Shakopee Homes For Sale in June of 2012

There are currently 157 active listings and Shakopee homes for sales;  72 of these homes currently have offers that are contingent upon inspection or third party approval. When a home is listed as a short sale, the banks require the Realtors listing the property to continue to market the home and look for bak up offers. You can contact myself or another Shakopee realtor to check into the status as most real estate websites do not differentiate the active listings that are sold contingent. To the general public they appear to be active listings. ANNOYING!!!  The total volume for the Shakopee real estate market this week is $37,942,196. Listings in Shakopee are averaging about 120 days on the market with an average price of $99.57 per square foot. Homes are selling at an average price of $241,670 while the highest price listing is $1,195,000 and the lowest priced listing is priced at only $69,900.

Single Family Homes For Sale in Shakopee

Shakopee Homes For SaleSingle Family homes make up 99 of the 157 listing currently available in Shakopee. 47 of these listings have offers accepted and are pending. These listings average 123 days on the market with an average listing price of $307,762. The average price per square foot of a single family home in Shakopee is $107.78. Currently the highest listing price is $1,195,000 and the lowest listing price is $69,900. Single family homes in Shakopee have a total volume of $30,468,396.

Shakopee Townhomes For Sale

Shakopee Townhomes For SaleCurrently there are 58 townhome listings in the city of Shakopee. 25 of the 58 listings are pending with an offer contingent on inspection or third party approval. The average listing price is $128,859 with an average price per square foot of $85.56. Townhomes in Shakopee are averaging 117 days on the market. The total volume is $7,473,800 this week for townhomes. The highest listing price is $259,900 and the lowest listing price is $69,900

 

Multiple Offers on Homes

The inventory is down still and properties that are listed are see quick turnarounds, offers over list price and multiple offers. If you are a buyer, be patient and have your Shakopee real estate agent do a market analysis. Just because a foreclosure listing is priced at $200,000, does not mean they won’t get $210,000 or $215,000. Banks try to create demand and the easiest way of doing so if to price the home low and let the market bid up the property. Sellers can be aggressive. With limited inventory even traditional sales are seeing multiple offers on MLS listings.

Shakopee Homes Are Selling In Multiple Offers In Days

Shakopee Real Estate Market Heating Up

Shakopee homes are selling fast. If this real estate market continues, we will see some nice appreciation this year. The foreclosures and even short sales in Shakopee are flying off the market in less the a week. Traditional sales seem to lag a bit, but are not quite at the discount that the Shakopee foreclosure homes and short sales are priced. Inventory is about at a 7 year low in the city of Shakopee and Realtors in Shakopee can’t list homes fast enough for buyers to come in and throw down purchase agreements. If you are considering putting you home on the market, now is the time.

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Multiple Offers on Shakopee Homes

Shakopee homes selling in multiple offersAlmost every home I have had clients write on in the last 2 months has been multiple offers. Multiple offers on home in the $100,000 range and also on homes even in the $400,000’s. This is very surprising given the news you hear about the market being poor. I attribute most of this due to Shakopee homes being in limited inventory. The Shakopee real estate market has shrunk especially with good quality homes for sale. The foreclosures and even short sales are flying off the market in less the a week. The most recent offer I made was on a Shakopee townhome for sale and the property was listed only 5 days. The townhome was a bank owned property and the bank would not review offers for 5 days. On the fifth day the bank had 8 other offers in hand and althought we bid OVER list price for the townhome in Shakopee, we lost out. The property I was told sold for about $18,000 over the list price. This is  huge number given the fact the townhome was only listed for around $106,000. Think about that for a minute. Shakopee homes selling in multiple offers for almost 17% OVER the list price.

