“LITTLE” HOUSEHOLD PROBLEMS CAN EVENTUALLY COST A LOT

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Sometimes a $1,000 disaster can be prevented with a $4 hose. That’s the finding of many homeowners who end up paying a lot for repairs that could have been prevented with just an ounce of inexpensive prevention.

One of the best places to check first is any place in your home that can be damaged by water. A survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors found that 40% of home maintenance problems are related to water. Water seeping into the basement or crawlspace, leaks from neglected washer and dishwasher hoses, and leaking pipes can leave you wet and poor.

Pay attention to the following items in your home regularly:

Water Threats
• Check for leaks from appliance hoses (washer and dishwasher), connections to the hot water heater and humidifier, outside spigots, exposed plumbing. Tighten all connections.

• After a heavy rain, check for water in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Make repairs as soon as the area is dry.

• Backed-up gutters can cause water to seep back up into the attic. The solution is simple, though: regularly remove leaves and debris from the gutter system.

Electrical System
• Check the circuit breakers about every six months.

• Check switches when lights seem to blink when the switch is touched.

• Keep wall-socket plates secure and replace broken ones.

A/C and Heating System
• Check these systems at least once a year; have them cleaned and serviced. You could save thousands in repair/replacement bills later, and improve operating efficiency thereby lowering monthly costs.

• If you have a fireplace, make sure it is professionally inspected and cleaned annually. Wood-burning fireplaces can cause creosote to build up in their chimneys–a dangerous fire hazard.

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BUY OR WAIT? Check The Answer That’s Right For You | Wilmington NC real estate

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There’s no right or wrong answer when you ask: “Is it the right time to buy a home?” For some, it’s a great time to buy—while for others, the answer is not as clear cut. There are lots of check marks that make buying favorable, but some unknowns as well. We’re here to help you sort out the right answer for you.

Today’s real estate market is affordable for many. Interest rates are still near historic lows, which means your money buys more home than it will when rates rise. With stable employment, a decent down payment and a good credit history, you’re likely to qualify for a mortgage.

The selection of homes available locally is improving because the overall economy has encouraged more owners to sell. Because of this, your odds of finding the right home for you are higher today. Also, homebuyers now have many financing options because lenders offer a variety of loan programs that allow buyers to choose their mortgage term and interest rate to ensure the loan is affordable today—and tomorrow.

Should you buy a home today?
There are many reasons why it might be a good time for you, personally, to buy real estate today. How many reasons can you check off?

☑ I need a tax break.
Paying mortgage interest and real estate taxes may provide you with a sizable deduction on your income taxes. Consult a financial professional to review your tax return and see the impact owning a home (or a larger home) could have on your tax bill.

☑ My household income is likely to grow.
Up for a raise in the not-too-distant future? In line for a promotion? If your career—or your partner’s career—is on an upward trajectory, your growing income will offset any increases in real estate taxes, insurance or interest rate down the road.

☑ I’m ready to put down some roots.
You may feel ready to sink deeper roots in one location and become more vested in our community. If you’re looking to call our area home for five years or more, it may make sense to buy a home or move up to a larger one.

☑ I have been saving for a rainy day.
If you’ve been stashing away money for a down payment for some time, consult a mortgage lender to determine how much home you can comfortably afford to buy (ask us for lender recommendations). Calculate if your savings cushion is enough to cover unexpected maintenance costs or other emergencies after the down payment is paid.

☑ I need a home that will grow with my family.
If the home you can afford today has enough bedrooms to accommodate future children, children who are returning home, elderly family members or a work-at-home situation, it may be the right time for you to buy.

☑ I’ll be receiving some money.
If you are receiving a large legal settlement or a family member has presented you or your partner with a sizable monetary gift or inheritance, you might be able to buy that home you’ve only dreamed of before now.

☑ I follow a budget.
With your finances in order and personal spending in check, you likely have a realistic budget to know how much you can safely spend on housing.

☑ My debt situation is under control.
If you had student loans and they’re nearly paid off, college-age kids that are close to graduation or credit card debt that is near a zero balance, it might be time for you to think about buying a home.

☑ I’m just ready.
If you’re ready to buy a home, it’s time to contact us. We can show you local homes that fit your finances and your family. We can work with you to determine which one meets your needs best. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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BUYING POWER :: Lock-In A Low Mortgage Rate Now To Save More

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Rising interest rates adversely impact a homebuyer’s buying power. Say a buyer can afford a $200,000 home at a 4.5% mortgage interest rate. If the interest rate moves up one percentage point to 5.5%, that same buyer would only be able to afford a home priced at $179,000, meaning a $21,000 or 10.5% reduction in buying power.

