Day 79: Rall with the Punches

If you are even considering selling your home, now is the time to list. So many people think it’s better to wait until spring, but what happens is that EVERYONE lists in the spring! Single family home inventory is at historic lows right now which means any reasonable listing will sell with little to no effort. If you wait even another 2 months, you will have considerably more competition as the spring sellers start to move and shake. Wouldn’t it be great to be the only house for sale within a 1/2 mile radius?? Everyone wanting to move into your neighborhood will be fighting over your house.

The client who I wrote about yesterday is still eagerly waiting on an offer to be accepted. In the meantime, let’s look at one of the other houses he looked at and, on which, he was unfortunately outbid.

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“Three bedroom home in Clovis – This home features: a living room, dining area off of the kitchen, two car attached garage, dual pane windows, air conditioning and heating, newly installed carpet, laminate, & aggregate flooring, gas stove, covered patio and nice size back yard. The home is in close proximity to Tarpey Elementary School, shopping (Walmart Supercenter, D&D discounts, Walgreens, Costco and Sierra Vista Mall), public transportation, and Freeway 168 (Sierra Freeway). Call today to schedule your private showing.”

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This charming Clovis house was listed for $175,000 and sold significantly over asking price within 7 days on the market! Houses in this price range are moving insanely fast and for impressive offer prices.

If you are even considering selling your home, now is the time to list. So many people think it’s better to wait until spring, but what happens is that EVERYONE lists in the spring! Single family home inventory is at historic lows right now which means any reasonable listing will sell with little to no effort. If you wait even another 2 months, you will have considerably more competition as the spring sellers start to move and shake. Wouldn’t it be great to be the only house for sale within a 1/2 mile radius?? Everyone wanting to move into your neighborhood will be fighting over your house.

The time is now my friends. Call me now to find out how much your home is worth and let’s get it done!

Cheers!

Erica

Day 36: A Mural to Remember

The flooring in this house is really spectacular. I love the combination of wood and tile in the great room. The granite kitchen countertops nicely coordinate with the floor as well. From a design perspective, this house has a lot to offer.

What do you get when you cross a real estate blogger with an open house hosted by an unfamiliar agent? A very awkward experience.

 

I really wanted to get some good footage of this house.  I had been watching it on MLS for a while and was delighted when an open house came up. I naively believed that it would be simple for me to just go to the open house, take a look around, snap a few pics and a bit o’video and call it a day. Well, every new encounter is a learning experience at this stage of the game and what I discovered is that some real estate agents follow open house visitors around as they tour the house…even when said visitors have identified themselves as realtors. Like I said, awkward.

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Regardless, I did manage to get a feel for this house and put together a fine little mini-movie to give all my faithful readers a tour. The flooring in this house is really spectacular. I love the combination of wood and tile in the great room. The granite kitchen countertops nicely coordinate with the floor as well. From a design perspective, this house has a lot to offer. The current owner clearly has an affinity for sage green…nearly the entire interior in painted that color. It is a very soothing color, but may alienate prospective buyers as painting those extra tall walls could be a daunting task if green isn’t your thing.

The ground floor layout is quite functional and pleasing. There is a bonus room/den off the front entry, which leads into the gourmet kitchen and breakfast nook. No separating walls between the kitchen and living room allow for a lovely great room with a very open feel. It would be excellent for entertaining. A downstairs bedroom and bathroom could easily be an office setup or mother in law suite for a multi-gen family.

Heading up the stairs, you will find a very interesting waterfall mural painted at the top landing. I suppose it pairs nicely with the green walls for an earthy, nature motif. But again, it may be a turnoff for potential buyers who like the floorplan, but are neither thrilled with the decor nor up to the task of repainting. The rest of the second floor is quite nice with a spacious loft overlooking the living room, a decent sized master suite, and standard secondary bedrooms.

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The backyard is lovely wth a bridged creek and koi pond. Additionally, there is a lawn area and nice sized patio. I would probably go out on a limb to say that the landscape would likely appeal to families without young children as any open body of water could be a danger to little ones. Not at all a problem for kidless households, but the size of this house presents as more likely a home for large families.

There is a lot of good in this property. Given that this house has been listed for quite a while, whether its price, decor or something else, the  market seems to be sending a clear message that something isn’t quite right here.

Take a look for yourself. I’d love to hear feedback. Every opinion and point of view will help me become more in-tune with buyers’ desires and also helps me coach sellers when prepping their homes for listing. Thanks for watching and reading!

Cheers!

Erica

Day 15: Popcorn

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I had the pleasure of showing this house to a sweet young lady and her mom yesterday.  The potential buyer is getting married in the spring and is shopping for a starter home for her fiancé and herself.  Ahh…to be young and in love!  It was also very touching to find out that her childhood home, recently sold by her parents in favor of a custom built home in the country, is less than a block away!  Can you imagine how comforting it must feel to potentially buy your first home in the very neighborhood where you grew up?

“Location Location Location! Beautiful home conveniently located in the award winning Clovis School District, this 3 bedroom and 2 bath features high vaulted ceilings, laminate flooring throughout, 2 car garage, fireplace, sparkling pool, and much much more. Don’t miss your chance to live in this lovely family home!”

The location of this house really is great.  At Sunnyside and Alluvial, it is right down the street from very convenient shopping and extremely close to freeway access.  A must for this buyer, who commutes to two SCCCD campuses for her teaching job.  The backyard pool is a really nice feature that seems to be rare for this price point. Finished hardwood floors (not laminate) and a red brick, wood burning fireplace both add a lot of charm to this cozy house.  In my opinion it would be a perfect starter house for a new family!

The one thing that both mom and daughter were concerned about was the popcorn ceilings.  I, myself, was a little taken aback at that.  I truly thought that went out of style back in the ’80’s, but this house was built in the early ’90’s, so I guess it was slow to lose favor with some builders.  We chatted about removal techniques a bit and they decided it would be a fun (?) DIY project if they ended up buying this home.  That’s ambition for you!

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I’m looking forward to working with this new client to help her find a perfect newlywed home.  Follow along on our adventure in house hunting in future posts.

Cheers!

Erica