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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of a Seller’s Market

February 9, 2016 1:39 am

Market conditions as they stand make now the ideal time to sell your home. Even so, to sell quickly and for the best price, it’s important to position your property favorably. Some steps that can help:

1. Go beyond buyer expectations… Most house hunters expect pre-owned homes to have at least some issues. Exceed this expectation by fixing major flaws ahead of listing your home on the market.

2. …but don’t overspend. The fact is, many upgrades just don’t recoup their cost at resale. Your REALTOR® can help you determine the most worthwhile repairs for your market.

3. Draw your timeline, but remember… If there’s no turnaround pressure on the sale of your home, take some time to get your home in tip-top shape.

4. …the waiting game can backfire. It’s unwise to wait for home values to rise before listing your home for sale. With more buyers on the hunt for a home, now is prime time to sell.

5. Say no to an overinflated price. No matter how highly you perceive your home, it’s just that—a perception. The best way to price your home is with a comparative market analysis (CMA), supplied by your REALTOR®, that spells out local market values.

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Everything and the Kitchen Sink: 5 Projects for DIYers

February 9, 2016 1:39 am

(BPT)—Much of the expense of a kitchen renovation comes from the labor involved—but many remodeling projects, such as backsplash installment or cabinet refurbishment, can be completed by homeowners with DIY experience. If you’re of the “can-do” variety, consider “hiring out” the following projects—to yourself!

1. DIY Backsplash –Take the guesswork out of grout with self-adhesive vinyl tiles (some even mimic the look of copper or tin) and arrange in a cohesive pattern. Draw design inspiration from sources like Pinterest, home décor magazines or your local home improvement retailer.

2. DIY Cabinetry – There’s no way around it: replacing cabinetry is expensive. If you’re handy with tools, refurbish the ones already in your kitchen with new doors or re-facing material, or new hardware, from your local home improvement retailer.

3. DIY Countertops – Replacing your countertop is also a costly undertaking. Go for laminate, again from your local home improvement retailer, for a fraction of the price—many come in finishes similar to concrete, granite or marble, with little discernible difference from the real alternative.

4. DIY Sink – Mounting a sink may seem daunting, but many products on the market today make it possible for homeowners to handle the project on their own. Look for a top-mount model with pre-attached clips, which can simply be dropped into place from above.

5. DIY Storage – You don’t have to customize your cabinets to maximize storage inside them. Purchase off-the-shelf organizers, such as pullouts and rollouts, turntables, under-shelf baskets and gravity-feed can racks to get the same effect for less.

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