Should I Have an Open House to Sell My Home?

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Every home seller at some point wonders "do open houses sell homes"? For some sellers open houses are just an inconvenience.  The house needs to be cleaned, the kids and dog need to be packed up and they need to find something to do for a couple of hours for a few, potentially unqualified buyers to maybe come thru their home. For other home sellers, especially as their house sits on the market with few to no showings, it is the chance of selling their home and be able to move on to a … Continue reading...

How to Blow Up Your Home Sale in 7 Easy Steps

7 Common Mistakes the Home Sellers Make

You may laugh at the title, yet everyday home sellers will do something to blow up the sale of their home with one or more of the common mistakes home sellers make. The seller is the reason why the home didn't sell. Often times a seller is quick to blame the real estate agent for there home not selling where often it can be the seller sabotaging their own home sale.. As we hear news of the real estate market improving, I think it is important to note that in Essex County approximately 20% … Continue reading...

Staging Your Kitchen for Maximum Profits with Hot Insider Tips

Staging Your Kitchen

When it comes time to sell your home usually the kitchen is the room that gets the most scrutiny from home buyers.    Staging your kitchen can help you maximize your profits from the sale of your home. Think about it.  The kitchen will get so much attention from home buyers for two reasons.  First it is the most costly area of the home to remodel.  Secondly, for many, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  When buying a new home, buyers want to love their … Continue reading...

The First Showings of Your Home are Online

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The past 10-15 years have definitely changed the dynamics for home buyers and home sellers.  The primary difference is the internet.  What home sellers need to understand is that the first showings of your home are online. What do you mean The First Showings of your Home are Online? I have been a full time agent since early 2002.  By 2005 most home buyers were using the internet as their main tool of identifying homes for sale.  Lets look at some information: 87% of home buyers found the … Continue reading...

What does Adobe Photoshop have to do with Real Estate?

As a photographer turned turned real estate agent,  I have learned over the years that great real estate photography sells homes.  If you don't think so read this article about real estate photography with some great statistics and home buyer patterns.   The study goes to show you have about 20 seconds to capture a home buyers attention on the internet.  If you don't you have lost them. Adobe Photoshop and Real Estate Photography So what does Adobe Photoshop have to do with real estate?  Well … Continue reading...

10 Ways to Turn Off Home Buyers

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Selling your home is difficult enough when everything is perfect.  Here are 10 ways to turn off home buyers that can impact the sale of your home.  Take some time and prepare your home with an unbiased perspective.  A good agent will help walk you through the preparation of your home as well as explain the best way to show and allow home buyers to view your home.  These are just 10 ways to turn of home buyers that are very common, though I could probably list 100! 10 Ways to Turn Off Home … Continue reading...

Should I list my House in the Winter? or wait until spring?

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Should I list my House in the Winter?  Or wait until spring?  Is a common question asked of me when discussing the potential sale of a home with a seller. My first piece of advise is the time to list your home is when you are ready.  If you are ready to list your home now due to any number of reasons, do so now, don't wait.  You can't predict what the spring market will be like. My second piece of advice is there are some great reasons why you should list you home in … Continue reading...

Dracut MA Home Sold- A Dracut MA Real Estate Clients Testimonial

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I recently sold a home in Dracut MA.  The sale went extremely well.  The interesting part of this sale is that the home was previously marketed with another agent for four months.  I met with the client after it had expired unsold.  I was able to sell this home quickly and for top dollar, marketed at the same price, due to my expertise in preparing a home, my professional quality real estate photography and exceptional online marketing skills.  Here is a Dracut MA Real Estate client's … Continue reading...

Real Estate Photography Tutorial Show Dedication

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I recently posted an article on Active Rain.  A very popular real estate resource site.  The article was a tutorial on using multiple flash and Photoshop layers masks to create an exceptional marketing image of a home. Now the article was written for the real estate agent and real estate photographer to help hone their photography skills.  Let me assure you the above shot could not be created with an iphone or a point and shoot camera.  It could only be created with professional level … Continue reading...

The Unused Bedroom, Show Its intended Use

Often times as a REALTOR, I go on listing appointments to consult with home sellers, to find one or more bedrooms that are no longer a bedroom.  The bedroom is empty, has been converted to an office or has become a catch all room. It is important to show potential buyers the true use of a space.  Take that unused bedroom and make it look like a bedroom.  Buyers will walk away thinking your house only had two bedrooms instead of the three that are listed.  Or if you have converted a bedroom to … Continue reading...