Six Hard Truths of Selling your Home



preparing to sell a house


You may be aware of the fact that we are in a HOT Seller’s Market with low inventory, however let’s not forget that in order to maximize the value of the property we need to face some hard truths.


  1. Make sure your Realtor knows the current market conditions – I always recommend potential clients to interview more than one Realtor. Among several things to consider, make sure you both feel comfortable working together and most of all don’t be afraid to ask questions. A competent local agent should feel comfortable in explaining today’s market stats and be well aware of the local trends in your neighborhood.
  2. Clean and uncluttered homes sell – One of the greatest return in money is decluttering and deeply clean your home. Getting your house ready to sell is no joke, but having a home that is clean, fresh and inviting, makes all the difference.
  3. Homes priced right sell – I understand that maybe overpricing your home seems like you are building room for negotiations but by doing so you may just price out the right buyer. Research finds that homes lingering on the market usually sell less than their list price.
  4. Repairs left undone will end up costing you more – Home repairs done prior to going on the market could add dollars to your bottom line. If you’ve been meaning to address some repairs to your home, do NOT wait any longer! It will be less expensive to complete the tasks BEFORE you sell your home since buyers want to buy a home that is ready to go!
  5. Selling a house is inconvenient – Yes, sometimes showings may happen at inconvenient hours or when you are finally home after a long day at the office BUT think about the potential buyers work schedule. That day and time may be their only opportunity to preview your home and denying it may decrease the interest of your property.
  6. Buyers love to renegotiate after a home inspection – Be prepared! If your home needs a major repair that will be an excuse for the buyer to reduce the price. As previously discussed, it is best to address repairs prior hitting the market but if you have no intention of addressing the issue then make it well known ahead of time and disclose the fact so that the purchase price reflects the defect.


For more questions and service beyond the sale, call me.

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 1:05 am
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Selling Vacant Land

Vacant land, real estate, raw land, selling


Last month we talked about purchasing vacant land. But what about selling?

Here are some things to consider when selling raw land.



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vacant land



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pricing vacant land


Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.

For information about purchasing vacant land click here.


Posted on March 28, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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Purchasing Vacant Land


Ahhhh, the lovely earthy scent produced by the rain or the morning dew, the buzzing of the bees and the many of shades of green enchanting the view. Who doesn’t like to be immersed into nature and fantasize about living in it?

If you are one of the many Americans that would love to buy raw land and build your dream home, let me help you with this complex but exciting task.


Make sure you take into consideration these details:



If you don’t have a preferred lender let me know and I can help with the perfect match.


Understand how the land can be used. Local government usually have established zoning regulations.

Call your local planning and zoning department and they will provide you with the information.

Check the island county webpage here 

We will need to do some research and this will include things that can be forgotten: utilities.

You need to make sure to check if the lot has access to public utilities: electricity, sewer, gas, water etc.


Last but not least, make sure you do thorough and expansive research about home builders.

I would be more than happy to give my recommendations.



Posted on February 28, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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Prepare your home for winter in Whidbey Island.

With winter fast approaching, I chose this lovely day to interview one of my trusted home inspectors, Rick Bunzel from Pacific Crest Inspections. 

Like a car, a home needs regular maintenance and even seasoned homeowners can fall behind if not paying attention.

Be a smarter homeowner and take some time now to get ahead of the game!

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Posted on November 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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