Real Estate

Benefits to Staging Your Home For Sale

                                                

You've heard of "first impressions" - well, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors, if you stage your home prior to listing for sale, you can actually sell your house faster, and for more.  In some cases, by as much as 10%.  By staging your home, the  photographs will stand out amongst the competition online.  Remember, your first showing is online.  And, with 9 out of 10 buyers starting their search on real estate websites, you will want your home to look the best so the buyer makes an appointment to actually see your home, versus, skipping over it. 

What's the process for getting started?  There are many things you can do yourself.  Begin by decluttering, and removing personal items such as family photos.  These items can distract the buyer, rather than looking at the features and attributes of your home.  You will be needing to pack up these things eventually anyway, so this will give you a head start.  An uncluttered home with fresh paint, linens and bathroom towels, will have a positive emotional effect on the buyer, and allows them to envision themselves moving in.  Any deferred maintenance items should also be addressed prior to listing for sale.  Most people lead very busy lives today, and if buyers have to think about coordinating contractors and getting work done to the house prior to moving in, they may feel discouraged, and move on to the next property. 

Freshen up with paint, and new rugs - all in neutral colors.  Repair and replace items such as broken light switched, bulbs, door knobs, leaky faucets, windows, thermostats, etc. Update lighting fixtures with contemporary styles and consider replacing older kitchen appliances with sleek, eco-friendly models.

A professional home stager can be very affordable, and in most cases ending up paying for itself.  So, don't wait to stage.  You are essentially turning your home into a house for sale.  And with other homes competing for buyers' attention, this will position you best. We've seen beneficial results for our Sellers, time and time again.  

For more information and statistics about staging your home, you can go to this 2017 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors. Also, Coldwell Banker's Blog: Spring Selling Tips.

Let me know if I can help you with this process.

Source: www.nar.realtor; Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog

 

 

New Stowe Homes Listed For Sale

As we transition from Summer to Fall, the level of residential inventory is still quite low.  Here are some exceptional properties that I've listed recently, offering a wide variety of outstanding features and benefits for any buyer.  This is the most active part of the selling season, and buyers continue to reference Vail, as the new owner of the Stowe Mountain Resort operations, and the beneficial opportunities that will bring to the Stowe area, including The Epic Ski Pass.  And don't forget the lowest pricing ends September 4th!

 

             

The breathtaking setting and classic architectural design of this home, invite you to experience the perfect combination of luxury and country living. 

Located only 3 miles to Stowe Mountain Resort, you are ideally located to year-round fun and activities. In fact, you are so close, that you can see the ski trails right in front of you.  Additional and separate guest quarters make this the perfect place for fun and relaxation. For more information on this property, click here.

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Wonderful and unique luxury country home, in one of Stowe’s finest neighborhoods.

Indulge in a long list of amenities including luxurious bedroom suites for everyone, with their own deck or patio; hot tub; sauna; tennis court; and more.  Cozy up by the fire après ski, enjoy the exceptionally beautiful chef's kitchen, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

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New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.

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You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.
 

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

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New Inventory in a Tight Market

Buyer demand remains high, but the level of inventory is still the lowest we've seen in years.  Residential sales will increase as we continue to move through the most active part of the selling season. In the meantime, here are some exceptional new properties which I've recently listed:

 

             

New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.

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Enjoy the serenity of Sterling Valley in this newly constructed home. 

Timeless design choices include a floor to ceiling stone chimney, and custom kitchen.  Take in the sounds of the Sterling Brook on your property, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

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You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.
 

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

When is the best time to list my property?

Many of my clients have asked me this question.  Properties come on the market throughout the year.  But, what is the best time to list a property for sale?  First impressions are what resonate most with buyers.  You want to have your property looking its best, so typically spring or early summer is the best time to list your home.  When the grass is green, your flowers are blooming, and the windows are open to allow the fresh, warm breeze through your house; these are the highlights which will create an image that buyers can connect with emotionally.    Most buyers begin to look for homes at this time as well.  In fact there are many buyers currently in the market place waiting for more homes to come on the market.   They have been looking, but have not yet found the home that fits their needs and desires.   Buyers would also prefer to be in a new home so they can enjoy the summer and fall there.  And families want to be prepared before school starts in August.  Mortgage interest rates are still low too, which is additional motivation for buyers to buy now.

If you would like to know more about the listing process, and what the value of your property is, please free to contact me.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so you can make the best, and most informed decision. 

Habitat for Humanity in Morrisville, Vermont

Did you know that Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is currently building a home for a family in Morrisville, Vermont? It is located on Mayo Road, off Tamarack Hill. There are certain days whereby work day projects are organized, so the home can be completed in time for the new family to move in.

The mission of the Lamoille County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is to improve the lives of families in our community through constructing simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with families who currently live in unfit, indecent, conditions and have no possibility of obtaining a home through conventional means.

They are always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to get involved, and hammer a nail or two, go to Habitat for Humanity, or call 802-870-0990. No Experience Required, and there is a manager onsite to guide you in the right direction! A group from our office has gone on more than one occasion, and it was amazing to see how much we were able to accomplish. And, it is a lot of fun! The Lamoille Area Board of Realtors has organized a team build day, May 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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