RAISE THE CURTAIN (Staging)!

Both homeowners and real estate agents are best served when a home sells quickly for a good price. There are many steps both parties can take to achieve that goal, and a recent trend is proving its value: whether the local market is hot or cool, statistics reveal that a “Staged” home will sell faster and for a higher price.

This service is called Staging because it’s basically about “theater.” A professional Stager assesses your home’s strongest and weakest features, and creates a series of “scenes” sure to appeal to your “audience” of buyers.

There are four major areas of concern: cleanliness, openness, color, and… compromise. Cleaning your home seems obvious, but we’re talking about the White Glove treatment here – on every surface. Openness means a decided lack of clutter as well as arranging (or removing) furnishings to impart a sense of space.

The colors in your home and on its walls also convey this idea. Dark colors make a room seem smaller and light colors make it seem bigger. You get the idea.

But what about that “compromise” part? It simply means that we all understand that lack of time or budget makes it necessary to focus on those improvements that will have the biggest impact, and not sweat every little detail. Ask us for guidance and trust our instincts. We have the experience and know what is attractive to current buyers in our market in the Stuart, Florida area.

Understanding real estate dilemmas and their solutions is our business, and we’ll happily share our knowledge with you. Why not give Gabe Sanders or a call at (772) 323-6996 or come by the office at 1121 SE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart, (Sewalls Point) Florida. Or visit us on the web at www.GabeSanders.com or www.TreasureCoastFLHomes.com

Attacking bearer of bad tidings is a mistake

It’s called “shooting the messenger”, blaming the one who delivers bad news when the bearer actually had little or no control over the situation.

It doesn’t help, but a lot of us do it anyway. Management consultants say it gives us the feeling that we’re doing something about a situation when we’re not.

Some people are easier to blame than others, like waiters, customer-service people, and anyone who has to convey bad news about an insurance claim. These people usually aren’t responsible, but they get the blame anyway.

Customer service people may have to tell a customer about a delayed shipment or a denied refund. The problem is that they may be less qualified to explain a problem than someone who is actually involved, which can make the customer more hostile than before. It’s a mistake to have someone do a job you or someone else should be doing.

You know that it’s vital to be informed about problems as soon as they become evident. If you become known for terrible reactions to bad news, it’s more likely that people will try to cover up problems or handle them however they can. But without your input and skill, the problem can fester and become worse.

With the current real estate market many sellers insist that their home is worth a price just not attainable in the current market. More often than not, they allow their home’s listing to be bought by an inexperienced or unscrupulous agent that wants the listing regardless of price. So when an honest and good Realtor delivers the bad news, remember that not only is it poor form to get angry with the bearer of bad news, but knowing the truth and knowing it immediately is in your best interest.

If you’re planning to sell your home soon and would like accurate and up to date information on its current value, give us a call at (772) 323-6996 or come by the office at 1121 SE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart, (Sewalls Point) Florida. Or visit us on the web at www.GabeSanders.com

Affordable Home for sale in Stuart, Florida

• 1,450 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story “New Roof” – MLS® #331814 $149,000 – Affordable Stuart home

Port Salerno, Martin County – Spacious and upgraded 3 Bedroom 2 Bath half duplex in south Stuart. Tiled living areas and large carpeted bedrooms with ample storage space. Preserve/Pond across the street for a very private feeling. Convenient location just south of Cove Rd and east of US1. New roof, newer AC and for your peace of mind a full 1 year AHS home warrantly will be included in the sale. Also offering 3% in sellers concessions.

Price Reduced on 2803 SE Birmingham Dr. in Lexington Lakes

Lexington Lakes, Stuart – Announcing a price reduction on 2803 SE Birmingham Dr., a 1,776 sq. ft., 2.5 bath, 3 bdrm townhouse “upgraded”. Now $215,000 – Excellent Opportunity. MLS® #330343

COSIDERING RENTING?

You’ve undoubtedly been hearing and reading about the “subprime lending crisis” hitting the Treasure Coast of Florida as well as the rest of the nation. The bottom line for buyers is that it may be more difficult to secure a mortgage in this atmosphere. It then follows that demand for rentals may increase.

That rising demand has encouraged many people in the Stuart area to consider the benefits of becoming a landlord, or residential property manager. Some have donned that hat because they’ve been unable to sell and needed a tenant, while some savvy investors are actively buying properties at lower prices and looking to profit from rental income.

In either case, consider a few tips before entering this type of venture. First, don’t necessarily expect to regain your entire investment. Be careful not to overpay for a property, and also take care not to underestimate the cost of repairs and maintenance, which will likely have a large impact on your bottom line.

Two important people to hire: a property manager and an accountant. A manager will have knowledge of local ordinances and proper pricing, as well as how to locate responsible clients. An accountant, on the other hand, will have knowledge of tax breaks, write-offs, and deductions that will help you meet your financial goals.

Step one may be contacting an agent or broker with experience handling or even managing rental properties. Help ensure success with careful planning and support.

If you need information to help you solve a real estate puzzle, call us at (772) 323-6996, or visit us on the web at www.GabeSanders.com.
We’ll be happy to share our knowledge with you at no cost or information, and if we aren’t sure of our answer we’ll direct you to the best Martin or Saint Lucie County resource.