Living In Your Home While It’s For Sale

December 9th, 2016
Tammy Wiggins | December 9, 2016

It’s one of the largest and most expensive assets most of us will ever own. It’s where we lay our head down at night, the place we make memories and call home. Selling it can be one of the most overwhelming and stressful experiences you may ever go through. So here are 18 tips for living in your home while it’s for sale to help you through the process:

  1. Yes, make the beds every day!
  2. If you smoke, don’t do it in the house! And if you’ve smoked in the house it would pay to have a restoration company come try to treat it or consider having it completely painted to rid the smell.
  3. Dishes up. ūüôā
  4. Keep closets and storage areas organized, the larger they appear the better!
  5. Keep it smelling nice. If you cook something strange, air it out!
  6. Keep the temperature comfortable and season appropriate.
  7. Fresh flowers inside and out are always a nice touch.
  8. Keep your refrigerator clean and organized in case they look.
  9. Keep your trash cans emptied.
  10. Keep the floors vacuumed.
  11. Keep the yard tidy.
  12. Leave whenever possible and take pets with you; it makes the buyers feel more at ease. You want them to take the time to appreciate your home, right?
  13. Don’t talk to the other agent or buyer directly more than you have to. You hired your agent for a reason, so let them do their job.
  14. Be prepared for lights to be left on, doors left unlocked, and heaven knows what else I’ve had happen over the years. It’s not often but it’s also not the exception to the rule unfortunately these things happen sometimes.
  15. Wait patiently for feedback from your agent. Sometimes it takes a few days to hear back from the other agent and the buyer.
  16. Be as patient as you can throughout the process and try not to blame your Realtor if it doesn’t sell right away. If you chose the right agent, they have no reason in the world not to do everything they can to get your home sold as soon as possible and for that matter, for as much money as possible. They don’t get paid unless and until you get paid.
  17. Remove any really valuable items. Consider taking them to a safety deposit box or storage unit just to be safe.
  18. Breathe. When it’s meant to sell, that right buyer will come along. ūüôā

Declutter for Holiday Visitors

November 24th, 2016
November 24, 2016 | Tammy Wiggins

5 Decluttering Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Visitors


Declutter for the Holidays

Declutter for the Holidays

The holidays. It‚Äôs a time for celebration, a time for good food and good cheer, and ‚Äď for many homeowners ‚Äď a time for out-of-town visitors. And while gathering your loved ones from all corners of the globe to celebrate with you and your family undoubtedly brings holiday joy, it can also bring more than a bit of holiday anxiety. ¬†Declutter

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably accumulated quite a bit of clutter since spring cleaning. And with piles of toys and clothes and all manners of STUFF spilling out of every drawer, closet, and cabinet, the thought of hosting guests can quickly have you singing the holiday blues.

But don’t worry! It’s not too late to get your home in order and your clutter under control. Here are 5 decluttering tips to get your home ready for holiday visitors:

1. Prep Your Kitchen For Maximum Efficiency.

A large part of any holiday gathering is the meal, and if you’re the one playing host, you’ll likely be the one responsible for getting that meal on the table. The last thing you want is to spend your entire celebration stuck in the kitchen, rifling through cabinets looking for that casserole dish you haven’t seen since Mother’s Day. Organizing, getting rid of unnecessary utensils and tools, and prepping everything you’ll need to get your meals cooked, plated, and served is key. The right preparation saves you a ton of time, energy, and frustration, leaving you free to spend the holiday enjoying the company of your family and friends.

Go through your kitchen and remove any tools you won’t be using for your holiday meals, like your frozen yogurt machine or Halloween cake molds. Organize your pots and pans by size and function so you can easily locate them as you’re preparing your dishes. Clear everything off the counters so you have plenty of space to work on and aren’t wasting time trying to find room as you go along.

Not only will prepping your kitchen help you prepare and serve your meal more efficiently, but it’ll also save you time on your cleanup… which means more time to enjoy those delicious holiday desserts.