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Short Sale vs Foreclosure RealtorsMany financially troubled homeowners are aware that foreclosure is a lengthy process and many have questions about short vs foreclosure. This was sent from an attorney, Bradley Kirscher, who specializes in short vs foreclosure. 2012 is the end of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 and many are curious what ramifications there are with a Short Sale vs Foreclosure.  Some have heard stories about people living in their home for years without making a payment because their lender was overburdened with defaulted loans and foreclosures.  Those stories may convince them that their best choice is to remain in their home without paying until forced to leave. That urge to remain in the home they know, coupled with the commonly-accepted notion that a Short Sale vs Foreclosure is simply too difficult to complete, keeps many people who would otherwise be qualified from listing their home for short sale.  Why go through the hassle when I could live rent-free for an indefinite period of time?  How does a Short Sale vs Foreclosure benefit me, the struggling homeowner?  Aren’t Realtors just trying to earn a commission at my expense?  These are difficult questions to answer, since the questions themselves suggest that the homeowner is unlikely to sign a listing agreement. However, now is the time to address these questions, and here is the answer: TAXES!

As a general rule, cancelled debt is treated by the IRS as income.  A mortgage lender issues an IRS Form 1099-C anytime it cancels a portion of a homeowner’s debt – whether through short sale or foreclosure (foreclosure by advertisement or “non-judicial foreclosure” in Minnesota results in the lender forfeiting the right to pursue the deficiency, so the deficiency is cancelled debt).  Under the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, in many circumstances the homeowner is not required to pay income tax on the cancelled debt.  However, the Act currently applies only to debt forgiven by the end of the 2012 calendar year.  HOMEOWNERS CONSIDERING SHORT SALE vs FORECLOSURE MUST ACT NOW TO ENSURE THAT THE DEBT FORGIVEN ON THEIR HOME MORTGAGE DOES NOT INCREASE THEIR INCOME TAX.  Considering the state of the market and the time it is taking for some lenders to foreclose, even homeowners that have already missed payments may find that the lender’s delay in foreclosing results in the debt being forgiven in 2013 after the Act expires. Closing a short sale prior to the end of this calendar year results in the debt being canceled in time for the homeowner to take advantage of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act (as long as the canceled mortgage debt was used to purchase or improve the borrower’s primary residence).  Waiting could result in the homeowner incurring income tax on the amount of the deficiency, and many markets are seeing deficiencies over $100,000.  Coupled with the difficulty in discharging tax debt through bankruptcy and the collection tools at the IRS’s disposal, waiting to “see what happens with my foreclosure” could result in a nightmare for the homeowner.

Short Sale vs Foreclosure Realtor & Attorney Information and Help

Bradley Kirscher has attached some information from the IRS website, http://www.irs.gov/ , on the tax ramifications of cancelled debt and the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.

For questions about Short Sale vs Foreclosure contact a short sale vs foreclosure realtor or attorney:

Bradley Kirscher

Kirscher Law Firm, PA

brad@kirscherlawfirm.com

phone: (651) 209-8440

fax: (866) 880-6386

Things To Look Out For When Buying Real Estate

While we all know searching for new home can be exciting, it can also be quite stressful and discouraging. If in the market to buy a new home, paying close attention to certain aspects may help alleviate that stress. The main aspects include electrical, foundation, plumbing, the attic, and landscaping.

Electrical

New homebuyers would be smart to have a home inspection. That will ensure that if there were problems, they would be pointed out and then could be fixed. Some buyers tend to assume that if a house is new, everything will work just fine. That may not always be the case.

Foundation

Homebuyers should pay close attention to the foundation of the house. Minor cracks causing lifting and separation are signs that there may be a problem. However, homebuyers also need to keep in mind that homes usually do have natural cracks due to settling. Home inspections will tell buyers whether the cracks are typical or untypical and if they will lead to problems.

Plumbing

While plumbing problems are not easily seen, they can lead to very expensive repairs if not detected. Homebuyers need to be aware that leaks can also lead to mold. Even if the plumbing problem has been fixed, homebuyers should make sure the other problems associated with the leak were also fixed.

The Attic

The attic can tell homebuyers a lot about a house. If a home had a leak and it damaged a wall, a contractor can repair it to look like new and hopefully function like new. Another sign is if it’s an older house and the insulation is brand new, this tells homebuyers that there was a water leak because the insulation needed to be replaced. Homebuyers can also tell if the roof is in decent condition by paying close attention to the wood and if there is water damage.

Landscaping

Homebuyers should take notice to the landscaping around the house. If landscaping is too close, it could cause water damage, which could lead to foundation cracks. When landscaping is properly placed at least 12 inches from the house, the risk of water damage is less.

