Selling Your Home?

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Sometimes showings to sell your home can feel like a hassle, specially if you have an active lifestyle and/or children. Every showing counts and the better your home looks the higher are the chances to receive an offer. We understand it is a huge commitment to have your home show ready every day and we are here to help you the best way we can.

Here are 5 quick tips to have your house show ready everyday during the house selling process:

1. Make a checklist. It’s easy to forget things in the rush to get out the door.

2. Make your bed every morning. So you don’t have to worry about it on those last minute showing calls.

3. Hide laundry. Conceal dirty clothes in a “neat way” in a lidded hamper and have rooms show ready all the time.

4. Simplify kid’s rooms. Pack as many toys as possible and store them in a box/container. The less they have, the faster it will be to pickup before a showing.

5. Check bathrooms. Replace used/wet towels with clean fluffy ones and give your bathroom an instant clean and fresh appearance.

Showings don’t have to be a hassle! With the right tools, you will be a pro in no time.

If you would like more tips, email us at: info@jeangroesbeck.com, we will gladly send you more information. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

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Is The Price Right?

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If you are thinking of selling your home this Spring in Anacortes or Skagit County, one of the most important aspects to consider is pricing. When a potential buyer is looking for a property, they want to get the best possible value for their dollar. This doesn’t mean that a home should be priced too low, but it does mean that knowing how to price your home is a must. Here are some tips on how to get the right price for your home right from the start.

Know The Value

Regardless of whether you are in a buyer’s market or seller’s market, it is important for every seller to know the actual value of their home. A home appraisal can be helpful in this situation. You will be able to choose a listing price that does not exceed the home’s value. At the same time, you will know how to react to various offers that a potential buyer may make. If you can select a price that is affordable to a range of buyers, you may receive multiple offers, thereby sparking possible competition among the interested parties.

Do Your Homework

The asking price that you choose should not be based on an appraisal alone, but rather a combination of factors. One such factor is that of recent selling prices for comparable homes in the area, known as “comps.” Important comparisons include construction year, square footage, views (if applicable), interior upgrades and additional features that make the home unique. While you’re doing research, check out current listings and the asking price for each home available in your area.

Set A Realistic Timetable

In researching the sale price for other comparable homes in the area, you should also note the length of time a particular house has been on the market. Some homes practically sell overnight, while others may remain on the market for months without being sold. If you want to sell your home quickly, you should consider this when setting a price. A bargain will obviously move quicker, but it’s important to make enough from the sale to feel good about your choice. If you aren’t in a hurry to close, talk with your REALTOR® about a fair starting price that’s at or near the appraised value of your home.

Ask Your REALTOR® For Advice

While you hold the key, so to speak, to your house’s actual asking price, most sellers will ask their REALTOR® for their opinion. After all, real estate is their business and they will be working with you through every step of the process. If you choose a REALTOR® that you trust, give great consideration to the advice they offer.

Remember, pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to getting it sold quickly and at the best price!

If you are thinking about selling your home this Spring anywhere is Skagit County, please give us a call. We will gladly do a complimentary market analysis for your home and let you know how much your home is worth in the current market.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

809 7th St Anacortes, WA – (360) 941-3734

Does Landscaping Add Value to Your Home?

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Whether you live in a condominium or a single-family house, landscaping can certainly make your home easier to sell. But will attractive landscaping add value to your home?

Potted plants, freshly edged green lawn, and weed-free garden areas will make your home more attractive and appealing. The more appealing the home or condo, the more marketable it is and the faster it will sell.

Well-manicured landscaping helps frame other elements of curb appeal. It is considered a value-added feature because it helps create a positive first impression. While landscaping can add some value, you can almost always get a return on your investment in decks and patios. As decks have become more desirable, their resale value has continued to increase.

In the yard and garden of your single-family home or in pots on your condo deck or patio, use plants, trees, and other landscaping elements freely to make your home more appealing and help you sell it more quickly when the time is right.

So the answer is YES, landscaping adds value to your home or condo. It will definitely be the “wow” factor that buyers look for when buying a home. Remember, the more appealing the outside of a home is, the more desirable it will be for buyers.

If you are thinking of selling this spring or have any questions on how to get your home ready before selling, please call, text or email us. We are always happy to help.

