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Have a Staging Party

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on May 27, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Staging
Everyone works hard to get the house ready to have a party and they work hard to get the house looking its very best. What guest is more important than your potential future buyer? It is very hard to look at your home through the eyes of others – one unique method is to have a “staging” party. Why not invite a group of the friends that you know will be honest to have drinks and nibbles and experience your home at its very best. Ask them to fill out anonymous postcards telling you the top positive... read more
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Smoking and Selling your home

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on April 23, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
A recent experience listing a home occupied by a smoker underlined the difficulty in selling a home occupied by an active smoker. More than half of the feedback sent by showing agents included some variation of the line: “Buyers put off by smell of cigarette smoke”. The property had to be reduced from the original listing price and I am convinced the smell of cigarettes was largely responsible. According to realtor.com® Smoking in a home can reduce that property’s resale value by up to 29 per... read more
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What is a Home Inpection?

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on April 02, 2019 in  Bucks County PA  Real Estate Advice
What is a Home Inspection? In the process of closing a home sale, the buyer typically hires a home inspector to come to the house and perform a visual observation. In accordance with the state’s standards, the home inspector identifies health, safety, or major mechanical issues. When Does a Home Inspection Happen During a Home Sale? In a home sale, there are two types of home inspections: a buyer’s inspection and a seller’s inspection (or a pre-listing inspection). A buyer’s inspection occur... read more
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Wash Your Danged Windows

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on March 20, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Every year you promise yourself that this will be the year I wash all the windows in the house. And yet you still have dirty windows. Dirty you say - but I can still see through them! Take a paper towel and sprinkle a little vinegar on it. Or the glass cleaner under the sink that you bought three years ago and only use on the bathroom mirrors. I guarantee you will be amazed at the black that comes off of the windows that you can see through. Having trouble growing plants? Wash your windows. Feeling the pinch ... read more
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Bare is Better Than Awful

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on February 22, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Be honest: Are you the proud owner of a velvet painting or dogs playing poker? Perhaps a “Paint by Numbers” that you completed in middle school that looks perfect in your hall bathroom? An Ikea frame that still hold the poster art it came with hanging in your dining room? If you are thinking of putting your home on the market it’s time to let that bad art go. I was with some folks recently who were shopping for homes. One home in particular had large art hanging on the walls. The only comments by... read more
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