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Affordable and Easy Ways to Bring Buyers to Your Home

by Gary Nelson

Spring and summer months are always the best time of year to sell your home in Flagstaff. And it’s not too late to take advantage of this hot market.  So how do you make your home stand out from the crowd?  If your home looks like it’s taken care of, that will go a long way to making the sale. And the great news is that you can make your home have a great first impression without making a great impression on your wallet. Here’s a few tips.

1. Pressure-washing

If you get rid of the grit and grime that builds up during the winter on your home, it will make a huge difference, and it’s inexpensive. Just be sure that your pressure washer setting is strong enough to remove the mold and sludge without lifting the paint or splinter the wood. Renting a gas-powered pressure washer will cost about $80 a day.  Or better yet, spend a little more to buy one for later use in your new home.

2. A Pretty Porch

First impressions are everything, and your porch is going to speak volumes about the rest of the home.  Pat Vredevoogd Combs, a former National Association of Realtors®  president based in Grand Rapids, Michigan says he hears buyers say: “‘If they can’t keep up the outside of the house, what are they hiding on the inside?’” Keeping your porch clean is relatively easy and will make a huge difference.

3. Clean Outside Windows

This is not as hard as it sounds. If you use a cleaning product that attaches to your hose, it will be an inexpensive and easy task. Just spray the solution on the glass, and then follow with a rinse spray. Then just simply let it dry or squeegee it.

4. Paint the Front Door

In addition to your porch, your front door also tells a tale. So why not liven it up with a fresh coat of paint? If you use a premium one-coat exterior paint, it will reduce time and money as it doesn’t need a primer. Also use a semi-gloss as opposed to high gloss, as high gloss will reveal imperfections. All of this will cost about $35.

5. Shiny New Numbers

Does your house have those old small numbers that are hard to read? Buy some new ones that are shiny, big and bold. Get ones that are about 5 inches tall. Place them on the house by pretending you’re someone trying to find the house number that’s never been there before.

6. Porch Lights

Your porch light has probably never been replaced or cleaned, so now is a perfect time. Go with a contemporary finish like black, brushed nickel or oiled brass. And if you’re out of money, try using restoring wipes like Rust-Oleum or Rejuvenate to renew surfaces.

Just these few simple and affordable steps can help you sell your home faster and make more money.  So why not start now? Check back on our blog every week for more real estate and home care advice. 

What to Consider With Home Inspections

by Gary Nelson

what to consider during a home inspection

Are you getting ready to buy or sell your home in Flagstaff?  If so, the home inspection is an important part of the process. A home inspection is so critical because it will determine the condition of the home.  A good home inspection will let you know what problems need to be addressed right now before the home is sold, and what potential issues that may need to be dealt with later.

What are some important things to consider when getting a home inspection?

  1. Research the Inspector

You may want to hire whoever is recommended to inspect your home and not check the inspector’s background and record.  This could be a costly mistake, as the inspection is only as good as the inspector.

Here are some important questions to ask a potential inspector:

  • How long have you been inspecting homes professionally?
  • How many home inspections have you performed in your career?
  • What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
  • What did you do for work before you were a home inspector? (Preferably, you want someone who was a contractor or builder.)

You should also make sure that the home inspector is receiving ongoing education and keeping current. They should be skilled enough to clearly explain the home’s good and bad points so that you can make the best decisions possible, whether you’re buying or selling a home in Flagstaff.

  1. Be There During the Inspection

There’s no rule saying you have to be at the inspection, but if you are there you can see the issues first hand and have them explained more clearly.  Reading the report doesn’t always reveal all that needs repairing.  When you see the issues in person and have the home inspector explain them, it will be far more helpful.  Even though an inspection may take a few hours, it’s well worth your time as it could save you a great deal of money.

  1. Get a Presale Inspection

If you’re selling a home in Flagstaff, you may be tempted to leave the inspection to the buyer. But it’s better for you to have an inspection before you put your home on the market.  If the buyer’s inspection reveals repairs that are needed to make the sale, you won’t have as much time to make the needed repairs. But if your home is inspected before you put it on the market, you’ll have more time to make needed repairs and will have more control over the costs.

