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You want to be NO. ONE too! Transform your HOME to a PRODUCT to Sell!

Just like my granddaughter Evelyn May…You can be No. One on the Market if you List today.  The market is crazy…Avoid the rush, increase in interest rates, and more competition with new builds.

 

I will provide Professional Stager and Professional Photographer at my expense and provide my NO. ONE Service to Make you No. ONE!

Emmayanok@emmayanok.com

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“NEVER SETTLE. There is no RUSH.” Mark Cuban

 

YES, the inventory of homes in Central Ohio is extremely low.  Yes, a buyer may be competing with other buyers when they make an offer on a property but NEVER SETTLE.

There will always be another house!   If you settle on location, quality, schools, size, ranch or 2 story…and the list could go on you may live to regret your second or third choice.

In working with DOWNSIZERS…I am working for one this week…I have to remind them if you want a ranch, why buy a 2 story with a master on the first floor?  Why heat and cool the second floor when you don’t plan to use the space?  Will you want or need to move again in a few years?  Do you want to go up or down stairs to a utility room?

LOCATION…When working for young couples who share they are planning on a family…Don’t settle.  Investigate schools and move to a area with a  great school system unless you plan on moving in a few years.  Trying to sell a 3 or 4 bedroom 2 story may prove to be difficult in a low achieving school district.

Don’t hurry, be pushed by a realtor, or settle on probably one of the largest items you will purchase in a lifetime.   You cannot return a property…you have to sell it before you can move on.

 

 

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Big REVEAL…Local Realtor FEELS the Guilt

This is the picture I see in my mind as I am instructing sellers to declutter their home.  As they share the significance and memory attached to each item (maybe with a tear) , I say “This must be stored or here is a list of places to get rid of stuff!”  I keep seeing this  picture in my head, as I feel the GUILT!  I do share items from my COLLECTION when my stager feels they need a certain extra touch in a room to help save my client $$$ but and you know the rest of the story.  The storage area of our basement is becoming my no cash and carry for enthusiastic friends and relatives.

 

I still have my daughters elementary school papers, art masterpieces, and the list could go on….And just like most adult children, they don’t want any of these precious items filed away for safe keeping.  This year when starting the job of putting away holiday decorations, I threw away the following with tears….A Pretzel wreath, made by Andi at Central College Preschool, a handmade holiday plate designed by Emily at Robert Frost Elementary.  I am somewhat selective, as some childhood items are being used by our grandchildren when they come to OHIO…hoping they want to take them home.

Many sellers want to spend $$$ making improvements they have always wanted to increase the value of their property.  My advice why now, when you are moving on.

CLEAN and DECLUTTERED  is where you begin…and then hire an energetic, honest, caring, experienced Realtor that would be somewhat like ME.

Check out my tips on YOUTUBE!  More on YOUTUBE…NO COST.  Enjoy.

 

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Naughty or Nice List? Home Selling during the Holidays

A well staged, uncluttered property in a good location at a fair price will sell any time of the year.  How long will it take?  Maybe a little longer than June and July when families are shopping for schools.

Thoughts to Ponder…during the Holiday Home Buying Season:

  • Buyers that are out now are more serious…most families have a busy schedule
  • Buyers may wait until families are together on vacation to start looking
  • There are fewer homes for sale…..less competition
  • Some home show better in the winter
  • Today’s buyers never stop looking online
  • Many people relocate for that new job at the beginning of the year

I have  been working for a buyer soon to be a BUCKEYE!  We have been “shopping together” online.  I personally preview possibilities and then we put the property on the Nice List or the  Naughty List.  When her family comes to Columbus Town in early December,  you know which list we will use.

If you decide to wait for after the Holidays…don’t wait too long!  Competition increases each day of the NEW YEAR.

Happy Thanksgiving to All?  Thankful for so many gifts in my life.

mom at 94

Celebrating Thanksgiving with my mother of 94 and a healthy baby granddaughter are only two of many gifts this year.

