There's a Really Cute House in Ballard...Buried Under Here Somewhere!

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

With the help of my very cooperative clients we found it! It was there all the time hiding under 15 years of living. Ten days after we listed it the buyers found it too. My clients also spent about 15k getting their home in market ready condition, but it payed off. Theirs was the only property in Ballard that sold in the 400-450k range during the entire month of December. Using a talented photographer didn't hurt either.

The Better it Looks...the Better it Sells!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA
CL Design Services Home Staging

Bravo!  Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your success with us.

January 17, 2009 06:16 PM
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Monica Stanciu
Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON
Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc.

Hi Susan! 

What a great transformation indeed!

15K made the difference between "Old" and "Sold".  I will keep an eye for your next posts, I am too, interested in the living room paint colour:).

I would be also keen to see where the 15K went, besides painting, of course. (These are the money spent before staging, right?).

Thank you!

Monica @ Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc.

January 17, 2009 07:09 PM
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Anne: Fortunately the house wasn't on the market before the renovation/staging.

Michelle: I think it's Playhouse by Martha Stewart. I'll double check though.

Debbie: My photographer is brilliant with lighting. Wait till you see the exterior shots.

Kathleen: They got back at least 3 times what they spent.

 

January 17, 2009 09:10 PM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Pimentel
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging
Empire Home Staging Solutions

Susan,

Conratulations!  What a great staging success story... and the photographs speak for themselves, GREAT transformation! I love how you angled the seating, it gives the room a very welcoming feel.

January 17, 2009 09:44 PM
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WOW!  Worth every penny - absolutely stunning transformation Susan.  Congrats on the quick sale!

January 18, 2009 06:24 AM
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Maria Killam - www.colourmehappyblog.blogspot.com

Wow, if that isn't the best photo for a compelling argument to stage your house, I don't know what is!!!  It's certainly the before picture that does it!

January 18, 2009 12:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Tosha: I'll have them up in a couple of days.

Cathy: Thanks to my clients too for seeing the light.

Monica: Yes the 15k was spent before the 1st piece of furniture was moved in.

January 18, 2009 09:38 PM
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Tanya V Fresh Eye Designs LLC
Where Staged Equals Sold
Fresh Eye Designs LLC

Susan if anyone can find a buried treasure you can and you did.  The house looks absolutely wonderful.

January 19, 2009 01:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Michelle: Surprisingly it made the room feel bigger.

Michele: It just goes to show , if it looks great and is priced right it will sell.

Maria: It's a matter of putting your best foot forward.

January 19, 2009 03:17 PM
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Hi Tanya,

Thanks for stopping by and for anyone who was wondering what the wall color was it was "Playhouse" by Martha Stewart.

January 19, 2009 07:30 PM
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Hi Susan,

I think you have done a wonderful job!  I love the before and after pictures!  It is remarkable what you have done.  I am curious though, how do you get your sellers to pay for things?  I have been trying to get my clients to do the same thing, but have not gotten very far, unfortunately.  I would love to know what it is that you say to them to make them realize that their house needs to stand out above the rest.  Do you have any advice for me?

January 21, 2009 11:08 AM
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Hi Jeannie

I come up with a projected price for "as is" and one for fixed up. I'm not willing to stage their house if they aren't willing to do at least the top priority items. It works everytime!

January 23, 2009 11:40 PM
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Jeannie

Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for your advice.  I will try that.  I also had another question that popped up.  Once you get them to do all that stuff and you stage it, how do you get them to keep it that way during the time you have it listed?  I've worked hard to help my clients get that far, then to see that they have not kept it up because I would get feedback from other agents stating that it wasn't very clean.  Its been frustrating for me to know that I have helped them put all my time and effort into it and then to see if for myself as well as to have feedback saying that is wasn't very clean. What would you recommend on this topic?  And thanks so much for your input!  I truly appreciate it.

January 25, 2009 12:14 PM
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David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

Hi Susan - what a great transformation you did! Besides the new "setting", the warm colours in the room make a tremendous difference.

Cheers from your neighbour in Victoria!

David

January 25, 2009 08:41 PM
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Ellie McIntire
CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate

You are worth your weight in gold for these sellers. The new room was almost unrecognizable to the before pictures.

January 27, 2009 12:36 PM
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Susan Peters
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
Dove Realty Inc.

Jeannie: I usually get them to move out. At least for the 1st week or two. You need to price it right so that it's the most appealing property in it's price range. You can stage your brains out but if it's not priced right it's not going to sell.

David: Thanks. That's one of my favorite colors too.

Ellie: My clients were worth their weight in gold too. They took my advice on price and worked like dogs to get their part done.

February 05, 2009 11:27 PM
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Libby Cousins
Contract Mortgage Processor
Extraordinary Processing

Holy cow Susan , that is amazing. It doesn't even look like the same house. You obviously have an amazing eye. I'd love to have you come decorate my house! I think I found the perfect color that I was looking for for our bedroom, Playhouse! I can't tell if that was the same color they had on the wall before or did you have them repaint?

I will be following your blog to see the next posts of the house!

February 15, 2009 12:00 AM
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Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty

Wow, impressive.  I need to go to your website and get some tips!

February 15, 2009 05:48 AM
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Norma Toering
Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
Charlemagne International Properties

Absolutely stunning before and after pictures.  Those photos should convince any seller of the value of staging.

February 15, 2009 11:33 AM
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Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County
Hearth & Home Staging

I trust the house has sold by now. . . what a transformation! I love the work of your photographer, and it goes without saying your work too!

April 04, 2009 08:43 PM
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