Great Washington Post article for sellers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/where-we-live

Link to the Century 21 website with great selling tips

Here's a link to the Century 21 website that has great tips for getting your house ready to sell. Take a look at this article on their site and look around once you are there. They have great tips for your future listing. Enjoy!

http://www.century21.com/sellingadvice/marketingplan/showing

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22

Apr

2011

"Stale" Listing?

"Stale" listing?

Do you know what that is and what it means for your house?

Let me ask this, "Has your house been on the market for more than 2-3 months?" If you answered 'yes', then you have a "stale" listing. Sounds stinky, huh? Well, it sort of is, if you think about it. It means no one is viewing your house and there aren't any conclusive reasons why... (That stinks!) Well, there might be a few reasons. What does a "stale" listing mean to you, the Homeowner? It means no one has been looking at your house, either on-line or in-reality. Why?

One reason may be your on-line pictures and presence. If your pictures aren't enticing enough to get those buyers in your front door, then you've lost any shot at impressing them once inside your house. 

If you haven't had your house professionally staged, then you may want to consider it. Just de-cluttering and straightening up your house isn't all that is involved in professionally staging your house. There are many more aspects to staging than most home owners realize. A professional Home Stager can help your listing from becoming stale. And if it has already gotten stale, we can help you get your house back in front of those buying eyes once again.

 

Don't chase your market, be pro-active not re-active!

 

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Tue

06

Jul

2010

Online Pictures

Did you know that viewing homes online is the new 'drive by' that we all used to do, before the Internet. Statistics show that about 90% of buyers are previewing homes online. That means that if you don't have any pictures online, then you won't be getting all that traffic. And that is assuming that if you DO have pictures online that they are decent. I love surfing the Internet for resources for my Twitter posts on what people are inadvertently doing to undermine their home selling experience. Every day I see pictures that just flabbergast me, and these from experienced Realtors! Your pictures must showcase your house, not your 'stuff'. You won't get people in your door if your pictures aren't appealing. If you have so much stuff in your house that you can't SEE the house, then you just lost that potential buyer. On the flip side, if you have a vacant house, you will likely lose those buyers looking for new, due do boring pictures. A vacant room doesn't show the true size, shape, color, feel of a room. We need to remember that buying a home has a lot to do with psychology. It's a feeling we get when we are in a house that appeals to your buyer. Buying a home is a very emotion-based experience. So if your house is vacant, there won't be much to emotionally connect your buyer to. If your house is full of your personality, then your buyers can't envision themselves living there. Now what do I mean when I say, "Is your house full of your personality?". Well, let's ask a few questions... Do you have "collections" displayed? Collections of teapots, coo coo clocks, dolls (believe it or not, I have to ask that one more often than you want to know), kitcheny-things, country collectibles, animal heads (really), sports stuff, etc. All those things you've been buying to add to your collections while on vacation or while garage sale shopping need to be pre packed for your move. A potential buyer can't see themselves in your house if it is too full you. Too much personality can be displayed in your wall art. If your art is too taste specific it will turn off more buyers that you will be aware of. They won't tell you or their Realtor, they just won't come back or make an offer. If your art is too taste specific your buyers will remember your house as he one with all the religious pictures, or the one that reminds them of Grandma's house. That is not how you want your house to be remembered. Most times sellers don't even realize their house is doing a great job of selling THEIR lifestyle. Your house is now on the market, right? So let's take a step back and put your best 'marketing' foot forward. Your Realtor can help with the basic information like "cleaning, de-cluttering, etc.", but (here's the sales pitch folks) a home stager can take you to the next level of neutralizing your house to appeal to the broadest range of buyers. Pictures get people in your front door. People in your front door will get you offers. Remember your house is interviewing new home owners, so it needs to show it's assets off, not YOUR assets. It won't get the job (new owner) if it can't show it's strengths/assets for all your stuff covering it up! Betsy Shellman Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services 208.771.0661 www.cdastager.jimdo.com cdahomestagingsvcs@yahoo.com
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Fri

05

Feb

2010

CdA Home Staging Svcs-tips

Coeur d'Alene-

I have great tips for home staging on my Twitter posts.  Just search for cdastager on Twitter and you can look at my previous Tweets to see all my great 'Home Staging Tip of the Day' tips.

 

Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services

Betsy Shellman

208.771.0661

cdahomestagingsvcs@yahoo.com

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Fri

05

Feb

2010

CdA Home Staging Svcs

Coeur d'Alene-

Need a home stager in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and surrounding areas?  I'm the best, and I get fast results!  I can stage your vacant or occupied home.  If you don't have that 'WOW' impact with your internet pictures or as those buyers walk through your front door, then you WILL lose them to the next listing on their list.  Contact me and I will help you get your house staged for that 'WOW' first impression.

Betsy Shellman

208.771.0661

cdahomestagingsvcs@yahoo.com

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Daily Tweet Breakdown Home Staging tip- Remove any grapevine wreaths you still might have. They are just dust magnets. Not only do your grapevine wreaths date your decor, they just collect too much dust to be attractive. You don't want buyers seeing all that dust on those wreaths and assuming that your house hasn't been maintained properly. Buyers want to see visual cues in your house that tell them THIS house is maintained well. By removing dust magnets and furnishings that are only used for display purposes, you are showing buyers how spacious and clean your house is. Dust magnets include any furniture that is being used as a display piece for collectibles you might have. Remove any extra end tables, hutches, or cabinets that contain personal mementos that are dear to you only. Having these items around your house makes a buyer hyper-aware that this is your house, not their house (potentially). Just this simple act of removing your grapevines, helps update your decor. Keeping your decor updated and neutral will help your buyers see your house as that much more appealing.  

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