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Sam Hatfield Realty April 2011 Newsletter

 

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Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
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NEWSLETTER OF

SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

4470 Mansford Road
Winchester, TN 37398

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REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LAKE VACATION RENTALS

April 2011

Happy Easter from Sam Hatfield Realty


 

Featured Home
New Listing
 

 

MLS# 1254956

942 Bluff Drive

$668,900

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Very nice lakefront home in Hopkins Point Subdivision. 3 bedrooms (study being used as 4th bedroom) 3 baths.  2 covered decks, floating dock with concrete flooring. Tile floors on the main level.  Wood burning fireplace. Interior & exterior renovated 2007.

 


TIMS FORD LAKE PROPERTIES INFORMATION

TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE - TO DATE: 75
TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED DURING MARCH: 13

TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - TO DATE: 107
TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED DURING FEBRUARY: 7

MARCH SALES ACTIVITY:

LAKE HOMES SOLD: 1
LAKE LOTS SOLD: 0


March New Listings

 

 

MLS #1250999 1466 Dripping Springs Road Winchester, TN 37398


GREAT lakefront home newly remodeled. Floating dock on a level Lot. Granite countertops in the kitchen. This house has big water views, dock floats year round. Hardwood flooring throughout.

 

 

MLS #1252826 0 Rigsby Ridge Lynchburg, TN 37352

 

149 ft of shoreline, year round water, dock permittable.

 

 

 

 

MLS #1254956 942 Bluff Drive Winchester, TN 37398


Very nice lakefront home in Hopkins Point Subdivision. 3 bedrooms (study being used as 4th bedroom) 3 baths. 2 covered decks, floating dock with concrete flooring. Tile floors on the main level.  Wood burning fireplace. Interior & exterior renovated 2007.

 

 

 

MLS #1255255 0 Bell Memorial Drive Estill Springs, TN 37330

 

Very nice lakefront lot, gentle slope to water, can have dock, s/d has private boat ramp. $65,000 below tax appraisal.

 

 

 


Calendar of Events

 

April 1 - April Fools Day

 

April 17 - Palm Sunday
 

April 19 - 1st Day of Passover

 

April 22 - Good Friday

April 24 - Easter Sunday

 


 

How to Prepare Your House for Sale

 

 

Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. All you need to do is some careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying to their checkbooks. Here is how to prep your house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

1. Disassociate yourself with your home.
Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house - a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
Make a mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
Say goodbye to every room.
Don't look backwards - look toward the future.

2. De-personalize
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the wall, and they can't do that if yours are on there. You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want the buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3. De-clutter
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
Remove all books from bookcases
Pack up knickknacks
Clean off everything on kitchen counters
Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out. Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if they see everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
Alphabetize spice jars
Neatly stack dishes
Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way
Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction
Line up shoes


5. Rent a Storage Unit
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, they will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
 

7. Make Minor Repairs
Replace cracked floor or counter tiles
Patch holes in walls
Fix leaky faucets
Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam
Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
Replace burned-out light bulbs
If you have considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now.

8. Make the House Sparkle
Wash windows inside and out
Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior
Clean out cobwebs
Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
Clean out refrigerator
Vacuum daily
Wax floors
Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
Bleach dingy grout
Replace worn rugs
Hang up fresh towels
Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows
Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

9. Scrutinize
Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer
Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense
Make sure window coverings hang level
Tune in to the rooms statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact or pizzazz?
Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

10. Check Curb Appeal
If a buyer won't get out of their agents car because they don't like the exterior of
your home, you will never get them inside.
Keep the sidewalks cleared
Mow the lawn
Paint faded window trim
Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive
Trim your bushes
Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

 

 

 

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THE LAKE LEVEL

FOR

TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS OF April  1, 2011:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 883.5

 

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