Plantation Real Estate, LLC.
Fine Sellers and Buyers of Estates, Homes and Land in
Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
Bennett, Robert Bennett & Sally Rohlfing, Realtors
National Association of Realtors
Virginia Association of Realtors
Northern Neck Association of Realtors
Chesapeake Bay and Rivers Association of Realtors
the May 2004 Midyear NAR convention in Washington DC
Bennett is also a
Architect, Professional Engineer and Class A Contractor
Free Competitive Marketing Analysis
Find out what your property would likely sell
for in this market, and get a knowledgeable consultant to market the sale
of your most valuable asset.
We're knowledgeable and use the best information
available. And while you can search through all this information,
for most there is just too much information available. And often times
much of this information isn't worth the time it takes to read. This coupled
with our busy nature and lack of time only lends to the problem. But there
is a solution?
Hire a Realtor who can focus on your sale be
it selling your home or land, or buying it.
Hire Catherine and Sally!
for showing is critical as first impressions are lasting.
home will get a better response from buyers if you do the following:
Keep the lawn mowed, edged
and clean. If you have pets be extra care to pick up after them.
Be sure snow, ice and all debris is removed from walks and steps.
Be sure your front door
and mailbox are fresh, clean and painted.
Plant shrubbery if needed.
Keep flower beds cultivated, add blooming plants in season. Arrange
porch furniture attractively.
Consider the value of a
quick coat of paint inside and out.
Always keep your home tidy.
Give special attention to the kitchen and bathroom as these are rooms that
require cleanliness for good health. Make your rooms sparkle!
The possibility of a quick
sale and a higher price may result from redecorating. I can help
you look at these items critically. Now is the time to make small
inexpensive repairs. Also make any repairs that would be necessary
to satisfy a home inspection by the purchaser.
Windows should be sparkling
clean. Using a combination of vinegar and newspaper leaves them streak
free but make certain you keep the newsprint from the trim. Spot
paint marred walls.
By fixing leaky faucets,
loose doorknobs, sticky drawers and warped cabinet doors now, buyers will
focus on the beauty of your home. Some buyers may think such small
repairs could amount to a fortune in repairman bills so let's keep them
focused on why your home is right for them instead!
Keep your halls, stairways
and piers clear of clutter, both for an appearance of neatness but also
So that a buyer may see
your storage and utility spaces, go ahead and remove unnecessary materials
from your attic, garage, boathouse, sheds and basement. It will also
make moving easier.
Do the same for closets,
showing that space is ample.
For our ease of mind and
your protection, please move your medicines and jewelry or other true valuables
to a locking cabinet or out of the house. Do not leave such things
in a bathroom as occasionally I have had a buyer need to use the loo and
I obviously cannot be with them every minute.
Buyers respond for cheerful
and bright homes so open your drapes and curtains in the daytime and turn
on lights in the evening. I've even gotten appointment with buyers
who drove by at night and got a peak of the street side rooms and wanted
to see the whole house.
If you'd like to have your
home on the market for a shorter period of time and get higher offers,
make sure your home smells fresh and clean by using a good air freshener
before each showing, smoking outside and paying special attention to odor
sources such pet litter boxes, kitchen and "sickrooms."
we get you a showing, remember to:
Disappear if you can but
leave the house at a minimum. Don't tag along and oversell your home,
real estate agents are experts in ferreting out the buyers likes and dislikes
and letting the buyer sell themselves on the qualities of your home that
meet their criteria.
Under any circumstances,
children and pets should not be present. This may be an excellent
time to go out for exercise.
Although softly playing
background, stereo music is acceptable, please turn off the radio and television,
even if it is Dr. Phil. Your real estate agent needs to talk with
the buyer without distractions.
"Silence is Golden."
Unless asked, please don't volunteer any information. Your agent
is trained to frame negative information with solutions.
The buyer is house hunting,
not furniture shopping. The most important thing is to get your home
sold and if the buyer is interested in furniture, discussing selling furniture
before you have a sales contract for the house can ruin the transaction.
Let us as your Realtor
discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the buyer.
We are trained and qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion
and are aware of current regulations.
Very rarely is your home
ever shown without an agent and never without an appointment. Never
let anyone into your home for a showing unless you have heard from Sally
or Catherine, your real estate ladies!
Before we get a buyer,
take the time to review a blank sales contract so that when we do enter
into negotiations you can respond in a prompt manner that enhances the
buyer's enthusiasm for your property instead of dragging them down into
tedious revisions. Remember the quicker the negotiations, the better
& Principal Broker
Plantation Real Estate, LLC.
Road, Lancaster, Virginia 22503
to the Melrose Plantation home page
INFORMATION, THOUGH BELIEVED ACCURATE, IS NOT GUARANTEED
IS SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGE OF PRICE, PRIOR SALE OR