14 Sneaky Ways To Get Your House Sold

Let’s face it: Selling a home is stressful. The longer it’s on the market, the more stress it brings and the more it typically costs sellers. Having to lower the sales price, sometimes multiple times, carry two mortgages, or delay the purchase of a new home if an existing home won’t sell – stinks. You need every advantage you can find to get your home sold. Try a few of these and you’ll be packing in no time.

1. Get your neighbors involved.

Neighbors who like you will be happy to help you get your home sold. Same for those who don’t like you. Everyone else might need convincing to lift a finger. Offer a $200 prize to anyone who brings you a buyer who closes.

2. Crowdsource it.

Accessing the power of social media will naturally increase the number of people who see your home for sale. Up the ante by offering the same incentive to the person responsible for bringing in the buyer.

3. Throw in the kitchen sink.

Incentives can create additional interest in your home and maybe even convert a “maybe” to a “yes.”

“Individual sellers should consider price and other incentives that could entice a buyer to take a look. You have to attract their attention somehow,” said Bankrate. “You want to create the buzz.”

Everything from gas cards to movie tickets to the furniture you were getting rid of anyway, to a year of homeowners’ fees can do the trick.

4. Entice with cookies.

You know how they say the way to a man’s heart is his stomach? Chocolate chip cookies are an equal opportunity seduction tool. Have a couple of packages of Nestle Tollhouse cookies on hand to throw in the oven before home viewings and you just might convert a prospect into a surefire buyer.

5. Toy story

Is there a family touring your home? Set out a few key toys in the play room or put some crayons and a few coloring pages on the kitchen table to occupy the little ones.

6. Research your buyers

Don’t become a stalker…but uncovering a few facts you can use to your advantage could help make that connection with a buyer. Are they golfers? Conveniently leave out your clubs. Wine enthusiasts? Borrow a few bottles from your best friend’s wine collection and arrange on the countertop.

7. Write it out.

Leave a personal note for the potential buyers touring your house telling them how much you have enjoyed living there and offering a few tips about the neighborhood (the best place for ice cream, where to find a good babysitter). The personal touch will endear you to buyers and help make your home memorable.

8. Create a list.

Another way to make your home memorable is to create a “Top 10 reasons to love our house” list. Have it printed and/or laminated and leave it for buyers.

9. Another kind of “leave behind.”

Use the best picture of your home to create a magnet or key chain for buyers to take with them.

10. Stage it.

“Sellers need to understand that the way we live in our home is not the way we sell our home,” said Front Door.

Homes that are staged “spend 73 percent less time on the market; typically sell for more money; end up on buyers’ “must see” lists; are viewed as “well-maintained;” and have fewer concessions requested of the seller,” according to the Real Estate Staging Association, said the Daily News.

Staging can cost up to $2,500, but by using tactics used in model homes, sellers might be able to do it themselves. The first step “is a thorough de-cluttering. Sellers should purge the house of all personal belongings, family photos and countertop appliances,” said Front Door. “Furniture should be rearranged so as to make the room appear larger. Space sells.

11. Underprice it.

This is no new tactic, but it is one that can result in a bidding war and a higher sales price that would have been achieved otherwise.

12. Forget the open house.

Ditch the typical open house and throw a wine tasting party instead. Feature a few local wines, pull together a couple of appetizers and voila. Not only is this a different approach that will make your listing stand out, it will also showcase the home’s entertainment potential.

13. No bones about it.

If there’s a loud barker in your neighborhood, offering to pay for a day of doggie daycare during an open house may be warranted. Handing out special dog bones packaged as “Open House Bites” will help occupy dogs on your street and help keep them quiet while potential buyers are touring your home.

14. Borrow some bikes.

If you live in a family neighborhood, make sure it looks like you live in a family neighborhood. Enlisting some neighbor kids to leave their bikes outside—and maybe parents of babies can leave out a stroller or two—during an open house will warm up the street and illustrate who lives there.

Have any more ideas for sneaky tactics you can use to get a home sold? Let us know in the comments

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:37 pm

A True Lease to Own Program!

Would you love to take advantage of the historical interest rates and buy a home? Tired of renting?  Think you can’t buy a home because of a Bankruptcy, Short sale or medical collections and getting tired of the waiting timeline game? First time homebuyer? No down payment yet but want to buy?

I have a True Lease to own program that you need to check out! It may be the perfect program for you and the best part? You pick the home!!

Read on and see if it might be a fit.howitworks

This is mainly a program for families that could qualify to purchase a home but cannot due to an “event” that caused them to go under on a previous home or other extenuating circumstances. Or for those that are saving for the down payment. You can find your home now while the rates are so low and then turn around and purchase or walk away after 1 year.

I went to the training, saw how it works, studied to make sure it was a program I wanted to put my name on and I am happy to say it is and I am so excited to share with you. 

~Snohomish County Homes INC. Owner Jenifer Murrweiss


This is going to be a phenomenal program for first time home buyers, those that have had bankruptcy, medical issues, short sale and possible other issues that have affected your credit and resources for getting a traditional loan.

Home Partners provides responsible households a transparent path to homeownership through its Lease with a Right to Purchase Program. The program provides up to five years of rent certainty with an initial financial commitment of just one year. You pick the home! They pay for the inspection, appraisal everything! They purchase the house with cash so a faster close. You pay the rent and deposit fee and you are in the home you want!

Sound too good to be true? It’s not however, there are guidelines as with any other program. After all no one is going to give you a home if you don’t have a job and/or steady income. They want you to be able to afford the rent and buy the home. You can buy it at any time after you sign the lease even the next month!

Advantages: *Based on qualifying factors.

