10-Second Rule for Impressing a Home Buyer

10-Second Rule for Impressing a Home Buyer

10 second rule first impressions when selling your home



No matter how great the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walked through the door. Potential buyers will form opinions before entering your home. And you never have a second chance to make a first impression. You can test this out by looking through our current list of Greenville homes for sale. Pay attention to your own impressions based only on the first picture. Curb appeal is very important!


How To Make A Great First Impression with Curb Appeal


It’s important to make people feel welcome and safe as they approach the house. The second a potential homebuyer pulls into the driveway the clock starts ticking. Before that happens take some time to spruce up your home’s exterior. Take notes on which part of your house is visible as you are pulling into your street and as you pull into the driveway. There are many ways to pump up your home’s curb appeal. For example, inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers near the front door will help draw the eyes right where you want them to focus.

We all know the importance of having a clean home when trying to sell, but many people forget that this rule extends to the exterior as well. Power washing the outside of your home is a sure-fire way to boost your curb appeal. It will take off any dirt and grime on the siding and windows leaving everything clean and shiny. The before and after of a power washed home is shocking, it really makes a difference. When a potential buyer pulls up to a clean house with sparkling clean windows, they know the current owner has pride in ownership. Pay attention to the smaller details as well when cleaning up outside.

  • Make sure the sidewalks in front, the driveway, and walkway entering the home are all well swept, or power washed.
  • Taking an edger or weed Wacker around the perimeter of your front lawn will do wonders too.
  • Remove any yard debris that may be collecting in corners around the home perimeter or fence line.
  • Inspect the paint on the exterior of your home and touch up any weathered or dull areas.


Last but not least the front door, the cherry on top of your home’s curb appeal is the front door, so dress it up a little. Take the time to really clean the screen door if you have one, especially if the door has any glass. Clean the glass inside and out for a lasting impression when they walk in and when they walk out. Use a brightly colored wreath or welcoming plaque to stand out in a sea of homes for sale. Aside from location and specific details in the home, the homebuyer’s decision will be heavily determined by the look and feel they get from that first 10-second impression. So, make it count!

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How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

how to find the right real estate agent to buy or sell home in Greenville TX

Do you have the right agent?

Choosing the right real estate agent can be detrimental to the sale of your home.In this market, there are A LOT of agents who sell real estate. Some of them are smart, efficient, focused, versatile and willing to go the extra mile. And some of them aren’t. How do you know who is the right real estate agent to sell YOUR home? An agent who is local is usually an area expert, but are they motivated to sell YOUR home?
Here are some questions to ask:


The days of agents just putting a For Sale sign in the yard and hoping for the best are gone. Look for an agent who does aggressive and innovative marketing, especially on the Internet. All MLS systems syndicate with 1000’s of websites BUT how is your agent going to make your house stick out, what creative marketing are they going to do to get buyers to look at your home?

  1. What is your marketing strategy?
  2. How do you go above and beyond for me?
  3. How is your marketing different from other agents?
  4. Do you use social networking sites to promote your listings?


Numbers are important when selecting the right agent. Do you want a new agent, who only has your home listed and is very motivated for their first sale? Do you want a seasoned agent who already has a clientele built up, and can sell a home with their eyes closed?

  1. How long have you been an agent?
  2. How many homes did you sell last year?
  3. What is your ratio of sales price vs. asking price?


Communication is vital when working with a real estate agent. If you want weekly updates, don’t choose an agent who plans to contact you only if there’s an offer. You want an agent who answers their phone or promptly returns phone calls. If you can’t get ahold of your agent, how do you think buyers can?

  1. Does the agent use text messaging or email communication?
  2. If you miss a call from me how quickly do you respond?
  3. Do you have a backup if you are unavailable?
  4. Do you have someone who can still help answer questions?


Last but not least, CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH REFERENCES? Look on trulia.com, Realtor.com, or other real estate websites for reviews. Ask around, ask your friends who they would recommend. When speaking to an agent ask them if they have any references or any reference letters?

Feel free to ask any of our real estate agents detailed questions about their experience and skills to help you with any home buying or home selling needs.


7 Affordable steps to help you sell your home!!

7 Affordable steps to help you sell your home!!

7 Affordable steps to help you sell your homePutting your home on the market can be extremely stressful. You are opening your home to strangers hoping one of them will love your home as much as you have. Preparing to sell your home is overwhelming and it is hard to know where to start, so we have created a list of 7 affordable steps to help you sell your home.

1. Replace Burnt out light bulbs


Maximize the lighting in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer says that they want in a home. Take down the dark, heavy drapes, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, replace light bulbs that have burned out and open the blinds. Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it vintage (yet it isn’t a vintage, 50-75 years old or antique piece), it should probably go. Local home improvement stores or even yard sales usually have cheap updated lighting fixtures. Do these necessary steps to make your house feel more bright and cheery; it will make a huge difference in your home’s ability to sell.


2. De-clutter


One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. When a buyer sees your family pictures hanging on the wall, it is harder for them to imagine their family in your home. The more personal items in your house, the less potential buyers can see themselves living there. Get rid of at least one-third of your stuff, put it in storage if you must. De-personalizing includes family photos, memorabilia collections, and personal keepsakes.


3. Empty Your Closets


Storage is something every buyer has on their wish list. So they will be looking in closets and cabinets making sure their stuff will fit, be sure to keep them clean and tidy. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Pare your wardrobes down to what you’re actually wearing this season, pack away the rest or donate it to a local charity.


4. Display Important Documents


Buyers are always curious as to how much the utility bills are in a house, to better calculate their monthly expenses. A floor plan and house plan will also give buyers valuable information about your home and will set you apart from the competition. Place Manuals or information about any recent appliance purchases next to the items. For example: if you recently replaced your dishwasher, put that information right next to your dishwasher. For buyers, it’s comforting to know that it has a 5-year warranty and it was replaced only a few months ago.


5. Conceal the animals


You might think a cute cuddly dog would help warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is an animal lover. Buyers don’t want to walk into your home and smell an animal or litter box. If they see a bowl full of dog food or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes, it will give buyers the impression that your house is unclean. If you can’t take animals with you, be sure to put them outside or in kennels. Buyers don’t want animals jumping on them or rubbing up against them.


6. Always be ready to show


Don’t leave dishes in the sink or dirty clothes in a pile, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies or cob-webs in the corners. Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when THAT buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to have the home available whenever a buyer wants to see the place, and it has to be in tip-top shape. Being prepared at all times is a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold quicker.


7. Put up mirrors


Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. Mirrors give depth and make a room look bigger. They reflect natural and artificial light, making a room brighter during the day and night. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors is especially useful, it will bring in the outside light.