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Reselling To the 55+ Buyer

When making a purchase or renovations to your home, it is important to not only think about how it meets your needs but also how it is going to be perceived by future buyers.  If you are not planning to move in the foreseeable future it may be hard to think like this, but someday it will be of utmost importance. One set of buyers to consider is baby boomers because there are a lot of retirees that are starting to downsize. This market is especially attractive in Fairfield County because this demographic does not have a sizeable number of options. If your home has the bones to suit the 55+ crowd, you may want to consider their needs when making renovations.

The most obvious choice for the 55+ buyer is the ranch style home as it has no steps however there are other factors to consider. According to Jane O’Connor, the publisher of Mature Living Choices Magazine, “Many people are trading older houses for new homes that offer energy efficiency, great rooms and open floor plans.” Let’s explore this and other features that will appeal to this target market. Continue reading

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Downsizing Your Things To Sell

Just as they say an iguana will grow as big as its cage our stuff grows as big as our homes. Day-to-day it is perfectly fine living with a filled basement, attic, closet and drawers but when if comes to selling a Fairfield County home,  all of this stuff can end up costing you money at sale time as well as during the move.

First of all, the greater the number of boxes going to your new home, the higher your moving bill. Consider this: Three years after I moved from a coop in NYC to a house in Long Island my husband brought my attention to a box labeled ‘Decipher Immediately”.  It had never been opened. Second of all and of much greater importance is how having a lot of things will impact the sales price of your home. Decluttering will avoid the impression of a ‘too lived-in’ house, makes rooms appear more spacious, and enables potential buyers to picture their own belongings and lifestyle in place. The result: increased showings with the potential for increased offers at a higher price. Continue reading