To keep your buying power strong, and hedge against a rise in interest rates, lock-in your mortgage rate as soon as you can. The key is making sure your loan is likely to be approved because lenders don’t want to lock loans that are going to be rejected. Find out from your lender exactly what documents are needed to get your loan approved and get those documents collected and submitted quickly. If you’re pre-approved for a loan already, you might be in better shape to lock-in a mortgage rate sooner rather than later.

Time is money. Protect yourself, your financial situation and your buying power with an interest rate with which you can live with for the long term.

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Spring! A Great Time To Move | Best Move Options

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BEST MOVES
More Options Abound For Today’s Homebuyers And Sellers

In this Wilmington NC spring market, making a move may be easier than ever before. Thanks to improvements in the real estate market, employment options, housing choices and personal finances, more people today are moving to where they want to live, not where they have to live.

In fact, moving today is easier than you think. Wilmington NC real estate sellers are finding their priced-right homes selling, allowing them the freedom to relocate down the street, to the other side of town, across the country or around the world. Plenty of buyers are out there right now, taking advantage of our springtime temperatures and increased inventory. Many want to start their new life in a new home by the beginning of summer.

What’s moving today’s buyers? Job situations for many have changed for the better. (As always, employment is a major factor driving home sales.) One reason is that more and more people are working from home, and breadwinners are less tied to living near work. Now they have the flexibility to move to where their family wants to be located, where their favorite activities are based (think sports, outdoor opportunities), and where they have relatives and friends.

Don’t miss out. If it’s time for you to make a move, now is a great time. Keep reading to learn how to make the best move to a location that is the best for you!

What Comes First?

If you’re going to move, get your home ready for sale first. We can assist you with that task, helping you create a to-do list to attend to little things that buyers notice. Plus, nail down must-do bigger items that need attention before your home goes up for sale. Although some sellers don’t care to attend to these items, to get the best price for your home, it’s important to make your home an attractive, move-in-ready property.

BEST MOVE:

Take time to thoroughly go through your home and highlight any issues that a buyer’s inspection may later find. It is wise to remedy any problems before the home goes on the market. Additionally, we can advise you whether a home warranty would help make your home desirable to the greatest number of homebuyers.


BEST MOVE:

Bring in a home stager to make your home as close as possible to looking like a model home. Home stagers do a great job of using what you own to make your home’s spaces look friendly, usable and roomy for potential buyers.


BEST MOVE:

It’s often best to sell your home first, while you look but before you buy in your new location. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it allows you to know exactly how much money you have available to buy your next home. Shop while your home is for sale, and if you find that perfect home, consult with your mortgage lender to see if you can make the move financially before selling your current home. A bridge loan may help get you there.

Where Are You Going?

If you’re still deciding where you’re going to move to once you sell your home, you need to do some research…pronto. To judge places to live, it’s wise to visit multiple times to dig into the area, understand transportation and education options, the employment situation, housing types and costs, and true cost of living.

BEST MOVE:

Even if you’ve lived in a specific location before and want to move back, realize that time changes things. It’s still ideal to visit the area and confirm your move choice.Take time to research and make sure the move is a good fit for you—and your entire family. Yes, you can always move again, but as you know, it does require time and money to pick up again if you find you aren’t happy with your new location.We know our area well. We can advise you about the types of homes available here and their price ranges. We can guide you to local information that provides reliable details on schools, shopping, transportation, entertainment, outdoor space, you name it.

If you are moving out of our area, we can connect you with a top-quality real estate professional in your new location to assist you in not only getting the home you want there, but the information you need to make an informed housing decision.Some online help is always valuable. Check out websites that provide school information, walkability, traffic and crime reports, etc. Many sites provide the information for free, but some require subscriptions to view details. Remember, we can help you with finding specific details on our local area—just ask.

How To Whittle Down?

If you’re making a move to improve your situation, you want to move with only what matters most to you and your family. Before you put your home up for sale, it’s important to start going through your belongings and categorizing what is most important to keep.

Create areas to collect giveaway items (for charities, friends, family, etc.) while you evaluate your belongings.

If you have items of value you want to sell, start early and don’t underestimate the amount of time needed to sell items online, through garage sale(s), auction or classified sites or even through nearby newspaper classifieds. Have a plan in place for items that don’t sell.

Decluttering can uncover a lot of stuff you didn’t know you had, but still want. Box up items that you currently don’t have room for and store them off-site, either at a friend’s or family member’s home or in a rental storage unit.

