Robin Spangenberg
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Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 6/11/2017

There are several undeniable benefits to having an occasional garage sale on your property, but there's a lot more to it than just setting out a few unwanted items in your driveway and raking in the cash. If you're an entrepreneur at heart, then holding a garage sale should be second nature to you. Good organizational skills and a basic knowledge of advertising is helpful, as is the ability to do a little friendly negotiating. By adopting the mindset of a small business owner, you'll tend to be more effective in dealing with the many details of planning and running a garage sale. From putting up signage and doing advertising to handling customer relations and merchandising, knowing the basics of business marketing will definitely be to your advantage. If you've never held a yard sale before -- or if you could use a quick refresher course -- here are few helpful tips:

  1. Cost-effective advertising: While cheap classified ads can help draw a bevy of eager bargain hunters to your home, you can also get a lot of mileage out of free forms of advertising. Garage sale signs, which can be purchased cheaply at any hardware store, can attract dozens of potential customers. In addition to posting a sign directly in from of your house, other good spots are nearby intersections and street corners. Handmade signs can sometimes work, but they have to legible, easy to read, and rigid enough to resist wind and moisture. Other free methods of advertising include flyers, posting announcements on social media, and taking out free ads on Craigslist.
  2. Preparation and presentation: When the day of your garage sale arrives, you need to be organized, prepared, and ready to welcome your first customers early in the morning. Publicizing the hours of your sales event is a necessary part of the planning process, but don't be surprised if you see a few cars starting to pull up before you've finished carrying all your items out to your driveway. Garage sales always attract hard-core bargain hunters who do not want to miss a single item. In all likelihood, the first few hours will be the busiest, and attendance will probably drop off in the afternoon. As far as preparation, getting all your items set aside and labeled (priced) the night before will help avoid last-minute stress, awkward delays in getting started, lost sales, and impatient customers. Display tables are optional, but will make it easier for people to browse your sale items.
  3. Time investment: While some families devote the entire day -- or even the whole weekend -- to their garage sale, others limit the event to four hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning. A lot depends on your patience, how fast your items get sold, and whether you have any plans for the afternoon. At a certain point, you'll start noticing diminishing returns on your time, so you might decide to wrap things up and count your money around noon.
Holding a yard sale can be a great way to make some extra money and get rid of household clutter, but be prepared to devote time and energy to the event -- before, during, and after. Mother Nature can also be a factor in the timing of a garage sale, so keep an eye on the forecasts and reschedule if the weather doesn't cooperate.




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Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 1/22/2017

More often than not, you are interested in selling your home as quickly as possible. However, it will take some work on your part to make that possible. Let’s take a look at what it takes to get your home sold— and sold quickly. Small Updates: Small updates will go a long way when selling your home. It’s easy to make a semi-outdated home look much more up-to-date with small updates. Changing out hardware and lighting in a bathroom, removing wallpaper and updating paint, updating lighting in bedrooms and hallways, and painting kitchen cabinets are all ways of increasing the likelihood of your home selling quicker than if you left them in an outdated state. Clean & Organize: It is very important to clean and organize your home before open houses and photos are taken. A clean home gives the buyers an opportunity to see the home for what it is, and not all of your stuff and clutter. It will give them the opportunity to visualize themselves in the home and how they would set up each room. Clutter makes it difficult to do this as it makes rooms look smaller and covers up the true potential. Remove Personality: It’s best to remove your personality from your home when selling. Things like pictures and picture frames, your children’s drawings on the refrigerator, the obsessive amount of purple in your bedroom, and so on. Removing your personality and creating a neutral home will better allow homebuyers to visualize themselves living there and making it their own. Social Media: Utilizing social media is the best way to get the word out about your home being on the market. Realtors and agents are already using it, but you should also be taking advantage of it. Sharing or creating posts of your online listing and asking your friends to share will only benefit you. The more eyes on your home the more likely that you will sell— and quickly. Photos & Video: Since online research is often the first step one takes in the home buying process, the photos and video of your home will be the first impression that a buyer has. And you want to make that the best first impression possible. Make sure to tidy your home (as mentioned above) when taking the photos. And also make sure to take the best photos possible, whether you do it yourself or hire someone to take them. Ensure that there is plenty of natural light and choose the angles that create the most appealing space. The photos you place online could make or break a homebuyer's interest and desire to see more. Taking the appropriate steps to make your home welcoming and stand out from its comparables will only help get it sold faster. It’s not just your realtor that has responsibility for selling your home. And with implementing the tips above, your house will be on its way to being sold in no time.





Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 1/8/2017

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Before you add your residence to the real estate market, you may want to consider completing various home improvement projects. With home improvements, you'll be able to enhance the appearance and quality of your residence. Furthermore, home improvement projects can help you boost your home's value as well as increase your chances of starting a bidding war among prospective homebuyers who are vying for your house. But are home improvement projects worth your time? Ultimately, there are several factors to consider before you embark on a home improvement project, including: 1. Cost Home improvement projects can vary from simple touch-ups to massive overhauls. As such, the costs associated with these projects can range from minimal to excessive. Develop a budget and assess your home's value prior to beginning home improvement projects. This will give you a better idea about how much it will cost to complete numerous repair and maintenance tasks, along with how these jobs can help improve the value of your residence. It is important to note that cost always will be a consideration for homebuyers, too. As a result, you'll want to do whatever you can to ensure that homebuyers see your home as an attractive, cost-effective choice. No homebuyer wants to purchase a "money pit," i.e. a home that will require lots of money to repair and maintain. But if you devote the necessary time and resources to complete essential home improvement tasks, you may be able to enhance your home's value and make it a viable option for a large group of prospective homebuyers. 2. Time Home sellers surely want to find interested homebuyers as quickly as possible. Conversely, home improvement projects may require days, weeks or even months to complete. And in some cases, you might only be able to complete home improvement projects in warmer temperatures. Consider the amount of time it will take you to fix problems across your home. Also, be sure to budget your time accordingly to ensure you are able to complete all of your home improvement tasks to the best of your ability consistently. This will ensure that you can avoid the temptation to take shortcuts and can work toward completing effective improvements without delay. 3. Curb Appeal Maximizing your home's curb appeal, aka how it is viewed by prospective homebuyers when they see it for the first time, is crucial. And for home sellers who want to generate interest in their residences, completing home improvement projects can help enhance a home's curb appeal instantly. Many homebuyers want high-quality homes that require minimal repairs, and home sellers who perform minor home improvements like replacing old siding or eliminating high grass and weeds on the front lawn can make their residences more attractive. These improvements will bolster a home's curb appeal and may increase a home seller's chances of a fast sale as well. When it comes to selling your home, you should consider the value of home improvement projects. Finishing these tasks can make it easier to improve the appearance and quality of your house and make it more appealing to a broad range of homebuyers.





Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 10/9/2016

As a home seller, you want your house to spark interest among large groups of interested homebuyers. That way, you'll be better equipped to reap the benefits of a fast sale. Ensuring your home sells quickly, however, can be a time-consuming process. Fortunately, we're here to help you speed up the process of selling your home. Here are three tips that you can use to accelerate the home selling process: 1. Focus On Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal. What do homebuyers think when they see your house for the first time? Ultimately, your house's curb appeal can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers and may help you speed up the process of finding prospective homebuyers as well. You don't need to break your budget to boost your house's curb appeal, either. In fact, simple home maintenance such as mowing your front lawn, pressure-washing the front walkway and even polishing the doorknob on your front door can help your house stand out to homebuyers. 2. Depersonalize Your Home. The photographs, antiques and treasured art that fill your home serve as wonderful decorations, but you should put these items in storage to depersonalize your residence while you sell your home. By doing so, you'll be able to ensure your personal items remains safe and can make it easier for homebuyers to envision what life could be like if they purchase your residence. Typically, homebuyers will evaluate the "potential" of your house during a home showing. And if your home is filled with personal items, it may become exceedingly difficult for homebuyers to imagine a future in which they buy your home. Dedicate the necessary time and resources to depersonalize your house before you add it to the real estate market. Because if you're able to depersonalize your residence as much as possible, you'll be better equipped to speed up the home selling process. 3. Employ a Friendly, Experienced Real Estate Agent. Selling a home can be tricky, but a friendly, experienced real estate agent will help you streamline the process of selling your house. Thus, this professional will ensure you're able to maximize the value of your home and improve your chances of a quick sale. For instance, a real estate agent can share information about your home with a broad array of homebuyers without delay. This professional also can provide homebuyers with high-quality photographs of your home and any other information they need to help them become more comfortable with submitting an offer on your house. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent works for you and is ready to answer any of your concerns or questions. As such, your real estate agent serves as a dependable resource who can guide you through each step of the home selling process. When it comes to selling your residence, don't take any chances. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you'll be better equipped to generate significant interest in your house.





Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 2/28/2016

Is your house a listing loser? Have you been on and off the market for years? There are many factors that influence whether a house sells or not. While most people will point directly to price, that may not be the only reason why a home sits on the multiple listing service without showings or offers and ends up on the expired list. Here are just a few of the reasons why homes don't sell: 1. Price The most common reason and usually the biggest factor is price.  Often a home is priced too high because sellers have unrealistic ideas about what their home is worth. Other sellers insist on basing the price of their home on their own personal financial situation and not the market. Even if a seller is willing to adjust the price of a home after listing it too high, it is the original asking price that matters. Pricing a home competitively will ultimately yield a higher sale price. 2. Location, location, location It is true location matters. Even the nicest house cannot always overcome a bad location. Homes that are on busy roads, close to high tension wires, power plants, waste-treatment facilities or other objectionable locations will struggle to sell. The only way properties in undesirable locations sell is when the seller understands that the asking price is significantly lower than similar homes in prime locations. 3. Having the nicest home in the neighborhood It may feel good to have the largest or nicest home in the neighborhood but buyers won't appreciate that. Buyers are not only paying for the home but also what is around it. If your home offers much more than other homes in your neighborhood you will have a tough sale. 4. The decor A home should appeal to almost everyone. So if your home has loud wallpaper, brightly colored walls, or an outdated kitchen it will be a turn-off. Most buyers won't be able to look beyond the 1970s kitchen and see the good qualities a home has to offer. 5. A dysfunctional floor plan The addition you added on may be your pride and joy but when the buyer looks at it they see it as a barrier to a sale. Many homeowners add additions or change the floor plan of their home to suit them. They were not thinking that it might not be okay for a future buyer to walk though a bedroom to get to the family room addition. This sometimes applies to older homes as well, smaller rooms and lack of storage does not top a buyer's wish lists. 6. Too many repairs If the home needs a lot of repairs, the buyer sees a money pit. Today's buyer is much more reluctant to take on a lot of renovations. 7. Bad Marketing This can be the agent's fault as much as the seller's fault. Are there agents who could do a better job marketing a home? Of course there is. Often times, the agent is limited by the seller's willingness to help. Agents that are forced to show photos of messy, outdated homes on MLS are not starting off on the best foot. There is only a small percentage of buyers who are able to see past the mess and cosmetic issues. 8. Unavailability Sellers sometimes do not make their home available for showings and this can hurt the sale of the home. Buyers have tight schedules and often want to view homes at inconvenient times. Sellers must try to accommodate as many showings as possible. You never know who the buyer will be or when they will want to look at the home.