Category Archives: Selling Tips


Did you know that when you go to sell your house, chances are great that you will have to treat for termites?  If there is any evidence of termites, even if they are not active right now, and no treatment is found, you MUST treat.  It is part of the real estate contract and it is not negotiable.  All loans require a termite inspection and those pesky termites are everywhere! does a great job with treatment and they are one of the least expensive out there that I have found.  Check them out here if you want to be proactive and treat or you know you already have those nasty wood eaters in your house!


Creative Sellers!

As we all know, the housing market is not exactly…well…wonderful.  So, some sellers are getting very creative as they try to lure more buyers into their homes.  How about $1,000 in free food and drinks from the bar across the street?  Check out the article here!  Makes you think twice about what you might offer buyers when it’s time to sell!!!

First-Time Seller Advice!

For several years, it has been a new world out there when it comes to selling your home…and a not particularly pretty one!  However, it can still be done (we do it all the time!), if you are realistic from the start.  More importantly, hire a Realtor who knows how and to what demographic to market your home…the Atkinson-Thompson Group.  We do it all for you, and we are relentless in marketing your home!  Take a peak at Dana Dratch’s article for RISMedia, 3 Tips for the First-Fime Home Seller, for some great reality checks on selling your home.  These tips don’t apply to all first-time home sellers, but they certainly do to many!  These tips are good advice for repeat home sellers too!  Consult us, and we can advise you on what homes in your neighborhood are selling for! 

To recognizing the realities of today’s market~                                                 Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group                                         

Curb Appeal: So Important to Your Marketing

When you have your home on the market, not only is it important that you have addressed updates inside your home, but outside as well.  You want people to drive up to the front of your home and be charmed.  So much of that charm involves what you have done to the exterior of your home…a/k/a curb appeal!  Don’t underestimate its value.   The exterior of your home is the first thing that potential buyers see!  Check out U.S. News and World Report’s 7 ways to increase your home’s curb appeal for some excellent suggestions for sprucing up that exterior!

From power washing to mulch, time to get busy~                                               Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group                        

Threats to Your Home’s Value

Yes, you need to know!  If you are considering marketing your home, you must be realistic about your property’s value.  From location to lack of updates to neighborhood foreclosures to major system structures to curb appeal and more, Leah L. Culler of MSN Real Estate outlines threats to home value in her slide show, 13 big threats to your home’s value.

 Take a peek, because there are some threats you can remedy and some you can’t~  Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Lower-Cost Kitchen & Bath Updates

Home buyers pay special attention to kitchens and baths!  Do yours need updating before you market your home, but you don’t have the cash for pricey renovations?  There are many budget-conscious alternatives for giving your kitchen and baths an updated look!  Re-glaze that turquoise tile and tub instead of replacing them, update your faucets and lighting fixtures, replace kitchen countertops, paint kitchen and bathroom cabinets…all relatively low-cost in the realm of renovation.  Take a peek at Melissa Dittmann Tracey’s article for Realtor Magazine, Easy Solutions for Kitchens & Baths, for some great tips on updating on a budget!

To lower-cost updating alternatives~                                                                      Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group


Messy Neighbors: Suggestions for Dealing with Them!

Can a messy, unkept home near your home hurt your home’s value and its marketability?  Absolutely!  I’ve seen it happen.  I’ve had clients love a home that was on the market, but not purchase it because the backyard of the home next door was, well, a mess…overgrown shrubbery; a deflated, leaf-filled childrens’ pool; yard tools all over the yard; a broken-down swing set; falling-apart patio furniture; etc.  Yes, messy neighbors can kill the value of your home.  There are too many homes to choose from right now to expect a buyer to put up with messy neighbors!  If you or someone you know is dealing with a messy-property problem, check out Liz Weston’s article for MSN Money,  Neighbors hurt your home’s value?, for some suggestions on how to approach the problem and get it solved!

To maintaining your home’s value and marketability~                                 Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group