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What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell

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By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Has your property been on the market for months with little buyer interest? With a competitive fall market ahead, it may help to reassess the condition of your home, make necessary updates, then re-list a new and improved staged property to generate new buzz and buyer interest. Here are some questions sellers should ask themselves to get their home on top of the list and ahead of the competition.

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Does it Make the Best First Impression?

The key is to look at your home from the perspective of the buyer. With more than 97 percent of homes sold on the Internet, the first point of engagement for buyers today is the online listing. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to feature professional quality photos using the best lighting to encourage buyers to schedule a showing. Once they arrive, be sure that your curb appeal and front entry are well maintained, tidy, and welcoming by trimming bushes, cleaning walkways, making repairs, and adding seasonal touches to the front porch.

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Does it Appeal to The Target Market?

According to a National Association of REALTORS(R) recent trends report, 66 percent of today’s first-time buyers are millennials, and they are looking for a home that is in move-in ready condition. These buyers will turn away instantly if the home is dated and gives the impression that it’s in need of renovation. They will, however, ultimately pay more for a home that looks fresh and inviting. Be sure that necessary repairs and cosmetic updates are made such as freshening up walls and cabinets with a coat of neutral paint, polishing hardwood floors, replacing lighting, hardware, appliances, etc.

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Can Buyers Visualize Living in This Home?

Whether selling an occupied or vacant home, keep in mind that If buyers can’t emotionally connect, it won’t be memorable. Consider renting furniture for vacant properties to show buyers how they can use their own furnishings in the space. For occupied properties make sure there are no distractions such as personal items on walls, shelves and tables. Showcase every key room from the entry to the basement with a clean look and minimal accessories such as colorful pillows, wall art and simple vignettes.

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Are Key Features Highlighted?

Be sure that your home’s best assets are not hidden. Is your stone fireplace covered with a cluttered mantle or distracting wall art? Are hardwood floors covered up with dated carpeting? Are floor to ceiling windows hidden behind heavy curtains? Are built-in shelves cluttered with old books and photos? If so, remove and simplify to show these features off, bring new life and increase perceived value to your home.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com.

PattiABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern, principal, interior decorator and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. She also developed an award winning staging program for luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company has received Houzz 2015 and 2016 Awards for Customer Service. Stern has been featured in Connecticut Magazine, the Hartford Courant, Danbury News-Times and on NBC Connecticut and FOX TV. She is a regular contributor to REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged and Sold. For more information, contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com

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$1,325,000 :: 2831 CRANBROOK RIDGE Court, Oakland Township MI, 48306

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4 beds, 3.3 baths
Home size: 5,775 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 09/18/17, Last Updated: 09/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217083667
Community: Oakland Twp
Tract: CRANBROOK RIDGE OCCPN 765
Status: Active

Luxurious custom home on private street at end of cul de sac on almost an acre surrounded by lush gardens,brick paver front courtyard and covered porch. Exposed aggregate rear and side terraces. Brick and limestone ext. w/ intricate details in and out. Drenched in natural light w/ magnificent architectural details: marble and granite floors and stairs, custom decorative wrought iron spindles w/ mahogany hand railings, wainscoting and oversize crown moldings throughout. Lib.with marble flrs, judges paneling, blt in bookcases, coffered ceiling and gas fplce. Great Rm with voluminous ceiling, marble flr. and tall windows. Stunning Kitchen w/ top of the line appliances and custom cabinets. Master w/ separate office and opulent bath has steam shower, jetted tub, separate water closet w/ bidet. 3 add. BR, all w/ walk in closets and 2 baths up. Fin. W/O with Kit, premium appliances and granite flr. Fam. Rm w/ gas fplce. , 2 French doors to terrace, lav, Theatre and lots of storage.

Listed with Hall & Hunter-Birmingham


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$534,950 :: 5142 STONEHENGE Drive, Oakland Township MI, 48306

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4 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 3,088 sq ft
Lot Size: 23,958 sq ft
Added: 05/04/17, Last Updated: 09/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217035441
Community: Oakland Twp
Tract: STONEHENGE ESTATES SUB
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/4/2017 by 3%
Status: Sold

This spectacular home located on ½ acre wooded lot backing to a conservation area on private road. A peaceful & serene setting for your enjoyment. Many updates in this move in ready home w/Pottery Barn colors to fit any décor. Kitchen updated w/premium SS appliances, granite & stacked stone backsplash. Mud Room/LR w/walk in pantry. 1st floor master suite has oversize walk in closet & bath w/jetted tub, separate shower & vanity w/double sinks. Bright & airy w/vaulted ceilings in Foyer & GR w/floor to ceiling windows, gas FP w/bookcases on either side. Open floor plan W/sitting area on 2nd floor has wall of built in book shelves, 2 bedrooms & updated bath. Finished walk out w/FR with natural FP & room for billiard table, full bar, 4th bedroom w/walk in closet, all seasons room w/windows on 3 sides & plenty of storage. Even a hot tub on rear patio for relaxing. Only a 7 min. drive to Papa Joes, Hollywood Market & some of Rochester’s best restaurants. “DECK TO BE REDONE PRIOR TO CLOSING”

Listed with Hall & Hunter-Birmingham


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$425,000 :: 6500 CHATHAM Circle, Rochester Hills MI, 48306

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4 beds, 4.1 baths
Home size: 3,344 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,632 sq ft
Added: 07/21/17, Last Updated: 09/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217063814
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: QUAILCREST – A SINGH DEVELOPME
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/21/2017 by 4%
Status: Sold

Move right into this spacious home. Neat, clean and neutral décor. Large kitchen with Lafata cabinets, hardwood floors plus breakfast room with door wall to brick paver patio leading to the private rear yard and even an awning, perfect place for entertaining. Formal dining room, first floor laundry, Great Room with fireplace and Library on the first floor. Master suite with oversize bathroom. Finished daylight lower level with bar/kitchen, family room and full bath. Well located in the back of the sub. Ready for immediate occupancy. 5 Minutes from Downtown Rochester and close to great shopping and restaurants. Rochester Schools.

Listed with Hall & Hunter-Birmingham


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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