WHAT GENERATION XERS WANT IN A HOME

If you plan to sell you home in the near future, here is what buyers needs are for a home.

Generation Xers were born between 1960 and 1980 — now between the ages of 34 and 54-years-old.

Generation Xers value family time above all else and the home is the central hub of family activity, offering a place to connect and unwind from a busy day. Family entertainment rooms or open floor plans would appeal to Xers.

51% have a child living in the house under the age of 18. 21% as an aging parent or in-law living in the house. 45% Homes with separate living areas would be a plus for this for Ge Xers.  A teenager or aging parent would love separate living areas, maybe you would too!

A smart home would appeal to over 45% of Generation Xers. The ablity to monitor their home is important to them while they are away from the home. Having smart features such as temperature control, smart security, self-monitored home security system, and smart lighting systems.

Activities enjoyed by Generation Xers include: 53% Gardening, 71% cooking, 67% organizing, 66% Grilling-Barbecuing, 51% DIY projects, 41% entertaining friends and family.

Homes with outdoors seating for Bar B Qs, extra garage space for projects, open concept floor plans and open kitchens are very appealing for  buyers in this group.

Talk with a Realtor who knows what buyers are looking for so they can help you transform your home to appeal to the most buyers. A lot can be done with proper staging.

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OPEN HOUSE NOV 20TH 2-4 pm

19OPEN HOUSE 1033 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove 93950

BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC GROVE HOME FOR SALE!

3 BEDS 2 BATHS 1621 SQ FEET

OFFERED AT $987,500

CALL KATHY FOR DETAILS 831-717-7047

OPEN HOUSE NOV 19TH 2-4 pm

1OPEN HOUSE 125 SURF WAY # 315 MONTEREY CA

1 BED 1 BATH 513 SQ FEET

OFFERED AT: $535,000

OCEAN VIEWS!

CALL KATHY FOR DETAILS 831-717-7047

Ocean views with Monterey’s twinkling city lights at night. Easy access single story ground floor location, covered parking in front. Luxury beach-front complex includes 2 heated pools, fitness room, club rooms, game rooms, sauna, spa, car wash area. Easy living, ideal get-away, your perfect beach pied-a-terre.

 

OPEN HOUSE NOV 19TH 12-2pm

1Open House 125 Surf Way # 331 Monterey Ca

1 BED 1 BATH 830 SQ FEET

OFFERED AT $489,000

CALL KATHY FOR DETAILS or SHOWINGS 831-717-7047

OCEAN VIEW CONDO FOR SALE IN MONTEREY CA!

Ocean and City views and oversized deck! Large 1-bedroom condo in Monterey’s beachfront complex offers view of pristine Monterey Bay by day and twinkling city lights by night. The open layout allows easy flow from the kitchen to the living area. Single-level ground floor unit with covered parking in front. The complex includes 2 heated pools, fitness room, club rooms, game rooms, sauna, spa, car wash area. Perfect as a full-time home or an idyllic getaway. Here is your opportunity to have your own piece of paradise.

 

Open House Sat. Nov 5th 2-4 PM

125 Surf Way #331 Monterey Ca. 93940

OFFERED AT $489,000

1 BED 1 BATH- 830 SQ FT

New! Large 1-bedroom condo in Monterey’s beachfront complex, ocean views and oversized deck. Open layout allows easy flow from the kitchen to the living area. Single-level ground floor unit with covered parking in front. Must see!

Call Kathy Dyer For More Info.

831-717-7047

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Your Home Ready For Photo Day

getting your home ready for sale

Listing Agent in Monterey Peninsula Complimentary StagingThe importance of preparing the home for sale will have a significant impact on marketing your home on MLS and the Internet. In Real Estate, a picture can be worth thousands of dollars. Preparing the house before the photographer arrives provides greater ability to focus his time on capturing those images that will best represent the home for potential buyers. Staging readies the home, and saves time for the photography session.

