Candace Garvey’s Tips on Staging a Home to Sell

While filming at baseball legend Steve Garvey’s Palm Desert home for the upcoming Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series, his wife Candace took a few minutes to share a few tips on how to stage a home to “show” well and sell quickly.

Candace is an expert in the art of staging a home for sale. She’s sold her family’s home multiple times and has even had a few instances of selling them on the first day they’ve hit the market to the first couple to walk through her doors!

In her conversation with SVP of Marketing Sean Blankenship, she reveals some of the easy and often overlooked things that could be done to put your homes’ best foot forward. From lighting to wetting down the sidewalk/driveway; on over to a trick involving cotton balls and vanilla – Candace lets us in on her home staging secrets.

What other simple ways can you make your house feel like someone else’s home as soon as they walk through those doors? Let us know on Twitter @coldwellbanker via the hashtag #FirstHome.

Will Burying St. Joseph Help Sell Your Home?

Burying a small statue of Saint Joseph has been a little secret that homeowners and agents have kept tight lipped for years. To find out more about this incredible myth, keep reading!
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April 11 / 2014

6 Tips to Make Your Home For Sale Stand Out

The following is a guest post from Franz Diessner & Joe Overland with Coldwell Banker Bain in Bellevue, WA.

Bringing your home to the market presents a variety of questions, challenges and doubts for every seller.  When it’s time to select your real estate broker, pay careful attention to the suggestions they provide on how to best showcase your home.  An experienced listing broker will provide valuable insight on buyer expectations and guide you on how to position your home against competing properties.

Although many real estate markets across the country are experiencing strong, even robust buyer demand, sellers can’t take that for granted.  Here are some expert tips to make your home stand out against competitors: Read more

April 10 / 2014

‘Tis the Season to Sell: Small Projects that Help in a Big Way

With the warming temperatures of spring thawing us all from this winter’s deep freeze, thousands of new homes will be hitting the market within the next few weeks as the selling season kicks into high gear.

As a seller, you can either hope your home will sell quickly in a crowded marketplace, or you can be proactive and take on a few easy DIY projects that will go a long way towards helping your home standout and sell quickly. I’m probably the least handy person I know, and even I would be able to tackle these easy upgrades!

Watch as George to the Rescue’s George Oliphant and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent Ronnie Aiosa walk us through some simple and easy ways to get your home in shape for selling season.

5 Reasons You Should Care Who Sells Your Home

sellers e1396978807952 5 Reasons You Should Care Who Sells Your HomeSelling your home is a big deal. Most people sell a house only a few times in their entire life, and they want it done right and through the right person. You might think real estate agents are all the same, but it’s important to consider why you should care who sells your home.  After eight consecutive years as the #1 Agent / Group in the State of Wisconsin for Coldwell Banker, Karl Volkman has some insight.

Here are 5 reasons you should care who sells your home. Read more

April 10 / 2014

Selling a Home Through a Child’s Eyes

In February of 1987 my parents made the journey from St. Barnabas Hospital to our home in Livingston NJ. To this day my mom says it was the most nerve-wracking car ride of her life. It was the day they brought me home for the first time. They have lived in that same house for the past 27 years…AKA my entire life.

By now you have probably realized this post is not in fact written by a “child” but by a 27 year old who just had a “bomb” dropped on her. Just a few months ago, my parents told me of their plans to move. I was outraged. How could they do this? This was OUR home. The home that we spent nearly three decades in. It is filled with memories of “firsts,” backyard BBQs, holidays, family dinners, laughs, love and so much happiness. It is the home that I left as a “Jacob” and returned as a “Listanski.” (picture above from my wedding morning) This was the home that I wanted MY children (one day) to play, grow and explore in. Read more

VIDEO: Top 5 Tips For First Time Home Sellers

Guest Post by Jessica Edwards

What are my Top 5 Tips for First Time Home Sellers?

1. Remember that the outside is just as important and in some ways more important than the inside. The outside is the first impression and sets the tone for the property tour inside.

2. Be prepared to spend some money on repairs.  You will be expected to address some items needing repairs. In some cases,  a little money can go a long way. Read more

Will Appealing to the Five Senses Help You Sell Your Home?

Whether you’re having an open house or allowing a private tour, while your house is on the market it will experience a lot of foot traffic. Realistically, you can’t please everyone but there are at least five things you can do to appeal to the senses that will encourage a more pleasurable showing experience. Keep reading to find out more.  Read more

April 09 / 2014

What is a CMA?

When you get into the process of buying or selling a home, an entire new world of terminology and acronyms is opened to you. Some may seem familiar while others might as well be ancient Greek.

One of the more common acronyms you’ll come across when selling your home is the term CMA. What is it? Well instead of a lengthy written explanation, we asked Martin Millner with Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors to do a quick video explaining what it is and why it’s important to you when selling your home.

April 09 / 2014

Should a Seller Get a Pre-Inspection for their Home?

To get an inspection or not get an inspection? That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the minds of sellers to have a professional inspection ready ahead of buyers doing one or not is a debatable point and there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument.

I recently tapped into the Coldwell Banker global network of agents to get some of their thoughts and I found convincing arguments both for and against it. The video above is from Michael Ackerman with Coldwell Banker Bain Seal who gives his take on both getting one and not getting. Below are the responses from some of our top agents to help you make your decision on whether it’s the right thing for you to do to help sell your home. Read more
April 08 / 2014