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Landscape your home to sell – 5 Tips to Sell Green

If you saw Landscape Your Home to Sell – 5 Tips to Sell Green on Bankrate.com, you already know that this Crofton real estate agent was one of the “experts” quoted throughout the article.  If you missed it, please allow me to share my 15 minutes of fame.  Just click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

The importance of curb appeal to a home sale and final sale price cannot be underestimated.  If you do nothing else to prepare your home for sale, focus on curb appeal because it could mean the difference between a prospective buyer coming into the property or driving past to look at other homes. Buyers may never know you have a fabulous home interior, if the outside doesn’t say to them, “Honey, Stop the Car.  I want THAT one!”

The advice I give to sellers for preparing their home to sell is exactly the same, whether we’re talking about the interior or exterior: De-Clutter, Clean, Repair, Neutralize, and Stage.  Let me explain how this advice applies to curb appeal with this 1-minute YouTube Video, which features several Crofton homes.

About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Crofton Real Estate Market Update – July 2013

Crofton Real Estate Market Update – July 2013

Crofton Gate Postcard 8.5 x 5The Anne Arundel County real estate market looked good in July, with every indicator trending in the direction we like to see:  home prices, units sold, and the percentage of sold vs. list price all increased, while the days on market were down from the same month in 2012.  These statistics suggest this is a great time to sell your Anne Arundel County home if you’ve been waiting for the market to improve.

Crofton real estate statistics for July did not parallel the county numbers exactly, but they still bode well for Crofton home owners.

Units Sold – 40 homes sold in the 21114 zip code last month, compared to 28 in July 2012.  That’s a 42% increase. In fact, this was the best July for “units sold” since 2007.

Days on Market – Average days on market were down a whopping 44% from 47 last year, to just 26 days in July 2013.  Compare this to 2011, when it took three months to sell.  Would you be surprised to know that 2005 was the last time more homes sold during July in Crofton?

Home Prices – The average and median price of attached homes that sold in July were down, and the number of attached homes that sold (25) outnumbered the more expensive detached homes (15). This may help to explain why the average and median sold prices both dropped overall in Crofton last month from the previous year. This does not suggest that the value of any one townhouse dropped – only that more of the low-end homes sold than the high end.  I don’t think this is any reason for concern, since the median sold price for detached homes actually increased slightly.

Sold vs. List Price – It looks like Crofton real estate agents are doing a good job in advising their clients regarding list price, because homes sold in July 2013 at nearly full price – 99.49% of list price, to be exact. This average includes some homes that sold above full price.

Balance – My crystal ball for indicating the future of Crofton’s real estate market is based on comparing the number of new listings with the number of new pending contracts for Crofton homes during any given period.  In July, we saw 39 new listings compared to 46 new pending contracts.  When the supply of homes goes down, the demand typically goes up – and this usually results in price increases.  That’s good news for home sellers, and bad news for home buyers in Crofton.

For more information about the Crofton real estate market, give me a call.  It might be helpful for you to see what’s happening in your immediate neighborhood, or with homes similar to yours.

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About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Crofton Townhome Just Listed

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Welcome to 1744 Dana Street, Crofton, MD 21114

Three words that come to mind as you step into this spacious home are IMMACULATE, NEUTRAL and OPEN.

Main Level

Oversize windows invite lots of light into this home and neutral carpet covers and protects hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. 

The open concept dining and kitchen area will enhance your enjoyment of any meal, whether you’re entertaining a crowd or preparing dinner for the family. By the way, you can display your best dishware and pottery in the built-in china cabinet in the dining room. PLUS there’s a walk-in pantry in the kitchen.

Upper Level

Three spacious bedrooms with plenty of closet space and two full baths await you upstairs.  Thee windows bring lots of natural light into the master bedroom and you might be surprised at the size of the other two  bedrooms.

Neutral carpet covers and protects hardwood floors on this level, as well, and there’s a spacious linen closet at the top of the steps.

Lover Level

No doubt you’ll spend a lot of time in the finished lower level family room—an ideal place for your media room, play room, or man cave. The landscaped patio is a great place to cook out, hang out, or exercise your green thumb.

And the laundry room features plenty of shelves for storage as well as your laundry appliances. 

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About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Outdoor Home Makeover Ideas for Crofton Homeowners

‘Tis the season for outdoor home makeovers in and around Crofton, Maryland.

Here are some ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. Yes, these projects will likely improve the resale value of your home, but the best part is that you and your family will enjoy these outdoor improvements for the remainder of this summer and probably many summers to come.

YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING PATIO PAVERS

Brick patio paversThere are so many options on the market for patio pavers, it can be hard to choose. So we’ve done the research to help you make the right choice for your home. Read

 

Lanterns hung over a home deck5 DECK MAKEOVER PROJECTS UNDER $300

Want to upgrade your deck but watching your bdget? Here are 5 easy deck makeover ideas, many well under $300. Read

 

Deck Spa Installation Spa Deck Installation TipsINSTALL A SPA ON YOUR DECK

Evaluate the cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining an outdoor spa to decide if it’s a worthwhile addition to your deck. Read

 

Shade sails over a back yard patioPATIO SHADE IDEAS

Not all shady deals are bad.  These patio shade projects are each under $300. Read

 

If you prefer to leave the outdoor projects to contractors, give me a call!  I have a whole list of Crofton area contractors that have done GREAT work for my clients.

Source: houselogic.com
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Reprinted with Permission

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How to prepare your home for MLS photos

You’ve already prepared your home to sell, but do you know how to prepare it for MLS photos? 

11_Dining AreaThe photos of any listing are extremely important to its sale because most of today’s buyers will see the home online first.  Buyers are looking for a house with the potential to become their home… one where they can easily imagine living. We can’t count on them to mentally remove clutter from photos so they can picture themselves and their families using the space. This must be done before the photos are taken. 

Just spend 10 minutes looking at random MLS photos, and it’s not hard to find examples of “what not to do.” 

The camera can only photograph what it sees, so I encourage my clients in the Crofton MD area to follow these suggestions for a photo-ready home.

Click on this link for a complete list of my suggestions
and readers’ comments published on Activerain.com

Preparing your home for sale and photos can be time-consuming, but there’s probably nothing more important to a home sale except pricing.

Three of my last four Crofton area listings sold to buyers who saw the homes online within 24 hours of listing. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the sellers of these homes did nearly everything I asked to make their homes photo-ready for these buyers.

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