Qualifications in a nut shell starts at $50,000 a year. With that amount of income it qualifies you for $185,000 a home. This is most likely a difficult price point in our area so the more you make the more of a house you qualify for. The price of the home is based on what you can afford taking a look at your income and debt. The lease price is based on the price of the home. No condos unless fee simple and townhouses can be considered if also fee simple. Another Qualification is you must pick a home in the High School district that Home Partners has deemed as a good investment. After all they want to protect their investment if you don’t end up buying the home.

If this sounds like you and you want to take a look further please check out their website. If you want to pursue and see if you would be approved with no obligation for FREE let me know and I will send you the link. If approved you then will be charged the $75 application fee. Don’t forget to put me down as your agent. Then after approval lets go find you a home!

Below are the two top counties in our area and approved High schools.

Snohomish County

Arlington HS

Cascade HS

Edmonds, Woodway HS

Cascade HS

Glacier Peak HS

Henry M Jackson HS

Kamiak HS

Lake Stevens SR HS

Mariner HS

Monroe, HS

Meadowdale HS

Mount Lake Terrace HS

Snohomish HS

Stanwood HS

King County
Auburn Riverside HS Interlake Senior HS Newport Senior HS
Ballard HS International Comm. School Redmond HS
Bellevue HS Issaquah HS Roosevelt HS
Bothell HS Juanita HS Sammamish Senior HS

Tuesday Tips~ Real Estate Hot Tips

Saving Mortgage

Mortgage rates continue to fall, national average at 3.66 percent!!! This is incredible and my gut feeling is they will climb as we get into spring. Remember the lower the interest rate the more buying power you have and less you pay!

Bill would require builders in Washington to notify neighbors of new construction. I think this is a great idea and very unfair to current home-owners to not let them know how this may effect their home, property taxes and resale value.

7 mistakes to avoid when buying a home.

FHA to reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums this is also hot news! Here is more information:

The White House has confirmed that the Obama Administration is directing the  Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums from 1.35% to 0.85%.

“Today, the President announced a major new step that his administration is taking to make mortgages more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families,” according to a statement from the Whit House. “For the typical first-time homebuyer, this reduction will translate into a $900 reduction in their annual mortgage payment.”

Existing homeowners who refinance into an FHA mortgage will see similar reductions to their mortgage payments as well. In total, the action is expected to help millions of families save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support the housing market recovery, according to statement.

“Any reduction in the mortgage insurance premium is welcomed news; however, 0.85% is still too high,” said Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals and The Mortgage Center, “HUD also needs to allow borrowers to drop the monthly insurance premium once the loan reaches 80% LTV. Lowering the costs associated with FHA financing, will allow more borrowers to qualify and afford the program.

My feeling on this? Its a welcome step in the right direction and my hope is it will allow more first time home buyers to enter the market and purchase a home.

Hope you enjoy Tuesday’s Tips and please as always feel free to ask me any questions. I also always would love to help an families or friends that are looking to buy or sell a home!

Snohomish County Homes INC

The Home Connection January 2015

It has come to my attention that the January Newsletter did not auto send as it was suppose too. I apologize here it is and some great stuff to check out. I can say however  “The Eye on the Market” side Wow I am a busy girl! My partner lender just told me she secured a client of mine 3.75% on a home loan and she and I are excited at how much this is going to save families wanting to buy. Is 2015 your year? If so let me know and lets get you started!

January 2015

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New Smokey Point Listing and Open House

OPEN HOUSE 1/3/2015 From 1-4

Jenifer Murrweiss | RE/MAX Elite Broker & Owner Snohomish County Homes INC | 425-422-7243
6922 Upland Dr, Arlington, WA 98223
Highland View Estates View home
3Bd/2.5Ba Single Family House
Year Built 2000
Sq Footage 1696 sqft.
Bedrooms 3 Beds
Bathrooms 2.5 Baths
Floors 3
Parking 2 Garage
Laundry In Unit
Lot Size 0.25 Acres
Website www.snohomishcoun…



Hurry on this lovely inviting home!! Lots of room to entertain in this beautiful turn key condition home with a sunset view. Gorgeous hardwoods on main level. Large open and bright kitchen w/island, skylight and pantry. Lots of cabinets! All appliances stay. Formal front room w/vaulted ceilings and large family room w/bragging rights for a high tech surround system. Grand Master suite w/private 5 pc bath and walk in closet. Gas heat, fireplace and A/C. All new paint, carpet and updated baths. Room to roam on a 10,890 sq. lot and 2 car garage w/new garage doors. Great access to all Smokey Point and Glen Eagle amenities. Don’t miss this one for the location and price it is a winner.
see additional photos below
Unit Features

– Living room – Dining room – Walk-in closet
– Master bath – Family room – Storage space
– Breakfast nook – Pantry – Attic
– Range / Oven – Refrigerator – Dishwasher
– Microwave – Garbage disposal – Yard
– Fenced yard – Lawn – Garden
– Heat: forced air – Air conditioning – Ceiling fans
– Double pane / Storm windows – Hardwood floor – Fireplace
– High / Vaulted ceiling – Skylights
Community Features

– Playground – Guest parking – Off-street parking
– On-street parking – Garage – Attached



Culdesac location with a view

Formal Living room

Gorgeous Hardwood floors

Large Open Kitchen

Skylight and pantry

High ceilings with a open style flow

Dining area

Large open Family room

Lots of room for entertaining

New Carpet

High tech surround system

New updated main bath

Large Master Suite w/ walk in closet

Master Suite with 5 pc. bath

Master Bath

Large yard

Home backs to greenbelt
Contact info:
Jenifer Murrweiss
RE/MAX Elite Broker & Owner Snohomish County Homes INC
For sale by Agent/Broker


Posted: Dec 12, 2014, 5:43pm EST