Christos Prappas

Christos Prappas

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Buyer/Seller Tips


Pricing it right.

Find out what your home is worth, and price it right. Homes with multiple price changes take longer time to sell and typically sellers end up with less money.

 

The first appointment is always online.

A recent National Association of Realtors study found that nearly 90% of homebuyers use the internet to house hunt. If your online listing is drab and uninviting, you’re already turning off a lot potential buyers. Always have professional pictures and video posted online. Remember, you only have one chance to create a good first impression

 

The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door, first impression is the only impression. Spruce up your home’s exterior with shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your entrance door and your home’s curb appeal.

 

Always be ready to show.

Your house needs to be\"show-ready\" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape.

 

Clutter free and Staging.  

Consider rearranging your furniture to make the space look larger, if your home is vacant staging it is a very good idea. Storage is something every buyer is looking. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

 

Forget your style.

Focus on the style of the prospect buyers. Try to understand the demographics of the potential buyer – and learn what style they like. For example, if you are selling to first time homeowners, they are probably young and not as interested in dark wood trim – so paint it white! A fresh coat of paint on walls, trims, and doors its probably the best investment when selling a home. 

 

Let them be light!

Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. Clean the windows and open the blinds or curtains when buyers visit your home. Remember bright room = happy room.

 

It\'s smells so nice!

I’m sure you’ve heard the claims before – the human sense of smell can trigger powerful emotions in a potential buyer. A fresh scent signifies “new” – which everyone loves! Additionally, a good smell can hide the old smell of the house and pets if there was any. Scented candels of vanilla, cinnamon or fresh backed cookies always a good idea.  

 

Buyers buying life style.

Most buyers are not shopping for a home – they are shopping for a lifestyle. That lifestyle could be “luxury” or “simple” or “lavish’ – so try to create a feeling around your entire house of that lifestyle.

 

The kitchen is the most importan room.
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. If you have a little money to spend, install new counter tops or new stainless steel appliance.

 

Hire the right agent for you.

Choosing a realtor to sell your home can be a difficult task. A few things to consider are: experience, knowledge about the market and your competition. Good marketing and negotiating skills, and most importantly someone you can trust to represent your interests.