Jennifer Lee Mazeika

GRI, ABR

“Home is where your story begins, I’ll help you get there.”

  1. With interest rates projected to keep rising, many buyers are getting off the fence and into the market!
  2. Inventory is limited for many areas and there may be someone waiting for a home just like yours!
  3. Many people start thinking about a new home purchase after the holidays are over.
  4. The Spring market will be flooded with New listings. Why not get the chance to showcase your home when the market is not so saturated?
  5. People start thinking about how they will spend their tax return… a down payment on a house is a great way to utilize the extra income!
  6. The winter keeps a lot of people inside and what better time to search the web for a new home!

Why You Should Buy A Home Now. . .

  1. Interest rates are only projected to rise. . . In November 2017, interest rates were at 4.25% and by November 2018, they had risen to 4.75% for a 30-year mortgage. Doesn’t sound like much, but it means a difference of a few hundred dollars in your monthly payment.
  2. It is a Buyer’s Market – inventory continues to stay steady, which means that buyers have choices in their home search, therefore making it a “Buyer’s Market”.
  3. You can purchase with NO Money Down! First-time buyers have a loan option available that will allow them to purchase a home with very little out of pocket expense!

When you are selling your home, you may find yourself competing for potential buyers.

Staging your home can give you a competitive edge – and help you earn a higher sale price.

Why Staging?

Staging your property does much more than just making it look nice. According to Real Estate Staging Association, professionally listed staged properties spend 73% less time on the market.

  • Typically sell for more money
  • End up on Buyer’s “must see” lists
  • Are considered well-maintained
  • Have fewer concessions requested of the seller

Is Staging Worth It?

Consider home staging a cost of doing business. It’s an investment that will pay off when you sell your home.  The median amount spent on home staging is $675.00.

What’s the return on investment?

  • 37% of realtors representing sellers believe that buyers most often offer a 1-5% increase on the value of a staged home and 22% believe that buyers get an offer a 6-10% increase on the value of a staged home

All buyers hope in their hearts that the purchase of a new home will make their lives better. So showing your home in the best possible light will only reinforce that idea.

Contact me at 540-537-2332 for a free no-obligation consultation.

Source: Homestratosphere.com

We all adore our pets and make our homes as comfortable for them as it is for us.  But even if a potential Home Buyer is a pet lover, they don’t want to smell or see any damage your pet might has caused in their possible new home.  Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when selling your home if you have pets.

Remove Pet Odors and Stains
Pets have accidents.  You have probably gotten used to the pet smell over time, but new visitors to your home will be sure to notice the smells. 56% of all homebuyers have said they are “turned-off” by an odor and have listed that as one of the top reasons they will pass on a home.

Avoid this by having your carpet and flooring professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odors. If the staining or odors are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas.

Repair Any Damage Your Pet Has Made
Pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. Dogs and cats will inevitably destroy something, including carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, trim, doors, turf in your yard and your fence.

All of this damage should be repaired prior to listing your home. The value you will get for your house from making these repairs will be well worth it.

Cleanup Your Yard
Pick up any messes in the yard and have any damage repaired. You may be the kind of person who picks up after your pet regularly or you may have a cat that causes very little impact to your yard. Remember the yard is just as important to some buyers as the inside of the home.

Remove Your Pets and Their Toys During Showings
When selling a home with pets, you should remove them from your home when you are showing the property.  All the cute things your dog or cat does will not help you sell your home and will only remind the potential homebuyer that the house has contained pets previously.

Ideally you should have your real estate agent showing the home while you are out. Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for your agent and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process. There are also liability issues to deal with as well.

Maybe due to your job you can’t come back and remove your pet at the time of the showing. The next best option is to put them in a contained space and let the agent know about it ahead of time. Also don’t forget to remove the litter box if possible or if you have to leave your cat in a confined area, leave a just cleaned litter box.

The potential homebuyers might be pet lovers like I am but why take the chance?  By removing any obstacles, you are helping your real estate agent show your home in the best possible conditions and make the best possible impression on your homebuyers.

When Viewing Potential New Homes:

  • 70% of home buyers are put off by damp patches, stained walls & ceilings
  • 56% said they are turned-off by odor
  • 54% mentioned dull lighting is unattractive
  • 25% found an outdated bathroom unappealing
  • 15% are disappointed with a cluttered room
  • 14% are not flattered by over the top décor
    Source: Gocompare.com

As your Re/Max agent, I want to help Home Sellers present their homes in the best possible light. And I think the above statistics help illuminate areas of the home that should be considered when selling.   After all, the end goal is to sell your property as quickly as possible at the best price!

So give me a call and let’s get it SOLD!!

Call me at 540.537.2332 to setup a no-obligation consultation.

