Now is the Time to Buy a New Home

July 15th, 2017
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Summer is the time to buy a new home in Brooklyn, and here are 6 great reasons to buy one now.

When it’s summertime, there’s more sunshine, hotter temperatures, and a lot more homes for sale in Brooklyn. That’s because home buying and selling increases in the spring and summer. But that’s only one reason why you should buy a new home now. Here are a few more very valid reasons to encourage you to buy a new home this summer.

More Reasons to Buy a New Home this Summer

  1. More homes on the market mean more choices and options for you, the buyer

There are more homes for sale in the summer, so there are lots more with favorable options to choose from. It’s more likely you’ll be able to buy a new home with the floor plan you’ve been dreaming of in the perfect neighborhood. And when there are more homes for sale you can confidently negotiate on the price knowing that if you must walk away, there will be another home for sale to consider purchasing, too. That’s a great feeling!

  1. Summer weather makes it easier to envision what it will be like to live in your new home

In addition to longer days, trees, bushes, and flowers in full bloom, the neighborhood is more active. Not only will you be able to see the new yard’s potential, you’ll get a better feel for the community and your new neighbors. Summer brings adults and kids out and about.

While appreciating the positives of a new place, pay attention to what lurks beyond them. Take notice of neighborhood eyesores, giant cell phone towers, foundation issues, peeling roof tiles, and problems that might be blocked by foliage.

Don’t forget to check how well the air conditioning works, open windows to see how well they work or if they will even open at all. Feel free to turn faucets inside and outside on and off to see how they work. Yes, checking these things is the job of a home inspector, but it never hurts to give yourself a little peace of mind by checking them yourself.

  1. Kids are not in school and can share their opinion

When school is out for the summer, your kids are usually more available to approve of or offer their worthy opinions on a new home. Plus, moving into a new place while the kids are out of school is easier on them.

Also, sellers who have school-aged children will be motivated to sell and get settled before their kids start a new school year. They could be more open to negotiating on the price of their home.

  1. It’s not the season that determines the asking price

Some believe that homes sell for higher asking prices in the summer than they do in the winter. But this just isn’t true. What determines a home’s asking price is the number of similar homes for sale in an area, interest rates, and the job market, no matter the season. What does the data on properties in your area say? Are the homes listed for sale or those that have just sold comparable to your property? Ask Charles D’Alessandro for area comps.

  1. If you must sell your home to buy a new home, the whole process is easier

The transition from selling to owning is usually easier in a busier market when you must sell the home you own to buy a new one. You won’t get strapped with two mortgages at the same time either.

If You Agree You Should Buy a New Home in Brooklyn Now …

Since you and your family deserve the best in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, give Charles D’Alessandro a call today. He cares about your decision to buy a new home in Brooklyn. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. Call your Brooklyn real estate professional, Charles D’Alessandro at 718-253-9600 ext 206 or email him at Charles@BrooklynRealEstateSales.com.


How You Can Avoid a Mess with Your Movers

June 30th, 2017
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Use these tips to hire reputable, licensed, and experienced movers and avoid a stressful mess for your next move.

Moving is stressful, and buying and/or selling your home means moving. Is it possible to rid yourself of some of that stress by hiring professional movers? Yes and no. Believe it or not, there are pretty sad stories of lost, stolen, and broken belongings and surprise added charges told by those who hired professional movers. Avoid becoming the next moving horror story. Protect yourself and your belongings and make your move less stressful with a few moving tips.

9 Tips to Avoid the Stress Movers can Cause and Help Your Move Go Smoothly

  1. Research Movers Thoroughly

If you decide to hire movers, start early and take all the time needed to research moving companies thoroughly. Movers can steal, lose or recklessly damage belongings. Ask for references. Check reviews and the Better Business Bureau for ratings. If you’ll do your homework to make sure a moving company is reputable, licensed, and experienced, you’ll hire some great movers confidently. And just in case something should go awry, purchase insurance for your belongings.

