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  • Why “For Sale Signs” Can Make Or Break Your Sale!~

    Hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from an interested buyer on one of my For Sale Signs. In some markets, buyers drive by a home, spot a For Sale Sign and slam on the brakes. The question isn’t whether you should have a For Sale Sign in the yard, unless you want to keep secret the fact that your home is for sale — and some sellers do. It’s whether the For Sale Sign will generate buyer calls.”

    Some homeowner associations do not allow For Sale Signs in the yard, or the HOA may have restrictions about size and placement. If you live in a planned community, you may want to read your HOA regulations before putting a sign in your yard.

    Standard types of For Sale signs vary depending on inherent weather conditions where you live, type of brokerage that has listed your home and, in some cases, simply personal preference.

    • For Sale By Owner Signs
      Sellers who try to sell without representation generally don’t want to spend a lot of money on signage. In fact, a less expensive sign may play to a For Sale By Owner’s advantage because a buyer might believe the seller is desperate to sell and the buyer can get a great deal.You can buy a For Sale By Owner sign at a hardware store, some Boards of REALTORS® or online. Most of these For Sale Signs are made from metal or plastic and secure to the ground through the usage of stakes or wires.
    • Real Estate Agent For Sale Signs
      The two most common types are small signs with stakes, which are pounded into the ground, or larger sign panels, which generally hang from a sign post. Materials for the signage can range from wood to plastic to metal. Sandwich boards are inexpensive but portable enough that some kid might run off with them.

    For Sale Sign Content

    A REALTOR®’S For Sale Sign will catch the eye of a buyer, and promote the real estate brokerage and the agent. It may contain the following:

    • Name of the brokerage
    • Office phone number with area code
    • Web site
    • Company logo
    • Brokerage address
    • Some agents utilize space on top of the sign post and below the sign panel. They may secure a smaller sign on top. Examples for the top of the post are:

      • Virtual tour web site
      • The actual asking price
      • Price reduction
      • Slogan
      • Buyer benefit such as a home warranty

      Here are examples of a sign rider, which may hang by hooks below the sign panel:

      • Agent’s cell phone number
      • Co-Agent’s name / number
      • Home feature such as number of bedrooms / pool / horse property

      Placement of For Sale Signs

      The For Sale Sign should be easily visible from the street. If I don’t like where the installers place my For Sale Signs, I call them and submit a move order. Sometimes signs can be blocked by cars parked on the street, trees or telephone poles.

      • It seems less intrusive to place the For Sale Sign near the sidewalk or street than close to the home.
      • If the home is located on a corner, consider installing a sign on each street.
      • For out-of-the-way homes such as those on secluded streets or in an area where traffic is limited, you might ask home owners who live on a busy street if you can place a directional sign in their yard.

      Number of For Sale Signs

      Sometimes problems crop up when the listing expires with one agent and the seller signs alisting agreement with a new agent. It’s possible that the first agent may be reluctant or slow to remove that agent’s For Sale Sign. A delay could mean more sign calls for that agent.

      I’m not suggesting that you yank the sign out of the yard yourself, but if calling the brokerage leads to a dead end, you might have to do it. The absolutely last thing that you want to happen is for a buyer to call your former listing agent.

      Sometimes, when agents lose listings, they develop a bitter attitude. If a buyer calls your former agent by mistake, it’s possible that agent may do everything in his or her power to talk the buyer out of viewing your home.

      At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

      More via http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/qt/090209-For-sale-signs-in-yard.htm

  • 3 Tips to ‘Sell My House Faster’

    Virtual staging, typically ranging from $60 to $130 per room shot provides a lotta bang for the buck. – I use it to sell my houses faster.’-JP    Boston, M

    Here are some creative strategies to help ‘sell my house faster’.
    1. Tempt the Buyer or the Buyer’s Broker

    Forget about bidding wars. If they want their property to move these days, sellers have to offer incentives to the buyers and even their brokers. An agent certainly has more reason to show properties that offer the best incentives, foregoing those that don’t.

    Offer a powerful incentive for brokers to bring in as many potential buyers as possible. Perks range from a two-year lease on a high-end car (for the buyer) to a $5,000 gift card to an all-paid trip to Hawaii (for the buyer’s agent).

    For the strategy to work, set a deadline. Offer that trip to Hawaii if the contract is written by a certain drop dead date. Get creative. Create urgency. If they snooze – they lose.


    2. Stage Your House

    As much as you love your dark blue walls and your great grandmothers portrait over the fireplace, chances are they’ll put a chill into potential buyers. You want people to step into the house and picture themselves living there.

    Often this means “staging” the property with really nice furniture — typically rented from a local boutique furniture store – or hiring a “virtual stager” to impose virtual furniture into pictures of the vacant property.

    Research shows that well staged homes sell approximately 32% faster. Granted, it doesn’t come cheap: Renting furniture may cost between $2,000 and $3,000 a month depending of course, on a multitude of local conditions and choices.

    At the time of this writing, homes are in the process of losing up to half their value, with foreclosures and unemployment on the rise.  Homeowners unable to maintain their homes and sometimes desperate to sell, can’t afford traditional staging.

    Virtual staging, with prices typically ranging from $60 to $130 per room shot provides “a lotta bang for the buck” according to one enthusiastic real estate broker, “I use it to sell my houses faster”.


    3. Do Your Homework

    Just got an offer? Be prepared to act fast, having completed all manner of reports and paperwork in advance — the termite report, for example or title insurance matters.

