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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 2/12/2017

Want to make your home appealing to a broad range of homebuyers? Devote the necessary time and resources to get your residence move-in ready. By doing so, you may be able to generate substantial interest in your residence and accelerate the home selling process. Getting your home move-in ready can be quick and simple – here are three tips to ensure you'll be able to prep your house accordingly: 1. Prioritize cosmetic repairs. Repair broken baseboards, leaky faucets and other minor problems that otherwise might damage your home's value. This enables you to enhance your home's appearance and ensure buyers won't have to worry about these repairs if they decide to purchase your residence. Completing cosmetic repairs might seem tough at first, but making a list and finishing it item by item can help you make the right fixes without delay. And after these repairs are performed, you'll be able to boost your home's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers. Remember, cosmetic repairs may appear costly and time-consuming, but they can deliver long-lasting value. Homebuyers are sure to notice even the smallest issues when they examine your residence, and home sellers who eliminate these problems altogether can speed up the home selling process. 2. Clear as much space as you can. De-cluttering is paramount for home sellers, especially if they want to get their homes move-in ready. And home sellers who strive to clear out as much clutter as possible can increase their chances of an immediate sale. Typically, homebuyers want to envision what it's like to live in a house during a home showing. Meanwhile, if you de-clutter your residence, you'll be able to make it easier for homebuyers to consider how they may transform this house into a home. When it comes to showcasing your residence, you'll want to do everything possible to create a memorable experience for homebuyers. Therefore, de-cluttering will enable you to take another step toward helping your residence make a distinct impression on homebuyers. 3. Go neutral whenever possible. Dazzling homebuyers is important, and using neutral colors throughout your home may help you impress homebuyers as soon as they enter your residence. For instance, bright yellow walls can make a bold statement but could turn off the majority of homebuyers. In this scenario, homebuyers may move on to another residence or make you a below-average offer (and wind up repainting the walls if they purchase your residence, too). On the other hand, the use of neutral colors can help you boost your home's appearance in a number of ways. These colors will complement a wide range of individual styles and tastes and feature a classic look and feel. As a result, homebuyers likely will notice a home seller's use of neutral colors for all the right reasons. And ultimately, this may accelerate the process of generating genuine interest from buyers who check out your house. Selling a residence often can be difficult for inexperienced and experienced home sellers alike. Fortunately, those who are focused on getting their houses move-in ready can improve the quality of their residences and boost their chances of a quick sale.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 1/1/2017

If you're in the process of preparing your home for sale, nothing can replace the marketing benefits of making it look its absolute best!

Successful home staging is all about effectively appealing to all the senses -- especially sight, smell, and sound. When prospective buyers are touring a home, they're essentially looking for two things: aspects that are appealing to them and areas of concern. To a large degree, their impressions will be based on emotional reactions and subconscious impressions. For example, if there's anything about your home that reminds them of fond childhood memories, then that will definitely work in your favor.

In some cases, the right kind of music playing in the background can have a positive effect on first impressions. Fragrances, such as cinnamon, lavender, citrus, baking bread, or coffee brewing can also help create an appealing ambiance. On the other hand, the presence of pet odors, stains, fur, or cat litter boxes can send a very negative message to prospective home buyers -- especially if they don't own pets or have allergies. By the way, one other item that can be an enormous turn off to people is seeing mouse traps anywhere in the house. (A worst case scenario, of course, is a visible mouse trap that has recently been sprung! That could easily be a deal breaker!)

Home Staging 101

It can be challenging to consistently keep your house in tip top condition while you're still living in it, but, considering all that's at stake, it's worth the extra effort. In addition to impeccable cleanliness, other priorities for staging a home include fresh coats of paint where needed (preferably a neutral color), attractive landscaping, up-to-date appliances, and furniture that's in good condition. If you're at all unsure whether a room looks cluttered, dated, or poorly decorated, your real estate agent can provide helpful suggestions and feedback. An experienced real estate agent can spot potential problem areas in seconds and offer valuable advice about improving the marketability of your home. After having observed hundreds of buyer reactions to everything from cluttered rooms and mismatched furniture to peeling wall paint and water stains on ceilings, they can advise you on what needs to be fixed, spruced up, replaced, or rearranged.

