Thursday, July 27, 2017

Want to see THIS sign in front of your listing? Make sure your listing pictures truly speak for the property!Want to see THIS sign in front of your listing? Make sure your listing pictures truly speak for the property!

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” has never been truer than today.  With more than 80% of home-buyers beginning their search for real estate on the Internet, poor quality pictures online can be the kiss of death for real estate listings and can truly have a negative impact on the sale of a home.  In a niche market like Lake Gaston, there are so many incredible views that it’s easy to grab those pictures – but always try to keep in mind that a potential buyer isn’t actually going to live in an incredible lake sunset.  As a listing agent, consider these steps to ensure that you’re getting the quality and quantity of pictures that you need to generate interest in your clients’ homes.

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These vintage water skis found new life as repurposed Adirondack chairs...the perfect lakeside seating.

These vintage water skis found new life as repurposed Adirondack chairs…the perfect lakeside seating.

Why buy new?  Repurpose!

When it comes to redecorating, not everyone has the time, the desire, or the budget to completely remodel or redesign a space.  Enter repurposing…the increasingly popular art of evaluating what you already have and putting it to use in a different manner for a stylish and low-cost home or outdoor upgrade.  According to creative “upcyclers,” there’s no such thing as trash anymore – just opportunity looking for an outlet.

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Staging is an inexpensive option that decreases time on market, according to recent RSEA statistics.

Staging works…

Even in a down market, statistics show that home staging works to decrease time on market.  The Real Estate  Staging Association conducted a study of more than 100 homes that had been on the market in excess of 250 days – homes that were not staged.  Professional staging companies were engaged to stage the homes and make adjustments in the homes’ presentations…and nearly all of those homes that had been sitting on the market for nearly a year sold within 60 days after being staged – and the average time on market after staging was 40.5 days!

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Are pewter countertops a viable option for residential kitchens?

Are pewter counters a viable option for residential kitchens?

Is pewter the new granite?

Choosing countertops in home construction is an important decision, and granite countertops have long been the standard in residential construction for style and ease of use. Real estate agents advertise it as a selling point for homes, contractors proclaim its attributes, and homeowners feel confident that those speckled surfaces are the best in kitchen countertops.

Recently, though, more solid surface countertop options have become available, including concrete, zinc, and now pewter. Granite isn’t the only surface that can resist heat, scrapes, and wear and tear – but is the cost of other surfaces worth the investment?

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