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Dec. 5, 2019

How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar - Tip #5

Half-Empty Closets
 
Storage is something every buyer is looking for
and can never have enough of. 
 
Take half the stuff out of your closets, then
neatly organize what’s left in there. 
 
Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your
closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
 
As your real estate consultant, my highest
priority is selling your house for top dollar fast
and hassle-free. 
Dec. 3, 2019

How to sell Your Home For Top Dollar - Tip #4

Take The Home Out Of Your House

One of the most important things

to do when selling your house is to

de-personalize it.

The more personal stuff in your house,

the less potential buyers can imagine

themselves living there. Get rid of

one-third of your stuff – put it in storage.

This includes family photos, memorabilia

collections and personal keepsakes.

Consider hiring a home stager to

maximize the full potential of your home.

Staging simply means arranging your

furniture to best showcase the floor plan

and maximize the use of space.

You can get a free copy of my book How

To Sell Your House for Top Dollar Fast,

just send me a text or email and I’ll get it

out to you immediately.

On Your Team Helping You Sell Your Home

 

For Top Dollar

Nov. 29, 2019

How to Find & Buy The Perfect Home For You - Tip#4

Making The Move Easy On The Kids
 
I’m assuming you may have children, if
not, maybe you could forward this
message to a friend or family member
who has children and is looking for a
home. It could be very helpful.
 
Most often, a move represents an
important step forward for the adults in
the family. A new job, promotion, transfer
to a different office, or a financial success
that has allowed them to buy a more
comfortable house in a different
neighborhood. 
 
Moving from one house to another is 
seldom easy or enjoyable for adults (who 
choose to move), and can be especially
troubling for children (who prefer to stay 
where they are). But if parents are mindful 
of their children’s concerns and needs, 
they can minimize distress and discomfort. 
 
Nov. 28, 2019

How to sell Your Home For Top Dollar - Tip #3

The Kitchen Comes First

You’re not actually selling your house;

you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how

important it is.

The benefits of remodeling your kitchen

are endless, and the best part is, you’ll

probably get 85% of your money back. It

may cost a few thousand dollars to

replace countertops, but a buyer may

knock $10,000 off the asking price if your

kitchen looks dated.

The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen

updates include painting cabinets and

adding new cabinet hardware. Use a

neutral-color paint so you can present

buyers with a blank canvas where they

can start envisioning their own style. If

you have a little money to spend, buy

one fancy stainless steel appliance.

Why one?

Because when people see one high-end

appliance, they think all the rest are

expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

 

On Your Team Helping You Sell Your Home

For Top Dollar

Nov. 27, 2019

How to Find and Buy the perfect home Tip #3

Avoid Sleeper Costs

The difference between renting and

homeownership is the sleeper costs. Most

people just focus on their mortgage

payment, but they also need to be aware

of the other expenses such as property

taxes, utilities and homeownerassociation

dues.

New homeowners also need to be

prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance

and potential property-tax increases.

Make sure you budget for these sleeper

costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk

losing your house.

This is an area where I can really give you

advice and insight that can save and

 

make you money.

Nov. 25, 2019

How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar - Tip #2

Light It Up
 
Maximize the light in your home. After
location, good lighting is the one thing
every buyer says they want in a home. 
 
Take down the drapes, clean the 
windows, change the lampshades, 
increase the wattage of your light bulbs
and cut the bushes outside to let in 
sunshine. Do what you have to do to
make your house bright and cheery – it
will make it more sellable.
-Mike
Nov. 13, 2019

How to Find & Buy The Perfect Home For You - Tip#2

The Secret Science And Art of Making
An Offer
 
Your opening offer should be based on
two things: what you can afford (because
you don’t want to outbid yourself), and 
what you really believe the property is 
worth. Make your opening bid something
that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going
to totally offend the seller. 
 
A lot of people think they should go lower
the first time they make a bid; it all 
depends on what the market is doing at
the time. You need to look at what other
homes have sold for in that neighborhood 
and you want to get an average price per 
square foot.
 
Sizing up a house on a price-per-square-
foot basis is a great equalizer. Also, see
if the neighbors have plans to put up a new
addition, a basketball court or tennis 
court, or something that might detract
from the property’s value down the road.
 
Sellers respect an offer that is an oddball 
number and are more likely to take it 
seriously. A nice round number sounds 
like every other bid out there. When you 
get more specific, the sellers will think 
you've given the offer careful thought. 
 
On Your Team Helping You Find and Buy
The Perfect Home For You 
Nov. 6, 2019

How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar - Tip #1

Have you ever heard the phrase “You
don’t know what you don’t know”?
 
This phrase is especially applicable when
selling your home.
 
Because buying or selling a home is
something that most people do only two
or three times in a lifetime, there are
things that they’re completely unaware of.  
 
They simply don’t know what they don’t know.
 
These free weekly email tips will make it
so much easier for you to avoid making
costly mistakes. 
 
They’re free because it’s my way of
adding value to your life – whether we
choose to work together in the future or
not.
 
Here is my first tip. 
 
Don’t Over-Upgrade  
 
Quick fixes before selling your home
always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, on
the other hand, not so much. You 
probably won’t get your money back if you
do a huge improvement project before 
you put your house on the market. 
Instead, do updates that will pay off 
and get you top dollar. 
 
Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. 
Clean the curtains or go buy some 
inexpensive new ones. Replace door 
handles and cabinet hardware. Make sure 
closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets 
and clean the grout.
 
If you are wondering what upgrades you 
may want to make, send me a quick text 
and I’d be delighted to answer any 
questions you may have. And please, 
before you make any big, expensive 
improvements, check with me and I can
tell you what the average return on 
investment is for almost every 
improvement.
 
On Your Team Helping You Sell Your Home
For Top Dollar
 
Mike Giordano
eXp Realty 
250-884-0885
Nov. 5, 2019

How to Find & Buy The Perfect Home For You - Tip#1

Have you ever heard the phrase “You 
don’t know what you don’t know”?
 
This phrase is especially applicable when
buying a home.
 
Because buying or selling a home is 
something that most people do only two 
or three times in a lifetime, there are 
things that they’re completely unaware of.  
 
They simply don’t know what they don’t know.
 
These free weekly email tips will make it
so much easier for you to avoid making 
costly mistakes. 
 
They’re free because it’s my way of 
adding value to your life – whether we 
choose to work together in the future or 
not.
 
Here is my first tip. 
  
Use Your Head, Not Just Your Heart 
 
Buying a house just based on emotions 
has the potential to break your heart. If
you fall in love with something, you might
end up making some pretty bad financial 
decisions. There’s a big difference 
between your emotions and your 
intelligence.
 
Relying on your intelligence means that 
based on all the information available, 
you recognize that you’re getting a great 
house for a good value.
 
Going with your emotions is being 
obsessed with the paint color or the 
backyard or the cosmetics of the house.
 
It’s an investment, so stay calm and be 
wise. Remember, there is ALWAYS 
another house out there. As your 
consultant, my responsibility is to help you
balance emotions, instincts and common 
sense. When you are ready to sit down
together I can ask you the type of 
questions that will help you clarify your 
values, because when your values are 
clear, your decisions are easier.
 
In the meantime, if you see a sign or a 
home online that interests you, feel free to
give me a call. I can usually find out why 
the seller is selling and what the facts are 
that are not readily available to the 
general public. 
 
Oct. 31, 2019

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