A good home inspection is crucial to buying a home, so make sure you find the best inspector you can. If you’re ready to buy or sell a home Flagstaff and the surrounding area, we can help.  We’re happy to answer any questions about the process and make sure you have the right information going into the home inspection process. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool


Stage Your Home to Sell in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Are you getting ready to put sell your home in Flagstaff? There’s a lot of things that you can do to make your home sell faster and make more money. To this end, many people decide to hire a professional home stager.  That, however, can be expensive.  How can you save money on staging your home to sell? There are certainly plenty of ways you can improve your home’s appearance on your own.  With just a few basic steps, you can increase the appeal of your home to buyers in Flagstaff.   Here’s a few tips that can help.


Having a clean home may seem a bit obvious. But you really do need to dig down and clean more than you may think.  There’s more than just the clutter from daily life to deal with.  You also should look at all the items you haven’t used for a while and either dispose of or donate them.  Not only will this make your home cleaner now, but will help speed things up when you move. Your home needs to sparkle and be as clean a slate as possible.  And for sentimental or valuable items, think about storing them in an outside storage unit (not in the garage or shed as they need to see those clean as well).

Curb Appeal

The outside of your home speaks volumes about the rest of the home. When it comes to real estate, sometimes you can tell a book by its cover. That is why many buyers will drive by a home before they even schedule a showing. Don’t make them keep driving.  Make sure the yard is clean and maintained.  Add a fresh coat of paint to the siding and trim.  Polish or replace dull hardware.  Clean the walkways and driveway. Also think about investing in new roofing if it’s showing its age.

Do a Walk-Through

How does your home really look to home buyers? Walk through your home with a friend or your real estate agent and examine it with a fresh perspective.  Look at both what needs cleaning and what needs changing. What could be removed to make the room look bigger? Could you change a solid door with a French door to let in more light? Do the kitchen cabinets need new hardware? Even simple changes can make a huge difference.

Other things you can look at in your home are making sure your foyer is clean and clutter free, making the rooms more generic and versatile, find ways to let in more light, cleaning the fridge and organize the cupboards.

Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice. Gary Nelson and Realty Executives have the experience you need to sell your home in Flagstaff.  Call them at 928-225-3510 to start the process today.

4 Reasons to Sell Your Home in Flagstaff This Spring

by Gary Nelson

Spring has arrived and the home selling season is hotter than it’s been in a while.  This is great news if you plan on selling your home in Flagstaff.  Normally Spring is the best time of year for home sales. Yet this year stands out to be even more promising.  There are a number of reasons why selling your home this year during spring is going to be your best course.  Here are the top 4 reasons why selling your home this Spring is such a great idea.

  1. Strong Demand

Buyer traffic is strong in Arizona, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors. This is because home buyers are out in the market and buying homes right now. And more competition means you may end up getting more money for your home in the end.

  1. Less Competition

Over the past 32 months there have been fewer homes on the market. This is a good thing if you’ve been building equity in your home. Yet it may not last. The average number of years that homeowners stayed in their homes has been around 9-10 years since 2011.This was due to the previous negative equity that kept many homeowners from selling.As values rise, more people will sell.So don’t wait too long or you could end up getting less for your home.

  1. The Process Will Be Quicker

Competition is stiff in the Arizona real estate market, and that means more buyers will be ready in advance to buy your home. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one way they do this.Buyers are more likely to know what they want and how much they can spend, which really speeds up the process for everyone.

  1. Time to Move Up

Are you planning on moving into a better home?The good news is that higher priced homes are actually selling for less due to a higher inventory in the higher price ranges. So if you’re selling a starter home, your home will sell more quickly and you’ll be more likely to find a premium home.

This spring promises to be a boon for Flagstaff home sellers.  Gary Nelson and Realty Executives have the experience you need to sell your home in Flagstaff.  Call them at 928-225-3510 to start the process today.

Remodeling to Get the Most ROI on Your Home Sale

by Gary Nelson

Are you planning on selling your home in Flagstaff, but feel you need to do some work on it to get a higher return? If your home is starting to look dated, that can adversely affect the selling price.  But on the other hand, you don't want to waste tons of money on improvements that won't be a good return on investment.  So where's the balance? If you do decide that your home needs improvements, then you need to focus on the things that will help sell it and make more money in the end.

The thing to keep in mind though is not every improvement will increase the value of your home. Many projects that need to be done can preserve the value.  So if you do those projects, the value won't be as adversely affected when you sell your home.

So to get down to it, what are the projects that get the highest ROI?

Outside Projects

Basically any project that boosts curb appeal is worth the investment. Remodeling Magazine found that the outside projects that recouped the most are garage door replacement, steel door entry replacement, wood deck addition, and siding and facade projects. Spending money on improving just the siding and facade can be a huge boost to the wow factor of any home.

