Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 7/15/2019

Selling your home is a big deal, and while there's a lot that your real estate agent will do for you, you also have an essential part to play in the process of selling your home for a new one. A seller needs to make the house as attractive as possible when putting it up for sale. Here are the ways to prepare your home for sale: 

Look at the house from a stranger's viewpoint 

The advantage of viewing your property from a prospective buyer's perspective is that it enables you to identify some defects that could prevent potential buyers from initiating the sale process. Taking an unbiased and unemotional look at your home will help you see things in a better light. Better still, you can ask your friend or real estate agent to examine your home and give you an honest opinion about the state of the residence. And, try to amend whatever they pointed out as a defect. 

Remove pets from the house

Pets are good to have in a home, but not all buyers like the idea of buying a home with pets around. Some buyers may not want to see pets around, especially if they are allergic to them. Therefore, it is advisable to remove all pets from the house. And have a non-pet owner give your home the "sniff test" to make sure the pet odors are gone too.

Make Improvement before selling 

Nothing discourages buyers more than a property that is poorly maintained. Not only that, such houses attract lower offers. Prospective buyers will not be willing to buy a house for top dollar that requires extra costs for repairs and improvements. Therefore, an excellent way to increase the value of your home is to improve it before putting it up for sale. However, you should not overspend on home improvements, or the expenses will eat into your profits when selling. Your agent is an excellent resource for pointing out which upgrades are worth the money spent. 

Spread the word

Below are ways that you can market your home by yourself and with the help of your real estate agent.

- Pay for ad space in local directories

- Word of mouth to friends and family

- Multiple Listing Services through your agent

- Speak to your realtor about creating a Virtual Tour

- Plan an open house to allow prospective buyers to see the house themselves

If you plan to place your home up for sale, consider the ideas above to ensure a fast sale. Most of all, follow your agent's advice on marketing trends that work best in your market.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 7/10/2019

What do you think is the best paint color to sell your house? It often seems that the best color is white since it evokes a clean canvas for the buyer. While white is an excellent color to start with, you may find that if you warm up the interior of the house just a bit, it may assist prospective buyers in feeling more at home when they walk in than stark white. Here are some excellent fresh but neutral colors to paint your house to prepare it for the market.

Colors for the Kitchen

White kitchens have been everywhere recently, but a completely white kitchen doesn't give most buyers that homey feeling that draws them in. Neutral warm or cool grays offset those beautiful white cabinets while exposing any particular architectural details. Some reports show sales increases prices with appropriately colored walls. Your agent will know which colors are most popular in your area but some to look at are Hazelnut or Lilac Gray.

Bathroom Colors

In bathrooms, blue seems to be the color of choice. A freshly painted pale blue master bath can give the buyer a sense of a spa-like retreat while deeper hues provide a room the ever-popular nautical theme.

Bedroom Colors

Home seller reports show that rooms painted a matte soft cerulean blue made a higher net profit than expected. For added appeal, try to pair the blue with white baseboards and stage the room with natural woods. Buyers want to step into a space that feels restful. 

Living Room Colors

For your living room, look for lighter beiges and warmer gray-browns. This color combination will help the room feel more cozy and welcoming. Boldly accent the beige with a white fireplace mantle and baseboards for a clean and comfortable feel. You can use some natural woods and cozy textures when staging the room.

Dining Room Colors

For the dining room, cool bluish-grays give the room a more formal appeal and instantly updates the space. Statistics showed that dining rooms painted with a bluish gray sold for higher pricing than homes with white dining rooms.

Best practices for a smaller home are to paint most rooms the same neutral color as it gives the house a more substantial feel. But, if you have a larger home, paint in such a way to highlight the architectural detail of each room while remaining neutral. If you want to have one very bright paint, make it the front door. Studies show that a brightly painted front door adds curb appeal to any home.

As always, discuss any color changes with your professional real estate agent for the best ROI and quickest sale.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 7/2/2019

As a first-time home seller, it is important to avoid shortcuts. By doing so, this home seller may be better equipped than others to reduce the risk of accepting a "lowball" offer on his or her residence.

A lowball offer is something that every home seller would like to avoid. Yet a home seller who lacks real estate knowledge and insights may struggle to identify a lowball offer, particularly if he or she is listing a residence for the first time.

Ultimately, there is no need for a first-time home seller to settle for a lowball offer. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you how to identify a lowball offer in any real estate market, at any time.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a first-time home seller identify and address a lowball offer on his or her residence.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

The housing market often fluctuates, and a real estate sector that favors home sellers today may morph into one that favors homebuyers tomorrow. As such, a first-time home seller should allocate the necessary time and resources to monitor real estate market patterns and trends closely.

To learn about the housing market, it is essential to analyze available houses in your city or town. Furthermore, don't forget to assess available houses that are similar to your own.

Housing market data can provide pivotal insights that a home seller can use to stir up substantial interest in his or her residence. Plus, these insights can help a home seller establish a competitive price for a home, thereby reducing the risk of receiving a lowball offer on his or her house.

2. Understand Your Home's Value

For first-time home sellers who want to avoid lowball offers, a home appraisal is ideal. In fact, a home appraisal can make it simple for a first-time home seller to understand what his or her property is worth based on its current condition.

