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DMV, DC, MD, VA, Climbing Real Estate Taxes

headed upA climbing market is great news to homeowners but keep in mind, with growing sales prices comes higher taxes.  Eager buyers and motivated sellers have jump started the market this year in the DMV areas DC, MD, and Northern VA.

Homeowners be prepared and take this as a warning your real estate taxes could be should be going up soon.   Data released Monday from MRIS show that greater inventory and modest prices have driven sales from Jan to April.  Areas like DC have a lack of inventory and is experiencing more bidding wars. With all of this comes more sales, more comps, more appreciation, higher prices, and then higher taxes….

The jump you see will depend on your location and how often taxes are assessed in your area but just note you may receive a notice in the mail..

Do not let it bother or worry you it is usually just a small jump in payment.

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Hampton Roads Home Sellers and FSBOs its time to Declutter and Stage!

You Really Think Buyers Will Use Their Imaginations When They See Your Cluttered, Unstaged House?
If you are ready to sell this Spring or Summer it is time to start thinking about de-cluttering and staging. Since it is time to Spring clean anyway why not start now!. Here is good info for you passed on by THE HAMPTON ROADS REAL ESTATE LADY! If you need help with selling and staging in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, or Suffolk then give me a call!

Via Patricia Kennedy (Evers & Company Realtors):

You really think buyers will use their imaginations when they see your cluttered or unstaged house?

Well, some might. In fact, there are some buyers who actually seek out these diamonds in the rough. They are usually shrewd professionals looking for something to buy cheap, then fix up, stage, then resell for top dollar.

But your buyers who are looking for their Dream House are in a whole other category. While their agents may be able to spot a great home that, with a little elbow grease or great decor could be fabulous, many buyers looking for the place they are going to live and plant rose bushes and have a great life – well, they usually need a little bit of help.

They are looking for something that is staged to sell.

Buyers often select homes the way we select our mates. It’s pheromones. They feel an actual physical attraction to the home they choose. And like people, it’s easier for a house to become the object of one’s affections if it shows well.

This post was actually inspired by a showing I had last week. Some things about the house were terrific. Some were not.

It was most certainly not cluttered. In fact, it was totally empty.

The rooms were large and sun-filled. It had a living room with a pretty fireplace mantel. There was a huge family room addition with cathedral ceilings, a large screened in porch, and a nicely landscaped fenced back yard.

But there were two negatives. The kitchen was re-done in the early 1980’s, when white formica countertops were the rage. And even though it was huge and quite well laid out, my buyer had a hard time imagining what she’d do with it. And the place was completely unstaged, making it hard to appreciate the vast spaces or imagine how to use all the room. It was an overwhelming expanse of beautiful hardwood floors.

Then yesterday we looked at a place inhabited by a seller who was reasonably tidy with pretty nice taste in furnishings. But it looked lived in. It was still very much the seller’s house. It also could have used some emptying out, a coat of fresh paint, and a hardwood floor refinish. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t quite there.

The point is, these buyers just couldn’t get her arms around either place. They didn’t call out to, “BUY!!!! ME!!!!!”

I’ll give them credit. They are making the attempt – something a lot of buyers just don’t do anymore.

And if it’s hard to fall in love with an empty house that is spotless, or a lived-in home that falls short of zen, one that is cluttered with housitosis is even harder to sell – at least to buyers looking for a home to live in.

As I write this, I look around my own house, which I’m planning to put on the market in the near-ish future. And it’s going to take a huge amount of work to get it ready for prime time – so much that I’d be mortified to post the “before” pictures. But it will be worth the effort to live like a compulsive zen minimalist neatnic for a while. When I sell, my home will certainly be staged to sell!

Perhaps I should begin now! Time to empty that kitty litter box!

Buyers are becoming spoiled by all of the great stagers out there!

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

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Norfolk Real Estate Marketing How to Kill three birds with one Stone

Its been so cold for so long that to see some sun shine and a little warmth has kicked me in to early SPRING FEVER! My plan is to kill to birds with one stone!!!

I need to desperately shed the winter weight and I need to farm my real estate neighborhoods. Deliver open house notices, market to my farm communities, deliver postcards, newsletters, and flyers.

My Plan is to start walking my neighborhoods and to hand deliver the stuff I would normally mail. I think the postage savings would make it three birds. And instead of just the water bottle, I would probably have a bag or brief case with my giveaways!!

I will be sure to ditch my heels and boots for a pair of walking shoes!

What is your spring marketing plan?

If you are in Hampton Roads, Southern Virginia Cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Williamsburg, York County. Join the Group, http://activerain.com/groups/hamptonroads

“I can dream alone, build alone and strive alone, but true success always requires the help and support of others. Please send me your referrals.”

Visit my website today, The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!

Deandrea “Dee Dee” Jones djoneshomes@gmail.com

Associate Broker Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach, VA

Certified Real Estate Instructor Millennium School Of Real Estate

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