Buyers and Sellers March 18, 2024

Preparing Your Home for Spring Market: Tips and Trends

As the snow begins to melt and the flowers start to bloom, the spring real estate market begins to heat up. Consequently, if you plan to sell your home this spring, now is the perfect time to start preparing. With increased competition and eager buyers looking for their dream homes, it’s essential to make sure your property stands out from the crowd. Are you ready for some tips and trends?

Start Early:

First, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your home for sale. Begin decluttering, cleaning, and making necessary repairs well in advance. This will give you plenty of time to address any issues and ensure your home is in tip-top shape when it hits the market.

Enhance Curb Appeal:

First impressions matter, especially in the spring when buyers are more likely to explore neighborhoods. Therefore, boost your home’s curb appeal by freshening up the landscaping, adding colorful flowers, and giving the exterior a fresh coat of paint if needed. A well-maintained exterior will attract more potential buyers and create a positive viewing experience.

Let in the Light:

Take advantage of the longer days and springtime natural light. Open curtains and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere throughout your home. Additionally, consider adding mirrors. Mirrors make rooms appear larger and more spacious by reflecting light.

Spring Cleaning:

Give your home a thorough cleaning and make it shine for potential buyers. How serious are you about preparing your home for spring market? Pay special attention to commonly overlooked areas such as baseboards, light fixtures, and windows. A clean and well-maintained home will leave a lasting impression on buyers and increase the likelihood of receiving solid offers.

Embrace Neutral Decor:

While it’s tempting to showcase your personal style, neutral decor appeals to a wide range of buyers. Consider repainting bold walls with neutral tones. Remove most personal items or clutter that could distract buyers from envisioning themselves living in the space.

Highlight Outdoor Living Spaces:

With warmer weather on the horizon, outdoor living spaces become increasingly important to buyers. Make sure your patio, deck, or backyard is clean, organized, and staged to showcase its full potential. Also, adding outdoor furniture, potted plants, and cozy accents can help buyers envision themselves enjoying the space during the upcoming spring and summer months.

Stay Flexible:

Finally, be prepared to be flexible with showings and negotiations. The spring market can move quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on potential opportunities by being rigid or unresponsive. If possible, try to approve all showing requests. Work closely with your real estate agent to stay informed about market trends. Together, adjust your strategy as needed to maximize your home’s exposure and sale potential.

By following these tips and staying ahead of the curve, you can position your home for success in the spring real estate market. Similarly, with careful preparation and attention to detail, you’ll be well on your way to attracting eager buyers and securing a timely sale. If you would like to learn more about selling your home, click here. Thanks for reading!

Buyers and Sellers July 20, 2023

Winning in a Sellers Market: Buying in an Inflated Market

Are sellers really winning in today’s market? By now, most are aware of today’s housing market crisis. It’s been a struggle for a few years, and today I won’t get into the multiple reasons why. The biggest problem is inventory. “We would need to nearly double our available inventory to get to a balanced market.” says Joe Horning – 2023, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wisconsin REALTORS® Association in the June 2023 Home Sales Report.

It’s a seller’s market! Sellers should be excited, right?! Are sellers making gobs of money? Well, that depends on the seller’s next move. While you can enjoy the proceeds from a higher home sale, you’ll need those additional proceeds to buy your next home, so it’s a “wash” in many scenarios.

“The tightest supply of homes is in the $350,000 or lower price range, which really hits the first-time buyers hard.”, says Horning. <– THIS is what brings me to the opportunity. Do you own a home worth $350,000 or less, AND do you want to upgrade to a home of greater value? Your opportunity to take advantage of today’s market is prime! Now is the time. There must be a term for this $350,000 “magic mark” in the real estate market. If you know what it is, please tell me. I’m fascinated with finding this advantage point. It’s exciting for me to find that opportunity for my buyers and sellers.

Still not sure whether this is for you? Additionally, do you want to know what you’re home is worth? I’ll be happy to swing by and give you my opinion. Here’s how to reach me. It’s not complicated. I like to listen to what you love about your home, take a tour of each room, and gather key facts. From there, I’ll look at recently sold properties (comps) that compare well with yours, put them into a report, and share it with you a day or two later along with my recommendations.

I really believe that knowledge is power, and I’m here to help you get it. Lately, I’ve been doing more of those Comprehensive Market Analyses (CMA) than usual. I know not everyone’s looking to sell their place, and that’s completely fine. What’s great about my job is that I don’t have to use pushy sales tactics. Instead, I’m here to be a reliable and knowledgeable source of info for you.

Buyers and Sellers June 29, 2023

Here we go!

My journey as a real estate professional began in 2016, and I’m having a blast! This is my third career and by far my best fit, as I can tap into my greatest strengths while working in the fascinating world of real estate. While I consider myself skilled and successful in real estate, I’m admittedly NOT skilled in blogging. Actually, this is my first crack at it, so let’s see how it goes! I’ve got a bunch of topics I can write about here and look forward – I think 😉 – to writing more soon. Until then, feel free to browse around and check out my listings and reviews.

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