20 Simple Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

Spring has sprung and so has the real estate market!   Are you ready?

Below are 10 awesome tips for improving your home’s curb appeal and wowing buyers as soon as they pull up in front.  Think about immediately wanting them to get excited and feel like they just can’t wait to get inside!

And once they do enter, please don’t let them down 🙂  Create an atmosphere where they can feel comfortable – where they feel like they are already “Home”.   Read through the 10 simple tips below for transforming the interior of your house into a “Home” as well and you’ll see what a difference they can make in your sale!

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You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Make the most of it!  Once buyers are emotionally attached, there usually are few objections that can get in the way of them moving forward.  (And remember buyers who are emotionally attached are the ones to act the fastest and pay the most that they can.)

Let me know if you need suggestions or assistance in getting your property ready to sell.  It would be a pleasure to work with you on making your next move a success!  From Boston to Attleboro to Providence and beyond,  my team is ready to serve you throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Homes Fur Sale

WatsonEvery day is “Puppy Day” in my world 🙂  but I really did enjoy people celebrating their furry friends on Facebook last week during “Happy Puppy Day”.

So I am sending out a big “Hello” to some of my favorite furry friends I have had the pleasure of meeting, hanging out with, walking with, and talking with these past few years in real estate. I know these special pups make a difference in your days and I want you to know they make a difference in my day too! Nothing like a little pet therapy in the middle of a crazy day of offers, negotiations, home inspections, attorneys, mortgages, closing, etc to make everything feel OK again 🙂

 

And please know when it comes to listing and selling your home, if you have pets, their safety and well-being are my first priority.  I understand what an important part of a family these awesome dogs are. We will work together on figuring out the best plan for them whether it is grouping showings so you can have them with you for more condensed periods of time, finding a dog walker, making them a comfy home in the corner, having a teammate with me on showings and open houses … whatever it takes.  When we list your home “fur sale” your favorites friends will not be forgotten.

And in case you or your wonderful pups are looking for a new fur-ever home, as always, I am at your service happy to help in anyway I can.  Once again, the Spring market is here with low inventory and high buyer demand.   Buyers are looking for neat, clean, fresh looking spaces that have been well maintained.  Curious what your home would be worth in today’s market?  Wondering what work should be done to attract the best buyers? Just give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com  … I’d love to chat with you whether you are planning a move soon or planning for the future.

Hope you had a very “Happy Puppy Day”!!

Always a pleasure to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and their referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
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and the communities in between.

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Seniors Real Estate Specialist – I am at Your Service!

 As I look forward to another successful year serving all of my clients and referrals, I am so pleased to announce my most recent accomplishment…    

Jennifer McMorran Earns NAR Designation in Seniors Real Estate

Head shot Jen McMorranAttleboro, MA, January 2018 – — Jennifer McMorran with Kensington Real Estate Brokerage has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors®.

McMorran joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation.  All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their unique lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means that a Realtor® has that understanding. Whether they are buying, selling relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that Jennifer McMorran, a Realtor® designated SRES®, will be able to help them every step of the way.  As one of the Attleboro area’s top producing Realtors®, she enjoys growing both personally and professionally through each transaction and is eager to put her knowledge and experience to work for her clients and referrals.

Jennifer McMorran is a successful Real Estate Sales Associate with Kensington Real Estate Brokerage.  Licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, she enjoys serving clients anywhere from Providence to Boston.  She has a true passion for mentoring First Time Home Buyers, guiding clients through New Construction, assisting Seniors in their housing decisions, and partnering with Sellers to get their homes sold.

SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

For more information, visit SRES.org.

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If I can ever be of any assistance to you, your friends, or your family with any real estate needs,  just to give a call/text 508-930-5259
or e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.   

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Another happy ending and new beginning…

Another happy ending at 19 Sheffield St in Attleboro, Massachusetts!

SOLD Justin and GiannaI could not be happier for these first time home buyers who fell in love with this meticulously maintained three bedroom ranch in their dream neighborhood and for the sellers who are now moving on to their next chapter.   Though we all hear about the importance of on-line real estate marketing  with buyers flocking to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and the multitude of social media sites… I know never to underestimate the importance of sticking to the basics and the traditional avenues of marketing as well.  In this case, just a couple of signs were enough to ignite of the process of bringing together this amazing home with the perfect buyers.

