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Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make

We see a lot of homes while working with our buyers and sellers, and there’s a few mistakes sellers tend to make…Price, Marketing and Condition. A seller needs to price the home correctly, the home needs to be in good condition and it must be marketed in order to reach the most potential buyers.

alextphoto-com-restivo-6330-sw-107th-st-twilights-1-webLet’s begin with PRICE. Most of us think we have the best home out there, and though it may be worth a whole lot to you, it’s important the home be priced where the market dictates it should sell. You need to know market trends, what’s recently sold in your area and what’s currently for sale in your area. You don’t want to be the priciest house in the neighborhood, because it will take a long time to sell. Buyers are savvy and have access to loads of information online and they will know about every home in the area they are looking for. The home needs to be competitively priced for a quick turnaround. We will help you run the numbers and compare similar homes in your area in order to determine a price for selling your home.

Next, let’s move to MARKETING. It’s extremely important for your home to be marketed everywhere it can be in order to maximize the exposure and let as many buyers know it’s available to them. The marketing starts with great photos. The photos are the first impression for the buyer and many times are the determining factor for whether or not they want to make an appointment to see a home. We bring in professional photographers to get the best shots of a home and use them in all our marketing pieces. Not only are pictures important but so is how marketing pieces are worded. We like to create intrigue and make a buyer feel like your home is THE one for them.

The Restivo Hechtman Team markets your home in many different ways- thru Christies Luxury Real Estate, the EWM Mailer, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, via our blog on MiamiRealEstateCafe.com, on EWM.com, and thru social media like Facebook and Instagram. We have International reach and a wide sphere of influence both locally and internationally.

alextphoto-com-restivo-6330-sw-107th-st-14-webFinally, the CONDITION of your home. Our homes are where we’re most comfortable and where we don’t have to put on a front for the outside world…unless you’re selling that home. We have to live a little differently when the house is on the market because it needs to be ready to be shown at the drop of a hat. When a buyer sees something they like, time is of the essence and you want to get them into your home as soon as possible. The home needs to be clean, smell good (especially important if there are pets), and things need to be put away. If you need help preparing your home, we enjoy assisting you with staging and organizing ideas. Essentially, it should look like a show home. Now-that’s not always easy with everyone’s busy lives, but the cleaner, less cluttered it looks will make the home show better and will allow buyers to envision themselves living there.

There are many keys to selling your home, but these three are important. The Restivo Hechtman Team can help you with these and other aspects of selling, and would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss listing your home for sale. Give us a call today and let’s get the ball rolling!

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Moving Day Survival Kit

Moving day is exciting and hectic all wrapped into one. You’ll have many many boxes filled with your belongings and they probably won’t be unpacked on the first day. Why not have a box set aside with the essentials that you’ll need immediately upon move in? Here are some suggestions…

  • Cleaning supplies Restivo Realtors Selling Miami Real Estate
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Big outdoor trash bags
  • Paper plates, cups & utensils
  • Scissors
  • Snacks (food & drink)
  • A set of towels & sheets
  • Bathroom toiletries

Make getting settled in your new home easier by using this list to pack a go to box when you walk thru the door. If you’re looking for a home or want to sell yours, contact the Restivo Hechtman Team today. We would love to be a part of your adventure.

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6 Great Tips to Eliminate Bad Odors

No matter how beautifully staged and photographed your house is, buyers will be off-put by “odors”.   Here’s how to avoid that turn-off.

These tips can eliminate bad odors before your open houses or showing appointments (THEY REALLY DO WORK!):

1. Paint fumes?    Cut an onion in half,  place each peeled half on opposite ends of the room before painting.  Once the onion absorbs the odors, just toss it out.

2. Pet odors?   Spray an enzyme on the stains, and let it soak into the rug/underlay/and floor.  After an hour, absorb it up using microfiber towels.  If that doesn’t work, remove the rug or carpet, or change that section of flooring.

odor-blog-post-pic3. Lingering cooking smells?   Turn on the ventilator hood before you start cooking.  (… a “fresh linen candle” is one of my favorite odor eaters, too).  Close whatever doors you can (to the rest of the house while you’re cooking), in order to contain the cooking odors.   AND HERE IS THE BEST TIP:   Fill a shallow dish with white wine vinegar and coffee grinds (and leave it on the countertop overnight).  It will absorb all sorts of cooking smells.  (I tried this after pan frying fresh fish yesterday …. It really does WORK!)

4.  Last night’s dinner?   Remove the trash bag.  Open the windows.  Turn up the AC & crank the fans.  (And spray the trash receptacle with Febreeze)

5.  Garbage disposal smelling funky?   Put a couple lemon (lime or orange) slices into the disposal, add ice, white vinegar or mouthwash. Turn on the faucet, and grind away. (Tried and true!)

6.  Bathroom needing freshening up?  White wine vinegar in the toilet bowl  (works wonders) … and  a little bit of Pine Sol poured into the toilet-bowl-brush-base will work too.

Contemplating moving or selling or staging your house?  Call us!  The Restivo Hechtman Team Sells Miami ….   Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365 or  Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164   EWM Realty International

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It’s a one shot deal … how to sell your house to a prospective buyer

Often, you get one shot to impress a buyer.  Buyers make their decision to buy (or not),  within a few seconds of arriving at the front door.

Painting, pressure cleaning,  fixing what needs fixing, installing new fans,  landscaping … those quick fixes tend to pay for themselves in spades … in terms of price and days on the market.  And that’s true even when the buyer fully intends to renovate or update.

By pressure cleaning, painting, changing out fans, and adding some landscaping, a 4 bedroom home that the Restivo Hechtman team listed in Palmetto Bay at 15425 SW 89th Ct went under contract within weeks,  just shy of the full  $590,000 list price.