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Ready to repaint your walls?

Painting the walls of your home can be an exciting way to make your home feel like new, but it can also be quite intimidating and overwhelming.  With so many options out there, how will you ever decide which color or colors to use?

Find inspiration

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Use the items already in your home.  Look at the art on your walls, or the colors in your ornamental rug, or even your furniture.  Or be inspired by nature.  Do you love the beach, the desert, the rainforests or the beauty of Anacortes, WA… ?  Try perusing websites like Pinterest for interior design ideas.  As you think of what images inspire you, take into consideration their colors, shades, and tints.

Get to know your dislikes

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A paint store has a very overwhelming selection of colors.  Start whittling down the options by eliminating the colors you don’t like.  Always hated a specific color?  There are so many shades and tints of each color, that by eliminating the ones you dislike, you’ve just done yourself a favor and gotten rid of tons of options!

Test your favorites

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Don’t buy a whole gallon of paint, even if you’re 100% certain that you love it.  Get samples to bring home, and paint some large swatches on the walls in question.  Then, make sure you see those colors during all levels of light – early morning, afternoon sun, evening thunderstorm, cozy winter night…  What looks like a lovely pale blue might have an unattractive purple tint at night.

When in doubt, go with the flow

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Sometimes there’s too much pressure to be creative.  If you feel this way, go with what other people are doing.  This is another time when using the internet for popular interior design styles could be useful.  For example, gray is very popular today.  And you don’t have to feel like a total sheep, because there are tons of shades and tints of gray that you can still choose from.  Popular designs just give you a starting point, while still allowing you to be you.

 

If you’re considering painting the walls of your home because it needs a “makeover” or maybe because you’re getting ready to sell your home this Spring, we can help guide you! There is always a full time real estate broker ready to answer your questions in our Anacortes real estate office. 

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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Your Home Is On The Market. What Happens Next?

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Your home is on the market and ready to be sold!  The yard is looking great, and the interior has been beautifully staged by our Jean Groesbeck and Associates Professional Stager.  There’s a for sale sign in the front yard, with a fresh stack of full-color flyers ready.  What happens now?  Is not only the for sale sign that sells your home…

1.  Broker tours

Local and surrounding realtors will be invited for a private tour of your home so that they can offer it to their clients that are looking for a home just like yours.

2.  Accessibility

While you’ll want your home to be as accessible to potential buyers as possible, you may worry about the security of your home.  A lockbox solves this dilemma.  Real estate brokers will be the only people to have access to the lockbox, and every time the brokers access the box, we will know what time they access it, and who they are.

3.  Open house

It can be a good idea to set up a public open house by your real estate broker.  These often are scheduled on weekends, so that as many people as possible can tour your home.  This allows those potential buyers who may not yet have a real estate broker to fall in love with your home.

As your Jean Groesbeck and Associates real estate broker, we will be with you every step of the way, keeping you informed and giving you feedback on each step of the process.

You haven’t listed your home for sale yet?  No problem!  Did you know we offer a complimentary staging consultation by our Professional Stager that can help you prepare to sell your home?

Call, text, or email us today and we will help you get started.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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4 DIY Projects for a “Greener” Home 

Going “green” is gaining popularity every year. A high percentage of home builders and contractors are already building “green” and energy-efficient homes and expect to continue to do so in the future. Making your home “green” may actually make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  Did you know that home buyers are not only continuously interested in energy-efficient homes, or homes with “green” features, but they are also willing to pay more for them? Even if you’re not ready to sell your home this year, going “green” is environmentally conscious and at the same time it may also help you save money on your monthly energy bills!

 

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1. Bamboo flooring

Thinking about putting in a hardwood floor?  Consider bamboo instead.  Because bamboo grows much more quickly than wood, bamboo is an ecologically friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  It is an affordable product that is still just as durable, natural, and beautiful as wood.  Furthermore, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than hardwood.

2.  Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators

It may be time to remodel your bathrooms.  If so, a low-flow toilet is more environmentally friendly than a traditional toilet, and is also a great money saver.  It can save up to four gallons of water per flush!  Want to cut your water use in half?  Aerators for your water faucets are another water-saving product.  They also happen to be affordable and very easy to install.

