Thinking of Selling? Don’t Overlook an Outdated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t

If you are planning on listing your home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the condition of your kitchen. A recent article on realtor.com listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned:

“Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and styling, and most aren’t interested in renovating post-purchase.”

Kitchen remodels can be pricey, with many complete remodels costing $20,000 or more. But not every kitchen needs a full remodel. There are many smaller projects that will help buyers see themselves trying their favorite Pinterest recipe in your home!

Here are a couple of project ideas that, if you’re handy or know someone who is, could end up boosting your home’s value without breaking the bank:

Are the cabinets in good shape but need an update? A new coat of paint and some updated hardware will instantly freshen up the space and drastically change the feel of the room all for under $300.
A new backsplash to match the freshly painted cabinets updates the space and adds some style while staying under $200, depending on the size of the room.
If the kitchen seems dark, consider adding LED under cabinet lighting for around $40.
If replacing the countertops in the kitchen isn’t within your budget, consider using a top coat to cover the current countertops.

If you decide to complete a full remodel of your outdated kitchen, you can expect a 67% return on a $30,000 upgrade (the national median cost). The benefits of a kitchen remodel aren’t purely financial, according to Houselogic:

“Eighty-two percent of homeowners said their updated kitchen gave them a greater desire to be at home, and 95% were happy or satisfied with the result.”

Bottom Line

Kitchens and bathrooms are often make or break for buyers when touring a home or searching through photo galleries online. Let’s get together to identify which small projects could pay off big!

Beautiful fall morning to check out the newest listings around #Bellingham and Whatcom county!

Fall may be in full swing but the housing market is still cooking right along! Check out the newest listings this week around Bellingham, Ferndale, and the rest of Whatcom county!
Thinking of selling your home? Get my free home selling guide and get your home sold before Thanksgiving!
See the new listings here:
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Jack Otto eXp Realty

Jack Otto eXp Realty

 

Housing Market Inventory At Historic Lows

The #Bellingham area housing market hasn’t seen a home shortage like this in over a decade, if ever. There is less that 2.5 months of inventory currently in October. A number we have never seen in my time as an agent. What does this mean for you? Well if you are looking to sell, even going into the holidays, you are going to be getting top dollar for your home. The down side is competition is fierce for buyers. Homes are getting multiple offers and spending as little as a day on the market. Yes, even in October! If you are in the market to buy or sell, give me a call and let’s get our game plan together!

Housing inventory at historic lows!

Housing inventory at historic lows!

Sudden Valley Living At It’s Finest!

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Sudden Valley living at it’s finest! Come home to this warm and inviting large 4 bed/ 3bath home built in 2006. Located on quiet/level lot, features include a huge kitchen w/island, breakfast bar, pantry & plenty of counter space and storage. Vaulted ceilings in large main living/Dining area, gas fireplace and hardwoods are sure to please! Lower level has 2 beds/1bath w/large bonus living area. Use as an office, playroom, etc. Plenty of storage in the 2 car garage as well. This is a must see!
More info and pictures at: http://ow.ly/iTHk304Jwpw

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This Decatur Island Waterfront Oasis is a Must See!

Step off your boat and into this immaculate turnkey decatur is. Oasis overlooking reed bay.Very first staircase when leaving the pier. Open concept kitchen/living room opens to large glassed in deck. Views of lopez,center is, olympic mtns,ships in rosario strait. South facing w/skylights provide plenty of natural light/passive heat.Fully fenced w/ fruit trees, glassed in garden. Garage & shed for tools and toys. Community airport,dock,park,over 2k ft of beach. Come home to your island lifestyle!

Visit Decaturislandwaterfront.com for more info!

 

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7 Simple Home Remodeling Strategies for the Easily Overwhelmed

“Which stresses you out more? The mere thought of adding a bathroom (so many contractors, so many unknowns, and you’re too busy already!) or fighting for Monday-morning mirror time for all eternity?

If it feels like a toss-up, you’re not alone. Remodeling can be overwhelming. With so much going on in your life already, it just feels easier to deal with a home that’s not quite right than to get swamped with one more gargantuan thing, right?

Wrong! A remodel doesn’t haveto be so all-consuming. With a few stress-sparing strategies, it’s totally doable — and totally worth it. Use these tips, and you’ll never have to step on your toddler’s rubber duckies while showering again.”

 

Check out the top tips from Houselogic.com 7 Simple Home Remodeling Strategies for the Easily Overwhelmed

 

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Swim, Paddle, Float — Where to Beat the Summer Heat in Whatcom County

Summer is in full swing here in Whatcom county and if you have been looking for the best places to beat the heat, look no farther. Thanks to Whatcomtalk.com for this great list of places to enjoy while the heat is on.

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Lake Padden

 

 

Private Island Paradise Awaits at Fawn Island

Fabulous private island is the perfect mixture of seclusion and modern comfort. Ready for full time residence or the perfect weekend getaway. The island sits in the heart of Deer Harbor. The estate includes a 2 story main house that has stunning views to the south that include Reef, Coon, Wasp, and San Juan Island as well as the Olympic range. Relax on the full 360 degree deck and watch as the world sails, motors, paddles, or drifts by. On rainy days move indoors and enjoy a wood fireplace, internet and power supplied from Orcas Island. Two guest houses provide plenty of room for visitors. This perfectly sized island gives you the classical cabin feeling, surrounded by Madrona, Douglass Fir and Oak throughout. Only accessible by boat, the newly re-built Pier with 40ft dock faces nearby Marinas, a mere 5 minute boat ride away. –
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Let’s Sell Your Home!

You’ve decided that it’s time to take advantage of the sellers market and list your home in 2016. It’s an important decision and you should make sure you trust the REALTOR guiding you. Give me a call and we can discuss your home and the strategy to list your home. But it also goes beyond just selling your home. I want you as a client for life and with my communication guarantee, you’ll be a part of the process the whole step of the way.

You probably already know that any agent can list your home on the MLS, do open houses, field phone calls about your home and do the paperwork. But there is a whole other world out there and I’d love to sell your home. How do I stand out from other agents?

The Jack Otto eXp Advantage:

  • #1 agent in Washington, Top 10 in The U.S in Social Media.
    1. Your home has its own website, facebook page, blog etc.
    2. Posted several times a day to a dozen social media sites
      1. (why does this matter? Most exposure possible and shows up first on google searches)
  • 3D Home Tours Using Matterport® Camera
  • Professional video using Drones and GoPro (or helicopter if needed)
    1. (I’m a Certified FAA pilot)
  • 24/7 Support
    1. Call me anytime of the day, seriously 1 am works!
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    1. If you aren’t satisfied, fire me anytime, yes anytime.
  • Communication Guarantee
    1. If you don’t hear from me every week, I’ll send you $100.
  • Closing gift! Scenic Flight around Bellingham and/or the San Juan Islands.

 

 

If you want to get your home the most exposure possible this year, give me a call!

206-388-6102 (yes I live in Bellingham) 🙂

 

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6 Bellingham Breakfast Places Worth Getting Up For

WhatcomTalk’s first list of six Bellingham breakfast places worth waking up early for was a smash success with thousands of views and countless shares on social media.

That’s a lot of early-morning eating inspiration!

We received great feedback from that article and some super suggestions for other places that didn’t make our first list.

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6 (more) Bellingham Breakfast Places Worth Getting Up For