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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Our take on the local market

Lately the news has been full of negative stories about the local economy and the real estate market. While there is some truth to those stories, I think that consumers are only getting part of the picture. Homes are selling. We are hearing about jobs being created here, but we are not seeing those stories in the press. I can’t tell you why the economic news here seems to be so slanted toward the negative, but I can tell you that there are buyers in the market and they are buying homes that are well priced, in good condition, and well marketed. As a home seller today you are facing more competition than you were in past markets. You should do what it takes to make sure that your home shows in the best possible manner. Paint, clean, de-clutter, wash windows, plant and make the home feel inviting and warm. Leave lights and the fireplace on for showings. Take a careful look at how your home is priced. You will miss potential buyers by testing the market, and they will have moved on and bought another home during your testing period. Make sure your home is receiving the best possible exposure with a solid marketing effort. Dmitry and I write a two page marketing plan for every property we list. We always exceed what we promise to deliver by coming up with new ideas or implementing new efforts. We make sure our homes are widely exposed to Realtors and the public. It is just as important to us as it is to you that your home is sold as quickly as possible and at the highest possible price. If you, or anyone you know is considering a move please call us. You can give us no higher compliment than referring your friends and family to us. We promise to give them the best service that we can. Maureen & Dmitry

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