BEST MOVE:

When boxing up items for off-site storage, be sure to pack them well the first time. When you’re ready to move with them, you won’t have to open and repack everything to safely survive a longer move.


BEST MOVE:

If you are likely to replace large/heavy items, such as appliances, a dining room set, couch or bedroom set, shortly upon arrival at your new residence, you may want to sell or give these items away before you move to cut down on the hassle and expense of moving them. Look for a local charity that helps homeless and disadvantaged families.

 

 

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DESIGN: User-Friendly Designs For Now And Tomorrow

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You don’t have to be elderly or handicapped to appreciate the designs manufacturers are coming up with to make life easier. Think, for instance, how many times you’ve taken advantage of the ramps in sidewalk curbs designed for wheelchairs. They’ve made it easier to ride a bike and push a stroller—and even simply walk across the street. Likewise, we all can enjoy:
    • refrigerators with adjustable-height slide-out shelves to eliminate bending and reaching

  • lettering on controls and instructions large enough to read without squinting or hunting down a pair of glasses
  • non-skid cutting boards
  • contoured knife handles requiring less pressure to cut food
  • playing-card shufflers
  • tabletop book and newspaper holders
  • lamps that turns on and off by touching their base or clapping
  • lever adapters on faucets and doors to make opening and closing easier
  • bent-handled hairbrushes and long-handled bath brushes
  • easy-grip, spring-band scissors that open by themselves after you snip
  • Velcro fasteners on shoes
  • needle threaders
  • large-numbered, lighted key-pads for telephones
  • swivel seats to ease getting in and out of a chair
  • motorized chairs that lift you to your feet.

Some of these things can be found in pharmacies and department stores. For other ideas, browse through specialty catalogs.

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Justice 4 ALL | Free Legal Advice from North Carolina Bar Association Foundation | Wilmington NC real estate

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 The 6th Annual Justice 4 ALL day will be this Friday March 1, 2012 from 7 am – to 7pm. 

North Carolina residents may call in with any legal question they may have and they may be offered referral resources.  The NC Bar lawyers will have the phones manned with volunteers.  There are  7 call centers in NC.  These are the numbers to call for your area of the State.

N.C. residents who reside in the viewing area of the stations are encouraged to call the toll-free numbers and view coverage of the event throughout the day. Personal visits are not permitted, and calls to the call center’s normal phone numbers cannot be transferred. Asheville: (800) 289-0013; Charlotte: (866) 616-4255; Greensboro: (877) 391-6179; Greenville: (888) 616-0614; Raleigh: (800) 424-9725; Wilmington: (888) 442-3428; Spanish-Language Call Center: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., (855) 455-4255.

If you need Real Estate advice, please call us 800-497-7325-3607 or email bakerwayneassociates@ec.rr.com – please visit  www.cbbaker.com

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2013 Wilmington NC real estate Market | Setting the sales price | Inventory is Low

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The Market has been hot and the inventory is low.

Right Sales Price For Seller Is Buyer’s Call

Proper pricing is critical to a timely sale in any market. Yet, some home sellers today still want to set their price in relation to what their neighbors have sold for or are asking now, sometimes ignoring current market conditions and the differences between homes. When pricing a home — especially in today’s housing market — we find it’s helpful for sellers to understand what governs a buyer’s decision to purchase.

Here’s a quick look at how buyers view price:

  • Monthly payments are usually more important to buyers than the sales price.

  • The “out of pocket” cash needed at settlement/closing is a big factor with buyers.

  • All buyers want to cash in on a good deal.

  • Buyers have often shopped the competition and know how your home compares.

  • Buyers recognize value and shy away from overpriced homes.

  • Buyers don’t want to pay for your mistakes (paying too much when you purchased, over-improving the home, poor-quality remodeling jobs, etc.).

  • Buyers have no interest in how much money you need to realize from the sale to make your next move.

  • Buyers who work with a buyer’s agent mean business. They are ready to negotiate and close a deal.

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Your Future Is Now
No matter what your 2013 move may be in real estate, we have you covered. Our professional services can help you sell your home and find a new home to love — or help you with a smart investment purchase. We are your go-to people for all your real estate needs all year long. Feel free to contact us whether you’re just in the information-gathering stage or you’re ready to make your move. We look forward to working with you!
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Local Wilmington NC Real Estate Analysis by Zip Code

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Great news for the Wilmington NC real estate market.  Just released ~

By R.J. Alex, 2013 President, Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors®

When analyzing six major zip codes in our region – 28403, 28405, 28409, 28411, 28412 and 28451 – an average of the zip codes for the fourth quarter of 2012 shows that:

  • Our list to sales price ratio for 4th Quarter is 96.1%, an increase from 94.1% for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 121 days, compared to 158 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $189,000 for 4th Quarter has increased 5.0% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Our average sales price has decreased by 2.8% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Of the 847 sellers in 4th Quarter – 30.4% paid some sort of concession toward the purchase of the house.
  • The average list price of the sold properties is $233,703 and is down 4.8% from 4th Quarter 2011.

