This week I would like to talk about something a little bit more real estate focused, since after all that is my area of expertise! Currently we are in a ‘Buyers Market’. As most of you know interest rates are at an all time low. Furthermore, buyers have more resources than ever before in terms of finding the right home at the right price for them. With that said, not to worry because there are still ways for you, the seller, to get a good return on your home. One of the best ways to do this is by holding an Open House. One of the main benefits of an open house is that it gets people inside your home. Putting your house up on the MLS or Zillow is a great way to get your house exposure however, having potential buyers walking through and seeing your home in person can be much more persuasive. You can also get your friends and family to mention the open house to people in their social circle which is a great way to increase the number of eyes on your property. Going one step further an open house is a way for you to present your house in the best way possible. With routine showings buyers agent attend with his/her client however with scheduled open house times your agent wouldn’t be there to point out certain things that you would want a prospective buyer to see. Also, by choosing the time you can have the house deep cleaned and the furniture set up exactly the way you want it. Statistics show the more eyes on your house and the more visits a house gets, the faster it will sell. According to the NAR 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, driving through neighborhoods is one of the top buyer activities. It is easy to imagine a potential buyer driving through your neighborhood on a weekend and seeing your open house sign out in the front lawn and stopping for a look. Finally I’d like to end with just a few tips before you schedule an open house. Some of these might be a little obvious but you would be surprised how many people forget to do the little things: 1. In addition to a full interior house cleaning. Make sure the lawn is mowed and windows of your house are clean inside and out. 2. Clear the countertops and make sure there aren’t any dishes in the sink or pots and pans on the stove or the counters. 3. Remove any personal magnets or notes from the fridge and or messages. 4. Remove clutter and make it as easy as possible to move through walkways. 5. Remove personal pictures or personal items from counters and tables to make the house look generic. 6. Include sweet smelling home fresheners for a pleasant scent. 7. Turn off TVs and/turn on soothing music. 8. Leave flyers for Buyers to take as a reminder of the important key points of their expiernce You want to buyer to be able to imagine themselves living in the house and that process can be easily interrupted when the seller has reminders that this is currently someone else house lying around. Call me Today and I can show you more!