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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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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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Spectacularly Updated Deering Bay Condo with Views of the Marina … Under Contract Although Not Listed for Sale

With gorgeous views of the Grand Marina in Deering Bay,  this spacious 3 bedroom condo in  “Venice”  was perfect for our buyer… although it wasn’t  listed for sale.

The current owner meticulously remodeled it  (removing walls to create a stunning ‘open concept’ contemporary home) … and everything about it was  ‘right’, except that  it wasn’t for sale.

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BUT … sometimes that doesn’t matter.

Warmest congratulations to our buyer, who is officially under contract, and closing in mid May… and congratulations (too) to the seller, who is thrilled as well.

If you are looking for something specific that isn’t on the market, please let us know.  We may well be able to find you just what you’re looking for!  The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International :  Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365   …   Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164 [email protected] …   MiamiRealEstateCafe.com  … your real estate blog and website.

 

venice dining livingDeering Bay Yacht & Country Club has a number of options for  golf, tennis & yachting – as well as for social membership.   Deering is one of Coral Gable’s finest gated communities, offering a refined lifestyle for those wanting a condo, townhome, or single family estate home in Coral Gables….  within a variety of price categories.  Right now there are 25 condos, townhomes & single family homes listed for sale, each with different views, layouts and styles. Those actively listed have asking prices from just under $1 million upward close to $3 million … A great place to live … A great time to buy!

Venice  is a charming complex …. overlooking Deering Bay’s Grand Marina ….   It’s wide wrap-around terraces, high ceilings, sliding glass doors, floor to ceiling windows & tranquil views of palms, water & yachts (and the magnificence with which it was renovated!)  made it perfect.   Buyer and seller both benefited  …  Our warmest congratulations to both parties!

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The Restivo Hechtman Team SOLD  2 units in Deering this month ….  So, whether you are thinking of buying or selling, we would love to make that happen for you!   Call anytime …. 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164

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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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Matchmakers have plenty to work with in Miami – Real Estate

This past week’s broker’s opens in Miami showcased 3 rather unique and unusual properties…  Each have been  listed by top EWM colleagues of ours.  Nothing is cookie cutter about any one of them …  And since there’s plenty to spark one’s imagination … and since (as Realtors) we do play matchmaker, this week was fun.

Here are the three that caught our eye:

1) Listed for $1,795,000,   Leslie Jones and Margaret Del Valle have a 5 bedroom 3.5 bath New England Style estate on 4960 Sunset Drive which was built in 1938 … This one took me back in time. 4960 Sunset Dr It’s a 4,250 square feet house,  nestled into a builder’s acre, and  it abuts  Sunset Elementary school (to the east). This house is an historic canvas which could be turned into an masterpiece…  as grandiose  as one’s imagination might allow.

2) Priced virtually the same as the first house Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Home vs House … Two different things!

A buyer will buy your home if he/she can envision him/herself living there….  (so make it easy)

How we live in a home and how we sell a house aren’t the same.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Staging Your Home … Why Bother?

If you follow our real estate blog, MiamiRealEstateCafe.com  you may have read other articles on staging and interior design.  Interior decorating is for a home that’s to be lived in.   It’s entirely another design concept to  “stage” a home in order to sell it.

Staging a home may well make it sell faster …   49%  quicker,  according to the National Association of Realtors.   Not only that, but staging your house  tends to bring a higher price tag (as much as 10% above the average list price in the MLS, according to N.A.R.)

The idea of staging is to make the house appear as  uncluttered as possible …  and make the spaces flow (for the visitor who is seeing it from an upright, rather than a seated perspective).   Staging is different from interior decorating  (which is for those residing …  sitting and staying for long periods of time) … Staging is done strictly for the visual appeal  and it’s meant to entice a buyer to wander through and imagine himself/or herself and his/or her belongings there.

Staging  pulls the buyer’s eye from one space to the next,   creating a visual that lures buyer’s attention from  room to room, without   lot of distraction .  The house is de-personalized in staging it,  and it’s  decorated using a simple concept that less is better …  using sporadic focal points and  color to create a sense of tranquility .

If you are looking to sell your house, we’d love to chat with you!   There are buyers … but not a lot of inventory… especially not in Miami.   Give us a call, anytime!  The Restivo Team at EWM Realtors …  305 793-1365  [email protected]

 

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Staging Your Home To Sell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staging is a great way to present your house to potential buyers. I’m not talking a big ordeal, but even a few simple changes make a huge impact.Here are some easy ways to stage your home:

  • Add a coat of paint to the inside and/or outside of the house to freshen it up. Use some neutral colors if you’re starting fresh, a color that will appeal to the masses.
  • Clean up the yard. Trim plants to make them look whole, add flowers to the garden. Add some potted plants with some pretty flowers. You can also add two adderondak chairs to the back or front patio to add some charm.
  • Move some furniture around to make rooms look bigger. Center furniure off of windows and place it so the room flows.
  • De-clutter. Put away family photos (it’s a head start on packing things for your move). Don’t leave a lot of applicances on kitchen counters. Put away things in the bathroom (like toothbrushes) while it’s on the market.
  • Add little touches like a vase of fresh flowers to the dining room table or a bowl of lemons on a table or kitchen counter.

These are just some fast and easy ways to get your house ready to sell. Contact the Restivo Team to help give you more ideas and to sell your home. We are always learning new ways to stage and we know how to sell your home.

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