Home Selling Tips for 2017

Thinking of selling your home in 2017? If so, you should go into the process as well-prepared as possible. A home is a big investment for any buyer, and with a competitive housing market, you want to do everything possible to improve the chances someone will choose your home rather than the one on the next block over. If you’re planning to list your home this year, here are some selling tips to keep in mind.

Know your local market

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when selling their home is that they are unaware of what similar homes are selling for in their neighborhood. The housing market is driven by local trends that can differ from one side of the street to the other. If you don’t know your comparable home sales (or “comps”), you’re more likely to price incorrectly. Overpricing your home can delay the sale, while underpricing it can obviously cause you to lose valuable profits. A Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty agent can provide detailed data about your local market so you can determine an asking price that is both competitive and fair, improving your chances for a timely sale.

Make the necessary updates

There are two things to consider when deciding on what updates you need before selling your home: you need to look at updates that will increase value, and updates that will increase buyer appeal. If your kitchen looks dated and the appliances are nearing their end, for example, a strategic kitchen remodel can more than pay for itself by increasing value. It will also make your home more attractive to a buyer. A fresh coat of paint won’t necessary raise your appraised value, but if the paint is old, peeling or dated, it could make your home less appealing to buyers. In this case, it may be worth the small cost to update the paint.

Cleaning, de-cluttering and staging your home

It’s surprising how many homes go up on the market without being cleaned or properly staged. It’s equally surprising how many sellers are baffled that they can’t get an offer, or get a slew of low-ball offers for their home. A clean, tidy, uncluttered space is simply easier to sell because it is more inviting. Go through and deep clean the home, inside and out. Clear off all coffee tables and end tables. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.  Clear off dining table except for one nice centerpiece. Remove extra leaves from tables to make the room look bigger. Stage the home in a way that is uncluttered and easy for prospective buyers to walk through. Our staging consultant can offer some key advice here as to the proper staging for a quicker sale.

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Don’t forget curb appeal

For many people, the decision to make an offer is made curbside—that’s how important first impressions are. Make sure the outside of your home looks its best. Repainting the doors and trim to help make the house look crisp and in good condition is one of the least expensive things you can do to dress up a home. Sometimes other subtle changes like replacing the house numbers or outdoor light fixtures can improve curb appeal greatly.

When preparing your home for sale, a knowledgeable, experienced agent can typically offer valuable advice as to pricing, staging, timing and other factors. To learn more, call Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty today.


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Sotheby’s Auction House | Rétromobile Show Week in Paris

Starting of the 2017 calendar, RM Sotheby’s will once again be present at the Rétromobile show week in Paris. Held at the historic Place Vauban in the city’s center, the stunning grounds offer the perfect setting for the finest sports, racing and touring cars from both pre- and post-war periods. Ahead of the sale, here are four automobiles with exceptional rarity and provenance to be featured at the February 8 auction event.

rm-paris-2017-51964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Works Rally Car. Estimate €340,000–450,000

Winner of the 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liège rally, BMO 93B is one of three Austin-Healey Works cars prepared for the 1964 season and one of only five to win a major event. Offered for the first time in twelve years, after undergoing a complete restoration between 2009 and 2014, BMO 93B is ready to make its return to the vintage racing scene.

rm-paris-2017-11934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3. Estimate €3,800,000–5,000,000

Driven by celebrated drivers such as Tazio Nuvolari and Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, complete with an unbroken history of ownership and confirmed factory-original components, this P3 is a sensational example of the first monoposto Grand Prix model.

rm-paris-2017-21964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype by Karmann. Estimate €850,000–1,000,000

Offered for the first time at a public sale, this car is the only open-topped example of the thirteen Porsche 901 Prototypes built in the 1960s. Presented in largely original condition, this prototype has undergone no significant cosmetic restoration since leaving Porsche in 1967 and has had only three private owners.

rm-paris-2017-41956 Inter 175A Berline. Estimate €50,000–70,000

A distinctive ‘microcar’ brimming with aeroplane design elements, this Inter 175A Berline is one of just 30 surviving examples – all of which are unique. Designed by a French aeronautics firm, the Inter is a fascinating bit of automobile history

Discover more historic automobiles available at this event



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#TravelTuesday | Fodor’s Go List 2017

This #TravelTuesday, join us as we discover properties in cities ripe for travel this year, as ranked in the Fodor’s 2017 GO List.

Cape Town, South Africa

1 South Africa

R 35 000 000 ZAR | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Fodor’s suggests planning a trip to Cape Town during its summer months – January through April.  With oversized windows surrounding the house, this contemporary estate boasts panoramic views across the Constantia Valley towards the mountains and False Bay.  The home is nestled on over an acre of land and features four bedrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor pool.

Bordeaux, France

2 France

€2.830.000 EUR | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

Any time is a good time to take a trip to Bordeaux.  This historic chateau is situated on over 50 acres of land and overlooks the surrounding French countryside.  The residence comprises a five-bedroom main house with a guest wing, an orangery, an outbuilding and stables with eight loose boxes.  In addition, the property has immaculate gardens with topiaries and a water fountain and an outdoor pool.

Washington DC

3 Washington DC

$6,950,000 USD | Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington DC is another year-round destination, but it is especially worthwhile in the early spring during the Cherry Blossom season.  A duplex penthouse in the heart of the city, this residence spans over 4,500 square-feet and has private elevator access.  The apartment has three bedrooms, formal dining room, expansive top-of-the-line kitchen and private outdoor space.  Additional amenities include an integrated audio system, high-tech climate control and motorized shades.

Denver, Colorado

4 Denver

$3,999,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Denver has 300 days of sunshine, making any time an ideal time for a visit.  This newly completed penthouse boasts breathtaking views of Downtown Denver, Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountain ranges.  Spanning over 4,600 square-feet, the apartment features an open floorplan, floor-to-ceiling windows, three bedrooms, state-of-the-art Creston system and an expansive, private skydeck.  In addition, the building offers underground parking, a fitness center and concierge services.

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Sotheby’s to Auction Alexander Hamilton’s Letters and Manuscripts

Alexander Hamilton: An Important Family Archive of Letters and Manuscripts

Never truly forgotten, Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s previously neglected founding fathers, has recently achieved a level of fame, and even celebrity, not seen since his own brief but momentous lifetime. Starting with the inclusion, 2001, of a wide-ranging selection of Hamilton’s letters, essays, and government papers in the canonical Library of America series; continuing with Ron Chernow’s prize-winning and best-selling biography, Alexander Hamilton, 2004; and culminating with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, which won eleven Tony Awards earlier this year, Alexander Hamilton now stands with Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and Madison in terms of familiarity—and probably eclipses them all in terms of popularity.

Just reading the register of Hamilton’s achievements is exhausting: mercantile clerk, college student, poet, artillery captain, adjutant to General Washington during the Revolutionary War, congressman, abolitionist, founder of the Bank of New York, New York state assemblyman, member of the Constitutional Convention and the New York Ratifying Convention, essayist responsible for the majority of the Federalist Papers and all of the Pacificus Papers, first Secretary of the Treasury, founder of the New York Post, major general in the army, a titanic force in the country’s first four presidential elections—and the father of eight.

Sotheby’s is privileged to offer for sale a highly important family archive of manuscripts by and relating to Alexander Hamilton which touch on virtually every phase of his extraordinary life.

source: Sotheby’s

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