Top Ten Things “Not To Do” When Selling Your home

Are you thinking of selling your home? There are several things you should consider before putting your home on the market, but most importantly, there are things you should “NOT DO”.
1. Don’t do it alone. It is important to hire a real estate professional who works in your community. Realtor’s know the statistics of the homes sold in your area and can help price your home for a quick sale.
2. Don’t over price your home. Pricing is critical. If your home is overpriced, it will sit on the market for a much longer time than the average days and you will find yourself chasing the market. Don’t list your home with the agent that says they can get more for your home than anyone else. This agent maybe just trying to get the listing. Work with your Realtor to strategically price your home to sell in the fastest possible time-frame. Otherwise, your home will become stale and you will walk away with a much lower price.
3. Don’t Forget to Stage your Home. It is critical that your home be competitive in the market where you are selling. That means, de-cluttering, painting and staging your home for sale. Preview open houses in the area to see how the home is staged (or better still if it is not staged correctly). Ask your Realtor if they provide home staging as part of their marketing plan. Your Realtor has expert knowledge of the area and which homes sell faster because they show well.
4. Don’t decorate your home to personal taste. It is important that the prospective purchaser be able to see themselves in your home. If you paint with bright colors or hang too many pictures, the buyer may find it too distracting. Keep it neutral.
5. Don’t forget to disclose. Disclose all material facts about your home and any information on the repairs or renovations you have made to your home. Have you had any problem with your home? If so, it is important to disclose that information as well. If you are in doubt, disclose, disclose, disclose. Don’t hide imperfections. If you are unable to fix something in your home prior to putting it on the market, be sure that the prospective home buyers can see the imperfection. Your Realtor will provide you with a Seller’s Disclosure Statement that you will be required to fill out. Provide the details.
6. Don’t take your own pictures. Pictures are a crucial part of the marketing plan. Ask your Realtor if they use a professional photographer as part of their marketing plan. The more pictures, the better. Don’t make the mistake this home seller did. 4247846_901_22 View the pictures before they go on-line and make sure that they provide an accurate reflection of your home’s best qualities.
7. Don’t forget to remove your pets when the home is being shown. As much as we love our pets, it is important that they do not interfere with the home showing.
8. Don’t hang around buyers when they are viewing your home. When a seller hangs around for a showing, it can be very disturbing or distracting for a prospective purchaser. Make plans to be away from the home during showing times.
9. Don’t have a closed mind. Negotiations in a real estate transaction should be win/win. Everyone should walk away feeling that it was a positive experience. Keep your mind open during the negotiations and don’t be stubborn.
10. Do not get greedy. We all love our homes and sometimes a seller may feel that their home is worth more than the market will bring. If you receive an offer from a qualified Realtor in your area, keep in mind that they know their market and have brought you an offer after doing a lot of research. Work the offer!

If you are thinking about selling your home, visit us at http://www.kathyandmary.com for more information.

Selling Advice – Stagging Before you Sell

When you have made the important decision to put your home on the market, your Realtor will give you a list of important projects that you will need to accomplish before showing your home to potential buyers.

One of the most important factors in putting your home on the market is to make sure that your home is staged to sell. When buyers walk through your home, you want to make sure that it is perfect! There are many tips that you can find on-line, however, the National Association of Realtors recommends several general tips that you can follow that will make sure your home beats the competition!!

1. Make sure that all unnecessary items are removed from the home. You may want to keep a few items on the furniture, but de-clutter your home. The buyer needs to be able to visualize themselves in your home and if there is too much clutter, they will not be able to see their furniture and accessories when previewing your home.

2. Make sure that all your counter-tops in the kitchen are clear of any appliances. Put the appliances away and pull them out when you need them. Make sure all your appliances are clear of any magnets, pictures or messages.

3. Remove all unnecessary items from the counter-tops in the bathroom and commode top. Keep only the things that you find necessary and that you use on a regular basis, but make sure that they are kept neatly in a group on the counter. Make sure that all your towels match the bathroom.

4. Remove all personal pictures for every room in the home with the exception of the master. You can leave a few personal pictures in your bedroom. De-clutter your walls throughout the home to help it feel spacious and open.

After you have removed all the unnecessary items from your home, you should walk each room to ensure that it feels spacious and de-cluttered. Think like a buyer and what you would want to see if you were looking at the home.

5. Make sure your home interior is painted in neutral colors. Touch-up rooms that need it and repaint walls that are a personal color and will not be attractive to many buyers.

6. Make sure all your carpets and rugs are cleaned prior to your home going on the market.

7. Clean your windows!!!

Keep in mind that your goal is to sell your home at the highest price in the least amount of time. Staging is a great tool for accomplishing this goal. As Realtor’s in the Atlanta Market for many years, we have seen the best looking homes fly off the market time and time again because of staging and “pricing to sell!”

For more information on how to stage your home on the inside and outside, visit Realtor.com for more quick tips.

Great time to sell and buy in Atlanta
KathyandMary – Connecting Atlanta
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
404-295-9491
kathyandmary@gmail.com
www.kathyandmary.com

273 Winter Avenue – Kirkwood Home for Sale

273 Winter Avenue, Atlanta 30317

Home for Sale in Kirkwood – A Lovely Atlanta Neighbordhood

This lovely historically inspired home is now on the Market. It is in a fabulous location – just a few blocks walking distance from the Oakhurst Village, Sun in my Belly, Wahoo, Oakhurst Dog Park and more. It is more than just a two bedroom, two bath home. The current home owners totally renovated the home in 2006 turning a duplex into the beautiful home that it is today. It features a lovely sitting room, family or den area, formal dining, totally new gourmet kitchen, new master bedroom and bath, and a wonderful patio area and fenced backyard. Don’t miss out on this home just steps from Oakhurst without the Decatur taxes. For more information on this home, visit 273winteravenue.com

Great time to sell and buy in Kirkwood
KathyandMary – Connecting Atlanta
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
404-295-9491
kathyandmary@gmail.com
www.kathyandmary.com

OAKHURST REAL ESTATE REPORT

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WELCOME TO OAKHURST

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December, 2012

OAKHURST NEIGHBORHOOD

Homes for Sale 16
Homes Currently Under Contract 10
Homes Sold in December 14
Average Days on Market 58*
Current Interest Rate 30 yr Fixed 3.5

* Includes New Construction which had longer days on Market

Great time to sell and buy in Oakhurst
KathyandMary – Connecting Atlanta
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
404-295-9491
kathyandmary@gmail.com
www.kathyandmary.com
Search for Properties: http://www.youratlantarealestateexpert.com

KIRKWOOD REAL ESTATE REPORT

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WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD

Kirkwood Homes for Sale 26
Homes Currently Under Contract 16
Homes Sold in December 16
Average Days on Market 31
Current Interest Rate 30 yr Fixed 3.5

Great time to sell and buy in KIRKWOOD
KathyandMary – Connecting Atlanta
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
404-295-9491
kathyandmary@gmail.com
www.kathyandmary.com
To Search for Properties: http://www.youratlantarealestateexpert.com

EAST LAKE REAL ESTATE REPORT

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WELCOME TO EAST LAKE

EAST LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD

Homes for Sale 26
Homes Currently Under Contract 14
Homes Sold in December 9
Average Days on Market 56
Current Interest Rate 30 yr Fixed 3.5

Great time to sell and buy in EAST LAKE
KathyandMary – Connecting Atlanta
Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
404-295-9491
kathyandmary@gmail.com
www.kathyandmary.com
To Search for Properties: http://www.youratlantarealestateexpert.com