Within hours of me putting up the For Sale sign in front of the house on Sheffield Street along with a directional sign at the end on North Main St,  I received a call that some very excited buyers wanted to make an appointment and see the home as soon as possible.  They had been hoping a property would come available in this neighborhood, and couldn’t believe their luck.  After searching for a home through the fast paced Spring and Summer markets, they and their agent knew not to waste time.

Calls continued to come in that Saturday as buyers and agents noted the new listing on-line.   We had multiple offers submitted by Tuesday, with the sellers accepting the winning bid that evening.

These sellers clearly took pride in their home both inside and out which absolutely shined through in the marketing photos as well as when buyers toured in person.  What a pleasure to work with them to get their home marketed and sold quickly.    And what a nice feeling to know that they are passing on this gem to such appreciative first time home buyers who will absolutely enjoy it for years to come!!

If I can ever be of any assistance to you or anyone you know thinking about buying or selling a home, please feel free to contact me by phone 508-930-5259, text , e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com, or simply fill out the form below.  I love to work hard for my clients and their referrals!!

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Serving clients throughout
Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

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Don’t be scared… get the facts!

Jen McMorran, RealtorMortgages and the home buying process continually evolve and change to meet the needs of the ever changing consumer, adjust to the state of over all economy, and facilitate a strong housing market without becoming irresponsible again.

So, “No”, it is not like when your parents bought a home 20 years ago or even when you friend bought a home 5 years ago.  But knowledge is power.   As long as you know the facts, you too can be on the path to home ownership which most financial advisors still believe is one of the best long term investments you can make with your money.don't be scared to buy a home
Infographic, Keeping Current Matters, October 2017

And of course, educating and sharing the facts is one of my favorite roles as a real estate agent.  Whether I am working with first time home buyers, move-up buyers, empty-nesters, or retirees … the entire transaction moves along smoother when we take as much of the uncertainty and fear out of the process as we can.

Did you know that there are still 0% down payment mortgage programs, 3.5% down payment mortgage programs, and then of course 10%, 20% …  The key is to work with a mortgage professional who will talk you through all of your options.

Did you know you don’t have to have a perfect credit score to qualify?

Did you realized that buying a home can ultimately be less expensive than renting?

Steph and Derrick SoldRemember until you discuss your current situation and goals with a mortgage and real estate professional, you may not have all of the facts.  I am always available as a resource to you, your friends, co-workers, family members… feel free to call, text, 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com any time!!  I only recommend the best when it comes to mortgage professionals, attorneys, home inspectors, etc. as they are essential to successful transactions.  Again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of a referral or just trying to figure how to start the process.   It’s what I do… share information to help buyers and sellers meet their goals.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

real estate for real people.

Serving clients throughout
Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

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Staging to Sell

Real Estate Agents ProvidenceSoooooooo many sellers getting their properties ready to go on the market right now. I can tell that June is going to be a VERY busy month. I know I have three listings whose sellers all want to go “live” during the first week of June. I will definitely be taking the upcoming long weekend to rest up and hopefully my clients will be able to squeeze in a little fun as well while they really dig in to getting their homes “show” and “offer writing” ready!

The National Association of Realtors just shared the timely infographic of advice below on how to stage and style a home on a budget. So many great ideas that are both affordable, simple, and impactful when presenting your home to prospective buyers.
Staging your home on a budget for a fast sale

First impressions are everything.

Make sure your curb appeal is all it can be… weed the gardens, mow the lawn,  tidy up the mailbox, mulch the beds.  You want a nice clean presentation as buyers pull up the drive way.

And make sure to consider your front entry and door…  fix any loose bricks on the steps, paint the front door, clean the windows,  and I always love to add a potted geranium for a classic pop of color 🙂

Once inside, a good cleaning and some fresh paint really go a long way.   If you have pets, make sure buyers don’t see or smell traces of them.  Some buyers will turn around and walk right out if animals aren’t their cup of tea or if they have allergies.

Clear out as much furniture as possible keeping only those pieces that truly help to define the room.

When placing furniture, try to keep corners clear as this will help to give the room a more open spacious feel.  (Lighting in the corners also will help with that.)   Speaking of lighting, if you don’t have over head lights, make sure to have lamps to give off ample “glow” – especially for evening showings.  You don’t want buyers calculating how much it would cost to have an electrician come in to wire for more lights in the ceiling.

