Month: February 2013

Metuchen Real Estate 110 Columbia Ave.

Deborah Kerr and The Kerr Team

Are Proud To Present

Brand New Listing

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Buying a Home in Metuchen?

Check out:

110 Columbia Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08840

$449,000

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MLS# 1304420

Are You interested in Metuchen Real Estate?

Take a look at this Gorgeous Home

Stunning, Metuchen, Colonial Charmer!

Exquisite renovation expands first floor and adds a second. Premium vinyl siding; three paver patios. Hard wood floors and gorgeous moldings throughout. Main bath has steam shower with a marble bench, clawfoot tub. House has original foundation and full basement. Warm and cozy family room, with gas fireplace. Now, two zone heat and air conditioner. Also, so close to town and trains, buses and transportation to New York City. What are you waiting for?

This Home is ready for it’s new owners. Can that be you?

It has two, newly done full bathrooms, complete with sauna, and one beautiful half bathroom, also Full basement, family room, eat in kitchen, formal dining room, living room and master bed room complete with walk-in closet. In addition to that wonderful master bedroom, there are two other beautiful bedrooms if you live with more than one person, or decide to have a home office, gym or seperate room. Perhaps you are interested in a “man cave” or “game room.” This Home is For You!!!

Now is the time to buy this beautiful home in Metuchen.

THERE IS AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY!!!!

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Ten Ways to Make the Most Of Your Home’s Value Part II

Deborah Kerr and The Kerr Team

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Ten Ways to Make the Most Of Your Home’s Value Part II

(6 – 10)

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Buying a Home in Edison?

Selling a Home in Edison?

Be Sure to Read These Before You Decide to Market or List Your Home:

6. Beware of Specific Renovations Design

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Listen, were all different. We all have different tastes. Some love hot dogs, some don’t eat meat. Were all different. The same can be said on the design of our home. Have you ever wondered into an Open House and thought, “What Were They Thinking?”? We all have. Whether it be a fireplace out of a George Orwell Novel, a kitchen that reminds you of the Birthplace of Lincoln, or a living room out of an Art Gallery.  These choices, though aesthetically pleasing to you, may be a difficult sell to your average buyers  with a more “average” taste in style, will be thinking about ripping apart the room and replacing it within their own tastes. If they have to do so, it will inevitably affect the price they are willing to pay for your home. Remember, your tastes are unique, if your designs represent that unique taste, you will have to sell it with someone who has interest in those specific designs, making it more difficult to sell. Keep that in mind while making renovations to your home.

7. Projects You Have Done Yourself That Hurt Your HomeEdison Real Estate

 Don’t get us wrong, do it yourself projects can be fun, cost-effective and leave you the feeling of being accomplished. But let’s face it, were not all Bob Villa. It’s not so hard to believe to find uncompleted projects or poorly done projects throughout a home. These projects will make potential buyers cringe at the thought of doing something over again or paying a professional to redo an aspect of the home.  Buyers, again, don’t know you, all they see is the cost of fixing a home, rather than appreciate your hard work put into your home and will reflect so on the price their willing to pay. Before you put your home on the market, if you have done things yourself, have a contractor come in and look at the changes made, they will give you a professional opinion and will hopefully give you a price on how to fix said project.

8. Pets

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 We all love pets. They ad an extra member to a household and give you the opportunity to share love with them. But they can also bring unwanted issues while attempting to sell your home. They can potentially damage carpeting, flooring, walls or woodwork which need to be addressed before you list your home.  A deep carpet cleaning can lessen the smell of pet odors also staining.  Most people would not like to move into a home with clear evidence of pets living there, without even considering the case that they buyer may have allergies. While the home is on the market, the smart move is to leave the pet(s) with a relative or a friend, just to help the sale of your home, it may be hard to do, but it will allow you to make those changes and create the greatest potential of a quality offer that’s possible.

9. Wasted Square Footage

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 Certain addtions, such as a pool house, gym, redone basement or spacious living can work for the personality of a home owner, like everything else, some potential buyers may consider these aspects to be a waste of space and turn them off on the price that reflects the space. Getting the square footage down to used space can be a very large and costly endeavor, but may also be reflected in a buyer’s overall cost. Just know it can detract from the overall value of your home.