2. Get Your Kids Into The Spirit of Giving.

If you have children, clutter is par for the course. Between clothes, shoes, sporting gear, and toys, it seems like their clutter multiplies overnight. Factor in that your children are just going to be getting MORE clutter from your holiday guests in the form of presents, and things can quickly get out of hand.

But the holidays are all about giving, and they actually present the perfect opportunity to help your kids downsize, declutter, and give back to people in need.

Find a local charity that’s accepting holiday donations, and talk to your children about the importance of sharing the holiday spirit with other children who are less fortunate than they are. Help them work through their clutter and identify toys and clothes they’ve outgrown to give to charity.

Not only does this help to declutter your home, it also helps teach your children an important lesson about the spirit of giving, and your children will feel good knowing that their things are going to give someone else a wonderful holiday season.

3. Keep The Holiday Decorations To A Minimum.

While holiday decorations can add a nice ambiance to your home for the holidays, overdoing it can cause more clutter and overwhelm your visitors. Take stock of your holiday decorations, and be honest with yourself about which will add to the space and get your guests in the holiday spirit and which will just take up space and make them feel like they’re in the holiday aisle of the local Target.

To keep holiday decoration clutter to a minimum, think of them as an accent, NOT a focal point. Instead of displaying your entire collection of snow globes, choose 1 or 2 that have a sentimental meaning and display them on your mantle. Hang up one Thanksgiving art project that your child made at school, not every project from the past 5 years.

Taking the less is more approach to holiday decorations will make your home feel more spacious and less cluttered while still creating that special holiday experience for your guests.

4. Rearrange Your Furniture.

While your current furniture setup likely works perfectly for you and your family, it might not be the most functional as you add more people for the holidays. Too much furniture + too many people = serious clutter.

Take stock of your current furniture arrangements and see how you can maximize each space. Rearrange the couches in your living room to form a circle around the middle of the room so everyone can face each other. Take any unnecessary tables or shelves that are taking up space without adding functionality and move them to the garage. Move, remove, and rearrange your furniture to create a space that feels more open and inviting.

5. Make Room For Your Guests’ Clutter.

No matter how well you declutter before the arrival of your holiday guests, the truth of the matter is they’ll be bringing clutter with them. And if you don’t have a place for them to put their clothes, suitcases, and other things, your home will feel just as cluttered as it felt pre-holidays within 10 minutes of their arrival.

Clear out space in a closet or garage for each guest to store their suitcase. If possible, give them space in a closet or drawer to put away their clothes. Make room in the bathroom for things like extra curling irons and electric shavers.

By being prepared and having a plan of action for your guests’ clutter, you can stop it from re-cluttering your space.

With these 5 decluttering tips, your home will feel organized, spacious, and ready to host your out-of-town holiday visitors.

Don’t Be Scared to Move

October 7th, 2016

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

Talk to Tammy Wiggins, Realtor about making a move in St. Charles or St. Louis County

Talk to a Realtor and ease your fears about about making a move.

With low inventory in the St. Louis & St. Charles markets, many homeowners are afraid to make a move and sell their homes because they‚Äôre concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell‚ÄĒwhether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood‚ÄĒthere are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first

In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home. ¬†However, when you do find the right home, you need to¬†have everything in order to put your home on the market. ¬†Your Realtor can guide you through the listing process and preparing your home for sale. ¬†When you’re ready to write on your perfect new home, putting your existing home on the market is just a click away. ¬†However, the ideal situation is to have your home already under contract or better yet already sold. ¬†It relieves the stress and pressure of having to make a quick decision¬†or having to dump your home quickly.

Think outside the box

Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally

While some may suggest¬†adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy, ¬†you should consult with your real estate professional about the purchases process. ¬†The strategy used depends on what type of real estate market you are in. ¬†In a seller’s market, buyers may be much more willing to wait for the seller to find a replacement home. ¬†Then again, it could be a draw back.

