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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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House Features - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Current events and topics in the news have always influenced home trends and the desires of buyers. Thus, it's no surprise that COVID-19 is a topic that many clients are discussing with our REALTORS®. For sellers eager to sell their homes, highlighting the following features can help the home stand out and shine in the evolving real estate market. 

  • Home Offices are Back in Style
    The home office never really went away, but there was a period where it was more of a luxury than a need. That has changed significantly over the past few months as an increasing number of employers move employees to work remotely. It is expected that this is just the start of an emerging trend and a permanent shift toward a growing number of remote positions. As such, homes that can boast a quiet, comfortable, dedicated home office are top choices for buyers.

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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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Real Estate Agent Help - Wright-Patt Realty

Your realtor is more than a simple salesperson. Real estate agents can act as your concierge across the entire home selling and buying processes. Don't cause unneeded stress by trying to navigate all the small details of buying or selling a home alone. Instead, let our REALTORS® help guide you through the complex and rewarding home purchase or sale process.

Discover how your real estate agent can come to the rescue.

  • Selling - Staging Experts
    When selling a home, you want an open palette, not an empty one. When competing against other Beavercreek homes for saleyou don't want to bunch of empty rooms in your pictures. For example, it's not easy to tell two bedrooms apart without beds or decor. Your agent can help you with smart and strategic staging advice, showing you not just where to arrange items but also where to source needed additions at a great value. 

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Holiday Home Sale - Wright-Patt Realty

Does conventional wisdom about slow home sales during the winter holidays make you fearful of putting your house on the market? Over the 12-month period from September 2018 through August 2019, 20 percent of home sale closings occurred between December and February.

What the winter buyer pool lacks in quantity, it makes up for in motivation. Make the holidays merry and bright with these helpful tips for marketing Beavercreek homes for sale.

  1. Post Video Tours and High-Quality Photos
    When temperatures are low, people are less likely to spend a weekend touring homes and more likely to turn to online listings. An enticing video tour and beautiful photos designed to highlight your home's best features will create a desire to see it in person. It's generally worth the investment to hire a professional. If possible, use exterior photos taken in spring or summer.

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Millennial Buyers - Selling a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

If you're thinking about selling your home soon, you'll definitely want to keep the millennial homebuyer in mind. Although this generation wasn't a major player in the real estate market in past years, research shows that there's been an uptick in millennials buying their first homes. 

Our REALTORS® have recently helped many millennials find the perfect Beavercreek homes for sale. What we've noticed is that the features that are important to these homebuyers are different than what other generations were looking for. Before you make any changes or upgrades to your home, take a look at these five desirable features, and three you really should skip. 

  1. A Nice-Sized Yard
    If you're thinking about a home addition that creeps into yard space, you might want to reconsider. Surprisingly enough, the number one feature millennials want in a home is a nice-sized yard. Having enough room to add a garden and plenty of space for future kids to play were some of the reasons cited in research surveys. Millennials in general value the lifestyle that having outdoor space affords them. They also realize that you can always update the interior of a home, but you're stuck with your yard for life.

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Bridge Loans - Wright-Patt Realty

Buying a new home when you own another one with a mortgage can be a complicated situation. Most lenders won't qualify you for a new loan until you have sold your current home. Unless you're comfortable with moving into a temporary living situation, you'll need a bridge loan. Our REALTORS® are happy to explain what bridge loans are, how they work, and why they're an attractive option for homeowners who are in fixed situations.

What is a Bridge Loan?

It's all in the name. A bridge loan is a type of financing that is meant to bridge the gap between closing on a new home and selling an existing home. Also called "gap financing" or a "wrap," bridge loans enable individuals to address current needs before securing a mortgage or long-term loan. Bridge loans are usually short-term and can be arranged with little documentation. If you urgently need to buy a new home but are still saddled with your current one, you can facilitate the purchase with a bridge loan. In this case, your existing property becomes the collateral for the loan.

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Disclosure Must for Homesellers - Wright-Patt Realty

When you're selling your home, you're probably overwhelmed with just how much work goes into it between listing and closing. However, one area that our REALTORS® insist that you shouldn't neglect is your seller disclosure form. There are few things that can scuttle a sale quicker than a missing or inaccurate disclosure form, and failure to disclose everything required by law can come back to haunt you even if you complete the sale.

The Importance Of Full Disclosure

When adding your property to the inventory of Beavercreek homes for sale, you should take the first available opportunity to prepare your disclosure form. Virtually every home has something that must be disclosed to potential buyers. This not only ensures fair negotiation of the price but also provides transparency on the motivations behind the sale. The form protects not only the interests of the buyer but also the seller. The form will need to be signed by the buyer so they will not have grounds to pursue legal action based on any pre-existing condition of the property that is disclosed.

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Fall Maintenance-Wright-Patt Realty

It isn't only the color of the leaves that changes when fall's chilly fingers spread across the region. If you plan to promote your property as the best of the best among Beavercreek homes for sale this autumn, you'll need to change your maintenance plan to match the season. As the weather cools down and the leaves start to fall, the following are steps that will help your property stand out:

  • Take Summer Photos
    Add summer photos to the listing to show prospective buyers how the landscape looks when grass, flowers, and trees are at their best and brightest.

