Make a Great First Impression – Agents call it ‘Curb Appeal’

Make a Great First Impression - Agents call it ‘Curb Appeal’ They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression - the same can be said when it comes to listing your home. Having great “curb appeal” has become the go-to way a great listing gets noticed over an okay listing, even if they’re in the same neighborhood, with the same amenities. Curb appeal is the initial appeal of a … [Read more...]

Spring is the Best Time to Sell Your Charlottesville Home

Now that we’ve passed the holiday season, our thoughts are already turning to when the weather will start warming up as we all want to skip right over winter, right? Here at Solutions, we know that spring is the ideal time to show off a house to its best advantage, and many of our listing clients are already getting their houses ready to list in the next few months. Buyers come out of the … [Read more...]

5 Pet Problems to Fix Before Listing Your House

As many of our Solutions listing clients know, selling their house is hard enough, but trying to do so when you have pets is even more difficult. We all know pets add so much to our daily lives, but, did you know that owning a pet can significantly reduce your home's value? When left to their own devices, curious cats, dogs and other pets can cause serious damage to a house. Although you may … [Read more...]

Why use a Solutions agent to help sell your home?

When it comes to selling a home - whether it be because you are moving for a job, downsizing or have finally found your perfect dream home and you need to sell the one you’re in to make it work - having your Solutions agent by your side to help you through the process can make all the difference between an easy vs. a difficult transaction and transition. Pricing and selling a home  There are … [Read more...]

Can Your Garage be a Major Selling Point?

Garages aren't typically known for more than a place to store your car and any extra stuff that won’t fit in the house, or didn’t make it past being unloaded from your car. Would you believe that, when it comes to preparing your house for sale, that an organized and sparkling clean garage just might be its best selling point? Garages are among the most hardworking spaces in your home, so taking a … [Read more...]

How to handle Purchaser repair requests

If you’re selling your home and have gotten an offer, you may be concerned about the Purchasers asking you to make costly repairs that potentially could cut into your profit Repair requests can be negotiated under most circumstances, but it’s important to recognize that a Seller’s ability to negotiate depends on the contract proposed by the Purchasers. This is where your Solutions agent can … [Read more...]

“Broom-Clean” and what it means to sellers

At Solutions, we’re often asked by our Sellers what it means to leave their home in “broom-clean” condition at closing. According to wording in a Virginia Association of Realtors® (VAR) residential contract, the Seller agrees to “deliver the Property to Purchaser at settlement, in its present physical condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted, but with such repairs and improvements as the … [Read more...]

“Get Around To-It” Projects to Help Sell Your House

The Spring/Summer Market Season is upon us and many sellers around the Charlottesville area may also be wondering how to make their houses stand out above the rest. They may have done the staging and mowed the lawn, but what about the “Get Around To-It” projects that may not have bugged them while they lived in the house, but now could very easily turn off potential buyers? Here are some … [Read more...]

How to Juggle Selling Your Home & Buying Another in the Same Time Frame

This situation happens more often than anyone realizes - and, especially, if you are selling a house in one city and buying in another, it can get even trickier trying to make sure everyone who needs the proper paperwork and funds does, in fact, receive everything in a timely fashion. Although lenders are hard at work and deals are closing rapidly, there’s no guarantee that your new home will … [Read more...]

20 Tips On How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

With the start of spring comes the onset of the Yard Sale. A few days before any given weekend you will start to see the familiar neon colored signs posted on street signs and stuck into the ground with directions to a nearby yard or garage sale.  A yard sale, for those who are moving, is an easy way to get rid of any excess items that haven’t been used in over a year or two. The more you sell, … [Read more...]

Minimize the stress of moving – 20 tips

Minimize the stress of moving day with these plan-ahead ideas. You’ve decided on a house and everything is moving smoothly towards settlement, so the next logical step is to break all of the moving parts into easy to follow steps to make it a success. Here are some tips to help you avoid, or minimize, moving day stress: 1 Organize early Try not to leave anything until the last … [Read more...]

Five Signs Your House May Be Overpriced

Five Signs Your House May Be Overpriced As we head into the Charlottesville area 2014 Spring Market, buyers are paying attention to what inventory is available and which listings are truly making an effort vs. the ones that have been languishing for some time. Most sellers are anxious to make a good first impression and get their house sold quickly, but a few hold out as they may be … [Read more...]

