The Weather Outside is Frightful, But the Market is Still Delightful: Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

I think that at this point it is common knowledge that spring is the most common time that people decide to put their homes on winter house with logo the market.  But did you know there are also benefits to listing your home in the winter that those spring sellers are missing out on?  For example we simply have to look at the concept of supply and demand.  For those motivated buyers, those who have to move, and those who don’t mind the winter moving conditions your house will be one of the few to look at.  With fewer options means less competition and you have a better handle on the market.  Not only will you potentially get more traffic of perspective buyers but you know these buyers are motivated and can therefore negotiate better on your terms.  With that being said there are some ways to make your winter home more appealing.

* Be sure to always keep walkways and driveway cleared off when hosting open houses or having showings.  The last thing you want people to remember is trudging through the snow to make their way to your door.

* Keep the home warm.  The idea is to make the potential buyer are comfortable and cozy as possible in the winter.

* Open blinds and turn on all the lights.  You want to light up the home as much as possible on the dark and often dreary days of winter.

* Create a virtual experience of the home.  In the cold weather people are a bit pickier about which houses they want to venture out for.  Make sure yours is as appealing as possible online in order to get more potential buyers to actually come to the home.

Reasons that People Choose Not to Stage Their Home… Do These Apply to You?

I cannot stress enough the importance of staging your home to put it on the market.  While it doesn’t necessarily have to be staging wtih borderdone by a professional home stager (although it is recommended)  you can draw some tips from them to do yourself.  Despite the solid financial proof that home staging can increase the appeal, selling price, interest, and speed at which you sell your house there are still those doubters out there.  Here are a few of the reasons that many clients give for not wanting to stage their home.

* It costs too much: While there are undoubtedly costs associated with a professional home stager I have never seen the amount exceed the amount that we have had to reduce home prices due to lack of interest.  This is a prime example of having to spend money to make money.

* We can’t stage the house, we live in it: Believe it or not these are 2 things that can be done simultaneously.  In fact a professional home stager will stage your home, give you tips on keeping it show ready, and still leave all of the essentials for you to go about your everyday life.

* We want to put it on the market for awhile before we try home staging:  While in theory this sounds like a perfectly logical and conservative plan.  Unfortunately we as humans base most of our existence off of first impressions.  If a potential buyer sees your home (un-staged) and weren’t thrilled with what they saw there is not much of a chance they will even take a second look if you stage your home after a few months on the market.  In their head they have already crossed your home off the list.

* Everyone loves our house: While this may be true (or they may just be being nice) the fact of the matter is that today’s buyers are looking for specific things.  I think it is hard for sellers (myself included) to wrap their head around the fact that someone could find something wrong with this beautiful home they have poured their time, money, and effort into.  By allowing an unbiased person such as a home stager to spruce up your home you are helping to ensure that you are adhering to what home buyers are looking for.

* We can declutter and clean the home ourselves: Great… and you should! But (and this is a big but…) there is much more to home staging than simply removing things.  A professional home stager can distinguish between clutter and an asset, can find the balance between decluttered and barren, and understand the importance of highlighting desirable architectural features, lighting, and flow of furniture.

The Importance of Community: In My Own Opinion

You may have seen us at many local events in town, the most recent being this weekend at the annual Heritage Fair and Fall Festival.  And while I would be pendleton with logolying if I didn’t acknowledge the business side to it all, the real motivation is for us to get out and get involved in our community.  Until I moved to Pendleton and  became a realtor, I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand the importance that community and camaraderie served in our everyday lives.  In fact, being able to meet new people, talk with my extended neighbors, appreciate the beauty of our town, explore different areas of our town, attend local events, and support local causes the best I can is the real reason that I love my job.

