This is a challenging market in which to sell your house. When I meet with a potential seller, we put together an extensive plan to prepare the house for marketing. It is not a quick or easy process, but I find that good preparation can be instrumental to getting a house under contract--and receiving a fair market price.
The one thing that we cannot control in this process is the neighbor's house. This is a plea to all of those folks who live in a neighborhood where there is a house for sale. Take some time to care for the outside of your own house. There will come a time, either soon or at a distant point in the future, when you will be selling your own house. I am a firm believer in that saying, 'what goes around, comes around.' If you are not cooperative with your neighbors, why should you expect them to cooperate with you? Granted, my current clients will be gone, but you can be sure all of the other neighbors are watching your actions.
So move the basketball hoop, put away the toys in the evening and move that seldom-running car from in front of my listing. Most of the things that I run in to are not a big deal, but they contribute to the curb appeal of a home for a prospective buyer.
If we have learned nothing else from the current state of our country, I think we have all learned that our actions are interwoven and interdependent.
Help a neighbor out...move the basketball hoop out of the cul-de-sac in front of my listing!
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