Clean Doesn’t Cost a Thing

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I showed a house last week and then again this past weekend.  It’s a rambler with four bedrooms, very nice floor plan, wonderful view from the living room picture window and a HUGE backyard (the lot is 6/10 of an acre). It is located in a golf course community and they are asking LESS THAN what they bought it for two years ago.

The family has fallen on some difficult economic times and they just need to get out of the house. 

Homes sell because of three main factors…price, condition and location.  You can’t do anything about the location.  Neighborhoods take on a life of their own and they either grow up well or take a downturn.  But, you choose the price, and you control the condition.

When buyers walk in, and see what they would have to fix, they mentally subtract from the offer they might submit. Cleanliness is one of those things that YOU, the homeowner, can fix before the buyer even views it as a problem.

The house I showed twice in a four day span was NOT clean, and it had little things that needed to be fixed as well.  I would spend the five hundred dollars necessary to get the little things taken care of (because it brings you an offer faster AND for more), and I would keep the house clean.  There was grease on the stove top and dirt on the floor and towels strewn across the counters in the bathroom.  It was not a pleasant showing experience.

But even if they didn’t want to/couldn’t spend the five hundred fix-up dollars, they CAN clean.  Because CLEANING is FREE.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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