Archive for month: January, 2014
Remember the days of cutting out photos from magazines trying to visualize your dream home? A time when “window shopping” meant walking to the store and swooning over furniture and decor for your living room? Well, odds are that at some point in the past couple of years you’ve stumbled upon a website called Pinterest… an amazing new way to combine creativity, inspiration and sharing all into one and visualize the home of your dreams.
Simply stated, Pinterest is a way for you to organize your wants and get inspired by discovering things that other people like (if you’ve never heard of Pinterest, click here for the full explanation). There are thousands of categories, millions upon millions of ideas, and more DIY projects and recipes than you can try in a lifetime… but what does this mean for someone looking to purchase a home? Instead of looking through countless magazines and watching episode upon episode of HGTV, you can easily search for the things you want in the home of your dreams and organize them all in one place.
Here’s a good place to start… If you don’t have a Pinterest account, join here. If you do and you’re in the market for a house create a board called “Dream Home” or “New House Wishlist”. Search for a couple of high-priority features such as a fireplace or deck and start pinning! Once you start, you’ll find unique things that you may have never even thought of, such as a spiral staircase or clawfoot tub. Use this board to envision what you want your next house to look like and start prioritizing your wants and needs.
Seek out realtors and real estate Pinterest pages to get an inside perspective and see actual listings in your area. This is a great place to get ideas and tips, plus find things to do in the neighborhood you’re looking to relocate in. If you’re selling, you can also use Pinterest to find staging ideas that will blow buyers away. Try some DIY upgrades or find new decor and furniture to add to your living spaces (for ideas on how to sell your house during winter, click here).
Bottom line, Pinterest is an amazing resource for anyone in the real estate market, whether you’re looking to purchase your first home or that one of a kind property you can spend the rest of your life in. Even though you may not hit everything on your “Dream Home” board, it’s a great way to kick-start your imagination and challenge you to think about what is important to you and your family.
Visit my Pinterest page to get started and see what I’m pinning!
This month I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a great friend and successful business man JP Stonestreet. JP called me up last year and informed me that he was starting up a new business and passion. JP took some time off from working after the sale of his online company QuoteCatcher.com (and a few other online companies) in 2008.
Being active in the community and volunteering with the Denver SCORE he realized what his new passion was becoming. Helping others to succeed in starting up small businesses. He focus’s on online, but has many resources and knowledge for other aspects of starting your own company.
Just this past year JP was able to write and publish his book “The Web Startup Roadmap: Navigate Your Way to a Successful Online Business.”
He has now taken this job full time. Being a resource to online Entrepreneurs, public speak and one on one coaching.
How does this fit in with me? Well, JP is gathering, interviewing and speaking to all different kinds of entrepreneurs. Picking their brains, gathering ideas for all and showing that anyone who is willing to take the jump into being your own boss start at all different levels and back grounds.
This interview was a ton of fun for both of us and I am again so honored that JP asked me to help be apart of his new success!
If you or someone you know is looking to start a new career and has online interest I highly recommend JP. To gain more information about JP and what he does you can visit his website at: JPstonestreet.com
Let’s face it, winter can be a tough time to sell. With so many people busy either getting ready for or recovering from the holidays, there are less families looking to buy a house. If you have your house listed during the wintertime, here are a few great tips to help you show buyers everything that your house has to offer regardless of Colorado cold, snow and ice.Contact me today for more tips for winter selling.
1. Turn Up the Heat
You know that cozy feeling you get from stepping inside of a warm home out of freezing temperatures during the winter? Create that feeling for potential buyers by turning up the thermostat right before a showing. Another idea is to prep your fireplace for a fire before you leave and tell the realtor to light it before the showing begins. A fire in the hearth is an inviting touch that potential buyers will be sure to appreciate.
2. Let the Light In
The winter months in Denver are often cold and dreary and windows can appear more dirty than usual, cutting out all the natural light in your house on short winter days. Keep your windows clean, inside and out, or hire a professional window washer to save some time. Be conscious of the lighting in each room; upgrade light fixtures, replace bulbs and make each space feel bright and airy.
3. Leave a Few Treats
Especially during the holiday season, the aroma of holiday cookies and other baked goods helps to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for buyers. Bake a pie or a few cookies just before a showing so the aroma stays behind and leave some baked goods as a treat for the people viewing your home.
4. Be a Little Festive
When you go to setup lights or decorate your tree, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. A few festive touches here and there are a fantastic addition for winter sellers, but don’t over do it. Excessive lights, ornaments or goofy holiday lawn additions can be a turn off. Remember, you’re showcasing your house so don’t hide or crowd the space with too much holiday decor.
5. Set a Realistic Price
During the wintertime there is less competition on the market, but most people are aware of this and will be highly motivated to buy. However, they will also be expecting to get a good deal because they assume that you are also highly motivated to sell. Counteract this by setting a realistic price right from the get-go without too much room for negotiation.
6. Salt and Shovel
Curb appeal is a little tougher to manage during the winter with snow and ice, but one thing that will make a big difference is keeping your property well maintained. Salting for ice and shoveling snow off of your driveway give the appearance of a well-kept home, and make it easier for buyers to get in and out.
7. Add a Little Extra “Cozy”
Along with a warm fire and sweet aromas, add a few more cozy touches to your house that will help buyers imagine themselves in a relaxing atmosphere. Toss a soft throw blanket on your couch, purchase a clean new welcome mat, or turn down the comforter in your bedroom. These small details will help buyers feel more at home, especially during the winter months.
8. Appear Meticulous
Asking buyers to take off their shoes or wear shoe covers (even if you usually wouldn’t) during a showing gives the appearance of an owner who takes great pride in their property. Removing clutter from living spaces to create spacious and neat rooms is another way to show sellers you care about your home and want it to remain spotless.
If you’re in the Denver area and getting ready to put your home up for sale, give me a call and I can help you get started. Hopefully these tips give you a great starting point… contact me for more ideas and advice for selling your house during a chilly Colorado winter.