Dagsboro "Green Homes Effect" Can Extend to Wallets, Too!
Whether we see it as evidence of the advance of a wider green homes movement or simply of rising environmental consciousness, Dagsboro green homes are becoming properties with a distinct marketable sales advantage. What were once viewed as altruistic gestures practiced by only the most dedicated preservationists are going mainstream—and at a rapid clip. The National Association of Realtors® recently found that 70% of those surveyed believe eco-friendly features add value to a home. In other words, the practical advantages of ‘going green’ are becoming more and more evident to prospective buyers.
For sure, one reason for the increasing popularity of green homes in Dagsboro is a growing and sincere concern about sustainability.
But there’s also another reason: a growing and equally sincere desire to save cash!
There are in fact a number of practical reasons why green homes save their owners money—
· Tankless water heaters are one example of a technology that’s been around for a while, but which is now gathering popularity. The engineering is based on the fact that constantly storing and re-heating of a volume of water means wasting a lot of energy. Tankless units don’t store heated water; instead they pass it over coils that are only energized when hot water is needed. As a consequence, tankless water heaters can actually save their owners up to 50% on hot water costs!
· As global critics increase their cries for the conservation of fresh water, the idea that green homes can make a major difference is gaining traction. The EPA’s website lists multiple ways that green homes can save the precious resource, from WaterSense-labeled faucets and toilets to high-efficiency showerheads.
· Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can make the most dynamic contribution to green homes. Regularly-maintained Energy Star appliances, combined with home management practices like heating and cooling only areas that are in use via programmable thermostats can make a welcome dent in the monthly bills.
- Written by Russell Stucki
Staging Miscues that Dagsboro Home Sellers Can Easily Avoid
Staging is to an Dagsboro home what packaging is to a supermarket product: a vital element that can supersede all others. Product managers rely on advertising and marketing efforts to create awareness among consumers, just as homeowners use their Realtor’s marketing know-how (the listing, web page, signage and all their other advertising initiatives) to bring local prospects to the door. Then, just as well-designed, attractive packaging is what finally moves a product off the shelf, it is first-class staging that can transform casual lookers into Dagsboro home buyers.
The goal of staging is to draw observers in; to help them picture whether the property’s spaces have all the nuances of what in their own mind’s eye constitutes a welcoming home. Bottom-line studies continue to verify that, staged correctly, homes sell more quickly. Although there are few absolute staging dos and don’ts, (after all, staging is an art); we can point to a number of probably don’ts. They’re relatively easy to avoid:
Failing to Incorporate the Outside
No matter how beautiful a home is once you open the door, prospective home buyers want to be proud of their new Dagsboro digs. Even if it will be marketed as a fixer-upper, a welcoming exterior is always a welcome surprise. If, on the other hand, dirty windows, dry grass, and cracks in the sidewalk greet buyers, that first impression can be counted on to drive offer numbers in the wrong direction. Staging efforts need to encompass the whole enchilada!
Neglecting the Little Things
When it comes to staging, nothing is completely unimportant. Light fixtures, cabinet knobs, faucets, drawer pulls—even electric outlet covers—all contribute to the cumulative impression a local home conveys. It doesn’t mean that every tiny detail needs to be replaced; only those that are conspicuously damaged or dirty need to get attention.
Failing to Capitalize on Natural Light
As photographers know, "It’s always all about the light!" The fewer dim corners, the better. Staging a home to accentuate its rooms’ natural light is important, and where needed, boosting with lamps and overheads.
Forgetting the Nooks and Crannies
Assume that prospects see everything. Before a showing, a last quick walk-through of the whole home is a good idea. Check for stray items that are out of place, and be sure all is properly swept and neatened.
Opting Not to Use a Professional Stager
If the whole prospect of diligent staging isn’t appealing, it makes good business sense to hand it over to a staging professional. Pro stagers see every detail with a trained eye, and work to create a rich atmosphere—not just a collection of rooms.
