Who Doesn't Like Apple Pie?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Professionals MN Broker #40288835

     Most buyers are looking for a well-maintained house in apple pie order. apple pieThey will be looking to buy as much house as they can get and still leave a little dough for changes to adapt things to their personal taste.  That doesn't mean that they will be looking to dive right into major home improvements, because they won't. The down payment on your home will take most of their savings.  After the monthly mortgage payments, taxes and insurance, there is no room in their budget for major repairs. Many buyers today will not consider a house that needs remodeling and improvements, they do not need to as there are plenty of move in ready homes available. Those buyers who will are called flippers and need to buy property as cheaply as possible to make needed repairs and enhancements and still clear a profit. Nothing personal - it is their business.

    Your house will stand a better chance of selling if it has an up-to-date kitchen,  an up-to-date bathroom  and shows the signs of regular maintenance. Inside and outside everything should be in good repair. Fresh paint improves the curb appeal of any house, along with blooming flowers and a nicely cropped green lawn. Cleanliness, both inside and out will make a good impression on the buyer. Clean out the gutters and downspouts, pull out all weeds, put fresh mulch around trees and in flower beds. Pressure wash the sidewalks and siding, if it will stand up to it. Go the distance and the reward will be much greater.

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Comments (8)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I had to stop by....love apple pie...and I have a fond memory of a summer valcation in Brainard Minnesota at a place called Lake Lawn Lodge....probably long gone but I loved it ....and as a new agent to KW...getting to know the neighbors...I like your Marti touches...have a great weekend 1

Aug 20, 2009 11:57 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Sally,  I am not aware of Lawn Lake Lodge - a lot of the smaller resorts are gone and divided up into private spaces.  Some of the oldest large resorts like Ruttger, Maddens and Craguns still remain and some Mom & Pop family resorts continue to stay in the families.  The Barn Restaurant in Brainerd still serves the best apple (or any other) pie  home made each and every morning right there.

Aug 21, 2009 02:04 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Kathleen...love apple pie, hate home maintenance but it really isn't a choice is it.  Yum. 

Aug 21, 2009 04:22 AM
Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Cute post Kathleen and good information.

Aug 21, 2009 11:24 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

So very true, do you have the recipe?

Aug 21, 2009 04:01 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Ginger-so true! If it is too much work (in your mind) for you as a seller to do , what makes you think a buyer would want to take on your work?

Aug 24, 2009 12:27 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Allergra The Home Stager to all those residing in THE HAMPTONS.

Aug 24, 2009 12:28 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Cindy - the recipe to success or apple pie??  Thanks for popping in I would offer you some pie and coffee but alas this computer world doesn't go for such things.

Aug 24, 2009 12:31 AM