  1. Book Movers In Advance

Moving companies get busy during the summer, just like real estate agents do. Start researching movers early, find one you can hire with confidence, and get on their schedule.

  1. Assess Your Belongings Honestly

Before you get a quote, assess your belongings with honesty. Your already high bill will only get higher if you end up moving more than originally discussed with your movers. Or worse, the truck they think will fit all your belongings won’t be big enough. Side note: If you downsize your belongings after receiving a quote, you could wind up paying more than necessary.

Find out whether or not the moving companies allow you to pay by the foot and what this entails. Paying by the foot means you pay only for the space you end up using, but you may have to share space with another customer.

  1. Ask About Labeling

Professional packers aren’t pros at labeling, so ask what their policy for labeling your boxes is. It’s quite common for movers not to label boxes, so make it your job to label each box as it’s packed. Label your boxes with your last name as well.

Here’s an idea our family used for our recent move. We created a moving legend (just an inexpensive notebook from Walmart) with tabs marked A, B, C, D, … (one letter for each room in the house which were color-coded to match the moving labels we purchased from Amazon). For example, we decided the A tab would be designated for everything packed from the kitchen, colored the A tab in the legend yellow, marked A1 in the moving legend in the A section, and listed all items packed in that box behind A1. (A1: measuring cups, measuring spoons, baking spatulas, cookie cutters, hand mixer, …) Then we marked that box with an A1 on three sides and slapped a yellow Kitchen label on two or three sides.

On moving day we put a yellow Kitchen label on the wall or door jam of the kitchen in our new home. All those who helped us unload the truck knew that all boxes with a yellow kitchen label were to go in the kitchen.

  1. Avoid Long-Carry Fees

Ever hear of “long-carry fees”? If your movers are unable to park the moving truck close to your home, they’ll tack long-carry fees onto your bill. Save yourself this added fee and the added time it will take to get the truck unloaded by blocking out close parking in advance. Park your cars in the spaces closest to the homes (old and new), use cones and signs, and talk with your neighbors to make sure the truck can be parked as close as possible on the day of the move.

  1. Measure Openings at the New Place

Measure the doorways and stairwells of your new home before moving day. Why? If movers are unable to get bulky furniture through openings at the new place, you’ll be forced to leave that furniture behind. You could ask for hoisting services, but that’ll cost you a pretty penny.

  1. Let the Movers Position the Big Stuff

Let the movers put the big stuff into position before they drive away at the end of moving day. Rugs and heavy items you can’t easily manage on your own should be put into position by the movers. Everything else can wait. Station yourself in your new home before the movers arrive to decide where you want the big stuff to go (and place those handy dandy moving labels on the door jams). Then be available to provide direction and answer the movers’ questions about your belongings.

  1. Read the Fine Print Carefully

At the end of the day you’ve moved into your new home, you’ll be “slightly” tired and ready for a long rest. This is the time the movers will ask you to sign off on the inventory sheet and your bill. Don’t give in to your exhaustion and just sign whatever the movers put in your hand without reading the fine print. Take the time to read everything before you sign anything.

  • Double check that everything that went into the truck actually arrived.
  • Carefully look over the bill and make sure there are no extra charges.
  • If you shared space with another customer, look inside the truck for belongings that may have been missed before it pulls away. Look closely for tiny items such as drawer knobs and shelf brackets, too.
  1. Locate the “Last-On, First-Off” Boxes

    You’ll appreciate this tip as soon as the movers drive away. Pack boxes labeled “Last On First Off” with bedding, pillows, pajamas, towels and washrags, toiletries, toilet paper, tissues, and cleaning and pet supplies. You get the picture, right? Then after the movers drive off, locate these boxes and prepare for a good night’s sleep! You will have earned it.

Hiring movers is stressful because moving is stressful, plain and simple. But there are things you can to do to keep your move from turning into a horror story. Minimize the stress. Do your research early, and hire a moving company that is reputable, licensed, and experienced. Need some referrals? Contact Charles D’Alessandro at (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com. With over 30 years of real estate experience in Brooklyn, Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate knows about good movers.


