Seller Strategies: the Importance of Home Showing Instructions
Those first two weeks your property is on the real estate market and MLS – they’re important. It’s usually when the most eyes will be drawn to the property, to see if it’s a great candidate for someone – as their next place to call a house “their home.”
In today’s “seller strategy” session, we’re discussing positive ways to improve your pool of potential buyers – by ways of how your “home showing instruction”s are set-up on the MLS (Metrolist / Prospector – main hub for all real estate input in our area – Placer and Sacramento County).
If you don’t understand the pros and cons of home showing instructions when you’re active and on the market and getting ready to entertain buyer showings, be sure to ask your listing agent, or give us a call if you’re looking to interview a listing agent. Steve O and I, are both full time REALTORs®. (psst, this is Heather Ostrom – our contact info is below)
Your home may fall into a separate category, and may not apply to these set of suggestions, but we do believe this applies to a majority of homes that hit the market.
The more friction and challenges you create, to not allowing your home to be shown, can backfire on you and limit your “buyer-interested” audience.
Types of showing instructions: Vacant with Lockbox
Call 1st Lockbox
Appointment with the Owner
Call Listing Agent
Call Listing Office
Appointment with Tenant
(there are many more, but these are some of the common ones)
Stay educated and always make smart choices – both in marketing, accessibility (and of course, which listing agents you choose). Short-term discomfort, can possible expand your opportunities to a larger bottom line at the closing.
SAFETY REMINDER: (Placer and Sacramento County) Never allow someone who states they’re an agent, into your home off the street or that drives up to your home. Force them to use the Metrolist lockbox, that way they’re proving their ability to access the home, when an agent “pings” or accesses the Metrolist iBox, it creates an electronic time stamp as the agent, accessing the home – all with their name, company, email, and cell number. If you’re in our area and you’re not using the Supra Lockbox – iBox BT LE – you probably picked the wrong listing agent. Joking / Not Joking. ~ When in doubt, call your listing agent.
For the first sixty days this home is on market, it is marketed to “income-qualified” buyers via the City of Roseville Affordable Purchase Resale Program. Fantastic opportunity for buyers that qualify through the City program, especially if you’re tired of being in competition with other buyers and investors. Learn about all the details on the City of Roseville website (there is a silent 2nd, with great benefits to the buyer).
Back to the details of the property: home has a great layout with an open, spacious kitchen area and great room. Home is in West Roseville with numerous nearby parks and outdoor opportunities – including the multi-purpose Mahany Park, nearby dog park, baseball diamonds, batting cages, soccer fields, green space trails, library and partially covered park. If you commute to Sacramento, you have quick access to Fiddyment, a great and important detail to note.
Home is also close to Coyote Ridge Elementary (Dry Creek) in Roseville.
**Thank you for reviewing in advance, that you qualify through this program*
Property Data(buyer to verify)
From HWY 65 Take Pleasnt Grove EXIT and go WEST, to LEFT on Fiddyment, to LEFT on Westhills, to RIGHT on Blue Skies, to first RIGHT on Amber Fields, around bend and property will be on your right.
Den/Study, Great Room Concept
Master Bedroom Description:
Master Bathroom Description:
Tub w/Shower Over
Other Bathrooms Description:
Tub w/Shower Over
Dining Room Description:
Breakfast Nook, Formal Area
Counter Tile, Pantry Cabinet
Number of Fireplaces:
Carpet, Linoleum/Vinyl, Tile
220 Volt Hook-Up, In Garage
Cable TV Available, H/S Internet Avail
Dishwasher, Disposal, Gas Plumbed, Ice Maker Plumbed, Oven Gas F/S, Range Elec F/S
John Mourier Construction
Water / Sewer:
In & Connected
220 Volts, All Public, Natural Gas
2 Car Attached, Facing Front
Fenced Back, Front, Sprinkler Auto F&R
Has a Pool:
Is a Horse Property:
Level, Shape Regular, Trees Few
Lot Size in Acres:
Lot Size in Sq. Ft.:
Dual Pane Full
Sidewalk/Curb/Gutter, Street Lights
Paved, Public Maintained
Dry Creek Joint
Jr. High School:
Dry Creek Joint
1 House on Lot
Property SubType 2:
Is Short Sale:
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Community-wise, you’re near so many fun indoor and outdoor activities: whether you’re enjoying the trails of Kaseberg Creek, visiting Veteran’s or Mahany park, there are a multitude of small and larger parks – as well as dog parks, and nearby public pool, including an Olympic size pool (just minutes away) near Woodcreek High School. Roseville boasts an abundance of city-run activities and is well-known for its sports options and line up of local events.
