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Oh neighbors…they can be the best or the worst. I hope that you always end up with the best neighbors! Oh HOA’s! They can be such a pain! But in certain situations they can be a blessing in disguise. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA you most likely won’t have to deal with the neighbors who also use their front yard as a junk yard and that’s when you will be thankful for that HOA. If you are in the unfortunate situation of ‘messy’ neighbors and ready to put your home on the market, this info is for you…

You have put your home up for sale and done everything your agent has advised you to do to prepare your property for sale, but still no offers have come in.  If you suspect your neighbor’s property is preventing your home from appealing to potential buyers, there are a few things you can do to remedy this situation.  Here are some tips for dealing with problem neighbors while selling your home.

 

Are Your Neighbors The Problem?

Before banging down the neighbor’s door and blaming them for your home’s lack of appeal, you’ll first want to make sure that is really the problem.  Ask your agent what they think the problem is, and whether they agree that the neighbors may be preventing the sale.  Also ask other homeowners in the area what they think of any problem neighbors to get perspective before making that visit.

Use Tact When Approaching Neighbors

If you have determined that a particular neighbor is creating a problem that is affecting your home’s value and marketability, your best bet in getting them to agree to make the required changes is to be nice about it.  Offer to help them with the cleanup and explain that it is not only for your benefit, but will also increase their home’s value as well.  Planning a neighborhood cleanup and renting a junk removal service for the community may encourage them to clean up without even being asked.

Last Resort

If you have asked nicely and your neighbor still refuses to clean their property, there are steps you can take to force the situation.  Many municipalities have bylaws concerning the upkeep of property, and getting your local officials involved may be necessary.  Also getting other homeowners in the area on your side can make this easier.  Remember though, you should always approach the individuals first and ask nicely before reporting them to the authorities.

Messy neighbors can be an obstacle to selling your home, but in most cases a little diplomacy and an offer to help will get the task accomplished.

 

Are you considering putting your home on the market but think that you may haveThurston County Housing Marketmissed the season? Think again! According to the newest press release provided by the NWMLS, the market is still looking good! In the article there are statements such as “The market remains just as intense as July” and “We expect a repeat of conditions from last winter when every available home that came on the market in areas with a shortage of inventory received quick action (NWMLS 2016).” This winter might just be the best time to get your home sold quickly. Give me a call or email me and we can discuss your best options.

Market Activity Summary – August 2016

Thurston County Housing Market                                               
New Listings: 617
Total Active Listings: 1,121
Pending Sales: 651
Closings: 494
Average Price: $287,800
Median Price: $269,000

Pierce County Housing Market
New Listings: 1,975
Total Active Listings: 2,987
Pending Sales: 2,040
Closings: 1,576
Average Price: $310,029
Median Price: $283,225

 

References:

N. (2016, September 07). Housing market still active, direction “positive” Retrieved September 21, 2016, from http://www.nwmls.com/index.cfm?/Home/Current-News/page/Latest-News-Release

 

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It’s that time of year when home owners start thinking about putting their home on the market. It is common for sellers to wonder what their home is currently worth, and if they should do some updating to not only make it worth more, but for it to have better appeal. It is important for sellers to remember that looks count for a lot. Have you ever wondered what would be best to update before putting your home on the market? I suggest giving your Realtor a call to discuss current market conditions and how your home would hold up if put on the market in its current condition. Take a look at this article discussing The Renovation Dilemma: What to Fix If You’re Selling.

Kitchen_cabinet_pullsinterior paintingSomething as simple as new paint colors can make a huge difference in the eyes of a potential buyer. A home with a fresh, clean look usually gets some pretty good bonus points. There are some projects that aren’t recommended though, so make sure you are aware of those. They are covered nicely in the article mentioned above.

Best of luck on your renovations & getting that home on the market!

Are you in need of real estate advice in the JBLM or Thurston County market? Have questions about buying your first home or how to sell your current home? Contact Phil Sharp to get all of your real estate questions answered. He can be reached by phone at 360-970-9977 or send Phil an email.