Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 10/17/14

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Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op

 

 

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Well said…

 

Wendy Wunder Quote

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Sellers: clean your clutter…One Realtor’s Opinion

clutteredcounterOn my local MLS database, there is an area on each listing that allows Realtors to add notes about that house that only Realtors can see. So, in other words, if a non-Realtor is looking at the listing on Realtor.com or some other syndicated database, they would not be able to see the private Realtor-to-Realtor conversation.

Realtors mostly use that area to communicate showing instructions. Where the lockbox is located…is there some certain trick to juggling the key in the door lock…maybe it’s a note that the house is an estate sale and currently going through probate. Whatever it is, none of it is really necessary for a buyer to see.

Recently, I have noticed a new trend in certain listings in my area. Realtors are putting notes in asking other Realtors to “overlook” messy homes…

“Please try to overlook the clutter, we are working on it.”

“The gentleman lives alone and admits he could do a better job neatening up.”

“House is messy, but try and look past it.”

Yes, I have seen all these notes.

As a Realtor, trust me, sometimes it is VERY hard to make sellers understand how demanding buyers can be when they are looking for homes. Many sellers feel that THEY would overlook certain things, so buyers should learn to overlook them too. While I understand how sellers feel, unfortunately, having that attitude is not going to get a home sold.

Anyway, I certainly hope this is a momentary trend.

Pre-warning buyers that a home is “messy” should not be a substitute for a little elbow grease and cleaning.

Sellers, if you want to sell, clean your house!

One Realtor’s opinion!

Image: One Little Mister

 

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My husband calls it, “Aspirational Living”

My husband always comes up with great phrases to describe things. One of my personal favorites when it comes to real estate is “they are just buying some aspirational living”. In other words, people will buy a house that provides them with the attributes for how they see themselves living vs. how they actually live.

For example, whenever we go into a house that has a balcony off the master bedroom, it is guaranteed that the words aspirational living will leave his lips. His theory is that people want to picture themselves lounging on the balcony in a nice fluffy robe with a hot cup of morning coffee in their hand. He quickly follows that up with, “who is going to go all the way downstairs, make coffee, come back upstairs, set up a balcony for lounging and then sit and have the coffee. That will last 3 times and then it will be too much effort.” Let’s face it, I married a realist :-)

As I have mentioned in the past, I get a newsletter from a company called Pure Wow. As I have said before, lame name, good newsletter.

Anyway, I got a newsletter yesterday that talked about the eight most common living room mistakes. Always unsure of my own decorating abilities, I wanted to see if I was making any of their mistakes. As I clicked through their slide show, I came across this slide…

Pure Wow Asprirational living

This made me laugh. They need to speak with my husband!

So, as a Realtor, I will leave you with this thought…

If you are in the market for a house, think long and hard about how you actually live vs, how you want to be perceived as living. Selecting a home based on how you actually live will make you far more comfortable in the long run!

Image: Pure Wow

 

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A completely faulty Houzz quiz – Kitchen Style

I woke up early today and was sifting through some old emails in my 5am haze. I found a Houzz newsletter I never read so I skimmed through it.

The newsletter had a quiz which determines the style of kitchen the quiz-taker should have based on a series of answered questions.

I took the quiz twice. I got the same answer both times, despite changing a few of the answers.

It said I was perfect for a Mediterranean styled kitchen.

NOTHING could be further from my aesthetic. No offense to any of you out there with Mediterranean kitchens. I just happen to prefer a lighter, brighter room.

If you’d like to take the quiz, you can find it here.

Post your results below and let us know if your results were screwy too.

kitchen quiz resultsImage: Houzz/Hann Builders

 

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My new blog…Front Door Freak

My new blog, Front Door Freak, is doing great.

If you love front doors, stop by and take a look.

You can find it here.

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 10/10/14

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Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op

 

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A pretty front door for Halloween

I had another post all set for today and then I ran across this…

A beauty of a front door, no?!?

I thought it was extra apropos since it was decorated for Halloween.

Enjoy!

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 You can look at many other pretty front door colors I have featured

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Image: The Enchanted Home

 

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A creative solution to show your house address!

I have written in the past about the importance of being able to easily identify your house number.

A well displayed house number is valuable for many reasons, not the least of which is easy identification in case of an emergency.

That said, it’s not always easy to do.

These folks have made themselves very visable in a fun, unpredictable way!

Hats off to them for making something a bit mundane fun, creative and effective.

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Image: Shelterness

 

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Can neighbors help sell a house?

I went to pick my son up from a friend’s house yesterday and his friend’s front yard was festooned with cool Halloween decorations. Witches were flying through trees. Ghosts danced along the front walkway and lovely pots of mums were stashed all around the front entry.front door at Halloween

It was fun just walking to the front door!

I also noticed that the house next door to this house was for sale.

I thought about it and decided the sellers were lucky to have a fun neighbor.

Why?

If I were looking at that house for sale, I would think I would be getting really fun neighbors.

Hmmmm, can neighbors really help sell a house?

I say yes!

Above are my own understated Halloween decorations…perhaps I should rethink it since my neighbor’s house is for sale :-)

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