Shopping: you’re within minutes you’re at the Galleria Mall or the Fountains (outdoor mall) as well.
Golfers will LOVE the Placer County area and Roseville. Numerous local and public courses (close by: Woodcreek Oaks, Sun City Roseville courses, Diamond Oaks, Sierra View CC, and many more)
Does pride of ownership, original owner, and top-notch curb appeal – sound interesting to you? Then check this home out. You’ll love the attractive custom iron work at the home’s front entry, vibrant exterior paint, and a designer screen door – it sets the tone of quality upon entering the home. Home features fresh paint and newer carpet throughout home. Great floor plan, with spacious room / office on the 1st floor (this room could be easily converted to a 4th bedroom) AND it has an adjacent FULL bathroom (all items which are important when considering a home’s function). Attractive pendant lighting go so perfectly in the warm-toned kitchen. Plenty of counter space in the Kitchen, and feels open and welcoming.
3613 Cooper Island Rd, West Sacramento 95691
Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge – 916-308-2446 – RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com
Upstairs, you’ll head into the Master and it’s a nice size, and even better – check out the fantastic walk-in closet. This home just feels fresh, updated, and well-cared for … heading into the Master shower, you’ll notice the new shower stall doors and space, and the entire space feels new. A functional must, a second floor washer and dryer space that can function either as gas or electric. No hauling laundry from the first level – it’s right next to your room.
Backyard is a custom-designed oasis with water feature fountain, and professionally-installed flagstone patio, accent lighting, and drip system.All the hard work is done, this yard almost takes care of itself with most items in the yard being on timers.
Property Questions or Showings? 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com
REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
Listing Agent: Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge – 916-308-2446 – RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com
SOLD 3/14/14 – $635,000
4/5 Bedroom – 3 Full Bath – 3427 Sq Ft* – 5 Acres
Take advantage of El Dorado County Tax base transfer and only 30-35 min from Roseville. Must see these views in person. Gorgeous Mediterranean-style home in Cool, California.
This incredible home on top of hill is ideal for privacy with Views of the Sierras. Single-story custom home with solar power. Backyard with spa and a salt water pool are perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing.
** Located in El Dorado County, one of the few Counties that allow a home’s tax base to be transferred from anywhere in California, yet close to Placer County and only a 30-35 minute drive to Roseville Galleria. **
The area of “Cool” offers a variety of outdoor activities to fill your days.
If the community name is any indication, this home is too Cool for words. Don’t believe us? Well, let the photos take you on a grand tour of this amazing property and home. It’s spectacular both inside the home and also is a gorgeous outdoor living space. In the backyard are fantastic views of the mountains … to the front, a beautiful fountain and palm trees frame a picturesque view.
When you enter Meadowview Acres, you feel a sense of calm and happiness with the drive in … head up the road to 4620 Country View Ct, and you are met with a grand view of the house, something anyone would be proud to call home.
Around 30 to 35 Minutes from Roseville, CA! Just outside of Auburn, CA
The grand entry sets the tone in your mind, for how beautiful the home promises to be … The minute you walk in the home, you are immediately met with more beautiful views, elevated ceilings, attractive light fixtures and fans, and warm color schemes and attractive decor. This is a warm and inviting space. Grand, yet also inviting and comfortable – the perfect blend of beauty, attractive and functional design, and comfort.
Beyond the beauty, this home brings great function and also help on the pocketbooks. This property comes equipped with solar panels. If you want to look past the needs of keeping the A/C going during the summer, don’t forget about the fantastic salt water pool (heated). With a heated pool, your swimming months get extended for longer year-round enjoyment … how very “cool” … wait, scratch that … it’s very warm and nice. 🙂
The Master Bedroom is open, spacious, bright, and has backyard access. Two spacious closets, with the south closet having a window for natural light. Inside the Master bath, which is equally spacious and open … you find a separate lavatory, tub to center, and a separate shower stall with two shower heads, as well as a double vanity set up.
The Master is adjacent to the hallway bathroom (which also has patio / bkyd access) – an attractive space with beautiful decor. The front bedroom is currently being used as an office, but it does have a closet to function as a bedroom.
To the Kitchen, cool-toned granite counter tops contrast nicely against the crisp white cabinetry. Bar-area seating, Pantry, office space, breakfast nook space.
