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10 Easy Ways to Help Your Condo Sell Quickly, For More Money

Remember, sometimes people do judge a book by its cover!

The first impression of your house or condo starts at the front door.

—Between the salt and humidity in the Florida air, doorknobs & deadbolts get pitted quickly. Put your best foot forward by replacing your front door hardware. The cost ranges from $50-$200 and creates the impression of a well-cared-for condo.

–Every day, before you leave the condo, open all window coverings and turn on all lights, especially in hallways and bathrooms.

–Appeal to all of the buyers’ senses with soft music playing in the background and candles or scented plug-ins.

–Make sure access to the backyard, balcony or patio is simple – have a clear path to sliding or French doors, and be sure the glass is sparkling clean. Check that the outdoor space is cleared of clutter and remove any dead plants from the planters.

–Leave interior doors open – it helps the condo look more inviting. Did you know that many model homes don’t even have interior doors for this reason?

–Take the leaves out of tables – this will help dining rooms & kitchens appear large enough for the buyers’ furniture.

–Clear all counters and table tops – dressers, coffee tables, fireplace mantles, top of the refrigerator, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. This makes rooms appear larger with less clutter.

Also, (my pet peeve) remove ALL magnets

from the refrigerator!

–Put pictures away (I know this is tough!) – It is important to de-personalize your home so that buyers will not be distracted, looking at your “things” instead of the condo. No one wants to buy your condo. They want to buy their condo!

–Keep it clean – Put toys away, keep closets neat, beds made, bathrooms sparkling, windows free of smears and prints, window sills clean and dust free, get those cobwebs out, and take out the garbage.

–Paint or touch up paint as needed – Fresh paint makes the condo look cleaner and does not distract the buyer from seeing the good things your condo has to offer. Before you paint, check with me. I always have a list of colors that buyers respond to best, and I have a reliable, reasonable painter that you can use.

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Bill & Jennie Blackburn

Realtor, Home Staging Design Agent

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Jennie Blackburn

When Jennie joined the real estate business with her husband, Bill, in 2007 the market was flooded with short sales. With their business savvy and ability to adapt quickly to current conditions, Blackburn Coastal Realty was able to help more than 35 families through those difficult times. In 2010 the market shifted to non-distressed listings. Jennie shifted with the times and soon caught on to why homes listed by other Realtors weren’t selling and began coming up with innovative ideas to connect sellers with buyers. With home staging, photography and other creative devices, she was able to help her clients sell their homes for more - faster and without a lot of hassle. As a Realtor, Jennie believes in selling homes, not just listing them. It takes an agent with finesse and tenacity nowadays to get the maximum sales price quickly for homeowners. That's where Jennie comes in. She goes into your condo with “buyer’s eyes” looking for what needs to be done to make it irresistible to buyers. In fact, one property Jennie took over as Realtor for was a condo in Pelican Cove. She staged this home so well that it was featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt. The condo sold before the show even had a chance to air! Most Realtors will do a comparable market analysis, forecasting a market price for your home based strictly on recent sales. Jennie takes it further by considering current market conditions and evaluating current comparable properties for sale nearby. She stages your condo to look as attractive as possible next to others currently on the market. She then hires a professional photographer to take mouth-watering pictures which she uploads to 100s of real estate portals complete with captions that draw in more potential buyers. With 15 years in the realty business and even more experience in sales and marketing, Jennie knows what it takes to get your condo sold quickly and at the highest price possible. Jennie and her husband William work and live at the beach. The couple loves the beach so much that it’s no surprise that Blackburn Coastal Realty specializes in beach properties. Jennie’s favorite thing about representing beach communities is how different each community is. Even neighborhoods that are minutes from each other have distinct cultures and personalities all their own. Jennie can bring the personality of your condo to life and find the perfect buyer for it.

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