(or What do I do with all the kid clutter before my agent arrives to show our house)

Even though that heading really says what this article is all about. I thought it was a little too long. But here is a short list of things to help you cope with showing your house:

Declutter Before You Sell
After we went through our stuff, we wound up donating multiple bags to Goodwill and threw away a lot of junk. ‘If you haven’t used it in a year, you most likely won’t use it.”  We also could have had a yard sale but I have to admit that with two kids, a full time job and just running our household, I didn’t have the time. Decluttering the house made the cleaning up process before a showing so much easier because there was a lot less stuff in our house.

Use Your Car for Storage
We bought three large laundry baskets and kept them in the back of our car during each showing. We typically received 3-5 hours notice before a showing which gave us plenty of time to cleanup. I would bring in the three baskets and load them up with all of the toys, clothes on the floor and things I didn’t have time to put away. It’s a quick way to get stuff off your floors and countertops.

Make a ‘Get Ready for Showing’ List
 I wrote a list of things to do before each showing. This kept me on track and helped me remember everything I needed to do to get the house “ready.”  Your list should be specific to your house. The list made the getting ready so much less stressful.

This is an example of my list:
1. Remove toys (kids and pets)
2. Wipe down countertops and appliances; put away all dishes, clear countertops
3. Close all toilets, clean sinks and mirrors
4. Make beds – add decorative pillows
5. Remove diaper bin, cat litter box and kitchen garbage
6. Open blinds, shades and curtains
7. Turn on lights
8. Turn up heat or ac (depending on weather)
9. Sweep front porch
10. If you have time or help, vacuum all carpeted areas

Consider a Storage Unit
I personally think houses with less clutter look bigger and are more appealing to home buyers. Less stuff equals more room. We cleaned out some of our kitchen cabinets and our closets. You don’t want a closet overflowing with stuff.

I hope this helps. I know it will make my job as a realtor a lot easier.

1. Proper Pricing
Pricing is an important part of a fast, successful sale. Over pricing scares away prospective buyers. And sellers that keep lowering their initial price look desperate.

2. Staging
Deep clean, depersonalize, declutter and arrange your furniture in a way that fits the area. If you have to, remove some furniture to make areas look larger. Or talk to me about possibly hiring a professional staging service.

3. Ample Storage Space
Declutter closets to make them appear roomier. Remove and pack away extra items. Storage space sells homes.

4. Move-in Ready
Homes sell quicker and at a higher value when they are ready for a new owner to move in right away. From replacing leaky faucets to giving the baseboards and trim a new coat of paint, you will impress the buyer with a well maintained home. You might want to consider a “Pre-Selling Home Inspection” to avoid or correct any problems that might come up during closing.

5. Curb Appeal
The first and last impression of your home is the exterior, so don’t underestimate curb appeal. A better listing photo on-line will draw them to your home. Is your landscaping in prime condition? Does your house need painted? I can help you find vendors to get these jobs done if you don’t want to do them yourselves.

6. Energy Efficiency
Upgrading or installing energy-efficient features such as new windows or new appliances will increase the appeal of your home to buyers. HGTV has educated home-buyers and now they look for the extra perks some properties have over others. They come with their “must haves” in mind.

7. Quality Photos
Buyers start by looking for homes online. Having at least 10 photos showcasing your home allows them to be drawn in. I know all the tips and tricks to help your home look appealing online.

8. Find The Right Realtor for You
After you prepare your home for sale, one of the most important factors, is finding the right realtor for you. How do you find the right match? Do they show up on time to your initial consultation? Are they prepared with home market comparisons for your area so they can help you set the best possible price? Are they professional in their appearance? Is the agency they represent one you would use to buy a home from? Do they answer all your questions and concerns? Are they creative about your listing photos and information?
I’d like to help you when you decide to sell your home. I love being a real estate agent. As a former paralegal, I am very detail oriented and I will make sure that the selling process is as stress-free as possible.

If you are considering selling your home, I’d like to help. Give me a call at 540-537-2332 for a no obligation consultation today.

Client Tesimonials

“Jennifer was a pleasure to work with. She has gone out of her way to help us multiple times and continues to do so even after we closed on our property. I highly recommended her.
She is awesome!”

Alan D.

bought a home in Hardy, VA

“Jennifer has been the best realtor I’ve ever dealt with. She was always quick to respond and meet us wherever, whenever. She got to know us personally and would match us with the best houses. She cared more about our happiness with a home than the incentive she was getting. She helped with dealing with house inspections and dealing with the seller as well.”

Stephen C.

Bought a home in Thaxton, VA

“Jennifer was our realtor and did an excellent job. She found us a great house and it fit our budget. We put a contract on it in two days it was a pleasure working with her.
Awesome job Jennifer.”

