I'm trying something new; while I'm not the first in Charlottesville to try marketing a house via Matterport, I'm one of the first. Sometimes cutting edge is better than bleeding edge. Thoughts on this Matterport walkthrough welcomed. The house is not quite ready for the market*, but will be soon. I'm not sold on the "dollhouse" view, but the walkthrough of the house definitely shows the layout. I thought the Matterport would be useful for this particular house as the layout is quite diverse. I like how you can see out the windows as … [Read more...] about Trying out a Matterport in Charlottesville
Simple things excite me. Yes, this is a house I have for sale in the City of Charlottesville. In the Greenbrier Elementary School district. But this post is only tangentially about that house (which I'd love for someone to buy this weekend). This post is about a vacant house. Vacant houses sometimes exude sadness, or tiredness. Furnished houses just look better online. The internets can be cool. Upload a few pictures, choose furniture packages, click and pay ... and wait a day. Curious to hear your thoughts on this "virtually staged" … [Read more...] about Virtual Home Staging is Cool
This is why I advise my clients to take pictures of their houses in the fall.A photo posted by Jim Duncan (@jimduncan) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT I've said for years that if you're in the Charlottesville area and are thinking about selling your home in the Spring, you should be having pictures taken of your home Now. If you decide in the dead of winter and want exterior photos taken those pictures will be of a desolate landscape - and that doesn't look so great to potential buyers. Also, if you're thinking about selling, now is … [Read more...] about Charlottesville Sellers – Take Pictures Now
If the â€œopen rateâ€ for my monthly note is only 2% yet it generates this kind of response, I'll be happy. I'll lead with â€œthank youâ€ to the reader who took a great deal of time to email me this response, and for the three stories her response has generated. Part 1 of 3 â€¦ This month I asked what you (consumers) would change about the real estate process. A reader responded - (bolding mine) I wish house listings included a floor plan, even if it were a rough, not-to-scale, sketch. We'd be able to understand better if a house would or … [Read more...] about Photos and Floorplans – A Buyer’s Response to my Monthly Note
Should I try to sell now or wait until spring? Therein lies the question as we enter the autumn and winter seasons in Charlottesville. This is the time of year when sellers planning to put their homes on the market in the spring start the process of getting their homes ready for the spring market. Jonathan Miller pointed out a great article in a New York publication that neatly aggregates some very good responses to this question - "should I sell now or wait?" - all of which are summarized essentially by my default answer of "It … [Read more...] about Sell Now or Wait Until Spring?
Take some lessons from my client. Seriously. I'm going to be writing (in a few weeks) a longer post about the process, but for now â€¦ spend some time reading her posts. … [Read more...] about Want to Sell your House? Here are some Tips
After counting 12 of these in a vacant house I was showing last weekend, I thought re-visiting an old topic was timely. If you're selling your house, don't do this. Here are five reasons to avoid using air fresheners. - Smelly things - plug-ins, air fresheners, etc are not good when you're trying to sell your home. - They don't smell good. - They make buyers question what you're hiding. - They detract from our ability to focus on the house because the smell is so overwhelming. - They're bad (from a "I'm trying to have my house present as … [Read more...] about Sellers – Don’t Have Stinky Houses, Take 2