How to Increase the Value of Your Home with Landscaping

June 15th, 2017
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Landscaping, big or small, will increase the value of your home in Brooklyn.

You’ve heard the talk about the power of curb appeal. It isn’t just some urban myth that we real estate agents peddle. It’s a real thing, a powerful thing. And when you add landscaping to your Brooklyn property, you boost its curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Whether you spend a great deal of time in the yard of your Brooklyn home or not, landscaping is worth your time and investment. It beats out all indoor projects when it comes to increasing the value of your home! This is because any money you invest in landscaping is likely to pay you back a lot more than you invest.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home in Brooklyn

You may be wondering how you can increase the value of your home in Brooklyn with landscaping when the front and back yards have very limited space. Here are a few low-maintenance landscaping ideas to consider:

  • Add a front patio and a back patio if you don’t already have one. If you choose bluestone pavers, the only maintenance needed is an occasional sweep with a broom.
  • Plant perennials in a small planting bed in the front corner of your front patio. Russian sage, autumn sedum, blue carpet juniper and lavender are low-maintenance, fragrant choices.
  • Hang window boxes from your windows and grow Boston ivy along one side of the front steps.
  • In the back, plant a garden at the very end of the patio. If it gets full sun, a smoketree shrub would be a great addition. Shrubs and drought-tolerant junipers, such as blue carpet juniper, and Hollywood juniper add some color and don’t require a lot of care.
  • Ground cover and a nice layer of mulch are wonderful things. They keep weeds at bay and help retain moisture, plus they look good! Ajuga and pine-bark mulch are good choices to consider.
  • Hakonechloa grass next to the back wall of your house beneath the stairs is striking!
  • Find a good shade tree (about 15 feet tall) to plant in back. The Japanese zelkova is a good shade tree. It’s a favorite that can be found all over New York City.
  • Place a large planter with a pieris planted in it near the sidewall of your patio.
  • A long, built-in cedar bench with a spring-loaded lid is a practical addition that will increase the value of your home. Use it to store and easily access cushions and other patio gear.
  • If you’re interested in a more native landscape for your property, visit plantnative.org.

Add some outdoor furniture and a fire pit, and/or the relaxing sound of water, and you’ll have the best room in the house outside.

Small Landscaping Pays Off

Landscaping investments don’t have to cost a fortune. The return on landscaping can bring four times a small investment of $400 to $500. Research proves that landscaping adds valuable curb appeal to homes, big or small, and it adds to the value of your immediately. It also adds value over time as your trees and plants grow bigger and more beautiful. Decorating trends come and go, but landscaping endures.

It’s very special to have outdoor space in Brooklyn. With a little planning and a few well-chosen landscaping ideas, you will increase the value of your home. Enjoy your home now or enjoy the return on investment when it’s time to sell your Brooklyn home.

Not sure how much landscaping to invest in? Maybe you’re wondering which landscaping investments would be best to start with. Call Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate professional, today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email him at Charles@BrooklynRealEstateSales.com. He knows Brooklyn, and he knows which landscaping investments will increase the value of your home.


How to Use Social Media to Sell a Home

May 30th, 2017
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Selling a home takes a lot of work. Use social media with a great real estate agent like Charles D’Alessandro to help you sell your home!

Social media is controversial. It can be bad, but it isn’t all bad. In fact, social media does more good than bad. Yes, there are some who are addicted to social media. Others find it to be nothing more than an annoying distraction or a way to keep them from being productive. But a lot of good things can be bad for us especially when they’re done in excess, like eating healthful foods, sleeping, recreating, and even exercising, right? So, let’s talk about how to use social media for good purposes, and how to use it for the valuable tool that it is. It is good for plenty of things, like:

Using social media is the best way to reach a large group of people. And when used with a targeted keyword strategy combined with a great content strategy, you can even sell a home!

