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Simple Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

by Cory Brandt


As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.  Getting your home ready to sell shouldn't be overwhelming.  Just focus on these three main areas to make a the biggest impact with the most buyers.


Street Appeal

The first thing a potential buyer sees is your front yard.  Make sure your yard and the exterior of your home shine by simply mowing and edging the lawn, trimming shrubs and a sweeping the driveway.  A fresh coat of paint for the front door or at least a good scrub can pay big dividends.  In the fall, remember to rake leaves, pine needles and debris.  In the spring and summer, plant bright annuals along the walk or in planter boxes near the front door.


The house you live in is very different than the house you sell. Remember, buyers are looking for a home to suit their personal style and family, not yours. You want a buyer to be able to visualize living in your home.  The first step is removing personal items, like photos and memorabilia.  You want to make each room look as big as possible; removing a few pieces of furniture can super-size an otherwise modest room.  As your agent, I can help you "edit" each room to make the best first impression.


Cleaning your home from top to bottom makes your home look good and tells buyers you care about your house. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration.  Fresh paint adds pop and value to your property. Potential buyers would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, "with a little work."

Another great thing about cleaning; it isn’t expensive.  Some of the most common household items make the best cleaning products.  For example, baking soda removes wall marks and pet fur oils if mixed into a paste and rinsed with warm water.

The Reluctant, Realistic and Radiant Landlord

by Cory Brandt

Sell, Hold, or All-In


During the real estate downturn, many homeowners chose to rent their homes instead of trying to sell in a difficult market.  Now that the market is improving, a lot of folks are asking if they should continue as landlords, sell the property or add to their real estate portfolio.  There is a ace for each, but first you have to determine your "landlord" personality:  Reluctant, Realistic or Radiant.

The Reluctant Landlord
If you didn't want to rent your home in the first place, but were forced to by market conditions, then this may be the time for you to sell.  Being a landlord isn't for everyone.

The Realistic Landlord
If you understand what it takes to rent a house and manage a good relationship with a tenant, but still aren't at a good profit threshold to sell, then you may want to continue as a landlord.

The Radiant Landlord
If the thought of adding to your current rental is appealing, then you may want to start looking for other rental properties and build your real estate portfolio.


Mr. Brandt Builds a House in Sammamish

by Cory Brandt

We're making progress on the home building site on the Eagle Tree Property.  Here's a look at the what it takes to run utilities and sewer lines for new construction in Sammamish.

November Real Estate Market Update

by Cory Brandt

Did the Government Shutdown "Shutdown" Real Estate?


Not yetDespite the shutdown (and it's impact on lending) and the typical seasonal slow down we hit once fall and winter kick-in, October was a good month.  Year-to-date closed sales were up about 19% in 2013  and prices increased 11%.  Inventory is still about a 1.75 months supply.  In fact, inventory hasn't risen above a two months supply in 2013. 

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Cory Brandt
RE/MAX Integrity
371 NE Gilman Blvd, Suite 160
Issaquah WA 98027
Mobile: (206)419-2679