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How To Sell Your House Faster Than The Competition

If you are looking to sell your home this article is a MUST read.  I’ve been to hundreds of listing appointments. Let me start by saying if I were to sell my own home there would be a laundry list of things I would have to do. Why? Because we don’t live in our home the same way we have to market and sell it. The seller that pays special attention to the items in this article is going to have the best chance to get a sales contract quicker, and at a higher price.

I feel every item in this article is very important and requires attention. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is not thinking it is necessary to do what needs to be done. The number one opposition I run into is on painting back to a neutral color. This is PARAMOUNT and let me explain the five reasons why I feel this is so important to do:

1. If you don’t, the competition did and guess what? When my buyers go to their house and see the fresh neutral paint flowing throughout, they have already forgotten about your house that requires work. Busy professionals and families moving in don’t have time to paint, nor do they want to paint.

2. Neutral colors allow potential buyers to see themselves living in the house.

3. A little paint goes a LONG way! Let’s face it, painting a few rooms is not unbearably expensive, and the goal is to have potential buyers walk in your home and love it! Not start adding up all the negatives about the work that would need to be done. Decrease the negatives by doing the work.

4. Think about the competition. Purchasers have a lot of choices including new construction. We’ve all been to a model home and seen how appealing it is. Don’t give potential buyers a reason to take your house off the list. Marks all over the walls and bold paint colors are a huge negative. Ask your Realtor to send you a list of similar homes that are for sale, under contract, and have recently sold in your price range and location. Look at the competition. The homes that stand out are the ones that have been prepped and ready for sale.

5. There are no more “credits” for painting or repairs. Typically lenders will not allow for these credits at closing because they are seen as repairs. Lenders won’t loan money on properties that need what they feel are repair items. So thinking that you can just throw a credit at the end is the wrong mindset.

Lastly, let me emphasize that freshening up your home by doing the required work will pay off in the long run. Keep in mind what I always tell my sellers. The first price reduction is always more than what it would cost to do the work! So plan in advance to the required work and list your home in tip top shape! You’ll be glad you did!

If you are looking for one of the top Real Estate Agents in Stafford, Fredericksburg or Northern Virginia that is focused on you, stays on top of everything, easy to get a hold of, attentive to your needs 24/7, then I am your agent! Reference available upon request, on my website, and on Zillow. Please visit me on my Facebook Page at HomesForSaleByDoreenBoggs.

Article: 21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

Photo Credit: Trulia article

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What the Fed rate hike means for those looking to buy a house in Stafford, Fredericksburg …

Yes, interest rates are still low but are slowly expected to start climbing in 2016 which makes now a great time to buy a home in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Northern VA and the surround area.  

If you looking to upgrade to a larger home or downsize to a smaller house or maybe you have orders to Quantico, orders to Fort Belvoir, or another base in Northern VA and are in the market for a home, you don’t need to rush and get it done tomorrow, but now is a good time to start making some decisions and calling a Realtor.  

“The Fed slashed interest rates to zero in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and boost the housing market during the depths of the Great Recession.

The central bank now believes the U.S. economy is strong now and no longer needs crutches.

Still, it won’t be a game changer overnight. Rates are expected to go up at a slow, gradual pace.”

For more details on what the rate hikes means for you, click on one of the links below.


CNN Article: What a Fed rate hike means for you.

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Building a New Home? Add These Upgrades While They’re Cheap (and Easy)

“If you’ve decided to build your home from the ground up, determining which extra features are worth adding—and which are equivalent to flushing stacks of hundreds down the toilet—can be tough. And while it’s OK to put off some decisions, certain additions are prohibitively costly to retrofit. You’re dreaming of radiant heating, you say? It’s way better to install now than sacrifice thousands of dollars later.

Not sure what’s a must-do right now? Here are some of the easiest things to add to a new home that will save you a few migraines down the road.”

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If you are ready to build your dream home in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, or Northern VA, contact the areas premier Real Estate agent, Doreen Boggs with Coldwell Banker Elite, by clicking here or calling her direct at (540) 455-6211.

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Is New Construction for You?

If you are considering new construction, DO NOT GO TO THE MODEL HOME WITHOUT YOUR REALTOR! Be sure you have a Buyer’s Agent looking out for YOUR best interests.  The builder does not discount the house if you don’t have representation, so ensure you have an expert on your side!

“If you’re a first-time buyer, determining whether to build or buy an existing home can be overwhelming. For many people, choosing new construction is a great opportunity to design their dream home and save money on repairs and replacing old appliances.

In fact, one-third of consumers looking to buy their first home are interested in new construction, and 37% of millennials are considering new homes, according to TD Bank’s First-Time Home Buyer Pulse.

As you evaluate whether new construction is right for you, keep in mind some helpful tips and best practices when embarking on “new” home ownership…”

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If you are thinking about building your dream home in Stafford, Fredericksburg, or Northern VA, contact the areas premier Real Estate agent, Doreen Boggs with Coldwell Banker Elite, by clicking here or calling her direct at (540) 455-6211.

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I-95 HOV Rules Change in December


“The new Interstate 95 (I-95) Express Lanes open in December, and with the opening comes new rules. All drivers, including those with hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said. Trucks with more than two axles will not be permitted to use the lanes…”  Find out more here:

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10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

“If you’ve narrowed down your choice of a home to one, you may be eager to make an offer and get negotiations started. If you’re buying in a tight market where sellers have the upper hand you may even feel pressured to put in an offer the moment you see a house.”

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Autumn Maintenance Tips


Via DIY Network, “Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.”

-Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

– Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.

– Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.

Check out dozens of other tips here:

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Broker’s Open in Augustine North Tomorrow!

Brokers and Realtors are invited to join me for lunch and to tour a beautiful Custom Estate Home on the Augustine Golf Course from 12pm to 2 pm, September 10th.  We have a Moe’s fajitas bar sponsored by Bayfield Home Loans, margaritas, and dessert sponsored by Kensington Vanguard.  Also, enter to win  a Chili’s $25 gift card.  The fun can be found at 39 Gristmill Drive, Stafford, VA 22554!  Hope to see you there!