3.  Zero-VOC paint

Did you know that the paint in your home may contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, and that these toxic VOC chemicals evaporate over time into the air you breathe as you watch TV in the den, or cook meals in kitchen?  Replace the paint on the walls of your home with low or zero-VOC paints, which can be found at almost any paint or home improvement store.

4.  LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs

You may not know this, but incandescent light bulbs actually put out a lot more heat than they do light.  LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are an easy fix.  They fit into incandescent sockets, they’re much more energy efficient, and they last about ten times longer.

What will you do with all the money you save from implementing these “green” improvements to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

If you’re interested in more tips for making your home “green” before you sell, call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on selling your home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We’d love to talk with you.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

 

Top 4 Buyer Turnoffs

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If you are thinking of selling your home or are in the process of selling your home, there are a lot of things to consider.  We’ve compiled a list for you of the top four things to avoid doing when listing your home for sale.

1.  Don’t intimidate the buyer!  

This seems like a no brainer, right?  However, you may not realize that you are in fact, intimidating the buyer, simply by giving them a tour of your home. It seems innocent enough, but when you are with them every step of the way, perhaps pointing out hand crafted features you made with your own two hands, the buyer may feel obligated to seem appreciative of these additions, when in fact they prefer a different style.  In short, the buyer can’t be as open and honest as they would be with a Realtor®.

2.  Get rid of those unpleasant odors!

Avoid cooking strong-smelling foods like broccoli, cabbage, fish, or garlic on showing dates.  Make sure all clothing is freshly laundered and put away neatly.  Wash pet items like towels, beds, toys and keep these items out of sight.  Also, make sure you don’t go wild with air fresheners or incense.  What smells wonderful to you might be quite unappealing to the nose of your buyer or they can even be allergic to some fresheners.

3.  Don’t overprice your home!

We don’t mean to be offensive here, but because of sentimentality, you might have an elevated sense of how much your home is worth.  Talk with our experienced  Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC  real estate brokers to find out how much your home is worth in the current market.  When potential buyers see an overpriced home online or in a flyer, they often won’t even bother to look at it.  Those who do, will expect certain standards of a home in this price range.

4.  Be careful with home improvements!

Your house may have some years on it, and perhaps the walls need to be painted, or the master bath needs an update.  Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Bright colored walls in the guest bedroom, or an exotic themed bathroom may be lovely to one person, but not so much to someone else.  It’s always better to go with understated than overstated.  If your home needs improvements before you sell it, consult with us!  We can help you make choices that will get you the most return on your investment.

Call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on selling your home in Anacortes, or other areas in Skagit County. Our team of full time real estate agents is here to help you with any questions you have. If you are thinking about selling your home in Anacortes or Skagit County, right now is the best time to sell! Contact us today!

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

The Dos and Don’ts of Selling your Home in the Winter

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful dinner with their loved ones tonight! I for one am excited for the upcoming holiday season in our lovely city of Anacortes. But, with all that excitement comes the stress of preparing one’s house—especially, if you’re considering putting your home on the market during this hectic time of year. One of the most common questions I receive is when to buy a home or when to sell a home.

Earlier this week we discussed the perks of buying a home during the winter season but did you know this is also a great time to put your house on the market? Home buyers during this season have a greater sense of urgency to find a home than home buyers during the spring and summer. Did you know that the average home seller that sells their home in December through March ends up receiving more than their asking price? So what are you waiting for?

Here are the dos and don’ts of selling a home during the holiday season.

A great example on how to decorate your home for the season while keeping it simple.

1. Staging: Who doesn’t love to decorate their house for the holidays? Unfortunately, it’s easy to get carried away with the decorations and hide some of the best features of your home. You want to accent what you have to offer and not overwhelm those who are coming to view the house. Keep decorating to a minimum but don’t be afraid to use some of those decorations to emphasize the best features. Having an inviting and cozy home is a great way to help a potential home buyer view what they could be purchasing.

2. Pricing: This is very important when listing your home. During the wintertime, home prices play a huge roll in whether people will look at your home. You want to stay away from pricing your home too high because your house may stay on the market for too long. You also don’t want to price it too low as you may lose out on potential gain, although it might trigger multiple offers and allow you select from several offers to purchase your home . To price correctly, not only reference similar houses and their closing prices, but also the prices of homes for sale currently on the real estate market that have similar features. Here is a great form to figure out that perfect selling price.

