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July 2019

 

CALL STEPHANIE SHERRIFF WHEN IT'S TIME TO MOVE!

Stephanie Sherriff
Luxury Collection Specialist
lofatlaugh@aol.com   |   269-488-0417
http://www.yourgalinkalamazoo.us

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what's cooking outdoors?

How will you use your outdoor kitchen?

If you like to entertain on your patio or deck, here are some practical suggestions for avoiding useless spending, and for how to customize your project to your priorities.  If you are primarily a grilling buff, consider this idea of extending the counters from a new gas grill.  Add a bar refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and a bar sink and create seating on the outside of the counters, but not too near the grill!

what's not cooking when your house is for sale?

Yes, it looks sterile!

When your house is for sale, think of it as a product, and where the kitchen is concerned, key words are CLEAN, FRESH-SMELLING, LIGHT and SPACIOUS.  

Baking soda deodorizers should be in the refrigerator, freezer and micorwave. Run the garbage disposal often and give it the sniff test!  All sponges, cleaning products and dishcloths must be out of sight.  Empty the kitchen wastebasket daily!

Have windows professionally washed and remove window treatments that block natural light. Install under counter light strips, and make sure all light fixtures have working bulbs. All walls and woodwork should be pristine, or be repainted.

Keep counter tops free of clutter.  Remove items that make cupboard and pantry space look crowded.  Avoid the "jumble sale" look of mismatched china and glassware.

For a final touch, before showings, add a bowl of fresh fruit, and a simple flower arrangement, such as a few daisies in a mason jar!

BUYING/SELLING ADVICE

Understanding Buyer and Seller Markets

Knowing whether market conditions favor buyers or sellers will help you to improve your own position and navigate your transaction armed with pertinent information.  

A seller’s market takes place when financial and economic conditions are positive. New employers are coming to town, there are plenty of jobs, workers are receiving bonuses and raises, and there’s a general sense of optimism that encourages people to buy their first home or move up to a bigger, better home. This creates demand for homes, higher home prices and often a shortage of available inventory.  Entry level homes don’t last long on the market, eventually causing shortages for mid-level homes as move-up sales occur.

A buyer’s market reflects a receding economy, coupled with unfavorable financial conditions. Employers stop hiring and salaries stagnate. If major employers downsize or transfer local employees without replacing them, workers have trouble finding other employment. Confidence wanes, and sellers find less demand for their homes. Soon, inventories of homes for sale increase, bringing prices lower. A buyer’s market means buyers are cautious and expect sellers to lure them by presenting updated homes competitively priced.

Buyers' and sellers' markets can be as localized as a single street or neighborhood, a suburb, city, or a county. It’s all about the economy’s impact on demand.

Are you in a buyer’s or seller’s market? If you’re not sure, let's talk about the trends for your area and price range.  Call me at 269-491-6761!

Stephanie Sherriff

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate

 
 
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