June 19, 2018

501 Miners Gulch Dr Clarkdale AZ 86324

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501 Miners Gulch Dr Clarkdale AZ 86324

Elegant 3 Bedroom Craftsman Home in Clarkdale

3 Beds |  2 Baths | $309,850

COMING SOON! NOT YET ON THE MLS, NOT ON ZILLOW! The elegance and refinery of this beautiful Craftsman home in Mountaingate subdivision aren't confined to the outside architecture.  This 3 bedroom, 2 baths, Energy Star 5 home is distinguished inside and out. The expansive foyer leads to an open Great Room. Stylish kitchen boasts upgraded appliances, extensive birch cabinets, gorgeous Quartz counters, chef's island and private dining. 10-foot ceilings, 8-foot doors, and an impressive, covered back patio, with its own elegant, outdoor fireplace, establish a grand atmosphere

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Location

501 Miner's Gulch Drive

Car-Dependent

More information on Walk Score

 

Dining Nearby

Great stop for Mexican food is at Su Casa, they offer a variety of traditional Mexican food. Rated best Mexican restaurant by Verde Valley News. There also lots of great places to dine in Cottonwood.

Attractions & Recreation

Verde Canyon Railroad - Unwind and relax as the train take you through the gorgeous Verde Canyon. The staff provides great information along the entire route.

Tuzigoot National Monument - Ancient hilltop pueblo with a nearby visitor center featuring artifacts of the Sinaguan Indians.

Arizona Copper Art Museum -  The museum is unique with copper pieces from all over the world.

Schools

  • Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary PK-8
  • Cottonwood Elementary 3-5
  • Mingus Union High 9-12 

Clarkdale Neighborhood Information

Clarkdale, formerly a mining town, is now largely a retirement community with an eye for the arts. Clarkdale is home to the Verde Canyon Railroad, a scenic excursion train that follows part of the route of the Verde Valley Railroad. Check out our Clarkdale AZ page for more information.

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June 13, 2018

6760 Jay Ln, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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6760 Jay Lane Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Beautiful 2.5 Acre Horse Property with Views
3 Beds | 2 Baths | $379,850

COMING SOON!!! NOT ON THE MLS, NOT ON Zillow. Beautifully maintained single level home on 2.5 acres perfect for horse enthusiasts. Features include a 4 stall barn, 5 run-ins with large paddocks, hay shed, and round pen area. On the main living space, you'll find an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and wood stove, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a fully equipped kitchen. Head on the rear to your large backyard and appreciate amazing mountain views. Livestock fence encloses property and there is separate dog yard with privacy. Unlimited horse riding awaits with your unlimited access to Coconino County Peaks Park Equestrian Arena at end of street and miles of access to Coconino National Forest trails around the corner. This house is a great place to call home! 

BARN

There is a 4 stalls shed row barn with rear dutch doors that open to a 120’ x 90’ paddock or arena.

RUN-INS

The southern area of the property has an additional 5 run-in sheds, each with its own large paddock which connects to a larger turn-out area.

HAY SHED

Stand-alone hay shed that will store 50 large bales and an 8 x 10’ tack room.

ROUND PEN

There is a 60’ round pen area (panels leaving with current owner).

Barn, hay shed and tack room built in 2016, Run-in sheds recovered in 2017.

Photos and more information here: COMING SOON

Location

6760 Jay Lane

Car-Dependent

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Attractions & Recreation

  • North Pole Experience -  Give the kids details about Santa and his workshop. Kids get to see Santa and help him makes toys. 
  • Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course - Adventure Course has (7) different courses and they train you first on the Demo course. Very professional place, and all about safety. The second course is Adventure zip lines, which was closed and being checked by the professionals. They also have a Kids Course too.

Dining Nearby

Nearby restaurants include The Northern Pines, it's very conveniently located at the intersection of the I-17 and I-40. Another great place for drinks, dinner, and anything in between is at Agave Mexican Restaurant located on Historic Route 66 just east of downtown Flagstaff. Coco's Bakery Restaurant offers great menu choices of very fresh breakfast menus and many options to choose from. 

