Real Estate Story

Selling Your House Infographic Header

So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious. Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

(more…)

Selling Your House Infographic Header

So you’re thinking of selling? Now’s certainly a great time, and with buyers snapping up houses fast and furious, and sales prices up 12 percent in January! Think you don’t have to do much before you list, right?

Wrong. If you want top dollar for your house or condo, you need to create a love affair between your home and prospective buyers. Buyers may be eager, but they’ve still got options and you want to entice them.

We’ve talked to some of the very best Realtors in town to find out how they tell clients to prepare their listing, and created a handy infographic for you, too. So check out their home selling tips below!

 

1. CREATE CLASSIC CURB APPEAL

Dave Perry-Miller, owner of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, says curb appeal is like a first date.

“Would someone go on a first date with a stained shirt?” he asked. “Make your first impression one of excitement and fun anticipation!”

In fact, Perry-Miller says the front door should be the focus of your efforts.

“Start from the front door and move out from that. The further a buyer gets from the front door, the less impact,” he said. “If a buyer doesn’t like how a house looks when they drive up, it’s an uphill battle.”

Christy Berry, Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees.

“Drive-up appeal is crucial and first impressions are everything,” Berry said. “Be sure your landscaping is groomed and there is a pop of color. Remove the wreaths from the doors, too.”

Curb appeal gets buyers in the door, so even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, make sure you get your front looking fresh and clean. Simple things, like power washing the driveway and sidewalk, replacing bulbs in outdoor fixtures, and repainting the front door can make a big impact.

“Have trees trimmed and the lawn manicured and free of weeds, and do landscape improvements, like fresh mulch in beds, seasonal color in beds or pots of flowers,” said Jacqui Bloomquist, Realtor and Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker, Apex. “Add sod in bare spots and keep your lawn watered and maintained at all times.”

For condo sellers, the common area needs the same level of attention.

“If you live in a condo, make sure the corridor to the unit is cleaned and refreshed before showings,” said Kyle Crews, a realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Associates Urban. “My Urban team knows I keep a bottle of diluted Fabuloso that I spray in condo corridors and in vacant units to eliminate odors.”

Jump to read more and see the infographic!

(more…)

Alt

What do we love best about Jacqui Bloomquist? Her great attitude, for sure! Bloomquist, a top-producing agent with Coldwell Banker’s Apex Realtors, always knows how to make lemonade from lemons, something from nothing, and gold from brass.

She’s a lot of fun, too, working hard to make the best deals for her clients while keeping things light. Bloomquist took a few moments out of her busy schedule to chat with us about what motivates her and why she’s consistently ranked at the top of her brokerage.

CandysDirt.com: Where are you from?
Jacqui Bloomquist: Originally from Dayton, Ohio, but have been in Texas for more than 20 years.

CD: How did you get into real estate?
Bloomquist: After my second child turned 2 years old, I decided I wanted to do something ‘part time’ and fun. Real estate is anything but part time, and not always fun, but I love my job and it was the best decision I ever made.

CD: With Coldwell Banker Previews you’ve made your mark as a Realtor that specializes in high-end homes. Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?
Bloomquist: Trying to come up with marketing ideas that are sometimes “outside the box.” I like to stand out, and I want my listings to stand out. I love marketing unique properties and love coming up with ideas on how to market them to the right end buyer. You have to research and know the market … and get a better idea for the type of person that will be buying the home.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?
Bloomquist: I live on Lake Ray Hubbard and split my time between our Rockwall and Dallas offices. I find the water very soothing and relaxing after a stressful day.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?
Bloomquist: Nope. Infiniti FX35. I am pretty practical when it comes to my car. I am not a car person. I just need a car large enough to fit my real estate signs, a few clients and tough enough to handle my creative driving.

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?
Bloomquist: I love Bluffview Estates — the rolling topography, the huge trees, the modern and eclectic homes with substantial architectural influences, and the wonderful access to the Tollway and Love Field. I actually have a new listing on 8519 Swananoah Road that has a grand opening open house on Dec. 7 and 8, noon to 4 p.m. with refreshments and live music, and I would love for everyone to come and see this amazing rustic modern home built by Kettering Ideas.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?
Bloomquist: I just sold a new construction home last year for a builder client of mine for $2.4 million, and had both sides. Found the buyer from open house marketing, which I had over 300 people attend in a two-day event, and had it pending with in 8 days after it hit the MLS. We were really pushing the market on that one, price point-wise, as we were still in the so called “down” market on the upper-end homes.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?
Bloomquist: They are all memorable in one way or another, but the most challenging was about 12 years ago, and was a small run-down home on 12 overgrown and unmaintained acres in Rockwall, all of which was in a flood plain and tucked back in the woods on a creek, that had been on the market previously for 3 years with no contracts. I advertised it very unconventionally (with the seller’s permission of course), and with a lot of humor. It went something like this:  “This home is a true diamond in the rough, and will need major TLC, a lot of vision … and even MORE money! So bring your boots and bug spray and see if you can find it in the weeds and trees.” I had three offers in a matter of days and sold it for over full price.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?
Bloomquist: Right now I am selling some properties before they even hit MLS. Two properties this year I ran into a neighbor or someone driving by while I was putting the sign out and had them under contract within hours.

CD: How much did you sell last year?
Bloomquist: I ranked No. 1 Individual Agent Company-wide, out of 11 offices and nearly 500 agents.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…
Bloomquist: … have my own Cooking Show!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?
Bloomquist: Don’t have a second home yet, but actively looking! I would love to have a small place in Colorado as I have family there, or the Hill Country! I love the scenery and the spring fed rivers and the wineries.