6 Steps to Use Social Media to Sell a Home

These lessons may seem difficult to grasp and do. I won’t smoke screen you. It will take a little bit of effort, but it is possible to sell your home using social media. This is how:

Step 1: Target Specific Keywords

Determine the words that will be commonly used by potential buyers in the search phrases they use when searching for real estate in Brooklyn. All of the content about your home being used online needs to be created with potential buyers in mind. Think like they think. Search like they will search. Use specific keywords.

Step 2: Create a Microsite on WordPress

I know. What’s a microsite, Charles? It is a website that helps you tell your unique story about your home for sale. It also serves as a platform for search engine optimization (SEO) and lead conversion. That means internet search engines will search for those keywords we discussed in Step 1 and will lead potential buyers to your home for sale on the internet. Other than flexibility and being widely used, there are three reasons why WordPress is definitely recommended for a microsite.

  1. It allows you to create a professional-looking website quickly
  2. It’s SEO-friendly
  3. It supports images and videos of your home, documents and social media widgets

Step 3: Build Campaigns for Every Major Social Media Platform and Service

This means use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube to make the masses aware of your Brooklyn home for sale. Blog about your home in Brooklyn. Create a Twitter account, Facebook page, Google+ page and a YouTube channel. There are Flickr, Picasa and Posterous accounts that you can use for your house, too. Creating multiple sources of photo, video and written content ensures your house will show up in any kind of search and on just about any website or service. Devote enough time to each social media source to make sure each one ranks No. 1 for your keywords in Google.

Step 4: Make it Personal

Typically sellers and buyers are discouraged from contacting each other in person. This prevents interactions that could hinder closing on the home. But because of the distance between people, social media allows personal interaction in regards to highlighting your home’s best features. What personal stories do you have to share about your home on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your WordPress blog? Share what you love about your Brooklyn home, inside and out! Everything shared from your point of view will make it become a home in a buyer’s eyes.

Step 5: Share Often and Be Consistent

Eighty percent of the success of social media is being consistent. Post about your home for sale regularly and consistently. This builds interest and followers over time. It also keeps you at the top in searches for your keywords.

Step 6: Don’t Use Social Media to Sell Your Home Alone

You might be tempted to use social media without hiring a real estate agent. But there’s one good reason why you shouldn’t do this alone. Social media is a time-consuming endeavor. Your real estate agent can effectively create compelling content on multiple platforms for you.

There’s no doubt about the work it takes to sell a home. If you choose to use social media to sell your home, you’ll be choosing to take on a lot of work. Just don’t do it alone. Hire Charles D’Alessandro. He will orchestrate the entire process from list to close and help you close a deal on your home successfully. You won’t find anyone who cares more about the sale of your Brooklyn home than Charles D’Alessandro. Call him, your Brooklyn real estate professional, today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email him at Charles@BrooklynRealEstateSales.com.


Charles D’Alessandro: A Successful Real Estate Agent with Heart

May 15th, 2017
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A drive for excellence sets Charles D’Alessandro apart from the rest. He’s a real estate agent with heart.

“People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

Charles D’Alessandro is not as different from the rest of us as you may think. He’s just a regular guy, born and raised in Brooklyn, who loves a great a slice of New York pizza. He loves football, New York Yankee baseball, and his job as a real estate agent at Fillmore Real Estate in Brooklyn, New York. But there is a difference. He has heart. He has passion. And he puts it into everything he does. This sets him apart from other real estate agents and people in general, for that matter.

A Passionate, Motivated, Excellent Real Estate Agent

Charles is a spirited individual. His passion for excellence and having fun with whatever he does motivates him to succeed. Whether it’s his family or his business, he exceeds expectations. And that desire for excellence has brought him success as a leading Brooklyn real estate professional.

