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With the rush of the holidays comes a slower-paced season for housing. Fear not, however! While there is typically less inventory around during the winter months, sellers have a unique opportunity to stand-out from their competition and truly shine. With the right staging and finesse, you can increase your chances of landing a sale and for the price you’re looking for.

Don’t neglect the basics. Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean you should neglect the outside of your home or the yard around it. Clean up the lawn in the fall to prepare for winter showings. If there are any repairs necessary for the outside of the house—roofing problems, a new paint job, etc.—plan ahead to complete these tasks before showing the home. Exterior curb appeal still counts for buyers rushing for the warmth of indoors.

Take advantage of a seasonal interior. Make the inside of your home feel as warm as possible. Crank up the heat or start a fire in the fireplace. The goal is to paint a picture for buyers to see themselves living in your home. Maximize the space of each room by cleaning up clutter or rearranging the furniture. Do anything and everything to make it feel warm and inviting.

Make sure to keep the home’s paths clear. It may seem obvious, but it is crucially important to keep your walkways and driveway clear of snow, ice or debris. For homeowners who have already vacated, this may be a challenging aspect of the home-selling process. Keep in mind that many buyers and agents may not want to deal with a home that’s difficult to get into.

Light it up. Make sure all of the home’s lights are on. If the home is being showed during the day, open the curtains and let the natural light shine through. Make the home look as bright as possible and worry about the electricity bill later.

Keep holiday décor conservative. Although you will be tempted to make your home stand out, keep decorations in check and don’t overdue it on outdoor lighting. Avoid overly religious decorations as to not offend anyone.

If your home is properly staged, fixed-up and ready to go, you won’t suffer from a drought of interested buyers. Always putting your best foot forward is the best strategy to have no matter what the season.

More more information on selling your home, contact your local agent at Calcagni Associates

Source: Associated Press

It’s no secret that home staging can play a huge role in how much you get for you house. Sometimes it feels like you have to renovate the whole place to make it presentable, but it’s not true! I know I’ve had great success with these three simple tips.

1. Get Rid of Your Clutter

The best thing you can do for your home isn’t in buying fancy new things, it’s about getting rid of some. This includes your lovely furniture.

When professional stagers prepare a home, they often get rid of nearly half of the furniture! You don’t have to be so drastic, but taking a good look at what you could live without could get you the extra money from an offer so you can but a whole new set.

2. Punch up your place with pillows!

Throw pillows are a wonderful way to add color, update a look, and hide unattractive, stained or broken furniture!  Throw a few on a bed, or add them to a couch!

IMG_0797 Another way to add color or update a piece of furniture is to use a throw! Place over a couch or chair, or end of bed!

These easy changes to your existing furniture can make big changes for little money.


3. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

What makes the difference between a good home, and a great home? You’ve gotto be able to see it!

Lighting is a great cost-effective way to add drama and space to a room. Clean your windows to let natural light fill the area. Layer the lighting inside darker rooms. Experts say you should use at least 100 watts for every square foot of space. With a few extra bulbs you can light up the place!

For more on how to stage your house to sell contact Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC!

Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC
President, Lisa Antonecchia

(203) 500-3685

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(*photos courtesy of Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC)

In our current economy, with consumer spending down- more people seem to prefer to stay close to home and view their homes as a retreat, a sort of haven… If the place you call home needs a bit of TLC, or you’re looking to increase its value, there are ways to do so while staying within your budget. There are many payoffs – the obvious one being that you will enjoy living in your house, and another being that you may also maintain or increase its value, in the event you ever need to sell.

Tip # 1: Update the Bathrooms

Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes in the bathroom equal a return on your investment. When I moved into my condo, I made the following changes that completely transformed my bathrooms:

  • Removed Wallpaper
  • Updated Lighting Fixtures
  • Replaced Outdated Vanity
  • Updated Plumbing Fixtures with Current Hardware & Finishes
  • Replaced Floor Tiles

These projects were relatively inexpensive to complete and simply required some free time and a little elbow grease. Now, not only do the bathrooms look beautiful, but I’ll be able to sell my condo for more money if and when I decide to move.

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This post is the first in a new series I’m writing that is designed to give you ideas on how to increase your home’s value. Please feel free to post your comments below!

Written by Camille Urbano, Relocation Coordinator, Calcagni Associates

dollar_bills1If you’ve asked yourself lately, ”What can my country do for me?” ask no longer and call your Calcagni Associates REALTOR to make that home purchase you have been putting off. President Obama’s American Recovery and Investment Act signed into law on Feb 17, 2009 provided first time home buyers a unique opportunity to receive up to $8,000 in the form of a credit when purchasing a home between Jan 1 and Dec 1, 2009.

(Of course there are always stipulations and not all buyers will qualify for the full $8,000 credit.)

Here Are the Highlights:

  • First time buyer means purchaser (and purchaser’s spouse). Purchaser may not have owned a principal residence in 3 years previous to purchase.
  • No repayment of credit for purchases made between Jan 1 and Dec 1, 2009.
  • Repayment of entire credit applies if home is sold within 3 years of purchase date.
  • Purchasers who utilize revenue bond funding (CHFA loans, etc.) can use credit.
  • Income limits apply of this program and are as follows:
    • Full amount of credit available for individuals with adjusted gross income of no more than $75,000 for singles and $150,000 for joint returns.
    • Over those amounts the credit phases out.
  • Credit can be used to eliminate income tax liability for the year of the purchase.
  • Credit will be received when tax return is filed.

As always if you have questions about your own particular situation we advise you to consult with your tax advisor.

So don’t wait. Together with low interest rates, well priced homes and wonderful choices this is one opportunity you don’t want to miss. Our Calcagni team is ready to assist you. All you need do is make a call or email us. Do it now.

Written by Joel Grossman, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Calcagni Associates

People love to talk about real estate! Whether it’s at my doctor’s office, hairdresser or just visiting with friends, I get asked about real estate all the time. They know that I handle the marketing and do not sell, but they can’t help themselves – they just have to ask.

Especially now with all of the negative press about the housing market. I quickly remind them that they need to keep in mind that the things they hear or read about in the news aren’t always indicative of what’s really happening in our local market. And although I can’t deny that sales have slowed down over the past year – houses are still selling!

In January alone (typically a slower month in real estate), we saw showings on our properties increase by a rate of 33% over last year during the same 1-month period. What does this mean? Buyers are out there and they are looking to buy.

Written by Kathy Bauer, Director of Marketing, Calcagni Associates

Welcome to Calcagni Associates Real Estate’s first adventure into the world of blogging! We figured it was about time we created a way to share our experiences with you. We’re not quite sure how this blog will evolve, but we hope it will be a great real estate resource, and at the very least make for some interesting reading. There is so much going on in the real estate industry right now that we thought there was no better time to jump on the blog bandwagon!

After all, you can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper or see on television regarding real estate. This blog will be a place where you can get information on what’s happening in real estate right here in Connecticut, straight from the people who are listing and selling homes every day. So thanks in advance for joining us on this new adventure!

Written by Sarah Guertin, Realtor, Calcagni Associates