How Do HOA’s Work?

July 26th, 2016

Buying a home¬†– Know how HOA’s work?

Tammy Wiggins How Do HOA's Work

How HOA’s Work ¬†– Important for maintaining community standards

When you purchase a home in St. Charles County, there‚Äôs a good chance it’s in a HOA (homeowners association)¬†community. ¬†If you’re not familiar with them, it’s important to know what it is and how HOA’s work. ¬†The first thing a home buyer will want to know is the cost. ¬†You will have to pay a HOA¬†fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned neighborhoods. The idea is to keep common areas clean and maintained, and there‚Äôs usually a board of directors or trustees¬†that are responsible for upholding¬†the rules and regulations.

Each HOA is different, but most have the same core elements. You’ll typically pay your HOA fees either monthly or annually, and it’s an important factor to consider when you’re weighing your options for a new home. So what is typically included in those fees?

First, the fun stuff

¬†Amenities are typically the big perk of living in a large community with an HOA. While you lose out on some of the freedom of living without an HOA, you instead get community amenities like a maintained pool, gym, clubhouse, tennis courts, and other amenities. The fees pay for cleaning and maintenance, so‚ÄĒin theory‚ÄĒyou‚Äôll always have a clean pool whenever you want to use it. ¬†However, there are still many communities throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties that have an association¬†primarily for protecting the community, maintenance, and¬†upholding recorded¬†rules and regulations.

Protecting the community

A portion of the¬†fees often contribute to insurance for the community amenities, as well as a fund for unexpected repairs to damaged community property‚ÄĒthink damage from weather or accidents.

General maintenance

Your fees will go toward maintaining the general safety and upkeep of the community. This means things like elevator maintenance for condominiums, snow removal, and trash/recycling services. ¬†In most residential areas without amenities, it will be for the upkeep of common grounds, streets (if private), retention/detention basins, street lights and so on. ¬†It’s also important for an HOA to maintain a reserve fund for future needs or updates.

Be active in the HOA

There may be a board of directors, but homeowners associations exist for the betterment of the entire community, and every voice matters. HOA meetings‚ÄĒand the amenities they support‚ÄĒprovide great opportunities to meet your neighbors and make your community a better place. ¬†It’s also important to be a community that supports their board. ¬†Remember, being a board member is a voluntary position. ¬†They typically have families, jobs, and other responsibilities as everyone else. ¬†Be an active participant in your home owners association, show the board your support, offer to be a solution and willing to take action. ¬†The board’s key responsibilities are laid out in each communities Indentures on record. ¬†The strength of one’s association is determined by the residents who actually¬†take an interest and get involved.

Share¬†you’re experience¬†and benefits of an HOA.

5589 Hennsley Circle For Sale

May 13th, 2016

5589 Hennsley Circle

Weldon Spring, MO 63304

Dream of living in a park like Tammy Wigginssetting?

Dream no more!¬†¬†The peach and serenity offered by 5589 Hennsley Circle could be yours.¬† This 2 story home, located in the highly coveted upscale community of Wrenwyck Place, sits on a ¬Ĺ acre lot, sprinkled with various trees and a fresh water stream.¬† Enjoy quiet mornings from your oversized deck sipping coffee and watching your own fresh water meandering stream.


Beautiful Interior

Tammy Wiggins 5589 Hennsley Cirlce 63304The owner’s pride is evident in this beautifully maintained home with ~3500 sqft of living area.  From the dramatic 2 story entry to the finished lower level, you’ll appreciate the bright & cheery sophisticated interior.   Features such as 9’ Ceilings, Hardwood Flooring, Oversized Baseboards & Millwork, Plantation Shutters, Updated lighting, Fireplace with Custom Built-in Cabinetry, Split Staircase, and Triple Bay are just a few of the details this home offers.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Tammy WigginsYou’ll never miss a beat of entertaining your guest with the open floor plan.  Built-in wall oven & microwave, center island, planning desk, stone/glass backsplash, instant hot water, and walk-in pantry are a few of the must haves for today’s kitchens.  No matter where you’re at, you can take in the beautiful views of the backyard.

