What Not To Do When Selling Your Home: 5 Buyer Turnoffs

What Not To Do When Selling Your Home

What Not To Do When Selling Your Home: 5 Buyer Turnoffs

Selling your home is a stressful time. No home is flawless, but there are several things you can easily do to help it sell. You want to be the house the buyers can’t stop thinking about, not the house the buyers can’t stop laughing about.

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Buyer Boo-Ware: “Haunted” Real Estate

Image Credit: Karen via Flickr

Image Credit: Karen via Flickr

It’s that time of year where ghosts, goblins and witches are everywhere.  The tombstones are in the yards and they might even have a pile of bones sticking out for dramatic effect.  It’s a fun and escapist time of year and one of my favorites, for sure.  Everyone loves a haunted house at Halloween, but what if it is a real-life “haunted” house?   What does it mean when you want to sell your “haunted” house? Does a ghost add $5,000 to the asking price? Does the ghost need to pay rent?
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Sell Your House With Pets: 3 Steps to Selling Your Pet-Friendly Abode

How to sell my house palestine texas with pets!

Let me preface this by saying, I am a pet lover. I have a dog and a cat. However, my dog likes to stick his nose up people’s behinds and my cat is prone to biting men unprovoked and running out any open exterior door like a psycho flash of lightning. My pets are great, but they have some eccentricities and not everyone loves them like I do, so I am sure to put them up when I have visitors. I always stress to my sellers the importance of “pet maintenance” during the time their home is offered for sale. Pets are not everyone’s cup of tea, some folks have pet hair allergies or are just not into them at all. That is their prerogative. However, what you do want them to be into is your home becoming theirs! So, make it easier for yourself (long-term, anyway) and do some preventative “pet maintenance” before each showing so you can sell your home quickly and for top dollar! Continue reading

3 types of Low Ball Offers (and how to respond to them)

3 types of low ball offers and how to respond to them

So you got a “Low Ball” Offer…Unfortunately, “low ball offers” are more common than you may think, particularly among investors. A “lowball offer” is an offer that is far below a home’s asking price (sometimes ridiculously low—but the value of “low” is in the eyes of the recipient). There is not really a benchmark for how low an offer is to be considered a “low ball,” but believe me, if you receive one, you’ll know!

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: the dangers of overpricing your home

how much is my home worth palestine, texas real estate

how much is my home worth palestine, texas real estate

What do you think is the #1 thing that is prohibiting your home from selling?  The answer may or may not surprise you….more than likely, it is the price of your home.  There is no marketing budget on earth that can effectively market an overpriced home.  Could it sell at an over market price?  Yes, it *could* happen (sure, stranger things have definitely happened…).  Is it likely?  NO.  Continue reading

Before & After: A Historic Tudor Cottage Transformation!

I don’t do this often, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one of my listings.  The sellers have recently taken out the carpet to expose the hardwood floors, and the results are just amazing!  The changes have brought new life into this darling cottage to expose the historic character that this gem has to offer!

1015 N Fowler Palestine TX house for sale

BEFORE: carpets were clean, but outdated at 1015 N. Fowler in Palestine.  AKA “I’m too sexy for this carpet!” hehe

orgeous hardwood floors at this historic home at 1015 N. Fowler in Palestine. House home for sale in Palestine Texas by Lisa Priest Real Estate Agent with Picket Fence Realty.

AFTER: HELLO GORGEOUS HARDWOODS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! 😉

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So Fresh n’ So Clean: The Magic of Paint

I’m continually amazed at what a fresh coat of paint can do.  It can breathe new life into almost anything, I’m convinced! Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. Paint is one of the most economical upgrades for your home and can give it a whole new appeal while feeling “fresh & clean!”

BEHOLD--The magic of paint! It's amazing!

BEHOLD–The magic of paint! It’s amazing!

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7 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon  Published: June 18, 2014

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If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

By: Dona DeZube

LISTED BY LISA: SOLD BY LIST

Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.

Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you’ll feel the same.
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BIY: The DIY for the anti-DIYer

BIY: The DIY for the anti-DIYer

Save 20% When You BIY Instead of DIY??  surpriseThat’s some serious Cash-ola!! surprise

You are probably asking yourself: What the heck is “BIY???”

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