 

Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following nearby schools:

  • Sturgeon Cromer Elementary School PK-8
  • Sinagua Middle School 6-8
  • Coconino High School 9-12

 

Doney Park West Neighborhood Information 

Doney Park is a rural area northeast of the City of Flagstaff. Homes in Doney Park West are in the area bordered by Silver Saddle Road on the north, Koch Field Road on the east, Highway 89 on the West and Townsend-Winona on the south. Visit the Doney Park West area page to know more about homes in this area.

Contact Kelly Broaddus at kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com or call 888-4465602 to see this beautiful single level home in Doney Park West or other houses for sale in Flagstaff.

 

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June 12, 2018

1382 E Sundrop Ln, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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 1382 E Sundrop Lane Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Luxurious Pine Knoll Townhome with Decks & Views
4 Beds | 3.5 Bath | $559,850

COMING SOON! NOT YET ON THE MLS! This luxurious 3,078 sq ft, 4 bedroom townhome in sought after Pine Knoll boasts 2 covered decks perfect for entertaining guests. Soak in the morning light on your deck as you gaze at the breathtaking San Francisco Peaks views. The great room has abundant natural light, with high ceilings & plenty of space for cooking & entertaining. Upstairs has 2 gorgeous master bedrooms complete w/ reading nooks, tiled showers, & automatic lights in closets. Downstairs is a separate living space w/ a huge family room, kitchenette, bedroom, full bathroom, & separate entrance. Fenced in Yard off of spacious Walk Out Basement. 2 Car Garage. Stay cool with A/C, travel the Urban Trail, or visit NAU (<1 mile), shopping (1.5 miles), or downtown. 

Features Summary:

  • 3,078 sqft living space
  • 2 covered decks
  • Kitchen with granite counters 
  • fenced yard
  • spacious walkout basement
  • spectacular views.

 

Location

1382 East Sundrop Lane

Car-Dependent

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Dining Nearby

Check out The Northern Pines, it's very conveniently located at the intersection of the I-17 and I-40. A must stop for anyone looking for a great meal just right off the freeway is Country Host Restaurant. If you are looking for a great place to find lighter and vegetarian entrees in Flagstaff drop by at Pita Jungle.

 

Attractions & Recreation

  • Lowell Observatory - Astronomical observatory where the planet Pluto was discovered. Great place to go if you want to enhance your knowledge about astronomy, time with the stars on the horizon explained, and a chance to look through the giant telescope.
  • North Pole Experience - Give the kids details about Santa and his workshop. Kids get to see Santa and help him makes toys. 
  • Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course - Adventure Course has (7) different courses and they train you first on the Demo course. Very professional place, and all about safety. The second course is Adventure zip lines, which was closed and being checked by the professionals. They also have a Kids Course too.

Schools

  • Lura Kinsey Elementary School PK-5
  • Mount Elden Middle School 6-8
  • Flagstaff High School 9-12

 

Pine Knoll Neighborhood Information 

This area is located close to Northern Arizona University’s south campus in Flagstaff. Visit the Pine Knoll area page to know more about this premier townhouse development.

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June 11, 2018

1301 N Royal Oaks WAY, Flagstaff, AZ

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1301 N Royal Oaks WAY Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Beautiful Home On Cul-De-Sac Backing Aspen Valley Golf Course 

3 Bed | 1.75 Baths | 2, 082 Sq Ft | $478,850

 

Country Club home on cul-de-sac AND backing to Aspen Valley golf course! The home is situated to give you a private setting on this large lot while taking advantage of the views of the second green at Aspen Valley. Spacious floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and living room, new flooring and carpet throughout, too much to list! Large master bedroom upstairs with vaulted ceilings and two bedrooms downstairs. This one-of-a-kind home was built by Bill King. Enjoy all of the amenities of the Continental Country Club – pool, tennis, fitness center, Bear Paw Activity Center, and golf!  