And, yes, get rid of the clutter and “stuff”.  You want buyers to feel relaxed and want their eye to continue traveling around a room or space.  If you have committed to selling, you have committed to moving so just start packing!!

Keep bedding simple if you can – white quilts or comforters are great to brighten up a space.   Keep decor on couches and chairs simple as well – one throw and a couple of pillows should be fine to add some pizzazz.  (And please don’t spread the throw out across the back of the couch, it just breaks up the space way too much and draws too much attention.)

Clear off those kitchen counters and bathroom counters.  It is so important that both of those spaces appear clean and neat.   Toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, medicine, etc. should all go neatly under the sink or in a drawer.  Spice racks, coffee pots, mixers, toaster ovens, etc. should be removed from counters to show off the space in a kitchen.   (I suggest having a laundry basket handy for showings so you can load all of the extra “stuff” into it and then take it along in the car with you.)  Fresh fruit and fresh flowers are great for livening up a kitchen with color.

Outside in the backyard, group outdoor toy sets, arrange seating areas so they look deliberate, and get rid of anything that may look like “junk” to a buyer.  Seeing anything “broken” during a showing can set the tone for a buyer.  If something has been sitting for a year or more waiting for you to fix it… just get rid of it 🙂

Ultimately, you need to look at your home with Buyers’ eyes.  Be critical because buyers will be for sure!

Check out listings on-line and see how you feel about the rooms presented in the photos.   Take your own photos of the rooms in your home – do they look open and spacious or is your focus drawn more to the “things” scattered around the room.  People love to blow up pictures on their computer screens so background details matter.

And if you are thinking about selling, always feel free to contact me for a consultation on things to do around your home as well as what your home would be worth in the current real estate market.

Call/text 508-930-5259 or e-mail me at jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.  I really enjoy helping and working with you to decide on the best solutions to capture buyers’ attention to sell your home.

Jen McMorran, Realtor
Jennifer McMorran
Realtor
508-930-5259
jen.mcmorran@gmail.com
First Time Home Buyers &
New Construction Specialist
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What it takes!

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SOLD!!  36 Pole Plain, Sharon   $348,000

As many of my clients have learned this fall, real estate can be hard work!  There can be so many variables involved in a deal that are tough to predict.  I love to pull up statistics and analyze data, but in the end, data can’t always predict buyer or seller behavior.  After all, it is people we are dealing with when buying and selling homes. And people vary immensely when it comes to their motivations, negotiating styles, and values.

I hear so often from other professionals in my field…
Open houses don’t sell houses.
Print media like newspaper ads and mailings don’t do anything.
Zillow is all that matters.
Social media is the key.
Search Engine Optimization should be an agent’s focus.

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FOR SALE ~ $214,900

The fact is, we don’t know exactly what will resonate with each specific buyer or seller out in the market place.  When listing your property, my job as a Realtor is to assist you with preparing your home to hit the market and then to expose your property to as many likely buyers as possible.  I need to have a good working knowledge of your property  and understand any objections buyers may have so I can address those with solutions whether immediately or with a follow up call or e-mail. When with potential buyers at your home, I am constantly trying to gauge what aspects of you property or location might be most important to highlight with each buyer through simple questions and careful listening.   Not everyone is able to make a decision right away, that is where my patience and persistence pay off.   And then it is making sure your property is constantly being exposed whether on-line, through print media, or networking with other agents.  My job is to sell your home and I will do what it takes to get it Sold!

I recently worked with Liz and Ed to list and sell their home at 36 Pole Plain Road in Sharon.  So wonderful to assist them as they begin a whole new journey with their family and the testimonial below from them was an added bonus – it truly sums up what I work towards in all of my client relationships.

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And, in case you were wondering, the buyers were a result of coming to two of my open houses!

If you’d like to talk about buying or selling a home, just let me know.  And always feel free to share my contact information (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com) with anyone you may know in need of assistance.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Attleboro, 3 bedroom uptown Colonial with great backyard, low $200’s
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

Don’t become a flat squirrel

To my dearest clients… and you know who you are 🙂

Be decisive

Saw this quote on Facebook the other day and just had to smile… It really is so true.  We all can get caught up in trying to make a decision occasionally.  But, truthfully, a prolonged torturous decision making process can  waste time, create unnecessary anxiety, and cause us to miss out on opportunities (and some of those may be great opportunities).

