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Updates You Can Afford To Sell Your Home

quick and easy updates you can do to sell your home!

quick and easy updatesA recent poll on found that most people hate carpet, fluorescent lighting, wallpaper, vinyl floors and other things in their homes, so why turn off buyers with these won’t-haves?

If your home is dated, you can do some quick and easy updates that will wow your buyers.

Make it welcoming. You can’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal. Repaint where needed, but make sure the entry waves hello from the street. Clean, weed and stage your home from the sidewalk to the shrubs to the front door. Buy pots of flowers and a fresh new welcome mat. Make sure that’s not so much as a stray leaf or toy on the front yard.

Make it cool. The new neutrals are a far cry from the yellows and beiges of the Mediterranean era, ‘90s jewel tones, ‘80s pastels, and ‘70s earth tones. Instead, repaint with cooler tones, like gray or icy Scandinavian whites and sky blues.

Make it low-maintenance. Replace worn carpet with a high-grade laminate floor that looks like wood, tile or granite. Replace countertops with easy-clean quartz. Upgrade your heating and cooling with a programmable thermostat. Change out yellowish light bulbs with long-wearing daylight LED bulbs.

Make it show-ready. If you have popcorn ceilings, have them removed. Replace old appliances and dated fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen with new stainless or brushed nickel finish. One of the new touch faucets, an induction range, and an apron sink also add the wow factors you need to impress buyers.

Once you get your house ready to sell, call Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate!


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St. Simons Island Real Estate Spring 2017

St Simons Island Real Estate Spring 2017 Courtesy of Joe Wills Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate
From 1996 until 2006, home sales prices rose at an average rate of 5% per year. Demand rose through 2004 but then fell ahead of prices until 2012 with a 40% price reversal before reaching bottom. There are 280 houses on the market ranging from S189K to $20M. Over the past year 440 houses sold at prices ranging from $94K to $2.34M. The 2017 market is very active with 133 sales YTD and 56 sales pending. Sales Volume is up 34%, Sales Prices are up 10%. Demand exceeds supply by 196%. There are 118 condos on the market ranging from $127.9K to $2.495M. Over the past year 303 condos sold at prices from $100K to $1.95M. YTD 143 condos have sold or are pending. Demand exceeds Supply by 257%.

East Beach Market
The South Island community of East Beach has highest concentration of oceanfront, ocean view and beach access properties on St. Simons. For more than twenty years it has consistently ranked in the top three Island Communities for annual residential sales. Condominiums are not permitted on East Beach. Vacation Rentals are popular. In 2016 there were nineteen sales of which two were Oceanfront. Average time on the market was 329 days (20-year average is 465 days) with 69% of the sales occurring April through September. In evaluating sales over twenty years, we see a 40% average premium for Oceanfront vs Non-Oceanfront. On the chart below you can see average annual sales prices which peaked in 2007 and fell 40% before bottoming in 2012. There are currently twenty-seven active listings, eight of which being oceanfront or ocean view. East Beach is at equilibrium with roughly a year’s worth of inventory and is at 2003 average sales prices. There have been four sales since January 1st  with two sales pending.