The Pain of Fixture Feuds – When Buyers and Sellers bicker over what stays.

This article appeared in the June issue of Realtor Magazine.

You are just about at the end of negotiations and out of the blue the parties to the sale are having a standoff over the bathroom faucet. Sounds petty? Read on to find out how you can avoid this situation in the future…

>>>The Pain of Fixture Feuds | Realtor Magazine.<<<


Keep it light! Do Not Underestimate the Power of Light!

This blog post from The St.Paul Real Estate Blog written by Teresa Boardman puts it in simple terms. Light helps to sell your home.

Keep it light

I write this same article or one similar to it every year. If your home is on the market or if you are planning on putting it on the market soon make sure it is well lit.

When buyers come to see your home their eyes will be taking in a lot of information. If there is more light they will have a more favorable impression of your home and who knows they may even make an offer.

During the day if at all possible leave the blinds and curtains open. Consider removing heavy drapes and window coverings that can not be put aside to let more light in. If your home is being shown in the evening or on a dark cloudy day leave as many lights on as you can.

You will notice that most builders will ignore some of this years hottest color trends in favor of lighter brighter colors and it is very rare to see a model with blinds or drapes covering the window.

Lighting can help sell a home.

Who Does The Broker Represent?

Whether you are buying or selling a home this article will open your eyes to the slippery field of agency issues and who represents whom in a real estate transaction. Read this short article from Benny L. Kass for a simple explanation.

>>>>> Who Does The Broker Represent?.

Why is a Local Real Estate Agent a Necessity?

Why is a Local Real Estate Agent a Necessity?
 You may know that any agent who is licensed in New York can legally help you purchase or sell a home anywhere in the state. But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it a good idea.
In large metropolitan areas, it isn’t even a good idea to use an agent from the North end if you’re contemplating a transaction in the South end. It’s true that he or she might have access to the listings via the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), but the printed information in the MLS is not everything your agent needs to know. Neither is the information that listing agents post on their own websites.
Much of the information and expertise that an agent offers you is located not on-line or in print, but in their own memory banks. It comes from focused study of the local market, combined with first-hand experience.
Only an agent who is familiar with the homes in your immediate area and who knows the difference between neighborhoods can give you an accurate estimate of a home’s value. Homes that are similar in size and condition, but are located a quarter-mile apart, can have vastly different values.
Only an agent who has been watching the trends can tell you if values are rising or declining.
Only an agent who has seen similar homes in similar neighborhoods can say if your home or the home you are considering is actually comparable to others that are on the market or already sold.
Only a local agent will have his or her finger on the pulse of local politics and events – and can tell you about outside influences that could affect the value of homes in a given neighborhood.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home here on Staten Island, call me. I do know the local market. And if you’re planning to sell here and move to another part of New York, or even New Jersey I’ll be happy to refer you to a trusted colleague who has the expertise to help you there.
I look forward to talking with you,
John Martelotti

5 Unexpected Ways To Add Value To Your Home

You do not have to spend a lot of money to add value to your home whether you’re  getting it ready for sale, or just want to update your living space.

Read more >>> 5 Unexpected Ways To Add Value To Your Home.

Staging Can Make even a Beautiful Home More Apealing!

Just because people tell you your home is beautiful doesn’t mean you should opt out of staging before going on the market.
Part of your home’s charm may be in that it reflects your individual tastes and your family’s lifestyle.
But what are the chances that potential buyers will share those tastes and that lifestyle?
One of the functions of staging is to present the possibilities. It’s to show people of varied tastes that this house could be just right for them. That means it shouldn’t reflect your individuality as much as it reflects the home’s versatility.
An experienced stager will help you de-personalize your home, making it appealing to the greatest number of possible buyers.
Because she is in touch with today’s trends, she’ll advise you if you need to re-paint a room, change out a light-fixture, replace heavy drapes with something lighter, or add touches of a specific color. She’ll also put emphasis on those features of your home that are most in demand at the moment.
Since a stager will likely recommend a bit of de-cluttering, she’ll also be helping you get ready for your move. When all those family photos, trophies, awards, seasonal clothing and toys, and personal collections are already packed, your job will be simpler on moving day.
Staging can not only make your home sell faster, it can cause it to sell for more money, so do give this pre-listing step strong consideration.
I’m acquainted with several of Staten Island’s finest staging pros and will be glad to make some recommendations. Most will give you an initial consultation for a nominal fee, giving you a chance to get acquainted and make sure that your personalities mesh.
Just give me a call at 917-202-8309 or email me and I’ll be glad to tell you about other listing clients who took my advice and got even better results than they expected.

Divorce and Real Estate – A True Specialty

When navigating a divorce it gives peace of mind that there is an educated professional in place to guide the family by listening to their needs and goals regarding the marital home. From experience I believe it is not a one size fits all decision.
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Divorce and Real Estate – A True Specialty.