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/174109/

Location

East on Butler, take the third left past Continental to Royal Oaks Way. Turn right and home will be at the end of the cul-de-sac. Nearby schools include Thomas M Knoles Elementary School (K-5), Mount Elden Middle School (6-8), Coconino High School (9-12). 

 Home Improvements

Floor to ceiling, interior to exterior renovations in 2014 & 2015 by the seller transformed the property to an unexpected delight that will be appreciated by the next homeowner.

Exterior Remodel includes:

1301 N Royal Oaks WAY, Flagstaff, AZ deck

  • Removed driveway and leveled area under existing driveway. Added new exposed aggregate concrete driveway, as well as raising the concrete level to fit garage concrete height. Added new concrete entry walkway, and back patio.
  • New Interior Foundation work done in the living room and under the back deck.  New footings were dug to make the back patio safe as well as the heater/furnace room.
  • There was no foundation under the deck, pulling the house away and uprooting the foundation on the interior of the house. House was jacked up and readjusted to stabilize.
  • Resurfaced the top deck area/covered patio to prevent leaking and stabilize the deck.
  • Trimming and clean up done to the yard, trees, and plants. 
  • Repaired Sprinkler system to working order.

Interior renovation done on the home:

1301 N Royal Oaks WAY, Flagstaff, AZ-kitchen

  • New kitchen configuration. Painted existing cabinets white, added new hardware, and new style stone countertops, with marble backsplash.  A new contrasting island with black cabinets was added as well.
  • Removed wine fridge from under stairs and added a storage with a small door.
  • New large baseboard trim was added to the stairway and painted white.
  • Removed existing fireplace and drywalled areas to create a more cohesive living space.
  • Seating bench under the west window was removed and concrete poured to fill in planter underneath.
  • New carpet in all bedrooms.
  • Wood laminate flooring in living/dining room and hallways.
  • Removed window in the master bedroom that looked down on the living area. Drywalled/painted area.
  • Painted all existing beams white, and touched up the whole house with the paint color of the previous owner. Added new baseboards in downstairs living areas as well as master bedroom.
  • Added new beveled glass front door.
  • Updated Master Bathroom with new tile floor, double sink cultured marble counter top, new vanity hardware and updated lighting and mirrors. New composite shower and doors as well.
  • Remodeled master closet with shelving and rods.
  • Updated guest bath with new vanity and cultured marble top, new lighting and mirror.
  • Added shelving, rod, and lighting to laundry.
  • New updated lighting was added to kitchen, dining, and hallway.

The Continental Country Club Neighborhood

Country Club

 Excellent neighborhood great for families and pets. Golf and other family-friendly activities like billiard, ping pong, basketball, swimming, and movies await you at Bear Paw. Located near Foxglenn Park, residents can also enjoy the skate park, soccer field and community events like the Spring Kite festival and Celtic Festival.  For more information about the neighborhood, check out the Continental Country Club neighborhood page.

Look no further if you are looking for a Flagstaff home with nearby facilities designed for fun golf, tennis, swimming and so much more! Contact 888.446.5602.

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May 21, 2018

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Update- April 2018

Flagstaff AZ Real Estate Market Data Provided by The Kelly Broaddus Real Estate Advisors Team / by Joselyn Uy

 April 2018 Flagstaff Home Sales

 

Flagstaff  Home Sales Rise For Second Straight Month, Posts Double-Digit Gains

Tight inventory and rising home prices did not slow down Flagstaff's spring home-selling season. 

FLAGSTAFF HOME SALES

Last month's home sales post double-digit gains vs  April 2017! This April there were a total of 93 sales which is up 31% from a year ago. 2015 had the highest April home sales on record. Flagstaff housing sales are up 1% month-over-month.

  Download the full Flagstaff Market Report here

  • Properties in the $900K - $1M price range have sold quickest over the last six months.
  • The $300K - $400K price range contains the highest number of homes for sale and sold listings. 

Homes priced under $500,000 is still way below the normal inventory of six months but we expect more properties to hit the market next month. City-wide, the inventory of homes for sale has started to rise. There was 5.9 months supply of homes in April - the time it would take to run out of homes for sale if no new units were added- down from 6.3 a year ago. 