The upper level offers a split bedroom plan.  The peaceful Master Bedroom is a true retreat with vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet, and an en suite anyone would appreciate.

Along with the lower level family/rec room, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy gatherings with family & friends.  The lookout basement offers a bright open feel.   In addition, a true 5th bedroom is possible with just a wall and door.    There’s still plenty of room for storage & bonus area … turn it into whatever you like.

A Man Needs His Space

The pride and care is evident and continues out to the 3 car garage.   This space is totally dry-walled and has plenty of shelving for storage.  Like to tinker in the garage, you won’t lack for light wit 2 rows of shop strip fixtures running the width of the garage.  Don’t forget to look down and check out the epoxy coated floor.  What car or truck wouldn’t love being parked inside?

It Won’t Last!

5589 Hennsley Circle is a must see to appreciate and move in ready.  So much to offer & in a prime upscale location in the affluent city of Weldon Spring.  Convenient access to StL & every major highway via the Page corridor.  Just a hop skip & a jump from wine county, charming historical St. Charles, theaters, golf, casinos, & more!

5589 Virtual Tour

5713 Wrenwyck Place Weldon Spring 63304

February 13th, 2016

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 Looking for open space and privacy?

Look no further. In a neighborhood known for it‚Äôs ¬Ĺ+ acre yards, this king sized 1 acre lot backing to wooded common ground is a rare find in Wrenwyck Place.¬† Enjoy getting away from it all or living it up with the salt water pool, expansive deck,¬†and covered patio.

3 Story Atrium

Did we mention a dramatic 1.5 story atrium with 3500 sqft of total living is included? Your new home is big on architectural details from the voluminous 2 story ceilings, hip vault, spectacular 3 story atrium window wall, 2 fireplaces, bay windows, crown molding, plant shelves, arch ways, and more.

The heart of the home

Recently transformed and up scaled, the kitchen is designed for today. Completely remodeled.  Details such as state of the art stainless steel Monogram pro series appliances, stained custom elder cabinetry, Normandy granite counters, expansive complimentary white glazed island, and marble subway backsplash are just a few of the fine details to be discovered.

Private Escape

You’ll appreciate the privacy the master suite affords being tucked away on the main level.¬† Fresh paint, a triple bay, Brazilian tigerwood floors, oversized walk-in closet and master bath complete the adult retreat.

There’s a finished lower level

Along with the lower level family/media room with wetbar, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy entertaining family and friends. Not to mention there’s room to grow with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a recently added workout room.

A must see to appreciate all of the updates & amenities

So much to offer and located in a highly desirable location.  Wrenwyck Place is located in the beautiful city of Weldon Spring. Convenient access to St. Louis and every major highway via the Page corridor.  Just a hop skip and a jump from wine county, charming historical St. Charles, theaters, golf, casinos, and more!

For more information about this property or others like it in St. Charles or St. Louis Counties, contact Tammy Wiggins today!

2015 Kitchen Design: Trends to be Aware of Before Selling

November 10th, 2015
 2015 Kitchen Design Trends
2015 Kitchen Renovations

Traditional Is Back 2015 Kitchen Design Trend  

Trends come and go, but the classics remain constant. One of the hottest 2015 kitchen design trends is a more traditional look. Homeowners today are no longer attached to trendy colors and modern designs; they want homes that have a more traditional look and will retain that traditional look for years to come.


Experts predict that 2015 kitchen design will bring a return to darker wood colors for cabinets, tables, counters and even floors. There are also some reports that homeowners will use oil rubbed bronze and darker pulls and handles on cabinets and drawers as opposed to flashy and contemporary chrome accents. Other trends include rustic farmhouse tables, double porcelain sinks and natural stone counters.


