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What an amazing month!

photo (18)I have been totally blown away by the spring market this year! I started getting phone calls the first day of Lawrence’s spring break and they have not really stopped since. As a result, you are probably like me in seeing a lot of “contract pending” signs around town. Particularly with all of the road construction (ahem) on Monterey Way and the detour going to Prescott St, I counted 5 pending signs on that street alone! Every time I see one I smile a little bigger. 🙂

I personally have had 5 closings so far this month and another 4 to go. Next month is looking about the same and some folks are booking as far out as October. Lots of happy people!

Many believe that the interest rates are the big factor encouraging people to but but I also believe it’s because people are feeling more stress free, are tired of renting and have a general desire to build equity in a home of their own.

The market area that seems to be the strongest is the $180,000-220,000 price range with 34 Active listings, 52 sold listings and 26 houses under contract to date in 2013.
This is an interesting article from CMBC to give you a snapshop of the market around the rest of the country!

http://goo.gl/7np6R

I wanted to share some thoughts about selling a house with you guys. I discuss the importance of investing money for repairs to increase the value of your home and the areas that you should focus on! Hope to give you some great insight.

What Sells a House?

00:00 Sinks (Style and Cleanliness)
00:34 Using Towels Effectively
01:30 “Splash of Color”

This is a quick video tour of staging a bathroom. I cover some basic concepts like cleanliness (which gets overlooked more often than you think) and neatly placed towels. Something that people often don’t think about is the bath mat which should be replaced or removed and especially not be sitting on the floor. And to really touch it up I always add a “splash of color”. 😉

Staging a Bathroom

00:00 Color Selection and Tying the Room Together
00:35 Lighting
00:55 “Splash of Color”

I wanted to take you guys on a quick, informal tour of staging a guest bedroom. I describe the thoughts behind paint selection, using lamps, and adding color to a room that was recently staged for one of my listings. Hope you Enjoy!

Staging a Guest Bedroom