FLAGSTAFF HOME PRICE

The crunch has driven up Flagstaff home prices. The median sale price for a house sold in the greater Flagstaff region came in at $390K up 15% from April of last year. We are still a few thousand shy of breaking the April record set twelve years ago, way back in 2006 when the median sales price was $395K

The average price paid per-square-foot this April was $218 up 8% from a year ago and tying the record set in April of 2007. 

April 2018 Median Home Price & Days on Market

 

April 2018 Flagstaff Market Watch Summary 

 

2018 Flagstaff Real Estate Market Watch Total Home Sales-  93 homes, up 31% vs April 2017. 

Median Home Price-  $390,000 up 15% up vs April 2017

Mortgage rates up - A 30 year fixed rate mortgage with 5% down and very good credit rose to 4.5%. 

Median days on market: 54 days

Longest days on market: 444 days

CDOM The acronym CDOM (Cumulative Days on Market) is used by the Flagstaff MLS to describe how many days a property has been available for sale. A property has to be off the MLS for at least 90 days for the CDOM to restart, even if it is listed by a different agent. We report the average days on market for properties sold based on CDOM.

The number of days a home sits on the market can tell us a lot about pricing. A high CDOM is commonly a strong indicator that the home is overpriced. 

 

APRIL 2018 HIGHLIGHTS 

Flagstaff Priciest Luxury Homes (SOLD)

  • $1,500,000 - The most expensive home sold last month is a luxury Flagstaff Ranch home that comes with panoramic views of Meadow 13. Flagstaff Ranch is one of the premier golf communities in Flagstaff.
  • $1,000,000 Priciest townhome sold Wow! This fully furnished 3 bedroom comes with a panoramic view of Pine Canyon's 12th fairway and green. Pine Canyon is a gated golf community with one of the best golf courses in Arizona.

The most AFFORDABLE  Flagstaff Homes (SOLD)

  • Manufactured home - $69,000 - Located in the quiet 55+ community of Wildwood Hills Subdivision, this 2 bedroom sitting on leased land is the least expensive manufactured home that sold last month
  • Single-family - $240,000 - Single level 4 bedroom fixer upper with storage shed in Upper Greenlaw
  • Townhouse - $219,700 - Single-level 2 bedroom townhome with fenced yard and access to Forest Service located in Christmas Tree Estates
  • Condo - $125,000 - Our listing at The Arbors (Woodlands Area)

 

Flagstaff Home Buyer Advice 

If you’re buying and your budget is under $500K, there’s still good news despite the low inventory. We’d be happy to help you navigate the market to find your home. 

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Home Buying Tips Our home buyer's blog will help you plan and prepare for your successful home purchase and avoid headaches and surprises that may arise during the process.

 

Flagstaff Home Seller Advice 

Why do certain homes fly off the market, while others sit for months? This blog outlines 10 easy and inexpensive things sellers can do to get their house sold faster and for more money. We’ve had a lot of people tell us they found it very helpful.

Inventory continues to rise in the luxury & premium home markets which is causing prices to cool. What’s all this mean for you? If you are selling a luxury home, it may take a little more time to find the right buyers. US single-family luxury homes sold 12 days faster in April with median days on market down to 31 days from 43 days in March. See the April 2018 Luxury Market Report.

Home Selling Tips Our blog for home sellers has tons of tips to help sell your home faster and add thousands of dollars to your bottom line. Check it out. 

 

SATISFIED CLIENTS SAY IT ALL. 

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May 16, 2018

2821 N Walnut Hills, # 23 Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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 2821 N Walnut Hills Drive, 23 Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Rare Continental Country Club  End Unit
2 Beds | 2 Bath | $244,980

A rare end unit with a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and two decks with fantastic views of the forest and mountains. Perfect starter, investment or vacation home in an outstanding location in the heart of Continental Country Club. HOA fees are $258 a month (paid yearly) plus Continental Membership fee of $550 per year. Recently remodeled kitchen, new bathroom fixtures, needs nothing! Ready to move in! Take advantage of all the benefits of club membership for a fraction of the cost! Trex decks with views! Sip wine while enjoying the view of Mt. Elden. Enjoy the lake right across the street as well as the hiking and biking trails. This location is perfect! It's only a short drive to all of Flagstaff's amenities. Don't miss this one, the best Flagstaff has to offer!!

