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Your guide to Real Estate and home buying & selling

Why is Landscape & Curb Appeal So Important? the move, squaring away all the details for your new housing arrangement, trying to work, care for family, and still have some sort of personal time. That’s a lot to handle. However, it’s no excuse for not making your landscape appealing, especially when you think of the consequences. The consequences are: not selling your home at all. Lots of people ask me what the return on investment is for landscaping. It’s a hard decision for many to spend more money on a home in order to sell it! The reality is: home buyers look at pictures on the internet and make split second decisions about whether they are going to even call their broker about walking through a home. How do you know that investing in the landscaping for your home will give you a good return on your

investment? Fortunately, the results and statistics prove it’s worthwhile. Landscaping can add as much as 8% to the resale value of a home and speed its sale by as much as 6 weeks. Here’s a quick and tidy plan to help give your home a beautiful “cover”. Remember, buyers are well-read. They will judge a home by its exterior. And, if they’re really interested in your home but the outside is a mess, they’ll make sure that becomes a major negotiating tool in the home-buying process. Here are a few tips on the big exterior influencers. Do not have an unkempt lawn. It shows a lack of care for the home. If the lawn is beyond repair, pull it up and try drought-resistant landscaping. If there’s a chance to revive it, a fresh-cut lawn is one way to showcase the appreciation the

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If you’re like many sellers, buyers. If your answer was listing your home for sale “no,” then you have some creates a challenge to keep work to do. While many the home show-ready at all sellers may think that times. That can be difficult only interior pictures of enough. Consider this their home posted on the notion, though. No matter Multiple Listing Service how nice the inside is, if the are what buyers really care outside isn’t invitabout, there’s more ing, you’re likely to it. to lose prospective The outside can buyers BEFORE be a huge roadthey ever set foot block for buyin your home. ers. If potential That’s because in buyers pass by real estate, buyers your home while often do “judge a cruising through a book by its cover”. neighborhood and Debbie Walter see your for sale Take a good Realtor - RE/MAX NW look at your home sign, but also see a from the outside. broken down gate, Step across the leaky sprinklers, street and decide if you cracked driveways, a lousy think buyers would want exterior paint job, and kids’ to see more based on your old toys strewn across a home’s “cover”. brown lawn, they’ll keep on If you answered “yes,” cruising to the next home then your job is easy. Make on the market. sure the inside won’t be Chances are you’re busy disappointing to those same getting the kids ready for

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Your guide to Real Estate and home buying & selling

Real Estate Sales in Kirkland, WA • June 1 -27, 2011 Residential Housing in 98033 & 98034

11245 NE 131 Lane 9616 NE 121st Lane 12109 NE 150th St 12634 NE 73rd St 12325 NE 149th St 12416 95th Place NE 13934 106th Place NE 7817 124th Ave NE 13013 NE 94th St 9772 NE 124th Place 13516 89th Place NE 9604 NE 136th St 13040 NE 94th St

$192,000 $205,000 $210,000 $215,900 $230,000 $244,609 $283,000 $285,000 $285,000 $285,000 $290,000 $295,000 $300,000

13234 86th Place NE 11345 NE 149 St 13720 117th Ave NE 12820 87th Ave NE 14404 119th Place NE 6535 111th Ave NE 6110 123rd Ave NE 11733 76th Ave NE 12908 NE 103rd Place 13405 110th Place NE 12919 NE 87TH St 13027 NE 70th Dr 11700 NE 107th Place 14426 113th Ave NE 11507 NE 104th St 8239 NE 124th Place

$306,000 $329,000 $329,000 $340,000 $350,000 $385,000 $390,000 $390,000 $395,000 $416,000 $418,000 $423,990 $425,000 $442,000 $460,000 $462,000

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619 14th Ave W 11006 83 Ave NE 12005 NE 73RD St 6449 NE 135th Place 1312 1st St 1605 5th Place 13921 105 Ct NE 11643 106th Ave NE 221 8th Ave W 123 6th Ct 8040 122nd Ave NE 12015 93rd Place NE 645 18th Ave W 1321 4th St 10640 NE 46th St 408 3rd Lane S 10615 106th Place NE 327 4th Ave S 1869 4th St 11837 89th Place NE 11837 89th Place NE 17 Bridlewood Cir 1036 5th St 1500 2nd St 103 18th Ave 8422 NE Woodland Cove Dr 8422 NE Woodland Cove Dr 5825 124th Ct NE 5901 106th Ave NE 1622 10th St W 11136 79th Place NE 2033 Rose Point Lane