When to list your Charlottesville Home

This is a question that a client recently asked me. The answer is, well, it depends. It depends quite often on what your circumstance are. If you are relocating, then your timing will certainly be different than if you are just looking to downsize. So let us put the reason aside and ask, when is the best time of year to list your home. Many agents will say that anytime is a good time. Well … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Staging Don’ts

Charlottesville Staging Don'ts Here is a list of Staging Don't for getting a home ready to sell:  Use inexpensive silk flowers. Nothing distracts buyers more that silk flowers that are past their time, inappropriate for the season or thrown together. Throw them out, now. Forget to upgrade Fido's bowl. I've experienced more unhealthy pet food bowls, watering stations and litter boxes than I … [Read more...]

The Second Agent Dance

There is a saying, almost a joke, among many Realtors: "The second listing agent often wins" I have heard this from so many seasoned real estate agents who will tell you that the first agent will do most of the work and if the home does not sell, the next listing agent will benefit greatly. Here is how it works. The first listing agent will spend a great deal of time with the sellers of a … [Read more...]

Will an Open House sell my home?

This is a question we get all the time and we often have to be brutally honest with our Charlottesville home sellers. First lets define an open house. Wikipedia defines an open house as "a free, one-day event held by a real estate agent to show a listed residential property to any interested parties" and this is a good definition, but not complete enough. In real estate, there are two types of … [Read more...]

How to Sell your Charlottesville Real Estate

So, you've decided you want to sell your Charlottesville Home and now you want to start the process. Where do you begin? The first step in selling Charlottesville Real Estate, believe it or not, is not to call a Realtor. The first step should be to evaluate the current market conditions. It is best for you to do this without others influencing your evaluation. Current Market Are we in a … [Read more...]

Selling A Charlottesville Home Is Easy

Selling a Charlottesville Home is easy, at least that's what some people say. All you have to do is put a For Sale sign in the yard and 30 days later you're at the closing table. Yeah, right :) Let's look at the choices that sellers have: Charlottesville For Sale By Owner I still see some owners trying to sell a home without a Charlottesville Agent. Some people are placing their … [Read more...]

SOLD vs JUST LISTED (Charlottesville Real Estate)

When you list your home the goal is to get it SOLD This does not mean to just list a home and get it on the market. If this is your goal then there are a lot of agents out there that will just "list" your home. Look around there is a lot of inventory. If you want to tell me what price you "need" that is fine, but do not be surprised if that is not what the market will bear… If we are going to … [Read more...]

Sellers Listen up!

Seems that the inventory is increasing and the sales are slowing. In Charlottesville the real estate market is very seasonal. We start in March and Peak in Aug. Then we start to slow into Fall and Winter. Then the cycle starts over again.This cycle is repeated over and over again. This is partially (and mostly) do to the fact that we are a University town. The University of Virginia, founded … [Read more...]

Under Contract in Under 30 – Charlottesville VA Real Estate

When a home is in great shape and priced correctly, it will sell in any market. We just went under contract on this fine home in 30 days. Our Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions is outstanding, find out why! If your home is on the market and has not sold, there are a couple of questions to ask yourself and your agent. Let me know if you have any questions... … [Read more...]

Selling your Charlottesville Home – avoid the 10 Biggest Mistakes

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Some sellers make me laugh

I have been on a little trip and one of my associates and I were just talking on the cell phone about Buyer Agent Bonuses while I was driving through Tennessee... buy Wobble: The Weight of the Truth Old Joy dvdrip Frankie and Johnny We both agreed that it is rediculous to offer a "Bonus" to an agent that is already getting a commission. Why not just lower the price... House of the … [Read more...]

does 5% help?

I received an email this morning from an agent buy Put-Put Troubles(representing a Builder) that said: download Bone Bandit Man Hunt dvdrip Wild Things 2 release "5% Selling Commission on these easy to sell homes!" Well my fingers deleted buy Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauensthe email as my mind quickly asked 2 questions The Laramie Project download.... 1. Will 5% … [Read more...]

Do you cut your own hair?

Most people do not cut their own hair (of course some do... see photo) they go to a professional! What I find interesting is that a person will go out and try to sell their own home without the use of a professional. This is a tough market and you need all the help you can get. The Mask full movie Why? because I am to close to the product (my home). I have done improvements, that I think are … [Read more...]

A Car with a New Home?

They are at it again... Back in Nov of 2007 I posted: JUST LOWER the PRICE!!! I just got an email offering a Car with the purchase of a new home locally in the Charlottesville area. The builder is offering a 2009 Hyundai Accent if you close in 2008. Now they do mention: "If your client prefers, seller is willing to provide credits, upgrades, or price reductions in the amount of $15,000 as an … [Read more...]

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