Going Green  2015 Kitchen Design Trend

It’s hard to go anywhere today without seeing or hearing about green decorating trends, and those trends carry over into kitchens. Homeowners want products made from recycled materials and the chance to “go green” at home. Adding a recycling center is just one of the hottest trends for the kitchen.


Designers also found that homeowners want counters and floors made from recycled or sustainable materials. Bamboo is a sustainable construction material that works well in flooring applications. Homeowners can also find counters made from old tires, soda bottles and other recycled goods.


Homeowners Want More Space    2015 Kitchen Design Trend

Ask anyone want they need in their homes, and the odds are good that many will say they need more space. Recessed lighting is one trendy accent that adds more space and reduces the number of fixtures and cords hanging down from the ceiling. Other ways to add more space include adding an island with storage to the center of the room and cutting down on the number of cabinets lining the walls.


There are a number of trendy ways that you can renovate and change your kitchen. Going green, adding more space and bringing in traditional elements are just a few of those ways. Talk with a real estate agent about other changes you can make that will add value to your kitchen.

Real Estate Team vs Individual Realtor

September 1st, 2015

Real Estate Team vs Individual Realtor

Real Estate Team vs Individual Realtor

When it comes to selling or buying a home, which is better, a Real Estate Team or an individual Realtor ? ¬†There is a lot of confusion and misconception around this subject. ¬† For the purpose of this blog, I‚Äôm going to focus on selling, since listings are the key to a successful real estate business. ¬†So which is better to use for selling your home?‚Ä̬† When it comes down to it, a team¬†is¬†not necessarily better or more successful than an individual agent¬†. ¬†Both utilize a “team” concept in one way or the other. ¬† What it does come down to is what business model a Realtor is utilizing.¬† Let‚Äôs start with a general description of what each is.

The Real Estate Team

We‚Äôve all seen them, they‚Äôve done millions and millions of dollars in volume, have a number of staff members and buying agents, listing specialist, lead generators, and so on making up the team.¬† What all does this really mean?¬† The Real Estate Team Model is basically a brokerage within a brokerage. ¬†It’s a great model for building a big business. ¬† In this model, you will have a¬†listing¬†agent known as the Team Leader with the rest of the the team being their support staff.¬† The Team Leader¬†invests much time and money into branding themselves and works to become known as the real estate authority.¬† Their team will typically consist of a full time administrative assistant who may also function as a listing specialist.¬† They help lift the administrative load allowing the team leader¬†to¬†leverage¬†their time and focus on developing more business. ¬†As their listing portfolio grows, so should the buyer leads coming in. ¬†At this crossroad, they’ll enlist the efforts of buyer agents to further leverage their time.¬† In return for being selected to the team, buyers¬†agents¬†turn over a portion of their¬†¬†commission to the team leader and brings all buyer and listing leads to the table for the team. ¬†This compensates the team leader¬†for their efforts in business development and systems. ¬† ¬†All sales and volume gets directly credited to the team leader.¬† In essence, the agents working under the team leader are basically employed commission only sales people. ¬†They¬†agree to work for the¬†team and do everything under the team name.¬† As sales increase, more specialist are added.¬† In some instances, this is a great model and should allow the¬†client greater¬†access to someone when assistance is needed.¬† The majority of the time you will be working with team members and not the team leader directly.¬† The team leaders job is to continue to lead generate and bring in a flow of leads for their buyer agents.¬† In turn, they receive more leads for listings.¬† This system is great when you have a team leader who is a good manager, understands how to lead and motivate people, and truly has a good system and crew in place to handle the needs of their clients. ¬†Again, not better or worse…just a different business model.