Generations ago a person’s community served a vital part in their lives.  They assisted one another, bartered goods, helped raised children, and went through tough times together as a team.  With our society now functioning at such a fast pace and having access to other outlets, somewhere along the way many of us have lost our dedication to our community.  Over the years, especially in my profession, I have met countless people who have never so much as met their next door neighbor! Not only is your neighbor one of your best allies against neighborhood crime but they can lend a cup of sugar, help get your mail while on vacation, and the person most likely to see you in your underwear when you lock yourself out grabbing the paper.  With potential like that it seems silly to not at least take the first step and introduce yourself.

We are very lucky to live in a town that still values community which is evident by the many events geared towards bringing our community closer together.  It is also displayed in the many random acts of kindness that I have witnessed over the years.  With that being said I’d like to issue a challenge to each of you to get more involved in our community.  This can be a silent challenge or you can message me your act, I’d love to hear them.  Here are some ideas to get you and your family more involved and help benefit our entire community:

* Introduce yourself to your neighbors (It doesn’t hurt to bring a little plate of cookies).  Even if you have been there for years it is never too late to make a new friend.

* Participate in a random act of kindness.  This can range from helping an elderly neighbor rake her leaves to cooking up an extra meal for a busy single mom!

* Attending community events.  The more people that come out and support these events helps to ensure that the events continue!

* Buying local.  Buying as many items locally as you can helps keep the money within our own community!

* Organizing a neighborhood or street cook-out or get together.  Sometimes all it takes is for someone to make the initial connection to help bring a community together.

* Volunteering.  We have many wonderful and worthwhile charities in our community and surrounding area.  I have forged some of my most meaningful relationships with people who have the same passion that I do while volunteering.





Local Business Spotlight: RenCon

While it is easy to focus on the restaurants and retails shops that keep our local community thriving it is important to focus on the local businesses rencon logothat don’t receive as much notoriety.  One of these such businesses is RenCon “Renovation and Construction” and was founded in 2008 by Shane Skinner and Jeremy Bergunder but moved to their 5,000 square foot headquarters in Pendleton in March of 2012.  Located on S.R. 9, this company earned the title of “11th Fastest Growing Private Company in the Indianapolis Area” and continues to adhere to the hard work and dedication that it took to achieve this title.  Another reason we need to continue to celebrate our local businesses such as this one is that they employ 40+ employees as well as partner with a diverse network of subcontractors and vendors.  These jobs are priceless to our local economy and obviously to the employees themselves.  If you own a business, are thinking of starting a business, or know someone who is, RenCon specializes in commercial construction of restaurants and retail establishments and could update, fix, or construct a space that would be ideally suited to your businesses needs.  Some of their clients include the likes of; Dollar General, Midas, Meijer, Starbucks, Walnut Ridge, Pizza King, Maggianos, and the list goes on an on.  Clearly they have a very high reputation for exceptional work!

Be sure to continue your support of local businesses! They truly are the backbone of our community and an irreplaceable part of our infrastructure.

Shopping Local No Longer Means Making Sacrifices: A Touch of Europe is The Perfect Example

decorpm Do you remember when talking about buying sophisticated decor, high quality furniture, or European flare meant traveling at the very least to Indianapolis or even Chicago.  Which is why it is so exciting that now with the store “A Touch of Europe” establishing itself in Pendleton we can find all of the above right here in town!  This spacious store features beautiful and modern furniture from the likes of Italy and Germany.  The authenticness of these pieces is evident from the moment you walk in the door.  There are also a wide variety of intricate rugs that would add depth and intrigue into any room in your house.  In addition to the furniture is the vibrant art work and statement decor pieces that would certainly act as conversational pieces over dinner.  The selection here is certainly something you cannot find anywhere else and the quality and craftsmanship to these pieces will lead you to believe that the entire store is expensive.  Thankfully I took the time to look at the prices and was shocouchpmcked at how reasonable some of these imported art works, decor, and furniture were.  In fact with the quality, beauty, and functionality of the furniture I could confidently say you could get a better deal here than at some of these run of the mill furniture stores.  So next time you are downtown Pendleton stop in and check out the ever changing and evolving inventory and lets continue to support these local stores in our hometown!