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Home Sellers Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

How to show off your home's hidden potential.

Remember back in the day when we had no email, texting, facebook, IMs, and pdf’s? When we actually passed real written notes in school? Do you like me? Check Yes or No! Well sometimes it’s good to get back to basics and your house can do the same thing. I’m talking about writing an old fashioned love letter of sorts.

As a Realtor we can only know about your home what you tell us. We are given exactly 500 characters to describe all the attributes of your home, and guess what? That’s not a lot of space. No one knows more about your home than you do and you can help to pass along to potential buyers extra pertinent information about your house by writing it an actual love letter of sorts for all to see. Here is a small example:

Dear potential buyer of 123 Main St.,

    Thank you for coming to see our home. We have lived here for 8 years and have raised our beautiful children here. When we came home from the hospital the neighbors were wonderful and cooked for us for 7 days. We have become family. This yard has seen many BBQ get togethers, happy moments of our lives and can accommodate 100 people nicely. The small slope in the back makes an excellent sledding hill in the winter months as well. The morning sun is always shining in the kitchen as it faces east and we will miss how warm the floor is in the winter from the radiant heat. We have done lots of work to this house and most recently replaced the roof and painted our daughter’s room (top of the stairs left) and have left the leftover paint in the basement for touch ups. We are sad to leave all the memories we have made here, but we are moving out West to be closer to my parents. We hope that if you decide to move here you will love it as much as we have and your own memories will soon be made in the same backyard.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter,

Happy Homeowner.

Of course you can elaborate on this letter and that was just an example, but I have been in homes where the homeowner has written this type of love letter and it really does make a buyer feel a little more welcomed. It also shows that when you love a home you maintain it, just like any other relationship. So if you are planning on putting your house on the market this fall consider wearing your heart on your sleeve and write that old fashioned note. When you are done you can even scan it and send it online! Who knows, maybe you will even get a reply, like an offer.

Leslie Mann-Gibson Sotheby's International Realty September 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Great article Heidi! I love this idea. :-)
Heidi Zizza September 19, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Thank you Leslie.

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