Green Grass Makes a Difference

When the first warm week hits in the Northwest, the rush is on to get our sprinkler systems up and running. Healthy, green grass not only makes our homes look more beautiful, it's documented to increase their market value. According to TruGreen's Lawn Lifestyles National Survey, the majority of homeowners (79%) reported “having a healthy, green lawn contributes to the overall value of a home”; and homeowners (56%) said “when buying a home, a good lawn would warrant a higher price.” In fact, more than half of Americans surveyed (53%) said “the quality of the homeowner’s lawn can tell you a lot about the quality of the home overall."

While these statistics certainly encourage us to get our lawn into shape, The National Association of Realtors goes one step further to report that 71% of homeowners do purchase a home with a healthy, green lawn, and 72% purchase a home with well-maintained landscaping.

Curb apeal makes a huge difference in getting the top dollar for your home. Read tips at HouseLogic.com about how to get your lawn off to a healthy start for the summer. It's also fun to read about how many guinea pigs it takes to mow your yard. The animal mow calculator also tallies a number for sheep, chicken and cows. Just put in your yard size!

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:59 am
Julie Billett | Category: Selling Homes | Tagged , ,

Congratulations Anna!

A beautiful patio pot filled with spring flowers went home at the end of Julie’s Molbak’s seminar last Saturday with Anna Jensen, whose name was drawn from a basket full of contest entries. Thank you Anna, for entering the contest by clicking the “Like” to follow Julie’s Realtor facebook page! Julie offers up-to-date information about the real estate market, community events, and her listings on her business facebook page, and her website: juliebillett.com.

More than 85 people filled the Molbak’s seminar area to hear Julie talk about “Quick and Easy Tips for Increasing your Home’s Curb Appeal & Resale Value.” She covered the five R’s: Remove, Rejuvenate, Replace, Repaint, and Repair. Her presentation gave “inside scoop” about what makes a difference in selling your home, which works for giving it a spring spruce up too. She talked about how your front door is the “eye of the home,” and how to make it more interesting, and how porches, shutters, outdoor lighting, and other exterior features also can add personality and “curb appeal” to your home. Co-presenter Julie Allyne, owner of Plantworks Unlimited, shared about how to give your yard and containters a spring lift.

If you’re getting ready to sell, Julie welcomes offering specific tips that will give your home both the curb and interior appeal that turns lookers into buyers. First impressions make a difference, especially in this active real estate market!

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Julie Billett | Category: Home Features | Tagged

Stage to Sell with New Spring Colors

“Happy hues” explains the trend for this year’s home decorating colors, which are fun to look at as we officially welcome spring this week to our rather grey and soggy Northwest. Color is one of the factors in the emotional appeal of home, and why its consideration in staging a home for sale can make all the difference. A happy color palette, as shown in the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing portfolio, creates the magic in the marketplace that leads to sales!

I enjoyed learning more about the many things that influence today’s homebuyers, earning CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation last week.  My experience in the local luxury home and estate market opened the door for me to achieve this goal, which allows me to better serve buyers and sellers in evaluating the true value of a property, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, and presenting it to sell expediently for top dollar in today’s market.

Examining the motivators and preferences of today’s consumer helps me know what to focus on in preparing a home to go on the market, and developing its plan to go “live.” For example, while trending colors appeal to some, others may appreciate the practicality of colors that have staying power. The home with a steadying influence may be preferred in unsteady times. Perhaps that’s why the bright, happy colors of spring are joined by colors with cool, soft hues. You are certain to impress, no matter what color you choose.

If you’re ready to prepare your home for sale, or a spring lift, please call. My full service includes complimentary color and staging expertise! I’d also love to meet you at a special presentation I’m giving at Molbak’s the Saturday before Easter, March 30, at noon. Come hear about “Increasing the Curb Appeal of your Home,” and put your name in a drawing to win a gift from Molbak’s if you “Like” my Julie Billett Realtor facebook page. I'm excited to welcome in spring!

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 11:17 am
Julie Billett | Category: Community Event | Tagged , ,

Molbak’s Seminar by Julie – Saturday, March 30!

Whether you’re preparing for a big outdoor celebration or to sell your house, curb appeal describes just what you need, and Julie knows how to get. She will share quick, easy, and economical tips to give your house and yard a “spring” lift at a free seminar presented at Molbak’s on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 1pm.

Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression that it makes when someone drives by or stops for a visit. Is it welcoming? Julie will share do-it-yourself ideas for how to make the most of your home’s appearance. She will help you look at it with a fresh eye and offer pointers for turning your “spruce up” ideas into reality. Learn how to play up your home exterior’s best features, and where to invest your time and money to make the biggest impact.

Julie will be joined by Landscape Designer Julie Allyne, owner of PlantWorks Unlimited, who will show how to give your yard and garden a fresh, new look for spring. At the end of the Julie “duo” presentation, a name will be drawn from all those who “Like” the Julie Billett Realtor facebook page, to receive a gift from Molbak’s!

Mark your calendar now to learn about how everything from simple upgrades to landscaping projects can enhance your home’s curb appeal. You’ll appreciate each improvement you make every time you pull in your driveway!

 

 

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:20 am
Julie Billett | Category: Community Event | Tagged , ,