 

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/173657/

Location

2821 North Walnut Hills Drive

Car-Dependent

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Attractions & Recreation

  • Lowell Observatory - Astronomical observatory where the planet Pluto was discovered. Great place to go if you want to enhance your knowledge about astronomy, time with the stars on the horizon explained, and a chance to look through the giant telescope.
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument - features prehistoric archaeological sites which are spectacularly located in cliffs and along the rim of Walnut Canyon. 

Dining Nearby

Nearby restaurants include The Northern Pines, it's very conveniently located at the intersection of the I-17 and I-40.  Looking for a friendly place to dine? Visit Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, they offer great menu choices with many healthy (gluten and vegan ) options. Another great place to dine is at the Coco's Bakery Restaurant. The food is exceptional be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Excellent fresh homemade desserts.

Schools

Children in this community typically go to the following nearby schools:

  • Thomas M Knoles Elementary School PK-5
  • Mount Elden Middle School 6-8
  • Coconino High School 9-12

 

Continental Country Club Neighborhood Information 

Homeowners in the Continental Country Club area enjoy the facilities of the two nearby golf courses: Aspen Valley and Continental.  A social membership fee covers the use of the two golf clubs. The Continental Country Club has a fitness center, swimming pool, tennis and discounted fees for golf. Aspen Valley offers an affordable yet challenging game of golf as well as casual dining at the bar & grill. 

Contact Kelly Broaddus at kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com or call 888-4465602 to see this RARE upstairs end unit in Continental Country Club or other houses for sale in Flagstaff.

 

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May 11, 2018

6030 E Sunset Boulevard Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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6030 E Sunset Boulevard Flagstaff, AZ 86004 

 Move-In Ready Single Level Fernwood Home on 1 Acre
3 Beds | 1 Bath | $288,850

Beautifully renovated single level 3 bedroom in a quiet neighborhood with access to the Coconino forest. No HOA. Minutes to downtown and restaurants.

Features:

  • Wood burning fireplace in living room
  • Fully fenced yard with RV gate
  • New cabinets, countertops, and appliances
  • New paint, cabinet, laminate flooring

 

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/173765/

Location

6030 East Sunset Boulevard

Car-Dependent

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Schools

  • Sturgeon Cromer Elementary School PK-5
  • Sinagua Middle School 6-8
  • Coconino High School 9-12

Fernwood Neighborhood Information

Fernwood is a quiet and kid-friendly community located on the east side of Flagstaff. Vist our Fernwood area page to get more information about this community.

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May 10, 2018

Hart Prairie Cabin On 5 Acres

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 Hart Prairie Cabin 5 Acres

 Hart Prairie Cabin on 5 Acres With Fantastic Views

1,960 sqft | $479,900 

COMING SOON! 

This unfinished (inside) 1960 sqft cabin on private and secluded 5 acres in Hart Prairie comes with a 35,000 credit to finish it out. Breathtaking views of the San Franciso Peaks, surrounding hills, and prairie await. Its proximity to downtown makes this ideal as a summer getaway or a winter retreat. Enjoy hiking and walking on 5 of acres of cool forest or go wildlife watching and birding with herds of elk, deer, porcupine, prairie dogs, and various species of birds around. 

Parcel Number: 30029003B 

Photos and more information here: Coming Soon

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Location

Hart Prairie is located in Coconino County, 14 miles from Flagstaff, 150 miles from Phoenix, and 75 miles from the Grand Canyon.

 

 

Attractions & Recreation

  • Hart Prairie Preserve Guided Nature Walks
  • Hart Prairie Loop Mountain Biking

 

Hart Prairie Area

Hiking is relatively easy throughout much of the gentle terrain. Visit our Hart Prairie community page for more information about the Hart Prairie neighborhood.