For over 30 years, he’s been helping people achieve their dreams of owning Brooklyn homes, condos and co-ops. His credentials are numerous and varied:

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Charles always has his finger on the pulse of Brooklyn, East Flatbush, and Marine Park real estate. He is Vice President Division Manager for Fillmore and is also the office manager of Fillmore’s 2926 Avenue J office. His sales staff consists of 35 Realtors all living in and serving the Brooklyn community the ‘Fillmore way.’ Charles considers them to be “Fillmore’s Best.”

From 1999 to today, our Brooklyn Fillmore real estate office has broken sales records and won awards. It remains one of Brooklyn’s top real estate agencies. “We’re proudest of the extraordinary level of personalized service we bring to our clients. Our goal is and always will be to amaze our clients and customers with the quality of our services. They have my personal guarantee that they will not find a more complete and satisfying real estate service anywhere,” Charles says.

Born and raised in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn, Charles is a Brooklynite through and through who speaks “Brooklynese”! He attended Our Lady of Grace Elementary School, Abraham Lincoln High School, and Kingsborough Community College. Today, he is married to the love of his life and lives in the Marine Park area where he raised his two sons.

Charles’ firsthand knowledge of the Brooklyn real estate market and its neighborhoods is valuable when you’re looking to buy or sell your Brooklyn home. His 30+ years of experience as a Brooklyn real estate agent allows him to offer indispensable knowledge, integrity, and ability to you as a buyer or seller. He speaks your language. He works for home buyers and sellers and tries to advise and consult them in the best way he knows how. At the end of every day, no matter how things may have turned out, he feels great, because he always does his best for his clients and customers.

What Others Have to Say

Find out what others who have worked with Charles have to say about him here on his Testimonial Tree and visit his About Page.

Brooklyn’s Best Real Estate Agent is on Your Side

If you’re buying or selling Brooklyn real estate, you want a real estate agent who is on your side. You want someone who cares about this important decision as much as you do. You won’t find anyone who cares more than Charles D’Alessandro. Call your Brooklyn real estate professional today at 718-253-9600 ext 206 or email him at Charles@BrooklynRealEstateSales.com.

Remember, you and your family deserve the best in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island!


How to Navigate the Home Inspection Process

April 30th, 2017
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Charles D’Alessandro can help you navigate the home inspection process calmly and with focus. He’s the best Brooklyn Real Estate has to offer!

I’m not going to sugar coat it. Selling our home has been a stressful experience. Not because our agent hasn’t done an excellent job keeping us calm and focused though. Selling our home for top dollar and closing on the appointed day have been the goal and what we have been working toward. We’ve kept our home cleaned, staged, and ready for showing at a moment’s notice, well, almost. Our bags (and dog) have been packed and on-the-ready by the front door since we listed this place last month. And each time we left home, we made sure there was no trace of us (or our dog) living here. Thankfully, our home sold quickly, in less than two weeks. And although a lot of the stress was relieved when it went under contract, it continued to be somewhat stressful. From the agent walk through to the buyer home inspection, many strangers walked through our home. Three inspectors/repair men came in one day! The selling process has been fairly smooth and most of the inspectors and repairmen have been easy to “work” with.

How do you look at the home inspection process? Do you look at this process with dread? Most do. They see inspectors as bad news investigators. If you view home inspections in such a way, I challenge you to look at them from a positive perspective instead. We worked hard to prepare our home for sale, but the buyer home inspections provided us with the opportunity to see what still needed to be repaired. We then used the money set aside for repairs on the original net sheet prepared by our agent. The buyer home inspection went well and required us to use only half of what we set aside! It wasn’t a bad experience at all!

What a Home Inspection Does for the Seller

The American Society of Home Inspectors states, “a home inspection can give [sellers] the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.” Home inspections also encourage smooth transactions and help sellers receive their asking price. But what if the home inspector finds major issues? Here are three tips to help you navigate the home inspection process.

3 Tips to Help Navigate the Home Inspection Process Positively

1. Work with your agent to be ready for inspection ahead of time.

Make sure your home and you are as ready for inspection as you can possibly be. As early in the selling process as you can, do a walk-through with your agent. Let them point out potential issues. Remember, they want your house to sell quickly and for top dollar, too! Ask, “Do you think I should fix that?” and be prepared to hear, “I would.” And when the home inspector walks through your home and reveals a few more flaws, don’t take it personally. Just appreciate that another pair of eyes are helping you sell your home.

