Home staging isn’t a new concept; but it is new to many home sellers. If you’re not familiar with staging, it is the art of highlighting the strengths of your home through strategic design. It can make an enormous impact. In fact, a national survey indicated that staged homes sold on average in 13.8 days, while non-staged homes sold in 30.9 days.
Staging involves furnishing, decorating, outdoor cleanups and ultimately the arrangement of a home in such a way to attract increased buyer interest. It could be as simple as rearranging your current furniture, photographs, and other accessories or a more involved project where new pieces are brought in to accent what is already in your home.
The goal behind home staging is to make your home look as appealing as possible to buyers and maximize curb appeal for a quick sale at top dollar.
Please take a moment to watch the latest Better Homes and Gardens®Real Estate video and see why staging is so important to the sale of your home. You can also access more educational videos at youtube.com/bhgrealestate.
I look forward to showing you the benefits of working with a licensed real estate professional who understands the power behind home staging! And together, we will come up with a staging plan that is right for you.
This comes as no surprise. Raleigh has been ranking pretty high in most lists the past decade.
The cities are all small or “second” cities that the magazine says have the perks of an urban area without the big-city drawbacks.
“This state capital’s thriving economy and proximity to top universities have long made it a prime relocation destination,” says Money. “It’s not hard to see the draw: Raleigh provides a big-city feel with a low cost of living; mild, four-season weather; and, thanks to all those medical schools, world-class health care.”
Other cities that made the top-five list are Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky; St. Petersburg, Florida and Boise, Idaho.
Way to go Raleigh!!
Rebecca Troyer Managing Editor-Triangle Business Journal
“What’s the square footage of the home?” This is usually the second question asked by buyers. Here’s the deal with the Square Footage of a property.
MLSs use it. Insurance companies use it. Appraisers use it. Wake and Johnston County Tax Assessors office use it. When it comes to real estate, there’s no avoiding square footage as a measure of any home’s value.
But how much is square footage worth to you as a homebuyer? Knowing the square footage can be helpful, but it shouldn’t be the main tool to determine your offer price.
Square footage measurements aren’t exact, nor are they taken the same way by every person. For example, your local tax assessor or appraiser may determine square footage by measuring the outside of the house. A real estate professional, on the other hand, typically counts only indoor living space to determine square footage.
Real estate listings for single-family homes do not include square footage for covered “outdoor” spaces, including porches, verandas, balconies and porte-cocheres. Yet, in high-rise buildings, square footage quotes often include balconies.
Further, some elements such as stairways and closet spaces are also open to interpretation. If you’re buying a home with a two-story foyer, is that foyer space also counted on the second floor?
Another measure that’s subjective is the price per square foot, which is determined by the number of square feet divided into the price of the home.
High-end homes with expensive materials such as granite countertops and finishes such as hardwood floors tend to have a much higher price per square foot than more affordable homes. But what if those high-end features are 20 years old, and you’re comparing them to other similar homes in the area that are brand new?
Hallways, landings and stairs can add hundreds of square feet to any home, but is that space really livable? An open floor plan may have smaller square footage, but be much more pleasant to live than a larger home with too much space allocated to getting from one room to another.
All this means that valuations based on square footage are and should be somewhat subjective.
If you’re confused about what you are paying per square foot for your next home, ask your real estate professional how the home was measured for the listing and compare it to local tax roll data you can find. If there is a bank appraisal, you can ask the appraiser how the square footage was determined.
#TBT February 2008
The pride in home-ownership paid off! So much delicate work went into transforming that house with the Rose colored carpet, vinyl and shutters that I hated, into a home to be proud of. I learned that you don’t always have to have the best, newest or most fancy right out the box. Treat that house like a canvas and with a little effort…You will have something magnificently crafted by you! And that’s an glorious feeling!!
Call Tanya to begin creating your memories.