I have been listing and selling real estate in Bloomfield Hills and surrounding areas since 1993. Prior to my second career in real estate, I spent 25 years in industry as an information specialist, consultant and manager. During that time, most of my leisure time involved interior decorating, home remodeling projects and gardening/landscaping. Combining sales and consulting skills honed in industry and substantial knowledge of residential property issues gained from my avocations, has led to a successful career as a real estate agent and created a growing trail of satisfied customers.
A strong project management background propels me to constantly question undesirable results (e.g., "Why isn't that house selling?") and find a solution to the problem. Continually listening to Buyers' comments regarding houses they see, provides a basis for accurately estimating the potential selling price of any given home in its current condition. I can also assess which changes to a home's decor, furniture arrangement, mechanicals, general maintenance and/or landscaping will likely be cost-effective.
Some of my strengths are:
The preceding strengths provide the following specific advantages to my Clients:
Seller Advantages - Vacant Homes
Early in my real estate career, I recognized that vacant resale homes do not sell very fast and usually for a lower price than the same home with furnishings. In fact, my very first listing had been on the market with another REALTOR® for six months with no offers forthcoming. When I walked through the empty house prior to listing, I caught myself visualizing each room with furnishings. Knowing that only 15% of the population is actually able to accomplish such visualization, I developed a plan for populating the rooms with some real and some pseudo furnishings to give potential buyers a perspective of how the home would appear when furnished. Within three weeks, the Seller had two offers from which to choose! Based on such great initial success, I have continued to provide Faux Furnishings/staging – sometimes free of charge – for my Seller's listings, much to my clients' delight! I now provide this service to the general public, doing business as MAXIMUM IMPACT!
Seller Advantages - Occupied Homes
All Buyers are very visual --- what they see is what they get! For a home to sell in a reasonable time frame and at the best possible price, it must have appeal to current Buyers and be photographed well. I have assisted many of my Sellers in re-arranging and "tweaking" their decor to enhance the visual appeal and salability. Although it's preferable to have a number of photos of your home on popular websites, the quality of the photos is of great importance --- dimly-lit pictures of less-than-photogenic rooms is not a plus! I take multiple photos of key rooms and exterior features and selects only the best ones for publication.
I have obtained an in-depth knowledge of most of Oakland County and parts of Macomb and Wayne counties by working for several real estate offices located in Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills and Troy. In addition to those three areas, Carol has listed and sold homes in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Farmington Hills, Canton, Novi, Commerce, Highland, Waterford, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Auburn Hills, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, Chesterfield Township, Warren, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Oak Park, Hazel Park and Southfield, not necessarily in that order. Having an appreciation for a wide range of areas makes it easier to assist Buyers, as they often start out focused on one area – only to eventually buy a home in an entirely different community. In addition, I have substantial experience with remodeling and update costs (something needed by many homes in today's real estate market) which is very useful to Buyers in estimating the actual value of any home being considered for purchase. I also can arrange for specific contractor remodeling proposals, when desired.