2. Help your agent know everything there is to know about any issues your home may have before inspection day.

Ask your agent to let you know the date and time of the home inspection. It’s best if you aren’t present for the buyer home inspection. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to answer questions to explain any issues your home may have during the inspection, have your agent call you with questions they don’t already have the answers to.

3. Keep reminding yourself that the inspector is just doing their job.

When the time comes for the actual inspection to take place, remember, the home inspector is simply doing their job. A number of real estate deals fall through when buyers and sellers get tangled up in negative emotions about repairs. Your home is important to you, but taking the emotion out of the situation will benefit both you and the buyer. Stay focused on the bigger picture and your end goal: getting the best return on your investment and moving into a new home.

Finally …

Know this: the best laid plans can go awry. You can prepare for the home inspection in every possible way and still watch the deal fail. Thoroughly inform your agent and prepare yourself well. Let the inspector do their job. Be a model seller. Stay calm and focused on your end goal.

Hire Charles D’Alessandro. Contact him at (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or send him an email at charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com. With over 30 years of real estate experience in Brooklyn, you can trust Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate to help you stay calm and focused through the sale of your home.


How to Ease the Stress of the Home Selling Process

April 15th, 2017
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Buying a home or selling a home, both processes are stressful. Here are six steps for sellers that will help to reduce some of that stress.

In the previous blog post, How to Research and Prepare for the Home Buying Process, we touched on the intimidation and overwhelm that can be felt when buying a home. This week, let’s address the stress of the home selling process.

Buying a home or selling a home, both processes are stressful. But just like the home buying process, the home selling process can be less stressful, too. Here are six steps for sellers that will help to reduce some of that stress.

Reducing the Stress of the Home Selling Process

If you’re stressing over the sale of your home, follow these simple steps:

  1. Disclose, disclose, disclose

If you’ve lived in your home for a few years, you’ve likely had to deal with a few issues. Chimney fires, water damage, and water in the basement are a few examples of issues that should be disclosed. Did you add a sump pump or a French drain while living in your home? Disclose every problem you have had and how you solved each one:

  • Explain in detail the issues and how you fixed them
  • Take before and after pictures
  • Save receipts
  1. Find out how your home looks online

Google your address. All buyers are online these days in their search for a new home. Maybe you added a deck or awnings recently. Recent improvements made to your home may not show up on Google Maps’ street view. Flag those updates.

What value does Google estimate your listing to be worth? Is Google’s value of your listing different from your asking price? Your listing may have more bedrooms now than it did when you bought it years ago. Sometimes tax records don’t have updated information which reflects in the value Google lists for your property. If there is a difference, you can fix it without much difficulty.

  1. Make a good first impression

Fix minor repairs. An improperly working doorbell, for example, can cost you a sale. From curb to front door, a home that is well-maintained shows prospective buyers that you have taken good care of it. Prospective buyers appreciate a home that is well-maintained. To them, it is move-in ready and won’t cost them much to fix up and settle into.

  1. Deep-clean inside and out

Nothing is safe from the eye of prospective buyers. They will look inside drawers, cabinets, closets, dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator. to even the dishwasher. Windows, window sills, doors, and baseboards should be free of grunge. Whether you choose to hire a cleaning service or deep-clean your home yourself, the time and money spent will return to you in your sales price.

  1. Be specific about what stays and what doesn’t

Some contracts spell out exactly what is included with the sale of a home. Others are vague. Even though a contract states “appliances included in the sale,” some sellers have replaced their high-end appliances with low-end models. If the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher and microwave are included with the sale of your home, list the make, model, and the serial number of each.

The same goes for what isn’t included. If the refrigerator in the garage isn’t staying, say so, in writing. If items such custom window treatments aren’t included, let your agent know right up front. Legally anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specifically excluded in the contract.

