Here’s our monthly eNewsletter filled with interesting articles, fun stuff and of course, real estate info.
Here’s our monthly eNewsletter filled with interesting articles, fun stuff and of course, real estate info.
So many people are looking for an all brick, ranch home in Mooresville and the Lake Norman area. Here is one that has 3 bedrooms, an office, formal dining room and breakfast area. The entire house has brand new hardwood floors and the spacious back yard has a brand new fence. This home also has a 2 car attached garage and a darling screened in back porch to relax on. This home is situated on quiet street and a flat lot in Franklin Grove subdivision which is in Mooresville Graded School District. Franklin Grove is a wonderful neighborhood with larger lots (space between the houses), a catch and release pond and adjoins Bellingham Park. Bellingham Park offers tennis course, softball fields, soccer field, playground and great walking trails. Living in Franklin Grove is like having all those amenities in your neighborhood – without the high HOA dues! In fact, Franklin Grove has some of the lowest HOA dues in the Mooresville area.
This home is located at 140 Woodfern Pl., Mooresville, NC 28115
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If you are considering selling your home, you probably want to know how to stage a home for sale. Here in the Lake Norman area as with many areas, it is estimated that only 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a home. That means 90% can’t look past the imperfections that you don’t even notice anymore.
Ever notice that when you walk into model homes they are warm and inviting? You can have that same house built with the same colors and everything and then notice 3 months later that it doesn’t look anything like that model home. The difference is staging!
I asked my friend and favorite professional home stager Amy Simmons to provide some tips for home staging. Amy says the goal of home staging is to keep your home comfortable for you while showing your home in it’s most positive light and allowing your buyer’s to see how easily their family will fit in it too! Here are some of the tips she offered that all of us can easily incorporate:
Spruce up the outside of your home for curb appeal buyers see your home from the outside first. In fact, they are already forming an opinion of your home before they ever step foot inside. They walk around and look at the outside. They have to stand in the doorway waiting for their agent to unlock the door. Present the outside of your home as if it were the star in a movie! Make them excited to go inside.
DECLUTTER – this is the biggest thing that needs attention in most homes, pick up all those things that you know shouldn’t be lying around and put them away or get rid of them.
Bigger is better – We want the rooms to look spacious and comfortable. One of the best things we can do to start this off is to paint the walls a nice neutral color. Years ago we were told to stay away from white, but this is really a good idea when staging a home. Netural walls help the home look clean, crisp and provide a fresh palette for the buyer. Try a soft beige or even a cream to create a clean and welcoming environment. One of the newest trends is a light gray! Gray is a more modern color, so if your home style is modern, this might be a good choice for you. Also, consider hanging curtains that are the same color as the walls, this can also help a room look larger.
If you have a junk room, transform the space into a usable space. Give it definition and purpose. Bring in a table and a comfortable chair to create an office or place several overstuffed chairs or couch and use the space as a reading nook.
The kitchen seems to be the highlight of any house; even if the buyers don’t cook! With this in mind it is very important the kitchen gets your full attention. For old cabinets, try a coat of paint and updated hardware. Another great product is Rustoleum cabinet resurfacing kit. Counters should be free of clutter. It’s hard for a buyer to envision their life in your house if they see everything in your pantry and cabinets out on the counters!
Most of us are not using light properly. Lighting can create a warm and inviting space so try increasing the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. HGTV recommends that you aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
Creating a welcoming environment on a conscious budget can be as easy as walking into your yard for fresh greenery. Fresh flowers or sprays of greenery on the center of a table bring color and create a focal point ot any room. Accessories are like the sprinkles on a cupcake! A piece of pottery, a candle stick, or even a stack of well-worn books can add a ton of visual interest to a room. Always remember the rule of thumb, place accessories in odd numbers in a triangle.
Of course, we always recommend that if you are trying to sell your home and really want top dollar for your home, take care of all the needed repairs. Nobody wants to walk into a home and see repairs that need to be made. It makes them immediately start thinking there could be even bigger issues going on. Present a home in great condition that looks beautiful and you will get top dollar every time.
If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact us today so that we can get you started on the right path to getting you the most money in the least amount of time possible. If you are wondering what your home is worth, simply provide your address here and we will get back to you shortly with an estimated value.
If you would like more information about Amy Simmons and how she can help stage your home either for sale or for living in. Contact her at AmyMSimmons@yahoo.com or visit her website here.
Many people living in the Mooresville and Lake Norman area don’t realize the importance of getting a professional to properly price and market their home when they are ready to sell it. There are many reasons to have a Realtor price and market your Mooresville or Lake Norman home. I will touch on a few here in this post.
First, lets address proper pricing of your home. There are lots of people out there who will go to commercial tools like Zillow or some other free evaluation tool. These simply aren’t usually accurate. In fact, Standard & Poor reports that only 20% of these AVM (Automated Valuation Model) results are accurate. Some people just want to put down whatever the tax man said it was worth. That’s a really bad idea. While in some cases it may be right, you could be off by a lot – and not in your favor. Then, there those that say “oh, well my neighbor’s house sold for $____ and my house is better/equal compared to theirs so my value should be at least $_____). That’s a hard one for most sellers to understand.
When a Realtor puts a home on the market they do a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis). This is not a science, but more of an art form that requires in depth knowledge of why certain properties sold for certain prices, what is going on in the community, the neighborhood and with a particular home. A lot of things have to be taken into consideration like square footage, upgrades, curb appeal, interior appeal, exterior construction materials, street location and views. It is important to understand that just because someone sold something 6-12 months ago doesn’t mean that’s what the market is doing right now. Markets change frequently, usually several times in a given year.
