Yay Nina!! Congratulations on the closing of your condo and your new townhouse purchase!! I am so happy for you to get into this beauty.
Looking forward to hearing how much you enjoy having your daughters and grandkids over and have room to enjoy them.
Thanks again to my amazing team Theresa, Svetlana, & Scott with Guild Mortgage. Also thanks to Tami, and Amber at CW title in Puyallup and Kim at CW in Bellevue. You helped make yesterday a dream come true for Nina.
Starbucks started a program in 1995 to encourage global responsibility. It is called Grounds for your Garden, offering free coffee grounds for those that want to green garden. Check out this link to see how you can get yours.
So happy for you, with the added benefit to us that you are closer now. YAY!!! Now onto the next step, but relax for a bit 🙂
You know you are going to list your home in a week, a month or two. You have a plan, just a few more items to do in the house and in the yard, then you will contact the real estate agent. Is this really the best way to get the most for your home??
You have heard the market is moving fast, there is low inventory, you are ready to sell now and there isn’t much to it other than cleaning and some lawncare. You should be able to sell for top dollar fast and easy, right?
Unfortunately, many are used to selling this way in the past. Things have changed and even though in some areas of our state things are selling so rapidly people think a nice clean home and mowed lawn will give them their list price, this is not the case in every location.
Each home sells in a price range based on location, property conditions, upgrades etc. Not all homes in your neighborhood or local area are created equal. Home values on many popular sites have a large error factor in both directions. Your home may be worth more or less than what you see. Real estate agents have the tools to get accurate information.
Your home may be very clean and organized, and you want to sell rapidly for that list price you hope to get. There are small things that can be done to increase your home value, and even small investments that will get you much more in return.
Working with a real estate agent at least 1-2 months in advance to listing allows you to get a clearer more accurate picture of values in your area. Your real estate broker can walk through your home and evaluate the condition, suggest upgrades and help you learn some other items that will increase actual value and perceived value. In addition, real estate agents can help point out some items that will help your home pass inspection.
Working with a full-service agent can provide the following:
*The right price for the condition of the home
*Things that will greatly increase the perceived value: fresh paint, carpet cleaning, staging.
*Things that you would have done if you stayed: new flooring, upgraded countertops or backsplash in kitchen and bathrooms. These items if you work with your agent can be done with some expense, however, the return at closing will allow you to pay it off and reap the extra money from the upgrades.
*Staging whether it is accessory staging, or full home staging make the house stand out.
*Quality professional photography is a major factor in getting people to come visit your home. Let’s be honest you have all seen those dark, fuzzy, sideways photos on listings. Close-ups of the interesting chandelier and a decorative tile in the bathroom should not be the focal point of your photos.
Like homes, not all agents are created equal. Meet with them, see if they provide you with the data to help you navigate the home selling/buying process for our current market.
Do they communicate well with you from day one, are they available, do you feel that you can understand what they are talking about? Do you feel they would do the best job for you?
Don’t take on the selling process on your own, let the professionals help you since they have the knowledge and experience. Meet early with the real estate agent of your choice to get the highest value for your home.
Earlier this year, Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks announced that we were joining together to help #tacklehomelessness. For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.
As proud as we are of our #tacklehomelessness campaign and the money we’re raising, we know we can do more. That’s why we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive benefitting YouthCare. Each night in Seattle, nearly 1,000 young people are homeless. And with the winter months quickly approaching, YouthCare is in dire need of survival supplies to keep homeless youth warm and dry during the long, wet winter.
Here’s what we are collecting:
- Warm socks
From October 17 through November 14, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties*. Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.
We hope you will consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. Feel free to contact your Windermere agent or local office for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations
I just recently listed a Vintage 1931 Classic Brick Tudor in Magnolia. I am very excited that Seattle Curbed online magazine featured it. Check this out! Come and visit the open houses this weekend Sat 12-3 and Sunday 1-4. Saturday there will be cookies and Sunday we have hotdogs and chips. See you there.
The great debate on what will add value to your home. Will the investment be worth it? Is it better to sell it the way it is and let the new owners change it? Paint? wood/laminate flooring? or other projects?
Let me tackle the question on selling without making the updates. There are things to consider so ask yourself some questions.
1. If you were looking at this home with fresh eyes in it's current condition would you buy it at the price you plan to sell at?
2. Was this a project you had been thinking of doing before you had thought of selling?
3. Have you consulted a realtor in your area on features that are hot buttons for buyers?
4. If you are looing at a few projects do you have the time to get them done before selling? Possibly scale back to only 1-2 Key projects.
Some will find that there home value when selling in this current market is good and they are satisfied, but hope to get higher offers. Some projects like flooring and fresh paint for the minimal investment can really add alot of value and the benefit of a higher listing price, without just hoping for higher offers. A little effort, a little investment, for more interest, and a quicker sale can be yours and is worth the energy, time and money.
So what projects do this and are there some that won't add to the value? Depending on where you live, these projects could vary. It is best to talk to a realtor to find out what is adding more value to list prices and what buyers are talking about. Then make your decision.
Below is a before and after photo from lumber liquidators blog. They are proponents of real wood flooring. However, you can get spectacular results with wood laminate as well and depending on your budget and what you want either would be a great option.
For those in the Pacific Northwest, give me a call to come out and I will help you decide if doing these projects would add value to your home when you sell.
This last week I mentioned I would post about Easter egg decorating. There are so many ideas from simple to complicated, some for children and some for adults. I picked just a few ideas and sites to share with you that are fairly simple and pretty.
I also saw a few posts regarding dye mixing recipes, and I love to have vibrant brights, rich deep hues, or if so inclined pale or even neon shades. Unfortunatey, the pages are not showing on the McCormick webpage. So I thought it would be helpful to share the images that give the dye recipes.
Marbled eggs with Nail Polish- love this idea, you can expand on this by using multiple colors.
The directions and supplies list are on the blog Alice and Lois
Fun with Watercolors instead of food dye. You can use kids crayola watercolors or any type of watercolors you may have or purchase in the art section at a grocery or craft store. The blog Oh my! Creative shows exactly how to do this technique.
Beautiful Speckled eggs: Tea dye or food dye and paint. The Southern Living website shows how to create these pretty eggs.
Glitter Eggs. This can be done on real hard boiled eggs or plastic, foam or wooden eggs. Confessions of a Plate Addict shares how to do this on plastic eggs.
McCormick Egg Dyeing Guide
Egg Dyeing Recipes for these bright colors
Hope you enjoy these sites and ideas.
Thought I would share a couple posts this week regarding Spring and Easter decor. I have put links to the sites below that show how to do these simple arrangements.
Jelly Bean Rose arrangement: http://www.getcreativejuice.com/2014/05/how-to-make-a-layered-candy-filled-vase-with-flowers.html
Jelly Bean Peeps arrangement: http://www.hometalk.com/3340739/10-great-ideas-for-easter-peeps
Cereal, Candy arrangement:http://holidayhelpings.com/table-decorations-for-easter/
Painted Mason Jar arrangment: http://masonjarcraftslove.com/painted-mason-jars-pink-ombre/