Does staging really sell a house?

June 24, 2013

There has been much debate on what really “sells” a house. Many people think that “staging” the house during the time it is on the market is the way to make it sell. Others do not mind what their house looks like as long as it does sell.
When buyers walk in to a house the first thing they notice is how the house looks and how it is “decorated” , if there are piles of clothes, bags etc. the potential buyer will notice that and could possibly steer away due to the fact that all of the stuff covers up some of the important parts of the home such as floors, trim and paint.
Staging is huge in this market. With inventory being so low, as a seller you want buyers to remember your house at the end of the day, and for it to be the one they purchase. By staging your home, you are decorating it to the extent that will make it sell. Making your house look presentable and de cluttered is the first step to accomplishing that, and we’re here to get you started.

Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
763-496-2903
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Great New Lake Front Property, Open House This Weekend

June 18, 2013
OPEN HOUSE, June 22, Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
6711 80th Street, Maple Lake, MN
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$ Click for current price
1 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS (1 full)
768 Square Feet

Perfect Lake home property, move-in ready for your enjoyment. Open floor plan, Main Level screened-in deck, Lower Level walk-out, patio, hot tub, dock and year around enjoyment!

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With mortgage rates on the rise, is now the time to buy?

June 17, 2013

As we all know mortgage rates are low right now. In 2012 a 30 fixed-rate mortgage was around 3.67%. Compared to this year we are up to 3.91%. With mortgage rates on the rise it gets people thinking about whether or not now really is the time to buy.
As a Licensed Realtor of Minnesota, I can tell you that inventory is incredibly low right now. There are not enough houses out there to get all of the first time homebuyers and move up buyers out to look at them. This can be discouraging to someone who is in the market to purchase a home. They may think that because properties are selling so fast, they will never be able to get the home they want. Stop that thinking! The reason properties are selling so fast is due to the low interest rates. People are taking advantage of the low interest rates now because back in 2004 interest rates were between 5-6% average. This is definitely something to utilize, which many people are. In turn, inventory is low, properties are selling fast and if you are looking to purchase, now is the time to do it!
Starting your home ownership off with a lower interest rate is a great plus. It will help with your house payments immensely. If you start off with a higher interest rate, yes you can always refinance down the road when interest rates drop, but why not take advantage of them now?
Now is truly a great time to purchase a home, whether you are a first time homebuyer or a move up buyer. Interest rates are still low and getting you into the home of your dreams will always be our first priority.

Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
763-496-2903
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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