If you plan to take something with you, document it in all print and online marketing materials. There should be no doubt in the buyer’s mind what stays and what goes. Read “5. Fixtures and Appliances” in 7 Must-Have Real Estate Contract Conditions for more information on this topic.

  1. Stage your home

Take a good look at your house. What do you see? Would you want to buy your house? If you see things that need fixing, like paint touchups, fix them.

But what if you can’t really see your house? Clear the clutter out, and hire a home stager to help you prepare your house for touring. Trust what they tell you to do, and do it. Once your home is staged, keep it that way. It’s inconvenient and challenging to live in a staged home, but it’s worth it. A staged home will help your home sell faster and for more money, and it will help you keep your home show-ready, too.

Like the home buying process, the home selling process is stressful, too, but these six steps can minimize the stress. Get great help right from the start. Hire the right real estate agent. Contact Charles D’Alessandro at (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com. With over 30 years of real estate experience in Brooklyn, you can trust Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate to sell your home today.


How to Research and Prepare for the Home Buying Process

March 30th, 2017
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Proper research and preparation will take a lot of the intimidation out of the home buying process.

As a first time homebuyer, you may be feeling somewhat intimidated about the whole home buying process. With everything there is to learn about buying a home, it can certainly be overwhelming. Even those who have purchased homes two or three times will tell you buying a home is challenging. But they will also tell you that knowing how to research and prepare for buying a home will help you handle the challenges that come with it. First time homebuyers may find this resource helpful in easing any stress that can come during homebuying process.

Use These 5 Tips When Researching and Preparing for the Home Buying Process

 

  1. Consider the Best Location

If you haven’t heard the old cliché “Location, Location, Location” yet, you will. That’s because it’s real estate truth! Location really is the most important part of the real estate equation. Consider the following pros and cons to help you determine the best location for your Brooklyn home:

  • Take your family’s priorities into account
  • Know where you would buy a home, and where you wouldn’t
  • Try to be flexible with what you really want in your home. For example, are you longing for a place with a yard?
  • Compare the price of the home you’re looking at purchasing with prices of homes in the area. This will help you find out if you’ve found a good deal and whether or not it lines up with current market expectations.

2. Be Ready Financially

Looking for a new home can seem like an endless endeavor. Once you find “the one” though, the process moves into high gear. In real estate markets that are fast-moving, a great house for a great price can list in the morning and receive an offer a few hours later. It’s even possible for it to be under contract by nightfall, really! And this is why you should be ready financially before you find a great house and make an offer.

Ask your friends and family which law or finance professionals, any law or finance professionals. Charles D’Alessandro with Fillmore Real Estate has recommendations for mortgage companies, so ask him for his recommendations. Get quotes from several different lenders. This will give you a general idea of what your rates should be.

  1. Familiarize Yourself with Real Estate Jargon

It’s honestly worth the effort to educate yourself with some of the real estate terms that come with the home buying process. If you’re familiar with the terms, you’ll understand the purchasing terms when they’re being discussed.

  1. See the Neighborhood for Yourself

Find out if a neighborhood is right for you by spending the day there. Check for open houses you’re interested in and make a day of it. Take a walk and visit nearby shops, restaurants, parks, and schools. Find out what kind of people live there.

  1. Hire Charles D’Alessandro as Your Buyers Agent

The relationship with your real estate agent is important. They can make or break your home buying experience. Your real estate agent must be trustworthy, dependable and work FOR you in the home buying process.

The home buying process is exciting and stressful. With proper research and preparation, your home buying process can be a great experience. Start smart and hire Charles D’Alessandro. Research, prepare and contact Charles D’Alessandro at (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com. With over 30 years of experience marketing Brooklyn homes, you can trust Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate as your buyers agent.


Home Staging: This is How to Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money

March 15th, 2017
Home staging

Home staging increases the value of your home to buyers and helps your home sell faster and for more money.

