December 29, 2010

Real Estate TV

I admit it, I love HGTV!!!

I don’t watch TV during the daytime and I think I am the only one in the house that likes it so I don’t watch HGTV often. When I am home alone or everyone else is off doing other things, I watch and then, I have a hard time turning it off. It is like my husband’s Triple Chocolate Torte, I can’t get enough. :)

I particularly like Property Virgins and Designed to Sell. There used to be one called Real Estate Intervention or something like that. I only saw it once or twice but I think that one would be one of my favorites if I could watch it more.  It had a “no-bones-about-it” type of agent telling people why their house won’t sell. I related to that one for some reason.

The two I mentioned before seem to be on whenever I am able to watch so I am sure that is why they have become my favorites, but I also relate to them well. I love Sandra Rinomato on Property Virgins. She is so patient and knowledgeable.

Designed to Sell is also a good one, though I often disagree with the lengths they go to re-decorate a home to sell. Sure enough, the end product is always beautiful but at least in our area, often unnecessary to get a home sold. I have decided that they need to make sure the decorator has ample opportunity to “wow” the audience. It just seems kind of silly to me though when they go into one house and say the walls are too neutral so they paint them green, then the next house, they say the walls are too green so they paint them neutral. They paint one house the same color that was supposedly the reason the last house would not sell. There is humor in that, somewhere.

Also, when they have the open house at the end, it bugs me that that “buyers” come in and critique the funishings. I do not downplay the importance of good staging but the buyers I work with understand that the furnishings do not come with the house. They spend their time trying to decide if their own furnishings will look good in the home, not the previous owners.

I recently saw Design on a Dime for the first time and it was amusing to me. After watching Designed to Sell and an occasional re-decorating show, I have figured out that the common budget seems to be around $1,000 for an HGTV onscreen makeover.  Design on a dime will do a makeover on a room and spend around $1,000 but they hand make everything. The one I saw showed the decorators making a lampshade out of styrofoam cups. They glued about 15 cups together and put it on the lamp and  I had to chuckle. I thought, “Okay, Design on a Dime comes in and spends about $1,000 to make things like lampshades out of styrofoam cups so that later, Designed to Sell can come in and spend about $1,000 to get rid of things like hideous styrofoam lampshades.”

Filed under: Real Estate — Susan @ 4:43 pm

December 2, 2010

Getting Your Home Sold

Going through the motions of selling your home can be discouraging. Right now, there may be added frustrations if your home is priced higher than about $250,000. At least in Utah County, homes under $250,000 are selling pretty much as usual. The higher your price gets from that price range, the more challenges you may face.

The competition is tough right now so if you are not priced right, you are not going to get your home sold. There is a surplus of *short sale and bank-owned properties on the market at this time which means buyers are finding homes with more bang for their buck.

Too often, sellers think that if they mark their price higher, they give themselves some negotiating room. The problem with this thought process is that buyers won’t even consider your $300,000 home at $325,000 when there are six other homes around the corner that are valued at $390,000 but are selling for only $325,000.

Right now, it is more important than ever to be priced right. It may be hard to know what price to market your home. Give me a call and I can do an analysis for you and we can come up with the “right” price.


Susan Jackson and/or CENTURY 21 Bushnell is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan. If you stop paying your mortgage, you could lose your home and damage your credit rating.

Filed under: Real Estate — Susan @ 3:47 pm