From a buyer’s first glance at your listing to its ultimate sale, each step of the way is an opportunity to propel the process. The first one of those steps is choosing the Dagsboro Realtor® who will add energy and expertise to the campaign: I hope you’ll consider me
- Written by Russell Stucki
Unfinished Rooms Needn't be a Staging Roadblock
You can have 100 reasons for wanting to move onto a larger, smaller, or just different house or neighborhood—and 101 why it keeps getting put off. Chief among them for most of us is the hassle factor. You start to run down a mental list of everything that will have to be done, and one of the larger issues stops you cold—just too much sheer hassle!
Let’s deal with a typical one: the unfinished room. Staging a Dagsboro home might seem doable enough, but when a portion of the house is actually unfinished, it can present a barrier that’s too time-consuming and expensive to even approach.
In some parts of the country, such a room is usually a basement; in others, a garage that might have been almost converted into a specialty room. A Dagsboro unfinished room may have to be listed that way, but nevertheless, you want all of your home’s square footage to appear useable when prospects tour. As in every other part of the house, the most important thing to remember in staging an unfinished space is to make it possible for them to envision how they might use it.
No matter how frequently or rarely you have used an unfinished room, it’s going to need a deep cleaning. Floors and walls should be spotless, of course; but where cement floors are exposed, a couple of fresh coats of cement paint can make a world of difference. And if old appliances are present, they should be scrubbed until they give the appearance of being an asset…or else deep-sixed!
Most unfinished spaces wind up being used for storage. This would be the time to relocate and store the stuff, or donate, sell or just toss what you don’t need regularly. This part of the staging might be the one that’s always seemed most daunting, so start by jotting down the five or six steps de-cluttering will involve. That simple act can free up the entire log jam!
Never mind if you have only used that unfinished room for storage, you’ll still want your buyers to be able to imagine its potential. Some chairs and an area rug, perhaps with a table or two, can suggest an inviting sitting area/game table/wine-tasting space/reading nook/art studio. Staging that opens prospects’ imaginations is where this staging approach adds true value to your property.
If you have been wishing you could get your Dagsboro home sold, but run up against the 101 reasons it seems like too much to tackle any time soon, contact me today to start planning. Together we can organize the project, maximize your space—and maximize your sales price!
- Written by Russell Stucki
Real Estate Markets Register Steady Improvement
Dagsboro real estate observers got some background information last month that seemed to confirm much of what we’ve been seeing for a while now. Mid-term election politicking is now safely behind us (for a brief while, at least), but in the run-up to the elections, this was a comprehensive real estate canvass that yielded some comparisons of note. It was called the 2014 Election Housing Scorecard, released mid-month by RealtyTrac. The idea was to rate how national real estate conditions had fared in the two years since the previous national election. The answer: better off.
Think back just a couple of years, and it’s not hard to recall the period following the bursting of the housing bubble, when it was hard to find anyone with a cheerful attitude about investing in residential real estate (Dagsboro’s included). It may have been intellectually certain that those deflated prices wouldn’t last forever—but even so, it took hardy resolve to step up and buy into such an outwardly unstable market.
That was then; this (as they say) is now—and by mid-October, the Housing Scorecard ‘s findings were in. By something like five to one, the majority of Americans now live in a housing market that is better off than it was two years ago.
The scope of the study was broad: residential real estate markets in 1,547 counties were evaluated based on affordability, median home prices, unemployment figures and foreclosure start rates. What the study found was largely positive.
A full 811 of the analyzed markets—or 52%—rated as "better off." Only 176 markets (11%) rated as "worse off." The remaining 36% were tossups. The total combined population in the "better off" markets was 140 million. The population in the "worse off" category was just 24 million.
Those positives paint a fairly broad picture of the recovering real estate market. Other statistics show that foreclosures and short sales recently hit their lowest level since the start of data collection in 2011. Add to that the sales numbers released in October showing existing home sales in America at their most robust in a year, and with Dagsboro mortgage rates still down in historically low territory, and it’s easy to agree with Reuters’ opinion that the housing market recovery is gradually "getting back on track." If you are of a mind to take advantage of the rising market, I hope you will stop by or give me a call!
- Written by Russell Stucki