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Outdated Homes Can Sometimes Be Like Cake... Without the Frosting

We all want to have our CAKE and EAT it TOO!!  

Check out this great post by Andi Grant a wise, out-of-the-vacant-box, LA Realtor that understands the importance of helping Home Buyers by educating them with Before & After pictures!

Go Andi!! Stage it Forward!!

Outdated Homes Can Sometimes Be Like Cake... Without the Frosting


Cake with frosting

Unless you've been hiding under a rock here in Los Angeles lately, you will have noticed that home inventory numbers are shrinking in many parts of the city, especially for the areas where homes are priced under the $500K mark.  First time home buyers are now inevitably finding themselves having to sacrifice some of the bells and whistles just to jump into the home buying fray while the going is still good. 

There are some homebuyers that can easily look beyond the outdated features of a house by visualizing modern upgrades that will eventually make it their perfect home, even if it takes a little time, effort and patience.  But then there are others who just can't seem to get beyond the plain Janes needing a cosmetic fix, when in most cases all they will have needed to do is personalize it by adding the "frostingCake without the frosting"  to bring it up to their level of taste.

For some of my buyers who admittedly need a little help with seeing the vision, I've printed out some "Before" and "After" transformation photos from Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformations that I take along with us to show them ideas when faced with plain, outdated and sometimes hideous room features or an awkward space.  Mind you, had the vacant home already been updated or staged by the seller, other buyers that also needed a little help in this area would've benefitted from the real-life visuals as well.  But hey in this competitive market, as long as the homes are in good condition and in a fantastic resell location, I want them to leave the less attractive ones for my savvier first time home buyers! 

Here is just one example of something that my home buyers and I have often seen throughout our househunting experiences here in Lakewood and Long Beach;  A vacant room with an outdated fireplace as it's focal point. 

Before (without the frosting):

Outdated fireplace


AFTER (with the frosting):

 AFTER Photo of fireplace (Janice Sutton of 1stStage.net)

 

WOW!  What a huge difference!  A savvy homebuyer will look beyond the easier cosmetic fixes if the house has so many of the other right ingredients that will make it the perfect home such as a great location, a great price, a floor plan that suits their needs, and room to grow.

If you are home buyer looking to buy a home in Los Angeles, Lakewood, Long Beach, Downey and Carson or a home seller in the same areas looking for a Realtor that has both the experience and resources to help you prepare your home for sale, do not hesitate to call me at 310-508-4354 or write me at andi@andigrant.com.

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Before and After photos used with the expressed written permission of Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformations.  Plain cake photo by Blondie5000 for Creative Commons.  Creative Commons License
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Comment balloon 7 commentsJanice Sutton • March 19 2012 10:45AM

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Hi Janice ~ What a great post to show sellers how important staging is to their selling success!  Andi is a very smart and savvy agent to use your services and it sounds like a great partnership!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 5 years ago

Janice ~ Great example of the difference home staging can make in the appearance and appeal of a property.  Why wouldn't agents and sellers want their listing to show off above the competition.  I'll take mine with frosting, thank you!

Posted by Barb Hutson, Phoenix Home Stager, Redesign Expert 480-216-7182 (Sonoran Accents Home Staging & Redesign, Phoenix Metro, AZ.) over 5 years ago

Janice - Love the analogy.  It's making me hungry, too! 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 5 years ago

Janice - thanks for the reblog!  You really have a talent for "frosting" the cake - prompting homebuyers to bite!

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) over 5 years ago

Janice - What a great example for sellers to get the idea of how to market their home.  Those strategic changes with your "Frosting" surely sells homes.

Posted by Michelle Drewry, Realtor - Find Arcadia Ca Homes For Sale (Century 21 Masters ) over 5 years ago

Maureen - Thanks so much! I love it when RE Agents go the extra mile to help clients see what can be!!

Barb - I agree! Savvy agents are great! I will take frosting with mine too!

Sally - Ha ha gf! Andi really came up with a great analogy! She is amazing!

Andi - Thank you gf! It was my pleasure to reblog your post!  I am honored you used my before & after pictures! You rock!

 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 5 years ago

Gerat post Janice and lovely work in the staging photos!

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) about 5 years ago

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