 

Homebuyers should learn as much as possible when looking for their new home. Taking time to learn about the home before closing the deal will keep homebuyers from making a mistake and having to spend more money in the future.

 

5 Important Tips When Selling Your Shakopee Home

1) Price

I consider this probably the most important factor for multiple reasons. Price ditactes the amount of interest in your home as buyers generally judge the price of your home compared to other homes currently on the market, not necessarily sold listings. Shakopee realtors will do a market analysis prior to making an offer and compare your home to other Shakopee homes that have sold recently. Most tend to to pull comparable properties no more than six months old being appriasers will do the same and other even looking only within the last 4 months. When listings homes I generally try to stick with even numbers being many real estate search website have $10,000 or $25,000 increments to search by. Imagine if you are on the fence over price and decide to price your home at $249,900. By $100 you are missing the $250,000-$260,000 buyer and the $250,000-$275,000 buyer. Remember you are tyring to get the most exposure possible. Buyers are not dumb and looking at a home priced $100 lower is not going to pull the wool over their eyes.

Pricing your home well early on can be more beneficial than inflating the price and coming down. Many sellers want to “give it a try” when doing so makes thier home market worn over time. There have been studies that state most of the best traffic though your home is within the first few weeks. Within those first weeks the most active buyers want to run out, look at the newest listings and either make an offer or move on. Shakopee bank owned homes have this down pat. The bank owned homes generate tons of activity and many sell in multiple offers within the first two weeks on the market, unless the condition of the home is so poor it eliminates many buyers.  In an ever changing Shakopee real estate market, pricing is crucial.

2) Condition

As stated above, the condition of a property can make or break a transaction. With price, most of the time you have a mortgage to pay off and you have some but little control over the price unless you outright own your home. The market typically dicates value with the supply of existing homes and demand from buyers. Condition refers top how well you keep up the home. Maintence, being up to date and clean would all fall into this category. make sure you are cleaning every inch of your home. The places I see neglected most when showing homes are many places owners overlook . The four that jump out most are ceiling fans, return air vents, dusty mechanicals and bathrooms. Being up to date with carpet, fresh paint are two of the most inflential things I tihnk owners can do. Also make sure to fix leaking plumbing, quircky door locks and doors that may be off hinges. If you have wallpaper….take it down. Maintenace can be the most expensive part of this equation and some things can and can not be overlooked. Doing a furnace tune up or cleaning show buyers you take care of the home. Change the furnace filter prior to inspection as well. That is the single most thing I see inspectors put on reports along with gutter downspout extensions. You can pick gutter extensions up pretty cheap too at a local hardware store. Caulking is another inexpensive maintenece item often called on reports. The big ticket items like a roof, siding and windows are probably not going to give you the return on the money you are looking for. The only exception I would make to that is if the color of your exterior is a loud color, paint to neiralize. Yellows and blue typically don’t sell well either.

3) Marketinging your home

I am a huge advocate of trying to market to the audience you feel would best be interested in your home. The only time I advertise in the newspaper is when I have a one level townhomes because if you look at the Star Tibune reader demographic, it fits perfectly. If you are selling a larger two story home, you will probably be marketing to a neighborhood that would be a good move up buyer. Find people who have been in their homes 3-7 years when most start thinking or get the itch to move.

The internet is the best place currently to showcase homes. Local real estate sites, large brokerage sites, the MLS (not to be confused with The MLS online, which is a real estate company)  are some of the best. You can also advertise on local newspaper websites like startribune.com. Truila.com, zillow.com and craigslist.com can be some good free sites to use as well. We also include the Realtor.com expanded profile when sellers list their homes with the Twin City Real Estate Team. Realtor.com is the most used national site for home searches.

4) Photos

This is one of my biggest pet peves because SOOOOOOO MANY Shakopee realtors don’t take good photos. If you are going to be in the business of real estate, invest in the technology. If you do not want to invest in the technology, hire a professional photographer to take photos. You as an owner could also do so if you would like to showcase your hom in the best light. No one wants to see a bed, they want to see the bedroom. I use a Nikon D300 with a wide angle 11-18 Tamron lens and I also have an external flash to make rooms brighter. The MN MLS is where most real estate sites pull their photos from. Pictures say 1000 words, make sure it’s complementary.

