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Barbara Lewis
(Barbara Lewis)
BarbaraLewisHomes@yahoo.com
Licensed: Sales Associate
Cell: 908-477-1010

Summit
474 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 277-1200
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Barbara Lewis
(Barbara Lewis)
BarbaraLewisHomes@
yahoo.com

Licensed: Sales Associate
Cell: 908-477-1010

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(908) 277-1200
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6 Essential Tips to Sell Your House
This Summer
Prep your home to look its best during real estate's hottest selling season

If you're planning to list your home this summer - and hope to sell in time for the school year - the clock is ticking. Even before you meet with me, prep your home so you can capitalize on the sizzling summer selling season, when 60% of all homes are bought and sold!
 
Here are 6 essential steps to take now to be sale-ready by Labor Day:
 
1. Tackle the obvious repairs
 
Start by tackling all the necessary and obvious repairs. The idea is to prevent potential buyers from being distracted by chipping paint, scuffed-up floors, and leaking gutters as they tour your home. Instead of making a mental list of what needs to be fixed, they'll be able to focus on your home's positive qualities.
 
You'll save time (and money) by eliminating needless negotiations over minor repair issues. Handling repairs ahead of time saves you from the estimated, and often overinflated, cost of repairs the buyers claim. Your actual cost will almost always be less than a buyer's post-inspection estimate.
 
2. Remove your clutter and junk now
 
Clutter eats equity and kills deals. Period. It's time to declutter and free up space in your home. Evaluate each item in your house and either save, store, scrap it, or sell it. Remember: less is more to make a home sellable.
Once you've thrown out unused items, organize the rest. Living space is a precious commodity; play it up to give your home a sense of expansiveness. Buyers will be naturally drawn to a home that feels bigger.
 
3. De-personalize your home
 
It's time to take down the personal collectibles, family heirlooms, and school pictures. Not that these treasures aren't amazing - I have a house full of family heirlooms, but now is not their time in the spotlight.
When it comes to selling your home, a blank slate will appeal to potential buyers. They want to visualize themselves in the home, and your memorabilia is getting in the way of that, so put it away.
 
4. Remove anything polarizing
 
When preparing your home for sale, remove any controversial elements such as religious or political items. These items tend to elicit a strong emotional reaction - don't give the buyer a chance to prejudge your home because of your political or religious beliefs.
 
5. Pump up the curb appeal
 
First impressions are everything, and a polished facade is sure to bring buyers in the front door. Take advantage of the summer growing season. This is the time to plant grass and flowering plants, and don't forget to trim the trees and bushes.
 
By sale day, your curb appeal - the way your house looks from the street - will be in full bloom and ready for the stream of potential buyers. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That's why curb appeal is so critical.
 
6. Get a reality check
 
While we all have an idea of our home's value, these self-appraisals are rarely objective. Give yourself a reality check by meeting with an experienced agent. Agents see the home impartially with a buyer's perspective.
 
Get to know the competition by exploring similar homes on the market in your neighborhood. A quick survey of the competition's features and list price will be immensely helpful in picking the perfect list price for your home.
 
Get a head start on the summer sale season by preparing your house (and yourself). I would love to offer individual pointers and you'll each have a realistic view of what your house is really worth!
 
 
 
 
CENSUS BUREAU 
QUARTERLY RESIDENTIAL VACANCIES AND HOMEOWNERSHIP, FIRST QUARTER 2017
 
 
The Census Bureau recently released the Quarterly Residential Vacancies and Home ownership Report, showing that home ownership rates continue to be low.  As rental housing demand strengthens, rents and property values increase.  The above chart shows that home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in 10 years and have remained low for over a year.  It's an excellent time to capitalize on the demand for rental housing!
 
Rental demand in the Northern New Jersey market is strong, and can be an excellent way to diversify your investments. The National Association of Realtors(NAR) tracks activity and NAR's 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey has just been released.   
 
Some interesting highlights include:

  • In 2016, the share of buyers who purchased a primary residence rose for the third year to 70 percent from 65 percent. 
  • The share of vacation home buyers declined for the third straight year to 12 percent from 16 percent.
  • The share of investment buyers remained unchanged at 19 percent for the third straight year.
If you would like the full report just let me know and I'd be happy to provide the full research for you.  If you are considering an investment property purchase or sale let me know if I can assist you in determining the market value of the property.

