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10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Cerreta Realty Group!

May 31, 2021

GREAT HUD HOME ON A HUGE LOT

22426 W OCUPADO DR, Wittmann, AZ 85361

22426 W OCUPADO DR, Wittmann, AZ 85361 

Posted in HUD Homes
April 26, 2021

BEAUTIFUL HUD HOME

BEAUTIFUL BLOCK HOME! This home features a great room floor plan, split bedrooms and a desirable location. A spacious great room sits central in the home and is open to a formal dining area. The kitchen features large neutral tile, tile counter-tops, a beautiful built in light system and a French Door to the patio. Two bedrooms and a full bath are located on the east side of the home. Master Suite is on the west side and has mirrored closet doors and a large bath with double sinks. Arizona Room can be accessed from the great room or the master bedroom and boasts tile flooring and sky lights. The backyard has an open air  patio and plenty of space for play. An RV gate on the west side of the home opens to a great space for parking. Prepare to be charmed when you enter this home. 

Posted in HUD Homes
April 20, 2021

20 Ways to Prep for Real Estate Photos

20 Step Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photos

 

As a Realtor, I know that it is common to show up on the day of a photo shoot to find the sellers frantically trying to finish the last steps. If you have ever been in this position, you understand the stress.

Realtors work hard to help clients get to this point of the selling process without much chaos. They use checklists and offer suggestions on how to make the home look great.

Your home's marketing will dramatically impact your buyers' opinion of your house and your sales price. It would be best if you had the most professional photography and videography possible. Therefore, The Cerreta Team only uses professional photos for all our listings.

One of the most important things to know about your professional real estate photographer/videographer is that they are indeed artists. They can make your home look amazing with their skill sets.

Real Estate Photographers and Videographers Are True Artists. When your real estate photographer shows up, they will walk the house and spend some time searching out the most important aspects to highlight potential buyers. Seasoned professionals have developed a unique ability to identify the home's pros and cons. They know how to showcase the home’s best attributes. Their experience and trade tools allow them to manipulate light and space to make your home look as big and bright as possible.

Since your photographer/videographer is an artist, you will get significantly more out of their services if your house is entirely ready when they arrive. Artists can get distracted if they must rearrange and tidy rooms before a shoot. After all, that's not part of their job description.

You want their attention to be focused on a bright and clean home, not on the work it takes to get the house to that point. They are often on a tight schedule, and time spent doing your job is time they cannot spend doing theirs.

 

To get the most out of your professional real estate photographer, follow the real estate photography pre-shoot checklist below. It will help ensure that your house is photo-ready and welcoming before you list your home for sale. Use these tips to prepare your home.

 

o   Clear and Clean Kitchen Counters (Yes this means the coffee maker and toaster)

o   Clear and Clean Bathroom Sinks, Tubs and Showers (Get baskets to keep all your toiletries in and only get it out when you are using)

o   Replace any Burned Out Lightbulbs

o   Turn on All the Lights.

o   Open All Window Treatments

o   Remove Unnecessary Furniture and Décor

o   Remove Floor Mats and Runners

o   Turn off All Ceiling Fans (fans make the photos blurry)

o   Clear Appliances of Magnets and Clutter

o   Make All of the Beds

o   Remove All Personal Photos and Items

o   Put All Shoes and Jackets in Closets

o   Clear All Nightstand Items (especially medications)

o   Remove All Pet Items

o   Tidy Up the Yard and Landscaping

o   Sweep the Porch and Patio

o   Clear All Cars from Road and Driveway

o   Hide all Garbage Cans.

o   Remove Outdoor Furniture Covers

o   Open Patio Umbrellas

 

 

Posted in Helpful Tips
Jan. 6, 2021

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Oct. 29, 2020

10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Sale

With the low inventory of homes on the market, home sellers might think they can just sell their home as is, and they can but they probably will not get top dollar. Here are a few tips to help give your home the “wow” factor and see how many offers you collect in a week or less.

Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers.

Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you have slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.

Make repairs. In any kind of market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.

Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.

Buy a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they are invited into your home.

Remove clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture, and other personal items.

Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home does not have enough storage space.

Make every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

Take color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.

 

Sept. 11, 2020

Sun City Grand

From sunrise to sunset, our community of active adults experiences a life-changing opportunity of participating in Activities, Fitness, and Golf here at Sun City Grand. Our way of living allows residents to be involved in various ways to enhance health, hobbies, skills, knowledge, and socialization. 

A key factor to maximizing your Grand Lifestyles is taking advantage of every happening in our community by becoming involved and volunteering. From Clubs and Organizations, to Neighborhood Representing, there are countless opportunities to experience a great lifestyle. We offer Grand Learning classes suited for your interests, Communications for you to stay connected with your community, and assorted restaurants to dine-in or out of the community. 

As you enjoy your new journey here at Sun City Grand, we encourage you to live life to the fullest by taking advantage of our leisures and enlarging your Grand Lifestyles!

Posted in Current Listings
Sept. 1, 2020

How to Avoid Phone Scans

Posted in Helpful Tips
Aug. 24, 2020

TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end

all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep

in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather

a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

  1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings
  2. directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most
  3. current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are
  4. off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
  5.  
  6. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best
  7. possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas
  8. look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not
  9. contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
  10.  
  11. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real
  12. estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person
  13. and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help
  14. you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
Posted in Helpful Tips