5) Staging

Staging not to be confused by condition is making your home appear to buyers. Some of the easiest tips to stage your home is to take down the family photos, declutter and make your home bright as possible. Many showings are during the evening and I recommend turning on all the lights in your home and opening the blinds during the day. Make sure all the bulbs in your house are bright and in working condition. I wrote an article prior this year with an indepth look at staging your home for selling. I always come back to saying, “if model homes stage thier homes, so should you”

Hopefully this article helps and if you have any questions about the selling process feel free to contact me or give me a call at 612-384-2178.

Purchase a Shakopee home for only 2% downpayment!

A good quality Shakopee loan officer I work with , Chris Aloisio, just wanted to send out a refresher email for a loan program she and Wells Fargo in Shakopee have to offer. The program is called the CDMP program if you want to mention it to her when calling.  This program that is unique to Wells Fargo is great for first time buyers. CDMP stands for Community Development Mortgage Program. Here are the highlights and information on the program:

Conventional loan–in house (not Fannie or Freddie), Not an FHA program either

2% down–NO MORTGAGE INSURANCE!!!

Income limit of $67,200 for a family of 4–income limits waived if buying within the city limits of Mpls or St. Paul

Down payment can be a gift

Owner occupied only

Homebuyer education is required UNLESS they have owned a home in the last 3 years and made their last 12 payments on time so do not have to be first timers

One debt ratio of 42% & can have a co-signer

Must be employed for one year

Self employment for 1 year with tax returns is acceptable (2 year requirement waived on this program)

Credit score of 620 with 3 tradelines

No cash reserve requirement

Home must be in decent shape, but cosmetic repairs are fine

One year rental history required

Todays rate, 6/3/11,  for this loan is 4.875% for a 30 year fixed.

This loan program is truely a great program. Although there are income limits to apply for the program your downpayment can be gifted which helps and credit scores can be as low as 620.  The biggest advantage to this program in my opinion outside of the obviously only 2% downpayment program is NOT HAVING MORTGAGE INSURANCE.  That portion can save you $100+ per month!

If you want more information about this program feel free to contact, Tom Scott of Remax Advantage Plus and the Twin City Real Estate Team at 612-384-2178

When purchasing a home, make sure to have your own representation. The person selling the home has their own representation

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Protect Your Home From Water

I know a few solid American Family Insurance agents who are local, Bob Loonan and Nikki O’Brien.  In a recent newsletter I received, Bob mentioned springtime floods are not uncommon in many areas. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2009, 405 flood insurance claims were filed in Minnesota alone and the average claim was almost $18,000!

When spring arrives the temperatures follow melting all our unwanted and long overdue snow. With that being said it also adds to the rivers and streams. When those bodies of water start to overflow their banks they can cause a lot of damage to surrounding homes that stand in their path. For those within the flood plain insurance is a must or you could be leaving yourself with a huge liability on your hand if your basement or home were to flood. Flood insurance is mandoatory if you live in a high risk location and many lenders will require you to purchase the insurance prior to close. What I found interesting in the article was that about 25% of all claims came in locations that were considered moderate to low risk area.

If you do not have flood insurance or are unsure about your coverage make sure to contact one of these quality insurance agents who will be able to sit down and discuss what is the best option for you and your home.  American Family Insurance offers flood insurance but there is a 30 day waiting period so make sure you are contacting your agent within a reasonable time, not when you see the levy getting close to spilling over the edge! While flood insurance won’t protect against keeping your basement dry, it will make recouping costs easier and give you peace of mind.

One way to protect your basement against water is having your basement draintiled in which the tile leads to a sump basket. The sump pump within the basket pumps the water outside your home to keep your basement and interior possessions dry. Make sure to test your sump pump every spring to ensure it is in working order. Also make sure the hose does not expell next to the foundation. Have a long extention hose drain water away from your home and your neighbors hosue out of respect. Ifyou want to be extra cautious look into having a licensed plumber install a backup sump pump for under $400 in case your power ever goes out.

