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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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Why You Need an Agent to Sell Your Home

August 31, 2015 12:36 am

Every seller wants their home to go to the best buyer for the best price–but that can seldom be accomplished without the help of a qualified real estate professional. “Selling your home through a REALTOR® can help you make sure you get the best value overall,” says Kimberly Nicole, a Texas real estate agent catering to upscale, elite homes and their clientele.

Not convinced? Here, Nicole explains why you should work with a REALTOR® instead of going at it alone:

A REALTOR® knows how to navigate the selling process.

At the start of the process, a REALTOR® will host extensive discussions with a client to head off rock blocks. A REALTOR® is aware of the client’s concerns, needs and priorities, navigating each step of the way. A REALTOR® will stay on top of the latest regulations to help clients meet their requirements.

A REALTOR® knows the area.

A REALTOR® will know what the property values are in the client’s community and have a good sense of market fluctuations, pricing the property competitively for the market

A REALTOR® knows how to prepare the listing.

A REALTOR® will advise you on what repairs need to be completed, potentially before listing the home on the market, and will recommend qualified contractors to get the job done. A REALTOR® can also set up an inspection to better assess the condition of the home.

A REALTOR® knows how to professionally list the property.

A REALTOR® will manage your listing across multiple channels to get maximum exposure, coordinating with photographers and videographers to ensure your listing is presented flawlessly. “Hitting the right emotional and responsive chords with buyers is the goal,” Nicole says. “[A REALTOR®] determines who the likely audience is, and markets directly to that audience.”

A REALTOR® helps sellers prepare for showings.

“Staging is extremely important,” Nicole says. “That first impression is vital.” If the client lives in the home while it is being shown, a REALTOR® may advise keeping the home staged, maintaining curbside appeal, removing pets during showings, de-cluttering closets or rearranging furniture.

A REALTOR® knows how to objectively negotiate.

A REALTOR® will help clients evaluate offers as they come in, including multi-bid circumstances. “Each side has different concerns, and each party needs to know where the other stands,” says Nicole. A REALTOR® will also help clients navigate the closing process, including explaining all paperwork clearly to the client.

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5 Ways to Add Instant Fall Curb Appeal

August 31, 2015 12:36 am

(BPT) – To make the most of your home’s outward appearance, it’s important to implement seasonal curb appeal. With autumn approaching, consider sprucing up your home’s exterior with these fall touches:

Replace your front door with an ENERGY STAR® alternative, complete with decorative glass accents or sidelights to keep cool weather out and natural light in. For entry door inspiration, check out Pinterest, your resident showroom or your local home improvement store.

• If a door replacement is out the budget, swap out door hardware instead for an instant facelift. Select finishes that compliment features like outdoor light fixtures, the mailbox or house numbers.

• Before cold weather sets in, consider repainting the exterior trim framing your home. This will refresh the look without costing as much as an entire exterior paint job. Choose a color that coordinates with the home’s primary exterior color.

Fall plantings add beauty and life to your home’s exterior. Arrange pots filled with hardy plants, like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, porch or deck. Incorporate planters or containers of varied sizes, shapes and colors.

Add exterior accent lighting to the front of your home for more lighting as the days get shorter. Consider illuminating a walking path with ground-insert solar lights, using solar spotlights to bring out landscaping, or installing matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to provide well-lit entrances.

Published with permission from RISMedia.