Should I Hold or List my Home?

Last week I had two potential Listings let me know they were going to hold off selling.  My scheduled closing for Monday of last week happened on Tuesday due to the COVID Virus that is sweeping the Globe.  What are we doing?  Where are we going?

Truly we live in unprecedented times!  Are you still working inspite of the unrest caused by this global virus?  Many people are working with minor adjustments to their daily routines.  A lady, I met, at Snap Car Buying, Chantilly, Virginia, is still planning to purchase a home within the next 12 months.  Snap Car Buying is a wonderful used car business that stands behind every vehicle they sell with a 7 day return policy!

My business partner and I are still planning on listing a townhouse by the middle of April.  I have a closing taking place this afternoon.  I looked at an investment property last week…. so, even though some are frightened into changing their plans; others are not.  Business goes on.  The stock market took a major fall… but yesterday it was adjusting up again.

Have I scaled back?  Yes, I am choosing to view new listings online rather than walking through them.  I am doing more business online as are all those around me.  I am spending more time at home rather than going into Elevate, Culpeper, Virginia.  An excellent ‘work share’ office space on Davis Street.  Great energy there!  I am cutting back on physically socializing for the next few weeks.

As schools across the state are now closed I am spending more time with our pre-teen child.  I am forced to re-balance work vs home life.  Yesterday, he and I had to run to Culpeper and we were both surprised to see that the pre-school at the Baptist Church was open with many little ones running around the yard.  So, in some regards life continues as normal even as other areas have drastically changed.  Walmart is only open between 8 – 6 pm.  Many restaurants have had too close based on their business model.  I noticed fast food isn’t as effected as sit down restaurants when it comes to operating.  Everywhere has seen a drop in business overall.

That being said… the answer to the initial question is that some people will no longer qualify at the moment for a loan.  Many around the globe are laid-off for the next few weeks as we wait for this virus to pass.  The good news it that… this Virus will pass.  It will fade away and we will all be able to return to the business at hand.

Considering other countries have closed boarders and restricted citizens from travel, should we as Americans not desire to do the same until this virus has time to die out?  Let us not allow it to continue to infect others due to our stubbornness.  Let us be a unified country that chose to cooperate in an effort to kill this virus before it picks up more speed.

Let's Weather this storm
America can withstand any storm as long as we Unite.

Reflecting 2019

It’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close.  Have you reached all your goals?

Wow! When I hear that question I immediately think of business, and career; but those are not the most important goals to me these days.  Every morning my husband and I enjoy praying together and spending a moment in the word.  We pray for each of our seven children.  We pray for extended family, and friends.  We pray for our community and those we know are in poor health, or in need.  We pray for our clients, customers, and tenants.

This has not always been so, but since we began taking these quiet times together each day our relationship has grown.  Our businesses have prospered, and our situation in life in general has improved for the better.

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We enjoy spending time with family and friends.  We enjoy helping each of our children succeed and pursue their dreams.   If you had asked me 5 years ago if my son, Adam would pursue the same line of work as my husband, Charles, I would have doubted that to be so.  But Adam is employed in HVAC construction for Data Centers today.  He earns more than many of his equals with four year degrees.  And he has the opportunity to continue to grow.

We are proud of our College Graduates, and the two soon to be graduating from college.  We just attended the sixth young adults graduation from Nursing School!  How awesome to see her smile because she is ‘Living Her Dream!’

We are blessed with the opportunity to dote on child number seven as he is eight years younger than number 7.  People often ask me if he’s my nephew or grandson.  Hmm, well as I had my first just a few years shy of 30 it would mean he or one of the others started young… thankfully, that is not so.  My nieces daughter is only 6 months younger than daughter #3, but none of our children have children.

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The great thing about having a preteen around when you’re in your 50’s… they keep you young!  They want to go check out fun places like the Fiesta Ware Outlet in PA near his older sister’s home.  Or a trip to the Land of Oz at Beech Mtn, NC.  He doesn’t complain about taking a 4 hour trip to an Aunt’s home in WV to repair her failed heating system.  And he loves to see all that join us at my Sister’s in Ohio for Thanksgiving each year!

The older we get the more we’re able to do that we had on our bucket list.  The more we continue to grow and share with one another and with others.  WE dream about the next decade of our lives and what we hope to accomplish for ourselves and others.  We enjoy dreaming of places we would like to go.

Our lives continue to have ups and downs.  We have been blindsided by college student loans that are not attached to any of our children – and yet we must repay to loosing all our chickens to wild life in the area.  We open our home to others, and to beautiful cats in need of a forever home.

We enjoy learning new games like ‘Llama Drama,’ ‘Cards against Humanity,’ and ‘Jumanji to play with family and friends.  We enjoy home parties where there is no judgement for enjoying a bit of moonshine and a game of ‘corn hole.’   We enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience with others to help them find a home or real estate investments.  Life is the dash between two numbers and Charles and I enjoy living every moment of that dash.  How about you?  http://brokertccooksley.com, realtortccooksley.com

#life, #Culpeper, #Virginia, #Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many times must you hear?

