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10 Real Estate Road Trip Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

This article was originally published on Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter blog:

Summer time often means long road trips away from home.  While the freedom to travel wherever you please makes for great summer vacations, the trips themselves can sometimes hit entertainment road bumps.

Keep your road trip companions on their toes and be the Jeopardy champion of factoids with these quirky and intriguing real estate facts:

  1. India’s richest man built a 27 story home.  With 6 floors dedicated to parking and 400,000 square feet of living space, it requires 600 staff members to maintain it.
  2. The day you list your home matters.  Homes listed on Thursday and Friday get more buyer tours, sell faster, and for higher prices.  Homes listed on Sunday get more online views.
  3. The smallest home in Great Britain measures just 10 feet by 6 feet.  It was once inhabited by a 6-foot, 3-inch fisherman.
  4. A FROG is actually a room.  The Finished Room Over Garage is a term used often in the Southeast U.S. (and there’s even an unFROG when unfinished).  Other parts of the country refer to it as a bonus room or great room.
  5. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage.
  6. In the Pacific Northwest, bathrooms can disappear before your eyes.  A house with two powder rooms (1/2 bath + 1/2 bath) and two more baths with standup showers (3/4 bath + 3/4 bath) actually has 2.5 bathrooms total.
  7. Brass hardware actually disinfects itself.  There’s an ionic effect in the metal that is toxic to all kinds of germs and pathogens.
  8. Dead bodies heat homes.  In Sweden and Denmark, crematoriums pass the heat from their incinerators on to the local utilities for residential use.
  9. It’s not just the home.  8 out of 10 buyers would give up square footage for the right neighborhood, and 6 out of 10 would give up yard space for a shorter commute.
  10. Real estate listings with the words “beautiful” or “gorgeous” in their listing descriptions sell 15% faster than other listings.  They also sell for 5% higher prices.  Is that just correlation or some great marketing causation?  Ask your Realtor.

Sam DeBord is managing broker of Seattle Homes Group with Coldwell Banker Danforth, and a state director for Washington Realtors. You can find his team atSeattleHome.com and SeattleCondo.com.

3 Ways for Home Sellers to Maximize Buyer Showings in the Summer

This article was originally published on Coldwell Banker’s blog:

Most of the rules for selling a home are the same, no matter what time of year you put it on the market. There are a few special rules for certain seasons, though. As we enter the summer, keep these ideas in mind for maximizing your warm-weather selling success:

Water like you mean it

There are a lot of great ways to conserve water for cost saving benefits. While your house is listed for sale, though, it isn’t the time to pinch pennies. If you skimp on watering in the summer, buyers won’t appreciate your frugality, they’ll just see a less-than-stellar lawn. Keep your yard looking like a professional maintains it (or hire a pro to do so for a little while). Your bank account will be much happier with the higher sale price that it brings.

Keep Cool

Home buyers are often very emotional when making purchase choices. They just get a certain “feeling” in a home and decide that it’s the right one for them. There are few things that make buyers more uncomfortable than sweating their way through a stuffy, hot home in the summer, and they usually rush through the tour to escape the heat. Your job is to extend that showing, so keep your air conditioning trained at a comfortable temperature, or leave some windows open for a breeze if it can be done securely. Leaving out some bottled water for potential buyers can’t hurt, either. Never discount the value of a buyer feeling comfortable.

Be flexible with your schedule

With summer comes the end of the school calendar, lots of vacation time, and much later sunsets. Home buyers’ showing patterns will become more varied. While you can rely on winter showings being early weekday evenings or on the weekends, buyers in the summer are often available all week long, and into the late evenings. The spring rush of buyers usually slows a bit during early summer.  Having your home ready to show at a moment’s notice, and being flexible with showing times, is essential to allowing more buyers into your home and getting the most exposure possible. Being accommodating for a short period of time can reap great rewards long-term.