Thanks for visiting Saltwater Homes, where you'll find real estate of all prices and sizes, waterfront and beachfront properties, view homes, golf course and gated communities. Here you can search and save cities such as Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Tacoma, University Place, Olalla and the entire South Sound region including Seattle! It’s no surprise that at least 90% of all home sellers and buyers research properties online before making a call to a local top REALTOR®. While online research brings transparency in pricing, provides real estate statistics and a ton of ideas, it can be information overload and often times has been proven to be misleading.
One frequent question I get is, “will staging really make a difference?" To that I answer,"yes it does make a difference but just how much and if at all can only be answered on a case by case visit". It's best to know this early on before spending unnecessary time, money and energy. A great presentation might not be all about staging, rather it might just be the right color of paint or rearranging furniture slightly for the best photos and get a buyer to move through your home with a purpose. Lately we've all seen that there are more than 50 shades of gray out there and use of the wrong one can make photos and people look sick! "Thanks" or "no thanks" to HGTV I think home buyers expect "great" when they shop and home sellers feel the pressure to provide it all before listing which can be daunting! With sound advice and just saying "no" to that channel for a while, I love making this phase of the home selling process the easiest it can be. At the closing of a sale the buyer will want to make "your" home "theirs" anyway and in the end they will want their own shade of gray! (see more by scrolling down...)
(continuted from above) Twenty years ago buyers had to visit homes in person and an over priced listing might have been the only thing that kept them from seeing it. Over the past few years house hunters have been narrowing their search online and typically visit fewer homes potentially missing what they might actually like with a visit. With the 2020 pandemic this is even more so the case. 360 degree walk through tours and excellent photography that really tell the story of each home becomes crucial. My job then in representing sellers is initially one of an “advisor” for home preparation, to a “curator” of information. When the offer is written, a “negotiator” and finally a “project manager” to a successful closing. In represent ing both buyers and sellers it's current knowledge of the always changing local market and sometimes encouraging a buyer to see a home they may not have considered. Combined activities, it's a "left brained", "right brained" thing where I offer something truly unique and where I think design meets real estate.