$485,000 $500,000 $519,000 $521,000 $530,000 $548,000 $560,000 $570,000 $580,000 $585,000 $590,000 $597,000 $625,000 $700,000 $706,000 $730,800 $790,000 $820,000 $847,500 $862,000 $862,000 $900,000 $900,000 $921,000 $930,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,050,000 $1,195,000 $1,300,000 $1,538,000 $3,075,000

Residential Housing Averages Average. List Price $635,144 Average Sales Price $605,226 CDOM (Cumulative Days on Market) 95

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14510 124th Ave NE #D115 11913 93rd Lane NE #102 12412 109th Ct NE #C303 12611 NE 119th St #F11 11200 NE 68th St #214 9830 NE 122nd St #S-101 12712 NE 144th St #C203 8214 126th Ave NE #C20 8248 126th Ave NE #C104 12323 NE 97th St #K 10142 NE 137th Place 12004 Slater Ave NE #F3 11307 NE 128th St #G303 9616 NE 121st Lane 9223 122nd Ct NE #E-138 521 7th Ave #405 9201 NE Juanita Dr #307 225 4th Ave #A305 7782 NE 122nd Lane 9727 NE Juanita Dr #408 13027 NE 70th Dr 11020 NE 41st Dr 725 1st St S #301 602 5th St #2002 408 3rd Lane S 327 4th Ave S

$55,000 $65,000 $94,000 $101,000 $108,000 $117,000 $118,500 $129,900 $130,000 $134,500 $143,050 $146,000 $155,000 $205,000 $227,500 $260,000 $275,000 $300,000 $325,000 $334,950 $423,990 $459,000 $521,250 $525,500 $730,800 $820,000

Condos/Townhomes Averages Average. List Price $275,586 Average Sales Price $265,575 CDOM (Cumulative Days on Market) 121

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lates there. When buyers come to view the home, they often feel like they are intruding instead of viewing a property that they might be purchasing. Keep in mind that the home buying process is emotional … not logical. You may be thinking that the clutter will go away once you move but buyers simply don’t think that way. They easily get “turned on” and “turned off ” by your stuff ! Pull the weeds and ditch the empty planter boxes. A lot of times homeowners will leave an empty planter box, intending to get some flowers for it, but somehow that doesn’t happen. The “dead space” is bad fengshui and even if the buyers don’t follow that philosophy,

the home will lack appeal for the simple reason there is no “life” to the exterior therefore not inviting them to envision their own lives in the home. Paint and fix any hardware that looks extremely worn. Nothing beats a fresh coat of paint. Realtors/ Brokers have a saying, “A $100 of paint on the wall is worth a $1000 in the seller’s pocket!” Yes, it’s work and it costs money to do. That’s exactly what buyers will think - which is good news for you! They’ll think, “This homeowner put some TLC into this home.” When you’re selling your home, fresh paint is always recommended for the inside. If the outside needs it, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor and increase the chance of a higher sales price. Make





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sure your front door, foot threshold and knobs/hardware are shiny and new. An old, banged up, ugly front door area vs. a crisp, clean, modern front door area is the first impression a prospective buyer will have – which type of entry area would you be excited to walk into? The biggest thing today’s sellers have to realize is that selling homes in today’s market takes personal GRIT and MOTIVATION. It also takes an investment of TIME and MONEY in the preparation. If you don’t have all four of these factors, you may want to consider that this is NOT the market for you. You may simply want to either wait until you do have all four of these factors or wait for the market to improve where it won’t matter as much as it does today.

For further information or suggestions on future topics, please contact Debbie Walter @ or (206) 930-8699. Debbie is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX NW Realtors in Kirkland. Debbie is a member of the National Association of Realtors (a trade organization that promotes real estate information, education and professional standards).

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