Below I put the contact information for Bob, Nikki and a great local plumber I know:

Bob Loonan- American Family Insurance

952-445-8100

Nikki O’Brien- American Family Insurance

612-901-9151

Tom Dewitz- Plumber

952-292-7531

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Conventional or FHA Loans, Which is Best For You?

If you are thinking of purchaing a home with the next twelve months, consider talking with a loan officer prior to your home search to make sure you know how much you can afford and where you are comfortable with monthly payments. Craig Anderson of Rivercity Mortagage provided me with this helpful insight on loan programs and comparing FHA and Conventional loans.

FHA is increasing it’s monthly mortgage insurance premiums in April so it is time to compare both mortgages to see what works for your own situation.

Determining factors

Credit.  If you have a good credit score (ideally over 740), a conventional loan may make more sense than an FHA loan due to the fact that the monthly mortgage insurance premium will probably be lower than FHAs.  If your credit score is under 700, especially under 660, it will probably make more sense to go with an FHA loan as both the mortgage rate and availability of mortgage insurance for the conventional option will make the FHA option more affordable. 

Income. For a conventional loan, the limit on debt to income ratios is 45% and ideally 41%.  For an FHA loan, you can have higher debt to income ratios – usually a maximum of 50%.  Both options are going to require that the income be deemed stable and likely to continue.

Down payment and reserves. A conventionally insured loan will allow for a slightly smaller down payment, but is going to typically require that the borrower have at least two months worth of housing payments in reserves after closing.  An FHA loan will allow for a higher percentage of contribution from the seller to help pay the borrower’s closing costs and pre-paid items which may come into play on a smaller purchase price.

Interest Rate. The interest rate on FHA loans tends to be lower than that of a conventional loan, however FHA requires that the borrower pay a 1% funding fee that can be financed into the mortgage.  Often this addition to the loan amount will offset the monthly savings that the lower interest rate produces. 

If you know you have good credit and you have the ability to make a down payment of at least 5%, you may want to ask your loan officer about using a conventional mortgage instead of FHA. 

To contact Craig Anderson you can reach him at the office 952-908-3420 or on his cell phone 612-964-6620. Otherwise you can email him with questions or to get preapproved canderson@RiverCityMortgage.com

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Shakopee Townhomes Values

Shakopee townhomes for sale have gone on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last 20 years, they might as well have gone to Valleyfair.  I have analyzed numbers very thoroughly and from a town that had as few as 8 Shakopee townhomes sell back in 1992, to 445 Shakopee townhomes sold in 2005 the townhomes for sale in Shakopee have leveled slightly.

We have seen a lot of new construction in Shakopee after the highway 169 Bloomington Ferry bridge was built in 1996. Up until 1998 Shakopee townhomes had seen only 135 townhomes sold in the previous six years per the Minnesota MLS statistics. Then in 1998, 159 townhomes sold representing almost 35% of the total Shakopee homes sold that year. The average sales price for a Shakopee townhomes in 1998 was $107,890. Average market times were only 60 days and average square footage was for those townhomes in Shakopee was only 1027 sqft, making the average price per sqft to be $105.05.

The Shakopee townhome market exploded from this point on as many more townhomes were to be built. The city temporarily thought about a moratorium of townhomes in Shakopee being built, but then decided not to impose. The number of townhome in Shakopee built in 2001 rose to 249 homes sold representing almost 38% of the total market. Average sales price had climbed to under under $150,000 and the average days on market fell to just 24 days. The boom was definitely here and sqft increased to an average of 1338 per townhome.  The Shakopee real estate market and Shakopee townhome market peaked in 2004-2006. 2004 led to a high of almost  49% of all homes in Shakopee sold that year on the Minnesota MLS to be townhomes. 2005 brought an all time high of townhomes in Shakopee sold through the Minnesota MLS, 445 townhomes. In 2006 values had peaked, with average sales prices just over $192,000, meanwhile average days on market increaseing  48 days more days from the previous year to 107 average days on the market. Through these three years the average price per square foot had almost tripled from 1992 values of $42.57 per sqft, to just over $125 per sqft.