How many times does a Seller need to hear how important it is to CLEAN UP the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE of their house before they understand it effects the value?

Over the last 2 years I have seen thousands of dollars left on the table due to Seller’s choosing not to make the effort too ‘DEEP CLEAN’ the inside of their house or Clean up the Outside of the house!  They always blame the agent because we live in a society that doesn’t not want to be responsible for their own inaction.

As a Realtor, we can ‘ADVISE’ you in the way you should go.  We DO NOT make the decision for you.  Nor do we do all the work for you.  We may help you, or direct you to where to find help.  But, ultimately the work completed is up to you!  Where should you invest your money to get the biggest bang for the buck?  CLEANING INSIDE AND OUT!!

If you have a beautiful home inside, but lots of rundown cars outside, no curb appeal and green algae growing on the side of your house very few people will see inside.  Some will turn away at a door gouged with claw marks, or peeling paint.  Are you creating a scary movie set or are you staging a house for sale?

You may need to drive down the road and come back to your driveway with an impartial look in order to truly answer this question.

You laugh, but I have seen homes listed at the top of the market with clawed up double doors, algae growing on the white vinyl siding, and seedlings in the gutters.  Let’s not mention the junk cars next to the driveway and the pink sofa on the front porch.  People may turn away from this clutter, because they do not want to envision themselves living here.

Your goal as a Seller is to create a vision of beauty to attract a Buyer.  There are two main buyers in today’s market… the Investor, who is going to offer 70% under your list price so they can clean up the house and flip it or rent it fast.

And the second is someone who wants to move-in ready without much work or effort.  This group wants to see the walls painted neutral colors they can live with, and every thing clean and done.  They will pay extra for not having to bring it up to their standards and to have a few newer appliances or a new roof or HVAC system.

So, you need to ask yourself… “am I willing to do what it takes to get Top Dollar for my home?”  Or, “am I content to take less just to get it sold?”

Deep cleaning, doesn’t mean just having a ‘clean home;’  I’ve been in a home that had boxes stacked to the ceiling of the living room.  They were neatly stacked and the walkway to the kitchen was clean and dust free.  But the house was ‘Cluttered!’  I couldn’t see it and it felt dark and claustrophobic!  If you want a ‘decent price’ do a decent job!  Declutter inside and out!

In the photos above one room is empty, but doesn’t show well because the vinyl is old and doesn’t belong in a family room.  In the other the carpet is clean but the shelves and hearth are cluttered.  Less is more when selling a home.  A Staged home sells better than a vacant home… if ‘Staged’ well.

You want a mowed, well kept lawn.  If your front door is scratched… Paint it!  If you can’t paint within the lines – pay someone else to do a great job!  Clean the gutters and siding.  If the roof needs replaced, and you can swing it… do it!  If you have old vehicles in the drive, or off to the side… remove them.  If you have a long drive in need of gravel… get a load of gravel, raked out.

Inside: Clean and tidy goes a long way.  If your Kitchen and Bath are dated, but well done and you have no money to update; Shine the cabinets.  Clean and shine as much as possible.  Pack up or through out anything you can live without.  You want to give a sense of space that has been cared for in every room of the house!  If need be… wipe down walls, remove pictures and priceless possessions from prying eyes.  You can leave a few photos or paintings… but keep it minimal.  Repaint walls that have a lot of scuffs, or are colors wrong for the use of a room.  Neutral color or white is far better than an all black kitchen.  Most people want to have a lot of natural lighting.

Just because HD TV makes it look easy… doesn’t mean that it is.  If you need repairs done it pays to hirer a professional.  They may cost cash up front, however, ask if they’re licensed and guaranty their work in writing.  You want someone to take responsibility for the repairs in the first year after you have sold the house.  If not, the buyer maybe be able to come back after you depending on where you live.  Do you want to take that chance?

 

Reflection

While attending my step-daughters college graduation this past weekend I was struck with how time changes…. I may still feel 30 something, hmm!  So often I hear, “when I was… or when we were…. we….”  Times change, standards change.  Our 20somethings are not as prepared to venture into the world as we were expected to be at 18.  Our generation has worked so hard while our children were young that  we often try to make up for the lack of time that can never be recovered.  We often fall short when it comes to preparing our children or sharing our values, hopes and dreams on a day to day bases.  Life is only the dash between 2 numbers… how do you want your children to remember your dash?  Were you to busy to go for a teddy bear picnic, or and imaginary tea party with poo?  Are they going to remember how much you worked rather than the moments you shared?

I have a 10 year old step-son that wasn’t thrilled with attending a college graduation.  To make it fun we rented space at Great Wolf Lodge and invited all of our children to come and participate.  Not only with the formal Graduation to mark this moment of time for Leslie, but they will all have a memory of family time even though most of them are now young adults venturing out into the world.  As I grow older I often step back and reflect on how to continually connect with others across the generations.  I am grateful for this weekend in which I could see that reflection in action.