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I'm GUILTY! I've been so busy in December but the KUDOS goes to...

I've been so busy in December that I have neglected my blog and twitter.  Not sure if it is the 70 degree weather we are having here in December or the just the drop in interest rates and amazing deals available out there that are encouraging buyers to start looking.  Today is the 1st day I've had off in December other than the time I left the state for 2 short mini weekend getaways.  I just want to give kudos to several groups of people out there contributing to this business! kudos

SELLERS: You are doing a great job recognizing the importance pricing your property competitively and making it show well. Remember if you are not getting 8-10 showings a month, the price is too high.  If you get 8-10 showings and no offer, the price may be too high for the condition the house is in.  Sounds crazy that a property could get that many showings, but with the right marketing, price and condition, it will. 

STAGERS: In reference to the above, please hire your local stager to get your house in model showing shape.  I've had 2 listings sell in less then 30 days due to seller participation in agreeing on a price that is competitive in today's market and listening to my staging partner, First Impressions to get the house show ready.  There are many listings in both neighborhoods that have been on the market a long time compared to my listings that sold in record time.  My stager is one of my most valued partners in the listing process.  The return on investment is there. It is an upfront cost that will help you sell your home in 30-60+- days (when done right), but if your property was on the market 6 months, you'll have saved 4 months of mortgage payments!     

BUYERS: Congrats on calling your mortgage lender and getting pre-approved. Rates are at a record low below 5% and this is an amazing time to BUY!  Prices are amazingly low and those that are taking advantage of it are reaping some equity rewards.  I'm starting to see many investors take their money out of the stock market and buy some great real estate deals also. 

LENDERS: I know you are extremely overwhelmed with refinances right now.  But without you doing your job of getting buyers thoroughly approved, I couldn't do my job.  Having the a competent and professional lending partner is of utmost importance.    

Just want to say thanks to everyone!

Michele Reneau, ABR, GRI, CRS

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMichele Reneau • December 19 2008 01:42PM


Michele~I'm happy to read that you've been busy this month. I too have had an unseasonably active December...let's hope it continues into 2009! Also, I can't agree with you more about the importance of having a home staged...I just love having my stager tell my Sellers to pack up the Mickey collection :-)

Merry Christmas!

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) almost 10 years ago

I was going to make a smart alec comment, but I passed once you thanked the lender.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 10 years ago

LaShawn-If interest rates stay low, I believe it will continue to stir activity. Congrats on staying busy also!

Larry-Gotta give credit where credit it due.  This is definitely a team venture and there are many more people involved in the process (attorneys, title, appraisers, etc).

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) almost 10 years ago

Congrats Michelle! It's great to hear that things are still going great for you- what a great Christmas gift ;)

I, too, have kinda had a disconnect from the Rain. During these holiday months and dealing with so many things including real estate work, family, presents, etc.. I haven't had as much time to devote to blogging and reading.

Again, congrats and have a very Merry Christmas this week and God Bless!!

Kind Regards, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Posted by Nicole Weidauer (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) almost 10 years ago

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