Come 2008, much fewer Shakopee townhomes were selling and bottomed at an eightyear low of only 201 townhome in Shakopee sold that year. Average sales prices had significantly decreased since their peak of just over $192,000 to an average sales price of $161,403. This was over $25,000 less in just a years time than the 2007 average sales price of $186,687. Most assumed this was the worst however Shakopee townhome values again plunged the following year even worse, decreasing on average over $33,500! This brought the average sales price of a Shakopee townhome to $127,782.

We saw signs of hope in 2010 with Shakopee townhome values finally increasing for the first time in three years after a rapid decrease in values to an average of $132,533, but so far in 2011 it appears as though we are seeing a double dip in pricing.I had put together some numbers from the Minnesota MLS and so far in 2011 23 townhomes in Shakopee had sold with an average sales price of $109,718. Days on market had steadily increased over the last 10 years and reached close to the average days on market of 1992 with an average time of 152 days. Per per sqft has dropped to $72.90 per sqft, close to values in 1995-1997. Although we have not had average sales prices fall to those points, our townhomes are much larger today.

There are signs of hope for those looking to buy while starting their home search and those looking to rent their townhome in Shakopee. Shakopee townhomes are priced so aggressive today I feel there is a huge upside potential. You can currently buy cheaper than you could rent townhomes in Shakopee. The rental market is great as well. With Shakopee being relatively close to shopping, Minneapolis, lakes and many activities more and more are moving to the area. Shakopee also has a lot of job opportunity in the area with large companies like Seagate, Mystic Lake, Canterbury, Valleyfair and more. Shakopee has a transit as well for an easy commute to downtown.

Still remain cautious because I see two potential problems we could see down the road. One deals with financing for future buyers, and the other deals with increased association dues. Many current owners who have moved to single family homes are renting their Shakopee townhomes. Some aassociations have become a bit more lenient with their covenants pertaining to how many townhomes can be rented.  Because of this and the increased Shakopee foreclosures and short sales, some Shakopee townhomes down the road may be hard to get bank financing. Lenders look at an area with high foreclosure rates and rental rates as more of a risk and may not offer some loan programs in those development, primarily those legally defined as a condo. Most developments with Shakopee townhomes actually are classified as a condo. If you own a Shakopee townhome, look at your legal description and if you see CIC, likely it is a condo. Those townhomes in Shakopee that have a lot and block, likely are classified as a townhomes. The other area for potential future concern would be  inflated association dues. Some associations are in great standing because they have not had many foreclosures. Stone Meadows one level townhomes for example I know are in great standing while keeping their dues low at $115 per month. Other townhome areas I know have increased their association dues above $200 per month when previously the average was in the $125-150 range.  Some association are charging extra month assn dues if you rent your townhome. I don’t think that is necessarily bad because some area have amenities like community park or pools and hopefully 10-15 years down the road the won’t need to get a bond to replace roofs or siding. Make sure when search for your next home or Shakopee townhome you talk to you local Shakopee Realtor and make certain you review the associations financials and covenants. In Minnesota you have 10 days to review all such documents per a condo/ townhome addendum your Realtor should add to the Minnesota real estate contract.

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Shakopee Real Estate Agent Home Staging Advice

You can never makeanother first impression and when trying to sell you home in Shakopee, you must make your home shine. “Staging” a home refers to all the things you can do to make your home sparkle and show it’s best for potential buyers coming to look and possibly buy.  I as aShakopee real estate agent,  know through experience it is also related  to obtaining the highest possible sales price. Buyers purchase homes visually and want everything to be clean, minimalistic and sharp. They want to be able to picture their possessions in the home, but at the same time have an idea of the depth of a room

There are three things the seller and Shakopee real estate agent can control during the sale of a house

1) Price

2) Marketing

3) Condition

 The rest is up to the current Shakopee real estate conditions of the market, the supply of home buyers in the market etcetera. In this article we are focusing in on the third point, condition. If you are considering have a market analysis done on your home, a Shakopee real estate agentalso may be able to advise what you can do prior to getting your home on the market if if you are not thinking of listings for 3-9 months from now.  Here are some helpful tips if you are thinking of selling your home in Shakopee this spring or summer.

