Listing Courtesy of VICKIE YORK AT THE BEACH REALTY
“Buyers make their decisions in exactly eight seconds. After that, they’ve either fallen in love or are just honoring an appointment.”
You’re likely to come across that quotation (from prominent Manhattan Realtor® Barbara Corcoran) whenever you’re researching how to add the most value to your South Bethany home with the least expense. For South Bethany home owners about to list their property, it’s a somewhat unnerving prospect. If true, then every showing may start with what sports fans call a sudden death playoff!
If you are a future seller with an South Bethany home that needs improvement, it’s only realistic to accept the likelihood that should you go to market without doing anything about it, it will cost you one way or another. Either the offers you garner will be lower than they needed to be, or (worse), the home will linger too long with no real offers at all. If you have any leeway in time and/or budget, there are two approaches you can take to fix the problem.
First, you can hire a professional to assess the problem and lay out solutions. It may be expensive (not necessarily); but it’s a pretty foolproof approach. You and your real estate representative can go over the recommendations, assess which will be most cost-effective—most certain to reflect in the value your home realizes—and then get them done.
The other way is to make your own evaluation, and act on it. Drive up to your curb just as prospective buyers will, get out of the car, approach your home, and take in what needs fixing. If your curbside mailbox doesn’t have clearly recognizable numbers on it; if the walkway looks stained or broken; if the bushes have last fall’s dead leaves lodged in them; if the front doorbell is rusty…you get the idea! Note what’s wrong (heave a sigh of relief for what’s right), and get going! It will pay off!
On the other hand, if you have an South Bethany home that’s undisputedly a true eye-pleaser, you’re probably content with the Love at First Sight precept—as you should be. If you’ve done your job of maintaining your home’s exterior and landscaping, you’re steps ahead. But a word of caution: that first decision doesn’t have to be final. If what buyers experience once they are inside is persuasively positive, any off-putting first-glance judgement can be turned around. What’s of key importance is that no single glaring negative element be present. If it is, it can seal a negative first impression…or undermine a positive one.
I’m here to lend experience and advice every step of the way. And a good first step is a really simple one: call! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit more listings at www.beachrealestate.com.
Last week’s short news item could serve as inspiration for future South Bethany, DE first-time homebuyers—especially for those who haven’t yet considered the possibility of owning their own South Bethany, DE home.
The item in question was news of the passing of the English athlete, Sir Roger Bannister. If that name isn’t familiar, it’s because Bannister’s story has long since faded from the headlines. But Bannister was a hero who changed the path of more than just sports history.
His triumph took place in 1954. A mid-distance runner, he had considered giving up the sport after his failure to win a medal in the 1952 Olympics. That race had been 1500 meters (about 90% of a mile). The more he thought about it, the more he determined to do more than make up for it. He decided to do the impossible.
It was common knowledge that there were limits to what the human body could accomplish physically. One of those barriers was that the time it took to cover a mile. The ancient Greek Olympians had tried to achieve preeminence—perfection (“paideia”)—by running a mile in less than 4 minutes. They (and everyone else) failed. After 3,000 years, it had become an established fact that it was a physical impossibility. Runners might come close, but in all of recorded history, that limit had not been seriously challenged.
As you have guessed by now, Bannister assumed the opposite. After years of training in half-hour increments (he was a full-time medical school student), he set out to beat the barrier at a college track meet. After he broke the tape at the finish line, the stadium announcer built excitement by a long-winded prelude, then announced the result:“…a new world record—the time was three…”
The roar of the crowd drowned out the rest of the announcement.
The moral of Bannister’s story isn’t that hard work and determination pays off. The true moral was driven home 46 days later when John Landy broke Bannister’s record by running a 3-minute mile even faster. What had been holding him back until then? When you realize that by 2001, high school runners were turning in 3-minute miles, it’s hard to deny that some—perhaps most—barriers exist only in our minds.
Fast forward to just last month, when we South Bethany, DE viewers watched those Olympic skiers and snowboarders regularly demonstrating the utterly impossible: high-speed aerial flips, twists and turns performed backward. That’s yet more proof of the Bannister legacy—and it can be priceless for anyone who has automatically assumed that owning a home of their own is impossible.
Many of South Bethany, DE’s first-time homebuyers once thought homeownership was beyond their reach. They know better now. The first step is learning about today’s South Bethany, DE market, investigating the possibilities, then preparing to apply them. If I can be of help, I’ll be happy to offer my experience and advice. Call me! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at email@example.com, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.