I see this a lot of this in real estate.  Buying a home and selling a home are definitely big decisions.  Clients have to consider their current financial situations as well as what they anticipate for income in the future.   Plus, they  need to consider their lifestyles… where do they commute to work or do they need space to work from home?  Do they have kids, are the planning to have kids, are older parents planning to move back in?  Are they handy or do they prefer new construction or condo living?   Do they need green space for pets or want space to create a garden?  Is a garage a must or could they live without one?

Brigham Hill Estates, AttleboroSo many buyers wonder, “What if something better comes on the market?”.    Sellers wonder, “What if I could get more money from my house?”.   The truth is none of us have a crystal ball to see into the future.  Life is about making the best decisions you can with the information you have at the present time.   That’s all any of us can do whether it be in our personal lives, professional lives, or in the middle of a real estate transaction.

Larissa, Erek, and XavierDon’t let yourself become a flattened squirrel 🙂  There are very few things in real estate that can not be worked through.  If you make a decision with a particular goal in mind, I will do everything I can to help you attain that goal whether buying a home or selling a home (and if I just don’t think it will work, I will let you know that as well!).  The best part of my job is seeing smiling faces at the end of a transaction and I will work hard to get us there.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

 

 

Low Listing Inventory – List Now!

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Listing inventory
of desirable homes is low!!

Yes, there are listings on the market now that have been lingering for months without selling.  Unfortunately that is because they failed to appeal to buyers either by price or presentation when first going on the market.  Don’t let these sellers influence you… if you are ready to make a move, this is a great time to put your home on the market … buyers are looking for great homes and not finding them.  (No kidding, I was working throughout the holiday week with buyers checking out anything that we thought had “potential”.)

According to KCM:
Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For Sale
The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory shortage:
“While feedback from REALTORS® continues to suggest healthy levels of buyer interest, available listings that are move-in ready and in affordable price ranges remain hard to come by for many would-be buyers.”

If you are thinking about making a move this year, this may be the perfect time of year to get your home listed and sold.  Too many home owners wait until the Spring and end up losing out when other homes are also hitting the market to compete for buyers.  List your home now and be sure it will stand out in a less crowded market.  Low inventory and my marketing strategies… it is sure to sell.

If you are committed to making a move, I strongly urge you to get your home listed and sold, then let’s get you into temporary housing.  Initially it may not sound appealing, but how does a carefree winter from shoveling snow sound? Plus you will be much more marketable as a buyer in the spring as you will be presenting offers that are not contingent on you selling a house.  Ahh… the joys of the non-contingent buyer… you are going to love the step up it will give you against other buyers when the busy housing market hits.  And, you will also love the flexibility  you’ll have to go after that perfect listing as soon as it hits MLS for sale.

Happy to chat or help in any way whether you interested in buyer or selling!  My goal is to enable buyers and sellers to make the decisions that are right for them.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction Specialist
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between!

~ First Time Home Buyers ~ New Construction ~ Antique Homes ~
Townhomes & Condominiums ~ Existing Home Sales ~

 

We’ll Leave the Light On For You!

Kensington Office

Such a nice feeling to get out of the house yesterday and back to a little taste of normal. The dogs and I couldn’t do our favorite three mile walk through the trails over at World War I Park in North Attleboro (due to the three feet if snow!!), but we were able to get the kids on the bus and head off to enjoy three laps up and down the plowed roadways and hills around the park.  It was so nice – felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. So pretty. So peaceful.

My day certainly picked up pace after that with appointments, researching updates for buyers and sellers, and getting marketing set for the weekend. (Not to mention homework, chauffeuring to dance, and getting dinner ready before one last drop off to an Art Class then back to the office to finish up a few things.)

Kensington OfficeArriving to this welcoming scene in the middle of winter last night reminded me how lucky I am to work in such a warm comfortable yet productive environment.  If you have been
*wanting to find out more about buying a home,
*wondering if selling your home is the right move,
*interested in New Construction,
*curious what your home might be worth,
*want to explore investment options,
*or a First Time Home Buyer who needs a quick overview of the whole process and would love to pick my brain about real estate, I am happy to schedule time to chat at the office!

At Kensington, we have the technology, space, and comfortable environment to make meeting up easy.  Evenings after work or before your busy day starts are fine with me!  Just give a call/text 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@verizon.net and let’s find a time.   And, of course, we’ll leave the light on for you… 🙂

Jen McMorranJen McMorran, Realtor   *   508-930-5259   *   jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage   *   http://www.jenmcmorran.realtor