Sell Your OC home – QUICK – Orange County Real Estate tips!

Posted on February 6, 2015. Filed under: First Time Buyer help | Tags: , , |

Orange County Home Staging

Orange County Home Staging & Photography tips from the professionals

Considering selling your Orange County, CA home soon?  You aren’t the only one!  Keep reading for some tips on how you can sell fast and for the most amount of money, before your neighbor does!

I know, I know, who wants to put more money into a house before they sell it??  Nobody.  BUT……who wants to have a house on the market for 6-12 months?  Also nobody.  Having your home on the market basically means you are living in a museum.  No dishes in the sink, no clutter on the counter, no clothes on the floor, bed made every day, leave every time a buyer wants to see it – so much work!  Selling in the first 30-60 days usually nets the highest price, and it helps keep you sane.

A good Realtor is always learning ways to make life easier for both buyers & sellers, so I’m happy to bring today’s Orange County Association of Realtor’s class highlights to you on the blog!  A professional photographer and interior designer sure know about the psychology of staging a listing.  Aubrey Antis, with Aubrey Antis Photography (yes, we use her all the time:) and Kathleen Garito, an experienced interior designer had tons of great tips to share about how to sell quick.  First, some facts.

OC Home Selling & Staging Facts

  • 92% of home buyers cannot look past the clutter of a non-staged home.
  • 38% of buyers are willing to increase an offer when they see a staged home!
  • Buyers are 7X more likely to visit a home that was photographed and staged professionally.
  • Most aggressive buyers are 14-21 days into the listing – don’t wait until day 60 to begin staging.
  • Check with your CPA – it’s probably a write off!
  • Less than 10% of homes on the MLS are using professional photos and staging.  Immediately stand out by incorporating these services.
  • More photos online = less days on the market.  1 photo means at least 70 days.  20+ photos take it down to 32.

Orange County Home StagingTop rooms to stage in your home:

  1. living room
  2. kitchen
  3. master bedroom
  4. dining room
  5. baths / beds

Photography tips and tricks to sell your property quick

  • Photoshop in a pretty sky if you had a gray day
  • Vertical photos don’t fit well in the MLS or do the room justice.
  • Open up patio doors to make the outside more inviting
  • Take down the family photos
  • Wet the driveway
  • Vertical photos don’t fit well in the MLS or do the room justice.
  • Pets are a no in the picture – if buyers are allergic they won’t even come see your property!

Interior Design tips and tricks to get the best price for your property

  • Light is the #1 thing that sells a property. Open up the shades, add some canned lights, get some lamps – but let that light inside!
  • Printed rugs bring the eye down, remove them or put them in storage so buyers focus on the home features
  • Wallpaper = must.go.now
  • Watch for huge sofa’s – they are best in storage if they are closing off the room
  • Printed drapes keep the eye inside the room – do you have a view?  Take them down or go neutral.
  • Do you have ugly neighbors? Put printed drapes up to stop the eye!
  • NO THEMES.  No medieval times, Disney, movie, music…..remember….your hobbies are not your buyer’s hobbies.

If you’d like to sell with less stress then let a good team get to work for you – both Aubrey & Kathleen are included in many or our listings – call to learn more details!  949-338-7408.  OR – they will both be at Homeownership Day at Chapman University on March 28th!  Check out OChomefair.com for more info and to register for the free class :)


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