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Surprise Home Showing? Get Your House Ready Quick With These Tips

Surprise Home Showing? Get Your House Ready Quick with These Tips

The phone rings as you pick it up to find your realtor on the other end. She has an interested buyer who wants to see the house as soon as possible. While you excitedly agree to let them come look at the house in ten minutes, you later realize that every room is in shambles. There is a mountain of dirty clothes in the laundry room, dirty pots in the sink and the dog just entered the living room as he is leaving dirty paw prints on the rugs. You need to get the house clean now. Here are several tips to get your home ready for the showing in a matter of minutes.

Open the Windows
Let in the fresh air so the house smells nice when the buyer shows up. This tactic is especially important if you have pets as you want the stale air to leave in case the new buyers might have pet allergies.

Let the Light In
Turn on the lights and open the drapes to let in as much light as possible. You also want to show people the gorgeous Central Oregon views from your home and the beautiful yard. These may be important buying points for the person who is interested in your home.

Hide the Clutter
You obviously won’t have time to get all the laundry done by the time the interested buyer and real estate agent shows up at the door. Yet you don’t have to leave the clutter in plain sight. Stow the clothes in the washer and dryer without turning them on, place the dishes in the dishwasher (or even the microwave if you don’t have a dishwasher), and place magazines into drawers.

Vacuum and Sweep

You might not have time to vacuum and sweep every floor based on the size of your house. Yet you should focus on the main living areas such as the dining room, living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Get the spouse and kids in on the cleaning to cut down on the work you have to do.

Make the Bed
The real estate agent will show off the size of the bedrooms. So you can’t just shove all the clutter into the room and then shut the door. If you have to, place all the dirty laundry and things under the bed and then make the sheets. Drape a nice large blanket on top so nobody can see the mess lurking underneath.

Take out the Trash
While obviously the buyer isn’t going to be looking in your trash cans to see if they are kept immaculate, they will notice the food smells from last night’s dinner. Take out the trash so the house smells fresh and clean.

These tips can allow you to get the house ready for the showing in the fastest amount of time possible. Once you check off each item from the list, you can then leave for a bit knowing that when the real estate agent and buyer show up, they will see a wonderful house that is perfect for the buyer’s needs.

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June Real Estate Forecast Shows Changes for Buyers and Sellers During the Summer Months

June Real Estate Forecast Shows Changes for Buyers and Sellers During the Summer Months

Real estate in the Bend, OR and Central Oregon region has taken an interesting change as we move further into the month of June. Here at Duke Warner Realty, we have seen a mix of data this month that is a strong indication that the market is changing from the last 6 to 8 months. As the summer heats up, buyers and sellers should start paying special attention to the market and how it might affect their real estate decisions.

June Signals an Increase of Listings

During the past several months, inventory went down even while sales activity held on strong. As June rolls forward, we are seeing a steady and rapid increase to listings. This increase isn’t abnormal for this time of year as the warm summers will have buyers outside and looking for ideal neighborhoods to move into while sellers will be getting ready to relocate to other areas since the kids are out of school.

Another thing people should take note about is that real estate activity in Bend, Redmond, and Central Oregon remains very strong. We see this trend continuing throughout the summer.

Buyers May Becoming More Cautious

Here at Duke Warner Realty, our market research has shown that sellers are performing price reductions. There has also been a notable decrease in pendings as we enter June. These two circumstances could be indications that buyers are more cautious as we are topping out on prices, as they are taking a slower approach when making a purchase.

The categories of price reduction and pending data indicate real time market activity that we have mentioned before in our forecasts, while market history data relies on sales and days on market (DOM) data figures.

Sellers Need to Be Careful About Pricing

Due to buyers becoming more cautious about their purchases, sellers will need to carefully consider their asking prices for their homes. Inventory is growing, and sellers will have to deal with stiffer competition from other homeowners in the Bend, OR and Central Oregon region who are trying to attract buyers. Making the smart pricing choices will allow sellers to get the right bids for their properties without having their homes sit for too long on the MLS during the summer months.

By becoming knowledgeable about home prices and real estate inventory that is available, buyers and sellers can make the smart choices based on their real estate preferences and their budgets. If you are a seller looking to price your home in the Bend, OR market, or a buyer searching for the best property for your budget, rely on the market research provided by Duke Warner Realty. We analyze and gather comprehensive market data to help buyers and sellers throughout the Central Oregon region. Learn more about what Duke Warner Realty can do for your real estate needs by visiting our website at, calling us at (541) 382-8262, or browsing our Facebook page.