Penderbrook Townhomes and Condos Weekly Home Real Estate Sales Report for 3/15/2012

Relevant Real Estate Information for the Penderbrook Community of Townhomes and Condos in Fairfax, VA

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As of today (March 15, 2012) there are 11 active homes in Penderbrook and 26 homes that are under contract and 8 homes have sold in the last 30 days.
Here's the breakdown of all active listings in MLS:

Townhomes- 2 active
Condos - 13 active
1 bedroom condos - 1
2 bedroom condos - 7
3 bedroom condos - 1

According to MLS, there are(is) 2 new listing(s) this month!

According to MLS, there are 17 Condos and 9 Townhomes under contract.

I will have the final numbers for these once they close

SOLD in last 30 days
According to MLS, 8 homes have sold in the last 30 days

Click below for Penderbrook Home Sales for 2009-2010 More Than 30 Days ago

Penderbrook Home Sales 2008 vs. 2009

Fairfax Condos Sold for 2007 vs. 2008 vs. 2009 vs. 2010

Fairfax Townhomes Sold for 2007 vs 2008 vs 2009

There are currently 6 condo(s) and 3 townhome(s) and for rent.

 4 condo(s) and 4 townhome(s) have been rented out in the past month.

If you need any help finding a rental or listing your condo for rent, please contact us.

We will take care of all the work for you and do background checks on the applicants to make sure they are qualified. We also partner with a Property Management group that only charges 8%. They manage over 200 properties in the VA and MD area and are excellent. Ask us about this.

If you are thinking about buying in the next 3 months you need to Contact us today!
Keep checking back each Tuesday for more insight to what is going on at Penderbrook.

Thanks for reading our Penderbrook Real Estate Blog!
Posted by: Nate Johnson - Penderbrook Real Estate Agent
The 12:45 Team is apart of Keller Williams Realty,
specializing in Northern Virginia Real Estate.

Disclaimer: Information was gathered from the MLS and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Make Your Home Appealing To Buyers

As you start to gather up your belongings and pack them away for your move, many sellers question which items they should leave out for buyer appeal.

Often the wrong items are left on display; things like family photos, personal keepsakes, and treasured belongings. All of these items should be safely packed away which very often creates open space (a plus for buyers) on shelves, refrigerator doors, and desktops.

Buyers often make a decision within just seconds of seeing your home about whether or not they want to buy it. So picture your home through the eyes of your potential buyers. What do you see in about 10 seconds?

When you walk up do you see children's toys scattered across the front lawn? Do you see overgrown shrubs and weeds? Do you see chipped paint on the front door, a screen that's torn? Do you spot oil spills on the driveway?

Even answering yes to just one or two of those questions can be damaging, and that's before your potential buyer has entered your home. Sometimes, those seconds are all the buyers need to decide to simply do a "drive by" and not even stop to go inside.

Of course, the goal is to get the buyers inside. To get them to spend time, feel like your home could be their home. But even though that goal is so widespread and common among sellers, somehow the decisions some sellers make are almost completely polar to the goals.

Let's look at five tips that can make your home appealing to buyers.

Check all the screens and molding around your windows and doors. This isn't at the top of a seller's list but it ought to be. Even slightly torn screens send a careless message to buyers. It gives an unconscious uneasiness that there's been, at the very least, lack of care for this home.

Something simple like fixing a screen is often overlooked by a seller because it is so simple, yet, just seconds of seeing the ripped screen can cause a negative impact for buyers.

Add artwork to long hall ways. You don't have to buy artwork that costs thousands of dollars but, if your home has long hall ways, it's nice to break up the monotony with some tasteful artwork. Use contrasting shades and hues to coordinate with the flooring. When you're shopping for the artwork or borrowing it from a friend or your real estate agent or homestager, bring swatches of the carpet or flooring and wall paint to match the artwork colors.

Make the kitchen a focal point. Whether they cook or not, the kitchen is of primary interest to many buyers. Winning over buyers with an appealing kitchen can often convince them that they must have the home. Make sure your appliances are clean, sparkling, and working. Return on investment in the kitchen is usually high and worth every penny, and more, you put into it.

Put the "ah" in the bedroom. The bedroom needs to look like a bedroom. Sounds funny, but many people use their bedroom for other things such as an office or storage. Boxes or newspapers are scattered or stacked in a corner. There's no "ah" or sense of relaxation with that kind of room. So even if that's how you've been living, understand that's not how you should show a home.

If there isn't much space, clear the clutter out. Remove excess furniture. It doesn't matter if you use it. You can walk to another room to get what you need if it means you sell the home faster because it now looks more inviting and spacious.

Making your home more appealing is about seeing your home through the eyes of your potential buyers. When it comes time to go over the offers, you'll be glad you did.

Written by Phoebe Chongchua