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May 9, 2018

1185 W University Avenue Unit 17-143, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

updated 5/29/2018

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 1185 W University Avenue Unit 17-143, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

 

Great Investment! Renovated Downstairs Studio Unit At The Arbors

  $ 134,900

 

Nice renovated downstairs studio unit in sought after Arbors. Great investment! Currently rented for $950 a month rented until 8/7/2019 with an option to extend til 8/7/2020. Enjoy hassle-free parking at the assigned covered parking space.  Minutes from Northern Arizona University, Downtown Historic District, Arizona Snowbowl, and the Coconino National Forest. 

  • HOA: $152.00
  • 2017 Property Taxes: $714,98
  • new steel security door with a new door handle, deadbolt, and peephole.
  • newer LG all in one combo washer/dryer 

Photos and more information here: http://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/173243/

Location

With its close proximity to NAU and downtown, this condo is perfect for students or as a family vacation home. 

Woodlands Area Neighborhood 

The Arbors condos in the Woodlands area is a highly sought after condo community because of its central location. Common area includes two newly renovated modern clubhouses with an indoor spa, fitness center, movie room, full-size kitchens, lounge area that has two large gas burning fireplaces, computer access and high-speed Wi-Fi.

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May 7, 2018

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Flagstaff Home Sale at Top Dollar

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According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2

 

Source: National Association of Realtors

 

 

Following are 10 tips you can use to get your Flagstaff home “show ready” prior to hitting the market. These easy and cost-effective ideas will help your house look its best—and help buyers visualize themselves living there. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell your Northern Arizona home, you can use these tactics to breathe new life into your existing home decor.

 

To get a plan customized for your particular Flagstaff property, give us a call at 888.446.5602 to schedule a free consultation. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of the buyer preferences in your neighborhood … so you’ll know where to focus your time, money and energy to maximize your results.

 

 

1. REMOVE CLUTTER

 

Decluttering is typically the first thing we tell clients to do to prepare their home for sale. And according to the National Association of Realtors, a whopping 93 percent of agents agree.1 Decluttering is the act of removing excess “stuff” from your home to make it appear clean and spacious.

 

Overflowing closets and cluttered countertops can make your house feel small and cramped. In contrast, sparsely-filled closets and clear countertops will make your home appear larger and assure buyers that there will be plenty of room to store their belongings.

 

Don’t neglect drawers, cupboards and even your refrigerator in your decluttering efforts. Serious buyers will check out every nook and cranny of your home, so pack up anything you don’t use on a daily basis and store it off site. The same goes for jewelry, sensitive documents, prescription medication, firearms and other items of value. Store them in a locked safe or storage unit before opening your property to buyers.

 

Make sure any items that remain are clean, tidy and well organized. The good news is, when it comes time to move, a large portion of your packing will be done!

 

 

2. DEEP CLEAN AND DEODORIZE

 

From carpets to bathrooms to appliances, having a clean home is a MUST. If you’ve ever checked into a dirty hotel room, you can imagine how buyers can be turned off by a home that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned.

 

If you have a large home, or are short on time, you may want to invest in a professional cleaning service. And if you have carpet, we generally recommend you rent a steam cleaner or hire a company to clean your carpets for you.

 

In addition to cleaning, it’s equally important to neutralize odors in your home that can be off-putting to buyers, especially pet smells and cigarette smoke. If the weather allows, open your windows and let in fresh air. Empty the trash frequently, and especially before a showing. Avoid cooking any strong-smelling food such as fish or heavy spices. You may need to clean (or remove) drapes and upholstery if odors are particularly strong.

 

Try to keep your home in clean, show-ready condition while it’s on the market. You never know when a potential buyer will want to drop by for a viewing.

 

 

3. DEPERSONALIZE

 

Your family photos and personal mementos are often your most treasured possessions. For many of us, they are what make a house a home. However, buyers will have a hard time envisioning themselves living in a place if it feels like YOUR home.