The areas of focus in this analysis were:  

  • Selling Price – The price the seller accepts for his or her house.
  • Sellers Concessions – The amount of money a seller of a house contributes toward the buyers purchase.
  • List to Sales Price Ratio – The difference between the list price and the selling price shown as a percentage.
  • Days on Market – The number of days a house remains for sale, from the listing date to the date the property is placed under contract.
  • List Price – The amount of money a home is listed on the market.
  • Median Price – The middle price of all the properties sold in the given time period

4Q 2012 Zip Code Report - CHART

28403 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $193,951 has decreased 9.3% from 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $213,785.
  • 21% of sellers paid a concession, compared to 25% in 4th Quarter 2011. The best of all zip codes.
  • The average list price of $206,816 has decreased 11.0% from 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $232,379.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 161 days, compared to 181 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $162,500 for 4th Quarter has increased 2.5% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Sold homes in the 4th Quarter received 93.7% of the asking price, an increase from 92.0% for 4th Quarter 2011.


28405 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $264,738 has decreased .01% from 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $264,936.
  • 26% of sellers in 4th Quarter paid a concession, compared to 22% for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average list price of $284,578 for 4th Quarter has decreased .09% from 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $287,135.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 130 days, compared to 182 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $150,000 for 4th Quarter has decreased 9.1% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Sold homes in 4th Quarter received 93.03% of the asking price, an increase from 92.2% for 4th Quarter 2011.


28409 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $252,711 has decreased 4.0% from 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $263,235.
  • 35% of sellers in 4th Quarter paid a concession, compared to 33% in 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average list price of $258,589 for 4th Quarter has decreased 8.0% over 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $281,212.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 87 days, compared to 142 days for 4th Quarter 2011. The best of all zip codes.
  • The median sold price of $227,121 for 4th Quarter has decreased 13.0% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Sold homes in 4th Quarter received 97.7% of the asking price, an increase from 93.6% from 4th Quarter 2011.


28411 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $262,073 has increased 3.6% from 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $253,001. The best of all zip codes.
  • 45% of sellers in 4th Quarter paid a concession, compared to 45% in 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average list price of $273,299 for 4th Quarter has increased 1.6% over 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $269,054. The best of all zip codes.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 109 days, compared to 177 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $240,500 for 4th Quarter has increased 20.6% from 4th Quarter 2011. The best of all zip codes.
  • Sold homes in 4th Quarter received 95.8% of the asking price, an increase from 94.03% for 4th Quarter 2011.


28412 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $181,470 has increased 2.0% over 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $177,917.
  • 29% of sellers in 4th Quarter paid a concession, compared to 31% in 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average list price of $188,012 for 4th Quarter has increased 1.2% over 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $185,863.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 115 days, compared to 157 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $165,000 for 4th Quarter has increased 13.0% from 4th Quarter 2011.
  • Sold homes in 4th Quarter received 96.52% of the asking price, an increase from 95.7% for 4th Quarter 2011.


28451 Zip Code

  • The average selling price, of $205,675 has decreased 7.6% from 4th Quarter 2011 average selling price of $222,492.
  • 23% of sellers in 4th Quarter paid a concession, compared to 33% in 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The average list price of $209,787 for 4th Quarter has decreased 8.7% over 4th Quarter 2011 average list price of $229,874.
  • The average number of days a property remained on the market for 4th Quarter was 132 days, compared to 115 days for 4th Quarter 2011.
  • The median sold price of $195,940 for 4th Quarter has increased .01% from 4th Quarter 2011.  
  • Sold homes in 4th Quarter received 98.0% of the asking price, an increase from 96.79% for 4th Quarter 2011. The best of all zip codes.

Summary for Real Estate Consumers
As we continue on our path to recovery, two out of six zip codes reported an increase in the average sales price. We have four zip codes that have the List to Sales Price Ratio above 95% – this is the second quarter that we have had this ratio. A good sign that real estate is recovering is that clients are getting closer to their asking price. All zip codes, except 28451, reported fewer days on the market by an average of 31 days.

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Why Is It Dangerous To Overprice My Home | Wilmington NC real estate

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Why is it dangerous to overprice my home?

