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Accentuate the Positive When Selling Your Home

by Cathryn Leasure 11/26/2018

Putting your home on the market is not for the faint-hearted! As many people discover along the way, the road to selling a home can be rather bumpy -- especially if you attempt to sell it on your own.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do, right away, to make the journey shorter, smoother, and more rewarding. Here are three strategies that will greatly increase your chances of success.

Find a seasoned real estate agent. An experienced real estate agent will not only help you navigate state and federal regulations, negotiate with buyers, and get a handle on paperwork, but they'll also schedule showings of your home and provide continuous marketing help.

Enhance your curb appeal: When it comes to finding prospective buyers and setting up appointments, your real estate agent will do the lion's share of the work. However, it's mostly up to you to make sure your house looks its best and that the appearance of your property catches the eye of house hunters.

Once your home is listed online and a "for sale" sign is planted in your front yard, potential buyers are going to immediately take notice of how your house looks from the outside. Sometimes people browse listed houses from their cars, so it can really pay to make a great first impression from the street.

Some of the things that matter the most are a meticulous-looking yard, a clutter-free property, and a house that looks like it's well maintained. Adding a fresh coat of paint, displaying some colorful potted flowers, and taking care of unsightly weeds and overgrown bushes are a few things you can do to make your property look a lot more inviting.

Stage your home's interior: Once you've cleared the first big hurdle (curb appeal), your next priority -- or perhaps a simultaneous priority -- is to make the interior of your home look inviting and appealing. As is the case with boosting curb appeal, your real estate agent can provide you with cost-effective advice on how to get the most mileage from your efforts.

Some of the tried-and-proven methods of staging a home include reducing clutter, arranging living room furniture in "conversational groups" to depict a cozy, intimate environment, and letting plenty of natural light stream in to make your home appear as cheerful and bright as possible.

Fresh coats of neutral-colored paint should be applied to walls and ceilings on an as-needed basis, and all floors, tables, and counter tops should be kept immaculate. Home staging consultants often recommend removing (or toning down) certain decorating themes -- such as sports, religion, or even too many family photographs -- which may alienate some potential buyers.

The overall objective is to make it easy for house hunters to imagine themselves owning and living in your home. If there's anything about the appearance, decor, or smell of your home that makes people feel in any way uncomfortable, that could make it more difficult to find a committed buyer -- which, of course, is your ultimate goal!

About the Author

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Cathryn Leasure

Do you need access to MLS listings? 

Would you like to be the first to know about off market properties as soon as they become available? 

Would you prefer to work with a Realtor, who knows their MAO from their ARV?

Don't like finding buyers for your properties? I can list them for you, and I have an amazing marketing strategy that will bring the highest price for your property.

 

Hi, I'm Cathryn, and I love working with investors. 

I've lived in Melbourne, Florida with my husband Michael and daughter Anna for 14 years, and I've been a Realtor with Fischer Realty in Cocoa for 5 years. Over those years I've built an extensive list of contractors, general contractors, plumbers, electricians, roofers, property inspectors, appraisers, investor friendly title companies, investor friendly lawyers, private and hard money funding partners, and any other type of contractors an investor may need.

Whether you're buying your very first rehab house, or you've been in the business for years, if you're looking for a Realtor who understands investors, give me a call.

But don't count me out if you're not an investor. If you're looking for your forever home, or you have a house you'd like to sell, I can help you too.

TESTIMONIALS

"Cathryn has been my personal realtor for the past two years and will continue. Our relationship has been a great success from both buying and selling properties. She has a natural instinct about the property's worth and it's projective worth. A professional to the end, I highly recommend Cathryn to my family and friends."

Joe D

Port St John, FL

"Being new to Florida Cathryn helped my husband and I find the perfect size house for my family of 5. The location was excellent, close to the school my child attends, shopping and minutes to I95 for commuting. She was very professional and a good friend. Thank you for all that you did for us!!!"

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Palm Bay, FL

"Cathryn was very professional, sweet and kind the entire 3 months we were looking for a new home. She showed us many and finally we found a great home in Palm Bay, FL thanks to her dedication and hard work! I was totally impressed with her and would recommend her to anyone!"

Chris W 

Palm Bay, FL

"Outstanding!! We were up against some tight timelines for finding a rental home last October, and Cathryn really came through! We made multiple visits to the area - some pretty last minute - and Cathryn was incredibly responsive and knowledgeable each and every time. She really understood what we were after and the current market and worked very hard to get us in exactly the right home. We're extremely happy with her service and would stand in line to work with her again!!"

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Melbourne, FL

"You are greatly appreciated my dear. Working with you has been great. Thank you for all that you have done for us."

James and Alison P 

Melbourne, FL

"I've purchased two condos with Cathryn being my realtor and she brings integrity and a thorough knowledge of real estate to the table."

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Cape Canaveral, FL