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One of My Best Friends Moved Quickly Out of State...

Real Estate Agent with SHAHAR Management

At the end of 2014 one of my good friends asked me what she should do to get her house ready to list for sale.  Normally I don't like to do business with friends for a multitude of reasons but there are certain people you know it will be a breeze.  I walked through her house (as if I had never been there) and gave her 5 or 6 suggestions that would facilitate a quick sale like I would with any client.

In 2015 she had me back, showed me the changes she had made and asked me to list her house. They were looking to leave the state - I cautioned her as we are in a buyer's market and the average DOM (days on market) is a little higher than if we were in a seller's market etc...

Her house was the quickest house I sold ALL YEAR.  As I sold house after house all year...right through December...her home remained way out in front for positive feedback and quickest sale.

The reason why?  She asked me what to do and took the advice to heart...I told her there were 3 MUSTS:

DE-CLUTTERING - Anything they were not using on a weekly basis they needed to start packing away.  This included seasonal clothes, nick knacks, dishes, anything on counter tops and so on.

DE-PERSONALIZING - All personal pictures had to go.  Any abundance of personal pictures should start to be packed away.  Sports memorabilia, hunting items, any overcrowding of personal items needed to be cleaned up.

DEEP CLEANING - Everything should appear as clean as possible even if it means touching up paint or painting something over.

What does this do?  When a buyer walks into your home they find the home appealing if it is clean.  They see room for their things if it looks spacious.  They can visualize themselves living there if there is a little "room" for their imagination to insert themselves into each room.

So when I offered to help my friend, I helped her right out the door and down to Florida in what seemed like a few days. Remember when you hire a Realtor, you are hiring them for their knowledge and experience - listening to them can get you to YOUR next dream home!

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Debbie Walsh, GRI, CNE, CHMS, REM | Office (845) 283-3036 |

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Congratulations on selling your friend's home.  I am delighted she listened to you.  A

Feb 16, 2016 04:58 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Debbie Walsh  wonderful advice I would have given the same . Luckily they listen to you .

Feb 16, 2016 05:15 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great story!  Sorry I was unable to comment the last couple of days...tech issues!

Feb 16, 2016 05:20 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debbie, how professional are you...if it was my best friend I wouldn't help her not wanting her to leave! LOL but really that's what friend, and a GOOD REALTOR is for!

Feb 16, 2016 05:39 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie your advice was obviously SPOT ON and the results were excellent proof of that :)

Feb 16, 2016 08:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm sorry to hear your friend has moved out of state, but glad they knew the right things to do to facilitate a quick sale!

Feb 16, 2016 10:05 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You were lucky that they called you first and took all that you said to heart and did what they knew would make the trip smoother and the house more presentable

Feb 16, 2016 10:14 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks everyone for the comments...I am sorry she did such a good job!

Feb 16, 2016 09:40 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Well said and well done!  Your friend was very smart to take your advice and run with it!

Apr 16, 2016 12:09 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congrats on telling it like it is and getting the job done, even when working with a friend.

Aug 21, 2016 09:12 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Debbie, It is wonderful when potential clients listen to our advise before they list their home.  A mixed bag for you to have a friend move away.  

All the best to you!

Jan 24, 2017 12:48 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks to everyone for commenting!

Apr 29, 2017 05:52 AM