Kitchens and Baths

The kitchen can really be a make or break deal for home buyers.  Potential buyers can spend the most time inspecting a kitchen.  So it really pays off to invest in a remodel if your kitchen has dated counters and appliances. Bathrooms are also important.  They send a powerful message about your home, so you can expect a high ROI on a bathroom remodel.

The Little Things

If you don't have the money to spend on major remodels, you can still focus on other projects that cost less and make a big difference. You can give your home a fresh coat of paint, trim trees and bushes, plant new bushes and landscaping. De-cluttering and cleaning your home only costs time. If you have an unfinished basement, you can put gray epoxy on the floor and paint the walls white. Never underestimate the power of improving the little things.

Keep in mind that every home is different, and so is every neighborhood. If you're not sure what improvements would be best to sell your home in Flagstaff, feel free to ask us. We know what sells a home in Flagstaff and what buyers are looking for.

Get Your Home Ready to Sell For Spring

by Gary Nelson

The Spring home selling season is fast approaching in Flagstaff, so now is the time to get your home spruced up if you plan on listing it this Spring. Spring is one of the best times of the year for the real estate market.  You need to make sure your home is ready to compete with the competition. You can use Spring decor elements with fresh bursts of colors and patterns to make your home more appealing and take advantage of the Spring fever in the air. Here's a few ideas that will help you stay ahead of the game.


Display locally picked flowers, blooming branches, or twigs.  The natural elements of the Southwest can create a relaxing atmosphere and add to the flavor of the area. Display them in pots or vases made in the Southwest for added cultural appeal.  Make sure you don't go overboard and make the arrangements too fragrant or distracting.  Tasteful placement makes all the difference.

Update Paint Colors

Paint can transform any room.  Using spring colors like soft violet, dusk blue, emerald, or lemon zest on an entire room or an accent wall can really make a room come alive. Or you can add a subtle decal if you don't want to paint.  Also think about the colors of pillows, bedding, etc. Make sure that the colors compliment the rest of your home's colors.

Add a Wreath

Usually wreaths are displayed later in the year, but in Spring, they can really add an inviting feel to your entrance. And you don't need to make one yourself as most craft stores sell them.  If you do buy one, maybe add some natural elements or a pastel ribbon.  You can also add subtle fragrance with dried lavender.

Clean Up

It's about time for Spring cleaning anyway, so why not get a head start? Put items you're not using ins storage and get rid of as much clutter as you can. Many people use the 6-month or 1-year rule - if they haven't used something during the last 6 months to a year and it's not sentimental, they donate or sell it. And make sure you focus on the outside of the home.  First impressions are everything. Make sure the yard is cleaned and trimmed, and the house exterior is clean, including windows.  Pressure wash the driveways and walkways if needed.

Make sure to check back each week on our blog for more real estate tips, along with great reasons to call Flagstaff and the surrounding communities home.


Should You FSBO?

by Gary Nelson

Are you thinking about selling your home in Flagstaff? If so, you may be tempted to sell it by yourself, otherwise known as a FSBO (for sale by owner).  This may seem very tempting on the surface.  People may think that by cutting out the middle man that you can make more of a profit.  And sometimes that can be the case. But there are many reasons why FSBO home sales are not always the best idea.

Here are five reasons you should think twice about selling your home on your own:


Almost all home buyers search online for their home.  You might think that listing your home on Craigslist or some other online market will be enough.  But the question to ask is: do I market homes for a living? The answer is probably no.  On the other hand, most successful real estate agents in Flagstaff have a marketing strategy that covers various methods to get your home the exposure you need to find the highest paying buyers.  The more people who see your home, the more competition there will be.  And that may mean more money.

The Internet Produces Results

Based on recent studies, here’s the breakdown of how buyers found the home they purchased.

  • 49% on the internet
  • 31% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 7% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

Simply putting a sign on the front lawn is not going to get the buyers you need. Like the last point brought out, successfully selling a home requires a solid marketing strategy that leans heavily to online marketing methods.

Too Many People

Selling a home isn’t like selling a bicycle. There’s a number of people who legally will be in the mix.  This a huge transaction, and that means that various professions are called into play during a real estate transaction. Here’s who you’ll have to negotiate with if you decide to FSBO:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

Are you successfully prepared to deal with all of these individuals?

