How Are You Greeting Your Buyers?

Reblogger Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ 1-16940-1B

Essential information for Sellers.  It is essential that you prepare your home properly before putting it on the market. It may be simpler than you think.  

Original content by Kathy Streib

How Are You Greeting Your Buyers?


How often have you heard that you only get one chance to make a goodquestion first impression? Yes, it’s become a bit overused but it’s because it’s true.

When you decide to sell your home, it’s important to remember that first impressions do count.

The first impression usually begins with what they see on the internet- via an MLS feed or an agent’s website.


And buyers aren’t the only ones your house needs to impress. Agents are looking as well. They don’t want to waste their buyer’s time so they will scrutinize what they see before setting an appointment with your listing agent.

However there is another area you may be overlooking but is so important in making your first impression…,your entry.

What your buyer sees when they walk through your front door is key to how the showing will go. It will color the rest of what they see.


First do this…

Go outside your front door. Now wait there, then open the door. What do you see? How do you feel about what you see?

If you're not exactly excited about what you see, how do you think your buyers will feel?


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What you can do…

1.If you can see straight to your pool area, make it shine.

Too often my clients have blocked this MONEY view with pool tables, plants and furniture. You’re missing your wow moment if you cover this up.

And when they do look out, make it good! Have the pool sparkling and fresh colorful plants to add to the tropical effect.

2.Add light.

Make sure you have light when buyers enter your house. Even our sunny Florida days can be cloudy. Warm light can set the mood for your buyer.

3.Add focus.

Besides your pool area, your entry may be such that you have some other focal point. Add something to draw your buyer into your home.

It could be your entry table, a mirror, and lamp.

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4. Keep it simple

If this is where everyone drops off their purse, shoes, keys, mail, and’s time to designate some other area.

Remember you want to set the tone for your buyer and you don’t want it to be one of chaos.


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5. Don’t make your buyer wonder if you want them to come in.

Screens and the large backs of sofas don’t exactly say Please come in!.

Reposition what you have to make sure your buyer feels welcomed.


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Remember...if your prospective buyer doesn’t feel welcomed as soon as they walk through the door, your house has an uphill battle to get them to like it.


 Kathy Streib 

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Tanya excellent choice for a reblog - thank you!

Aug 21, 2017 10:02 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Tanya and thank you for the reblog

Aug 21, 2017 03:26 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Nice reblog Tanya. First impressions matter and that piques interest to go future into the home.

Aug 25, 2017 06:35 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Good choice to re-post Kathy Streib post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 28, 2017 07:59 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tanya, I loved this post when our friend Kathy Streib  wrote it and I still love it the pictures and the message is powerful, Endre

Aug 29, 2017 03:48 PM #7
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni

Excellent and great job of presentation.  Hope you are doing ok with Hurricane Irma. 

Sep 08, 2017 10:54 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too hope all is okay for you in the aftermath of Irma. The photos do tell it all, don't they? Kathy is always worthy of a staging reblog. D 

Sep 20, 2017 09:52 AM #9
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope others will read it too and learn.

Sep 28, 2017 05:10 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Tanya, Kathy did a great job on this post. Thank you for re-blogging it for us!

Oct 03, 2017 05:02 AM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I was wondering how things were Tanya Van Blake-Coleman. Are things progressing on the clean up? We were suppose to stop there on our cruise in November but got re-routed.  

Oct 17, 2017 07:34 AM #12
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Hi Scott Godzyk,

Thank you for asking. The clean-up is slow moving due to  being hampered by continuing hard rains and shipping regulations. The rains continue to damage infrastructure with rock slides and washing out roads.  Electricity is still out in many parts of the three islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix; with limited internet and cell service. 

Shipping laws limit the vessels that can bring essential supplies into the VI, delaying the arrival of some things that are needed. 

Again, thanks for asking. The resolve and strength of the people is unshaken. We will rebuild. 

Oct 18, 2017 02:11 AM #13
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Tanya.  I just came to ask about how things were in the islands, but I see your comment above.  Take care.

Oct 18, 2017 06:05 AM #14
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Tanya, these are all valuable and necessary tips for sellers. thanks for sharing!

Oct 18, 2017 09:44 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Tanya, excellent post to reblog. Kathy does a fantastic job in writing her posts as well as staging homes.

Nov 03, 2017 07:54 PM #16
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Good morning Tanya, This was a great reblog, sellers would get the point as to what was needed to make a great first impression.

Nov 05, 2017 06:13 AM #17
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tanya, great post to reblog, and I too stand outside the house and look at it like I was a buyer, and every step in the home.

Nov 05, 2017 06:41 AM #18
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection


These are tips for sellers that new get old.

Aug 31, 2018 09:13 AM #19
Kathleen Vetrano
RE/MAX Gateway - Falls Church, VA
Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams

Great reminder Tanya on how even the little things can be big things, often unnoticed yet so important.  

Sep 15, 2018 06:41 AM #20
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I know this is a year old reblog but it's still a good one! -Kasey

Oct 03, 2018 10:06 AM #21
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Another great one to re-blog from Kathy! She always has tips that stretch across the US to help home sellers prepare their homes for the market.

Have a great weekend, Tanya!

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