Once you list your home for sale, keeping it clean, bright and clutter-free is a given. But did you know that staging your home increases the value in the buyers’ eyes? It also helps you get a higher price for your home. It’s a proven fact. Sell your home faster and for more money with home staging.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is more than thoroughly cleaning, hauling out clutter, fixing aesthetic issues and making your home bright with lots of light. Staging a home:

  • helps prospective buyers visualize themselves in the home
  • has an effect on the buyer’s view of the home
  • makes an impact in several ways for the buyer
  • helps buyers visualize the property as a future home
  • makes prospective buyers more willing to walk through a home they saw online

How Much Does It Cost?

Home staging costs an average of $675. Some real estate agents include home staging as part of their services.

If you choose not to have the whole home staged, stage the living room. It’s the number one room to stage. Second is the kitchen. Ranking third, fourth and fifth are the master bedroom, dining room, and bathroom.

Is it Worth the Effort and Investment?

Buyers typically offer a 6 to 10 percent increase in the value of a staged home. The impact and the value home staging bring to both home buyers and sellers make it worth the effort and investment most definitely!

Home Staging is About Your Home, not You

A professional home stager is hired to bring out the best in your home. Don’t take her recommendations personally. Commit to marketing your home for sale and be prepared to detach emotionally from your home and belongings. How we live is not how we sell a home, and therein lies a great challenge! Following staging recommendations to a tee and keeping your home in show-ready condition will sell your home faster and for more money. Trust your agent, your home stager, and the process!

Working with Charles D’Alessandro gives buyers, sellers, and investors the advantage they need to succeed in today’s challenging market. Charles knows what buyers want and how to best market and stage a home for sale.

Home staging is an excellent tool to give your home a little extra push to sell faster and for more money. Contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9700 ext. 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com today.


The BEST Time to List Your Home!

February 28th, 2017
Best time to list your home

The best time to list your home is determined by the weather and the housing market in your area. When is the best time to list your home in Brooklyn? Call Charles today!

Welcome to March Madness in the world of real estate! You’ve heard it before: “List your home early in the year. That way, you’ll be ready to close the deal when home sales peak in June.” But what exactly does “early in the year” mean? When is the best time to list your home?

The Best Time to List Your Home According to Zillow

Zillow determined the best time to list your home based on an analysis of supply, demand and sellers’ outcomes. This magic window, they say, is mid-March to mid-April. Think March Madness to The Masters.

The Best Time to List Your Home According to the Weather

The best time and the exact weeks to list your home vary in different parts of the country, because the best time to list follows weather patterns. So in markets with warm climates like Miami, the best time to list is right now. But in places where winters are harsh, like Brooklyn for example, waiting until mid to late April is best. Nationally, the magic window for listing your home is in early May.

The Best Time to List Your Home According the Housing Market

In addition to the weather, housing market dynamics affect the best time to sell a home. A low supply of homes on the market, like we have now, pushes the best time to list your home into late spring. The decline in the number of homes on the market increases competition. This means buyers who start shopping for a home in early spring may need to look at several homes. It also means they will still be shopping a few months later. Then when May rolls around, these buyers may get eager to settle into their new home for the upcoming school year. This eagerness could make them willing to pay a premium to close on the house as quickly as possible.

What Makes the Best Time to List Your Home Magical?

When you list your home within the timeframe of the magic window, your home sells faster and for more money. And who doesn’t want that kind of magic? Data shows homes listed from mid-March to mid-April sell 15 percent faster and for 2 percent more than the average listing. That’s a national premium worth more than $4,000.

Are you selling your Brooklyn home this year? If you’re hoping to sell it quickly and get the most you can for the sale of your home, the best time to list is around May 7th. Data shows homes listed between May 1 and May 15 sell about 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing nationally. That’s an average premium of $1,700 for the seller of a median home. That’s magical, too!

Contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9700 ext. 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com. I can answer your questions about the best time to list your home in Brooklyn. Call me today to join in the March Madness of real estate!