Curb appeal -- or lack, thereof -- is literally the first impression your home will make on prospective buyers. If you can give your lawn a manicured look, eliminate signs of peeling paint, repair cracks in walkways and driveways, and remove grime from windows, concrete surfaces, and siding, then you'll stand a good chance of making a positive first impression on home buyers. Although home staging does not have to be an expensive undertaking, it can help you get top dollar for your property and minimize the time it remains on the market.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 12/25/2016

For home sellers, accepting a homebuyer's offer represents one of many steps you'll need to complete to finalize your home sale. In fact, accepting a homebuyer's proposal provides no guarantees, and a homebuyer likely will conduct a home inspection that may determine whether he or she moves forward with a home purchase.

Ultimately, a home inspection may make or break your home sale. But if you spend some time preparing for a home inspection, you can improve your chances of accelerating the home selling process.

Here are three tips to help home sellers get ready for a home inspection.

1. Clean Up Your Home's Interior and Exterior

A home inspector will investigate every nook and cranny of your house. As such, you'll want to ensure your residence dazzles when a home inspector visits, as any flaw could damage your chances of finalizing your home sale.

Conduct an extensive clean-up of your house's interior and exterior – you'll be happy you did. With a neat, tidy home, you'll be able to improve your chances of making a positive impression on a home inspector.

Plus, evaluating your residence before a home inspection ensures you can identify and address any minor flaws before the evaluation. That way, you'll be able to eliminate any problems and improve your chances of a fast, seamless home inspection that won't jeopardize your home sale.

2. Ensure All Areas of Your Home Are Easily Accessible

A home inspector will want to examine your hot water heater, your home's siding and more, so you'll want to make every area of your home easily accessible to a home inspector to guarantee he or she can perform the assessment properly.

Although a home inspector may uncover a variety of problems with your residence, the assessment represents a valuable learning opportunity for both you and the homebuyer. Thus, if all areas of your home are easily accessible, you may be able to make the most of this opportunity, learn about hidden problems with your residence and work to resolve these issues accordingly.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – a home inspection can be stressful, particularly for home sellers who want to finalize a home sale as soon as possible. Luckily, your real estate agent can help you minimize stress and ensure you know exactly what to expect before, during and after a home inspection.

Your real estate agent can answer any of your home inspection questions and ensure you are fully prepared for the assessment. In addition, your real estate agent will collaborate with you and the homebuyer. And if problems are discovered during a home inspection, your real estate agent will help you determine the best course of action.

When it comes to a home inspection, there is no need to worry. If you use the aforementioned tips to prepare for a home inspection, you'll be able to improve your chances of speeding up the home selling process.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 2/7/2016

Selling your home can be stressful enough but add messy kids to the mix and you have a challenge on your hands. But it can be easy to sell your home when you have kids if you do some small things to remedy clutter:

  • Go through the toys and limit the number of toys that the kids can keep out. Put the rest in storage, or donate toys that they don’t use.
  • Clean out the closets. Kids grow out of clothes and shoes quickly. Go through the kids closets and donate clothes that are too small. This will also help the closet look bigger.
  • If you have a baby store the large baby items out of the way. Large highchairs, playards can make your home look smaller.
  • Clean out the diaper pail daily.
  • Organize books and toys neatly in baskets, boxes, and bins.
  • Keep a laundry basket by the door for last minute pick-ups. You can always throw the basket in your car if you don't have time to sort through it before the buyer arrives for a showing.
  • Get the kids involved. Even small children can help keep the house tidy.
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    Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/27/2015

    Today's homebuyers are savvy and they know what they want. If you are looking to get top dollar or a quick sale you will want to make sure you home has what it takes to meet the high standards of today's buyers. Here are a few things that top buyer's lists: 1. Smaller: Believe it or not buyers are purchasing smaller homes but that doesn't mean they are sacrificing for smaller spaces. Open and flowing floor plans are big hits with buyers today. 2. Energy Efficient Appliances: Buyers know energy efficient appliances save money and they want them in the home they purchase. 3. Storage: Who doesn't love storage? Built-ins, custom closets and shelving sells homes. 4. Outdoor living space: Living space on a deck or patio increase the square footage and usable space and buyers are looking for a private outdoor area to relax and entertain. 5. A kitchen with eating area: Kitchens sell homes. Buyers want a large kitchen with a designated eating area. 6. Home office: More and more people are working from home and need a place to work that is away from the hustle and bustle of the main living area. Think about inventive ways to use space in your home to show a buyer that your home has everything they want. You may want to use a home stager to help you showcase these areas.