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Staging Your Home to Sell Fast

by Mayes Harris Team

Now’s the time to get your home staged for sale if you are putting it on the market this Spring.  Follow these simple tips to de-clutter, de-personalize and decorate your home in a way that will make it sell faster and at a higher price:

1.     Curb appeal and entry: Make sure the exterior and landscaping are in good shape so that potential buyers get a good first impression.

2.     Wallpaper and borders: Since wallpaper is very personal, repaint walls using a warm, rich neutral color so that potential buyers won’t feel they have many cosmetic changes to make.

3.     Vertical blinds and popcorn ceilings: Both of these are signs of a dated home, so be sure to remove.  No window treatments are better than showing ones that are dated.

4.     Baths: Remove all trashcans, cleaning products and personal hygiene items from view.

5.     Kitchens: Clear all countertops except for a few staging items like a green plant or some attractive canisters or cookbooks.  The sides and top of the refrigerator should always be clutter-free.

6.     Bedding:  All bedding should be neutral, tidy and attractive, and bed springs and frames should be covered.

7.     Closets: Closets should appear well-organized, roomy and spacious, so box up seasonal clothes and arrange shoes neatly.  Remove wire hangers from the dry cleaners, and buy uniform wooden or  white plastic hangers.  Keep floor free of items to increase spaciousness.

8.     Pets:  If you have pets, remove all evidence of having them prior to each showing. Spray air freshener to neutralize pet odors.

9.     Maintenance and repairs: Fix any known issues before listing so fewer items appear on the inspection report.

10. Never show a home without furniture: One might think that having an empty house helps the buyer envision their own furniture in the rooms, but instead it just makes the house look unlivable – rent furniture and stage your house if need be.

This video gives some great visuals on what to do to stage your home for sale:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-xn_mUn0Fs

Good news for borrowers!

by Mayes Harris Team

I just saw this piece in Inman News, a well-known Real Estate news source, about two lenders (one of them is local, Wells Fargo, and the other is Quicken Loans), lowering their FICO scores for borrowers.  This is great news for anyone lacking a sizable down payment, and also helps people who have low credit scores.  Let’s see if other lenders follow suit.  Now is the time to buy, and I’m happy to represent you!

Take a look at the story:

http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/kenharney/ficos-and-fha-2-big-lenders-loosen

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