Lee T.

Bought a home in Wirtz, VA

“We had a lot of issue’s with selling and buying another home, but Jennifer’s negotiating skills kept us from making big mistakes, like not having a home inspection. Otherwise, it would have cost us $1000.00 dollars. She was on top of every detail, even if it was a small one. Also, she was very responsive in returning phone calls. We highly recommend her as your agent. We will certainly use her again if need be.”

Barbara A.

Bought a home in Wirtz, VA

“Great realtor to work with. I came in with no knowledge about the process or anything just knew I wanted a house. She helped me and taught me every step of the way, giving great advice on everything.”

Kirsten S.

Bought a home in Vinton, VA

“I highly recommend Jennifer with any home buyer/seller needs. Jennifer was always on time to our appointments and she is so kind. Jennifer knew exactly what our family’s needs were and found us the perfect home.”

Christian J.

Bought a home in Boones Mill, VA

“I would defiantly recommend Jennifer for all your real estate purchases. Her knowledge, drive, and response times are excellent. She is very understanding and passionate about her job. She kept us informed every step of the way despite any hiccups (which she had no control over). Not only did she find us the perfect home, she did so in a way that was respectful and with class. Jennifer is by far the greatest realtor I have ever worked with.”

Jesse W.

Bought a home in Moneta, VA

“Jennifer was so helpful throughout the entire process, her recommendations for home, loan officers, and title company were the best in the business. Jennifer always had multiple options available and took our needs into consideration for every home we looked at until we found the perfect home for our family. Jennifer put a personal touch we will never forget into the home buying process and we will be forever grateful for the best service. We highly recommend Jennifer to everyone and have already enlisted her help with the selling of a family home, and she will be representing other friends and family in the purchase of their new home.”

Michelle H.

Bought a home in Moneta, VA

“Jennifer Mazeika was very attentive to our needs and prompt in answering our questions. She helped us find a beautiful home with everything we were looking for.”

James B.

Bought a home in Moneta, VA

“This was my first time buying a home and Jennifer was more than reliable.
She always replied to me quickly and took mental notes
about everything I was looking for in a home.”

 

Jessica P.

Bought a home in Union Hall, VA

“Jennifer was a delight to have as my agent. Her dedication to me as her client was superb and her knowledge of the area here in the Smith Mountain Lake is extensive.”

Nita F.

bought a home in Hardy, VA

“Jennifer was near perfect. She was always responsive; we never had to call twice. If she didn’t answer the phone, she got back to us very quickly. She was always willing to go the extra step. She is enthusiastic and her concern for us always seemed to be genuine. To put it succinctly, Jennifer made the ordeal of shopping for a
house much more pleasant than it usually is.”

Kurt S.

bought a home in Wirtz, VA

“Jennifer is absolutely wonderful to work with. She answered all of our questions (we had a lot) and took the time to help find us the right place. I highly recommend her!! I hope we get to see her around the lake!!”

Shannon W.

bought a condo in Moneta, VA

“Very professional, highly prepared, genuine, sincere and knowledgeable about the market. Prompt in returning phone calls and emails and appointments. Always enthusiastic about finding a home that meets the buyer’s wishes.”

Irene C.

bought a home in Wirtz, VA

“Very personable and knowledgeable in her profession. We got along quite well in searching for houses. Traveled throughout three counties in search of the perfect home. Continued despite numerous disappointments and setbacks.”

Doug O.

bought a home in Moneta, VA

“Jennifer has been the best realtor I’ve ever dealt with. She was always quick to respond and meet us wherever, whenever. She got to know us personally and would match us with the best houses. She cared more about our happiness with a home than the incentive she was getting. She helped with dealing with house inspections and dealing with the seller as well.”

Stephen C.

bought a home in Thaxton, VA

“Jennifer is a real estate agent we would use again. When choosing a real estate agent you want someone knowledgeable in all areas of buying and selling, who knows the “ins and outs” of the local area that also has a great personality who can make the sometimes stressful experience as enjoyable as possible. Jennifer is a triple threat! Very knowledgeable of the real estate business and the processes that go along with it. VERY RESPONSIVE. We were buying a property in Smith Mountain Lake and we lived out of town and that was difficult for us. Jennifer made us feel like we could call her anytime and that gave us a level of comfort.”

Gretchen R.

bought a condo in Moneta, VA

“Jennifer has been one of the best agents to work with. She has been very knowledgeable through the whole process. She went above and beyond and did more for us than we could have ever asked for. Answered all of our questions and understood completely what we were looking for and got us into the house of our dreams. Jennifer is an AMAZING agent. We plan to use her in the future and refer her to everyone we know. ”

Tiffani H

Bought a home in Moneta, VA