Farrell Fine Homes

Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Cave Creek Real Estate Specialists

7609 N. Via De La Siesta
Suite B
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Office: 480.607.9990
Fax: 866.393.8034

Let the light in

Selling Secret #8: Let the light in

Brightening up a house can work wonders for its size and charm. According to a survey conducted by HomeGain.com, lighting up a room typically costs less than $400 and adds a $1,500 boost to the final sale price of a house. Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Clean dirty windows, update lampshades, increase the wattage… Read more

Play the agent field

Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field

A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

Next Secret:  Let the light in

Conceal the critters

Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters

You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send… Read more

Don’t over-upgrade right before selling

Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade right before selling

Quick fixes before selling is a great strategy that will pay off. Large makeovers, may not help you in selling your home faster. Getting your money back if you do a large improvement before you put your house on the market may not happen. As an alternative, do upgrades that will pay off and get you top dollar. Consider putting a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Replace door hardware,… Read more

The Arizona Experts

Announcing the New Arizona Expert Logo

Hi there!  Just a quick post but I wanted to share with you the new logo I developed for my blog:

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So, along with my ongoing Arizona real estate tips, trends and news, I am going to start blogging about local interests and activities.  Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I’d love your feedback about my new AZ Expert logo!

Take the home out of your house

Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house

Its very important to de-personalize your home before selling. The more personal items in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Remove a large percentage of items like family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Staging your home can be very effective and helps showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

Next Secret:  Don’t over-upgrade right before selling

The kitchen comes first

Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first

Your kitchen can make or break a potential sale – that’s how important it is! If your kitchen does not have a wow factor, consider remodeling your kitchen to appeal to buyers. The best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. Consider a few thousand dollars to replace countertops to prevent a buyer from knocking $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. If… Read more

The buyers first impression says it all

Selling Secret #2: The buyers first impression says it all!

Buyers will judge your home before they walk through the front door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel welcome and safe as they approach the house. Clean and spruce up your home’s exterior with new brightly colored flowers and plants. Entryways are important so you will want to add a welcome touch by adding a sitting bench or fresh… Read more

10 Best Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

Starting today and over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the ten best kept secrets for selling your home! Hope you enjoy and that you find these tips helpful should your home currently be on the market or you are planning to list it in the near future.

Selling Secret #1: Always be ready to show your home!

You never know when your next buyer is going to… Read more

Ancala Real Estate – Scottsdale, Arizona

charter-oak-poolSelling a high-end Scottsdale home in Ancala in 2 days

I’ll get right to the point. I was the listing agent for 11637 E. Charter Oak Drive in Scottsdale in the beautiful gated community of Ancala.  It sold just a couple months back. This home went into the MLS on a Friday, had several showings over the weekend and by Sunday we had an accepted offer. We did ensure that the home was priced right, staged, painted,… Read more