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How to Make Sure Your Home Smells Fresh for Showings

me-and-my-best-friend Homes tend to have distinct smells. While homeowners are usually accustomed to that smell, others are not. Funky-smelling or heavily fragrant homes can be off-putting for first-time visitors. When you sell your home, lots of new people will be walking through your front door, so be sure it is smelling as fresh as possible. No one wants to consider that their home may be a little stinky, but it’s important to face the facts so that you can get rid of...Continue Reading >

Should You Hire a Professional Home Stager? Probably.

photo for virtual staging When you’re selling your home, you want to get the best price possible. And, the best way to get top dollar is to put your home’s best foot forward to attract buyers. Often, this means hiring a professional home stager. Many sellers may not want the extra expense of home staging, but it’s actually a worthwhile investment. Sellers that hire a home stager can often expect to get at least $10,000 more for their homes than those who don’t. In addition to...Continue Reading >

Are You a Second-Wave Baby Boomer? Look for These Things in Your New Home

lotte-meijer-142578 It seems like every article I read about homebuyers these days is written about millennials: are they buying, are they not buying, what do they want to buy, et cetera. To a much lesser degree, there are articles about boomers and whether they want to move for retirement or stay-in-place. But I haven’t seen anything on ‘second wave’ boomers, who tend to be in a unique situation. Who is the Second Wave? There are more than 76 million baby boomers nationwide. The younger...Continue Reading >

The Bridge Project in Palmetto Bay

palmettobay1-367 An Update on What You Need to Know A lot of people have been asking me recently about the potential bridging project in Palmetto Bay over SW 87th Ave, between SW 164th St and SW 163rd Terrace. To bring you up to speed: Miami Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works had been proposing to build a bridge over the canal between SW 164th and SW 163rd to connect SW 87th Avenue, thereby alleviating north-south traffic. The Palmetto Bay Village Council, in...Continue Reading >

How to Stage Your Home When You Have Pets

photo for how to stage with pets Pets are essential members of the family and make any home feel, well, homey. But, trying to sell a home with a pet around can be headache and definitely takes a few extra steps when staging and showing your home. Not everyone is an animal lover. Sometimes potential buyers would prefer not to see, smell, or find any evidence that your beloved pet exists. When you’re staging your home (where your pets also live) to sell, these tips will help: Fix Up...Continue Reading >

Listing-Photo Mistakes That Could Kill a Sale

Drew Kern Real Estate Cozy bedrooms, bright kitchens, and immaculate spaces. This is what buyers want to see when browsing for a new home. So, sellers need to take beautiful photos to show off their home’s best assets. The quality of listing photos is a sure way to sell a home. While you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional, it may be something to consider. Homes that have been photographed with a professional digital single-lens reflex camera get 61 percent more page views than...Continue Reading >

Signs You’re Ready to Sell Your House

photo signs you are ready to sell Obviously, all sellers want to get the best price for their home, but knowing when the time is right to get top dollar can be pretty tricky. In reality, there are two key factors you need to balance: a frank and honest assessment of both the market and your personal situation. From my experience, here are a few tell-tale signs that you’re ready to make the move. You Have Equity The reason that you often hear that you should stay in your home...Continue Reading >

Why You Should List Your House in the Spring

happy-family-in-front-of-their-new-house Spring kicks off one of the busiest times for home sales. The holidays are over and most buyers want to be settled into a new house by the next school year. No matter what the state of the market looks like, there is usually an increase in inventory during the spring, creating an exciting time for buyers. If you’re ready to sell your home, get ready to list it this spring. Prices Are Usually Higher In some industries, increased inventory lowers prices, but...Continue Reading >

Do Open Houses Really Help You Sell Your Home?

open-house-sign-in-front-of-a-house When you put your home on the market, you want it to get as much attention as it can. One timeless way to get noticed and let potential buyers connect with your home is by holding an open house. Today, most homebuyers start their search online, but that doesn’t mean that an open house is no longer a valuable sales tool. A National Association of Realtors survey found that 45% of homebuyers said they used open houses as a major source...Continue Reading >

5 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Drew Kern Real Estate So much attention surrounds first-time homebuyers, but selling a home for the first time is an equally daunting task and is completely different from buying. Sellers sometimes incorrectly believe that because they have been through the buying process, they know how to sell their home. In fact, there are many intricacies to selling a home that you don’t experience when you buy. If you’re a first-time home seller, these five tips will help you make the most of your sale: 1. Hire an...Continue Reading >