3. Schedule a home tune-up: Bring in a home inspector or specific professionals to check-up on your furnace, chimney, and roof. These are especially important during the wintertime as many people will be thinking about heating costs. If you know there may be problems, consider inexpensive upgrades such as adding insulation to your attic.

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass

4. Curb Appeal: Don’t ignore your yard! Just because the grass and flowers may be turning brown doesn’t mean that you can’t make your yard look good! Some of my favorite winter garden upgrades are pulling out the dead plants, planting winter pansies and placing mulch in the flower beds. While nothing will be growing, it adds a little bit of a natural color and can give your yard a clean look. Give your trees a nice trim, especially those evergreens.

5. Maximize your lighting: Everyone in Washington knows it gets dark early during winter days. It’s very important to make sure both the exterior and interior of your home are well lit. Since natural light isn’t going to have much to offer during this time, a nicely lit room with lighting that isn’t too harsh is a great way to warm up a home.  Holiday lighting on the outside of your house can also make it look more inviting.

This living room combines natural light with cozy ceiling lights.

I hope these tips inspire you to think about listing your home in the winter months!  If you’re considering buying a home in Skagit County, Oak Harbor, or Anacortes, WA, a great place to start is our website. If you are looking to put your house on the market in the coming months or just want to entertain the option of how much your house is worth, talk to your realtor: Jean Groesbeck today!

Jean Groesbeck:  Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  360-941-3734.

Having Trouble Selling Your Home?

Some homes will sit on the real estate market for longer periods of time compared to others, there are many different reasons why this may occur.

Here are some reasons why your home is still on the market:

PRICE– This is considered to be the number one reason why a home won’t sell. Buyers are looking for a practical investment, knowing what the value of your home is before selling will help make sure you are not overpricing your home on the market.

Timing- the real estate market fluctuates and timing is everything. Listing your home on the market is a commitment and ensuring you are prepared before you list your home will assist in the right sale.

Personalized- staging your home for wide variety of buyers is a helpful part in selling your home, neutral colors are best for buyers wanting to imagine themselves in a new home. De-cluttering your home will also ensure the buyers are able to imagine themselves moving in!

Flexibility- having a flexible schedule for your real estate agent to show your home during the selling process is vital! If your home is not available for a showing, it is likely it will stay on the market longer compared to a home that is readily available for a showing.

TLC- first impressions are everything! Making small repairs, painting, deodorizing, and landscaping are some quick fixes to get the right impression from the start. Buyers are typically looking for move-in ready homes!

If your home is listed ask your agent for honest feedback and be willing to listen to what he or she tells you.  It might not want to be what you hear, but if you want to move you need to know.

If you are thinking of selling your home but don’t know where to start? CLICK HERE for information on why hiring a real estate agent will benefit you in the process of selling your home!

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  (360) 941-3734

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When is the RIGHT Time to Sell Your Home?

Have you been interested in selling your home, but still have hesitation on when is the best time to sell your home? If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your home, statistically, NOW is the right time to list your home for sale on the market. According to Zillow, mid-March to mid-April is the best time to start the process of selling your home.

Here are a few reasons why now is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes :

  1. 1. Supply and demand

According to National Realtors the level of unsold homes was 4.6 months in February. This means a home will sell in less than five months, a typical sale usually takes between five and seven months. If the housing market is low with inventory, it will benefit you as a seller in a sense that buyers are urged to move quickly on placing in an offer to buy your home.

  1. 2. Fewer cash buyers

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers the price growth in the housing market will make for a more stable and sustainable growth.

  1. 3. Increase in interest rates

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing now, while the rates still remain low.

  1. 4. Rising cost of rent

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest their rent towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now is the right time to sell your home, make sure you have your due diligence in order. Decide if a hiring a real estate agent is right for you (See tips for interviewing real estate agents here). Make sure you are ready to make the commitment in the process of listing your home for sale on the market.

If you are unsure of what the next step in listing your home for sale in Anacortes housing market, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on the value of your home, and information on making the process easier for you. We offer 5 Star Real Estate Services

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