Reasons why you SHOULD have your home staged

October 15th, 2013

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Reasons why you SHOULD have your home staged

  1. You will make more money – According to National Association of Realtors, the average investment for staging a home is 1 to 3 percent of the home’s asking price, which can generate a return of 8 to 10 percent, which is money in your pocket!
  2. Your house will sell faster which equals more money and less stress – Another NAR survey found that the longer a home stays on the market, the further below list price it drops.
  3. The cost of staging doesn’t cost a dime – Typically there is a return on your investment=free money!
  4. Most home sellers cannot view their house objectively – Having a professional stager stage your home is to your advantage as they can view your home with “new eyes” and pick out potential issues before potential buyers view your home.
  5. Your online photos will stand out among the competition – Most potential buyers view properties online even before contacting a realtor, so why not have your home looking its best right from the start!
  6. Only 10% of homebuyers can visualize the potential of a home – Don’t leave potential issues up to a buyer’s imagination, take away any excuses right away!
  7. The longer a home is on the market, the lower the price will be – Another NAR survey revealed that homes sold after 4 weeks on the market typically sold for 6% less than ones within the first 4 weeks!
  8. Leaving your home in “As is” condition will only help sell your competition – Again, don’t let your competition look better than you – sell yours first!

Realtors understand the effectiveness of home staging and will encourage their clients to have their home show to potential buyers looking its best.  This will drive traffic to the home and turn prospects into buyers quicker and will make their clients top dollar!


Friday’s Feature property is 406 Wolfcreek Circle, Roberts, WI

October 10th, 2013

Friday’s Feature property is 406 Wolfcreek Circle, Roberts, WI

This home is new to the market today!  Some features include:

*4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms

*1,280 square feet

*3 car attached, insulated garage with asphalt driveway

*Open foyer split level home

*Large kitchen and living room access to deck overlooking backyard

*Lower level family room with gas fireplace

*Master bedroom with walk-in closet and Jacuzzi tub

A must see to appreciate all the features!  Call us today at 715-410-3883 or 651-261-4600 to schedule a showing and close before winter!

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Local Market Update – August 2013

October 9th, 2013

The housing market is slowly but surely making a comeback!  Click on the link below and  you can see the graph of data provided by the St. Paul area Association of Realtors, every category has seen an increase. The only area that saw a slight decrease was the Average Sales Price. There is still quite a bit of inventory of homes and homes are still selling. Right now still can be the perfect time to move!

Local Market Update – August 2013 graph


Finding a great real estate agent

October 7th, 2013

This will be your first step – whether you are buying or selling your home. The question is how to find a good one. Following are a few tips to consider when making your selection:

1. Referrals: Ask a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker who they have used and see who they would recommend. Try to find an agent who goes above and beyond.

2. Search online for agent listings: If you are looking for an agent this way, the best bet is to Google the top real estate company in your area and look up individual agent profiles and read their customer reviews.

3. Attend open houses: Attending open houses in your area is a great way to interact with the agent. Get their business card and make notes of your first impression of them—did they point out qualities of the home they were presenting or were they sitting in the corner reading a book? First impressions can speak volumes.

4. Track neighborhood signs: Pay attention to the listing signs in your neighborhood. The agent who sells the fastest might be better than the agent who has the most “for sale” signs. Results speak volumes.

5. Ask other agents for referrals: Most agents are happy to refer buyers and sellers to associates, especially if the service you need is not a specialty of the agent who is referring you.
Keep in mind, the best agent for you is an experienced professional who will listen to you, conducts themselves in an ethical manner, and knows the market.

Friday’s Feature property at 1686 99th Avenue, Hammond, WI

October 4th, 2013

This home looks like a home from a magazine! It is definitely a “must see” to be appreciated!
Some features of the home include:

*4 bedrooms/2 baths
*2,903 square feet
*Brazilian cherry hardwood floors
*Stainless steel kitchen and laundry appliances
*Granite and Corian countertops
*Finished basement with large family room
*Two beautiful gas fireplaces
*3 car attached garage with new concrete driveway
*Sprinkler system
*Custom patio with professional landscaping
*Game room
*All of this on 1.69 acres!

Hammond is a growing community located just off Highway 94—short commute to the Twin Cities!
Call us today at 715-410-3883 or 651-261-4600 to schedule a showing of this home today and close before winter!

Welcome to your new home!

Welcome to your new home!

Fall projects and repairs

October 2nd, 2013

Fall is upon us and now is the perfect time to do some last minute repairs before winter comes! Following is a list with a few tips:
1. Lawn care – Raking and aerating the lawn and garden beds will prevent them from “suffocating” during winter.
2. Windows – Cleaning and washing windows inside and out will make the house look great for winter and won’t need to be done again until spring. This would also be the time to install storm windows if necessary.
3. Exterior paint – Now is the time to complete any exterior painting, whether it is your whole house or just touching up areas that have exposed wood. Bare wood can lead to future problems once exposed to the winter elements.
4. Roof repair – The roof is an often overlooked area as it is not easily looked at often. Look for any missing or damaged shingles that need replacing. Call a professional necessary.
5. Power washing – Getting rid of any mold or mildew that has developed throughout the warm summer months is a good idea.
6. Seal gaps and add insulation – Adding caulking and weather stripping to doors and windows can help prevent heat loss in the cold winter months and will also save on heating costs.
7. Tune up furnace – A professional tune up of your home’s furnace will help alleviate any possible large repairs in the future. Winter is not the time you want your furnace to fail!a_man_raking_fallen_leaves_royalty_free_080818-095072-962018
8. Clean carpets – Fall is a perfect time to have your carpets cleaned after all the dirt tracked in during the summer. Humidity in the air is gone and this will speed the drying process of your carpet.
9. Clean, repair and protect gutters – Your home’s gutters divert thousands of gallons of water a year. Now is the time to clean and repair your gutters to preventing any backups in the future.
10. Repair walkways and driveways – Cracks can quickly expand in winters freezing temperatures and can be hazards for anyone walking on them. Hire a professional to ensure these cracks are taken care of properly and won’t cause future problems.
11. Winterize faucets and sprinkler systems – Winterizing a sprinkler system is a job best left to a professional. Faucet protectors can be found at any hardware store and is an easy DIY project.
12. Fireplace – Proper inspection is vital for your fireplace and is also best left to a professional. They can properly assess if your damper is functioning and if you have any damaged brickwork or masonry that needs to be replaced or repaired.
Once this short list of projects is completed, take a road trip with your family and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and watch a football game! Enjoy your fall!