Every REALTOR(R) Should Move First!

Every time I move house I swear it will be THE LAST MOVE!

When the kids grew up and left home, we downsized from a seven bedroom/4 bathroom home to a 2 bedroom/3 bathroom town home (are you kidding me????? NO!) – this after rattling around this huge house for a couple of years after the family left!

Now I don’t care who it is…. by comparison, this was a HUGE transition, but we did it with ease. First, we separated ourselves from the emotional attachment to the property and then we separated ourselves from the emotional attachment to the things inside the home! All those Christmas gifts that Aunt Maude gave us over the years went on a garage sale and we held 3 in total.

We called all family and friends and said: “Thank you for all the gifts that you have given us over the years. We have cherished them, remembered you with love every time we passed them and they have held pride of place in our home but….. they are going! Surprisingly enough, everyone said “No problem!”

Yup, three garage sales and we pretty much moved with a truck load of boxes, having decided that after 10 years of marriage and the combination of several homes (inherited and otherwise), we felt that we deserved new furniture!

I spent 5 months prior to moving, getting the new property into shape, upgrading kitchen and bathrooms, painting, new flooring, new light fixtures and faucets etc, but when we moved in, two things were certain:
1) We would not live there for more than two years, and
2) The decor had to appeal to today’s buyer.

The moving company left our boxes in the living room of our new home, we locked up and went to the Bahamas for two weeks!

Fast forward two years!

In the last two years, we did not buy anything for the new home beyond the initial decorating. In every case, I asked myself:
1) Can I really afford it, and
2) How am I going to feel two years from now when I sell it for $2 on a garage sale?

In most cases, I was able to leave the store with my cash in my pocket! Those impulse buys just didn’t happen! We took three months to decide on living room furniture and to be honest, I’d rather have had an empty room than settle for something ‘temporary’, so for a while, if you wanted to sit down, you had to be working, eating or preparing for bed ‘cos that was the only place we had furniture!

The other thing I did was to convert our home and my home office to ‘paperless’. All those invoices, statements and receipts, were scanned and the originals were shredded. Month by month, I converted to online payments (where safe to do so), and on-line billing, which saved me a ton of ‘paper’ storage space and time in the long run.

So, in March of this year, when my husband announced that he had decided that we should move from California to Florida, I thought I had about 5 months (the average time for a home on the market in our area) to prepare, I wasn’t concerned….. EXCEPT ~~~~~~~

Our house sold on THE VERY FIRST DAY!

Tune in tomorrow, when I will share with you, how we managed to secure a buyer on the first day and how we transitioned to our new home in just 60 days, effortlessly and without stress!

As I said, every REALTOR(R) should move house themselves FIRST, before listing a clients property or taking a buyer out. REALTORS(R) NEED to know how hard it is to move so that they can relate to what their clients have to endure.

Till tomorrow, when I tell you how I did it…………….

Stay strong, stay resolved and get a good REALTOR(R)!

Althea Garner
REALTOR (R) MBA, MCI, e-Pro
Exit Beach Cities Realty
Exit Realty All Professional
Your House Of Homes Online
DRE 01516817
772-905-9133

Search over 50,000 listings at my web site:
http://www.HouseOfHomesOnline.com

Women’s Council of REALTORS(R):
VP Membership – 2010 (South Orange County)
Treasurer – 2008 (Coastal-West)
Webmaster – 2009 (Long Beach)
Editor – 2009 (Long Beach)
Education Committee – 2009 (California State)

Orange County Association of REALTORS(R):
Education Vice Chair – 2009

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  1. Make your bedroom as well and as comfortable as possible by keeping the area free of unnecessary items. Anyway bed is made for things hidden under the bed to keep him.
    Color of the romance in your bedroom. Pink is not romantic, like velvet with gold or red and black, which creates an intimate feeling.

    • Colors are dependent upon ‘vogue’ and you’re right…. pink for the bedroom is not ‘in vogue’ at this time. ‘In’ colors for some time have been turquoise, red/black, lime green and purple, however one has to choose colors that the majority of buyers can visualize their furnishing in – lime green and purple don’t do that.

      From the point of view of selling a property, it is best to have everything in neutral colors (white, beige, cream) and bring colors in via accents: cushions, drapes, lampshades, ornaments. Doing this the buyer can somehow mentally separate accents from the room, and visualize their own colors in it’s place.

      In our case, every wall was a ‘cappucino’ color, which contrasted well against the ‘Heirloom White’ ceilings, baseboards and doors. Still, our buyer chose to change the wall color to green.

      Happy decorating!


      Althea Garner
      REALTOR (R) MBA, MCI, e-Pro
      Exit Beach Cities Realty
      Exit Realty All Professional
      Your House Of Homes Online
      DRE 01516817
      772-905-9133

      Search over 50,000 listings at my web site:
      http://www.HouseOfHomesOnline.com

      Women’s Council of REALTORS(R):
      VP Membership – 2010 (South Orange County)
      Treasurer – 2008 (Coastal-West)
      Webmaster – 2009 (Long Beach)
      Editor – 2009 (Long Beach)
      Education Committee – 2009 (California State)

      Orange County Association of REALTORS(R):
      Education Vice Chair – 2009


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