A Word to Sellers

Curb Appeal Is Essential

A mowed, trimmed lawn and weeded garden create a good first impression. Inspect the exterior of your property: Shutters, windows, front door and steps. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice and may consider it a major objection to purchase.

Neatness Counts

Scrub each room thoroughly. Give special attention to the entryway, kitchen and bathrooms. Shampoo the carpet if necessary. If carpet is worn or old, consider replacing or removing it if hardwood floors are underneath. And don’t forget cobwebs in corners!

Eliminate Clutter

Buyers will open closets and cupboards, so make sure they’re as tidy as possible. Get rid of items you don’t use. Remove unnecessary furniture to help make each room appear more spacious.

If It’s Broken, Fix It

Easily fixable items such as loose doorknobs, a broken dishwasher, a dripping faucet, and squeaky doors all detract from your property’s value. An afternoon spent making needed repairs now can eliminate a buyer’s objections later.

Small Changes Can Make A Big Impression

New towels can freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Fresh flowers add warmth to any room. And even a fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost much.

Don’t Forget About Aromatherapy

Make sure your home passes the scent test. Right before an open house, bake some cookies or bread, simmer a pot of apple cider & cinnamon on the stove, or light a few scented candles. Strong odors could send potential lookers running out the front door.

Making a Smart Decision to Sell Real Estate: Ventura Homes For Sale

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler April 4, 2011 Investors

When you’ve been investing real estate for a long time you may reach a point when you are ready to sell. Perhaps you’ve had enough of the headaches of being a landlord, maybe you want to pursue other opportunities, or are ready for a lifestyle change. This is not to be confused with desperation to …

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11 Financial Tips for 2011 – Start with Your Home: Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler April 3, 2011 Buyers

Run through this checklist – here are 11 things you need to think about as 2011 gets started.  Some of these things you need to do, some of these things are ok for 2012…

Build an Emergency Fund
Pay off any debts that aren’t increasing your wealth – Credit cards, auto loans, and student loans aren’t increasing …

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JPMorgan Refuses Loan Modifications for Those Who Can Make the Payments: Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler April 3, 2011 Sellers

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — The head of JPMorgan Chase said Wednesday that banks would not consider writing down mortgages for homeowners who can make payments, an idea at the center of talks aimed at fixing the mortgage mess.

“Principal writedown for people who could pay their mortgages? Yeah, that’s off the table,” JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune …

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HAMP is Ineffective: House moved to kill HAMP – Mar. 29, 2011: Ventura Short Sales

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler April 3, 2011 Legal Updates

The program taps the federal bailout that saved the big banks, providing incentives to mortgage servicers to modify mortgages for borrowers behind on their payments.

“To many struggling Americans seeking permanent mortgage relief, HAMP offered little more than false hope. More homeowners have been kicked out of the program than have received permanent relief,” Rep. Darrell …

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Now Could Be The Right Time to Sell Your Home: Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler April 3, 2011 Sellers

It may not seem like the best time to sell your home when the housing market seems so unstable, but people are selling their homes and in some cases very quickly.  Perhaps you need a bigger house to accommodate a growing family or perhaps you are looking to downsize.  Whatever your reason for selling your …

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Are Your Dreams on hold while waiting for the “perfect” time to sell?

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler March 29, 2011 Sellers

Gary and Lisa Schoeffler sold the MOST homes in the  Ventura Beach Lanes in 2010 and the ONLY two homes to close over $1 Million.  The “perfect” time to sell may not line up with what’s right for you and your family.  Don’t risk losing future opportunities by waiting on the sidelines for market conditions …

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Open House Class Taught By Gary Schoeffler, 6/2/10

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler June 4, 2010 Real Estate News - Hot topics

Gary Schoeffler taught an open house class to fellow Prudential Agents Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

One of the items he handed out was, Open House Preparation – Top 12 Tips for The Owner:

Yard neat, lawn mowed, shoveled if necessary.  Walkway, entrance, porch should be clean and uncluttered
Garage tidy
All the rooms should be neat and clean; remove …

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Prudential Achieves Highest Average Sales Price – Again! – Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler November 12, 2009 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Once again, the Prudential Real Estate Network has achieved the industry’s highest average sales price of $344,232. This sales price is based on an analysis of transaction sides and sales volume data of the largest independently owned brokers in the U.S. for franchise networks recording at least 25,000 closed transaction sides in 2008, as reported …

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