 
 

 

 

 

ECO-SMART HOME PRODUCTS 

Advances in technology have paved the way for cool, inexpensive consumer products for your home. Mark Stephenson of Vermont Energy Contract and Supply says, "Many of these smart products have come down in price to be affordable for the average homeowner and offer conveniences that we have grown to expect with our expanded use of wireless and Bluetooth in our daily lives.  However, when it comes to mechanical systems like heating, electricity, and efficiency savings by using devices like Nest Thermostats, it's important to consult with a professional electrician or technician to make sure these products will truly improve the performance of your home."  Following are examples of great product ideas to help make your home smart, efficient, and secure.
 
  Smart Detectors 
Smart Home Smoke and Carbon Detector
Not an exciting gift idea, but definitely a practical one and great for a new homeowner, the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector by Nest has received rave reviews. The smart alarm provides voice alerts when there is cause for alarm and will tell you the exact location of the smoke/CO in your home. With the Nest app, you'll receive custom alerts on your phone, including low-battery and sensor failure notifications. You'll also have the ability to silence it from your phone, a nice feature for those false alarms when cooking in the kitchen. Guaranteed for a decade. Easy to install. iOS and Android. Available in two colors.
 
  
Smart Locks
August Smart Lock Technology
No more duplicating house keys or leaving one under the welcome mat. With the August Smart Lock now you can grant home access to expected guests or service providers from your phone or smartwatch. Using the app, you can create custom virtual keys for each visitor and grant entry for any length of time, whether it be for weeks or minutes. You'll receive phone notifications identifying each visitor as they come and go. This smart electronic lock will unlock when you approach and automatically locks behind you. Together with the aforementioned August Doorbell Cam, you can even unlock (and re-lock) the door from your app if an unscheduled visitor needs access. iOS and Android, Apple Watch. Available in four colors.
 
  
Smart Home Security Cameras
Nest Smart Cameras
Many homeowners are outfitting their homes with camera systems to feel more secure when they are away. This security system, called Nest Cam and distributed by Nest, has tiny cameras that send you phone notifications when motion or noise is detected in your home. As long as your cameras are on, the video is being securely streamed to your cloud account and you can view anytime from your phone, tablet or computer. The camera's two-way speaker also allows you to hear what's going on and speak to anyone in the room if needed.
 
  

Bluetooth Light bulb speaker
Sengled Pulse Solo Bluetooth Light Bulb SpeakersThere are a ton of bluetooth speakers on the market today, but do any double as a lightbulb and a dimmable one at that? Another first of its kind product from Sengled, the Pulse-Solo system combines energy-efficient LED lightbulbs and bluetooth audio. Now your music can be pumped from your lights and we think it sounds pretty good. That's because the high quality speakers are JBL-Harmon made and you have the option of connecting up to eight lights to the system. An add-on adapter also gives you the ability to easily integrate any subwoofer speaker unit you already own. With the Pulse app, you control volume and lights. Available in three colors.
 
 

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Barbara Lewis 
Contact Info:
Mobile: 908-477-1010
Email: BarbaraLewisHomes@yahoo.com
 
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Featured Property
| Properties I'm Selling (11) |
Beds:
4
Baths:
2 Full/1 Half
Sq.Ft.:
n/a
Status:
Active
MLS#:
3398420
Type:
Single Family
Subdivision:
Cinnamon Ridge
Lot size:
0.39 Acres
Courtesy: WEICHERT REALTORS
Last Updated: 7/21/2017 11:05 AM

Welcome home! A fabulous floorplan and lot in the sought after Cinnamon Ridge neighborhood! Rare find of open floor plan, large master suite and walk in closet. Spacious kitchen with island. As you enter the two story foyer you will enjoy the views of your backyard. Light pours in from grand window and open staircase. The family room flows right off the eat in kitchen with additional bar seating. Vaulted ceilings and fireplace make this room a special gathering spot. Enjoy the Berkeley Heights community with Top Schools and a convenient commute.



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