New Hampshire Home Staging Advice - You Don't Have To Go Down With The Ship

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New Hampshire Home Staging Advice - You Don't Have To Go Down With The Ship

fsbo sailing unchartered watersFor most sellers, selling a house is a new experience.  Selling your most valuable asset is not something you should attempt on your own.

When approaching unchartered waters... sellers, like sailors, should have at least one experienced deckhand on board.  

 

It may appear initially to be smooth sailing, but you could find yourself in way over your head quite fast.  

Instead of "For Sale By Owner"

fsbo could, in many cases, stand for 

"Fast Sinking - Best Offer"


There are pirates out in those waters!

Without pricing and marketing knowledge or understanding of real estate law you could find yourself at their mercy.

Three words:  Davy Jones Locker!

 

Warning:  "over priced & under marketed"  means crying S.O.S  instead of S.O.L.D



HomeGain Survey Finds Home Sellers Fare 50% Better in Getting Their Homes Sold Using a REALTOR® Than Selling On Their Own 

Best case scenerio:  Have some experienced sea legs,  a Realtor and a Home Stager, on your crew.  

If you insist your ship is unsinkable (one word..."Titanic"), and you don't want an agent as your first mate, at the very least:

  • have a home inspection prior to listing
  • consult with a home stager prior to listing
  • have a real estate office prepare a comparative market analysis to determine realistic price
  • consult with an attorney
  • keep your mouth shut during showings and don't stalk buyers around the house
  • prepare yourself for less showings and more time commitment than you expect
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  1. Cindy Bryant 11/17/2011 02:22 PM
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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Judy:  Ouch, that had to hurt!  That says it all!

Kathy:  Thank you!  I figured there should be some advice for those who choose to give it a try.

Shar:  I appreciate it, thank you!

Cindy:  You would be such a sexy pirate!  Thanks for the suggest and the reblog!

Craig:  Sellers should do as he does, not as he says!  

Nov 17, 2011 04:56 PM #10
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

What I want to know is how much time you spend coming up with your great analogies...you're the queen, for sure.  Another great one here Sharon!! 

Nov 17, 2011 07:24 PM #11
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, Home gain has some great stats! I love the one about consulting a stager before you put the house on the market. Don't let your house get a reputation and then get it staged... Great fun with the words!

Nov 17, 2011 07:48 PM #12
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ginger:  That made me smile!  Time?  Who knows?  The idea of being in over your head, the whole ship thing, just came to me.  Turning it into a "fsbo" post came later, after I started writing it.  

Peg:  "Getting a reputation" isn't the way to go when it comes to marketing a house.  Glad you enjoyed the post.

Nov 17, 2011 08:53 PM #13
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Sharon -- this is just too clever!  I like how you think!!  The references to Titanic are worth paying attention to, Mr and Mrs Seller.

Nov 17, 2011 09:13 PM #14
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon i wish my friend had listened to me....she waited and waited and lost it!

btw my next "whale tale" will go out to all the stagers like you!

Nov 17, 2011 10:19 PM #15
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

WOW! What a winning post! I love this one! Home Gain is great! Thank you for such a uplifting post!

Nov 18, 2011 12:08 AM #16
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Sharon--an amazing and creative post.  I also suggested.  There is a FSBO down the street from me that has been on the market for over 2 years.  He's still at 2005 prices.  Wonder why he's even thinking he's on the market. 

Nov 18, 2011 12:29 AM #17
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Maureen:  If only a "sinking ship" were enough to convince them, LOL!

Ellen:  Looking forward to it!

Cathy:  Uplifting wouldn't have been how I would have anticipated this post as being described...but I love it!  Thank you!

Janet:  That's one stubborn guy!  Maybe he just forgot he was on the market...I can't imagine.

Nov 18, 2011 08:40 PM #18
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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA
Realtor

Rocking advice here Sharon. Thank you for being such a wonderful support to Real Estate!

Nov 18, 2011 10:10 PM #19
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TERI LINDSAY
Reno, NV
STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO.

Go with the professionals...... Realtors with experience, knowledge of marketing & staging for best results,  and able to provide up-to-date technology communication & documentation will certainly serve their clients best.  So many Realtors have taken the time and training to be the best that they can be and keep up with the technology. Geeze, I can remember taking HOURS to balance the company bank statement with a ledger, pencil and calculator (back in the 80's) before Quickbooks...... times have changed, as so has the level of service that professional Realtors provide.... stick with the pro's. Great post! 

Nov 18, 2011 11:28 PM #20
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley R since 1976;408-565-8177

Hi Sharon, You won't get any opposition from a bunch of Realtors. I appreciate your support. FSBOs are very, very rare out here these days.  Mostly, I think, because the amount of regulations scare FSBOs.  I'm not sure why, but it's just rare.  As a rookie they were one of my main sources of listings.  I was young and hungry.

Are you enjoying a beautful New England fall?

 

Nov 19, 2011 12:55 PM #21
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lydie:  It's what I believe!  I will continue to support my friends in any way I can!

Teri:  It's a lot of invested time on the part of the agents to stay on their toes!  I'ld much rather have an educated agent do the work than try to figure it out on my own!  They think they are saving money, but they are so wrong!

Lloyd:  It's not something I would choose to do without professional help...selling today is too complicated and risky.

We are enjoying very mild weather for this time of year.  Actually hoping to get a Harley ride in tomorrow...it's supposed to hit 60's.

Nov 19, 2011 03:43 PM #22
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley R since 1976;408-565-8177

A Harley ride?  Your husband's?  Son-in-law's?  It has been soupy out here.

I got your message to my g-mail address. Thank you.  I didn't want to respond privately.  You're my sweet heart, Sharon.  You've given me help with research combating squirrels (they're all over my yard now, front and back, burying acorns in my top-notch organic mulch), how to do links, staging--your forte, and more.  So you're my sweet heart. That's all.

Nov 19, 2011 07:38 PM #23
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lloyd:  Husband's Harley.  It took him three years to get me on it and now I really enjoy it. So far today we've been working in the yard...not sure the ride is going to happen.  It's gorgeous at 63 degrees, so I'm still hopeful.  

Your "sweet heart" huh?  Not sure the wife would like that, LOL!  What a nice thing to say! It's nice to know that I've helped you out...oh and don't forget that I pray for you to get your much desired grandbabies.

Nov 20, 2011 01:47 PM #24
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Got the ride in today...it was awesome!

Nov 20, 2011 06:23 PM #25
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
The Little REALTOR® That Could

Sharon,

I love your creativity. I had to click suggest for thinking outside the box!

What you say is so true!

Thank God for people like you who continue to educate people. We are all in this together to make it a better place on earth.

Awesome!

Patricia

Nov 20, 2011 06:40 PM #26
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You always have the nicest comments!  You made me smile, once again!  As for the "suggest"...I really appreciate it...but many have suggested and nothing has happened so I feel that ship has sailed.  :)

Nov 20, 2011 06:56 PM #27
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, love the analogy. Great advice for sailors sellers;-)

Nov 20, 2011 10:07 PM #28
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Sharon Tara
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Anna:  Thank you!  I enjoyed writing it!

Nov 21, 2011 11:56 AM #29
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