The Individual Realtor

An individual Realtor can offer just as good of service as a Real Estate Team. ¬†Unfortunately, they cannot realistically compete number wise. ¬†The numbers are distorted and are not a realistic comparison of success in sales since a team is combining multiple agents into one. ¬†In addition, ¬†numbers can always be manipulated. ¬†In actuality, an individual agent is part of a team when they join a brokerage.¬† Their brokerage should offer many in house services and systems that help them run their business.¬† Many individual agents use a¬†team concept model, ¬†however,¬†¬†it is not the model described above.¬† Individual agents hire a closing transaction coordinator to oversee the process and ensure a client‚Äôs closing goes as smoothly as possible.¬† In reality, no Realtor should do business without one.¬† The closing process is the most critical stage in a real estate transaction.¬† Also, individual agents hire photographers for their listings, just at the mega teams do. ¬†They also partner with lenders and other service providers to assist in¬†marketing a client‚Äôs property.¬† The biggest difference is will you be dealing with your agent directly instead of going¬†through ¬†multiple staff members. ¬†Most sellers want to deal with the person they¬†hired to do the job? Think about it, when you make investments, are you working with a Financial Team or do you work directly with an Account Manager? ¬†An individual agent will provide you with¬†more personalized service and always be in the know of a client’s transaction.¬† It doesn‚Äôt mean they don’t have support staff, it‚Äôs just they are not striving for the Mega Team status.¬† Providing quality personal service is the¬†key concern for an individual agent.

Which is Better?

Real Estate Team vs Individual Realtor: one is not any better than the other.  A Real Estate team or solo Realtor can dangle all kinds of bells and whistles in front of a potential client.   What are they striving to be?  The local small business that focuses on relationships and providing great personalized service like a mom or pop or is it the big box model like Wal-mart with the goal of being everything to everybody.  Some clients will prefer to work with the small town guy, while others may see the allure of big business.  For the most part, all Realtors have access to the same tools and resources which is what we all are paying our brokerages for.   What it really comes down to when choosing a Realtor is:

  • What are they really doing to market your home
  • Who will be your key¬†communications contact
  • Who you trust and feel you can work with confidently to accomplish your real estate goals

This is one of the biggest financial decisions one will make in their life time. ¬†It’s important to know you are receiving the personalized service you expect and that¬†innovative marketing is being utilized to¬†reach buyers where they are searching for homes in today‚Äôs technologically driven world. ¬†Whether it’s coming from an individual Realtor or a Real Estate Team, just because one is bigger doesn’t mean it’s any better. ¬†Both can offer the same type and level of service.

Open Houses: The Real Truth

July 3rd, 2015



I’ve been wanting to do a post to answer the question Do Open Houses really sell homes for quite some time? ¬†The hardcore stats from the National Association of Realtors¬†show that only 2% of homes actually sell due to an open house. ¬†That’s a pretty low percentage considering¬†the number of drawbacks there are to consider when holding an Open House for the public. ¬†The following information is from a great article¬†I read which states¬†the 8 drawbacks to an open house.