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Factors Impacting Home Sale - Wright-Patt

Our REALTORS® know today's buyers want a move-in ready home. That means major repairs or updates can be a deal-breaker or cause your home to sell for less than it should. If your home is in need of updates to any of these things, before you sell is the time to do it.

  1. Roof. An aging or failing roof will strike fear in the hearts of buyers. Everyone knows that water damage can cause big headaches and thousands of dollars of damage. It can even mean that there is water damage, mold, or rot that can't be easily seen or detected. Replacing a roof is considered home maintenance so neglecting it can have an effect on how buyers perceive your home.

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Add On or Move On - Wright-Patt Realty

It's not always easy to know when it's time for a change. It could be one single "aha moment," or it could creep up on you over the course of months, or even years. Either way, when the realization hits you that your house no longer suits your needs, our REALTORS® are here to help. 

For many homeowners, the issue is simple, but also not-so-simple: You've outgrown your home. Maybe your kids have gotten too big for their shared bedrooms, or maybe your home office is slowly taking over the whole house. When that time comes, you can either add on or move on. Before you decide to put up your Beavercreek home for sale, it's best to weigh that choice carefully. 

Move or Improve

In many cases, it's sound advice to be as unemotional as possible when making big real estate decisions. But when it comes to deciding whether to move on to a new home or add onto your current one, it's hard to take feelings out of the equation. Sure, there are financial considerations too—we'll get to those in a second—but it's also important to listen to what your gut tells you. 

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Energy Efficiency-Wright-Patt Realty

Beavercreek homes for sale are consistently some of the most sought-after in Ohio. A fast-moving real estate market creates a lot of opportunities for home sellers. Still, sellers must find ways to differentiate their property if they want to get the best price during their sale. Our REALTORS® can help you use real estate trends to your advantage to make more money when you sell. Our knowledge of the area will equip you to stand out from the start.

In Beavercreek and beyond, more buyers are looking for one thing: energy efficiency. The benefits of energy efficiency are especially appealing to first-time homeowners. Many first-time buyers are especially sensitive to the costs of homeownership. They recognize that if they can save a few hundred dollars per year on energy costs, it will boost their budget.

Likewise, more people are taking an interest in reducing their carbon footprint and helping the environment. After all, the natural world is just as important here in Ohio as it is anywhere else! The big question for sellers is this: What's the best way to increase efficiency? Just like any other home renovation, you don't want to break the bank—but you do want to make a difference.

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Paint to Sell-Wright-Patt Realty

When our clients ask us how they should prepare their Beavercreek homes for sale, the first thing we suggest is that they paint their homes. Dollar for dollar, nothing goes further than a fresh coat of paint inside and out. Used well, it will create compelling appeal from the street, and inside, a fresh, clean, and pleasing impression. 

Is Paint Necessary? 

Ask yourself if you have any of these conditions in your home:

  • Nails used on the wall
  • Markings that won't come off
  • Places where the drywall needs patching
  • Dingy appearance
  • Bright and bold accent wall colors
  • People smoke inside
  • A discolored ceiling
  • Peeling or chipped paint anywhere on the exterior
  • Dated color scheme on the exterior

If you do, chances are the house needs painting. 

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Spring Maintenance-Wright-Patt Realty

Spring cleaning rises to an entirely new level when you're preparing to sell your home. You will need to do more than wash the windows, clean the carpets, and sweep out the garage to attract bids from buyers perusing the listings of Beavercreek homes for sale. There's plenty of work to do and there is no time to waste. If you want your home to appeal to buyers, then the following are some things you need to take care of.

Interior Spaces

You'll want to fix any leaky faucets, repair any damaged appliances, and clean the furnace. You should also replace batteries in smoke detectors, inspect/replace fire extinguishers, and repair any damaged or malfunctioning electrical outlets. While some sellers choose to replace old appliances and upgrade dated lighting fixtures before listing, a better option is to leave these on the table as negotiating chips. Doing so allows prospective buyers to choose the appliances and fixtures that match their vision for the home.    

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Home Seller Anxiety - Wright-Patt Realty

For most people, their home is the biggest financial investment they will make in their lifetime, and the process of selling a home can seem daunting. Although many different factors may affect how smoothly a transaction goes, obsessing over the "what ifs" can lead to a lot of stress and sleepless nights.

Our REALTORS® help clients successfully buy and sell Beavercreek homes every day—their support and advice can help you stay composed and guide you through the process every step of the way. Check out these tips for staying calm, cool and collected during the selling process.

  • Get Your Facts from Real Estate Professionals
    When you're ready to put your house on the market, you may find that friends and family have lots of opinions and advice, which is often accompanied by horror stories about selling their homes. Listening to this "advice" can throw you into a spiral of uncertainty and angst. Don't let it. Discuss any questions or concerns you might have with your agent or broker. Doing so will help you understand how to properly value, market and show your home and provide valuable insight into how real estate negotiations and transactions work.

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