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Readying it wasn’t really much of a challenge (although it could have been, with the owner living out of state and the house being tenant occupied).  The rapport  between seller and tenant made  spiffing  it up pretty easy …. and if these tenants ever need a reference from me, I will happily give them one!   Spiffing up (like staging) can easily increase the sales price and shorten the number of days a house is listed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Defining “Furnished” … What furnished apartments include

With a ‘furnished’ rental,  don’t assume  it will come with much more than just the bare basics.

Some rentals are “staged” (as hotel rooms are)…  with all the bells and whistles …  and all you really need is  just your suitcase.photo 1 (2)

This condo unit in 500 Brickell was a real breath of fresh air …  (in case you’re a landlord looking for ideas).

It had all the trimmings of a high-end hotel suite (and more)  … and since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we’d fire away.  (Listed for under $2,300 per month … in Miami … we rented this one bedroom condo unit out quickly)photo 5 (2)

Staged with decorative art, candles, fruit, cheese knives, placemats … soap, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss …photo 5 (3)
The kitchen was equipped with a new blender, toaster, coffee maker,  dishes, plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, wine opener, serving pieces,  cookware, plastic wrap, salt and pepper … pots & pans … It came with an iron & ironing board, linens, bedding, pillows … television …candles…

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New leather couches, area rugs,  runners,  plenty of hangars & storage boxes in the closets, vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan … decorative shelves and accent pieces…photo 4 (3)

“Furnished” can mean anything from just furniture … to something more like a hotel room.   When you come across a furnished rental with all the bells and whistles,  chances are your landlord probably will be a good one.

Are you contemplating buying, selling, leasing or investing in property in Miami ?    If you’re looking for a top Miami Realtor,  we’d love to chat  with you  … The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International…  e-mail:  [email protected]   …  Feel free to call us at 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164 or connect with us here  anytime.

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Congratulations on Selling Your House ! Full Price Offer … one week on the market!

Warmest congratulations to OUR SELLERS, whose house just closed this week.

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Getting a full price offer within days of listing this Miami house was the goal …  The fact that this property was so beautifully redone and tastefully updated,  and was immaculately  “staged” certainly helped encourage solid offers.   Our sellers chose to list it at the upper end of the recent relevant comparable sales  …  and this house sold for cash on the first day of showings.   So much hinges on marketing…. and so much is a result of staging!

Congratulations to our  amazing sellers ….  from the Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty Int’l !

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Backyard Privacy… It’s a Snap

Wanting to create backyard privacy on a dime?  We have a quick solution.

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After weeding/cleaning out an areca palm hedge,  we needed an instant fix to address the lack of privacy.  Landscaping plants and hedges grow really fast in South Florida,  but there’s something to be said for an “instant fix”.

Residential windscreens (or privacy screening) come in pre-made sizing,  or you can custom order them.   Typically the screening comes in 50 foot long sections ….  in heights of  3, 4 and  5 1/2 feet high or taller (pre-made). They’re often used for  tennis courts.

After researching online, and checking out the screening that others in Miami  installed,  we went with the word-of-mouth recommendation of friends/neighbors : Highland Products (because we liked the way theirs looked).

In a nutshell: The heaviest windscreens give you 96% blockage … come with grommets  … and cost around $150 per section,  for the  50′ x 5 1/2′ screens.   They are easy to attach to existing fencing, using plastic cable ties.  It took me about 20 minutes to install one 50 foot section behind existing shrubbery.

There are “temporary versions” of privacy screening available  (offering about 80% blockage).  But I didn’t like how that looked installed.   That kind is intended more for construction sites… and has a less “finished”  look.  They are slightly less expensive – costing less than $100 per section.

We’re inevitably on the prowl for unique solutions  that add value (monetarily and esthetically)  to the homes we list and sell, and offer practical solutions to prospective buyers of ours  …  Backyard renovations (and privacy!) offer  top R.O.I. (return on investment) … especially in Miami.

Any home improvement ideas that you have that bring a really good return on investment? We’d love for you to share them!

Buying or selling a home?    Call us any time … Vicki Restivo (305) 793-1365  and Alexandra Hechtman (305) 632-0164   EWM Realtors  … or contact us here 

We would love to talk with you about buying, selling or investing… and help you find the right place!    [email protected]

 

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Flipping Houses … On the Rise … as the Market Rebounds

The National Association of Realtors indicates home values are on the rise…  with home prices up by 11.6%.

Sales prices are rising… as inventory drops.

Vacant lots that were listed for sale years back (then taken off the market during the housing crisis:  2006-2011) are now sporting “for sale” signs  …  and construction projects are springing up everywhere in South Florida  (condo buildings/single family homes).

Flipping is back.

So … which are the best markets for flipping?  Read the rest of this entry »

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40 Year Recertification in Miami Dade

Condos and apartment buildings  in Miami-Dade are required to get a 40 year recertification once  they’re 40 years old.   Single-family homes and buildings with less than 10 occupants and less than 2,000 square feet are exempt from that requirement.

An inspection will determine what/ if any updates and/or repairs are needed (electrical/structural, etc.) to bring the building to code  …  and after the updates are complete,  the  property will be recertified. 

Typically elevators, electrical, roofs, and balconies are items that come under scrutiny at that 40 year mark – unless they’ve been updated prior to that. 

How updates are covered and assessed … and how they are paid… Read the rest of this entry »

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Insuring a House with Roof Issues

If you’re buying a house with a limited-lifespan-left-on-the-roof , be prepared  for a hiccup or two.

As far as roof insurance goes:

If the home you’re buying has less than a year’s ‘life’ left on the roof, getting insurance may be virtually impossible.  Read the rest of this entry »

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