  1. Please leave the home if possible, buyers get uncomfortable when the owner is present.
  2. Make sure you locks work smoothly. There is nothing worse for a first impression than a door that is impossible to open. Also if you have any sort of traffic noise outside, you are just giving the buyers an excuse to exclude your home.
  3. Create good “curb appeal”.  When the potential purchasers step from the salesperson’s car and see you home for the first time, you want that first impression to be a “WOW”!  The lawn, bushes, flowers, etc., should be kept cut, trimmed, and edged.
  4. If it’s summer time, make sure to turn the sprinklers on for 10 minutes 30 minutes prior to your showing.
  5. Turn on a lite radio station such as 97.1
  6. At the front door you want to maintain that great first impression. As the potential purchasers wait to enter your home they will be inspecting its exterior condition.  So, be sure the front door and surrounding area are scrubbed clean and painted if necessary.  You may wish to enhance the entrance area with decorative planter of colorful flowering plants.
  7. Keep the window areas clean and dressed up with curtains or drapes. Keep the curtains or drapes open when the home is being shown so as to keep the interior bright and cheery.
  8. Remove screens in the summertime so windows appear larger and the home stay brighter.
  9. If any of the interior walls need scrubbing or painting it is a good idea to get that accomplished immediately.  Money spent on interior painting is usually more than recovered in the final sales price.  Be sure to use a bright and neutral color.
  10. Remove borders from the home. You may love them, but typically they are dated, too personalized and buyer consider them another thing to do when they move in.
  11. Be sure to keep the kitchen area sparkling and neat since it is an area of major importance.  This is not always convenient, but the kitchen often sells the home. Remove everything, yes everything off of your refrigerator.
  12. Tuck away all you small appliances. Toaster, coffee maker and stand mixer.
  13. If you want to be creative set the dining room table. If you have a master suite with a large soaking tub, set out a bottle of wine and a few glasses. Turn the fireplace on to set a comfortable mood.
  14. Remove most personal photos from you home for two reasons. Some people can be prejudice, some spend too much time looking at you instead of the home and it just gives you more privacy.
  15. The bathrooms are also utmost importance.   Be sure to keep them scrubbed and neat. Put toothbrushes away and toilet lids down.
  16. Make up the beds each day and make sure all clothes are hung neatly away. Reduce seasonal clothes in the closet as well to make them appear larger. This goes for coat closets as well.
  17. During evening showings be sure to leave lights on in each room.  This helps to show the home in its best light and makes the potential purchasers feel welcome. Make sure all the bulbs are in working order
  18. Keep all stairways clear of hazards.  Make sure dishes, clothes, toys, newspapers and magazines, etc., are put away.
  19. Keep the family pet out of the way during showing.  If the potential purchasers are uneasy around your pet, they will not want to stay.  And, if they enjoy seeing your pet, they will be distracted.  In either case, they are not focused on your home. If possible remove from the home.
  20. It is important for the potential purchasers to feel as comfortable as possible while in your home.  So as not to make them feel as if they are intruding, it is a good idea for you and your children to leave them alone with the salesperson.  They will then feel more comfortable to stay and take a good look, and the Shakopee real estate agent can do his/her job. 
  21. If you have lot of moving boxes make sure they are organized and stacked neatly in the garage. Garages are VERY important to buyer and if your garage space looks small you are just giving the buyer a reason to move on to the next home.
  22. Empty all garage cans in bathroms and kitchen. Especially if you have rollout garage can in the kitchen. Nothing to turn someone off when looking at a nice feature than a stanky garage can.
  23. Vaccuum before you leave the home and spray with a light scent of something like frebreze lialac vanilla.
  24. Remember to remove or hide valuables. In 10 years (knock on wood) I have not had anything go missing, but it’s always good to be safe rather than sorry.
  25. Now go hang out with your neighbors and watch your showing through their windows. I have to admit when we sold our townhome we did this!

 Don’t be afaid to ever replace dated or worn items in your home. It may seem like you are spending money on something you will never recoupe, but I havehad lots of success with client doing this PRIOR to listing their Shakopee real estate listings. Don’t say we wll give it a try and if it’s not selling then we will do something. You will just lose market time.