Anne Silverman's Blog
At the individual homeowner level, real estate success incorporates more than your house. It includes your parking and landscaping. You may have moved to a home that is already ripe with lush trees, bushes, hedges and other foliage. This greenery beautifies your property, potentially increasing its overall value.
Beautify your property without putting your home at risk
Bushes, hedges and trees add vibrant color to front and back lawns. They serve as perfect shade, lowering indoor temperatures which, in turn, may lower utility usage and costs. Even with small lawns, there's the ability to plant bushes, hedges and trees in themed and artful designs. This single act is an excellent way to make your home standout from other neighborhood properties.
Greenery can also put your property at risk, and not just during harsh weather storms, times when trees and other foliage may fall on autos and houses. Dense, wide and tall greenery can also serve as hiding places for would-be thieves. Home invaders can hide behind tall bushes and trees, yet see inside your home.
Closer, intrusive looks at your home
You may not see them. But, they could easily spot you enough times to know which rooms of your house are most likely empty of an adult. That's not all. Video and audio cameras can be placed in bushes, hedges and trees without you being aware that the devices are on your property.
It's with audio and video cameras that would be home invaders can spy on your home, whether you are at home or away. They could use tapes from these devices to review and monitor your patterns, including when you leave home for work. They could know when your house is most likely to be empty.
The very nature of lush lawns, bushes and trees allows them to muffle sounds unlike noises that would echo across a cement pavement if someone was walking or running on a wide open porch or front or back walkway. Foliage can also be used as a detector.
For example, long tree limbs can be used by potential home invaders to scrap windows solely to see if pets respond. If pets come running, bark or growl, it could alert someone who is prying on your home as to the location of the animals. It could also alert people thinking about entering your home unlawfully as to the type and size of pet you have.
There's a lot that you can do
The good news is that there are several steps that you can take to protect your home. As an early step, you can trim bushes, hedges and trees. Make sure that bushes are not wide enough for someone to hide behind. They also shouldn't be so tall that someone could duck and hide behind them.
Avoid planting bushes and trees too close to your house. Ensure that bushes and trees don't block your view, preventing you from seeing outside your house. You also don't want trees, hedges and bushes to block your view of nearby roadways.
Consider installing motion detection lights in or near bushes, hedges and trees, especially near greenery that is close to your house. When you move about your house also keep in mind that someone could see inside your home. You can gain added privacy by closing drapes and blinds when you're getting dressed or napping.
In today's market there are many more buyers than houses available. Open houses are packed and there are many multiple offer situations arising for all types of properties. I go the extra mile for my clients and recently helped two different clients find and secure their dream homes both closing mid July. I make dreams a reality one home at a time.
In Upton, a property came on that I knew was perfect for my buyer clients, but showings were unavailable till Sunday per the multiple listing service. I had my buyers set up an inspection during the open house and contacted the agent letting her know. I informed her that my buyers knew this house and the property and were planning to make an over asking offer on that Friday evening if the open house would be cancelled so we can do the scheduled inspection. She ran it by her seller and they wanted my clients to see it prior inviting us to come that evening, so we did and later presented our offer which was accepted.
A similar situation arose in Milford and we already had most of the offer written prior to our appointment on Saturday at 10am when showings began. The offer was for 15K over the asking price and we had the inspection scheduled for 9am on Sunday prior to the scheduled open house. This offer was delivered on Saturday at 12 noon and expired at 5pm. The seller accepted, the inspection was done and expertly negotiated in the buyers best interest. Everyone is happy!
I go the extra mile for my buyer clients! In both scenarios, I was only acting in the best interest of my clients and secured their dream homes in a very competitive market. Feel free to call me for a buyer consultation so I can do the same for you, 508-380-7403.
Home sellers often face an uphill climb to maximize the value of their residences, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.
In many instances, dozens or hundreds of home sellers may compete against one another to generate interest in their properties. Plus, home sellers who fail to allocate the necessary time and resources to enhance their residences may struggle to differentiate their houses from others.
Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways for home sellers to gain a competitive edge in any real estate market, at any time. Some of the best ways for home sellers to gain a competitive advantage over rivals include:
1. Focus on Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal
You only get one chance to make a positive first impression on homebuyers, so why not make the most of it? Ultimately, home sellers who spend some time revamping a house's curb appeal may be able to generate substantial interest from homebuyers.
Simple home exterior maintenance tasks such as mowing the front lawn, trimming the bushes and clearing walkways can make a world of difference in homebuyers' eyes. Thus, home sellers who complete various home exterior enhancements could accelerate the home selling process.
2. Be Ready to Act Quickly on Offers
As a home seller, try to be as flexible as possible, particularly when it comes time to accept, reject or counter a homebuyer's offer.
A home seller who conducts plenty of housing market research will understand the true value of his or her residence. As such, this home seller will be able to act quickly and determine whether a homebuyer's proposal meets his or her needs.
In addition, be ready to negotiate with homebuyers. And remember, if a homebuyer submits an initial offer that is close to your expectations, you can always counter his or her proposal.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Professional
When it comes to selling a home, there is no better option than hiring an experienced real estate agent.
Your real estate agent will help you set up home showings and open houses, keep you up to date about offers on your residence and help you handle home selling negotiations. This real estate professional also can provide feedback about your home, ensuring that you can make the necessary home improvements to help your residence stand out from others.
Furthermore, your real estate agent is ready to respond to your home selling concerns and queries at any time. If you ever have questions about how to price your home competitively or how to proceed with an offer on your house, your real estate agent will be able to offer expert guidance.
With an experienced real estate agent at your side, you can navigate the home selling process with ease. This real estate professional will go the extra mile to ensure that your residence will impress homebuyers. As a result, your real estate agent can help you gain a competitive edge over home selling rivals.