Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate



Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/4/2018


 The bad news about selling your home is that there are dozens of mistakes you might make that could result in a lost sale, unnecessary price reductions, and delays in finding a buyer.

The good news is that the vast majority of seller mistakes are completely avoidable -- especially when you have an experienced real estate agent guiding you through the process and providing you with ongoing advice and marketing assistance.

Pricing and Perception

Setting too high of a price for your home is a common mistake -- one that's often difficult to recover from. Since "the clock is ticking" from the moment your home officially goes on the market, it's important to make the most of those first few weeks.

House hunters are often strongly attracted to homes that are advertised as being "just on the market." Those words can be very compelling because they imply newness, a limited opportunity, and scarcity. As the advertising industry has known for generations, consumers are drawn to products and services that are new, fresh, and in demand. However, just like yesterday's news or day-old bread, the longer a house is on the market, the less appealing it becomes.

According to a Zillow study, homes for sale priced around or slightly below market value are almost 50 percent more likely to sell within 60 days than those priced 12 percent or more above market value.

Working with a knowledgeable real estate professional can help make sure you don't lose that initial out-of-the-gate momentum by pricing yourself out of the market. They'll base their recommendations on a number of factors, including a comparative analysis of recently sold homes in your neighborhood .

Here's a house-selling mistake that most people probably don't know about: You might be losing potential buyers because you've chosen an "odd selling price." The National Association of Realtors points out that listings may sometimes be excluded from Internet search results if the asking price is just a few thousand dollars above a typical pricing range. "Buyers search real estate websites for price ranges, such as 'homes between $250,000- $300,000.' If you set an odd price to make your listing stand out, say $302,499, you may miss some of your best potential customers."

If you realize after a few weeks that you've incorrectly priced your house, it not only becomes necessary to lower the price, but you also have to contend with a lower perceived value among prospective buyers.

Buyer Psychology

A few other words and phrases that tend to whet the appetites of prospects searching for their next home include "move-in condition," "landscaped," and "updated." Many people also like the sound of granite countertops, maple hardwood floors, and gourmet kitchens.

While it pays to know a little about pricing, home staging, and buyer psychology, getting advice and guidance from a seasoned real estate agent is usually your best bet for producing the fastest and most satisfying results in selling your house.





Posted by Kathy Portway on 5/28/2018

At times, trying to organize and declutter seems like a never ending task. You may have made attempts to declutter without many results. The truth is that with a plan, even the most disorganized among us can get on track to organization and freedom from clutter. Follow some of the tips below to get your home in order. 


Have A Goal


If your organizational attempts never seem to go anywhere, you may just need a goal. The idea is to pick one area and complete it. Organizing a little here and there wonít make any kind of a dent in your organizational needs. It will also look like you havenít done anything to improve your mess. Work on one room, one area at a time and youíll be on your way.


Utilize All Of Your Shelves


Many times the bottom or the top shelf of a closet or utility unit ends up getting unused. The problem could be that the shelves are so tall that no one can reach them and they go unused. You can fix this problem by simply moving the shelving or placing rarely used items up there that can be accessed by a step ladder.


You Have Too Much Stuff And Nowhere To Put It


Rather than buy a bigger house, you might want to go through your stuff. Between you and your children, youíre bound to have quite a few items that can be either sold or donated to a good cause. Consider setting up a donation pile in your house, where family members can put items that they no longer need or use. As an extra tip, donít let the items that are for donation sit there. When the bin is full, put it in your car and head off to the donation center.  



You Have A Lot Of Little Things With Nowhere To Place Them


This is a problem that can be solved by the right containers. If you can find a container thatís best suited for what you need to store, it will be much easier to find and access these items.  


Things Have Sentimental Value


Itís nice to have a few things that you cherish and bring back good memories, but sentimental value items can really get out of hand. If you think of when you last looked at something or how much memory an item truly holds for you, it can be easy to get rid of a lot of things when you put your mind to it. You can ask a friend to help you go through things. An outsider can advise you on what to save and what you should get rid of.


Your Refrigerator Is Gross


If youíre finding a lot of spoiled food and moldy leftovers in your fridge, donít fret. Just develop a clean out schedule to help you get rid of any food that is past its prime. Make it a point to have a designated day of the week to clean out all of your leftovers and expired food to keep the clutter that can spoil at bay.





Posted by Kathy Portway on 5/25/2018

This is it! THIS is the home that celebrates your family and friends. First floor defines togetherness with its open concept and a view to each room. Gleaming hardwoods and lovely windows throughout and amazing marble fireplace to further warm up the space. Separate area to come in from the outside with seating and storage to keep you organized. A truly exceptional chic kitchen with bright white cabinetry, new stainless steel appliances, double oven, granite counter tops and enormous center island. Second floor is your oasis! Hardwood continues upstairs into 3 large bedrooms with spa like bathrooms for pampering and quiet relaxing. Outside space is just as fabulous with large decking overlooking expansive yard and play area which includes built in basketball court, pool and hot tub. Lower level is finished as a preschool but can easily convert to additional rooms and it has a half bath and walk out. You can't miss this one! It's the place to gather all your loved ones.... It's home.

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Posted by Kathy Portway on 5/23/2018

This is it! THIS is the home that celebrates your family and friends. First floor defines togetherness with its open concept and a view to each room. Gleaming hardwoods and lovely windows throughout and amazing marble fireplace to further warm up the space. Separate area to come in from the outside with seating and storage to keep you organized. A truly exceptional chic kitchen with bright white cabinetry, new stainless steel appliances, double oven, granite counter tops and enormous center island. Second floor is your oasis! Hardwood continues upstairs into 3 large bedrooms with spa like bathrooms for pampering and quiet relaxing. Outside space is just as fabulous with large decking overlooking expansive yard and play area which includes built in basketball court, pool and hot tub. Lower level is finished as a preschool but can easily convert to additional rooms and it has a half bath and walk out. You can't miss this one! It's the place to gather all your loved ones.... It's home.

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Posted by Kathy Portway on 5/23/2018

This is it! THIS is the home that celebrates your family and friends. First floor defines togetherness with its open concept and a view to each room. Gleaming hardwoods and lovely windows throughout and amazing marble fireplace to further warm up the space. Separate area to come in from the outside with seating and storage to keep you organized. A truly exceptional chic kitchen with bright white cabinetry, new stainless steel appliances, double oven, granite counter tops and enormous center island. Second floor is your oasis! Hardwood continues upstairs into 3 large bedrooms with spa like bathrooms for pampering and quiet relaxing. Outside space is just as fabulous with large decking overlooking expansive yard and play area which includes built in basketball court, pool and hot tub. Lower level is finished as a preschool but can easily convert to additional rooms and it has a half bath and walk out. You can't miss this one! It's the place to gather all your loved ones.... It's home.

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