... [Read more...]