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Listing Price - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When most homeowners list their homes, they're hoping to secure the best selling price possible. Our REALTORS® know that each of our clients listing Ann Arbor homes for sale are relying on a financially successful home sale to fund the next chapter of their lives. While we will always act in the best interest of our clients, we believe that all home sellers should be aware that certain situations may warrant a price reduction on the property. When is it appropriate for a seller to reduce the asking price on their home? Here are a few common reasons.

  • Comps are Lower
    Before you list your home, your agent will evaluate the comparable properties to identify a reasonable price for your home. If after you've listed your property you notice that many comps are now significantly lower — or worse, they're selling when yours isn't — you should lower the price to stay competitive.

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Cost-Effective Kitchen Updates - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're planning to sell your home, your kitchen can make or break a sale. Updating it can help you sell your home faster and for more money. But one thing to remember is that it's not about how much you use to create a big impact, it's about the feeling potential buyers get when they set foot in your kitchen. With the right combination of creativity, elbow grease, and patience, you can give your kitchen a dramatic facelift without the huge price tag. Here are quick and inexpensive refreshers to revive your kitchen and attract potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  • Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
    If your cabinets are in good shape, but they look old and outdated, you have options that don't involve replacing them. Sanding, painting, or staining them can give you a complete set of new-looking cabinets for a few hundred bucks. While you're freshening up your kitchen cabinets, it may be time to rethink the hardware. Metals going modern in kitchen design include stainless steel, matte aluminum, copper, and brushed gold. Try swapping out old handles, knobs, drawer pulls, and range hood to create a dramatically different look.

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Landscape Edging - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Everyone wants an edge over the competition. When it comes to home sales, that edge can be razor-thin or as wide as the sidewalk. As you prepare your Ann Arbor homes for sale, the following are some edging ideas that could close the deal when you put your home on the market. 

Creating Your Edge

Start by creating a defined path for the edge. You can do this using a rope, garden hose, or chalk line. You can make your line straight or give it a curvy twist, but whatever you do, you want the line to be smooth and even. Once the line is where you want it, it's time to make your cuts.

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Washing Machine Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When you wash a load of laundry, you expect your clothes to come out clean. But they may not be as clean as they could be if your washer has built-up dirt, grime, soap residue, and even mold and mildew.

Our REALTORS® suggest cleaning your washing machine at least once a month if don't do laundry very often and once every week or two if you use your washer nearly every day. This will also banish unwanted odors that could turn off potential buyers if you plan to put your home on the market soon.

The following steps will ensure your washer, as well as your clothes, stay clean.

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Online Listing Importance - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® have been working hard over the last several weeks helping our clients stay safe and move forward on their real estate goals. Ann Arbor homes for sale are still being listed, bought, and sold. However, the focus is shifting away from the traditional open house or showing.

Conventional showings are still happening in some areas. Still, many sellers are finding it's hard to attract would-be buyers through face to face events. Buyers have moved online like never before, and motivated sellers should follow their lead.

The solution: A beautiful and compelling online listing. The best online listings consist of three parts that all work together:

  • A well-written property description that captures and holds a buyer's attention

  • Eye-catching exterior and interior photos, ideally in several lighting conditions

  • Property videos or an interactive virtual tour to provide a sense of "being there"

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Weekend Curb Appeal Projects - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Do you know how important curb appeal is? If you look at any of our Ann Arbor homes for sale, you'll notice that the best listings often have attractive, presentable exteriors that invite buyers in with their visual appeal. Regardless if you're planning on selling your home soon, or if you're going to enjoy the space for a few more years, our REALTORS® encourage you to make the most of your exterior. Here are five ways that you can boost your curb appeal over a single weekend.

  1. Lighten Up the Space
    Lighting can dramatically increase the aesthetic, visibility, and safety of your property. Simply changing your porch lighting fixtures and replacing old bulbs with LED lights can make your front door shine. You can also install simple ground-mounted lights along the driveway or walkways to the home's front door to provide an illuminated path that is inviting to visitors.

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Open Houses - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Ann Arbor homes for sale are some of the most popular in Michigan, but even the best homes won't sell themselves. Real estate agents who want to maximize their effectiveness need to be comfortable with many different methods of promoting their listings. One of the most powerful techniques to help almost any seller is the open house.

At Remerica Hometown, our REALTORS® recognize the value of a memorable open house. In fact, an open house is the most effective face-to-face method for promoting Ann Arbor properties

Sure, some people will visit an open house just to look around. And it's important to make sure you practice basic safety precautions to protect the home. But in many cases, a well-planned open house will yield motivated buyers who may make selling much easier.

