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I’m looking back at 2012 and reflecting. Yes, I’m a month late, but hey- I’ve been super busy!

In 2012 I helped 9 families into great new homes. 6 of those were in Barclay Farm. 1 new construction deal, 5 sets of first time homebuyers.

I exceeded my own expectations AND set a new earnings record for myself.

This would normally be a “good” year but I’m going to go ahead and call it a “GREAT” year because it was done in 10 months with 1 hand tied behind my back. (Or holding & nursing a baby.)

2012 was not easy, but it was definitely great!

Now…. Here’s the fun part… Our team is growing! We are hiring another Buyers Agent. Who do you know who’d like to get in now, just as things are totally heating up?

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I’m back!

With the fantastic cooperation of my 4 month old, I found myself at the settlement table yesterday for the first time since November. And it felt great.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as putting a lovely couple in their first home – AND it’s in the best neighborhood in Cherry Hill (Barclay Farm of course) – AND at an incredible price – AND it was a Keri Ricci Team listing. This is as good as it gets.

Oh AND my friend referred these guys to me – love when the Sphere of Influence comes through.

I love my job!

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Look who helped photograph a new Barclay Farm listing today!

He insisted on dressing like a reindeer.

Get ready to shop!

I’ve been working on this list for my First Time Home Buyers and figured it was time to share it! There’s money to be spent outside of your down payment, utilities & mortgage….. don’t let these items take you by surprise!

Examples of typical move-in expenses:

– Window treatments and hardware. This can be done for as little as about $25 per window but can easily cost quite a bit more! If your budget is tight, you can always start with simple blinds and add curtains later. Bargain shoppers, be sure to check The Christmas Tree Shop and Overstock.com!
Furniture. For a good estimate on what it will cost to furnish each room, pick up an Ikea catalog – they put together entire rooms and list the price. Of course you could spend more or less but this will give you a great reference point. The biggest furniture sales occur on Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, Presidents Day, and after New Years. Here’s a great link on sale times: http://www.furniturebrains.com/besttimestobuy.htm Don’t forget about outdoor furniture! Also The Dump (nearest location = Turnersville) can be great but they are only open on weekends.
– Small Appliances. Depending on your previous living arrangement, you may need to buy things like : vacuum, mixer, toaster, microwave, etc.
Large Appliances. Check your contract to see what’s staying in the home & what’s not. Normal appliances include washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove/range/oven.
Area rugs. – Those of you buying homes with Hardwoods will need some rugs. You can get a good quality 9×12 area rug for about $300, but you can spend a LOT more. Lowe’s has surprisingly good prices on rugs, and a decent selection.
The Outdoor Stuff. Lawnmower, weed wacker, shovels, rakes, leaf blower, gardening tools – these can get expensive. OR, if you are not the outdoorsy DIY type, get a quote from a local landscaping company on what upkeep will cost. (I can recommend services based on your neighborhood!) Also, did you buy a pool? That’s an additional category! Watch for off-season sales at Home Depot & Lowes – i.e. grills in September/October are up to 75% off.
– Lights. Does your new home have overhead lighting in every room? Chances are there are some fixtures, but you will need lamps (tall and tabletop). Try Christmas Tree Shop, Home Goods & Lowes for great deals!
– Paint. Whether you will be painting yourself or hiring a service, make sure you factor this expense in.
Textiles & Linens. Towels, bedding, pillows, etc. I recommend Ikea and Home Goods!
It’s not all bad news though….
COUPONS – Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, and Crate & Barrel will send new homeowners amazing coupons, like 20% off of everything in the store. Do not start shopping without these!  They get your name & address right from USPS when you fill out a “change of address” and set up forwarding, so make sure you do that about 14 days before you actually move.

This one is for sellers. You’ve chosen an agent, listed your home, and you’re now awaiting showings.

The first, or “lead” photo of your home is an important one. It’s the default photo not just in the MLS for other agents to browse & set appointments off of, but is also the default picture on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and any other major site that draws info from the MLS – buyers are all over these sites.

So what does this photo say about your home? And what does it say about your agent?

1. The Off-Seasoner


So we’re just about as far from snow as you can get on the calandar from an actual snow date.

What it means about your home:
“Well if it’s been on the market for this long, there must be something very very horribly wrong with it.” That’s what your prospective buyer is thinking when they come across this picture.

What it means about your agent:
Unfortunately, they have more important things to do, you’re at the bottom of their list. Actually, you might want to give a call and see if they even remember that they have your home listed.

2. The Drive-By


Camera Phone photo from a moving car. Photo is off-center.

What it means about your home:
There’s nothing special going on here. No pretty scenery, no real value. You have no curb appeal.

What it means about your agent:
 They’re disorganized, and poor time-managers. And even worse, they don’t have dollars for a real camera in their business or personal budget. They do not take their listings seriously, and they might not truly believe they can sell your home.

3. The Wrong Time of Day

The sun is BEHIND the home.

What it means about your home:
Your house ends up looking dark, shady, cold, and vacant. A viewer’s natural response would be SO much more favorable with sun shining bright on the front of your house.

What it means about your agent:
I’ll be a little bit nice on this one – your agent probably just has very little photographic knowledge. They probably never took a class, read an article, or put much thought into this one.  A picture like this one could also signal that they didn’t plan very well to set aside the proper time to photograph their home.

4. The Car Shot

What’s for sale here… cars or a house? A driveway or a home?

What it means about your home:
This is not an inviting shot. First of all, is your driveway the best feature of your home? It’s in the foreground and taking up most of the frame. Your front door isn’t even visible. Your home is not being properly represented if your photo has a driveway and cars as the main focal point.

What it means about your agent:
Simply put, this agent is lazy. If they did not insist that you move your cars or offer to do it for you, I’d question how hard they will work on actually selling your home. It would take a maximum of about 5 minutes to get the cars out of this picture.

More to come! If you are interested in what well-planned, well-thought-out photography looks like, take a look at what we do here.
We take pride in presenting every single Keri Ricci Team listings in the best possible way!

 

This is our new listing – a beautiful country home in the heart of New England – oh sorry, I meant a fantastic home in the heart of Barclay Farm, Cherry Hill NJ!

Beautiful Bedrooms

Gorgeous Entryway

Stunning Backyard

Delightful Country Kitchen

This one’s a “Must-See”. Email me to book your appointment!