 

Pack up any items that are personal to you and your family, such as photos, books, children’s artwork, travel souvenirs and religious items. Collectibles and excessive knickknacks can be distracting to buyers. Instead, keep your decor items minimal and generic to appeal to the largest number of buyers.

 

 

4. NEUTRALIZE YOUR COLOR PALETTE

 

Along those same lines, bold color choices may not appeal to all buyers. By incorporating a neutral color palette throughout your home, buyers can better visualize the addition of their own furniture and decor, which may contrast with your current color scheme.

 

But don’t limit yourself to white and beige. Incorporating earth tones and midtone neutrals—like mocha and “greige” (grey-beige)—can add a touch of modern sophistication to your decor.3

 

One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to neutralize your home’s decor is with paint. Walls painted in dark, bold or bright colors can turn off buyers. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color like greige (try Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter) or warm white (such as Kelly-Moore’s Rotunda White) offers a clean palette upon which buyers can visualize adding their own personal touches.4

 

If your sofa is worn, stained or has a bold pattern, consider purchasing a neutral-colored slipcover. Dated or overly busy window coverings should be taken down or replaced. Instead, bring in tasteful pops of color with throw pillows and accessories.

 

 

5. INCREASE YOUR CURB APPEAL

 

You only get one chance to make a first impression. According to a 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors, 44 percent of home buyers drove by a property after viewing it online but did NOT go inside for a walkthrough.5 That means if your curb appeal is lacking, buyers may never make it through the door.

 

Walk around your home and look for any neglected areas that might seem like “red flags” to buyers, such as missing roof shingles or rotted siding. Trim trees and shrubs if needed, and make sure your lawn and flower beds are well maintained. Add some colorful flowers to your front beds and/or flower boxes to brighten up your landscaping.

 

Make sure the exterior of your home is as clean as the interior. This can often be accomplished with a simple garden hose. But if your siding, walkway, or driveway are stained or dingy, you may want to rent a pressure washer.

 

Thoroughly wash windows and screens, and remove and store dark solar screens if you have them. Open shutters, curtains and blinds, which will not only make your house look more inviting from the outside, it will brighten the inside.

 

Consider a fresh coat of paint on your front door, trim and shutters. And small, cosmetic improvements like new house numbers, a colorful wreath and a clean front doormat can have a big impact.6

 

 

6. FRESHEN KITCHENS AND BATHS

 

Kitchens and bathrooms will show better and appear larger if all items are cleared from the countertops, except for one or two decorative pieces.7 You should have already packed up non-essentials during your decluttering process, and the remaining items should be neatly stored in pantries and cupboards.

 

If your cabinets are dingy or outdated, adding a fresh coat of paint and new hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to make them modern and bright. Consider purchasing new shower curtains, bath mats and towels for the bathrooms and new dish towels for the kitchen.

 

Before each showing, make sure kitchens and baths are spotless and trash cans are empty and out of sight. To add a comforting aroma, try baking cookies, or in the fall, simmer some cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pot of water before you leave the house. In the spring, try a vase of fresh cut lilacs.7

 

 

7. SET THE TABLE

 

Buyers often imagine hosting family gatherings in their new home, and the dining room plays a large role in that vision. If your dining room chairs are stained or outdated, you may want to recover them or use slipcovers. In most cases, an imperfect table can be camouflaged with a neutral and stylish tablecloth.

 

Be sure the table is centered underneath the chandelier and on the area rug if you’re using one. If your dining room is small, remove all other furniture and leave only four chairs.8

 

Dress up the table using nice tableware and cloth napkins or a table runner and centerpiece. For a long table, try lining up a series of small vessels down the middle.

 

8. REARRANGE FURNITURE

 

Start in your living room and think about what you want to emphasize (and de-emphasize) about the space. For example, do you have a beautiful fireplace or a stunning view? If so, arrange the furniture with that focal point in mind. Use a symmetrical seating arrangement to create a cozy conversation area adjacent to the focal point.