As part of a home appraisal, a property inspector will assess a house both inside and out. After the appraisal is completed, the inspector will provide a home seller with a report that outlines his or her findings. Then, a home seller can use the report findings to review a house's strengths and weaknesses and complete home improvements as needed.

A home appraisal can help a home seller uncover ways to bolster a house's interior and exterior. In addition, the appraisal can provide insights that highlight a home's true value and help a home seller minimize the risk that he or she will accept a lowball proposal.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A first-time home seller may be uncertain about how to proceed with an offer. Fortunately, real estate agents can provide unparalleled insights into the housing market and help home sellers make informed decisions.

In most instances, a real estate agent is happy to discuss an offer with a home seller. This housing market professional can offer honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to ensure a home seller can differentiate between a lowball offer and a strong proposal as well.

Avoid the danger of accepting a lowball offer on a residence – use the aforementioned tips, and a first-time home seller will be better equipped than ever before to accept the best proposal for his or her house.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 6/20/2019

Some houses benefit from extensive care over the years, while others show a lot of tough love. When it comes time to move on and sell your house, it might need repairs to get top dollar when selling. Fixing it up to sell is one option, but for those selling hurriedly without extra funds for significant repairs, here are tips for selling a house that may need a little work "as-is."

Clean it Up

Keeping your house neat and tidy can go a long way. While looking around at the ins and outs of your home, the day-to-day living will show. It is always worth giving a great first impression to a potential buyer. Buyers that see a cluttered house also will see that there aren't many storage options. 

A delightful and maintained garden creates an appealing outer appearance. If there is not much to your landscaping, there are options to create a more welcoming lawn. If dealing with mostly concrete, adding gravel can be soothing to the eye. The area will become more attractive with this simple addition. Getting rid of weeds, keeping the grass trimmed, and adding some potted flowers can make quite a difference. Don't be afraid to stand out!

Another simple clean-up task is the windows. Most buyers head to windows right away to get a view of the house. Clean windows and sills can change a good impression to a great one. 

Display Outstanding Features

Every house has its own unique gems. Don't be afraid to boast about the good qualities of your house. Floor plans, original fixtures, or anything unusual about the house are useful to point out to any type of buyer.

Create a focus on your selling points. A beautiful patio, ample storage, and distinctive views matter to many buyers and help with the transition of a sale. 

Highlight the location of the house as well. If the house is in a well-known, desired neighborhood, be sure to point it out. Don't forget to mention public transportation, schools in the area, and the commute to specific stores or parts of town. People desire to live in a great house, but they also want great surroundings. 

Sweat the Small Stuff

Taking the initiative to fix smaller repairs can be beneficial. Huge renovations aren't always needed. To make your place have a better appearance, often cosmetic repairs are what is necessary: Any holes or stains on the walls and ceilings should be taken care of right away. Deep cleaning appliances and bathrooms will go a long way. Leaky pipes and other small broken fixtures should be fixed immediately. Broken hinges and doors are noticeable but also easy to fix. 

The Price is Right

Presenting a charade isn't the goal here. The buyer will see the amount of work needed to achieve their dream house, and that should be reflected in the price as well. An overpriced property can turn away a lot of buyers.

Rely on the advice and expertise of your real estate professional to help you set the correct pricing for a quick but profitable sale.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate on 5/28/2019

Today’s home buyers see hundreds if not thousands of real estate photos when they’re in the market. Odds are that they’ll eliminate a number of homes from their search before ever even setting foot in them.

As you can imagine, that makes your home listing’s photographs all the more important to securing solid leads on your house.

In spite of the importance of photographs, a number of sellers get them wrong. To ensure that your home listing’s photos make a great first impression, we’re going to take a look at some of the common mistakes to avoid in your listing photography.

1. Not taking enough photos

In the age of digital photography, you can never take too many pictures. Experiment with different lighting, setups, and angles, and don’t be afraid to take as many photos as necessary to get the shots you want.

2. Going overboard with the uploads

It might be tempting to upload all of the pictures you took of your home, but it could hurt your overall presentation. Sort carefully through your pictures and pick one or two photos that best showcase each room and another one to three photos of the home’s exterior and land.

Visitors to your listing will get bored and click away if you have a slideshow with hundreds of images. Make it easy for them to find exactly what they’re looking for by limiting the number of total photos of your home.

3. Avoid close-ups

Your home should be spotlessly clean and tidy when taking photos. However, that doesn’t mean you need to get up close to each object in your home to take photos. Try to take wide shots that make your home feel spacious and welcoming.

4. Look out for mirrors and reflections and other distractions

If there’s one way to ruin an otherwise serene photo of your home, it’s when you spot the photographer accidentally showing up in the shot. Plan your angles so that you don’t get any flashes, glare, or reflections in your photographs.

And, while we’re on the topic of distractions, it’s a good idea to take your pets out of the room before your start shooting. Remember, potential home buyers don’t love your dog or cat like you do.

5. Don’t settle with your first shots

The different (or lack) of lighting your home receives throughout the day can make or break your photos. Try taking photos of your home at midday, when there are the least amount of shadows. Then, shoot some photos at golden hour (just before the sun sets) to capture warm tones. Finally, right after dusk, turn the lights on in your home and take some shots from outside. These photos give the illusion of a warm, cozy place where the light is always on.