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Fall Selling Season

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Fall Real Estate Selling Season in Fairfield CountyFall Selling Season

Many sellers in Fairfield County select the spring to list their homes “For Sale” because of the beauty of the season. The trees are colorful, flowers are in bloom, the grass is green, and their houses are lightened and brightened by the spring sun!  However, many sellers fail to explore the possible challenges related to listing at that time of year. The biggest disadvantage is the increased market competition. You are not alone in thinking that your home shows best during the spring and summer months.

Spring’s disadvantage is Fall’s advantage! Less inventory means less competition for your home.  Also, sellers are less likely to receive visits by families who have ventured out for a spring drive who are “just looking”.  This does not mean however, that you should list your home on the market before it is ready to be shown. Having your home ‘show ready’ the moment it hits the market is very important.

Buyers who are looking in the fall season are often very serious about buying a home and would like to be settled into their new home before the Holidays. There are a few things you can do to prepare your home for the Fall selling season. These steps will ensure that your home stands out from the rest and makes a very positive impression.

  1. Provide your REALTOR® with photos of your property that have been taking during all seasons. These photos will be used in multiple marketing pieces to help showcase your home to potential buyers.
  2. Bright homes show best!  Open all shades and curtains and make sure all lights are on. You may need to remove heavy curtains, replace current bulbs with brighter ones, or place additional lamps in rooms to bring in more light.
  3. Accentuate the inviting and cozy feel of the fall season by lighting a fall scented candle or baking fresh cookies before a showing or open house.
  4. Arrange furniture to open up rooms and promote flow from one room to the next. To minimize purchases of new furnishings, we suggest moving furniture from one room to another or borrowing a few pieces from friends and family and maybe storing some extra pieces in the garage, basement, attic, at a friend’s house or in an inexpensive storage facility for a short time until the house is sold. 
  5. For aesthetic and safety purposes, keep walk-ways clear of leaves and pine needles as they begin falling. Littered walk-ways can be very slippery and hazardous and also make a house look unkempt.
  6. Brightly colored mums are both cheerful and reflective of the season. Place potted mums on walkways, at entries, on decks and highlight the kitchen and bathroom counter tops with tasteful bouquets.
  7. Keep gutters free of leaves, especially those gutters that are clearly visible.  Keep them clean throughout the season. This is another area which is certain to be noted by a building inspector and will cause inspectors and buyers to think that your house might not be well maintained and loved.
  8. Increase your home’s curb appeal by trimming shrubs that have enjoyed a season of healthy growth.

These are just a few of the steps that we suggest to help your home sell faster and possibly for more money.  If you are thinking about a move this season please call me. I would be happy to walk-thru your home with you and help you to see it through the eyes of a potential buyer.

Fairfield County, CT Real Estate Market Statistics: January thru July

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

There are 4,778 active single family homes in Fairfield County on the Greater Fairfield County Consolidated multiple listing service. Unit sales are up versus the first 7 months of 2011.

The median selling price is down 7.3% vs. the first 7 months of 2011.

To date, 3,469 homes have sold, representing a unit sales increase of 8.9% vs. the first seven months of 2011. The result is a 9.6 month supply of homes currently on the market.

 

This is not the case in every town.  Residents should feel free to call us to discuss the advantages of buying or selling in a specific town and price range at this time.

Sellers should ask us about ways to make their homes stand out above their competition to sell quickly and at the highest possible price.  Also, to be successful, they must price realistically! Buyers recognize a fair deal and will compete with other buyers when they see a fairly priced property.

 

 

Summer Berry Recipes

by Cheryl Scott-Daniels

Delicious Summer Recipes in this month's edition of Cheryl Scott-Daniels' Your Home and Lifestyle magazine:

http://article.yourhomeandlifestyle.com/pages/article/YHL_JUL_12_04/34844/index.html

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