 

If the room is small, consider removing some of the furniture to make it feel larger, especially oversized pieces. That includes oversized television sets, unless it’s a designated media room. Pulling furniture away from the wall can make the room feel more spacious, and placing your largest furniture piece in the far-left corner (as opposed to near the entry) can create the illusion of a larger space.9

 

For small bedrooms, remove all the furniture except the bed, bedside tables and a dresser. If it’s a large room, add one or two chairs and a table to create a seating area. Place lamps on the bedside tables and seating area if you have one.10

 

Make sure each space in your home has a clearly defined purpose. For example, if you’ve been using an extra bedroom as a catch-all storage space, stage it as a guest room or office instead. Turn an awkward alcove into a workstation or a reading corner. Help buyers imagine how they could use the space themselves.3

 

 

9. LIGHTEN UP

 

Lighting can have a drastic impact on the look and feel of a home. Few buyers seek out a dark house; most prefer one that’s light and bright. Make sure windows are clean, and open curtains and blinds to let in the maximum amount of daylight.

 

Each room should have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (such as a reading lamp or under-cabinet light), and accent (such as a floor or table lamp). Aim for a goal of 100 total watts per 50 square feet.11 If your mounted light fixtures are dated, replacing them with something more modern is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that can have a big impact.


Strategically placed landscape lighting can add a dramatic effect to your home’s exterior. Welcome evening visitors with a lighted walkway, or use a spotlight to accentuate trees or other landscaping features. Solar lights require no wiring; simply place them in a sunny spot and they will turn on automatically at dusk.

 

 

10. HIGHLIGHT YOUR BACKYARD’S BEST FEATURES

 

While your home’s interior often takes center stage, don’t forget about staging your home’s outdoor areas to help buyers imagine how they could utilize the space.

 

Even a small patio can become a selling feature with the addition of a cafe table and chairs. Add a tray of plates and coffee cups to help buyers envision a peaceful breakfast on the back porch. Place chairs and wine glasses around an outdoor firepit or hang a hammock with a book in your favorite shady spot.3 These small, simple additions can help buyers visualize the possibilities your backyard has to offer.

 

 

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

 

If you’re in the market to sell your home, this list provides a great starting point for your preparations. But nothing beats the trained eye and expertise of a real estate agent. Before you do any work, we recommend consulting a professional for advice about your particular property.

 

We offer free, no-commitment seller consultations and will walk through your home with you to help you assess which projects and upgrades are worth your time and money, and which ones you can skip.

 

As local Flagstaff, Verde Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale and White Mountains market experts, the Kelly Broaddus Team is intimately familiar with buyer preferences in your area. We’ll run a comparative market analysis to find out how your home compares to others currently on the market, as well as those that have recently sold. Then we’ll tailor a custom plan to suit your particular property, budget, and needs.

 

Please call Kelly at 888.446.5602 or email kelly.broaddus@exprealty.com today with questions or to schedule a free consultation!

 

 

 

Sources:

 

  1. National Association of Realtors –
    https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/migration_files/reports/2017/2017-profile-of-home-staging-07-06-2017.pdf
  2. Real Estate Staging Association –
    http://www.realestatestagingassociation.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=304550&module_id=164548
  3. Houzz –
    https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2661221/list/sell-your-home-fast-21-staging-tips
  4. HGTV –
    https://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/10-curb-appeal-tips-from-the-pros-pictures
  5. National Association of Realtors –
    https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/reports/2017/2017-home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends-03-07-2017.pdf
  6. The Spruce –
    https://www.thespruce.com/must-try-neutral-paint-colors-797983
  7. HouseLogic –
    https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/
  8. StageMyOwnHome.com –
    http://www.stagemyownhome.com/staging-the-dining-room.html
  9. Realtor.com –
    https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/small-living-room-staging-tricks/
  10. SFGATE –
    http://homeguides.sfgate.com/stage-master-bedroom-34573.html
  11. HGTV –
    https://www.hgtv.com/shows/designed-to-sell/15-secrets-of-home-staging-pictures

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