SELLING YOUR HOME

As a realtor, I have over twenty years of experience in residential real estate sales and have won numerous awards during my time as a real estate consultant. I recognize that your home is your largest investment and that it is important for you to feel you are able to entrust that investment with an experienced person who will do her utmost to motivate buyers to purchase your home in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price possible. If I am helping you purchase a home, I will make a point of getting to know you as a person so that I know what your needs are in a home and how best to find you the house of your dreams.

With my years of experience, ongoing education, and success in the real estate industry, you can rest assured that I can be relied on to deliver excellent service whether you are buying or selling. If you have any questions concerning your home (current market value, average marketing time, comparable sales in your neighborhood, etc.), please feel free to contact me any time. I will never forget that I am here to serve you and aid you in finding your ideal home or moving on from a home you currently own. Thank you for visiting this website and I look forward to hearing from you!

As the real estate market begins to moderate in many markets across the country, the need to impress buyers is becoming even more important.  We have found that a combination of suggested renovations and modern, tasteful decor is the best way to grab a buyer's attention.

Make a Profit with Repairs
Reports suggest that home owners commonly recover up to five times the cost of minor improvements made in the home when the purpose of those improvements is to make the home more attractive to potential buyers. It is well worth ensuring your home puts its best foot forward before it is listed...and the statistics prove it:
  • Spa-like bathrooms give you a 56 percent better return on your renovating dollar over the average return on other popular renovations.
  • Kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and brushed nickel finishes give you a 44 percent better return on investment.
  • Freshly painted walls in neutral colors give you a 29 percent better return on investment.
  • Well cleaned and Gleaming floors give you a 22 percent better return on investment.
  • Fireplaces, especially a nicely designed and efficient gas fire place, gives you an 11 percent better return on investment.
  • Landscaping gives you a 7 percent better return on investment and is a great way to draw people into your home
It is important to note that the way you live in your home is not the way you sell your home. Beyond completing required renovations, it also holds true that decor improvements help make a strong impact on buyers and ultimately increases a home's market value.

People will pay a premium for a home with updated decor, and surprisingly more men than women will pay an additional amount for a trendier home.People typically have two reactions when entering an unfamiliar home -- they either want to see more or they've seen enough and want to leave. Wowing buyers from the moment they reach the front door is therefore crucial. Holding a buyer's interest throughout the kitchen (typically the room that most influences their purchasing decision) and the living room is absolutely essential.

It may seem silly to invest more money into a home that you will no longer be living in, but consider that you will likely increase the value of your home and make a larger profit by making small renovations or decor changes. This may seem daunting to you, however do not forget that small changes make a difference. Likewise, the age of your home will dictate which changes are essential and which are unnecessary. If you tended to paint your rooms with vibrant colors, changing them to more neutral tones (cream, beige, taupe, or shades of brown) will be beneficial. However, if you live in an older home and the bathroom or kitchen have not been updated in quite some time, renovating them may be your best choice.

When we come to your home to discuss putting it on the market, we will walk through these steps with you and discuss where you could make improvements. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or comments on this subject or anything else concerning the sale of your home! You can email me at burnett@shorewest.com or call me directly at 414-477-5727 (my mobile phone). I look forward to hearing from you!