Sometimes sellers are tempted to test a higher price at first to see if they’ll be lucky enough to find an uneducated buyer willing to pay. Unfortunately, experience shows this “Why not?” pricing strategy rarely pays off. Instead, asking the right price from the start avoids the many dangers of overpricing.

The right sales price is based on several factors: size of the house and its special features and amenities, recent home sales, demand for homes in your area and prices of similar homes currently on the market.

Although you may have decorated lovingly or renovated extensively, those improvements may have only a small effect on the market value of your home. In fact, personalized decorating can even slow a sale unless the style has wide appeal.

Overpricing Dangers

Here are 8 proven reasons why it’s dangerous to overprice your home:

  • You will miss out on pent-up demand.
    Most activity on a listing comes within the first 30 days. An initial high price can discourage buyers – causing you to miss out on pent-up demand – or tempt them to wait for the price to come down.
  • You will reduce buyer pool.
    Too high a price will eliminate a whole class of qualified buyers. Many buyers know just how high they can go and don’t even look at homes priced above their ceiling.
  • You might turn off buyers.
    You may experience few or no showings because some prospective buyers who can afford the price won’t waste time with an overpriced listing. They know they can get more house for their money elsewhere.
  • You could sell the competition.
    Overpricing helps sell other, more competitively priced homes first. Your home may be compared to underscore what a good deal another home is.
  • You could frustrate prospects.
    Prospective buyers who might stretch their best offer can become frustrated when they can’t buy the home they want at a fair market value – only because an unreasonable seller insists on accepting only a premium price.
  • You will frustrate your own timetable.
    You could become frustrated, too, when your house fails to sell in a reasonable amount of time, leaving your plans in limbo. Only a price reduction is likely to help sell your house faster and meet your “move out” timetable.
  • You will raise doubts about hidden problems.
    If your overpriced house stays on the market for a long time, it may eventually be seen as “stale inventory” which can suggest structural or mechanical shortcomings, even after you lower your price.
  • You will risk lender rejection.
    If you do get a sales contract, the contract may fall through because of a too-low appraisal. The buyer may not be able to borrow enough to proceed with closing.

If you are thinking of selling your house, give us a call or send an e-mail. We’ll be happy to maximize your return by helping you set the right price.

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Last Minute Showing Notice on Your Home? | Don’t Fret – 10 Minute Checklist | Wilmington NC real estate

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Short-Notice Showings In 10 Minutes Or Less

Selling a home while living in it is not easy — if you want it to look its best when potential buyers come around. Still, with a plan in place, you can minimize the panic of short-notice showings. Here’s a checklist to help.

First Things First

• Tone it down! Turn off all electronics to cut down on noise.

• Make it bright! Turn on all lighting to illuminate every room. For daytime showings, open all window coverings.

• Clear the clutter! Stash magazines, newspapers and mail in a basket or box you can easily slip under a bed or tuck quickly in a dresser drawer.

• Stifle the odors! Be sure to remove the source, then open a window or door to let in some fresh air. If needed, place a small bowl of white vinegar or fresh coffee grounds in the area of the unpleasant smell to absorb odors.

• Round up the pets! Keep them safe, get them out of the way and make the buyers comfortable. Secure pets in their crates, outdoors or with you or a neighbor.

• Check floors! Use a hand vacuum or damp cloth to remove debris or spots. (Do a complete sweep-up if you have time.)

• Make it comfortable! Turn down the air conditioner a degree or two to make it cool and inviting inside. Circulate air with fans on low if you don’t have A/C.

Room By Room

• Kitchen: Clean and put away dishes (or hide them in the dishwasher). Wipe counters and fixtures.

• Bathrooms: Wipe counters, fixtures and mirror. Make sure toilets are clean and lids closed. Wipe down tubs and shower walls. Hang fresh towels neatly. Move toiletries under cabinet or into a closet.

• Bedrooms: Make bed (best done first thing every morning, just in case). Put clothes away in drawers, hang them in the closet or hide them in the hamper, washer or dryer.

• Children’s rooms: Gather toys, games and books, and put them back on bookshelves or in baskets and bins.

• Living or family room: Remove clutter; put away books; stash knickknacks and family photos out of sight.

• Entry way: Hang all coats, hats, umbrellas, keys and bags in a closet — not on wall hooks. Hide the shoes. Clear away papers and mail.

These little things will help the house show so much better.  Sometimes it is better to go ahead and show, as to not lose the potential buyer.  When they come back for a 2nd showing you will have more time to make it shine.  For more tips, please visit www.cbbaker.com or call us 910-202-3607

Happy Selling.

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