Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/22/2017

Many home buyers approach house hunting from the same angle as an employer searching for the ideal job candidate. It's almost like they have a split personality. On one hand, they're hoping that each prospect will be the one they ultimately choose. On the other hand, they're also looking for flaws and weaknesses -- reasons not to choose the house (or the job candidate) they're considering.

The solution to that dilemma for home sellers is simple... but not necessarily easy! Follow the advice of songwriter Johnny Mercer, who penned the lyrics to the 1944 hit song "Accentuate the Positive" (eliminate the negative)! Presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers not only helps attract more offers, but it also increases your chances of receiving your asking price -- assuming it's based on hard facts, such as recent sales data of other comparable homes in the neighborhood.

Getting It Right The First Time

An experienced real estate agent can be immensely helpful in determining a realistic listing price that will reflect your home's fair market value without being too high. (The last thing you want is for the price to scare away qualified prospects!) Although it's not an exact science, there is a methodology that helps make sure the listing price is reasonable and in the right ball park.

There are several challenges that homeowners face in staging their home for quick sale and determining the best price for all parties involved. In addition to the potential pitfall of allowing one's emotions to inflate a home's asking price, it's also difficult for the owner to view their home through the eyes of potential buyers. That's why professional advice can often make the difference between success and failure in real estate sales.

Being able to identify cost-effective ways to enhance the curb appeal and overall marketability of a house for sale can be difficult for someone who doesn't do it on a daily basis. A real estate professional with a trained eye can zero in on necessary changes, repairs, and cosmetic improvements that can accentuate the positive and eliminate -- or at least, downplay -- the negative!

If it's been a few years since your house or rooms have received a fresh coat of paint, then that might be one of the first improvements a real estate agent or home staging consultant recommends. To "cast as wide of a net" as possible, neutral paint colors typically have the broadest appeal to prospective home buyers. Fresh flowers -- both in hanging baskets and vases -- are an inexpensive way to add some color and appealing touches to the look and feel of your home. Doing your best to get rid of clutter, weeds, and objectionable odors in and around your home are other basic steps you can take to make a positive impression on potential buyers.





Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/15/2017

When selling a home, most sellers are eager to sell quickly. Especially when living out of their home while simultaneously showing it. One of the biggest determinant factors for house shoppers right now is the staging. Whether they recognize it or not the atmosphere you create within your house helps buyers imagine themselves living their day to day within its walls. It creates a canvas for them to dream up all the memories they will create in their new home.

But keeping your home staging level clean and organized at all times while living out of it isn’t the easiest of tasks. Afterall, there’s a reason all of our homes don’t look like the inside pages of a home decor magazine.

If you want to put your home’s best “foot” forward, however, it, literally, pays to put in the time and effort to live differently for a few weeks.

Here are a few tips on how to get your house show-room ready:

Start with a deep clean. Some people like to hire a cleaning company to come in and do the job for them. But there’s no reason you can’t get the same results on your own. Plan to dedicate a week to clean your home top to bottom and a whole lotta elbow grease to get every nook and cranny.

Give your home a facelift. Repaint your walls, rent a carpet cleaner (or hire a service) and power wash the exterior. When repainting considers switching to a modern, neutral color palette to appeal to prospective buyers.    

Declutter, declutter, declutter! This is a step many sellers dread but is so worth the effort. Donate and get rid of everything you no longer use or need. When you’re finished go the extra step and rent a storage unit to stash away extra furniture, off-season items, and family mementos.

You want to create as much space in your home as possible. Taking a minimalist approach that strips your unique personality from the decor allows potential buyers to see how the house can become theirs. You don’t want to distract buyers and have them wonder about what kind of people you and your family are. Additionally, keep closets, drawers, and cabinets tidy because they will get opened! And keep desk and counter surfaces clear of paperwork and other stuff we always seem to allow to accumulate in these spaces.

Add greenery. Potted plants and fresh cut blooms will be like the icing on the cake. This is always what makes the biggest difference in making a room feel pulled together and comfortable. If you’ve ever flipped through the pages of a home decor magazine you may have noticed this is a trick they use in all of the rooms they showcase.

Living out of your home while showing it isn’t a walk in the park, but it can be easy if you are prepared ahead of time. These simple tips will put you ahead of the competition and have bidders in no time!




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/8/2017


43 North Pond Drive , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$649,000
Price

8
Total Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
What a gem nestled into the landscape and fronting on beautiful Blueberry Pond! You will love the ranch style home featuring a contemporary flair and wrap around deck. Wood floors, open kitchen, living and dining. Recessed lighting, ceiling fans and first floor master bedroom with slider to deck, adjoining bath and den. The lower walkout level with sliding glass doors offers a sitting room and three additional bedrooms and bath, not to mention easy access to the pathway leading to the pond where you can swim, kayak or canoe the day away. Light and bright, it is a charmer for sure. Paved driveway, brick path, covered entry porch. Did I mention private?
Open House
Saturday
November 11 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You will love the private woodsy setting and the open floor plan! Wrap around deck; finished garden level; path directly to Blueberry Pond! Established neighborhood!
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Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/8/2017


82 Howland Circle , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Condo

$219,900
Price

4
Total Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
What a lovely and private setting for your Cape get-a-way! Use summers, fall and winter week-ends, rent it out some weeks? Choice is yours. private setting on the Howland inner circle with private patio which is beautifully landscaped and perfect for relaxing at the end of a summer day! Delightfully decorated this sweet C style condominium will be coming furnished with the exception of personal items. List of exclusions will be provided. Not too big, not too small, this condominium is just right! Positioned nicely for access to both the Fletcher and Arbor Pools. Fletcher has both indoor and outdoor pools. Tennis courts also available with social membership.
Open House
Saturday
November 11 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
You will just love this sweet 'C" style condominium! Great setting. Being sold furnished. Nice patio, storage shed, A/C on both bedrooms and on first floor. Open and cheery! take a peek!
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Location: 82 Howland Circle , Brewster, MA 02631    Get Directions

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/8/2017


287 Wauquanesit Drive , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Condo

$749,000
Price

5
Total Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Cobbs Pond, your home by the bay! A very unique in town setting sited in between Cobbs Pond and Cape Cod Bay is the back drop for this stunning two bedroom Townhouse. A dramatic two story entry foyer welcomes you into the open floor plan with kitchen, dining and living room all open to the other yet uniquely their own space. The kitchen has been beautifully re-done; the living room features a fireplace and sliders that open to a private deck. The master bedroom is en suite and enjoys a peek of the bay from its' private deck. The guest bedroom is lovely and enjoys a peek of Cobbs Pond. A center hall bath serves the guest bedroom and is where the laundry is conveniently located. Enjoy the private bay beach & walking trail along the edge of Cobbs Pond. Clubhouse, tennis, pool.
Open House
Saturday
November 11 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Looking for that special property for summer fun and also fall and winter week-end getaways? Here it is! Peeks of Cape Cod Bay and Cobbs Pond; in town location. The perfect Cape escape year round!
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Location: 287 Wauquanesit Drive , Brewster, MA 02631    Get Directions

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