selling advice: What's the job of the seller? Twenty Simple Seller 'DO NOT' Statements ... - 09/10/13 07:50 AM
What's the job of the seller? What are the 'do's and don'ts' when you sell your home? This is a great post done by an agent in Texas, Greg Nino, that will explain what not to do.  Leave the negotiating to your agent and be sure that your home is show ready for perspective buyers. That's your #1 job!
DO NOT:
1. Decline showings while your home is listed & then be disappointed when your home doesn't sell.
2. Reschedule showings while your home is listed assuming the buyer will "just come back."
3. Attempt to negotiate the sale of your home to perspective buyers while … (4 comments)

selling advice: Home Seller Closing Costs - Schaumburg Homes - Lyn Sims (847)230-7324 RE/MAX Suburban - 06/22/12 11:03 AM
Home Seller Closing Costs There are more closing costs in the average real estate transaction than just the Realtors© commission!  Here are a few examples of standard closing costs in our Northwest Suburban Illinois area ~Survey - Sellers in Illinois are responsible for giving the buyer a plat of survey of the property. The price for a plat of survey can range from $200 to $800.  In our area it cannot be older than 6 months.  Usually with townhomes or duplexes where you own the land this would apply also.Recorded release of mortgage - Verifies that your mortgage has been completely paid … (11 comments)

selling advice: Selling your Schaumburg Home? What types of flooring are the best investment? - 12/23/11 05:26 PM
ROI is 'return on investment' .... which updates will bring you the biggest return & the most ahhh's from buyers. This is a great post from Debbie Gartner in New York giving you the best ideas & trends. One of the most saddest things I see & hear is when a seller fixes up their home to sell it but also adds 'that they should have done it sooner'. As Debbie points out, do it for you with the intent of possibly selling a few years down the road.
I also happen to be a 'hardwood chick'. No pergo, laminate whatever … (5 comments)

selling advice: Staging your Schaumburg IL Home to Sell - 09/19/11 03:30 PM
Stage-apalooza! This will be where you will find the most thorough and up to the minute staging advice for the Schaumburg area in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I welcome you and hope that you find this a great learning experience.

What's the purpose of staging?  Staging your home is not concealing any structural defects.  It is showing your home, with all it's warts and bumps, in the best possible light.  It doesn't add another full bath or add that basement you should have gotten from the builder.  It's taking your home, picturing it as a blank canvas and showing … (6 comments)

selling advice: Who Says Home Stagers Can't Be Inspired by Color? - 12/03/10 04:58 PM
Great post about the new range of 'updated colors' from Benjamin Moore. This is more a coming trend piece which is nice.  So, how trendy are you?
Excellent post from a Stager, Donna Dazzo, in the Hamptons.


In home staging, we like to stick to a neutral color palette so that we can make the home that's for sale appeal to the broadest range of buyers.  However neutral does not have to mean boring.
I love to use pops of color (red, turquoise, orange, greens, blues) in throw pillows, artwork and decorative objects against the more neutral background colors (beige, … (1 comments)

selling advice: Five Keys To Unlock The Secret To A Successful Sale - 01/19/10 08:44 AM
 
Oh, Lyn there you go again talking about 'staging' and preparing my home for sale.  Do I really have to spend all this time and energy?
YES .... YOU DO.  What sellers don't seem to understand is the competition out there in the marketplace.  Buyers have a lot of choices when they search for homes and why should they choose yours?  Well .....  I'll wait why you think about it.
As a buyer, there are endless choices you could make on your home search and you want your home to stand out ('spot on' as we say) because you only … (10 comments)

selling advice: Selling Advice - the 3 things you should know about Condition - 11/12/09 03:30 PM
The 3 Things you should know about Condition ~ This is a series regarding the most popular question that I receive from people about real estate?  What’s the #1 tip that I could pass along?Well there’s actually 3 things that are enmeshed together –  Condition, location and price.  All 3 actually make your home either sell or be rejected by prospective buyers.  Here's how to have your home be in the buyers favorites!
Condition - Avoiding Home Preparation Mistakes
Getting your house ready for market goes beyond making the beds and washing dirty dishes. Although I've seen plenty of homes with toys scattered … (9 comments)

selling advice: Selling Advice - the 3 things you should know about Location - 11/12/09 03:26 PM
The 3 Things about Location ~ What’s the most asked question that I receive from people about real estate?  What’s the #1 tip that I could pass along?
Well there’s actually 3 things that are enmeshed together – location, price and condition.  All 3 actually make your home either sell or be rejected by prospective buyers.So a real estate mantra in case you don't know it is:
Location, location, location!
There's that 3 again but there is a reason that it is used over and over.  Nobody listens!The location of your home makes a 'price' difference to buyers from the town that it's in, the … (3 comments)

selling advice: Selling Advice - the 3 things you should know about Price - 11/12/09 03:22 PM
The 3 Things you should know about Price ~ What’s the most asked question that I receive from people about real estate?  What’s the #1 tip that I could pass along?
Well there’s actually 3 things that are enmeshed together – Price, condition, location.  All 3 actually make your home either sell or be rejected by prospective buyers.
Price - Obviously in this market with the elevated inventory you have to be ‘spot on’ with your homes price.  Too high and no one will take your home seriously and it will be passed over.  Too low?  Well that really doesn’t happen too … (2 comments)

selling advice: Dear Mr. Seller, I TRIED to Help You, but ... - 09/21/09 12:25 PM
STAGING ADVICE ~~ Some agents don't believe in it and say it doesn't help. To see a home languish on the market with clutter and ill placed furniture is just a complete shame to me.  Hiring a stager in this market place can mean the difference between selling your home and not selling it.  Plain and simple.  I'm a pretty direct kinda' gal.
As these posts elude too, your first price reduction on your home will cover the staging costs!  In some cases - many, many dollars less! 
Post with another staging example
When you sell your car you detail your car … (3 comments)

selling advice: Buyer's are looking at your home sans pants.....got curb appeal? - 08/18/09 06:52 PM
Curb Appeal - Wow Factor - Home Staging - What's with all these new fangled ideas in real estate!  Buyers are tired of looking at worn out carpet, out dated kitchens and 'Plain Jane' homes that aren't worth half of what they are asking for! 
Your home is your largest investment - why not treat it as such?  You wax your car and clean it just before you sell it on Craigs List - why not your home?
This stager and design expert, Cynthia Bartch from Georgia has the right idea here.  Enjoy her insight on your home's presentation to the buying public!
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