Ask Terri: When is the best time to buy a house?

Dear Terri:

When is the best time to buy a house?

Betty C.

Dear Betty,

The best time to purchase a home may depend on your location, weather tends to play a big role.

In the Midwest, the spring market will bring many new listings to the market. You still have the greatest number of homes to choose from. Along with the vast selection, there will be the largest amount of buyers out at this time, creating a competitive market. This is also when homes will sell the fastest, leaving less negotiating room and possible multiple offers on a property. 

As we approach back-to-school, there tend to be more price reductions as well as less inventory. While there are less choices, the combination of a smaller pool of buyers and less choices can work to your advantage negotiating purchase price. Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

Have you ever wondered when is the best time to buy a house? Suburban Chicago Real Estate Expert Terri Christian has the answer for you.
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Ask Terri: Should I stage my home to sell?

Dear Terri:

Should I stage my home to sell?


Steven Stageview

Dear Steven,

The term staging means different things for different homes. Most homes need some form of staging prior to listing to accentuate all the home has to offer.

Decluttering – This is a great time to pack, purge and donate. Start by reducing decor & personal collections. Countertop items should be reduced to items used daily. Closets should be organized. You will want prospective buyers to visualize their items in the home.

Light staging may include bringing in decor and artwork with todays color palette to refresh the home. Furniture placement is also important to create open spaces.

Full staging – Your Realtor may bring in a professional stager for a consultation. This will bring in additional expense, however depending on market conditions it could be just what the home needs to expedite a quicker sale.

Virtual staging – I can not begin to express the importance of photo quality! Sellers may choose not to have furnishing brought in to stage. Virtual staging can be an affordable option. Good quality virtual staging & photos will bring the buyers in the door. It is important to note they will be visiting a vacant home, so the home should have a deep cleaning as well.

This is a broad overview of staging. I would love the opportunity to visit and give you a more comprehensive consultation on staging your home. 

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Ask Terri: What do I do with my pets during a house showing?

Dear Terri:
Is it okay to leave my pets in the house during a showing?
Polly Petlover

Hi Polly,
While having your pets at home is always preferable for the home seller, it’s recommended to remove them during showings if possible.

I’ve experienced home showings with dogs in crates and many times the dog will bark continuously throughout the showing, which can be very distracting to prospective buyers. It can also be very stressful to your beloved pet who doesn’t understand why strangers are in their home. If your dog is crated, consider putting a note on crate not to pet the dog or put fingers in crate.

Regarding cats, as a listing agent I always encourage my clients to put notes on doors with instructions to keep exterior doors closed so the cat doesn’t escape!

Start by deep cleaning your home and repairing any pet damage prior to listing your home. Pet owners can be nose blind to odors, sprinkling baking soda on carpet prior to vacuuming can freshen carpet. During showings, pet beds, food bowls and toys should be put away.

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Ask Terri: Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Dear Terri:
It’s right before Christmas and I’m getting ready to sell my house. Should I keep any decorations up in the staged house?
Holiday Helen

Dear Holiday Helen,
In the Chicagoland area there are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. While you may experience fewer showings, keep in mind the buyers that are out there braving the cold are serious about finding a new home!

Staging your home during the holidays will create a warm and welcoming ambiance. Begin by clearing clutter and store some of your “everyday” decor. Keep in mind “less is more”.

Consider a smaller tree to maximize room space. When decorating the tree, keep it simple and keep the heirloom ornaments packed safely away. Put a few matching wrapped presents under the tree. During showings soft music in the background helps set the stage.

While holiday scents are wonderful, keep the fragrance in your home very light. Strong scents in a home can be very off putting to prospective buyers.

The entryway is very important, you will want to create a welcoming first impression. A wreath on the front door, or a pot of evergreens with a bow will add a bit of holiday cheer.

Keep your driveway and walkways clean and free from ice. If you have outdoor lights, make sure cords are safely secured and do not present a tripping hazard.

Make sure to put down throw rugs and have a basket of booties to protect your flooring.

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