This is more than likely the biggest sale of your life (at least to this point). Do you really want to take the chance that you are wrong? Too high and it won’t move, too low and your giving your money away. Price it correctly and it will sell quickly and get you the most amount of money at the same time. This is where Alford Realty Group comes in. We are specialist at pricing correctly. In fact, as of right now, the average time on market for the Mooresville area is 68 days, ours is 34 days.
Then a seller has to consider marketing. To go it alone can be a scary process. How will you best get word out there that your home is for sale. Is a sign in the yard enough? Sure, there is a certain popular commercial site out there that will put your home on it but is that enough? Do you personally have the time to schedule showings? Do you personally know how to “interview” perspective buyers? How will you determine if they are qualified buyers? What about personal safety issues? Remember, you are letting perfect strangers into your home and you are behind closed doors.
A Realtor has all of the tools necessary to properly market, show and qualify perspective buyers. Of course, Realtors have access to the MLS and will list your property for sale on it. This reaches every single Realtor in that MLS (think all of greater Charlotte). We also syndicate out the listing to all of the major commercial sites and many of the not so major ones. This along with the sign they put in the yard is the greatest marketing tool we have in our marketing arsenal. Many agents stop there and that’s what they do for their clients. At Alford Realty Group, we follow a 20 step marketing plan that has been proven time and again to be very effective in getting homes sold fast and for the most amount of money possible.
I would also like to point out that this article doesn’t even touch on the legalities and liabilities of selling a home without an agent. There are certain procedures and things a seller must understand before deciding to “got it alone” or doing a for sale by owner (FSBO). North Carolina has real estate laws that must be followed in every real estate transaction, with or without a licensed agent.
If you are planning to sell you home in or around the Lake Norman area, it is important to get an appraisal and an inspection report first. There are a number of reasons for recommending this. Lake Norman area home values have gone up while the real estate market has continued to be a great market for both buyers and sellers. Making sure your home is properly priced and is in top condition will help YOU be ahead of the curve and will ultimately bring you more money and less headaches.
Reasons why you should get a home inspection and appraisal before you put your Lake Norman home on the market:
MAKE IT MORE ATTRACTIVE TO BUYERS
One of the best reasons to get your Lake Norman area home appraised and inspected before putting your home on the market is that it will be more competitive and buyers will feel more comfortable. Too many people put offers in on homes only to find out there is something seriously wrong with the home. The buyers are then upset because they feel they have wasted money on getting a home inspection and are now scared to buy your home. More than likely, they will run. You will have lost a sale and they will be angry because they spent time and money (not to mention the emotional toll) on your home which they no longer want because they are scared of what else might be happening. You will still have to get the repairs done but have lost the buyer.
Getting your Lake Norman home appraised before listing it is equally important. In fact, it can save you lots of time and money! What if you were to sell your home only to find out that it actually appraised for a good bit more than it sold for? Or, what if you sold your home and then it wouldn’t appraise for the amount you sold it for? Both of these situations can be very upsetting for all parties involved. While many subdivision homes can be fairly easily assessed by a good CMA from your real estate agent, some of the lake homes or homes with land in our area are not so easy and errors can be made. A real estate agent can make an educated assessment of what your home should sell for but we are not appraisers and sometimes there can be a difference.
LEADS TO HIGHER OFFERS
Another significant reason to get your Lake Norman area home inspected and appraised before listing it is the fact that it will lead to higher offers. Having an inspection and an appraisal in hand becomes a strong selling point. The buyer knows it has been recently inspected and are aware of any repairs, termites or other problems. The buyer also knows it will appraise for approximately what the asking price is and there are no surprises. Buyers don’t like surprises, especially ones that cost them time and money. Having an appraisal and inspection done also makes you a more honest seller in the buyer’s mind because you took the time and effort to make sure you are selling them a good home and/or are giving them a full report and not hiding anything. This makes the buyer feel more comfortable and often leads to higher offers since the buyer feels confident in the asking price and confident in the condition of the home.
LEADS TO MORE OFFERS AND LESS TIME ON MARKET
For the same reasons that getting your Lake Norman area home appraised and inspected before putting it on the market will lead to higher offers, it will also lead to more offers and less time on the market. Your agent will likely advertise the fact that your home is pre-inspected and pre-appraised, this will increase the number of people who are interested in your home. Once inside your home, your inspection report and appraisal should be proudly displayed where potential buyers can thumb through it and see for themselves what a great home you are offering for sale. This make them feel more confident and comfortable in making an offer right away.
SMOOTHER CLOSING PROCESS
After the offer is made and a contract is signed, the most important thing is to see that it goes to the closing table as smoothly as possible. Having your Lake Norman home appraised and inspected goes a long way toward preventing any issues between the contract signing and closing. After all, you have already taken care of the necessary repairs and we have already determined the value of the home. If not done in advance, those two things can be huge stumbling blocks and have lead to many contracts being cancelled. In fact, issues arising from them are probably the #1 reasons why contracts don’t close.
Many buyers think that some sellers will try to cover up problems and only show the best aspects of the home. Getting you Lake Norman home appraised and inspected will alleviate many concerns the buyers may have and help them to feel confident in their choice. Having these things done in advance allows everyone to focus on on closing the deal. It’s just good basic sales practice, you are providing all the information they need, answering any concerns they may have and providing PROOF that you home is as great as you say it is.
While nothing is guaranteed, getting your home inspected and appraised by licensed professionals puts you far above the crowd in presenting your home and yourself with the highest standards and allowing buyers to feel confident in your home and in working with you as a seller.
If I can help advise you on selling your home in the Lake Norman, Mooresville or greater Charlotte area, contact me today! I have years of experience with real estate transactions and I know the area real estate market.
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