It’s A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

It’s that time of year again! The 7th annual Outfitters Gala brings the phantom to the gala. The benefit will take place March 1st from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Homestretch Club at Hoosier Park in Anderson.

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You can click here to register for this wonderful event. Tickets are $50 per person. It is said that you’ll feel as though you’re walking through the doors at the majestic Paris Opera House upon your arrival.

Outfitters goal for this annual event is to raise $50,000. At the event you can participate in a dessert auction featuring tasty treats from restaurants and bakeries in Central Indiana, buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a diamond, take part in silent and live auctions, enjoy an incredible dinner and dancing.

Outfitters is a nonprofit organization that provides new and quality used clothing to economically disadvantaged children in South Madison County.

Get Your Home Ready to Sell!

Staging your home when you’re ready to put it on the market is so important.

Think about what your home will look like when someone is searching online; which most buyers now do before even contacting their Realtor to schedule showings. It is so important for your home to photograph well, and show well once potential buyers are inside your home.

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Here are a few tips:

Say goodbye to clutter. Move extra furniture to storage, making a simple and conversational furniture plan in your home. Minimize decor, have clean countertops and get those closets simplified. Home buyers look for useful storage space so keep that in mind as you stock the pantry and organize closets and cabinets.

Freshen up the walls. Add new, neutral paint to the walls. Earth tones are always a safe bet in large spaces and the colors are pleasing to the eye. If you want to go with a darker accent wall or punch or color, the powder room, dining room or bedroom may be the best space to do that. A little tip to make spaces look larger is to paint walls the same color as the draperies.

Give light to your rooms. Great lighting makes homes feel warm and welcoming. Use ambient lighting (overhead), task lighting (under-cabinet or pendant) and accent lighting (tables and walls) to aim for 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Especially in the winter, these extra lights will give warmth to homes.

Set the mood. Think of a great hotel room or spa and create a relaxing bedroom or master retreat fit for a luxury resort. Upgrade your bedding to be stylish and attractive, add a soft throw and comfortable pillows so potential buyers see this as a place they can really enjoy in their down time. Use rolled-up towels, decorative baskets, candles and accessories in bathrooms to resemble a spa.

These are just a few highlights of what to do to get your home ready to hit the market. As your Realtor, I offer every home seller a FREE professional home staging consultation with your listing. Contact me today to schedule yours!

What to Ask A Realtor When Selling Your Home?

It’s important to partner with the right Relator for YOU when selling your home.

It’s simple. I want to be your resource for all that is home buying. I want to help you stage your home to appeal to potential buyers, price it right to reflect the market demand, and meet the needs of you as a seller.

So much in real estate is word-of-mouth. Referrals. I pride myself on having built my successful real estate business through great clients who refer me to family and friends, and even come back to me when the time to move happens again. If you’re considering selling your home and are looking to hire a Realtor, here are some questions you should ask.

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What are your credentials? You want to know that your Realtor has street cred. Not only should your potential Relator have a state license, but also have actual work experience in your market. Ask about the years of experience.

Where do you usually sell homes? Find out the niche area of expertise…does this agent sell or list homes in the area you’re interested in living? If so, he/she will have information about the market far before someone who doesn’t work in that market. It’s nice to have inside information!

Do you have a sales plan for listing my home? The marketing plan for selling your home is crucial. How will it be advertised? Search engines? Web sites? More? Having a strategy in place for selling your home is vital. A great agent will have a plan.

How many homes did you sell last year? Knowing the history of success of a potential Realtor allows you to know the direction the agent is headed.

How many days does it take you to sell the average home? Average days on the market varies widely in markets, but knowing the average of your potential Realtor can give you a good gauge on how he/she stacks up to other Realtors in the area.

How do your Realtor fees work? Ask about commission structure and policies with the listing contract.

How will you keep me informed about my home? Communication is important. Ask how you’ll be updated on showings, feedback, interested buyers and offers.

What suggestions do you have to get my home ready to list? Staging a home is pivotal in selling a home quickly. Unpack those closets to show you have storage room (people will open doors to closets and cabinets), simplify furniture plans and remove clutter from the home. (I provide a free, professional home staging consultation to my clients!)

If you’re looking to list your home, contact me to discuss these questions and any others you have in mind. My approach to real estate allows you comfort in relying upon my local market expertise to sell your home with the backing of the largest real estate company in North America, Keller Williams. For extraordinary results contact us…we are redefining the real estate experience and would love to help you sell your home.