What in the world is ‘OCCUPIED STAGING’,
why should a seller consider it?
Katherine Frazier, Owner of Decorating Delight
Summer in Florida can be hot and humid but there’s nothing like a neighborhood barbeque in your backyard. Prepare your home for guests with some landscaping upgrades in the backyard.
We suggest Martin Garcia with Extreme Cutz to many of our buyers who want to make their yard stand out for all the right reasons. The photo collage below is a beautiful example of Martin’s work.
When improving your landscaping, you will want to make sure to abide by your HOA guidelines. Many Home Owner’s Associations require homeowners submit an application for changes to beds or addition of trees or shrubs.
To get a similar look, try the following:
Define plant beds. Widen existing plant beds and add new ones to bring visual interest toward the house.
Use materials that are low maintenance. A rock bed instead of mulch can be lower maintenance and make it easier to spot snakes lurking. A stone or concrete border can make keeping up with the edging easier.
Plant trees and flowers native to Florida. When planning your landscape design, try to stick with plants native to Florida. They will be more likely to thrive in the climate. You can get some ideas to start at Floridayards.org.
We suggest Martin Garcia with Extreme Cutz to many of our buyers who want to make their yard stand out for all the right reasons. Contact Martin at 904-805-3467 for more information about how Extreme Cutz can improve your yard.
To see other examples of Martin’s work and read more landscaping tips, read our blog post Upgrade Your Front Yard.
Your home should be your favorite place to see at the end of a long day. Whether you are returning in the afternoon after a day at the beach or are pulling into the driveway after work hoping you remembered to leave the porch light on, you should feel an immense sense of satisfaction when you look at your home. There are many ways to increase the curb appeal of your house, and we have covered many of them here.
The front yard of your home will be a point of pride if you adapt a few guidelines for your family:
No one knows your home as well as you do. Identify your favorite features of your home and hire a landscaper to help you bring out those features.
Need landscaping for your home? The two before/after pictures above demonstrate the excellent work of Martin Garcia with Extreme Cutz. You can reach him at 904-805-3467.
This time of year has historically been one of the slowest for real estate. Many people go out of town to visit family, and those who stay in town can struggle to plan showings around holiday parties and unusual work hours. Modern technology has made shopping for a home more of a year-round process than it was in the past. Today’s buyers can continue their home searches in the midst of holiday festivities with the help of the internet and mobile apps.
Contrary to popular belief, sellers who weather the real estate market during the holiday season may enjoy several advantages. With so many realtors and homeowners clinging to the assumption that it is not worthwhile to list until January, buyers will have a smaller selection of properties from which to choose. Less competition increases the likelihood that a particular home on the market will garner an offer. When more properties flood the market after New Year, this advantage will disappear.
Furthermore, buyers who are taking time off from their holiday activities to search for a home are more likely to be serious about moving as soon as possible. Therefore, while homes on the market during the holidays will attract fewer potential buyers, the showings that they have may be more likely to yield an offer. If you are facing a holiday season with your home on the market, heed these tips to help you secure a sale without sacrificing the festive spirit:
1. If you do not feel ready to move and do not have a strict timeframe within which to do so, consider delaying until you are more prepared. If you find yourself resisting changes that will make your home more appealing to buyers or insisting on a high listing price against the advice of your realtor, you may simply not be ready to leave. Do not feel pressured by your realtor’s agenda; selling your house is a deeply personal process and you do not want to regret rushing it unnecessarily.
2. If the move is necessary but unwanted, be honest with your agent and tell him or her that you will require some patience. Realtors are accustomed to working with sellers facing all sorts of difficult situations, and being upfront with your agent about potential problems that you foresee will enable him or her to act in your best interest.
3. Preserve memories with the help of technology. As you are preparing to pack your belongings, take photos of your favorite spots in your home, and scan letters and other important papers into the computer. This will help you eliminate paper to reduce your moving burden while still maintaining a permanent copy of the things that are important to you.
4. Use a professional stager. He or she will help you remove your personal items and neutralize the home so that buyers will view it as a blank slate. This should help accelerate your process of moving on and seeing your home for what it is when it is for sale: a commodity that must be marketed and purchased by the right buyer.
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Selling a home is one of the biggest life choices, and we want to ensure our clients are not only happy with their choice, but also happy with the service provided by the Dolan Real Estate Group team.
Our team utilizes the latest technology to maximize internet exposure for our listings. We take advantage of marketing trends and our own custom websites to reach the widest audience of buyers.
For my sellers I prepare competitive market analysis, establish asking price, provide staging advice and assistance, provide consistent feedback from viewers to seller, produce appropriate contracts, review every offer that is received with the seller, negotiate, and consult with escrow and lenders to ensure that the terms of the purchase agreement are met.
Here’s what the listing process looks like:
Meet with your Realtor. We will go over the unique features of your home and discuss comparable homes in the area. This can be over several meetings as we prepare your home to be listed on the MLS.
Stage your home. We will discuss the best way to present your home and make suggestions for staging. This can include small home repairs to show your home at its best. It’s a good idea to move most of your personal items into storage while your home is on the market. After your home is staged, we bring in our professional photographer in order to show off your home’s best angles.
Market your listing. Our team uses the latest technology to drive online traffic to your listing. We use a combination of traditional methods like adding your home to the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), as well as non-traditional ways like social media.
Coordinate showings and schedule open house as needed. You will receive immediate notification when an agent requests to show your home. Our office will keep you informed of feedback from recent showings.
Negotiate any potential offers. Why use a Realtor? It all comes down to commanding the best price for your home. From our initial meeting to any potential offers, your Realtor is on your side. We are there to keep you informed and make sure you know your options.
Consult with escrow and lenders to bring contract to close. Dolan Real Estate Group will coordinate between the buyer’s agent, title company, and lender to make sure that your home has a successful closing.