10. Extra Water Features

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 You may love your pool, hot tub and adore your waterfall, but buyers may simply look at these things as another expense while owning your home. Whether it be water bills, electricity or simply the taxes of the amenities, they all factor into the buyers thoughts. Weather conditions affect even the most well constructed pools, eventually they will have to be resurfaced. And those looking at your home with small children can potentially see these things as hazards to their children. Though these are parts of your home that you may love, please know, that some buyers may request these items removed or filled in before the time of closing, don’t take it personal, think of it as a potential area of a deal that needs to be addressed in order to sell your home. If you don’t wish to help with these changes, be sure to know, it may very well affect the price being offered for your home.

 

These are not entirely necessary to follow in order for your to sell your home, just good guidelines to assist in your home sale. From exterior appeal, kitchen/bathroom updating and pet evidence and water fixtures. Look at your home and think of the greater good that will make your home accessable to the greatest number of buyers that will be appealing. Good luck in your home search!

(See Ten Ways to Make the Most of Your Home’s Value Part I 1-5)

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Ten Ways To Make the Most of Your Home’s Value Part 1

 Deborah Kerr and The Kerr Team

Are Proud to Present:

Ten Ways To Make the Most of Your Home’s Value

Metuchen Real Estate

Buying a Home in Metuchen?

Selling a Home in Metuchen?

Here are some of your information you should know in either case

For the past five years or so, buyers have had the upper hand when concerning the purchase of a home, due to the recession of the economy. And because of this market, Sellers have had to appeal to the tastes and demands of these fastidious buyers. 

But before one attempts to market their home in these “Buyer” Times, take note of these ten ways sellers can devalue their home and ways to potentially fix said problems:

1. Lack of Curb Appeal 

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With complete understanding, the first thing any potential buyer will see is the front of your home.  Like everyone, we want a home that is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. A poorly kept landscape, much as one’s personal appearence, will certainly influence one’s feeling on a home. As if you may be meeting a potential date, in a bar or other social setting, one will get further dressed nicely and put together, as opposed to showing up with a New York Jets Sweatshirt, complete with sweat/food stains on the front. Not saying people will not look passed such infractions, but the odds are better if you present your home through mass appeal. Some may like a front yard that is completely blacktopped over, but over-all, most prefer a home with an astethically pleasing front yard. Keeping up with a few flowers, freshly cut grass and pruded bushes, will more than likely create interest among buyers, by making the most welcoming first impression as possible.

2. Home’s Exterior

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Some homes have broken or dirty windows, completely out of date doors, chipped paint, old rusty screens, rusted or broken rails, snapped stairs or cracked sidewalks, can all potentially devalue your home. Just as a potential buyer is drawn to fabulous landscape and first impressions, these flaws can draw just the same amount of negative attention. This type of neglection can often make their mind wonder. “If they let the exterior become so neglected, what could be the case inside” These people don’t know you, they idea is to put your best foot forward. Invest in a fresh coat of paint, fix stairs, replace railings, wash dirty windows and make your home as easily accessable as possible. Let them know your home is reflected and worth the price of asking.

3. Outdated Kitchens

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Kitchens can be the backbone of your home. They can make or break the way your home is percieved. People want to walk into your kitchen and fall in love with it. They want to imagine cooking a Thanksgiving dinner in there, kids running around it, chatting with family members, no one wants to do that in an out of date, dark, dingy kitchen. If you have the means, do a full renovation on the kitchen, make it appealing to buyers, if your worried about this cost, you will be able to gather up to 90% of the cost upon closing of your new home. If you cannot, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets, doors or new laminate on the counter tops goes a long way, especially if your working on a budget

4. Welcoming Bathrooms

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 Having your bathroom completely out of date are certain to have an affect on the sale price of your home. Everyone has to use the bathroom and everyone wants to use it in a welcoming atmosphere. Buyers look for nice/updated bathrooms, just as much as people are interested in nice/updated kitchens. If you can, update your bathroom completely, which should result in nearly an 80% return on your investment. Look for newer fixtures, lighting and flooring, as much as your budget will allow. If you cannot, make it welcoming, well decorated, clean and fresh smelling, which competely affect the buyers thoughts.

5. Taste Specific Decorating

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 Listen, be reasonable. Not every potential buyer that walks into your home is Andy Warhol, don’t decorate your homes as such. If you have specific decorating tastes, that’s fine, but know that it may turn off certain buyers. Buyers want to picture themselves in your home, much like the kitchen, if you have shag carpeting, black walls and out dated furnature, may potentially turn off buyers. Broaden your home’s appeal by painting it a neutral color, or the buyer may result in a significant drop in an offering price.

(Click Here to Read 6 – 10 On How to Make the Most of Your Home’s Value)

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