Short Sales: The Importance of Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Action
IL – No matter what the circumstances are when you’re selling your home, you want to get top dollar for it. For the potential owner it’s like their birthday, or Christmas, or Hanukkah. So, why not GIFT WRAP your home for them? As silly as that seems that’s exactly what you are doing when you are putting your home up for sale. You are presenting a large gift to the potential owners and one of the first things to attract their attention is the packaging. You want them to take their first look and say, “That’s the one I want” even before they’ve stepped inside your home. Click here to discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale and avoided foreclosure. When you’re sitting there at a holiday get together or at a birthday party, the first package that catches your eye is the package that’s wrapped perfectly. The one gift that looks well cared for and beautiful on the outside. From that one look of the outside wrapping of that gift you just know that whatever is inside has to be something special if the person took that amount of time in wrapping it so perfectly. The same goes in the opposite direction also. If someone stops at the last minute and literally just leaves the gift in the bag from the store they bought it from and slaps a bow on it, your first thought isn’t “wow that’s got to be a great gift” but instead you probably barely glance in that direction. It could be a great gift but the presentation says that the gift giver didn’t put a whole lot of time, effort and thought into it so chances are whatever they bought didn’t have a whole lot of thought put in it either. Your home is much like that birthday gift or special holiday gift. The “wrapping” is the outside curb appeal. If someone is driving by and they see this beautifully wrapped home, one with perfect lighting placed in just the right spots, clean driveways and sidewalks, trimmed bushes and freshly painted trim they’re going to take a second look. However, driving by the house that is just sitting in a plain bag with a bow, trim peeling, overgrown, untrimmed bushes and landscape with no appealing lighting on to help them see the entire area is going to cause the potential buyer to literally not even give the house a second look as they drive by. The inside of the house could be immaculate and have every amenity imaginable but because it wasn’t “wrapped” in beautiful gift wrap with a sparkling bow and attention grabbing beauty, it will either be passed by or if out of desperation they do look further they’re going to offer a lot less simply based on the shabby packaging. So that’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is the beauty a potential buyer sees from the outside before they ever even begin to approach the inside. Curb appeal is what makes them say, “We should really take a look at this one!” You can see how important it is that the curb appeal of your home be that perfectly wrapped package. Make your house be the package that jumps out amongst the other gifts. Make those potential buyers drive by and say “We have to open that package! Anyone who took the time to make it look so perfect has to have good taste! It can only get better from here!” That is how important curb appeal is in selling your home. Make your home shine from the outside in and give them the feeling that with a beautiful bow and perfectly matched paper, this is the gift they want to open! Thinking about a short sale? I can help you short sale your property and get back on your feet. Send me an e-mail at I will contact you for a free consultation. When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at (847) 338-0180 Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here. Thinking about a loan modification? Our loan modification kit has the instructions you will need to get a loan modification approved with your bank. Click here to request a copy. Thanks for reading this, Dennis Toomey. Dennis is a Real Estate Broker at RE/MAX Action. Short Sales Realtor: Phone: (847) 338-0180. For Real Estate that's hassle free, just pick up the phone and leave it TOoMEy! View My homes for sale at Dennis Toomey specializes in loan modification assistance and short sales in Elgin Illinois. Elgin Loan Modification Help, Elgin Short Sales. Elgin Short Sale Realtor IL Short Sales. Realtor. Copyright 2011 SFI Marketing Institute, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Important Notice Dennis Toomey, RE/MAX Action, and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed or endorse by the government or your lender. Most lenders willingly work with agents on short sales. Why? Because most short sales are beneficial to a lender. If you accept our offer to help you on a short sale, your lender may not agree to a short sale or to modify your loan. We do offer a loan modification kit. However, the likelihood of negotiating a modification is like everything else in life. It takes work and persistence to convince your lender to modify your loan. No matter what you or we do, your lender may not approve a loan modification. We do not recommend that you stop paying your mortgage, because this will cause damage to your credit and could cause you to lose your home. Because we know avoiding foreclosure is so important to any homeowner, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate legal or tax advisor before making any decision. This is not intended as legal, technical, or tax advice. Please speak with a licensed professional before making any decision. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed as of the date of writing. You have the option to reject a short sale or loan modification from your lender if it does not meet your approval. If you decide not to go thru with the short sale, then you do not have to pay us our fee. We normally make a real estate sales commission for helping you on a short sale. The views expressed here are Dennis's personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Action. This information on Short Sales: The Importance of Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home is provided as a courtesy to our viewers to help them make informed decisions.

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