The Coldwell Banker Burnet President’s Club

The Dave Oswald Homes Team was recognized by Coldwell Banker Burnet as achieving the coveted “President’s Club” award for 2010. Placed in the Top 50 of approximately 2000 Coldwell Banker Burnet agents, we realize success comes with responsibility. We’ve asked those friends, family, clients and associates attending our Annual Pig-Nic on Sunday, September 25th to bring an un-expired canned or boxed food item for our local food shelves. Giving back to the community from which our success comes is a good thing! Missed the invitation we sent you? Call Jeannette at 952-435-4265 for details.  We’d love to see you there!

The State of the Housing Market

Richard Smith, president and CEO of Realogy (the largest owner and operator of realty companies in the United States including Coldwell Banker Burnet), testified on the state of the housing market before a Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on September 14, 2011.

 

Prior to the hearing, Mr. Smith stated:

 

"I am honored to have this opportunity to address the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development on the important issues facing our country in the housing market. Given the housing sector’s substantial influence on all aspects of the U.S. economy, we would like to see a more cohesive national plan to address a recovery in the housing market. Current government policies and programs may be well intentioned, but they are suppressing a recovery, the Dodd-Frank Act as an example. The end result is an environment that has constrained everyone from homebuyers and sellers to lenders and mortgage servicers alike. Unfortunately, there are no silver bullets. We believe the immediate issues that must be addressed are high unemployment, the persistent overhang of foreclosed properties, low consumer confidence and failed government intervention programs."

 

We are often asked “when will the real estate market turnaround?” The last sentence of the quote above holds the answer: When those four issues make positive headway, we’ll begin to see a turnaround.

Top Ten Tips for Staging Your Home

1. Grab them from the curb.
Make potential buyers fall in love with your home from the street by adding potted plants and flowers, power-washing patios and walkways, weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. It's your first chance to make a good impression, so you've got to make it count.

2. Make it sparkle.
Think hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum, wash windows, baseboards — even the cat. People will look in your
cupboards, under your sinks and in your closets. Also, pay particular attention to odors. You might even consider consulting a neutral nose by having a friend come by for a smell test.

 

3. Pay attention to color and light.
A neutral home appears larger and has less chance of
offending someone. Also, open up blinds and draperies to make sure there's abundant natural light throughout the home.

 

4. Depersonalize.
Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. They need to see your home, not your stuff. Taking
yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves, and their stuff, in your space.

 

5. Consider replacing furnishings.
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated
furnishings and get rid of extra pieces. Consider consulting with a professional staging company.

 

6. Invest in new artwork.
Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Photography can be used to
contemporize a room and add a splash of color as well.

 

7. Make repairs.
Make your home a high-maintenance zone. Repair squeaky doors, chipped or smudged paint as well as broken fixtures and fittings that you've neglected.

 

8. Apply a fresh coat of paint.
It's the best bang for your buck that will quickly refresh a dull, dated room. Use beige or taupe for living spaces and a neutral green or blue for bathrooms.

 

9. Don't forget the floors.
Get rid of worn carpets, and consider refinishing shabby hardwood floors. An inexpensive new area rug is a quick fix and can improve the look of old floors.

 

10. Spring for new light fixtures.
Renew the look of the room by replacing old or dated light fixtures, door hardware, light switches and outlets. If it's tacky and older than you, get it out of there!

Real Estate Quote of the Month

"A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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