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If you're selling your home, it's important that you ace the appraisal. Here's how to prep right.

If you're poised to list your home among Beavercreek homes for sale or Centerville homes for sale, your real estate agent has probably given you the lowdown on appraisals. Just to reprise what you probably were told: 1. If you really need to know how much your home is worth, you may have to order your own appraisal; and 2. A potential buyer may need to order an appraisal on your home to see if it's worth what you're asking for it. They can then seek a loan for the amount that you're asking if the appraisal figure agrees with it.

Regardless of whether this is your appraisal or your potential buyer's, you will need to get ready and put your best foot forward. What kinds of things will be looked at for an appraisal? This isn't exactly a staging, but it has aspects of that process. For now, the appraisal prep step is more like a general sprucing up. So let's roll up our sleeves and get busy.

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Dining Room Staging - Home Sellers - Wright-Patt Realty

The formal dining room might have been a must-have in the not-so-distant past, but it's rapidly losing its meaning in today's households. Maybe you never (or nearly never) use your dining room because you have a casual dining space in your kitchen or living room, yet you have the bones of a house with space devoted to a formal dining room. Don't be afraid to break with tradition and set that square footage to work for you. Here are our REALTORS® favorite ideas of what to do with your underutilized or empty dining room.

  • Try a Home Office
    Why work at the dining table when you can claim your unused dining room as your office. Whether your work from home, need a place to manage finances, or just need a quiet place for the weekend, this is a great spot to set up a desk and shelving, display the family activities calendar, and create storage for office files and mail. Most dining rooms don't have doors, but if you don't mind the idea, you can create a really nice open office or study.

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Multiple Offers - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

You've successfully added your home to the list of Beavercreek homes for sale, and suddenly you're receiving an influx of offers. Multiple offers are every home seller's dream. They usually lead to bidding wars and a higher sales price. But with all the uncertainties that come with being pulled in opposite directions by different compelling offers, it's common for sellers to make the mistake of overplaying their hand. With multiple offers on your home, you'll be in a negotiation position and you need to play your cards well.  Here are a few tips on how to make the right decision when there are multiple offers on your home.

  • Start With Price But Look Beyond That
    You're probably hoping to make as much money as possible, so it makes sense to get excited about a nice, big, high-priced offer. The chances of selling your home over your asking price increase when you're involved with a bidding war on your home. But that doesn't mean you should automatically go for the highest offer. Real estate offers involve more than just the dollar amount being offered. Review the terms of the entire contract and consider how much cash the buyer is going to include in the offer.

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Highlight Square Footage - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

With everyone spending more time at home due to the pandemic, potential buyers are now looking for increased square footage in homes. They tend to look for more living space and outdoor features and favor these attributes over granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and other amenities that don't affect the amount of living space.

Our REALTORS ® explain why homebuyers want more square footage when they're looking for Beavercreek homes for sale and how sellers can make the most of available space to appeal to buyers.

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Listing Timing - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

At Wright-Patt Realty, our REALTORS® are working hard to help sellers make the most of today's unique real estate opportunities. Buyers are eager to see more Beavercreek homes for sale, but many sellers haven't jumped back into the action just yet.

Good news: If you've been thinking about selling your home, now's the best time to go for it.

In March, buyers and sellers alike were worried that COVID-19 would lead to a bumpy housing market. Luckily, those predictions have been avoided. The housing market is strong and there are plenty of great reasons why you should take action without delay. Let's take a closer look at six of the biggest ones.

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Easier Kitchen Renovation - Wright-Patt Realty

It's no secret that buyers love an amazing kitchen makeover. This room really leaves an impression on buyers and updated kitchens are a feature they look for in Beavercreek homes for sale.

A full kitchen renovation can be a big, expensive job, so it's no surprise homeowners look for alternatives that can still deliver that wow factor. These tips can help get the look you want for your kitchen without all the headaches of a full tear-out and remodel.

  • Update the backsplash
    The backsplash is a focal point of your kitchen and a good place to spend your money since it can drastically change the look of the room. It's a popular project and a place buyers would expect to see an update. If you don't want a full redo, consider painting over or stenciling existing tile or going with a peel and stick option which would be less work than cutting and grouting traditional tile. Any way you do it, it's still cheaper than bigger projects like cabinets and countertops.

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Online Listing Importance - Wright-Patt Realty

Online listings have been a crucial element of the real estate marketing mix for years and have taken on even more importance during this most unusual spring selling season. While COVID-19 precautions have many shoppers under shelter-in-place orders, that certainly hasn't stopped buyers from wanting to shop for homes or sellers from wanting to find the right buyer. As our REALTORS® can tell you first-hand, the sales process has simply moved more online, with online listings and virtual tours taking center stage. For sellers, understanding why online listings are so important is one of the keys to getting your home sold.

  • Most Buyers Start Their Home Search Online
    While they've taken on added importance recently, online listings have long been a huge key to successfully selling a home. Most buyers start their search for a home with extensive online research, learning about communities, scouting neighborhoods, and most importantly searching for online listings. Buyers tend to be very engaged in the process, looking at listings at home or on their phone whenever they get a free moment. An online listing gives a buyer the opportunity to fall in love with a home, whether they live across the street or across the country.

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Boost Curb Appeal - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

First impressions matter. Isn't that why you dress well for interviews and meetings? When you're getting ready to put your home on the market, it's important to make it as visually appealing as possible. Improving your home's facade not only makes your house easier to sell but it also influences the impression people have of you. With a weekend wide-open, you can add impressive appeal to your home's exterior and have it turning heads for the right reasons without breaking the bank. Here are five weekend projects that will make your house stand out among Beavercreek homes for sale.

  • Give Your Front Door a Facelift
    A vibrant front door can add some brightness and revive your house. It makes your home eye-catching and memorable to buyers looking at multiple properties. To transform your entry, apply a fresh coat of paint color that complements the exterior, like a pop of red or yellow for a gray or blue house.

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Decorating Tips - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Pantone is a global authority on color, helping to standardize the use of color in fashion, digital, print, and package design. Each year, Pantone selects a color that represents prevailing design trends and announces its choice as Pantone Color of the Year. The color for the year 2020 is Classic Blue, shade just shy of royal blue. It balances boldness and stability for a shade that is timeless in its power. While being on-trend can be risky for home sellers, our REALTORS®  recommend judicious use of home decor trends. Using Classic Blue in your home can make your house stand out among the Beavercreek homes for sale

  • The Lowdown on Blue
    Social scientists have studied the psychological effect of color on mood and well-being for decades, and blue has consistently been connected with relaxation and calm. Researchers at Cyprus International University have found a connection between the color blue and increased intellectual activity. Blue also has cultural connotations of luxury and status. A touch of Classic Blue can inspire buyers to view your house as an oasis of calm or a personal palace.

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Sell a Home - Closet Organization - Wright-Patt Realty

If you're selling your home in Beavercreek, accept the fact that the space is no longer your own. Potential buyers will be examining every nook and cranny, including closets. Will they like what they see?

According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, storage space is one of the top features buyers consider in making a decision to purchase. Stand out above other Beavercreek homes for sale with these helpful organization tips.

  • Do Some Ruthless Decluttering
    It's time to let go of all those things you've been holding on to "just in case." Organizing experts recommend a goal of reducing stored belongings by half. Anything that doesn't make the cut can be donated or sold for cash to boost your moving fund.

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