Monday, July 24, 2017

My House Isn't Selling!!

My House Isn't Selling!

The following list appeared originally in the RIS Media blog entitled Housecall



1.  Did you overvalue your property?  You have to be able to view it as a buyer and a business transaction. You might need to call in an unbiased third party. If someone can build the same house for the same or slightly more, you might lose out.  Do homes that are selling have bigger garages, finished basements, upgraded features?  Look for the differences - are they superior or inferior features?  Add or subtract accordingly.  

2.  How does your listing appear online?  Poor photos, bad grammar, lack of description could be hurting your exposure.  Most buyers begin their search online.  If there is not a plethora of quality, bright pictures, you could be passed over.  Does the verbiage entice the buyer to want to see it in person?  Would drone photos help (if you have acreage)? Make sure you are telling them about updates, upgrades and features that are not easily visible in pictures.

3.  Are you present at showings?  Buyers like to be able to picture themselves in a home.  They want to open closets and use their imagination.  That is difficult if you are present or lurking about.  They won't feel comfortable communicating with their family and/or agent and might cut their visit short.

4.  Emotional attachment.  It's your home.  It's where you raised your family, made memories. If you are 100% committed to selling the home, you need to focus on making new memories at your new home and begin letting go of the apron strings to the old house.  Buyers will want to negotiate and make it their own.  Don't take it personally.

5.  White glove test.  HGTV,  Pinterest and the like have set the bar high on how your home should look when a buyer comes for a viewing.  Considering hiring a professional cleaning service and landscaper for a one time once over.  It will help you get the highest and best offers from a buyer.

6.  Is staging necessary? Some buyers do not have imagination, so if your furniture arrangements and decor do not highlight space, light, usage, storage, etc - you might be discounting  a potential offer.

7.  Don't take it personally.  The next potential buyer might not have kids yet - so the friendly forest on the wall of your kids room doesn't work for them.  The buyer is moving here from Baltimore and they are offended by your finished basement with Colts decor.  Having your rooms as neutral as possible allow a buyer to envision themselves in the home.

8.  Clean but cluttered.  Countertops full of appliances, shelves of collections, wall to wall furniture, closets stuffed with clothes and boxes.  Buyers are easily distracted by "stuff".  Eliminate every possible obstacle.

9.  Too much work.  If paint is scuffed, scratched or carpet is worn and dirty.  Any evidence of deferred maintenance and a buyer starts keeping a running tab in their head.  And the price in their head is always WAY more expensive than what it would cost you to make the improvement.  Get the maximum offers by eliminating potential deductions.

10.  Work with a Real Estate agent that understands these potential issues and has recommended contractors, professional photographers and internet savvy.    Need an agent referral?  Call us!  Our contact info is at the top of the page.

#homeselling #homemarketing #realestate #staging 

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Things to Do In Indiana - part 2

July Things to Do in Indiana - part 2


Circus City Festival

PeruIN    
    

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

ValparaisoIN    
    

Dubois County Bombers at League Stadium

HuntingburgIN    
 
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Dubois County 4-H Fair

HuntingburgIN    
    

Pav's Summer Car Nites (trucks and bikes too)

HebronIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Portage Cruise-in

PortageIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Summer Outdoor Movies

ValparaisoIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Valparaiso Market

ValparaisoIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Kokomo Jackrabbits at Kokomo Municipal Stadium

KokomoIN    
 
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Gary Southshore Railcats at U.S. Steel Yard

GaryIN    
 
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Portage Summer Music in the Park

PortageIN    
 
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6pm
     Free Admission    

Lafayette Aviators Baseball at Loeb Stadium

LafayetteIN    
 
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Suzy's Diner Cruise Night

HebronIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field

Fort WayneIN    
 
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Shipshewana Trading Place Auction (Every Wednesday)

ShipshewanaIN    
 
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9am
     Free Admission    

Festival Of The Lakes

HammondIN    
12pm–11:30pm
     Free Admission    

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - All About Andrew...Lloyd Webber

ValparaisoIN    
1–3pm
    

Porcelain Art School of Indiana Public Open House

MartinsvilleIN    
1–3pm
     Free Admission    

Best Bike Night on the Planet

PortageIN    
 
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5pm
     Free Admission    

Artists in the Square

Burns HarborIN    
5–8pm
     Free Admission    

Vintage 44th Motor Bike Show

PortlandIN    
 
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St. Joe Pickle Festival

St. JoeIN    
     Free Admission    

Porter County Fair

ValparaisoIN    
    

Pop-Up: A Valparaiso Art Experience

ValparaisoIN    
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     Free Admission    