In the Family room, you will love all the built-in features (white cabinetry) in the family room and dining space. There’s also the entertainment center, wet-bar, office space (closer to the Kitchen) … attractive and functional.
Off the Family room and Kitchen, you will find bedrooms three and four towards the front of the home. They are joined by a “Jack-N-Jill” bathroom. The spacious possible fifth bedroom is currently broken up into two rooms (almost like a Master Suite, but without the connected bath and formal closet). See the pictures for yourself (Palm Tree Pic “sitting area” + Lavendar Room “primary”). Three/Four bedrooms to the North and the Master bedroom and Bedroom Two (office currently) to the South of the home.
In the backyard, you will see the gorgeous salt water pool (heated), lush and attractive landscaping, views of the Sierras, and also the private-feeling spa set-up to the East of the yard. The backyard is fenced in for your furry four-legged friends. Another wonderful feature: the current owners also extended the patio area – it’s absolutely gorgeous. The patio goes from the Master area all the way down to the Family room. The porch also has attractive recessed lighting – so your evening get-togethers can continue past sunset. Having went out at sunrise for my photo shoot, I will admit – it’s absolute heaven the views from the backyard. **Photos and Tours ranged from 730am-4pm**
Property Questions or Showings? Call or Email
916-308-2446 • RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com
Steve Ostrom • Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge • 916-308-2446 • RosevilleAndRocklin@gmail.com
Who doesn’t love living in a court? Home has views of the green space and is absolutely adorable inside. See the pictures online or set an appointment to view.
You’ll love the matching granite throughout the house. Music and movie lovers will be thrilled with the surround sound in the living room – it has a fantastic sound. Tons of counter space in the kitchen, including a breakfast nook area and built-in desk. Out your front door, you have views of a greenbelt. A dual-zone A/C is a fantastic addition – control over the first and second floor temperatures.
More great items: Dog-run, dual pane windows, patio cover with ceiling fan (keeps the space cooler during bbq meals on the porch), garage cabinets, newer floors downstairs, and fresher paint in most of the home.
3-Car Tandem Garage creates additional storage area, work zone, or perhaps a gaming area?
For California Agents: Help and Tech Tips – Specifically Targeting the Greater Sacramento Area
Agents, do you ever receive contracts on your listings, with page 10 of the RPA not filled out completely, or even worse, with the wrong information? Well let’s not get stomping mad, let’s solve the problem! It’s so simple, you’ll pinch yourself for not knowing sooner. It’s awesome and there will be no more visual mud on the bottom of your agent shoe (Like that tie-in to my visual above? Nice!)
If you’re a visual learner, watch the video below. Steve O does a virtual walk through in ZipForms, of how to get “connected” today. It’s SO simple. If you want to simply read up on MLS Connect, that’s fine too – visit this link below for more info and see which California MLS Groups and AOR (Local Associations) are “connected” www.CAR.org/tools/zipform/mlsconnect
From the California Association of REALTORs ® website: “ZipForm MLS-Connect is a free C.A.R. member benefit. ZipFormMLS-Connect® integrates data straight from an MLS system into a zipForm® transaction. This eliminates the need for double data entry for many fields in a transaction.”
If you have questions – post a comment below and we’ll be right back with you. Share this post and spread the word about ZipForm® MLS-Connect! There’s so many agents not using this free tool via the California Association of REALTORs® and we need to get the word out.
Property Questions or Showings?916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com – REALTORs Steve + Heather Ostrom
Steve Ostrom – Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge REALTOR ® 916-308-2446
SOLD – If the area of Hillsborough has been on your property search radar, then put this house on your list of homes to check out. This beautiful four bedroom and three full bath home, comes with a 3-car garage and is situated in a lovely and desirable, gated-community.
Inside the home, is a bright + spacious kitchen (w/island) as well as ample counter top space. Kitchen opens up to a large family room + breakfast nook. Master is spacious plus has double-door patio access (home is an attractive and desirable U-shape function with a central patio).
Area Perks + Nearby Items of Interest:
Johnson Ranch Racquet Club
Smaller Scale Shopping Areas
Nearby Safeway + Dining
Granite Bay High School
Great Walking Trails
Photos Removed for New Owner’s Privacy
Map of Nearby Area – 2082 Thornhill Dr, Roseville CA
FYI, your eyes are seeing this correctly, this is Roseville with the 95746 zip code. Often thought of as Granite Bay, but I called Placer County Recorder to verify and cross reference tax records (but all buyers must and need to verify on their own, FYI)