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Learn Which Rooms to Stage when Selling Your Home

The National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Profile of Home Staging ranks the most important rooms to be staged, based on a survey of real estate buyer agents. Here’s a look at the top areas:

  1. Living room
  2. Kitchen
  3. Master bedroom
  4. Dining room
  5. Bathroom
  6. Children’s bedroom
  7. Guest bedroom

Overall, the survey found that staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home and even the home’s perceived value. Indeed, 32 percent of buyer agent’s say that their clients tend to be more willing to increase their offer by 1 percent to 5 percent of the dollar value; 16 percent say they believe a staged home could potentially raise their buyers’ offer by 6 percent to 10 percent.

Did you know? The Gardner Team carries an Accredited Home Staging Specialist Designation and provides courtesy home staging consultation and tips! All part of our pre-listing package, ask us about it! To arrange an appointment, call 971-832-1234

The following chart shows just how staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home.

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Read the complete article at styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org

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Should You Be For Sale By Owner?

Do you find yourself wondering if you can sell your home yourself? It’s truly not all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s some interesting facts to give you a glimpse into For Sale By Owner stats — FSBOs accounted for 9% of home sales in 2012. The typical FSBO home sold for $174,900 compared to $215,000 for agent-assisted home sales. Of that 9% of national home sales, approximately half of those sales are made to a family member or friend. So, unless you know someone close to you that already wants your home, you have your work cut out for you. In fact, even the Founder of ForSaleByOwner.com recently sold his home with a real estate agent.

FSBO Sherwood

FSBO methods used to market home:

  • Yard sign: 48%
  • Listing on Internet: 32%
    • For-sale-by-owner websites: 20%
    • Sites with real estate listings (e.g. Yahoo!, Google, etc.): 11%
    • Social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.): 10%
    • Video hosting websites (e.g. YouTube, etc.): 2%
  • Friends, relatives, or neighbors: 30%
  • Print newspaper advertisement: 14%
  • Open house: 12%
  • Direct mail (flyers, postcards, etc.): 2%
  • Video: 1%
  • For-sale-by-owner magazine: 1%
  • Television: <1%
  • None: Did not actively market home: 31%
  • Other: 2%

Most difficult tasks for FSBO sellers:

  • Understanding and performing paperwork: 18%
  • Getting the right price: 14%
  • Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 11%
  • Helping buyer obtain financing: 6%
  • Attracting potential buyers: 6%
  • Selling within the planned length of time: 6%
  • Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale: 1%

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as mandatory industry disclosures and regulations must be maintained and knowledge up-to-date. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.  It’s also a proven fact that the money a seller thinks their saving on agents commissions in fact ends up costing them more because homes FSBO in most cases sell for less then those listed with an agent.

Bottom line… before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with with us to discuss the professional services and expertise in the marketplace we can provide you – we’d love for you to see what we have to offer!

Jason and Amber Gardner – The Gardner Team

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Home Seller Tips: Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas

Home Seller Tips: Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas

We were recently asked by a home seller about home decor during the holiday’s, more specifically Valentine’s Day.  And with this romantic holiday just around the corner, we “loved” the idea of sharing some tips.

So when selling, what is appropriate for enjoying some Valentine’s around the home, without being too over the top for potential buyers when touring?  Our suggestion, keep it subtle. Simplicity will add a bit of understated elegance that’s easy to enjoy and even blend in well while adding warmth to your home during this season.

Sticking to one room or a shared area such as a kitchen, dining nook and family room that opens to shared space.  For instance, place some pops of red around the room, maybe a red picture frame on the mantle, small dish with some red candies on the coffee table, maybe a simple red pillow added to the couch, red candles on the dining room table or fresh flowers placed on the kitchen island. Just a few simple ideas that are easy on the eye while making your home feel more romantic this Valentine’s Day.

P.S. For those of you who appreciate visuals :) below is a picture of the mantle in our home. I pulled out a heart shaped wreath and grouped it with a red wood sign, some red candles and a red picture frame that was a sweet gift from a friend.  A little bit of red sure added a simple pop of Valentine’s Day to my family room! My youngest son suggested we display our little bluebird for contrast and to remind us that spring is also near. That’s it… just a few pieces, 2 minutes of my time and it already feels like sweetness is in the air!


For more advice on home selling or home staging, feel free to contact us anytime! Jason Gardner: 971-832-1234 & Amber Gardner: 971-832-1235. You can also watch our facebook page for posts you may find useful, connect with us at www.facebook.com/gardnerteam

Happy Valentine’s Day from our home to yours!

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Jason H. Gardner, Principal Broker
Phone: 971.832.1234
E-mail: [email protected]

Ky Wolf, Buyers Broker
Phone: 971-832-1231
Email: [email protected]

Amber R. Gardner, Director of Marketing
Phone: 971.832.1235
E-mail: [email protected]

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