Small Cool…

I think my house is too big.
I know I could never imagine thinking this, when I was in my smaller ranch home but, while sweeping the upstairs hall and discovering dust balls in places I haven’t been in weeks, I felt drained.
Not drained from the amount of work I had to do to keep the house in order, but drained in the creativity department.  Is there such a thing as having too much space for “stuff” that it actually stifles our creativity?
I don’t know, but I’m feeling it.  When I was in the ranch home, I remember being bold and daring.  I painted the dining room a deep chocolate-brown, I used baskets for storage and seats.  I recreated shelves and turned nooks into libraries.  In the living room, I painted one wall aqua  and on the other  white with a huge freehand aqua flower.
I hung curtains all over and weekly rearranged furniture to give each room new life.  The bold YELLOW kitchen always felt spicy and my red bathroom fun. I miss the ME, in that home.
Now with a little over 3,000 sq. ft, I feel…afraid!
I’m afraid to make any paint decisions that may stand out and not flow with the “theme” of the home…?? What theme? I still have yet to define my “theme” but don’t’ want to make any moves out of fear of potentially messing whatever it WILL BE, up.  Insanity!
I know and always tell clients, “Painting is the easiest, most affordable way to make a change. If you don’t like it- paint it AGAIN!”
So why am I not following my advice?
Today, I had to revisit a few good websites and books that always inspire and motivate me.  (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com) Apartment Therapy’s “Small Cool” book top’s the list.
I really miss my small cool home viewing this site http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/big-book/ ..now, how to take these ideas and be brave enough to incorporate them on a larger scale?

I Dislike “Appointment Only”

Selling a home in this market is not easy.  The obstacles seem endless, from competing with foreclosure prices,newly renovated homes,better locations and now what seems an unfairly matched battle of obtaining correct appraisals..why would any seller want to add to the challenge?
I’m sure you wouldn’t, but YOU may be adding to this unknowingly.
Currently, we have just about 200 single family listings  “available” in the 30310 zip code.  I present my sellers with as much data as possible to prepare for the challenges we may face when listing, and to understand that this process will not be completed over night, in a week and may even take a few months before we obtain a solid buyer.
Initially this could be fine, but once the home is on the market-anxiety often sets in and “is my home being viewed?’ becomes a constant thought.
As an agent, there are a few punch list items we can do to make sure your home is being viewed, but most importantly- availability is KEY.
It is more of a challenge to sell a home listed as “Shown by Appointment Only” or a home that is occupied by a tenant with an unpredictable or varying work schedule.
Buyers AND agents love the flexibility of being able to show a home anytime- at the buyers request and this could come as soon as they see a listing. Often giving the agent less than 24hrs notice.  While working as a buyers agent, it has been my experience to schedule appointments to show a home, and then to line up readily available homes to show my buyer THAT DAY.  Usually, after we view the ‘available and vacant’ homes, we have an idea of which we would like to make an offer on, leaving us to either cancel our appointment or briefly view out of courtesy but without the intention of moving forward.
I have lost many viewers by not having my homes available “now” to view while an agent was out touring my community with their buyer.  Keep in mind, buyers and agents may not live locally and it isn’t always convenient for them to come back another day to view 1 home.
If you are listing a home, although you may feel a bit uneasy with it, having a Supra (agent computerized) lockbox really is best! There are many
ways to ensure your home(and personal items)are protected. Your home should be available for your listing agent to adequately preform their job.
Also, Surpa boxes are a great way to track viewers! Your agent and print off a list with contact information to agents that have shown your home. It’s a good reporting tool and a great way to measure your homes performance.
Another challenge, which could hinder the sale of a home is listing a home currently occupied with a tenant who has a lot of furniture.
I remember viewing one home and feeling immediately over whelmed, and I do this professionally– I can’t imagine what my poor buyers felt.(Well, I can since we did NOT go back to view nor did we make an offer)
Once we left-neither of us could remember if the home had hardwood floors or carpet.
It is difficult for buyers to feel comfortable going through closets, and even bathrooms of these homes. No matter how neat and clean the tenant may be, it feels very intrusive-as if we’re snooping.  Buyers spend less time in these listings and therefore walk away feeling unsure or not at all familiar with the layout.
In this day, no one wants to lose money- so I do not recommend losing a tenant to list your home, however you must make it very clear to have the home in “show” condition daily, and that a lockbox will be added to the home. You might even want to offer a bonus or incentive for your tenant to motivate them to help the process.
Asking agents to “courtesy call” the tenant prior to showing is reasonable and could make your tenant feel better about the process and lockbox.
These are just a few challenges I’m up against on my listings,and hope this will help you when you make your decision to list!
Nia

1455 Lucile Ave SW Atlanta 30310

I’ve been watching the transformation of this beautiful home for a few weeks. It’s hard to believe this is also a  home I put a bid on- and was disappointed to lose. I KNEW this would be a great deal for anyone looking in-town  near the Beltline, and hoped I would have the opportunity to be apart of making someones dream come true.

From the time you step foot on the stairs to the grand entry, you know you’re in for a treat.  The spacious front porch is ready to be filled with welcoming plants and to fall in line with neighboring homes.  You are greeted by a solid wood door which opens to gleaming hardwoods.  Straight ahead behind a French door is a hall leading to Master suite, secondary bedrooms and baths. To your left is a bright  secondary room- most in our community are using this room as an office space or guest room (when needed)- some, are using this room as a “den”-(not wanting to take any attention away from their fireplace or built-in bookcase in the main livingroom.) Mines is a “catch-all” room…but it did begin as an office. To your right are beautiful picture windows facing both the front of the home and above the built-in bookcase, the side of the home.  A large masonry fireplace stands demanding “center-stage” attention in-between two built-in’s. Imagine and hear the crackle of pine come winter.   A second set of French doors open into a very spacious dining room- large enough to seat 12 or host a number of people for cocktails!  The dining-room continues with gleaming hardwoods, picture moulding, ceiling fan, and built-ins for additional storage.   My favorite is the butlers swing door opening to a Butlers Pantry and Kitchen. Who will send time in the kitchen of such a lovely home??– Well, I would- being that I have THREE kids…and what a kitchen?  Lovely granite counters, ample wood cabinets and walk-in pantry ensures cooking for my rowdy crowd is a breeze..

A spacious laundry/mud room is right off the back deck and kitchen. The deck is the width of the home and is enclosed within a private backyard.  I’m a bit jealous of the neighbors garden-but I’m sure the new owners of 1455 Lucile will NOT be like me, and this home will have a garden to admire too.

Heading back into the house through the kitchen, cutting through the dining room into the hall you can turn right and head back to the “Master suite”.  A great retreat!!  There are two walls of windows to receive great morning sun(this will help you wake up and make the most of your day), TWO closets- one walk-in (must be HERS) 🙂  a little sitting/dressing area and an enormous bathroom (the size of my sons nursery space). The master bath has double vanities and a beautiful claw foot soaking tub! I would never leave my room…. But, when you do- you can head downstairs to the daylight finished basement. The daylight basement has TWO additional rooms, plus a full bath. Make one a guest suite and the other an exercise or media space.  I would certainly make use of an exercise room on concert floors because my treadmill is killing my hardwoods.

This home is worth an in-person tour, see for yourself how this could be the next best move you make!

Tour this amazing 3bed/3.5 bath brick corner Bungalow (with bonus rooms on a basement) in Westview (www.westviewatlanta.com) FMLS# 4226542 list price  $160K