This home ready guide can be used to ready the home for a smooth photo session. Best practice is to hide as many personal items as possible because potential buyers would rather imagine their own items on the shelves.

The word ‘hide’, is optimal here. Thinking that moving items into one room while the other room is photographed usually does not work and adds time to complete the session. Many times, we think those items are “hidden” by moving them to another room only to find out they are still in the picture because of the multiple angle shots taken. Time to retake the shot occurs and time to move the items again must be taken when the photographer gets to that room. So out of site – out of picture is the best practice.

This list can seem very overwhelming at first glance; however, it is designed to be used as a guide if any of these areas need attention.

GENERAL TIPS FOR EVERY ROOM

 Clean windows and all reflective or glass surfaces  Replace all burned out light bulbs
 Lights turned on throughout the home
 Ceiling fans turned off

 Remove cobwebs from wall/ceiling corners
 Fix/straighten/open blinds and shutters
 Make sure cabinet doors and dressers drawers close all the way  Make sure framed artwork and mirrors are not hanging crooked  Remove any small rugs that are not in great condition
 Pets secured, pet toys, accessories, dishes out of sight

KITCHEN AND DINING AREAS

 Remove magnets, artwork, photos from refrigerator  Remove any items from the top of the refrigerator  Put away all unnecessary appliances, dish racks, etc.  Make sure towels are clean and neatly folded

 Clean stovetop and put away any pots and pans
 Neatly organize any visible hanging kitchen utensils
 Make sure the sink is empty, put all dishes and sponges away  Hide calendars, mail, phone chargers, etc. out of view
 Hide paper towels, trash cans
 Remove booster seats from dining room chairs

LIVING AND FAMILY ROOMS

 Hide TV remotes and game controllers
 Hide exposed A/V or electrical cables, if possible
 Straighten and organize books and DVDs on bookshelves  Place fresh unburned logs in the fireplace, if possible
 Remove extra pillows and blankets from couch and chairs  Remove any unnecessary furniture or exercise equipment

OFFICE/DEN

 Remove as much as possible from desktop areas
 Neatly organize any paperwork or items that can’t be removed  Organize or hide computer cables under or around desk
 Straighten/organize items on bookshelves
 Hide trash cans and shredders out of view

BEDROOMS

 Make beds, be sure all loose sheets are tucked in
 Make sure any items under bed are hidden from view
 Remove as much as possible from dresser and bedside table tops  Make sure frames, posters etc. are not crooked
 Remove excessive stuffed animals and arrange or hide kid’s toys  Hide laundry basket out of view
 Remove any temporary fans or space heaters

BATHROOMS

 Make sure towels are clean and neatly folded
 Remove any used shower towels
 Toilet seats closed
 Hide toothbrushes and other items from counter  Clean all spots and streaks from the mirror

 Put a small potted flower on the counter, if possible
 Hide plunger, cleaning supplies, air freshener, etc. out of view  Hide shower supplies out of view
 Hide trash cans and diaper disposal out of view

EXTERIOR

 Be prepared to move any cars or trailers from driveway
 Hide garbage cans out of view from street
 Put colorful flowers near the front door, patios and walkways  Hide pet toys, crates, beds, dishes etc. out of view
 Hide shoes, kids toys, sporting equipment out of view
 Neatly coil or remove hoses and temporary sprinklers
 Neatly arrange patio furniture and BBQ equipment
 Trim and remove dead or discolored branches and leaves
 Remove leaves from pool, walkways and patio areas
 Remove pool sweep before appointment, if possible
 Remove temporary fence around pool, if possible
 Turn on waterfall ahead of time and clean leaves from pool

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Is it Smart to Use Smart Systems in your Home?

49% of homeowner installed smart systems via their smart phones/tablets/or computer to monitor or control their homes.

Reasons for Smart Devices:

25% for security or safety

19% for entertaining

14% for climate control

12% for lighting

59% of consumers said that motivating factors attributing to smart technology was to save money on utilities vs 16% who were interested in improving the resale value of their home.

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