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Pickins are Slim…Central Ohio Real Estate

Don’t get SCARED!  There is still a perfect property for you.

Start your Search Today!  I can set you up on an automated search from the Columbus Multiple Listing Service which is up to date with correct information!

We can take a look…

Call in a Home Inspector…

No reason you can’t be this happy too!

Customize for your family and Celebrate!

Unpaid photo credits…thank you Andi Linely, photographer, Eli and Evie for modeling.

 

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Could Have Been EVEN a BIGGER Change at the Yanok House this Christmas!

As most of our friends and family know, we ALWAYS have a real Christmas Tree in our house during the holidays.  George has promised the girls if they come home for Christmas, we will always have a real Christmas Tree.  We have called on friends for many years to get this monster in the house…high school friends, neighbors, and good friends, Bill Irwin, are on call for the delivery.  When the girls were still home, they would help select the tree.  The bigger the better!  Watching George get in the holiday spirit??? while he struggled with the tree, was always  their favorite part of the process.

Because of allergies and sniffles, the day of going to MR. TREE and bringing home our tree is over.

This year George and I traveled to COSTCO to purchase, reluctantly a beautiful artificial tree with LIGHTS already on the tree…they even turn to color for Eli and Evie.  Knowing we needed to get a large tree, we purchased the tallest tree they had.  The box didn’t even fit in our car as a complete stranger overheard us talking about living in Westerville and offered to follow us home in his truck.  What relief we felt!  The tree is pretty, lights already on, it will pay for itself in 2 years as Mr. Tree is getting very pricey, carpet will not have water stains, no watering the tree, the family should be well and the list went on. 

Time passes and we get a call from COSTCO.

The Box the Good Samaritan Helped us Bring Home!

The Second Box that we forgot?????

Thank you to COSTCO for calling…

We can only imagine the family’s reaction if we were missing half of our new tree on December 23?  WAY TOO MUCH Change for the Yanok family.

Speaking of Change…Looking for a new home in 2018?  Get your home on the market now that the holidays are coming.  Less Competition, Only Serious Buyers are Looking During this Busy Season, and Emotion plays a HUGE ROLE in home buying…set the stage with tasteful decorations, no clutter, and help buyers imagine their next Christmas in their new COZY, HOLIDAY HOME.  Let me know if you would like the link to 5 short videos that explain how to list your house with no cost improvements. 

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Big Decision…Update Master Bathroom, Tub or No TUB?

To keep our oversized bathtub??? Eli, our grandson, is the only one that uses this tub when he visits.  And yes we do have another bathtub, but not one with jets to help the ducks swim in a circle.

Decision is made…too late to change my mind now…..First of all we are not renovating our home to list on the market….if you have been following my blog, you will know I advise against such a big expense if you are ready to sell.    George has shared this is our Pine Box House, a new term I learned from a contractor…not PB, Pottery Barn…but until death do us part.  So this renovation is for us to enjoy for a few ..hoping many years.  We designed our home with everything we need on the first floor and  on a lot with an amazing view so downsizing is not our first  choice at this time.

Remember the dark green tile…and yes we did have dark green carpet in bedroom.  Green is my favorite color but enough is enough. I see it in so many properties that were built-in the early 90’s.   Interesting to me is we are replacing the brass fixtures with a brushed brass color.  Gold/brass is back.  I prefer a mix of metals in décor so I am glad to see this return.  Wait long enough and all comes back…platform shoes, minis, and the list could go on.

Hoping to keep more info. on my  blog as the project goes on…and hoping not on and on and on.

Just sold another property in less than 36 hours. Sellers completed all the advice in my  NO COST TIPS for Getting YOUR Home READY to LIST!

Beautiful 2 story, on cul-de-sac, with large lot, in Westerville will soon be coming to market.   (43081, Spring Grove area)

 

 

 

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