3 Bad Decisions Sellers Make When Preparing Their Home for Sale

Today we’ll talk about some regrettable decisions to steer clear of when preparing your home for sale.

Having bright colors or an array of colors in any room of your home will not go over well with buyers. Tropical-colored walls in your basement that were inspired by a getaway will probably be a decision you’ll come to regret. Paint your home in neutral colors before putting it on the market so as to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

Along with a coat of fresh, neutral paint, installing new carpet ranks as one of the best bang-for-your-buck improvements a seller can make.

Repairing your carpet may seem like a feasible option before listing your home, but, in reality, it may come back to haunt you when your home is on the market. If your carpet is older and in distress, the better option is to just replace it. Along with a coat of fresh, neutral paint, installing new carpet ranks as one of the best bang-for-your-buck improvements a seller can make.


Failing to eliminate clutter is another mistake that could cost you. If you’ve ever walked through a new construction property, you’ve likely noticed that the home isn’t staged with much furniture—that’s how you want to showcase your home. Remember: When staging, less is more.

For help with this or any of your other real estate needs, give me a call at 703-652-1788 or email me at Dan@GreetingsVirginia.com. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

A Holiday Message to You

A Holiday Message to You

Merry Christmas from the Greetings Virginia Sales Network. We wish you a happy holiday and hope that your season is bright.

May you share happy memories, laughter and kind cheer with your loved ones on this Christmas. We wish you love, peace, and may God’s love fill your home with blessings too. Happy Holidays!

You’re Invited to My 6th Annual Toys for Tots Event

You’re Invited to My 6th Annual Toys for Tots Event

Today I have a special invitation to extend to you. To thank you for being a part of my world, I want to invite you to my 6th Annual Toys for Tots event on December 1. As you may know, for this event I offer to buy you a Christmas tree or a wreath in exchange for an unwrapped toy that we donate to Toys for Tots. To find out more details about this year’s festivities and learn how you can RSVP, watch this short video.

Ask Your Lender These Questions Before Agreeing to a Mortgage Loan

Ask Your Lender These Questions Before Agreeing to a Mortgage Loan

If you’re a homebuyer, what kind of questions should you be asking your lender? Not all lenders are created equal, so asking certain questions will prevent you from running into challenges during and after the home-buying process. First of all, you need to ask what you’ll pay regarding any points or fees. To find out what else you should ask your lender, watch my latest video.

Is There a Real Estate Bubble That’s About to Pop?

Is There a Real Estate Bubble That’s About to Pop?

By now, most of you will have heard various experts talk about how we’re either headed for or are already in a real estate bubble. However, the reality of the situation is more complicated than that. The overall market jumped from it’s low in 2009 to a much better position in 2013, and then it jumped again by a small amount between 2013 and today. What does that mean for the future? It’s hard to be sure. To hear more about the alleged real estate bubble we’re in, watch my latest video.

The 9 Things That Could Be Sabotaging the Sale of Your Home

The 9 Things That Could Be Sabotaging the Sale of Your Home

Did you know that certain things can actually affect your home sale? To keep you informed, today I am sharing nine things that can sabotage your home sale. First, hanging cords need to be either tied up or snipped so that the exterior of your home looks clean. To learn more, watch my latest video.

The 5 Worst Home Upgrades You Can Make to Your Home Before Selling It

The 5 Worst Home Upgrades You Can Make to Your Home Before Selling It

If you’re getting your home ready for the market, there are five upgrades you need to avoid making if you want to sell it for top dollar. For example, don’t make any home office improvements. If you need a home office, that’s fine, but we find that it’s better to market a home with an extra bedroom than one that has a home office. To find out what other upgrades you need to avoid when preparing your home for the market, watch my latest video.

Don’t Hire a Realtor Without Asking These Questions First

Don’t Hire a Realtor Without Asking These Questions First

Today I’m going to answer a question one of my clients recently asked me: “What should I actually ask my real estate agent?” This can depend on whether you’re a buyer or a seller, but there are two things you should ask an agent about no matter what: their experience level and how they plan on communicating with you. Your goal should be to look for a connection. To find out what else you can ask an agent before hiring them in order to make sure they’re the right fit, watch my latest video.

What’s Going on in Our Market?

What’s Going on in Our Market?

Over winter, the market was pretty slow-paced. However, now that the sun is back and spring is here, things are picking up. Inventory is still low; we’re sitting at about two month’s worth. This plants us firmly in a seller’s market, and prices are high. However, that is mitigated by the fact that interest rates are still very low at the moment, so buyers and sellers both have opportunities in this market. For more details, watch my latest video.

Real Estate Lingo 101

Real Estate Lingo 101

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you just haven’t done a real estate transaction in a few years, there are certain terms you need to know in order to navigate the home buying or selling process. Today, I have a short list of key terms for you to know so you can be an educated person in the real estate market. To see the list of important terms, watch my latest video

2 Important Considerations to Make Before Buying a Home

2 Important Considerations to Make Before Buying a Home

When buying a home, there are certain considerations you need to make that I want to share with you today. The first is the feel of the home’s surrounding neighborhood. Take a drive or a walk through that neighborhood after it gets dark and see how it feels. Outside of the emotional appeal of your home, there are other outside intangibles that are very important. To find out what else you should consider when buying a home, watch my latest video.

Why Is Staging Essential to Your Home Sale?

Why Is Staging Essential to Your Home Sale?

What are the advantages of staging your home for sale? When you list your home, you need it to be emotionally appealing to buyers. By staging your home, you can create this emotional appeal by allowing buyers to see the home as their own. To learn more about the advantages of staging, watch my latest video.