    The minute you get an offer give all those reports to the buyer and the buyer’s agent and they can review them within a few days. That’s when they’re most excited about the property.

    The longer it takes to receive these documents, the more likely it is that the buyer will see another property they like, or reconsider, and in some states they have several days to back out of contracts.

    Conclusion: To Sell any House Faster, Consider the Following:

    1-Provide irresistibly tempting incentives to buyers or selling agents.

    2-Prepare ahead of time so buyers will not lose enthusiasm while waiting for information they need to finalize the deal.

    3-Stage the home with furniture – and take the pictures that will capture attention when posted online. Alternative – use the services of a athomevirtuallystaged.com to help you sell!   article found at: http://www.virtualstagingreview.com/3-Tips-to-Sell-My-House-Faster.html
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  • Help your clients focus on the positive!~

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    School is out and the Sunny days are here!
    The Home Buyers are out there just GLANCING at all the homes on the market?
    This is why you need to grab their attention right from the START!
    At Designed to Move (In or Out) our Virtual Staging is Digitally turning the MLS listing into a Showroom site,
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    Increasing the amount of exposure for your listing, helping your home sell even quicker.
    Our Virtual Staging Design boards give your potential home buyers visua stimulation, showing the positive features
     of what the room could look like instead of walking through an empty house focusing on the negative features of the home. Virtual Staging Design boards show that they now have a visual guide to help your buyer envision themselves living in the home.  Virtual staging make that last step effortless, helping your customers more comfortable with the actual purchase of the their new home.
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  • HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME!

     

    Difficulty: Average Time Required: Seven to 10 Days

    Here’s How: Disassociate Yourself With Your Home. Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf. Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners! Say goodbye to every room. Don’t look backwards — look toward the future. De-Personalize. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms.

    Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.” De-Clutter! People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it. If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away? Remove all books from bookcases. Pack up those knickknacks. Clean off everything on kitchen counters. Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

    Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets. Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means: Alphabetize spice jars. Neatly stack dishes. Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way. Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction. Line up shoes. Rent a Storage Unit. Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them.

    Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?” Remove/Replace Favorite Items. If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

    Make Minor Repairs. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles. Patch holes in walls. Fix leaky faucets. Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam. Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”) Replace burned-out light bulbs. If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now! Make the House Sparkle! Wash windows inside and out. Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior. Clean out cobwebs. Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks. Polish chrome faucets and mirrors. Clean out the refrigerator. Vacuum daily. Wax floors. Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures. Bleach dingy grout. Replace worn rugs. Hang up fresh towels.

    Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows. Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no. Scrutinize. Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you? Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense. Make sure window coverings hang level. Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz? Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished. Check Curb Appeal. If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside. Keep the sidewalks cleared. Mow the lawn. Paint faded window trim. Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive. Trim your bushes. Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

  • New technology curves downhill home market!

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    Some of our Biggest Time Consumers and Family Feuds of the Century Have Stemmed From Simple Decisions at Home Like:

    • Deciding what color to paint the living room
    • When to get new furniture and what kind
    • What kind of cabinets to install in the new kitchen
    • should we put a pool in that backyard?
    • Is it dad’s den or the kids play room?
    • how can we sell our home in this market
    • how do we sell an empty house?
    • (so on so on so on….)

    Here is the good news! With new virtual staging technologies intertwined with Photos Shops newest release, you don’t have to lift a finger to make any of these decisions or see results!  “Virtual Staging” is digitally turning a vacant house into a warm, comfortable home!  With virtual staging you can digital have your walls repainted, wooden floors replace your old carpet, etc.  It gives families &  home owners a quick idea of how there house could look limited only by their imagination!

    This technology  is also now being used to give potential home-buyers a glimpse of what their home would look like, once they’re comfortably settled in! This has drastically helped our downhill real-estate market! This is saving agencies and “for-sale-by-owners” tons of money on staging the homes with extra furniture, repainting costs, and allows them to move out of there homes when they are ready to sell instead of waiting around with there personal furniture being used as decorations!

    Why does this new technology help you beat the market curve and benefit your potential buyers?

    When a customer looks at a home, being able to see what a house has to offer is important, but actually envisioning themselves IN the home is a crucial point in the decision making process. We make that step effortless, making your potential customers more comfortable with the actual purchase of the home.

    Virtually staged homes are proven to sell 18% more than those that are not. Additionally, on average, virtually staged homes sell up to 2 times as fast!

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    Read more on www.athomevirtuallystaged.com!

    More Science and Technology News VIA Impactlab.com!

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  • The Social Media Revolution

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    We provide “social media bombs” for better exposure for  MLS Listings, Agencies, and homeowners trying to sell or rent! Upon purchase of any of Designed to Move (in or out)’s services, we post all of our partners, clients, and jobs online on our Networks: Twitter, Facebook, and Blog, increasing the amount of exposure for your listing; helping it sell even quicker! Take A Look at Our Social Media Platforms!

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  • Virtual Staging 101

    “Giving your home the potential it deserves”

    What We Do – Tomorrow’s Visions Today!

    “Virtual Staging” is digitally turning a vacant house into a warm, comfortable home. We give potential home-buyers a glimpse of what their home would look like, once they’re comfortably settled in.

    Why It Works

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    When a customer looks at a home, being able to see what a house has to offer is important, but actually envisioning themselves IN the home is a crucial point in the decision making process. We make that step effortless, making your potential customers more comfortable with the actual purchase of the home.

    Virtually staged homes are proven to sell 18% more than those that are not. Additionally, on average, virtually staged homes sell up to 2 times as fast!

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