Blog :: 01-2020

Manhattan to Montclair – “No pressure with Lina”

 

Rachel and Tom just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary last September and had their first child in December. Rachel was born and raised in Washington, DC and Tom grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Both went to college in Boston and when they graduated, moved to NYC to begin their careers -- Rachel in sales & marketing and Tom as an accountant. Last August, they left their 1-bedroom apartment in Chelsea and moved to a 3-bedroom home in Montclair, NJ. 

Why Montclair?

We explored several neighborhoods in the area and decided that Montclair was the place that we wanted to start our family. We fell in love with the downtown area and all of the villages throughout the town. We love the history and charm of all the homes, and we had heard nothing but great things about the people and the schools, which was really important to us. We also picked it because of the close proximity to Manhattan and have since found that the commute is very manageable. 

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

We love how walkable the neighborhood is and have really enjoyed exploring Upper Montclair village and all of the restaurants this town has to offer. 

Any challenges along the way?

Before we got pregnant, we knew we wanted to buy a house, but in our minds, we had a longer timeline. The pregnancy definitely expedited the process. We were slightly nervous that the home buying process would be very overwhelming and stressful; since we had been renting an apartment, there were a several things we had to learn about home ownership in general. There were also times we got a bit discouraged that we might not find something in our budget in the neighborhood we wanted, but in time, we ended up landing on the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood and we couldn't be happier. 

What’s turned out better than you expected?

We’ve found the move and transition to be fairly easy and were so pleasantly surprised with how seamless the process was. This was thanks to Lina, who we’d met at an Open House. She made the entire home buying process so enjoyable for us. We had never worked with a real estate agent before and didn't really know what to expect. She was so patient, answering all of our questions, and, as first-time buyers, we had a ton of questions. All along, she was a calming and reassuring resource. We always felt like she had our best interest in mind and never felt pressured. We are so grateful for her guidance and advice and would recommend her a million times over!

Improvements for the New Year

If you’re thinking about selling your home, this is for you.  

I just had a conversation with a client that made me realize some sellers may not understand why a real estate agent (namely, me) might dig in her heels about certain home improvements. Why we may seem unrelentingly insistent about paint colors or getting rid of the wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom. 

It’s not that we don’t like your wall colors or your carpeting. 

It’s that our experience allows us the vantage point of knowing what most buyers will respond positively to.

I know it’s hard to spend money to make aesthetic improvements in a house you’re about to leave. Especially if you think the house is perfectly fine the way it is. And I know it’s even harder to discover (as one of my clients did) that the wood floors you just refinished are now going to be replaced by carpeting – similar to what had been there in the first place. 

Please trust me: it was not a mistake to refinish the floors.

Successful marketing requires positioning your home in a competitive environment, and that means making it appealing to the most people possible. Not trying to anticipate what a single buyer might want.

A good agent is not trying to make your home consistent with his or her own taste. They’re using their experience in the marketplace to help you create more value in the eyes of all buyers.

If you want to get the very best price for your home, making aesthetic improvements is the right way to go. Even if the new owners re-installs carpeting. Even if it’s the same color. Even if it’s the same pile. 

If you’re thinking of selling and want to do a walk-through about what’s worth improving (and when), call or message me at: 973-809-5277