Open House Drawbacks

  • Security –¬†This¬†is the number one issue first and foremost. ¬†When a seller allows an open house to be held, they are inviting all strangers into their home. ¬†A Realtor has no way of knowing if these are legitimate home buyers or an individual will ill intentions. ¬†Sellers are opening their homes up for theft or worse. ¬†When multiple prospects are in your home, it is impossible to keep track of where “buyers” are and what they are doing in each room. ¬†Small items of value or medications are easy to lift. ¬†In addition, open houses are a great opportunity for a criminal to basically stake out the home, learn the floor plan, find¬†unprotected points of entry, or determining if there is a security system. ¬†They can also tell alot about a family by studying family photos throughout a home (bad news if a predator enters your home). ¬†In addition, the safety of the Realtor is put in harms way. ¬†That’s why now ¬†a days, if a Realtor is going to hold¬†an open house, they should have a buddy system and bring another agent or partnering vendor such as their preferred lender, title provider, and so on.
  • Unqualified Prospects – Holding an open house does not guarantee a qualified buyer will enter through the front door and be ready to make an offer. ¬†Think about it…..Have you ever been driving around and come across an open house? ¬†Your¬†¬†not be looking for a new home but just¬†happen to be¬†in a neighborhood you could not afford and¬†are curious about how the other half lives. ¬†A Realtor’s goal should be to bring their sellers legitimately qualified buyers. ¬†Open houses are not an effective way of doing this. ¬†All it does is offer an open door invitation for anyone ¬†who’s breathing to come into your home.
  • Nosy Neighbors – You can be guaranteed, no matter how much you don’t want this to happen, the nosy neighbors will be walking thru your front door to critique your home, get ideas, or better yet share their findings with the neighbors who didn’t make. ¬†Make sure to hide your dirty laundry. ¬†Once in a blue moon you may get a neighbor who has a friend or family member actually looking ¬†for a home in your neighborhood and passes along the information. ¬†However, that’s usually how they justify being there to cover the fact, they’re just nosy.
  • Lack of Attention – Results of a good open house are many visitors. ¬†However, an agent cannot spend the time necessary with each visitor to qualify them for the purchase of your home. ¬†It’s primarily a great opportunity for the Realtor to build rapport and add to their prospect list of potential buyers and sellers.
  • Competition Visits – Other sellers with similar properties and price points in the area will be curious to take a look. ¬†They want to stack up the competition and leave with a few take aways from you that may increase their chances of selling.

Open House Positive Notes

Having and open house is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important that sellers have a clear understanding of the drawbacks and know it’s not necessary in selling their home.¬† Yes, your home could be in that 2% that results¬†in the perfect buyer coming through the door and making an offer. ¬†However, keep in mind, serious and qualified buyers hire a Realtor and will schedule an appointment to view a house for sale. ¬†There are more effective ways to give your home exposure that are more effect than an open house. ¬†Be sure when consulting with a Realtor to sell your home that they:

  • Utilize technology and have a strong online presence. ¬†The National Association of Realtors state show that 94% of home buyers use the internet to find their new home.
  • Utilize high quality photography to accurately represent¬†your home and it’s best features. ¬†An online viewing of a property is equivalent to a first time showing. ¬†Buyers will pass over prospective properties that do not have good online visual representation. ¬†When it comes to high quality images, you can never have enough.
  • Utilize extra marketing efforts such as visual tours, floor plan generators, special feature sheets with highlights of architectural features, updates, mechanical systems, neighborhood, etc.
  • Are honest and trustworthy and puts their seller’s needs above their own need to earn a commission. ¬†They need to be determined to work at selling your home in the shortest amount of time while getting you the best price the market will afford.

More Open House Resources

The Drawbacks of an Open House

Tax and Home Records Checklist

March 17th, 2015
Tax and Home Records Checklist

What home records should be kept for tax purposes? Use this checklist to make sure your covered.

It’s that time of year again where Uncle Sam comes knocking. ¬†With all the joys of home ownership, unfortunately ¬†taxes and an endless pile of paperwork comes with it.¬† It can be quite overwhelming trying figure out what to keep and for how long.¬† The National Association of Realtor’s has put together a useful Tax and Home¬†Records checklist to help homeowners get on track with organizing their paperwork and receive their deserved tax deductions.¬† This checklist identifies which taxes and home records home owners should keep and for how long of a time period.¬† The IRS can be brutal, so it’s important to keep complete organized home records on everything concerning your property.¬† Of course, we all know this can lead to piles and piles of paperwork.¬† With today’s technology, the best way to organize and store long term records would be in a safe and reliable cloud storage provider.¬† If there are security concerns with this type of storage, utilizing USB storage drives and keeping these home records in a safe place is probably the next best option.¬† Be sure to make more than one copy and store it¬†in a fireproof home safe or securely in a bank safety deposit. ¬†Follow the¬†link to view the NAR’s ¬†Tax and Home Records checklist for more details on what deductions you can take to maximize your return and utilize the checklist to make sure to have the appropriate¬†home records to back¬†up your claim. ¬†Of course, you should consult¬†with your accountant or tax professional to ensure you are filing your deductions correctly.

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