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Sellers, Dangle a Carrot in Front of Potential Buyers - Literally!


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It's just been over a year since the housing market has crumbled. Even though there was a little pickup in business in the middle of summer, that small jolt seems to be waning. So once again, here you sit thinking about all the renovations you've done to your home. The painting, updated the kitchen and bathrooms. You might even had hired a professional to come in and stage your home for an open house. But here you are, your home has had numerous potential buyers, but so have many other homes. They too have done the same upgrades to their homes. So what can you offer that they can't?

With the economy slipping downwards and gasoline and food prices soaring, families are having a very hard time making ends meet. So what can you offer those potential buyers something that could help them in these trying times. A growing number of sellers are adding landscaped gardens to the properties. No, not a tranquil tea garden or shrubs trimmed like a bear, but a fully landscaped vegetable garden.

There are home sellers spending anywhere between $10,000 all the way up to $100,000 on beautiful landscaped vegetable gardens. Some going as far as having granite edged raised beds along with tranquil waterfalls or fish ponds. Vegetables are planted according to color schemes. If one thinks about it, the possibilities are endless. One could plant so that they will have ready to pick or show off vegetable plants all the way into the late fall.

Remember, you do not have to be selling your home on the upper end of the market to put these ideas to good use, One thing you should plan for is a raised bed garden. They are much easier to maintain, and they also allow you to put some type of wire mesh underneath to keep the little critters away such as moles.

Let your mind flow with the possibilities, but always keep in mind that your are doing this to give yourself a little edge against the homes for sale down the street. Sticking plants in a small plot of dirt is not going to help. Make it presentable. A work of art so to speak. Then when the next buyer comes through and compliments you on your garden, you can pull a fresh homegrown carrot out of the ground and dangle it in front of them.

Scott Dovala has lived in Sonoma County, specifically the Santa Rosa area for over 17 years. Formally a Regional VP of Operations and National Director of Operations for three national mortgage companies, Scott is now a Branch Manager with Ascent Home Loans in Santa Rosa CA. Scott utilizes his over 10 years of experience to tailor each and every loan to both his client's current and future needs. But more importantly. Scott delivers the quality customer service he would expect if he himself were applying for a loan. Both borrowers and Realtors realize quickly the commitment Scott makes to each and every one of his clients.

Phone:707-494-8532 / 877-392-0674


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