If They Don’t Like the Outside, They Won’t Go Inside

If you Don't Like the Outside, They Won't go InsideHome buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on the exterior appearance. What they see when they drive by, or when they arrive for a showing sets the tone for that first impression. It often determines if a buyer even wants to go inside for a closer look.

Back in the 1980’s, before I was a Realtor, I was in the market to buy a house. The agent pulled up to a house that was rundown, unkempt and showed years of deferred maintenance. There were chickens, barricaded by wire fencing, roaming the overgrown front yard. I wasn’t in the market for an investment property or a fixer upper. I told the agent I had no interest in looking at the interior. She insisted I would fall in love with the house once I got inside. I told her no thank you.

If a buyer doesn’t like the outside of a house for sale, they’re not likely to look inside.

To prepare your house for sale, detach yourself from the property. Remember, it’s a business transaction. This can be hard for some, as there are memories attached to a home. Look at the house, as if you are a potential buyer.

Look outside

What is your first impression of the house and yard?

Can you enhance the outside features of the house?

Can you minimize the worst features?

Curb Appeal

Pressure wash the front path, driveway, sidewalk, deck and house.

Mist the roof with a light chlorine rinse. Be careful not to kill plants around the house.

Cut back any bushes or shrubs.

Mow, weed and edge the yard. 

Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.

Trim tree limbs near or touching the roof.

Put away unnecessary items around the house.

Clean the windows and gutters.

Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.

Add some potted flowering plants to the front porch, by the door.

Keep the pool crystal clear for showings.

I recently had a home seller tell me that she never liked her house, even the first day she drove up and saw it. She said a friend told her that it would ‘grow on her’. I say go with your gut instincts. If you don’t like it the first time you see it, then it’s not the house for you.

Remember, a buyer will discount their offer price on a house by thousands, for items that may often cost a seller hundreds to fix.  At home inspection time, buyers may estimate items found on an inspection report high. And often, they fear there are items that may not have been found, that may turn up after they have purchased the house.

So, before that for sale sign goes up, get that house market ready.

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Don’t Look Now, Snake in the Garage

Don't Look Now, Snake in the GarageI was headed out to an appointment and found this guy in the garage 2 feet from my van.  At first I nearly jumped out of my skin. It surprised me. I think I scared the snake, too. Then, I grabbed a broom and gently guided him outside. He slithered into the bushes and disappeared.

Occasionally, we see a snake, here.  Usually they are outside in the bushes or hanging out in the garden.  They like basking in the sun.

There are approximately 46 snakes native to Florida and most of them are not aggressive.  The best advice when you see a snake is to leave it alone. They don’t typically attack unless provoked.

I have a friend that can identify snakes. When he sees one he usually scoops it up and relocates it to a safer place. Isn’t there a rhyme, “when red touches black a friend of jack, when red touches yellow kills a fellow?”

Snakes eat rodents, insects and slugs.

Too Much Color Can Drive Homebuyers Away

Too Much Color Can Drive Homebuyers Away
Too Much Color Can Drive Homebuyers Away

Some of the nicest homes we see are full of color. But, some homes with color are often too personalized for homebuyers.

I recently showed a house that was beautifully decorated, throughout. An interior decorator had taken time in having gorgeous murals painted on the walls, giving each room a unique ‘feel’ of its own. Stepping into one room took you away to a tropical paradise, inside a tiki hut on a beautiful island. The murals were beautifully done. The house had a uniqueness all it’s own. The home was in impeccable condition, with a beautiful pool overlooking lush landscaping. It was realistically priced for the market.

As we finished touring the home, the buyers said, ‘this house is not for us. There’s just too much work here that needs to be done.’ As we discussed further, the buyers indicated they would have to have the entire interior painted.  They did not care for any of the murals on the walls. They said if they were going to buy the home, they would have to adjust their offer accordingly, taking into consideration the cost of painting.

Another home I recently toured had a gorgeous beach scene, with palm trees painted on one of the bedroom walls. There were scenes on the walls of the 3 bathrooms. The buyer’s opted against the house, indicating that it, too needed paint.

At my house this past weekend, we decided it was time to paint over our red wall in the dining and living rooms. In just a couple of hours the red was gone, replaced with a neutral color.

I’m not planning on selling anytime soon, but when I do, I’m going to paint all of my interior walls a neutral color before the for sale sign goes up. It will cost me a lot less to do the work, than the dollar amount a buyer will discount on the house in making an offer. And with neutral colors, the house will appeal to a larger audience of buyers.

New Buyers in Melbourne FL

Congratulations to Bob and Gail on the purchase of your new home in Greystone in Melbourne, Florida!

I know they are going to really enjoy it.

My favorite part of working in Real Estate is the new people that I get to meet. So many wonderful people have come into my life. And as the years progress we become great friends!

I love it!

Melbourne Real Estate, Sandy Shores Broker Associate

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Sandy Shores, Melbourne FL Broker-Associate

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On the Market for Over 2000 Days and Counting

On The Market for over 2000 days and Counting

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This morning I was searching through the MLS, Multiple Listing Service for properties for sale. I was looking for specific types of houses for a buyer I am currently working with.  And, I noticed a property that has been on the market for over 2000 days. I had to stop and take a look at it.  Then, for a moment I had to think about how many years 2000 days really was.  That’s over 5 years!  Wow!  A property that has been listed for sale for over five years.

That even made me more curious.  Then, I looked to see how many properties have been listed for sale for more than 1000 days. There are 136 properties that have been on the market for nearly 3 years.  That’s a long time! 

Why are they still on the market?  Price? Location?  Condition? Lack of marketing? 

Are these sellers chasing the market?  Priced too high, but not making price reductions quickly enough to be competitive in the market? 

Or are they just fishing?  Fishing for a buyer with some bad bait? 

Are these properties clogging up the MLS system?

Are buyers looking at them at all?

After that period of time I would think that buyers would be wondering what’s wrong with the property.  I know buyers ask me why a property has been on the market for so long.  And, if no one else wants it, they usually don’t want it, either.  It just seems to be the way that human nature works.

How receptive would a seller be to an offer?  A seller that has been on the market for 3 to 5 years?

These must be very patient sellers.

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It May Cost More to Appeal Your Taxes

Property Tax Appeals May be Going Up in Price by Sandy Shores

We received our property tax bills in the mail this week.  And, already some disgruntled owners are heading to the tax assessors office to file an appeal, as they feel their taxes are unjust and too high.  Owners are frustrated as their taxes on their homesteaded properties are rising in a real estate market that has experienced a downturn. 

In September 1995 the Governor approved a rule #12-8.0062 to allow the property appraisers office to increase the assessed value of a homesteaded property even if the market value of the property decreases.  The amount of this increase can only be 3% per year or the percentage change of the CPI, whichever is less.  This can be done as long the assessed value of the property remains less than the market value of the property. So, in a declining market, a homesteaded property may receive an increased tax bill.  Many owners are unhappy with this.

We are hearing that fees for applying for an appeal on your tax bill could be tripling in some counties in Florida.

Property taxes on non owner occupied, investment properties or second homes have a cap of 10% on the assessed value of a property.  The tax assessors office implemented this change this year.  However, the owner of the property must be the same person since January 1, 2008.

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I also buy, sell, rent, own and manage Investment Property.