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Closet Organization- Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

On average, the American home has over 300,000 items. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans have to rent off-site storage to accommodate their ever-growing number of possessions. One thing you can do to make your home attractive to a large variety of buyers is to ensure that it appears to have ample storage. 

For some potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale, a lack of closet space is enough for them to move onto the next house. Here are a few things you can do to showcase your closet's storage areas and make them appear as efficient as possible.

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Smart Home Upgrades - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're thinking about selling your home in 2020, it's worth bearing in mind how incorporating smart home upgrades could impact the value and sale of your home. And as millennials hold significant buying power in the market today, it's important to bear in mind that they expect a little more. Adding the right smart home devices can increase your home's value, attract more interested buyers, and result in a quicker sale. The good news? These upgrades won't cost much more than $1,000, and you can install them yourself over a weekend.

Following are 5 smart home upgrades that home buyers are looking for in Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  1. Smart Thermostat
    There are so many benefits to installing smart thermostats, including saving energy and money on bills. You can control temperatures with your voice or using a remote. Unlike regular programmable thermostats, smart thermostats can provide you with a breakdown of your energy usage, learn your preference and living patterns, and can be accessed from anywhere through an internet-connected device. Smart thermostats improve the home's interior design so buyers will definitely see them as they walk around.

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Winter Listing Photography - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

It may be easier to make a house look amazing with spring sunshine and flowers, but listing your property in the winter doesn't mean your photos have to be drab, boring, or unflattering. Gray or cloudy skies, snow, ice, mud, wet conditions, and lifeless landscaping can all be a challenge. But you can still bring out the best features of Ann Arbor homes for sale inside and out. These tips can help make sure you're getting the photos that get buyers through the door to view your home.

Tips for Outdoor Photos

  • Clean the gutters. Gutters overflowing with leaves or debris will be noticeable in photos. And it will give buyers the impression that you don't keep up with maintenance on the property. It can also cause water damage to the house, so making sure they're cleaned out can mean avoiding costly repairs.

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Selling to Millennials Buyers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

From their attitude towards technology, work, and social issues, there's no question millennials have a great influence on society today. And when it comes to the housing market, they hold significant buying power, accounting for 34 percent of real estate buyers. So if you want to add your home to the list of Ann Arbor homes for sale, they're a market segment that you can't afford to ignore.

Millennial homebuyers have a unique set of preferences and demands that are very different from what boomers want. To expand buyer interest and sell your home competitively, you need to follow millennial homebuying trends and make your house fit their criteria. Here are the features that appeal to today's youthful buyers:

  • A Nice-Sized Lawn
    While we may assume that a lawn may be the last home feature that younger Americans would be interested in, recent research shows that many appreciate the value of a healthy lawn. According to the research, a nice-sized lawn is the highest priority feature among millennials, even beating out a smart home and updated kitchen. But with their busy and social lifestyle, millennials prefer lawns that look nice, are easy to maintain, and safe for their pets. So, if you want to lure millennial buyers, you better boost your home's curb appeal and yard before selling.

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Countertop Material Choices for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Countertops carry a heavy burden due to exposure to heat, water, sharp knives, and more. Go shopping for countertops, and you may be daunted by the number of choices on the market. There's certainly a lot of material choice based on colors, textures, and patterns. The right type of counter surface for your kitchen or bathroom will depend on your tastes, your needs, habits in the room, the overall style of your home, and your budget. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of these basic countertop types to help you make the right choice.

  1. Natural Stone
    Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. It's available in a variety of shades such as whites, blacks, blues, browns, beiges, and corals, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Granite is available in polished and honed finishes. The cost depends on many variables, including origin, finish, and color of the stone. Natural stone materials are durable, long-lasting, and heat-resistant with no (or low) visible seams.

    Other natural stone materials, such as limestone, soapstone, marble are softer and require greater care and delicate use. They may show scars and need repeated sealing to resist stain. Natural stone is the most expensive countertop material.

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Smart Home Updates for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

If you're planning to sell your home in the near future, you're probably in fix-it-up mode to help ensure that you can sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. If so, chances are good that you have already been given all the standard advice on making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, such as cleaning, painting, and staging.

However, while these things are still very important in making your best sale, today's homebuyers are looking for more. They tend to be very technology-oriented, and for these buyers, smart home features are a big selling point as they peruse Ann Arbor homes for sale. So what upgrades should you consider to ensure your home makes the smart home grade?

Smart Security

Smart security features are a great way to make your home more appealing to today's tech-savvy homebuyers. Features that can make your home stand out from the crowd of other homes on the market include:

  • Video doorbells – These handy gadgets offer a bird's eye view of any activity around your front door. Most have sensors that detect movement, which trigger them to record video of that activity. Alerts can be sent to your phone, which allows you to view the video, enabling remote monitoring of your home.

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