Thursday, October 27, 2011

For the Home Seller, Buyer or Real Estate Pro

Pictured Perfect

See how computer images can reveal the potential in your current – or future – home.

HGTV shows like Hidden Potential, Property Brothers or Curb Appeal are popular because they help buyers and owners visualize a home’s potential through computer-generated drawings.  Now there is a local resource that can do the same – CSbD Associates.

Pictures speed up the sale of a home.

Realtors, have you ever wished your clients could see the potential of a home?

It’s important for home buyers to visualize themselves in a space.  3D sketches and renderings allow buyers to picture a house as their home.

Conceptual renderings also highlight areas of opportunity for buyers looking to keep initial costs low when considering a fixer-upper. 

Pictures help showcase future renovation possibilities.

Home buyers, would you like to know what a home’s hidden potential really is?  Could that almost perfect home be made perfect with the addition of a master suite, for example?

CSbD Associates works with potential buyers to illustrate conceptual home modifications from paint colors to kitchen remodels to full additions and more.  All within a reasonable time frame and budget.

Pictures show the value added with minor or major renovations.

Home owners, have you ever wondered, What would our house look like with a front porch?

Like the TV shows mentioned above, computer-generated graphics can help you visualize that dream home.  It’s rare that a house reflects personal taste and style without some changes or modifications, even if it’s just the exterior paint color or a change of shutters.

Through detailed images CSbD Associates clearly communicates what a remodeled space will look like – inside and out.  Line drawings, full-color renderings, walkthrough animation and 3D drawings allow clients to realize their dream home.

Call Gail Dietz at 914-373-9035 to learn more about CSbD Associates, a design firm based in Westchester County that creates perspectives and colored renderings to aid home owners, buyers and sellers realize a home’s full potential.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

For the Real Estate Professional

Frequently Asked Question:
Should Realtors Attend Home Staging Consultations?

Together, agent and stager need to find the best way to encourage and support their sellers. Consequently, there is no right or wrong answer to this question.

Some agents never attend, some always attend, and others attend occasionally or a few minutes only. But in my experience, the real key to success is the home owner’s willingness to go along with the staging recommendations, and not whether the agent attends the consultation.

Whether or not you attend, it’s always a good idea to consult with the stager in advance on any special challenges or sensitive areas you would like addressed.
Many home stagers, like me, follow up with an executive summary to the Realtor. This brief note is sent when an agent does not attend the consultation. It typically includes: 
  • First and overall impressions 
  • Main accomplishments during the initial consultation 
  • Prioritized list of major remaining tasks 
  • Estimate of time remaining for completing the process 
If you are unsure about attending a home staging consultation, here are a few points to consider. 

Consider attending all – or some – of the initial consultation if:  
  • It’s the first time using this home stager 
  • You are new to home staging and unclear as to what actually happens during a home staging consultation 
  • The seller invites you to stop by 
  • You enjoy home decorating 
But do not feel obligated to attend if: 
  • You do not enjoy, or feel you have a good eye for, decorating 
  • Your time will be used more effectively by doing something else on your clients' behalf 
Focusing first on your clients' needs will serve them best.

Each client, agent, and project are unique. Sometimes it will make sense to attend; other times, it will not. Regardless, encouraging clients to stage shows the extra effort you put into marketing their homes to sell.