Lunch on the Plaza

Fort WayneIN    
 
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11:30am–1:30pm
     Free Admission    

St. Joe Pickle Festival

St. JoeIN    
 
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4–9pm
     Free Admission    

Essenhaus Classic Car Cruise-In

MiddleburyIN    
 
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4:30–8pm
     Free Admission    

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

ValparaisoIN    
 
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7pm
     Free Admission    

Fort Wayne Pride Fest

Fort WayneIN    
    

Evansville Otters at Bosse Field

EvansvilleIN    
 
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Elkhart County 4-H Fair

GoshenIN    
    

Rising Sun's Music on Main & Cruise-in

Rising SunIN    
 
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6–8pm
     Free Admission    

South Point Cruise-In

ValparaisoIN    
 
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6–9pm
     Free Admission    

REX: Real Voices. Extraordinary Ideas. Share Your Muse

IndianapolisIN    
7–9pm
    

Music Heritage Series at the National Lakeshore

PorterIN    
 
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7:30–9pm
     Free Admission    

Chesterton's European Market

ChestertonIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Boone County Fair

LebanonIN    
     Free Admission    

Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair

LafayetteIN    
     Free Admission    

Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmer's Market

OrleansIN    
 
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8–12pm
     Free Admission    

Saxony Market

FishersIN    
 
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8–12pm
     Free Admission    

Fort Building Contest at the Nature Play Zone

MillerIN    
10am–4pm
     Free Admission    

2nd Annual Market City BBQ Fest

GaryIN    
12pm–3pm
     Free Admission    

Sunset Hill Colonels Vintage Baseball

ValparaisoIN    
1pm
     Free Admission    

SonSet Solutions: Global Impact Celebraton

ElkhartIN    
3–6pm
     Free Admission    

Bluegrass On The Square

CorydonIN    
4–8pm
     Free Admission    

La Porte Rotary - Hub of Awesome Water Ski Show

La PorteIN    
6pm
    

Kokomo Free Summer Concert Series

KokomoIN    
 
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6–10pm
     Free Admission    

Ferdinand Firemen's Ball

FerdinandIN    
6–11pm
    

ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Lincoln CityIN    
6:30–10pm
    

Evening Campground Program at National Lakeshore

Beverly ShoresIN    
8–9pm
     Free Admission    

Portage Community market

PortageIN    
 
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     Free Admission    

Jackson County Fair

BrownstownIN    
     Free Admission    

Historic Toys Unplugged

PorterIN    
1–4pm
     Free Admission    

Little League Central Region Softball Tournament

WestfieldIN    
     Free Admission    

Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field

IndianapolisIN    
 
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2017 NSA Girls Fast Pitch "B" World Series

CrownpointIN    
    

Allen County Fair

Fort WayneIN    
    

Tuesday On The Trail - Nature Walk

LafayetteIN    
 
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6–7pm
     Free Admission    

Berne Swiss Days

BerneIN    
    

Berne Swiss Days

BerneIN    
 
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5–10pm
     Free Admission    

Sunset Wine Cruise

BirdseyeIN    
 
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Frankfort Hot Dog Festival

FrankfortIN    
    

Bass Lake Festival

Bass LakeIN    
     Free Admission    

Ikasucon 2017- Dungeon Crawl

Fort WayneIN    
    

Pierogi Fest

WhitingIN    
12pm–11:30pm
     Free Admission    

After Dark: ‘80s Pop!

IndianapolisIN    
6–10pm
    

NCGLNAC Summer Cultural Art Classes

PortlandIN    
 
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Wild West Hold Up

French LickIN    
 
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Fayette County Free Fair

ConnersvilleIN    
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     Free Admission    

Fayette County Free Fair

ConnersvilleIN    
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     Free Admission    

Chesterton Cruise Night

ChestertonIN    
 
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5am–9pm
     Free Admission    

National Dance Day

IndianapolisIN    
10am–5pm
    

Prairie Magic Music Fest

ValparaisoIN    
2pm
    

22nd Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival

IndianapolisIN    
2–7pm
    

RhumFest 2017

KokomoIN    
2–10pm
     Free Admission    

6th Annual Taste of LaPorte

LaPorteIN    
3–10pm
    

Kemil Beach Campfire

ChestertonIN    
7:30–9pm
     Free Admission    

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