FSBOing Has Become More Difficult

The number of sellers selling their own home has dropped from 19% to 8% over the past 20 years, simply because of the complexity of the paperwork.

Using an Agent Nets More Money

Your gut reaction to the title of this paragraph may be “sure, the agent makes more money.”  Yes they do.  And so do you. In fact, a study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases, may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is:

“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.”

When more buyers look at a home, there could be a bidding war. And is certainly the case when you use an agent.

Let us help you make the most money on your home for sale in Flagstaff.  Give us a call today at 928-225-3510 or 928-773-9300 and let us show you why using an experienced real estate agent is the smart move.

How to Sell Your Home Faster to a Younger Buyer

by Gary Nelson

With more and more younger buyers hitting the market, it's a good idea to think about how to appeal to the younger buyers. When you're staging your home to sell, you need to think less about what you want in a home and think about what the buyer will want. Here's a few tips that will help you sell your house more quickly.

Warm Neutral Colors

Young professionals and families tend to lean toward neutral grays and lets them envision using colors and furnishings that will complement the walls.

White Cabinets

White and off-white cabinets appeal to people under 40.  The older darker cabinets remind younger ones of their parent's home, which usually can be a turn-off.

Updated Appliances

Stainless steel appliances are all the rage now, and many young buyers won't buy a home without them. Almond is out!

Open Showers

You don't have to be young to appreciate open glass showers.  

Keep it Simple

Young buyers aren't looking for fixer-uppers usually.  If they have children, they especially want a home they can move right into with minimal fuss. Make sure your home doesn't have any unfinished projects remaining and fix things that need to be fixed.

Staging Your Home For a Faster Sell

by Gary Nelson

Are you getting ready to sell your home in Flagstaff? If so, you've no doubt realized already that there's a lot of things you need to do to get your home ready.  Getting your home ready to sell is called "staging."  You need to make sure that your home is staged so that it appeals to potential buyers. Think of it as if you were going to perform on stage.  Of course you would want to dazzle the crowd.  Staging your home for selling is no different.  You want to dazzle the buyers so that your home sells faster, as well as getting the most money.

As noted already, there's a wide range of items that can be spruced up in a home to improve it's selling points.  Here's a list of 30 items you can work on in your home for a more effective staging.

Here's a few highlights from that list:

Get rid of grime on bathroom walls.  You can easily get rid of surface mold by spraying one part water and one part bleach. A fresh coat of paint also helps.

Paint Dated Tile. That brown and orange tiles from the 70's may have been hip then, but not now. There's an easy fix though without replacing it.  Fist coat them with a high-adhesion primer, then a​ special ceramic epoxy covering. This will cost far less than replacing the tile and will bring you bath up to current styles.

Update the Fireplace.  Pain also works wonders on a fireplace that sticks out too much or has an old screen.  You can use a rag or brush to rub a light coat of paint on the bricks.  Make sure not to cover them completely.  You just want to change the color.  Use the same color as the surrounding walls.  If the screen is old, you can clean it off and paint it with heat-resistant spray paint. Just doing these two things to your fireplace will take it from old and ugly to spectacular.

Make sure to check out the full list above for more great ideas. Remember that a little really goes a long ways when it comes to effectively staging your home.


Are all the kids moved out and you have the house to yourself? Are you planning on retiring where you are or do you want to move somewhere more desirable? Are you living in a home that's beyond what you can care for?

Is there a way for you to match your current needs with your future goals?  The answer for you might be the equity you have in your house.

CoreLogic states in their Equity Report that the average homeowner has gained $14,000 in equity over the past year.  And the farther west you go, the higher it can be! So the question is, do you know how much your home has appreciated?

If your someone who's looking to find a smaller place to live, you could sell your home and use the profit to buy a smaller home or condo, while eliminating some of the maintenance of a larger home.

If you want to buy a vacation home, you could use the additional cash from the sale of your home to make a down payment on a vacation home in a place where you want to retire. If you can't afford to live there full-time, then you can rent it out during peak vacation times and pay off the mortgage faster.

Purchasing your retirement home now will allow you to take full advantage of today’s seller’s market, allow you to cash in on the equity you have already built, and take comfort in knowing that a plan is in place for a smooth transition into retirement.

There are many reasons to relocate in retirement, including a change in climate, proximity to family and grandchildren, and so much more. What are the reasons you want to move? Are the reasons to stay more important? Meet with a local real estate professional who can perform an equity evaluation to determine your options, today!

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Contact Information

The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102