Blog :: 08-2016

It's All About The Journey ... Summer (and year-round) Buyer Wishlist

Here a few things people are looking at during their home search.

With the information highway right at our fingertips, the majority of buyers are doing tons of research before they ever meet with a Realtor. They are looking for good school systems and low neighborhood crime among other criteria. Most of the time, buyers' minds are already made up on where they want to be, so it takes an experienced agent to help keep them open minded. Let’s see what we can they want!



Houses from dreams

Buyers tend to gravitate to areas and neighborhoods that have a great sense of security. They want an area that has little to no crime and is safe for loved ones-both human & furry.

Another priority is convenience. People like to be near amenities whether it's the gym, golf course, pools or beaches as well a variety of activities and events happening throughout the year. Easy access to shopping and commuting options are important as well.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Social Media Guide to real estate01-colonial-detailResale value is always on a potential buyer's minds, (yes, even though they haven't even put in an offer!). Whether the buyer is looking for a "turn-key" property or are willing to invest some "sweat equity", how their investment will treat them when it comes time to sell is always important.

People rely heavily on the internet to search for homes which make the presentation crucial. Things that can help influence and draw in buyers are staging and pictures - you know that "pictures speak a 1,000 words" - make sure yours make the statement you want them to make!


The Clock is Ticking


Real-estate maven Barbara Corcoran says, “... if you are looking at dusty two-month-old listings, isn't it like eating leftovers?" The answer is - sometimes. Usually the reason a house sits on the market is because it is not priced to the perceived market value. A good house finally coming to the right price can be a great value! When people are looking to buy they are looking for good value.


I hope this is helpful, and if you'd like to discuss marketing your home, feel free to contact me and put my successful track record to work for you!


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It's All About The Journey ... Keeping Things Cool

You may not always want to pack up and head to the beach, especially with a big family.

Is getting a Pool or Jacuzzi a good investment for you?

Let's look at both the benefits and down sides.


Making a Splash at Number One ...


Family time is the number one bonus - splashing around is an activity everyone can do together and have fun! Beaches can be distracting and don’t really give you the same feeling as rekaxing at home and enjoying time with your family and friends.


Next ... Stress Relief


Having a pool is one of the most therapeutic things anyone can ask for. Being able to have a gym and tranquility all in one can be the best!

A pool can be a great enticement to get out of the house on a hot summer day and move around - whether it's swimming, aerobics or just some good old "Marco Polo". It helps get the kids moving helping to counteract all the indoor time during the winter when they tend to spend more time on video games.


Does a Pool Add Value to Your Home


Is this a good investment? The answer is - it depends. It depends on the market and the buyer. If you are in an area where the majority of the homes have pools, and are selling high, than it may increase your appeal, but at the end of the day it all depends on who your buyer is and what they are looking for.


Are You Creating a Money Pit?


This can be what a lot of potential home buyers think of when they see a pool in the back yard and don't understand what the actual costs of maintenance are. They may see the entertainment possibilities, but also think about the associated liability.

It's important to educate people on what they can expect and what maintenance can run - usually about $3,000 to $5,000 a year.


At the end of the day there is a 50/50 chance that a pool will enhance the value of your property. Pools are a lot of work, but can also be a great source of enjoyment. If you want one for your own pleasure - dive in!